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April 23, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA Network has its eye on summer, unveiling its summer slate of premieres -- including the launch of two new dramas. June is to be the month of returns, with "Royal Pains" making its sixth-season rollout on Tuesday, June 10. The following night will see the return of "Suits" and "Graceland. " "Covert Affairs" will be waiting a bit longer, getting its start on June 24. Once the veterans warm things up, USA plans to unveil a pair of new dramas on July 17. "Rush," a medical drama with a hard-partying, bad-boy doc (Tom Ellis)
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April 23, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA Network has its eye on summer, unveiling its summer slate of premieres -- including the launch of two new dramas. June is to be the month of returns, with "Royal Pains" making its sixth-season rollout on Tuesday, June 10. The following night will see the return of "Suits" and "Graceland. " "Covert Affairs" will be waiting a bit longer, getting its start on June 24. Once the veterans warm things up, USA plans to unveil a pair of new dramas on July 17. "Rush," a medical drama with a hard-partying, bad-boy doc (Tom Ellis)
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October 24, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA has picked up legal drama "Suits" for a fourth season -- and swanky suits and ties around the world breathed a sigh of relief. The fourth season of the drama, centered on a Manhattan corporate law firm led by a legendary slick lawyer (Gabriel Macht) and his brilliant (bootleg) associate (Patrick J. Adams), will consist of 16 episodes. "Suits" recently wrapped the first half of its third season -- and was among TV's top five scripted shows in the 18-49 demo during its summer run. The remaining six episodes will air in the first quarter of 2014 after the Olympics, and will feature Olympian Michael Phelps as a guest star.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Meg James
The NBC network is beleaguered no more. After nearly a decade in the ratings cellar, NBC is poised to finish the prime-time TV season in May in first place in the coveted advertising demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49.  February's coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, generated strong viewership and $1.1 billion in revenue, Comcast executives said in announcing the Philadelphia-based company's first-quarter earnings, which exceeded...
BUSINESS
February 4, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc., owner of the top-rated cable-television channel, posted a smaller-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter as revenue jumped at its cable networks and at Ticketmaster, the dominant U.S. ticket agency. The media and electronic-commerce company headed by Barry Diller reported a loss of $17.7 million, or 5 cents a share, wider than a pro forma loss from operations of $14.6 million, or 5 cents, in the year-earlier period.
NEWS
November 29, 1990
Kay Koplovitz, president and chief executive officer of USA Network, will receive the Jerusalem Award of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem, Western Region, at a dinner Jan. 9 at the Beverly Hilton. Koplovitz has been active in National Junior Achievement, the New York City Partnership and the Partnership for a Drug Free America, and is a supporter of Shaare Zedek's efforts to bring health care to the people of Israel.
BUSINESS
October 31, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone testified that the company has helped rather than hurt its USA Network partnership with MCA Inc. In a trial over the partnership, Redstone said Viacom helped USA Network land hard-to-get satellite transmission time connected to European ventures and prodded the network to improve its advertising sales, which it did.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2001 | Reuters
Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc. reported a narrower loss Wednesday, citing growth at its flagship USA Network cable station, television studio production and Ticketmaster and Home Shopping Network units. The company reported a loss of $7.5 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a loss of $26.9 million or 7 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
In a blow to Universal Studios Inc., a key witness was disqualified as an expert witness in a Delaware Chancery Court trial after the judge said he dodged questions about errors in his resume. Andrew Rosenfield, president of Lexecon Inc., was to testify as an antitrust expert for Seagram Co.'s Universal Studios, which sued Viacom Inc. in a partnership dispute over USA Network. The case ended Friday after a month of testimony, and the judge could take several months to make a ruling.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2001 | Reuters
USA Networks Inc. board member and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen has filed with U.S. regulators to sell 1 million common shares, worth $20.5 million, of the media company's stock. Allen, who stepped down from Microsoft's board last year, filed for the USA Networks stock sale with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 23. The documents were publicly released Wednesday. He had 30.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By David Whitley
Long before anyone heard of Dorothy Hamill, Shaun White, Bob Costas, Steve Jobs, live streaming or the Borg, there was Uncle Walter. He stood with his back to the camera as a blizzard set in. Then he whirled around and started a revolution. "From Squaw Valley, California, February 1960, the eighth Winter Games," he said. "This is Walter Cronkite reporting. " America was turned on. At least it was for the 13 black-and-white hours CBS broadcast during the first TV Olympics.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the first of many trips to Pasadena. The Skinny: The winter version of the Television Critics Assn. press tour kicks off today in Pasadena. Are you as excited as I am? Actually, it's not so bad (good schmoozing and free food) and I love racing up and down the 110 Freeway (hope no traffic cops are reading this). Today's roundup includes Vince McMahon's plans for a WWE network. Also, Viacom and CBS chief talks business and pleasure and a review of IFC's miniseries parody "The Spoils of Babylon.
