Thursday, November 14, 2019

ER CREATOR: EDGY SHOWS NOW GOING TO CABLE

January 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Writer/producer/director John Wells, who was responsible for bringing such shows as China Beach, ER, and The West Wing to television said on Thursday that he would have struck out if he tried to sell the networks any of those shows today. Instead, he would have taken those shows to cable. Currently, his Shameless airs on […]

GOODBYE, WISTERIA LANE

August 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Apparently ABC has decided to shut down Desperate Housewives after eight seasons before commentators began referring to the lead characters as spinsters. Once the top show on ABC’s schedule, Housewives has seen a steady erosion of its ratings in recent years. Speaking to the Television Critics Association on Sunday, Housewives creator Marc Cherry said he […]

CBS WORKS TO RETAIN “MYSTERY” OF KUTCHER’S MEN

August 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Ashton Kutcher was nowhere to be seen on Wednesday as CBS programmers discussed his role as the replacement for Charlie Sheen on CBS’s Two and a Half Men. Meeting with TV writers at the annual Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills, CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler would reveal only this about Kutcher’s character: “He’ll […]

CBS WON’T BE PAYING FOR BIG “GETS” IN FUTURE, NEWS CHIEF SAYS

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS News appeared to be the latest network outlet to take itself out of the bidding wars for big “gets.” Speaking to the Television Critics Association on Wednesday, CBS News President Jeff Fager said that the news division will no longer pay huge fees for pictures and home videos as a way to land exclusive […]

NBC’S GREENBLATT: LET’S BRING BACK “MUST SEE TV”

August 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Monday that he hopes to make the network a “Must See” phenomenon again. Referring to the network’s onetime slogan for its Thursday night lineup of comedies plus the drama ER (“Must See TV”), Greenberg said that he wanted to present programs that would have the feel of events — […]

ABC ROMANCING BLOOMBERG NEWS

January 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rumors that ABC may partner with Bloomberg News took on new credence Monday as both Disney-ABC TV chief Anne Sweeney and ABC News President Ben Sherwood each indicated that a partnership with Bloomberg’s cable channel may be in the offing. NBC Universal has its own cable channel (MSNBC), as does Fox TV (Fox News Channel); […]

IDOL‘S FUTURE STILL IDLING

August 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There was no American Idol “results show” at the Television Critics Association summer “tour” on Monday. Critics had expected Fox officials to unveil the new cast of judges and announce other changes for the talent show next season. But Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice would only say that no deals had been signed with anyone […]

PRODUCER WANTS MODERN FAMILY YANKED FROM HULU

August 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite numerous studies indicating that putting TV shows on the Internet does not cannibalize their audience, Modern Family creator-producer Steve Levitan says he thinks it does and has asked Disney-ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney to yank it off Hulu and ABC.com. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Levitan told the Television Critics Association that […]

JUST-APPOINTED ABC ENTERTAINMENT CHIEF ENTERS CRITICS’ DEN

August 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Noting that he had been on the job a mere 36 hours and was therefore “super unprepared” to be addressing the Television Critics Association about ABC’s plans for the fall season, Paul Lee, the new president of ABC Entertainment, said on Sunday that he has no intention of revamping the network’s fall schedule, at least […]

NEW JUDGES NOT YET SIGNED FOR IDOL

August 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox had reportedly hoped to announce the names of its new American Idol judges at its turn at bat at the Television Critics Association “tour” in Beverly Hills today (Monday). But published reports indicated that contract negotiations have not yet been completed with actress Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, the two most likely […]