December 26, 1999 |
Born within days of each other, the WB and UPN networks have at times behaved like squabbling children--name-calling and roughhousing, trying to claim the best affiliated stations or largest share of the viewing pie. Yet while each network will celebrate its fifth birthday in the middle of January, the milestone marks a more significant signpost for the television industry, a business shifted on its axis during the 1990s and whose prospects often appear as precarious as a toddler's whims.
September 8, 1999 |
Viacom Inc.'s stake in struggling United Paramount Network looms as the biggest potential legal roadblock facing Viacom's proposed merger with CBS Corp., federal officials said Tuesday. The 1996 Telecommunications Act explicitly bars any of the big four broadcast networks, including CBS, from merging with one another or with an emerging network such as UPN. Viacom co-owns UPN in a 50-50 deal with television station operator Chris-Craft Industries.
September 19, 1998 |
Even with the flood of 36 new television series premiering over the next few weeks in the kickoff of the fall season, one UPN comedy, "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," has always stood apart from the pack.
April 17, 1998 |
In a kids-TV deal that Buena Vista Television, a unit of Walt Disney Co., and United Paramount Network expect to be mutually beneficial, the two companies on Thursday said they have reached a long-term agreement to broadcast two hours of Disney animated programs Sunday through Friday on UPN. The two-hour Disney block will usually air from 3 to 5 p.m., beginning in the fall of 1999. The agreement gives UPN 52 new episodes of programming per year.
February 20, 1998 |
Fred Goldman, brought to prominence by his media exposure during the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, has agreed to host a prime-time special that could provide the basis for a weekly television series. The program, "Search for Justice With Fred Goldman," will air on the UPN network and will seek to spotlight wrongs perpetrated by the criminal and civil justice systems as well as efforts to effect change.
January 10, 1998 |
Angry sparks have been ignited at "Sparks," the UPN comedy about a family-run urban law firm. The creator and the star of the series are upset that UPN has cut four episodes off the 22 shows that were planned for production this season. Although "Sparks" is still officially on the UPN schedule, those on the show say the cutback is a clear sign to them that the series, now in its second season, has been unceremoniously canceled. Series creator Ed.