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2006-01-18 01:55:13

By Sue Zeidler PASADENA, California (Reuters) - Fox television, roaring back to prime time with mega-hit "American Idol" on Tuesday, said it was likely to scrap Emmy-winning ratings dud "Arrested Development" even as other networks made bids to pick up the comedy. The News Corp.-owned network also said it was formally bringing down the curtain on two veteran comedies, "That '70s Show" and "Malcolm in the Middle," both of which will get their series finales in May. Speaking hours...

2006-01-17 22:54:44

By Nellie Andreeva PASADENA, California (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox's veteran comedy "Malcolm in the Middle" will end its seven-season run May 14, while "That '70s Show," now in its eighth season, will bow out four days later, the network said Tuesday. For the homestretch, "Malcolm" will return to Sundays beginning January 29, opening the night at 7 p.m., a slot generally occupied by cartoon reruns. Meanwhile, Fox is in conversations with former "That '70s Show" stars Ashton Kutcher...

2006-01-17 19:45:16

By Sue Zeidler PASADENA, California (Reuters) - Fox television, roaring back to prime time with mega-hit "American Idol" on Tuesday, said it was likely to scrap Emmy-winning ratings dud "Arrested Development" even as other networks made bids to pick up the comedy. The News Corp.-owned network also said it was formally bringing down the curtain on two veteran comedies, "That '70s Show" and "Malcolm in the Middle," both of which will get their series finales in May. Speaking hours...

2006-01-17 02:10:00

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES -- Jack Bauer's latest marathon workday got off to a good start Sunday, ratings-wise. The Fox drama "24" notched its most-watched episode ever with its fifth-season premiere as the first of two back-to-back episodes got a boost from a primetime overrun (in East Coast and Midwestern markets) of the NFL's NFC divisional playoff game between the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. Airing from about 8:13-9:11 p.m. EST, the first episode of "24" averaged 17...

2005-12-29 03:36:05

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - At the start of a week of family get-togethers, gift-giving and sundry holiday pursuits, Americans were looking for laughs in primetime. CBS' Monday comedy block hit season-high ratings in the week ending December 25, which went a long way toward helping the network win its 14th consecutive week in total viewers and third in a row in the adults 18-49 demo derby, according to Nielsen Media Research. CBS' Monday 9 p.m. anchor...

2005-11-30 19:50:38

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After weeks of speculation about a possible move of "American Idol," Fox has decided to keep the upcoming fifth installment of its blockbuster talent competition on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. "Idol" will return with a two-hour episode January 17 and a one-hour episode January 18. The network has also taken a conservative approach toward its hit dramas "24" and "House," which will keep their 9 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday...

2005-10-29 18:32:49

By Bram Teitelman NEW YORK (Billboard) - Infinity Broadcasting's preparations for the imminent departure of franchise morning host Howard Stern could leave rock music radio a collateral casualty. To soften the blow of Stern's December 16 exit from terrestrial radio, Infinity has changed the format of some of the 27 stations that carry him. Of the 12 rock stations that featured Stern in the morning, three are flipping to talk or the Jack format, which uses no DJs and a random,...

2005-10-07 00:29:43

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - At a time when the TV news business is looking to reinvent itself, a glimpse of the future might be found weeknights at 7 p.m. ET, when Fox News Channel begins its whirlwind tour through the day's headlines. The frenetically paced "The Fox Report" oftentimes features more than 60 stories in an hour, half a dozen stand-ups and interviews, fast-paced celebrity news and even a goofy animal story or two. And Shepard Smith, the 41-year-old...

2005-09-06 11:43:44

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - A local affiliate of broadcaster Fox News has rejected a campaign advertisement for a Democratic politician that lampoons President George W. Bush by superimposing his head on a naked torso. The ad, produced by Brian Ellner, an openly gay candidate for Manhattan Borough president, opens with a close-up of Bush's face and zooms out to show the torso from the hips up, with a voice-over saying, "New Yorkers know the emperor has no clothes."...

2005-07-19 13:02:21

By Paul J. Gough LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Hell's Kitchen" continues to heat up the ratings for Fox. The cook-off reality show averaged 6.4 million total viewers and a 3.2 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic at 9 p.m. Monday, according to preliminary ratings estimates from Nielsen Media Research. That was enough to win the time period in the key demo, although a repeat of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" at 9 p.m. averaged 9.5 million viewers and a 3.3/9 in the demo. But...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.