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January 13, 2003 | From Reuters
UPN, the broadcast network best known for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the latest "Star Trek" series and sitcoms aimed at black audiences, has cut its losses in half from last year, a top executive said Sunday. "UPN is in better financial shape" than at any other time in its eight-year history, said Les Moonves, president of CBS, who also oversees UPN, noting that advertising revenue is up 25% in 2002 compared with 2001 even as the network tries to shore up ratings.
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April 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
There was no shortage of chuckles, guffaws, sniggers, giggles and flat-out belly laughs at the Saturday afternoon panel discussion "Make Me Laugh! Humor Writing Across Genres" at the Festival of Books, which featured Mary Lou Belli, Sandra Tsing Loh and Michael Price, and was moderated by M.G. Lord. The panelists held forth for an hour (they and the audience seemed full well ready to clock a second hour), in front of an overflowing crowd, about the TV shows that helped shape their sense of humor ("F Troop," "MASH" and "Get Smart" among them)
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August 24, 1997 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday "George Wallace" / 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Concludes Tuesday TNT Based upon the 1968 book by Marshall Frady, this compelling, expertly acted biography tells of the bigoted, pro-segregation governor of Alabama whose run for the presidency in 1972 was abruptly halted by a gunman whose five bullets left him in a wheelchair. Gary Sinise, so persuasive as Harry S.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Fans of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" would like to serve ABC a smackwich. Since news leaked Tuesday that the network is canceling the sitcom, fans have risen up in support of the show, which stars Krysten Ritter as Chloe, an amoral party girl in New York. Among Chloe's favorite expressions: "Smackwich," used at times when she slaps both sides of a victim's face simultaneously. "So upsetting when terrible shows like 'Big Bang' and 'Two [and a Half] Men' are still on the air and a smart show like this gets canceled," one user wrote on the Facebook page "Save 'Don't Trust the B in Apt 23,'" which was started in late December (fans were beginning to worry about ABC's lack of vocal support for the show even then)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Regis Philbin and the Rock may seem like mismatched bookends, but the series they represent--the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and wrestling program "WWF Smackdown!"--have helped ABC and UPN buck the inexorable trend toward declining viewership that has plagued network television. Among the six broadcast networks, only those two outlets achieved year-to-year audience gains for the just-completed 1999-2000 prime-time season, which began in September and ended Wednesday night.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2002
Basically there is no more diversity in broadcast ownership today than there was in 1943 ["CBS President to Take Control of UPN in 2002," Dec. 11]. Essentially, one or two companies control 50% of the network spectrum space. This may be good for CBS/Viacom/UPN, but is it good for the viewing public? Richard A. Rofman Van Nuys
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2003
I hear the Iraqis are very proud they kept their TV network on the air after all those bombs. A TV network that stays on the air after all those bombs -- we've had that over here for years. It's called UPN, right? R.J. Johnson North Hollywood
BUSINESS
February 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "WWE SmackDown" will air weekly on News Corp.'s MyNetworkTV starting in the fall. The program aired for 10 years on the CW network and its predecessor, UPN. Stamford, Conn.-based WWE said it failed to reach a new accord with CW.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2002
Thank you to Howard Rosenberg for telling it like it is in his column about KCOP's nightly newscast ("UPN 13's News for Dummies," May 6). He couldn't heap enough ridicule on those clowns to satisfy me--and I don't mean to disparage any actual clowns by comparing them to the blow-dried and glossy bunch at Channel 13. "UPN News 13" is like the forgotten candy bar one finds in the back of a drawer: a gooey, artificial mess that, once consumed, leaves...
