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September 28, 2004 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
"American Family," the sprawling dramatic series about a Mexican American family from East L.A., won't be returning to PBS for a third season, despite a best miniseries Emmy nomination and a stack of admiring reviews. As a casual viewer, I had assumed the show, perhaps the most costly drama in PBS history at roughly $1 million per episode, was canceled for the most obvious of reasons -- lousy ratings, which it had in spades.
June 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
One of Mexico's most popular news programs went off the air, as Brozo the clown removed his wig and plastic nose to bid viewers farewell. Speaking haltingly and holding back tears, Victor Trujillo said he decided to end the 2 1/2-year-old morning news program because of the death of his wife, who co-produced the show, a month ago. Brozo appeared daily to discuss and laugh at the news. He often used the circus atmosphere to draw viewers into serious subjects.
February 14, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
The final nail in the coffin for the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" franchise on TV was hammered in when the WB announced this would be the final season of "Angel," a 1999 spinoff of cult favorite "Buffy." Internet rumors about the show forced the network to announce its decision before working out future "Angel" or "Buffy" projects with series creator Joss Whedon, WB co-chief Jordan Levin said in a statement. * Jonathan Taylor
November 12, 2003 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Now that production on the WB's "Tarzan" has halted, the show seems poised to join Fox's "Skin" and NBC's "Coupling" in the pantheon of dead shows whose total promo time seemed to outlast their runs. All three were among the most heavily publicized shows of the new season, so they hit the dust with an especially loud thud -- imparting a sort of ceremonial, sacrificial tang to the term "network offering." The gods must be pleased.
March 8, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
CNN's afternoon "TalkBack Live" will talk no more. The 9-year-old program from the mall on the ground floor of CNN's Atlanta headquarters, hosted by Arthel Neville, was abruptly canceled Friday. It will be replaced by a third hour of the newsier "Live From.... " Although its ratings were strong, "TalkBack Live" was an anomaly on the CNN schedule, with its studio audience and frequent panels of shouting talk radio hosts.
February 27, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
MSNBC's turn to the ideological right drew criticism Wednesday from a number of sources, including liberal talk show host Phil Donahue, whose 7-month-old program was canceled Tuesday because, while drawing the network's highest ratings, it wasn't the breakout show that executives wanted.
February 26, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
MSNBC announced Tuesday it has canceled TV veteran Phil Donahue's 7-month-old weeknight show, saying the program, which never caught on with viewers, had aired its last original installment Monday. The program will be in reruns through the end of the week, then replaced temporarily by an expanded "Countdown: Iraq." Ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will join MSNBC's lineup in the spring.
September 18, 2002 | BRIAN LOWRY
Would you start watching a movie if someone said they couldn't promise you'd get to see the last 10 minutes? Read a book that might not have a final chapter? Buy a CD that ends in the middle of your favorite song? If that sounds crazy, consider what the networks will do as the new TV season (insert sound of trumpets blaring) officially begins next week. Executives will ask people to commit to shows, embrace them, make an appointment to watch them.
Can dinosaurs help breathe life into a network whose ratings have been on the brink of extinction? ABC will apparently find out, attempting to jump-start a prime-time schedule perceived to be in free fall during the current television season by offering family-based programming at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next season--including a weekly series version of the just-premiered "Dinotopia" to go up against "Friends" and "Survivor" on Thursdays.
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