November 12, 1995 |
Thursday nights on NBC are a lot like automatic teller machines. Both have been created within our lifetime, but it's nearly impossible to remember a time when they didn't exist. There was an era when getting cash meant standing in a long line at the teller window and NBC Thursday nights meant "Lewis & Clark" and "Harper Valley PTA." Somewhere along the line, though, cash became available on every street corner and watching NBC's Thursday shows became almost like a job requirement.
April 14, 2000 |
For years, parents sat through ABC's "TGIF" block with their kids on Friday nights, watching such comedies as "Full House" and "Family Matters." If the jokes often seemed lame, parents at least felt secure the shows conveyed morals and messages, meaning little tykes weren't going to see anything that would put them in therapy.
April 5, 1992 |
At the time, it seemed a rather brash statement. In May of last year, a mere 17 months after becoming president of CBS Entertainment, Jeff Sagansky predicted that his cellar-dwelling network would win the prime-time ratings race in the 1991-92 season. It is now less than a year later, and perhaps CBS' new theme song should be "The Impossible Dream." When the 30-week, so-called official ratings season ends next Sunday, CBS will be the winner by a wide margin--with its programs averaging about 1.
January 29, 2012 |
The Gig: Paul Telegdy is president of alternative and late-night programming for NBC Entertainment. He is responsible for unscripted shows, including "The Voice," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Saturday Night Live. " The gregarious 40-year-old Brit, son of a Hungarian political refugee who became a chemical engineer and a former British actress turned teacher, has lived in Switzerland, Austria, England, Belgium and the U.S. Telegdy, a father of two young daughters, took an unconventional path to network television, but the seeds were planted early.
March 26, 1989 |
Two years ago, Aaron Spelling had an idea for a dramatic and, he thought, different television series about a divorced family as told through the eyes of a little boy. Besides voiceovers (later used by "The Wonder Years"), its main innovation was its format--two back-to-back half-hour shows, one about the boy's weekdays with his mother, the other about his weekends with his father. "I got to tell you," Spelling confided, "I was convinced we were going to sell it."
September 3, 2002 |
For Disney Channel executives, the decision seemed a no-brainer: replace vintage Disney television shows that run in the dead of night with newer, hipper fare targeted to a younger, more lucrative audience. But the seemingly mundane programming change to replace the "Vault Disney" classics with teen and preteen dramas such as "Lizzie McGuire" and "Kim Possible" has created an uproar among older die-hard Disney fans, who see the move as the latest affront to Walt Disney Co.'s heritage.
July 3, 2005 |
Underneath grand crystal chandeliers, gold-framed portraits line the empty hallway of America's Junior Miss antebellum headquarters. Frozen in time, the fresh-faced young American women smile dreamily. Strewn below them in the hall are boxes containing a clutter of discarded pageant programs and Old Navy boot-cut jeans. A week ago, the 48-year-old pageant held its last national final.
March 27, 2012 |
Imagine a hulking, growling, 8-foot-tall woodland creature so elusive that professional trackers can't find it, scientists can only speculate about it and believers can't prove -- definitively -- that it exists. Hiding deep in the forest may be your modus operandi, Bigfoot, but Hollywood and Madison Avenue are pushing you -- however reluctantly -- into the spotlight. A slew of documentary, TV and film projects including Animal Planet's current hit "Finding Bigfoot," and a Sasquatch film trilogy from "Blair Witch Project" director Eduardo Sanchez are poised to get past the old grainy images of yesterday and give the hairy 800-pound biped a high-def close-up.
December 30, 1990 |
On a spring day in 1977, Jeff Sagansky was eating lunch at Chadney's restaurant in Burbank with Michael Klein, a young programming executive at NBC. Sagansky was there to interview for a coveted slot in NBC's "associate" program, which picked young hotshots with no television background and put them on the fast track.