BUSINESS
August 16, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMIESTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The co-executive producer of "Manhunt," a survival game show that began airing on UPN this month, alleges the show's producers "falsified" the program to increase its dramatic appeal. Bob Jaffe, the co-executive producer whose company was hired by Paramount Television to produce the show, said in an interview Wednesday that he was fired after he refused to make the alterations.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2009 | Scott Collins
Officials at MyNetworkTV, purveyor of "WWE Friday Night SmackDown!" as well as other, less-watched shows, have spent much of the last year arguing that their outlet should be considered alongside its larger broadcast rivals. But now the money-losing MyNetwork has given up on its network dreams. News Corp., which also owns Fox, announced Monday that MyNetwork is moving away from a network model to something the company dubbed a "hybrid" programmer. This entails a shift away from developing and ordering original material, as broadcast networks traditionally do, and looking for more ad-sharing partnerships with suppliers of existing programs, according to MyNetwork President Greg Meidel.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "WWE SmackDown" will air weekly on News Corp.'s MyNetworkTV starting in the fall. The program aired for 10 years on the CW network and its predecessor, UPN. Stamford, Conn.-based WWE said it failed to reach a new accord with CW.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2007 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Two fledgling networks, both backed by powerful media forces, launched in January 1995, both vying for the dubious distinction of becoming the fifth largest broadcast network behind ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. It was a fight to the death -- literally. After more than a decade of triumphs and misfires, massive financial losses and continuing struggles, both succumbed, replaced last year by the merger of the two, the CW.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2006 | Kate Aurthur, Times Staff Writer
CUTE sci-fi boys on Thursdays, African American comedies on Sundays, wrestling on Fridays: The CW's schedule is Frankenstein's monster, with salvaged parts from the WB and UPN contributing to the mishmash of a body. On Tuesdays, the combination of "Gilmore Girls," formerly of the WB, and "Veronica Mars," born of UPN, is designed to provide the new CW network with both brain and heart.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
For Kermit the Frog, it was never "easy being green." But Dawn Ostroff, the president of entertainment for the CW, is banking on that color to get WB and UPN viewers to tune in to the brand-new combined network this fall. The CW officially launches on Sept. 20, and green -- its official color -- was a hot topic of conversation at the television industry's summer press tour at the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez and Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writers
For fans of programs on the soon-to-die WB and UPN networks, Thursday's announcement of their offspring's inaugural fall season looked a little like a reality-show knockoff: "Survivor: The CW Version." Picking mostly top-rated shows among 18-to-34-year-olds from the WB and UPN, the new CW is going with themed nights and combining former competitors "Top Model" and "One Tree Hill" into what the network hopes will be a strong one-two punch on Wednesdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2006 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Since last month's announcement that UPN and the WB Network will die and become reincarnated as something called the CW, the TV biz has been atwitter about what sort of programming direction the new entity will take this fall. Will CBS honcho Les Moonves push for more urban, high-concept UPN fare like "America's Next Top Model"? Or will the CW (yes, it's a stupid name, but we hear it's changing) go more exurban and squishy, a la WB's "Dawson's Creek," "Everwood," etc.? Now comes a clue.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The alphabet-soup merger of UPN and the WB spells a solid victory for one local station and a resounding defeat for another. The big winner in the Los Angeles area when the CW network debuts this fall is KTLA-TV Channel 5, which will be able to cherry-pick the best shows from the former UPN and its current WB prime-time lineups while losing a key competitor for the 18-to-34-year-old urban demographic group.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2006
BIG star revelations, 10-minute pilot clips and all-star pageantry. That's so last year. Television's springtime advertising drive, the week in which the broadcast networks announce their fall prime-time schedules in the hopes of persuading advertisers to spend billions of dollars on commercial spots, is here. But this year, television stars who get trotted out with their shiny new shows at the "upfronts," as this ritual is known, will be sharing the spotlight with the digital revolution.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
CW President of Entertainment Dawn Ostroff never imagined such anticipation over her new little network. For months, fans have campaigned for their favorite UPN or WB shows by flooding her office with flowers and gifts. And the press has been relentlessly digging for confirmation of her first prime-time schedule. On Thursday, Ostroff, formerly UPN's network chief, will take the stage at Madison Square Garden and answer those million-dollar questions: Will "Veronica Mars" return?
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