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Furor Over Hidden-camera Beating On Primetime

Viewers have flooded ABC's switchboards and posted hundreds of messages on the network's website complaining about Friday's Primetime broadcast about dysfunctional "step-families" in which a father was shown hitting his teenage daughter. Many demanded to...

What About Brian? Very Little

ABC's What About Brian, which drew decent ratings with its highly promoted premiere following Desperate Housewives a week ago, then produced lackluster ratings in its regular slot a day later, utterly crashed Monday night. The...

Is President Allen Already A Lame Duck?

TV columnists are predicting a one-term tenure for ABC's Commander in Chief following dismal ratings for the once high-flying show as it returned to the air Thursday following an 11-week break. The show, which stars...

Almost Here: Tv When You Want It

Comcast COO Steve Burke predicted Friday that ABC and Fox will follow NBC and CBS into the video-on-demand arena within three to six months. The networks have been making programming available for viewing on Comcast's...

State Department -- Too Boring For Tv?

CNN has moved Andrea Koppel from the State Department -- her beat for the past eight years -- and switched her to Capitol Hill. A source at the network told The Washingtonian: We were the...

Garner Jumps Back Into Stunts

Actress JENNIFER GARNER desperately missed doing stunt work while she was pregnant and was thrilled she had the chance to jump off a 10-story building last week (15APR06). The ALIAS star did quite a bit...

A Sitcom Involving Mick Jagger (Only He'll Hardly Be In It)

Mick Jagger is likely to appear in an ABC comedy series about a group of workers in New York who plot to rob a celebrity -- in this case, Jagger, the Hollywood Reporter reported today...

Ebay: The Tv Show

The Internet auction site eBay is getting its own ABC reality series. As reported by MediaPost's online MediaDailyNews, the show, tentatively titled Make It Happen, will feature families who place their "hidden treasures" for sale...

Jagger In Tv Comedy Negotiations

SIR MICK JAGGER is in talks with TV bosses about starring in an ABC comedy pilot about a group of New York City criminals who attempt to rob a celebrity. The ROLLING STONE will play...

Cruise Becomes A Dad; Cancels Mission Promotions

Tom Cruise, who displayed a Blackberry device during his interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Friday night, showing a progress report from Katie Holmes (complete with "emoticons") about her pregnancy, suspended further interviews and...

Uh, Oh! Idol Beats Commandments

CBS and Fox continued to dominate the television ratings last week, with CBS coming out ahead in the overall rankings and Fox, in the key 18-49 demographic group. Once again Fox's American Idol topped both...

Surprise! Bird Flu To Arrive On Abc

Entertainment columnists were taken aback Tuesday when ABC announced that it would be broadcasting a made-for-TV disaster movie about avian flu on May 9. The network had succeeded in keeping the production of Fatal Contact:...

Cruise Walks Out Of Interview With Swedish Reporter

Tom Cruise reportedly walked out of an interview with a reporter for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet Sndag recently after the reporter questioned him about his claim that Scientology had helped him overcome dyslexia. As reported...

What About Brian? Not Much

ABC's new -- and heavily hyped -- drama What About Bryan, which debuted with decent, if underwhelming, ratings on Sunday night following Desperate Housewives, saw those ratings sliced in half Monday as it moved into...

Flockhart And Griffith To Play Sisters In New Tv Series

Former ALLY MCBEAL star CALISTA FLOCKHART is back among TV's top earners thanks to a new series in which she'll star opposite SIX FEET UNDER actress RACHEL GRIFFITHS. Flockhart and Griffiths will reportedly pocket $200,000...

Abc's Program Switch Fails To Lift Ratings

ABC's decision to move its Primetime Live newsmagazine from Thursday to Friday and to replace it in its old time period with Commander in Chief appeared to backfire as neither show attracted a substantial audience....

Broadcasters To Challenge Indecency Fines

Four major broadcast station owners and the FCC are heading towards what the Los Angeles Times has described as a "showdown over what constitutes indecency on the airwaves." The four -- CBS, Fox, ABC, and...

Sportscaster To Head Cbs News Investigative Unit

Sean McManus, who moved from president of CBS Sports to become president of both CBS News and CBS Sports, has named Armen Keteyian to become chief investigative correspondent for the CBS Evening News and other...

Cruise Concedes 'Katie Can Have Drugs'

TOM CRUISE has slammed reports he is rigidly imposing his Scientology beliefs on pregnant fiancee KATIE HOLMES, insisting a silent, drug-free birth is just a guideline. Speaking on ABC's PRIMETIME, to be aired tonight (14APR06),...

Cruise: 'Baby Will Not Be Catholic'

TOM CRUISE has rebuked speculation his new baby will be raised a Catholic, despite fiancee KATIE HOLMES' devout upbringing in the Church. Speaking on ABC's PRIMETIME, to be aired tonight (14APR06), Cruise insisted his bride-to-be...

Couric's Departure Will Aid Abc, Analyst Says

Katie Couric's deal with CBS is likely to benefit ABC more than her new employer, Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen wrote in a message to clients Wednesday. In her words: "The departure of Ms....

Deal Cuts Idol's Numbers

A one-hour results edition of American Idol that began at 8:30 Wednesday night was predictably the highest-rated show of the night. But the first half-hour, which faced NBC's game show Deal or No Deal, could...

Disney's Iger Avoiding The Pitfalls Of The Music Business

Disney chief Robert Iger said Tuesday that the decision to explore new online avenues for distributing ABC and Disney Channel programs was influenced in large part by watching the mistakes made by the music industry...

Idol Running On Mercury

Although Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes commented today (Wednesday) that she could hear "Puff! Puff! Puff! Puff -- the sound of Freddie Mercury's ashes churning in his urn during last night's one-hour mutilation...

Ratings Dribble Down For Ncaa Basketball Contest

In the latest demonstration that sports on broadcast TV ain't what they used to be, the weekly Nielsen ratings indicated that the final game of the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament ranked sixth for the week,...

Ten Commandments Are More Like An 8.7

Part One of ABC's new version of The Ten Commandments posted so-so ratings for the network Monday night. The first hour, at 9:00 p.m., won its time period with an 8.5 rating and a 15...

Bolton Knew He Would Marry Sheridan

Singer MICHAEL BOLTON knew he was destined to be with actress NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN, and immediately starting romancing her after she broke off her engagement last year (05). The pair dated in the 1990s and kept...

Tv's And Pc's Reach Merging Point

In its latest experiment in merging television with the Internet, ABC is planning to make most of its programming available for free on a revamped website beginning April 30, the Wall Street Journal reported today...

Woodruff -- On Camera Again

Three photos of ABC anchor Bob Woodruff released by the network on Thursday show him looking thin but with no visible vestiges of the injuries he received from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq last...

It's Official: Vieira To Replace Couric On Today

One day after Katie Couric's announcement that she will be leaving the Today show at the end of May to become anchor of the CBS Evening News, NBC confirmed this morning (Thursday) that she will...

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