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March 16, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
During the next month, the broadcast networks are rolling out at least 10 new midseason series. NBC unveiled its epic drama "Kings" last week. Two new ABC sitcoms are coming, "Better Off Ted" this week and "In the Motherhood" next. And Fox has a variety show with the Ozzy Osbourne clan, which, given its erratic history could result in either spontaneous brilliance or spontaneous combustion. Is there a hit somewhere in this bunch? The networks could sure use one.
Television's current incarnation of the super-man doesn't fly or repel bullets, can't lift a car with one hand or live forever; he doesn't even (with sincere apologies to the return of Jack Bauer) regularly take out entire platoons of bad guys with a single handgun. Instead he possesses the talent that many of us increasingly believe to be the Holy Grail of heroics: He can tell when someone is lying.
January 9, 2009 | David G. Savage
The cable television industry is ready to introduce an advanced video-on-demand service that would provide rebroadcasts of programs without commercials and without a fee paid to the producers. But the prospect has sent a shudder through the television and film industries, which could lose the right to profit from their work in the era of video on demand. All that stands in the way is a final clearance from the Supreme Court.
January 6, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
The CW, known for its stable of prissy fashionista reality programming, is looking to broaden its brand with primal fear. The network's latest reality show is called "13: Fear Is Real," which premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The show, created by Sam Raimi (the "Spider-Man" and "Evil Dead" film series), pits 13 contestants against one another in a series of challenges inspired by frightening situations from horror movies.
December 19, 2008 | DIANE PUCIN, ON THE MEDIA
It is the hot show among NBA players. At least that's what Gary Payton's text messages tell him. The "NBA GameTime Live" show on Tuesday nights on the NBA TV channel features Payton talking trash, stats and sometimes even cooking with studio host Ahmad Rashad and, as Payton calls him, "the good cop, Chris Webber." "Of course," Payton says, "I'm the bad cop." Payton's chuckle crackles over the phone line.
December 9, 2008 | Meg James, James is a Times staff writer.
Amid gloomy forecasts for continued deterioration of the advertising markets, NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said Monday that the network was looking at scaling back the number of hours of television that it provided. "Can we continue to program 22 hours of prime-time? Three of our competitors don't. Can we afford to program seven nights a week?" Zucker said at a media conference in New York sponsored by investment banking firm UBS.
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