SPORTS
December 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Big fans of the Winter Olympics won't have much trouble getting their fill of the action from Sochi. NBCUniversal announced on Thursday that it will present more than 1,539 hours of coverage from Russia in February. That's an average of 85 hours a day on various platforms -- a record for the Winter Games and more coverage than the last two combined. Roughly a third of the action will air on television, divided among NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and the USA Network. NBCOlympics.com will offer more than 1,000 hours of live streaming coverage, along with event rewinds and video highlights.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Psych: The Musical" is at long last ready for its curtain raiser. Creator Steve Franks and his writing crew are no strangers to bringing the kooky to the long-running USA Network series--who could forget the re-enactment of "Clue"? Now, ahead of the launch of its eighth season (which rolls out next month), fans who have long anticipated hearing their favorite fake psychic detective (James Roday) and his best friend/pharmaceutical salesman (Dule Hill) belt out ditties, can now rest easy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA network has gotten rough with its drama "Necessary Roughness" -- canceling the series after three seasons. The network will not move forward with a fourth season of the drama, the network confirmed Tuesday. The series, which starred Callie Thorne as a psychologist to athletes, showed promise with its debut in summer 2011 -- Thorne even landed a Golden Globe nomination for her role -- but the show didn't prove strong enough in the ratings. PHOTOS: Prime-time couples It amped-up its third season with several new regulars, including John Stamos, but that did little to bolster the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA has picked up legal drama "Suits" for a fourth season -- and swanky suits and ties around the world breathed a sigh of relief. The fourth season of the drama, centered on a Manhattan corporate law firm led by a legendary slick lawyer (Gabriel Macht) and his brilliant (bootleg) associate (Patrick J. Adams), will consist of 16 episodes. "Suits" recently wrapped the first half of its third season -- and was among TV's top five scripted shows in the 18-49 demo during its summer run. The remaining six episodes will air in the first quarter of 2014 after the Olympics, and will feature Olympian Michael Phelps as a guest star.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2000 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc., the media and electronic commerce company run by Barry Diller, said it bought two cable television networks for about $100 million to increase the variety of its cable programming. USA acquired the Trio Network, an arts and entertainment channel, and News World International, a news channel, with the purchase of North American Television Inc., a joint venture of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and closely held Power Broadcasting Inc.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2000 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc. paid President Barry Baker $48.1 million in his first year on the job in 1999, when he was brought on to help Chairman Barry Diller expand the company in electronic commerce and television. Most of the payment came from options that are valued at $40.6 million if USA Networks stock rises 5% a year until the options expire in 2009, according to a proxy filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
USA Network may be the No. 1 basic-cable network for the seventh year running, but that doesn't mean it doesn't want to up it's game when it comes to original programming. On Wednesday USA announced that it had given the green light to three new drama pilots, including one from "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix. "These pilots illustrate our continued commitment to creating the next evolution of powerful original dramas for which USA is well known," said Chris McCumber, the network's president, in a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Meg James
NBCUniversal is shaking up the management of its entertainment cable channels and announced a change of strategy for a new network based on Esquire magazine. The biggest executive shift comes at USA Network, where Chris McCumber was named president. McCumber had been working in tandem with Jeff Wachtel as co-president of the channel for nearly three years. USA Network is NBCUniversal's most profitable asset. "Chris has proven himself a fantastic leader with a deep understanding of the enormous strength and equity of the USA brand," Bonnie Hammer, chairman of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, said in an email to her staff announcing the changes.
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