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Tony Shaloub Accents The Positive In Roles

“Yes, most people assume I really do have an accent - and that I’m Italian,” says Tony Shaloub with a chuckle. But in real life, the classically trained actor speaks …


Thursday Night Carries Nbc To Ratings Victory

NBC’s Thursday night stronghold of “ER,” “Friends” and “Seinfeld” gave the network a weekly ratings victory and a solid May sweeps start. CBS, in third place for the week of …


Jay Leno May Be Vindicated Through Resurgence In Ratings

Jay Leno is gaining on rival David Letterman


Bombing Hikes Ratings For ‘Nightline’

The ratings validated the obvious: When there’s a big news story, late-night viewers turn in big numbers to ABC’s “Nightline.” For the week ending April 23, which included three nights …


Tyson Lacks Ko Punch As An Analyst

No surprise: Mike Tyson flopped as a Showtime boxing analyst Saturday night. Presumably only one buck from the $20 million advance Showtime paid him to box for SET Pay-Per-View applies …


Bombing Increases News Magazine Ratings

Widespread interest in the Oklahoma City bombing boosted viewership for most prime-time magazines last week, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Six magazines - CBS’ “60 Minutes,” …


Fcc Recommends Deal With Murdoch

Media baron Rupert Murdoch would get to keep his TV stations but would have to reduce Australian-based News Corp.’s investment in Fox Television under a proposal being considered by federal …


Abc Winning Network In ‘94-‘95 TV Season

ABC Tuesday claimed victory among the broadcast networks in the 1994-95 season ended Sunday. It was ABC’s first win in 15 years - but rarely has the matter of which …


Nielsen Winner Enough People Watched ‘Seinfeld’ To Put It At The Top Of The 1994-95 TV Season Ratings

Michael Richards, Julie Louis-Dreyfuss, Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander star in the top rated “Seinfeld.”


Free Air Time Urged For Candidates

Fox Inc. Chairman Rupert Murdoch urged broadcasters Monday to provide free air time to political candidates, a wildly unpopular notion in the TV industry. “We don’t need the money,” he …


Directv Serves Large Programming Menu On Small Dish Company Expects 500,000 Subscribers To Be Signed Up Soon

DirecTV had such heavenly visions when it launched its first satellite a little more than a year ago. