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March 8, 2009 | Jon Caramanica
"Wife Swap" (ABC, 8 p.m. Friday) relies on a belief in the power of domestic diplomacy, an acknowledgment on the part of parents committed to their household customs that there may in fact be other options and that dialogue is better than resistance. But like all negotiations between sovereign nations with competing ideals, goodwill is not always the prime motivator or the most effective one.
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April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.   The better news for ABC came from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2003 | Brian Lowry, Times Staff Writer
Given the seeming ubiquity of so-called reality television, it was only a matter of time before it came knocking on the door and invading the neighborhood. So it was that my mother, who lives on a quiet little street in Van Nuys, woke up last week to find a flier informing her that something called "Wife Swap," a new "reality show," was set to begin filming just a few houses away.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kate Gosselin's "Wife Swap" counterpart is Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett. Wha?? Yep, Gosselin, 37, and Wilkinson-Baskett, 27, will switch families for the ABC show "Celebrity Wife Swap," leaving the former Playboy model in charge of Gosselin's famous "plus 8. " That's eight kids, folks. The Ministry knows that these celebrity reality shows tend to be the means for onetime famous people to reboot their careers. But couldn't putting eight kids up against Wilkinson-Baskett, who has only one child, qualify as some sort of child endangerment?
BUSINESS
October 1, 2004 | Scott Collins
"Wife Swap," ABC's "reality" series about women who temporarily switch families, opened to strong ratings Wednesday, knocking NBC's venerable "Law & Order" to an unusual third-place finish in the advertiser-friendly young-adults category. NBC's legal drama, now in its 15th season, has long dominated the 10 p.m. hour, but last week CBS scored a crucial premiere-week victory with "CSI: NY," a spinoff of its hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." On Wednesday, "CSI: NY" won again (19.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 2008
Art chief: Ronald C. Nelson, a former chief of development at the Long Beach Museum of Art who became the institution's interim executive director in late 2006 when Harold Nelson ended his 17 1/2 -year tenure, has been appointed the museum's executive director. -- Renewed: ABC announced it has renewed the unscripted series "Dancing With the Stars," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap" for the 2008-09 season.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
TV producers are headed to court again over a "copycat" reality show. RDF Media Ltd., the British producer of ABC's program "Wife Swap," sued Fox on Wednesday, claiming Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "Trading Spouses" is a "blatant and wholesale copycat" of their show. Both series detail the experiences of real-life women who temporarily switch families. RDF claims that Fox decided to rip off its idea after "Wife Swap" became a hit in Britain and was sold to ABC.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2004 | Meghan Daum, Special to The Times
According to the publicity for "Wife Swap," the new ABC reality show premiering Wednesday and based on the British hit of the same name, "never before has a reality series taken such an honest inside look at the American Family." Though "honesty" is debatable on reality TV -- just how many of those reaction shots actually correspond with what's happening at the moment? -- "Wife Swap" does allow a provocative glimpse inside two U.S.
NEWS
July 22, 2004 | Scott Collins
The battle of the wife-swappers has begun. Fox boosted its summer fortunes Tuesday night with "Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy," a 10-episode reality series about two families whose moms swap places. The premiere won the 8 p.m. hour among the young-adult viewers advertisers covet, according to Nielsen Media Research. "Spouses" lured 7.5 million total viewers, beating ABC's "Extreme Makeover" (7.4 million).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Scott Collins
ABC, slogging through a tough prime-time season, has renewed a dozen of its existing series, including the ratings-challenged "Ugly Betty" and "Private Practice." The network on Thursday announced early pickups as well for the dramas "Brothers & Sisters," "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy." ABC's top programs, "Dancing With the Stars" and "Desperate Housewives," are also headed back, as well as the unscripted series "America's Funniest Home Videos" (for its 20th season), "The Bachelor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS SERIES Wife Swap: It's Mrs. Manners versus Mud Mom in this new episode where a mother who runs an etiquette school swaps homes with a mother whose daughters enjoy mud racing and — horrors! — don't care if their socks match their outfits (8 p.m. ABC). Whale Wars: When the Shonan Maru 2 barrels through the speedboat Ady Gil, Capt. Swift launches a rescue mission in response to the international incident (9 p.m. Animal Planet). Man, Woman, Wild: A former Special Forces survival expert and his wife (Mike Hawke and Ruth England)
BUSINESS
May 24, 2009 | Meg James
The gig: Chief Executive of RDF USA, a unit of the British TV production company RDF Media, which makes more than a dozen programs for U.S. networks including "Wife Swap" for ABC, "Don't Forget the Lyrics" and "Secret Millionaire" for Fox, upcoming shows "Hitched or Ditched" for CW and "Addicted to Beauty" for Oxygen. Breaking into Hollywood: "I've always been fascinated by the media, by the power of the media. I wanted to be a journalist.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Scott Collins
ABC, slogging through a tough prime-time season, has renewed a dozen of its existing series, including the ratings-challenged "Ugly Betty" and "Private Practice." The network on Thursday announced early pickups as well for the dramas "Brothers & Sisters," "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy." ABC's top programs, "Dancing With the Stars" and "Desperate Housewives," are also headed back, as well as the unscripted series "America's Funniest Home Videos" (for its 20th season), "The Bachelor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2009 | Jon Caramanica
"Wife Swap" (ABC, 8 p.m. Friday) relies on a belief in the power of domestic diplomacy, an acknowledgment on the part of parents committed to their household customs that there may in fact be other options and that dialogue is better than resistance. But like all negotiations between sovereign nations with competing ideals, goodwill is not always the prime motivator or the most effective one.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 2008
Art chief: Ronald C. Nelson, a former chief of development at the Long Beach Museum of Art who became the institution's interim executive director in late 2006 when Harold Nelson ended his 17 1/2 -year tenure, has been appointed the museum's executive director. -- Renewed: ABC announced it has renewed the unscripted series "Dancing With the Stars," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap" for the 2008-09 season.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2007 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
SOON it will be "American Idol" season, that sweet time of year when the world stops to crown a new singing sensation. The naysayers predicted that last year would be the year Americans stopped idolizing, and they were so, so wrong. With the entertainment industry's writers on strike, and current scripted series expected to run out of episodes by mid-January, "American Idol" which averaged 30 million viewers a show last season, could actually become as big as, say, the Super Bowl.
SPORTS
November 12, 2005
As an Angel fan since 2000 and an ex-Dodger fan, I find myself watching the team the way most people slow down to watch an accident on the freeway. We try to assess the damage and in some weird way hope to see some gore. That's why I read what's happening with the Dodgers every morning. SANDY STOCK Agoura Hills While I give Frank McCourt credit for ousting Paul DePodesta, he made a mistake firing Jim Tracy. But the worst thing McCourt could do is listen to Tommy Lasorda, who is a weak judge of talent.
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