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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 23, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- As if the show's cancellation in May wasn't enough, there was more bad news yesterday for "thirtysomething" fans.Contrary to previous announcements, ABC will not tie up loose ends from the series with one or more made-for-TV movies involving the characters, said Robert A. Iger, president of ABC Entertainment."
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By Susan King and Susan King,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 11, 2003
ABC is taking a small step in Hollywood's continuing effort to provide opportunities for women and minorities in the television business. An extremely small step. The network is in the early planning stages of an initiative that would give newcomers, particularly participants in its Talent Development Programs, a chance to write, direct, produce and star in programs that get on the air. But the shows wouldn't be standard miniseries, dramas or half-hour comedies. Try, instead, really short films - like, say, three minutes long.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 20, 1995
ABC yesterday announced it would televise a new Michael Jackson special in prime time on July 28 -- flying into the teeth of criticism it has gotten for allegedly giving guarantees to Jackson to obtain last month's interview with the pop music star and wife, Lisa Marie Presley.The special was announced by Ted Harbert, ABC entertainment president, during a press conference in Los Angeles here with TV critics.Such press conferences are usually relatively amiable affairs to talk up new fall shows.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 12, 1999
PASADENA -- Remember the ABC network's promotional messages telling us not to miss a single episode of "Home Improvement" because this was the final season of the hit series?Well, ABC has pulled the plug on the campaign and now says forget about its message.Why? Because this might not be the end for "Home Improvement" after all, according to Stu Bloomberg, chairman of ABC Entertainment.Bloomberg and Jamie Tarses, president of ABC Entertainment, said yesterday that talks have started between ABC and "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen about the series returning for another season next fall.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 24, 1997
PASADENA, Calif. -- Jamie Tarses, the embattled 33-year-old president of ABC Entertainment, vowed to stay on the job yesterday and help try to halt the network's free-fall in prime-time ratings.But her promises are not likely to end speculation that Tarses, who has been in the job just over a year, will be gone before the end of the coming television season and that ABC will sink even further in the ratings.Last month, Stu Bloomberg was promoted to chairman of ABC Entertainment and made Tarses' boss in an effort to bring some order to ABC's West Coast programming operation.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 12, 1999
PASADENA -- Remember the ABC network's promotional messages telling us not to miss a single episode of "Home Improvement" because this was the final season of the hit series?Well, ABC has pulled the plug on the campaign and now says forget about its message.Why? Because this might not be the end for "Home Improvement" after all, according to Stu Bloomberg, chairman of ABC Entertainment.Bloomberg and Jamie Tarses, president of ABC Entertainment, said yesterday that talks have started between ABC and "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen about the series returning for another season next fall.
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By Susan King and Susan King,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 11, 2003
ABC is taking a small step in Hollywood's continuing effort to provide opportunities for women and minorities in the television business. An extremely small step. The network is in the early planning stages of an initiative that would give newcomers, particularly participants in its Talent Development Programs, a chance to write, direct, produce and star in programs that get on the air. But the shows wouldn't be standard miniseries, dramas or half-hour comedies. Try, instead, really short films - like, say, three minutes long.
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By David Zurawik | November 13, 1990
ABC pulled the plug yesterday on "Cop Rock," one of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the season.The last episode of the Steven Bochco show, which coupled police drama with music, will air Dec. 26, ABC Entertainment President Robert Iger said."
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By David Zurawik | January 11, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- If war breaks out next week in the Persian Gulf, all prime-time entertainment programs might be pulled from the air for up to a week for round-the-clock news programming. That was the word yesterday from Robert Iger, president of ABC Entertainment.Mr. Iger said it is easier to go with all-news in such a situation than trying to blend entertainment and news. "What do you put in the middle of two hours of coverage of the bombing of Baghdad?" he said. "Can you go right to Roseanne after that?
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By David Zurawik | January 11, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- ABC, the network that hit ratings gold with "The Jacksons" miniseries, has landed the real Michael Jackson for his first live TV interview. And to make it an even bigger event, the interviewer is going to be Oprah Winfrey."He's going to be open to discussing everything . . . and, no, he is not getting paid for this," ABC Entertainment President Ted Harbert said yesterday, announcing the 90-minute interview scheduled to air Feb. 10.Harbert said no guarantees were made to Jackson, and that he talked to Jackson's representatives about the desirability of appearing in a time slot following "Home Improvement," one of the network's highest rated shows.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 24, 1997
PASADENA, Calif. -- Jamie Tarses, the embattled 33-year-old president of ABC Entertainment, vowed to stay on the job yesterday and help try to halt the network's free-fall in prime-time ratings.But her promises are not likely to end speculation that Tarses, who has been in the job just over a year, will be gone before the end of the coming television season and that ABC will sink even further in the ratings.Last month, Stu Bloomberg was promoted to chairman of ABC Entertainment and made Tarses' boss in an effort to bring some order to ABC's West Coast programming operation.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 20, 1995
ABC yesterday announced it would televise a new Michael Jackson special in prime time on July 28 -- flying into the teeth of criticism it has gotten for allegedly giving guarantees to Jackson to obtain last month's interview with the pop music star and wife, Lisa Marie Presley.The special was announced by Ted Harbert, ABC entertainment president, during a press conference in Los Angeles here with TV critics.Such press conferences are usually relatively amiable affairs to talk up new fall shows.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 23, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- As if the show's cancellation in May wasn't enough, there was more bad news yesterday for "thirtysomething" fans.Contrary to previous announcements, ABC will not tie up loose ends from the series with one or more made-for-TV movies involving the characters, said Robert A. Iger, president of ABC Entertainment."
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By New York Times News Service | November 30, 1992
The continuing problem of trying to find viewers on Saturda night is leading two networks in different directions.CBS believes the answer is in one of the most traditional television forms: the western. ABC has concluded that nothing traditional can work on Saturday night and that the solution lies in something totally new and experimental.Both networks, which have been unable to make money on Saturday night, agree on one thing: They must find less expensive ways to produce shows for that period.
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By David Zurawik | March 8, 1991
Agent Cooper lives."Twin Peaks" is returning to ABC's regular weekly lineup in a new time period starting March 28, the network announced yesterday.The new time period -- 9 p.m. Thursdays -- is the same slot "Twin Peaks" had last spring when it was the talk of the second half of the TV season. The show was moved to Saturdays this fall, suffered audience loss and was yanked last month.ABC always planned to bring the show back, said Robert Iger, the president of ABC Entertainment, yesterday.
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