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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.
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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.
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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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June 29, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Why does the education-funding formula now being debated in Harrisburg matter? Pennsylvania is one of just three states in the country that lack such a formula, a situation that has led, experts say, to the single most inequitable system of allocating education dollars in the nation. But that might change if a proposal by a bipartisan commission created during the Corbett administration is adopted. In virtually every state, legislated formulas govern how education dollars are divvied up, often solving for differences in districts' ability to pay for their students' educations.
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June 5, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
CHANNEL 6's Kenneth Moton is trading in his "Action News" hat for a Nationals' cap, as he's headed to the nation's capital. "Kenneth Moton is following his dreams of being a network news correspondent, as he moves on to ABC NewsOne, in Washington, D.C.," said an "Action News" spokesman. "NewsOne provides news coverage for all of the ABC stations across the country, including WPVI. We will miss his passion and journalistic talents, but we're thrilled to keep him in the ABC family.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* UNREAL. 10 tonight. Lifetime. * THE WHISPERS. 10 tonight, 6ABC. IT'S HARD to get more cynical about TV matchmaking than the tweeting fans who've made "The Bachelor" buzz-worthy long past its sell-by date. But Lifetime's new "UnReal" manages it. A soap opera set behind the scenes of a show, "Everlasting," that looks very much like the ABC standard, "UnReal" stars Shiri Appleby ("Roswell") as Rachel, a troubled young producer whose talent for manipulating contestants is only a smidgen stronger than her self-loathing.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Extreme situations and extreme behavior mark two fascinating if flawed new dramas: ABC's seriously creepy The Whispers , a thriller about sweet lil' kids who kill, and HBO's Nightingale , a one-man film starring Selma 's David Oyelowo. An X-Files -ish sci-fi procedural carefully calibrated to twist your mind, The Whispers premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. The first episode opens with the attempted murder of a suburban hausfrau by her daughter Harper (Abby Ryder Fortson)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
THE MUPPETS and Don Johnson will both be back on TV this fall, but ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee doesn't want millennials to be scared. "This is not kind of your grandmother's Muppets. Not the old Muppets," Lee told reporters in a conference call yesterday to discuss the network's 2015-16 schedule, a few hours before unveiling it to advertisers in New York. "The Muppets," which will air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, will be a mockumentary-style comedy from Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN Diane Sawyer stepped away from the "ABC Nightly News," we assumed it was to do more hard-hitting, in-depth reporting on the big issues plaguing our society. Who knew she'd start with the biggest. Bruce Jenner . ABC announced yesterday that Sawyer and Jenner will chat for two hours - TWO hours! - in a "far-ranging, exclusive interview" that will air April 24 at 9 p.m. Far-ranging? Will they discuss the former gold-medal decathlete's javelin technique? Will Bruce even still have a javelin?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* AMERICAN CRIME. 10 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC.   TOMORROW night, ABC will try to get away with much more than murder. Moving into the time slot where Viola Davis ruled in a deliriously over-the-top, hashtag-friendly mystery that wrapped up its first season last week, is "American Crime," an 11-episode limited series that is, apparently quite deliberately, neither of those things. Created at ABC's behest by John Ridley, whose commission came before his Oscar for writing "12 Years a Slave," "American Crime" starts, as so many TV dramas do, with the discovery of a body.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everyone knows crime rates go up with the temperature, so it's no wonder networks are anticipating the spring thaw with a fistful of new procedurals. ABC and CBS go head to head Sunday, with two movie-star-powered if very different offerings. Secrets & Lies from ABC is an eminently serious, disturbing, and always absorbing mystery about a child murder in the heart of suburbia. CBS goes for laughs with Battle Creek , a wonderfully off-kilter, mildly surreal satire featuring Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, and Janet McTeer       .   We are all sinners Adapted from the Australian drama, Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy. He's the suspect, she the morally righteous, obsessive detective convinced of his guilt.
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January 16, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* GALAVANT. 8 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC.   PASADENA, Calif. - TV producers are used to getting notes from networks and studios: suggestions, helpful or not, from the people who pay the bills. "Galavant" creator Dan Fogelman's lately been getting love notes. "They gave us a lot of leeway," said Fogelman, of ABC's approach to "Galavant," a musical-comedy filmed in Britain. It's probably coincidence that Fogelman, a Penn grad who earlier created ABC's aliens-in-New Jersey comedy "The Neighbors" and is a screenwriter ("The Guilt Trip," "Crazy, Stupid, Love")
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