April 15, 1998 |
David Shenk's book "Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut" depicts us as being info-bombarded due to the new technologies, an overload severe enough to cause social fragmentation, the decline of educational standards and even the breakdown of democracy. Since 1971, Shenk writes, the number of advertising messages alone encountered by the average American has zoomed more than 500% to 3,000 a day. It's boggling. But no more so than "Seinfeld" smog.
May 27, 1998 |
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" has made her last regular house call, leaving both fans and the program's star expressing confusion and outrage over CBS' decision to cancel the western series after six seasons. CBS announced its prime-time schedule for the coming TV season last week, dropping "Dr. Quinn" from the Saturday lineup. Instead, the network will move "Early Edition" into the 8 p.m.
April 7, 1997 |
CBS canceled the crime drama "EZ Streets" after last week's telecast, the program's lowest-rated yet. The network will replace the first-year show, which starred Ken Olin and Jason Gedrick, with an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" this Wednesday. That would have been "EZ Streets' " last remaining hour. Future scheduling has yet to be set. CBS had pulled the series after two airings in October, then relaunched it in early March.
September 26, 1995 |
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, banished into exile for his anti-Soviet writings 21 years ago, has lost his voice again. Russian Public Television has canceled his Monday night talk show. The 15-minute program, aired twice a month in prime time for the past year, served up scolding monologues by the bearded Nobel laureate against post-Soviet Russia and the leaders who welcomed him home in May, 1994.
April 23, 1997 |
In a sign of how tough times are in the television business, networks have become so desperate to hook viewers that they're trying to reach out of the screen to grab them--or at at least it'll seem that way with ABC and NBC both using 3-D gimmickry during the crucial May sweeps.
April 25, 2005 |
To some "Star Trek" fans, Tim Brazeal is an intergalactic hero, the burly, tattooed Tennessee systems administrator who has spent the past two months in a quixotic bid to save UPN's "Star Trek: Enterprise." His website, www.trekunited.com, claims to have raised $3.1 million to fund a fifth season of the science fiction series, even if Paramount Network Television, which makes the series, can't or won't. Media outlets, including Associated Press and the New York Times, have followed his quest.
November 13, 1993 |
As a member of the rock group the Eagles, Glenn Frey had five Billboard No. 1 hits, making the band 13th on the list of all-time hitmakers. His group's run on the charts lasted a full decade. But two weeks ago, Frey got to be part of a less enviable record. The show in which he had his first starring role, "South of Sunset," became one of only four shows in network television history to be canceled after its first episode.
February 13, 2001 |
Univision Communications Inc., owner of the top U.S. Spanish-language television network, said it will cancel some programs in response to a "challenging economic environment." The Los Angeles-based company said it will take a charge of $8 million to $12 million in the first quarter for cost-saving measures that include the cancellation of some programs that are on the air or in development. The slowing economy has caused other broadcasters, including Walt Disney Co.
February 17, 1998 |
"Grace Under Fire" vaulted into prime time's Top 10 its first season and tied "Frasier" for the People's Choice Award as favorite new comedy series. Yet though the latter continues to amass accolades in its fifth year, the former exits ABC's schedule after tonight with barely a whimper. As recently as three years ago, "Grace" and its star, Brett Butler, appeared to be on top of the world, moored in the coveted berth after "Home Improvement."