October 6, 1999 |
The major networks have repeatedly used newsmagazines in recent years to put out fires and plug gaps in their prime-time lineups. Two weeks into the 1999-2000 TV season, some are wondering if they have gone to that particular well too often. Even with ratings for some new dramas cooling a bit last week, dramatic programs appear to be enjoying something of a resurgence this fall--in certain time slots at the apparent expense of newsmagazines.
December 8, 1994 |
The new programming chief at Fox indicated Wednesday that he was not immediately planning a dramatic shift in direction for the network, but instead will try to bolster its existing prime-time schedule.
January 26, 1991 |
ABC, which withdrew a potentially controversial episode last Saturday for its new spy series, "Under Cover," is yanking another possibly troublesome installment tonight, outraging the show's writer. Network executives said that the first postponement was in response to public sensitivities and anxieties because of the Persian Gulf War, since the episode dealt with an Iraq germ-laden missile plot.
December 30, 1993 |
New year. New television shows. Not so many years ago, they used to call this time of year the second season. It was TV's time for midseason replacements, time-period tinkering, maybe even a re-introduction to an about-to-be-forgotten series--the fall after the fall, if you will. But that was before the networks got so insecure about their declining audience shares and so desperate for success that they got trigger-happy with their series.
October 3, 2000 |
The daytime business news offered for more than three decades by KWHY-TV is gone from the airwaves after a slow transition that paralleled the rise of Spanish-language programming in Los Angeles and digital media. For nearly 33 years, Los Angeles-based KWHY offered business news, analysis, a running ticker and the market commentaries of the late flamboyant stockbroker David Paul Kane on its Channel 22.
April 5, 1999 |
Imagine a television network that features shows about punk rock, aggressive skateboarding and the neighborhoods of East Los Angeles as well an Asian-style Hardy Boys series. Such a lineup may be a hard sell for cable TV, let alone a broadcast network. But a Santa Monica company is planning to take on television by offering those shows--plus 26 more--on the Internet starting in May. By focusing on a large number of niche audiences, Digital Entertainment Network Inc.
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November 14, 2009 |
Winter D. Horton Jr., a broadcasting pioneer who co-founded KCET in Los Angeles, helped shape the nation's public television programming in the 1960s and later was appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Board of Directors, died of natural causes Thursday in Pasadena. He was 80. Born June 2, 1929, in San Gabriel and educated at the Midland School in Los Olivos and Pomona College in Claremont, Horton got his first taste of show business at 19, as a gofer for his uncle, stage and screen actor Edward Everett Horton.
May 30, 1992 |
It turns out that San Francisco might not be ready for early prime time. Initial results from the Bay Area's experiment with "early prime-time" television programming are in, and they range from so-so to awful, depending on the station. Citing baby boomers' earlier-to-bed habits, two network affiliates last February took an expensive gamble by switching, amid great fanfare and costly promotions, to the earlier programming. Network sitcoms and dramas were shown from 7 to 10 p.m.
December 27, 1989 |
In 1989, ABC's "thirtysomething" ventured into uncharted waters when it showed a gay couple together in bed. Alfred Schneider, the network's vice president of policy and standards, acknowledged that the scene would not have been shown a decade ago. But in 1989, while the gay relationship passed muster, the scene might not have aired had that same couple carelessly smoked a few packs of cigarettes or gotten drunk without identifying a designated driver.
April 13, 1992 |
Annie Potts is pregnant but Mary Jo Shively, the character she portrays on "Designing Women," is not, so the cast and crew of the hit CBS comedy have been going to great lengths to disguise the normally petite actress's rather obvious condition. As the season has progressed, those efforts were not always successful and actually provided the show with an added comic touch.