January 7, 2004 |
One of the founding executives of the 9-year-old WB network, Jed Petrick, announced Tuesday that he was stepping down as president and chief operating officer. Petrick's exit comes three months after WB Chairman Jamie Kellner unveiled his succession plan, installing two other longtime lieutenants in the top positions.
May 12, 2003 |
NBC will take its first step toward life after "Friends" and "Frasier," both of which are entering their final season, by announcing a fall schedule today with new comedies starring Whoopi Goldberg and network veteran John Larroquette, plus dramas featuring Rob Lowe, Alicia Silverstone and James Caan. Schedules for ABC and the WB network were also taking shape Sunday, as programmers finalize which programs to buy, keep or throw away.
March 11, 2000 |
Seeking to build on its "Pokemon"-powered success among kids and especially boys, the WB network has made a deal for a new animated series based on the comic book "X-Men," which could benefit from catching the coattails of a big-budget feature film due this summer. If "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" brought ABC a complete reversal of its prime-time fortune, "Pokemon" has done much the same for the WB in the kids ratings race.
January 19, 1998 |
These are historic times. ABC has a sitcom ("Ellen") about a lesbian, CBS a sitcom ("Murphy Brown") about a woman torturously coping with breast cancer and a drama ("Touched by an Angel") about God, and "ER" is going to cost NBC an astounding $13 million an episode. So what can the young, peewee WB network do to create its own distinctive, trailblazing niche in this forest of giants? Hmmmm. Are you ready? Meet the network that's hottest to trot.
January 29, 2006 |
When the obituary is written of the WB network, the cause of death should probably read: complications resulting from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Last week, when the money-losing WB and UPN networks announced that they were pulling the plug to form a single new broadcast network, many television veterans traced the roots of the decision back five years, when a fight over the fate of "Buffy" drove what would prove to be a fatal stake through the WB's heart.
November 20, 2000 |
Seeking to capitalize on NBC's perceived vulnerability in the Thursday slot following "Friends," the WB network has employed a novel means of inviting viewers into its new dramatic series "Gilmore Girls"--providing a brief plot synopsis at 8:30 p.m. recounting what they missed during the first half-hour. The WB introduced the midshow recap a few weeks ago, hoping to make it easier for "Friends" viewers to switch to the series and skip NBC's 8:30 p.m. comedy, "Cursed."
January 11, 1999 |
Despite the fact that cable continues to peck away at their share of television's viewing pie, officials at the broadcast networks continue to focus on their ability to reach the widest possible audience, as well as the necessity of sticking to that strategy. Representatives of ABC, CBS, UPN and the WB network espoused varying ideas regarding how best to achieve those aims during separate interview sessions with TV critics from around the country, in town to preview new network series.
June 16, 2000 |
Nelvana Ltd.--a little production company pitted against the likes of Disney, Time Warner, News Corp. and Viacom--no doubt feels that Oscar-nominated song from "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" possesses a grain of truth: "Blame Canada."
July 13, 1999 |
The late Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously said in regard to pornography, "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it." Describing "bad violence" in television and movies has often defied simple classification as well. Violence in those media, after all, can be brutal, cartoonish, graphic, educational, gratuitous, repulsive and at times downright thrilling.
July 17, 2001 |
AOL Time Warner Inc.'s WB television network expects to have its first profitable season, assuming audience ratings remain strong and the U.S. TV advertising market as a whole improves, a company executive said. "I think we will be profitable this year, but the challenges are greater because the market isn't as strong as we had envisioned," said Jamie Kellner, the former WB head who was named chief of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. in March. The unit includes the WB, CNN, TNT and TBS networks.