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January 29, 1999 | By New York Daily News
Valentine's Day will be a downer for the folks at ABC's "Cupid. " The network has halted production on the new Nielsens-starved show and will take it off the air following the Feb. 11 telecast. The show will have taped just 14 shows of 22 that were ordered. "Cupid" stars Jeremy Piven as a man claiming to be Cupid, the Roman god of love. Paula Marshall stars as his psychiatrist. The show usually finished near or in the ratings basement. "'Cupid' has been a labor of love for everyone at ABC from the very start," said ABC spokeswoman Susan Sewell.
NEWS
February 24, 1988 | By Joan Hanauer, United Press International Inquirer staff writer Gail Shister contributed to this report
ABC won last week's rating race, is going for the gold in the February "sweeps" and may push CBS into third place for an entire season for the first time in television history. The Olympics have made the difference. For the week that ended Feb. 21, ABC led with a 19.4 rating and a 30 percent audience share. NBC was second with a 15.0/23 and CBS last with a 12.8/20. ABC says that 19.4 is the highest weekly rating for any network since Nov. 2, 1986. In addition, the 4.4 margin was ABC's largest win since the week ending Oct. 27, 1985, during World Series telecasts.
NEWS
February 16, 1988 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Writer
ABC struggled nobly through the first weekend of the Winter Olympic Games, in which Americans suffered repeatedly through the agony of defeat, while not once enjoying the thrill of victory. Overnight Nielsen ratings for the first of three weekends of the 15th Winter Games were not sensational, and when complete national ratings are released today, they probably will be lower than ABC would have liked. That's because it got only a third of what it wanted. What it got that it liked was harsh weekend weather in the major television markets in the East and Midwest.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Steven Bochco, whose innovative "Hill Street Blues" marked a turning point in NBC's fortunes, has agreed to work his magic exclusively for rival network ABC. ABC Entertainment President Brandon Stoddard said Bochco, an eight-time Emmy award winner and arguably the hottest television producer in Hollywood, has signed an exclusive contract to produce 10 new TV series for ABC during the next six years. A network spokesman said Bochco's contract with ABC would go into effect July 1, 1988, presumably forcing him to cancel his ongoing involvement with the production of "L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
No more Monday Night Football? It's possible. ABC has lost around $30 million on its football coverage, according to Dennis Swanson, president of the network's sports division. Swanson isn't telling exactly how much the network is in the hole for, but he mentioned recently that the three networks together lost $75 million broadcasting football glames in 1986. The problem: The cost of the multiyear pact the networks signed with the NFL is outdistancing advertising revenues.
SPORTS
August 3, 1987 | By LES BOWEN, Daily News Sports Writer
You know, the words "star-studded extravaganza" don't get bandied about nearly enough anymore. There was a time when any kid who watched TV knew what a "star-studded extravaganza" was. It usually meant that at some point, Joey Heatherton or Jaye P. Morgan was going to writhe around on a stage while a band played ersatz rock music and a bunch of dancers gyrated in formation. Over the years, the viewing public kind of got extravanganzaed out. Which is why you don't see those kinds of specials anymore.
SPORTS
January 8, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
John Madden may eventually end up in ABC's Monday Night Football booth, but he said yesterday that reports that a deal had already been completed were not accurate. "I haven't decided on anything, and I won't until after the season," Madden said from his apartment in New York. "This is the fun part of the season and I want to enjoy it. " The New York Post reported that Madden's arrival at ABC was a "mere formality," and USA Today said that Madden had recently agreed to a $2.5 million-a-year deal with ABC after rejecting a $4 million offer from Fox. "I haven't heard those numbers from anybody, so that tells me the source for these stories is an outsider who doesn't really know what is going on," Madden said.
NEWS
March 9, 1999 | By Ellen Goodman
OK, so I watched the whole Monica show. All two hours. But I hated myself in the morning. There was Monica, Monica, Monica. Engaging and narcissistic. Uncowed and unrepentant. Adventurous and willful. Open and stubborn. One minute, I was impressed by her refusal to rewrite her feelings to fit anyone else's sexual judgment. The dance of flirtation? "I was enamored with him. I was excited and I was enjoying it. " The next minute, I was appalled at her lack of self-reflection.
NEWS
February 29, 1988 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Critic
The Saturday-night shootout between East Germany's Katarina Witt and America's Debi Thomas for the Olympic gold medal in women's figure-skating drew almost as many television viewers as the last Super Bowl. For the half-hour from 10:30 until 11 p.m., when Witt was grabbing the gold while Thomas had to settle for the third-place bronze medal, the A. C. Nielsen Co. reported an overnight rating of 40.2, with a 62 percent audience share. Super Bowl XXII last month scored a national rating of 41.9, also with a share of 62. The figures aren't exactly comparable, because an overnight rating is based on 15 large cities, while the national rating covers the whole country.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1986 | By MARY FLANNERY, Daily News Staff Writer
A Philadelphia-born Catholic priest is the inspiration for a made-for-TV movie that will air in prime time this season on ABC-TV. The Rev. Ellwood Kieser provides both spiritual inspiration and financial support as executive producer of "We Are The Children," a movie about the Ethiopian famine with Ally Sheedy ("The Breakfast Club, "St. Elmo's Fire") and Ted Danson ("Cheers"). Filming in northern Kenya is scheduled to finish on September 25 for this Paulist Pictures production.
