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posted May 13, 2002 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a big week for the networks and there is a lot of news coming from New York about the fall 2002/03 season. Here's NBC:

The major networks are due to begin introducing their fall lineups to media buyers in New York beginning today (Monday). NBC is expected to unveil three new sitcoms, In-Laws, starring Jean Smart, "Hidden Hills," starring Paula Marshall, and "Good Morning Miami," starring Mark Feuerstein. None of the shows is expected to air during NBC's Must-See-TV lineup on Thursday nights, where the network usually launches new programs. Instead, the 8:30 p.m. showcase period is expected to be occupied by the second season of Scrubs. The network will reportedly also announce two new dramas, "American Dreams," from Dick Clark Productions, and the cop show "Boomtown," starring Donnie Wahlberg and Mykelti Williamson. Meanwhile, ABC plans to drop Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from its schedule, according to published reports appearing today (Monday). Host Regis Philbin, in an interview with the New York Daily News, predicted that the game show will air as a series of specials next season or could be brought back as a midseason replacement. "They can bring that back anytime and run it for 10 straight nights or once a week or whatever they want to do with it," he said.

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posted May 13, 2002 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IWorkAtTheWB   Click Here to Email IWorkAtTheWB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The WB has a great schedule next year. Some really great looking shows.

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posted May 14, 2002 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The WB 2002/03 schedule:
http://aolpf5.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?dist=aolpf&siteid=aolpf&guid={FE56CA4F-BD26-462C-BC47-36924399BCA0}

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posted May 14, 2002 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ABC is changing alot (and they need it) - NBC very little.
http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-59093,00.html

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posted May 14, 2002 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ABC is making wholesale changes in its lineup for next season, dumping such past hits as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Dharma & Greg and Spin City, while, at the same time, adding such shows as The Bachelor (which just debuted -- successfully -- for a short run), Dinotopia, previewing this week as a miniseries (see below), Eight Simple Rules, starring John Ritter; "Life with Bonnie," starring Bonnie Hunt portraying a talk-show host, and "Less Than Perfect," described as a kind of Bridget Jones's Diary. The network is also expected to announce today (Tuesday) that it is scheduling three new dramas: "That Was Then;" Push Nevada; and M.E.D.S. ABC is also expected to confirm today that it plans to launch a new late-night talk show featuring comedian Jimmy Kimmel (Comedy Central's The Man Show) in January, replacing Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

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posted May 16, 2002 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fox and UPN announce their schedules:
http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/16/tv.newseason.ap/index.html

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posted May 17, 2002 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
UPN/CBS TV chief Les Moonves announced Thursday that next season's UPN slate will include two new dramas, including a revived Twilight Zone, hosted by Forest Whitaker, and the thriller Haunted, starring Matthew Fox (Party of Five). Also on tap will be the comedy Half and Half, starring Rachel True (The Craft) and Essence Atkins (Smart Guy) as two half-sisters. At a presentation of the new programs in New York, Moonves denied reports that CBS intends to "repurpose" its programs on UPN. "We don't want UPN to be CBS 2," he said. "At the moment, we have no plans to repurpose anything."

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posted May 22, 2002 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to the Winter Olympics and last week's remarkable sweeps results, NBC is expected to be crowned the ratings winner for the 2001-2002 season with an average of 13.5 million viewers, about 2 million more than it drew during the previous season, when it was beaten by CBS and ABC. However, CBS Chairman Les Moonves, in an interview with today's (Wednesday) Washington Post, pointed out that his network won most of the weeks of the season and that CBS would have been the clear winner if the 17 days of the Winter Olympics were removed from the equation. A huge drop in audience levels at ABC and Fox contributed to the broadcast networks' share of the primetime audience falling to 47 percent for the season versus 51 percent a year ago. It will mark the first time that the Big Four networks' audience has dropped below 50 percent.

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posted May 28, 2002 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Overall upfront sales by the Big 4 TV networks in advance of the 2002-2003 season are expected to climb about 5 percent to $6.6 billion, with NBC and CBS deriving virtually all of the gains, Bloomberg News reported today (Monday), citing several analysts. Total sales at NBC are expected to increase 13 percent to $2.2 billion, while sales at CBS are expected to total $1.85 billion, a 30 percent boost. (Last year, CBS, unlike its rivals, refused to reduce rates during the upfront ad period, betting that advertisers would be willing to buy additional spots -- and pay more for them -- during the scatter market, when ads are sold just weeks or even days before a program airs.)

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posted June 04, 2002 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Upfront sales by the major television networks may have been better than even the most optimistic estimates released over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times indicated today. According to the newspaper, NBC alone sold $2.7 billion worth of ad time for next season despite rate increases of 7-9 percent. Last year's upfront sales by the network totaled $2 billion. NBC President Randy Falco told the Times: "I've been at this network for 26 years, and I've never seen anything like it." Separately, he told the New York Daily News, "This means we're coming out of the recession." The Times also reported that ABC, which had been expected to show a steep decline in sales, actually saw such heavy demand that it quickly raised its rates (although it is still likely to see few dollars this year than last). ABC sales and marketing chief Mike Shaw commented: "We've been the beneficiaries of a stronger-than-anticipated market."

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posted July 01, 2002 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the first time ever, more people are watching cable television during primetime than are watching the broadcast networks, the New York Daily News reported today (Monday), citing ratings results that are due to be released on Thursday for the April-June period by Nielsen Research. The newspaper said that the rating results are expected to show that ad-supported cable channels drew 49 percent of the audience, while the seven broadcast networks (including the WB, UPN and PAX) drew 46 percent. Particularly notable was MTV's second-quarter jump in audience size of 34 percent, attributable mostly to the success of The Osbournes.

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posted July 08, 2002 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Softer, serialized dramas such as Ed, Providence, and Ally McBeal perform so poorly in reruns that the networks have decided to pull them from their summer schedules, the New York Daily News reported today (Monday). Several other dramatic shows, the newspaper observed, have seen 70 percent of their audiences disappear during the summer. One network executive noted, "At some point you reach a threshold where you are not reaching enough audience." "The whole way we look at the economics of television has to come under review if we're not going to repeat shows," NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker told The News.

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posted July 15, 2002 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Free TV could be coming to an end - says Jamie Kellner...
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020712/ap_on_en_tv/free_tv_1

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posted July 25, 2002 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob Wright is not worried about Tivo:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mediaweek/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1555223

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posted July 31, 2002 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both the Fox TV network and the Fox News Channel have decided not to carry commercials during their coverage of the Sept. 11 anniversary, the New York Times reported today (Wednesday). Fox News sales exec Paul Rittenberg told the newspaper: "We all knew people who were killed, and it just doesn't seem right to me. ... Salesmen don't have much of a conscience, but I don't know how I would sell it. I didn't know what I would say." Jon Nesvig, head of sales at the Fox network said, "I think it's too sensitive a subject for anybody to to attempt [to present a suitable ad], and both we and the advertisers agreed it was best to go noncommercial." The two News Corp-owned networks estimated that dropping the spots will cost them close to $5 million in revenue. Separately, New York 1 News, the city's own all-news TV cable outlet, said that it will drop commercials for nearly two days during its coverage of the anniversary.

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