February 13, 1987 |
ABC announced yesterday that commercial time for its mini-series Amerika was almost sold out, despite the withdrawal of its major original advertiser and a continuing drumfire of protest from numerous organizations. The advertisers will not include one of the protesting groups, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE), which sought in vain to buy local air time during the show for a commercial opposing atomic weapons. Most of the attacks on Amerika, which is to premiere Sunday, come from groups that believe the show misrepresents the United Nations and encourages hostility toward the Soviet Union.
February 13, 1994 |
The Southwest and Big Eight Conferences are close to a five-year television contract with ABC that could lay the foundation for a merger between the leagues, athletic directors said yesterday. The tentative deal, which would begin in 1996, was negotiated by a consultant hired by both conferences. It comes in the wake of the Southeastern Conference breaking away from the College Football Association to sign a deal with CBS, and it would start when the CFA's $300 million package with ABC and ESPN expires.
January 3, 2000 |
ABC is offering the Bowl Championship Series a four-year contract extension worth about $400 million that would probably ensure that major college football couldn't decide its national champion with a playoff until 2006, people familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg News. ABC is offering a 30 percent increase to extend the contract, which gives the Walt Disney Co. unit the rights to the Division I-A championship game through 2002. Even with the increase, the yearly payout to the BCS would be less than one-fifth of what CBS Corp.
May 20, 1998 |
ABC announced yesterday that it would change every night on its prime-time schedule this fall. The little WB said it would add a fifth night, Thursdays, to its line-up. ABC will drop its Sunday night movie, shift The Practice to 10 p.m. Sundays and add a new episode of 20/20 at 9. The newsmagazine will be a combined form of the old 20/20 and PrimeTime Live, and will also air in their former time slots, 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Monday Night Football moves up to 8 p.m. Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place gets renewed, a mild surprise, and moved to Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Dharma & Greg, the only successful series that ABC introduced last fall, bumps to 8 p.m. Fantasy Island returns.
September 30, 1991 |
The season-ending knee injury suffered by Randall Cunningham in the opener at Green Bay hurt the Eagles' talented quarterback more than anyone. Outside the Philadelphia locker room, though, the biggest groans were from the ABC-TV executives. The Eagles, with Cunningham as the prime attraction, are scheduled for three "Monday Night Football" appearances on ABC this season (the Birds were 2-0 in "MNF" games a year ago). With Cunningham out, the ABC suits in New York worried that the Eagles "MNF" games could turn into disasters.
March 6, 1986 |
Third-place ABC, a network that could really use some laughs these days, will try out three new sitcoms, beginning this month. Perfect Strangers stars Bronson Pinchot (Beverly Hills Cop) as a Mediterranean shepherd who decides to move in with his distant American cousin (Mark Linn-Baker). It premieres March 25 in the 8:30 p.m. Tuesday slot now occupied by Alan Thicke's Growing Pains, which will return May 6. Executive producers are Thomas L. Miller and Robert Boyett (Happy Days, Bosom Buddies)
April 15, 1993 |
Roseanne Arnold announced on Tuesday night's Jay Leno show that she and husband Tom Arnold might be taking their TV shows and running off to CBS. Or NBC. When Leno asked if she was "outta there, out of ABC," Roseanne Arnold said: "Well, maybe. You'll have to watch the papers in the next couple of days. " Then she noted that her show is contractually bound to ABC for another year and added, "But my husband's show . . . is moving to CBS or NBC, you know. " She also said Fox was a possibility.
March 7, 1995 |
ABC is canceling Full House after eight successful seasons, but there may be life in the old sitcom yet. Warner Bros., which produces the comedy, and ABC were unable to reach a financial agreement to bring it back for the 1995-96 season, network spokesman Dan Doran said last week. Full House has simply become too expensive for ABC, he said. The show is ranked 23d for the season in national Nielsen ratings and in the past has cracked the top 10. In light of the cancellation, the series is being shopped to another network, said Warners spokeswoman Barbara Brogliatti.
February 16, 1988 |
Once the Winter Olympics are over, ABC will begin the olympian task of rebuilding its schedule. Come March, the network will add three new series, move two old ones and remove "The Charmings" and "Sledge Hammer. " The new shows are "The Wonder Years," "Probe" and "Supercarrier. " Moving are "Growing Pains" and "Perfect Strangers. " "The Wonder Years," the sitcom about suburban life in the late '60s, is getting one of ABC's best time slots. Starting March 15, it will air at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays after "Who's the Boss?"
October 18, 1989 |
NBC's remarkable command of the weekly television ratings ended yesterday as ABC, sparked by its World Series broadcasts, made a bid for the Nielsen trophy. For the first time in 68 weeks, NBC was not No. 1 in the A.C. Nielsen Co. weekly ratings, ending a winning streak unmatched in television history. Meanwhile, the scoreboard on the new TV season showed no smash hits nor immediate candidates for cancellations. ABC beat NBC by one rating point, 14.8 to 13.8, to win the fourth week of the official season.