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April 15, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CONGRATULATIONS to 6ABC's Nydia Han , who gave birth to her second child, Harris Han Reilly , on April 4. Harris joins Han's daughter, Sabine , who was born in 2012. 6ABC has seen quite a few babies as of late. Ducis Rodgers welcomed a second son, Dylan , in early January, while Alicia Vitarelli became a first-time mama to Priscilla later in the month (follow Vitarelli on Instagram @AliciaVitarelli for some adorable baby pics). That leaves Jamie Apody , who announced she is expecting her second child in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
MOUNT AIRY-raised comedian Paul F. Tompkins is making moves into sitcoms. He'll star in an ABC pilot, playing Teddy, a father who moves his family from the city to New Hampshire to open up tourist cottages. He'll star alongside "Saturday Night Live" vet Molly Shannon . You might have caught Tompkins on HBO's cult classic "Mr. Show with Bob and David" or IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang" or as a voice on Fox's "Bob's Burgers. "   Lauren Hart back on TV Lauren Hart , who used to co-host NBC's "10!
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29, FX, NatGeo and other Fox-affiliated channels. * RESURRECTION. 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. A RECENT National Science Foundation survey of 2,200 Americans found that about one in four got this question wrong: "Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?" So if you're wondering why it was important for Fox - yes, Fox - to turn over a chunk of weekly prime time to science education in the form of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a better question might be: Can 13 weeks possibly be enough?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC WENT DOWN to Texas for its newest hire, bringing up Sharrie Williams from CBS11 in Dallas. Williams will join the 5 p.m. broadcast as an anchor and the 11 p.m. as a general assignment reporter. But calm down, Monica Malpass / Rick Williams fans! There's no lineup change in the works. Instead, a rep from 6ABC tells me that Williams will augment the team already in place, much as Alicia Vitarelli does for the 4 p.m. newscast. (Vitarelli is, of course, on maternity leave after giving birth to Priscilla Isabelle last month.)
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC'S ADAM JOSEPH is going national this weekend. The adorable meteorologist will guest-cast on "Good Morning America Weekend," appearing from 8 to 9 a.m. on ABC. Joseph will also hit up "World News with David Muir " at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to talk Super Bowl weather. Joseph has gone national before, when he chatted about New Year's Eve weather in 2009. 'Mob Wives' star drops video teaser "Mob Wives" star Natalie Guercio dropped a teaser for the music video for her single, "Delicious," featuring Ryan Banks and Teknartist . Guercio performs under the name Vegas . The teaser reps Philly hard, with shots of the Mummers, 2 Street and Broad Street.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. has heavily marketed its video-on-demand service over the years, and its subscribers have responded with 30 billion downloads since its inception in 2003. The problem: Comcast, a pioneer in the platform, and broadcast-TV companies have little revenue to show for it. CBS Corp. research head David Poltrack now says video-on-demand's day may be here, and it could be a new form of television. "This is beginning to represent a very, very large marketplace," Poltrack, chief research officer at the nation's No. 1 TV network, said in an interview Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
LAST YEAR, 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph overextended himself a bit. After running around all morning as master of the Fan Cam at the 93rd annual 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, he went home and cooked a full dinner for his entire family. At least he didn't have to do the dishes. Joseph made it clear to me that he despises dishes. This year, Joseph is keeping it low-key post-parade, opting instead to dine at someone else's house, although he'll have his signature dessert, a play on an old recipe that he's deemed Adam's Apple Delight (check out the recipe if you're in need of a last-minute turkey day treat)
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC's Rick Williams takes off his anchor hat for the weekend to star in the Moorestown Theater's take on "Thoroughly Modern Millie," about a small-town girl who travels to NYC to marry rich. The whole ordeal is flapper-fringed, and even includes a bit about white slavery in China (it all works, I promise). Williams performs regularly with the Moorestown Theater Company, previously calling it a good excuse to spend time with his family. Williams will play Trevor Graydon III, the wealthy head of the titular character's company, whom Millie tries to woo. Performances run this weekend and next at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
E RIN O'HEARN fans, get excited. The former 6ABC personality is back in rotation for the time being. "Erin O'Hearn is committed to being a mom first, but truly enjoys spending time with her Action News family as well," a 6ABC spokesman told me. "She will be contributing to 6ABC on a part-time basis in the weeks to come. " O'Hearn officially returned Monday night to Action News at 5 p.m. O'Hearn took a leave from the station to focus on her family in 2010 and was back to fill in for Nydia Han when she went on maternity leave last year.
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