May 24, 2009 |
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.
April 24, 2009 |
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."
March 8, 2009 |
"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.
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.
November 7, 2007 |
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.
May 17, 2007 |
THE sleepy, single eye of CBS flew wide open Wednesday, as the traditionally conservative network showcased a small but colorfully uncharacteristic slate of new shows for its fall prime-time line-up. Known for its reliable stable of crime dramas that attract older audiences, CBS staked out new territory with five new series -- three dramas, a comedy and a reality program -- that delve into the world of a Cuban American godfather, a romantic vampire and a singing gangster.