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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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July 16, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IT SEEMS Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" late-night bit has become reality on his own network, ABC. Mayor Nutter yesterday released the findings of his analysis of the controversial language used by some artists at the Wawa Welcome America concert on July Fourth, a family-friendly event broadcast live on 6ABC. Rapper Nicki Minaj and host Marlon Wayans, Nutter said, used inappropriate language, and Nutter apologized to viewers and concertgoers who were offended.
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June 10, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* MURDER IN THE FIRST. 10 tonight, TNT. * REMEMBERING THE ARTIST ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. 9 tonight, HBO. * CHASING LIFE. 9 p.m. tomorrow, ABC Family.   In 1995, long before "Damages" or "The Killing," Steven Bochco edged the TV procedural beyond the box with ABC's "Murder One," in which a single case consumed an entire season. He also cast Daniel Benzali, a bald, middle-aged character actor, as the series' first lead, only to replace him by Season 2 with Anthony LaPaglia, while tweaking the format to cover more cases.
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May 21, 2014
I'VE BEEN THINKING about the advice I would give to this year's graduates. You might expect me to tell them about the importance of saving or the need to take advantage of any workplace retirement plan. I could also urge them to pay off their credit cards every month, and try to stay as debt-free as possible. But this year, I want to talk about advice that's not just about money. I call it the ABCs of workplace success: Avoid gossip, be on time and challenge yourself to be content.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
ANSWER: Shonday. Question: What comes after Wednesday on ABC this fall? Shonda Rhimes, the producer of ABC's addictive soaps "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," will finish her conquest of ABC's Thursday nights when those dramas move an hour earlier to make way for the newest Shondaland production, the legal thriller "How to Get Away with Murder," at 10. Written by Peter Nowalk, who's worked for Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers on...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  VIOLA DAVIS   won't be taking up residence in Philadelphia any time soon. The Philadelphia-set ABC show "How to Get Away with Murder," created by Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal"), was scheduled to shoot in the city but will now relocate to Los Angeles. The show, starring the Academy Award-nominated Davis, is still set in Philadelphia and the pilot, which will premiere in a block after Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" in the fall, will still feature scenes from our fair city.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* BLACK BOX. 10 tonight, 6ABC. * BAD TEACHER. 9:30 tonight, CBS3.   WHO'S funnier: a brilliant, bipolar doctor who's occasionally off her meds or a hard-drinking, pot-smoking middle-school teacher with no qualifications whatsoever? CBS hopes you'll pick "Bad Teacher," its new sitcom starring Ari Graynor as gold-digging divorcee Meredith Davis, who in tonight's premiere flirts her way into a job teaching social studies. But ABC might unintentionally have hit the funny jackpot with "Black Box," its new medical drama starring Kelly Reilly ("Heaven Is for Real")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC SPORTS reporter Jamie Apody welcomed her second son, Chase Alexander Coleman , early Saturday morning. Little Chase came in at 7 pounds and 20 inches long. This is Apody's second son with husband Paul Coleman . Their first child, Tanner , is 21 months old and seems to be taking a shining to the new addition to the Coleman-Apody family. Regular column readers know that there's been quite the baby parade at the news stations lately, including Apody's colleague, Nydia Han , and Fox 29's Kerry Barrett welcoming new babies this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT. 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime.   "DYING matriarch" might not sound like a dream role for an actress in her 50s, but Whoopi Goldberg's not complaining. "The View" co-host stars in Lifetime's adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short , in which she's playing Viola Price, who, on learning that her next asthma attack will probably be her last, decides that it's time to straighten out her muddled family, which includes a straying husband (Ving Rhames)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 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.
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