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The Biz: Why ABC Should Save Detroit 1-8-7

Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds, who plays Lt. Maureen Mason on ABC's Detroit 1-8-7, was feeling the love recently while at a Trader Joe's in Royal Oak, Michigan. "A woman wanted to give me her entire cart of groceries," she says. "I just came in for a bottle of water."

That's a typical reaction in the Detroit area ... read more

The Biz: Brian Williams Stays on Top of the News

Brian Williams

It's not easy being a traditional TV newsman in a new-media world. But Brian Williams, who grew up worshipping Walter Cronkite, remains the most watched anchor as NBC Nightly News averages 8 million viewers ...
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The Biz: Can the New Judges Save American Idol?

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Get ready for a kinder, gentler American Idol. That was the first impression from the new panel of judges that Fox finally made official on September 22. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and pop-music diva/actress Jennifer Lopez will join Randy Jackson at the dais when television's top-rated show returns for its 10th season in January.

"I believe in tough love, but ... read more

How Can Broadcast News Survive?

Katie Couric

You can't blame broadcast news for having a bad case of cable envy.

Fox News Channel has seen its profits double this year, thanks to growing ratings and higher fees from cable systems. NBC News can share its news-gathering costs with MSNBC, which has also turned into a big moneymaker. Even CNN, beleaguered by declining audiences and under pressure to bolster its program lineup, rakes in ... read more

ABC News President David Westin Resigns

David Westin

ABC News president David Westin is calling it quits.

In an e-mail message, Westin told colleagues late Monday "there are some other things I want to do professionally — things that I can't explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here." He has agreed to remain at ABC News until a successor is named.

While the announcement came suddenly, news industry insiders heard that ABC recently hired an executive search firm to scout out replacements for Westin... read more

The Biz: Will Conan O'Brien Be Back on NBC?

Conan O'Brien

There's a chance Conan O'Brien could return to NBC's airwaves—albeit very briefly. ... read more

ABC's This Week Goes Global with Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour

During more than two decades as a globe-trotting correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour was often asked why she rarely smiles on camera. "Well, that's because you often see me covering genocide, civil war and things like that," she would answer. Don't expect her demeanor to change much when she takes the anchor chair at ABC's political roundtable program This Week on Sunday (August 1, 9am/8c)... read more

The Biz: Big American Idol News Coming Monday

Simon Cowell

Monday is the day when American Idol changes forever.

According to an industry source close to the situation, Fox and Idol's production company, 19 Entertainment, have made their decision on a replacement for departing judge Simon Cowell — and will make an ...
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The Biz: Summer TV's Scorecard

Charlotte Sullivan, Missy Peregrym and Enuka Okuma

In cable TV, summer is the new fall. For the broadcast networks, it's "Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" time. So what's working as we wait for the curtain to rise on the fall schedules?

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Canada American networks can get Canadian-made series for as little as 25 percent of what they pay for Hollywood shows. Of course, it only makes economic sense if you can get somebody to watch them (which wasn't the case with CBS' quickly axed The Bridge). Now that ABC's Rookie Blue is averaging 7 million viewers, you can bet there will be a lot more imports next summer.

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The Biz: Who Will Be the Next Cable News King?

Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric

There will never be another Larry King. Gone are the days when a guy from Brooklyn who addictively plays the horses and gets married eight times can fall into TV stardom. CNN is hunting down some big names to fill King's suspenders in prime time. Here's the lowdown on who is being considered and why... read more

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