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Braff: 'Scrubs Is No More'

Actor ZACH BRAFF has fuelled speculation hit U.S. TV show SCRUBS will be scrapped next year (11) - by posting a message on his Facebook.com page saying the series is "no more".The hospital comedy has...

Amanpour's Selection Decried By Abc News Staffers

ABC News staffers are angry and demoralized over the surprise selection of CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour to host ABC's Sunday morning This Week show, Washington Post media writer Tom Shales reported today (Tuesday). "ABC...

Dancing Lifts Abc To No. 1 On Monday

Dancing with the Stars returned to ABC's schedule Monday night -- and none too soon. The network, which has been struggling this season, with ratings well below last year's, attracted an average of 23.79 million...

Cnn Loses Amanpour

CNN, which has been struggling to hold on to viewers on the strength of its journalism, is losing arguably its leading foreign correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, who has been named the new host of ABC's Sunday-morning...

Abdul Star Search Talks Fall To Earth

PAULA ABDUL has turned down the chance to revive 1980s U.S. talent contest STAR SEARCH - after negotiations with TV executives fell apart, according to U.S. reports.The former American Idol judge was believed to be...

No Home Yet For Daytime Emmys

The New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the group that hands out the Daytime Emmy Awards, says that the awards ceremony will go on as scheduled on June 27, although it still...

Letterman And Kimmel Gang Up On Leno Again

Two late-night talk show hosts, CBS's David Letterman and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, got together on Letterman's show Tuesday and lamented the fact that they no longer had NBC's Jay Leno to kick around anymore since...

Fox's Idol Remains Top Show; Cbs, Top Network

All three American Idol episodes once again dominated the top-ten Nielsen chart among both overall viewers and those 18-49. But every other show on the chart aired on CBS, which won the week among overall...

Cost Of Tv Ads Drop 11 Percent

Blaming "audience fragmentation" that has resulted from viewers withdrawing from broadcast networks and switching to cable or Internet viewing, a study by TargetCast has revealed that lower ratings resulted in an 11 percent drop in...

Abc Promotes Itself On Its Newsmagazine 20/20

In another case of a network's news division being put into the service of its entertainment division, ABC on Monday night aired a two-hour special edition of 20/20 titled "Inside the Bachelor -- The Stories...

Abdul Reviving Star Search?

Former AMERICAN IDOL judge PAULA ABDUL is reportedly in talks to rival SIMON COWELL's hit talent shows by bringing back 1980s U.S. TV contest STAR SEARCH.The show, which gave singers, dancers and comedians a chance...

Abc News To Build Online Paywalls -- Again

ABC News, which has experimented unsuccessfully with paywalls for its online content in the past, plans to try some new approaches -- starting around June, ABC News Digital chief Paul Slavin has told paidContent.com. Acknowledging...

Will Disney Spin Off Abc?

Walt Disney Co. chief Robert Iger stunned company shareholders Wednesday when he said that while Disney is currently "comfortable" with its current mix of assets, it's keeping its options open regarding a possible spin-off of...

Cable And Satellite Providers Ask Lawmakers For Help

Hoping to forestall another set-to between the broadcast networks and cable providers over retransmission-consent fees like the one that threatened the Oscar telecast in the New York area last Sunday, a group of cable, satellite...

Specials Soar; Regular Shows Plummet

While special-event programming like the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, and the Oscars has been drawing record or near-record audiences this year, the day-to-day primetime schedules of the networks have been declining, the Associated Press...

Cablevision Vs. Abc Who Won?

Neither side is providing details of the deal over retransmission-consent rights that put Disney/ABC-owned WABC-TV back on the New York area Cablevision system Sunday night shortly after the Oscar telecast began, but Moody's Investors Service...

Seinfeld's Marriage Ref Debuts With Strong Ratings

It may have received nothing but disparaging reviews after a preview outing during the Winter Olympics' finale a week ago, but the Jerry Seinfeld-produced The Marriage Ref got off to a solid start in the...

Content Is King? No, It's The Characters, Says Abc Prez

In a comment that will no doubt rankle television writers, ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson has remarked that in considering new programs, "we want to make sure the plot doesn't eclipse the characters, as strong...

Abc Likely To Go Dark On N.y. Cable

As of early afternoon on Friday, no progress had been reported in the dispute between Disney and Cablevision, the primary cable operator in the New York area, making it more likely that Disney would yank...

"And The Oscar Goes To..." New York May Not Know

Although many industry observers expect Disney and Cablevision to settle their differences over retransmission fees by Sunday's deadline, a number of experts say they expect Cablevision's 3 million New York-area subscribers will have to attach...

Walters No Big Celebrities Anymore

Movie stars just aren't what they used to be, Barbara Walters suggested in an interview with Reuters days before her 29th and final Oscars special is due to air on ABC. Walters told the wire...

Battle Between Cablevision And Disney Heats Up

Cablevision chief James Dolan on Tuesday blasted threats by the Walt Disney Co. to pull the signal of WABC-TV from the cable provider on Sunday unless it receives a substantial raise in retransmission-consent fees. "Fundamental...

Baron Cohen Ousted From Oscars Again

Sasha Baron Cohen, who had been the first choice of this year's Oscars producers to host the ABC-televised ceremony but was dropped following objections by the motion picture academy, has now been dropped as an...

Olympics Win Gold Ratings; So Does Idol

So far as the Nielsen top ten list was concerned last week, it was all either Winter Olympics or American Idol . Not another show made the list. Looking below the top ten, the standouts...

Giant Movie Poster At Oscar Site Ordered Removed

Los Angeles authorities on Monday jailed Los Angeles businessman Kayvan Setareh for posting an illegal "supergraphic" advertisement for DreamWorks Animation's upcoming feature How to Train Your Dragon over about eight stories of a building located...

Miss America Evicted Again

There she goes, Miss America -- again. The 89-year-old beauty pageant, a staple on television since 1966, was carried on NBC for 30 years -- it attracted 33 million viewers in 1988 -- then moved...

New Yorkers May Lose Oscar Telecast

Another showdown is brewing between a broadcaster and a cable company over retransmission fees -- and this time the Academy Awards appears to be held hostage by the adversaries. ABC said on Monday that it...

Cbs And Abc News Hard Hit By Downturn

Without a cable news site to help share the costs, the news divisions of CBS and ABC are continuing to lose money, with little relief in sight, except for the prospect of further downsizing, the...

Even With Lame Singers, Idol Beats Olympics

After being bested by the Olympics last Wednesday, American Idol roared back with a vengeance last night, rounding up 22.8 million viewers to the Olympics' 19.0 million. Idol peaked in its last half hour with...

Abc News To Cut 24% Of Its Employees

ABC News President David Westin has emailed employees that the news division plans to eliminate 24 percent of its workforce within a month via buyouts and layoffs. Calling the move part of a "fundamental transformation"...

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