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Back In Business, Abc Renews Nine Shows

12th February 2008

ABC wasted no time Monday following the return of showrunners to their offices (and an expected return-to-the-fold of writers later this week) to announce the renewal of nine series, including Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice,...

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Strike: Did Each Side Lose?

11th February 2008

Several analysts have suggested that the strike will end with each side losing. Ratings at each of the networks except Fox are down substantially since the strike began, with advertisers being given rebates or "make...

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Ratings Down, Though Survivor's Survival Not In Doubt

8th February 2008

Ratings for the season debut of the latest Survivor series may have been down considerably from previous years, but they were good enough to beat all the competition Thursday night. For its premiere, Survivor: Micronesia...

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Disney To Promote Fox's Idol

8th February 2008

Seemingly following the advice "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," the Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday that it will develop at attraction at its theme park in Florida where visitors will be able to...

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Former Abc Newsman Mcwethy Dies In Skiing Accident

7th February 2008

Recently retired ABC News national security correspondent John McWethy, 61, died Wednesday from injuries received during a skiing accident in Keystone, CO. Witnesses said that he missed a turn and rammed into a tree, suffering...

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Truth Will Out

7th February 2008

Fox's controversial reality show, Moment of Truth. continued to produce solid ratings results in its second week, registering a 9.8 rating and a 15 share in Nielsen's overnights. Nevertheless, that represented a 36-percent drop from...

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Idol Wins Over Clinton, Obama, Romney, Mccain, Et Al

6th February 2008

With its rivals offering heavy coverage of Super Tuesday primary results, Fox continued to draw viewers who were more interested in a contest of a different sort. American Idol once again dominated Tuesday's ratings, recording...

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Fox Records Its Best Ratings Ever

6th February 2008

For the first time in memory, Fox TV shows held the top seven positions on the weekly Nielsen ratings chart, producing the highest-rated week in the network's history. Moreover, the average weekly ratings for Fox...

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Veteran Soap Actress Kepler Dies At 49

5th February 2008

Shell Kepler, who had a 23-year run on the ABC soap opera General Hospital playing nurse Amy Vining, died Friday in Portland, OR at age 49. The cause of death was not disclosed. Kepler began...

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Cavemen Return To Their Roots

5th February 2008

Geico's cavemen characters, who bombed in a TV series about them, have returned to their roots in new commercials for the insurance company, Advertising Age reported Monday. They reappeared in spots on local stations in...

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No Country Receives Another Top Award

4th February 2008

The Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men raised its Oscar odds over the weekend by winning the Producers Guild of America's best feature film award. Scott Rudin and Ethan and Joel Coen added the...

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Brookie Star Lost With Ferrell

4th February 2008

Former Brookside star Anna Friel is set to appear alongside Hollywood star Will Ferrell, it has been reported.The former Channel Four soap actress is said to have been signed up to play the female lead...

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Abc Attacked From All Sides Over Vaccine Drama

30th January 2008

ABC has been caught in a tug of war over a forthcoming premiere episode of the legal drama Eli Stone, which deals with a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company claiming that a vaccine was responsible...

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Disney Channel Trounces Sibling Abc With Minutemen

30th January 2008

Aided by a strong public relations campaign, Minutemen, a two-hour Disney Channel movie about students who travel in a time machine a few minutes back into the recent past, drew 6.5 million viewers Friday. During...

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No Football, But Fox Scores Anyway

30th January 2008

Fox had no NFL playoffs to buoy its ratings last week, but it did have American Idol, and even though the talent contest's ratings were somewhat off from what they were a year ago, they...

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Blue Scene Becomes Youtube Hit

29th January 2008

Since the FCC fined ABC $1.43 million for showing an actress's naked backside on an episode of NYPD five years ago, the scene, which the FCC branded "indecent," has been been posted on YouTube, where...

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Pediatrics Academy Condemns Abc Drama

29th January 2008

Despite encountering outrage from the American Academy of Pediatrics, ABC said Monday that it plans to go ahead with the planned broadcast of an episode of the new legal drama Eli Stone in which the...

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Fcc Fines Abc $1.43 Million Over Blue Scene

28th January 2008

A scene in a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue in which an actress's bare backside was visible could subject ABC to a $1.43-million fine. In its notice to the network, the FCC said that the...

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Abc Facing Fine Over Nypd Blue Buttocks Exposure

27th January 2008

U.S. TV network ABC is facing a multi-million dollar fine after it aired an episode of NYPD Blue depicting female nudity. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports a show broadcast in 2003 featured "multiple, close-up...

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Us Censor: Too Nypd Blue

26th January 2008

US network ABC faces a $1.4 million fine (700,000) over female nudity shown in a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue.The US' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says a scene broadcast before the 21:00 watershed of a...

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Price Is Right For Primetime Tv

24th January 2008

CBS, which had often called up Bob Barker to host a primetime version of The Price Is Right -- usually during the summer rerun period -- will be calling up current host Drew Carey to...

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Bbc3 Launches 'New Look'

22nd January 2008

A 'new look' BBC3 has been unveiled by Danny Cohen, the digital channel's controller.The channel's programming has been severely criticised by BBC luminaries, with the Today programme's John Humphrys attacking the corporation's bosses for implementing...

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Fox -- Just Like Giants

21st January 2008

The Fox TV network, which already was expected to dominate the ratings this month with the return of American Idol, absolutely crushed the opposition Sunday night with the primetime airing of the NFC championship game...

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Janet Jackson: 'Michael Isn't Ready For Jackson 5'

21st January 2008

R+B superstar JANET JACKSON has cast doubt on her brother MICHAEL's participation in a planned JACKSON 5 comeback tour, because she doesn't know if he's ready to go back to singing in a group. Elder...

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Dateline Praised, Condemned At Awards Program

18th January 2008

Columbia University, which hands out the annual Alfred I. duPont Awards for Journalism Excellence each year, presented one award Wednesday night to NBC's Dateline and another award to a Texas TV station for a feature...

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Idol On Top, But Ratings Fall On Night #2

17th January 2008

On its second night of the season, Fox's American Idol trounced every show in sight, but its audience was well below that for the comparable show a year ago. Wednesday night's two-hour Idol prelim averaged...

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Keaton Uses "F" Word; Fcc Silent

16th January 2008

During an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, Diane Keaton blurted out the "f" word, then apologized. The incident might have triggered action by the FCC, but FCC Chairman Kevin Martin...

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Winfrey Has Network Of Her Own

16th January 2008

The Oprah Winfrey Network -- or OWN -- will take over what is now the Discovery Health Channel, currently carried by cable systems serving 70 million households, it was announced Tuesday. It was not immediately...

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Fox Leaps Forward

16th January 2008

Fox began making its annual mid-season move to the front ranks of the Nielsen ratings last week, scoring strongly among adults 18-49 with NFL football and the debut of its sci-fi drama Terminator: The Sarah...

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Abc's Dance War Wins Monday Battle

16th January 2008

The second week of ABC's Dance Warproduced solid results Monday as it averaged a 7.3 rating and an 11 share between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., outperforming NBC's American Gladiators, which finished with a 5.8/9...

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