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2008-11-05 06:15:00

By Gary Levin Voters cast their presidential ballots Tuesday, but TV viewers have already weighed in on the fall TV season: The big networks continue to lose viewers, only two new shows are successes, and there's not much excitement among fans. It's all a continuation of a steady trend. Prime-time viewership is up 2% this fall, but fans are going elsewhere for their TV fix. In short, the networks are buffeted by a perfect storm of obstacles. *Last winter's writers' strikeseverely crimped...

2008-10-04 00:00:14

By Gail Pennington Talk about culture shock. As of this week, "regular TV" is back, and TV hasn't really been regular since last winter, when the writers strike disrupted network schedules. Sooner or later, every series was forced into premature reruns, and some never returned. Unscripted shows, many of them missable, filled prime time. And then it was summer -- rerun time. So the arrival of the fall TV season has some TV fans hyperventilating, not so much from excitement as from...

2008-07-23 00:00:31

By David Kronke CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler is a pleasant person to chat with on a personal level, but when she's in professional mode, there's nothing there. Her TV Press Tour conferences elevate blandness to an art form; they're spectacles of flavorless verbiage and numbing corporate-speak, of self-evident statements passed off as insightful, of unnecessarily evasive answers. (Would it kill her to just say that "Swingtown" won't be returning?) Consider this: In the wake of...

2008-07-15 09:00:56

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. _ Spring will be the new fall in this strike-struck year of television, a forecast made clear in Monday morning comments from Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Co. Acknowledging that because of the writers strike _ which started last November and ended in February _ Fox will have only two new shows debuting this fall, Reilly said that the network will have a lot of new shows premiering in January by default. But that's good, really, the...

2006-07-19 17:55:52

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Inspired by the success of serialized hits like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," the major U.S. TV networks are launching a new wave of shows this fall designed to lure viewers with week-to-week cliff-hangers. Some critics, however, are questioning the networks' strategy, given that millions of TV fans who got hooked on such shows last season were left hanging when several of those programs were canceled or failed to win renewal. A spirited...

2006-07-19 15:14:17

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Inspired by the success of serialized hits like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," the major U.S. TV networks are launching a new wave of shows this fall designed to lure viewers with week-to-week cliff-hangers. Some critics, however, are questioning the networks' strategy, given that millions of TV fans who got hooked on such shows last season were left hanging when several of those programs got canceled or failed to win renewal. A spirited...

2006-02-08 05:20:42

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A distinct breed of drama is ready to cut into the abundance of primetime crime shows featuring forensic detectives or serial killers. Call them killer serials. Serials are what broadcast development execs call dramas with continuing story lines that extend throughout the season, unlike self-contained "procedurals" such as NBC's "Law & Order" or CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" franchise. Outnumbered in primetime,...

2005-07-26 19:53:44

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - ABC, on track to post its first profit in years, is counting on plot twists in "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" to keep viewers tuned in to the two hits that have powered the network's rebound, ABC's prime-time programming chief said on Tuesday. The popular new castaway thriller "Lost" will reveal a key secret to fans early this fall, but the plot revelations on companion hit "Desperate Housewives" will come more slowly, ABC Entertainment President...

2005-07-19 18:35:46

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS unveiled plans on Tuesday to battle rival ABC's blockbuster hit "Desperate Housewives" with a series of made-for-TV movies about vampire bats, serial killers, bomb scares and Martha Stewart. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said the Viacom Inc.-owned network was turning to "popcorn movies" and "high-concept" thrillers on Sundays to challenge "Desperate Housewives," the No. 1 new series on U.S. television last season. "We know we're up...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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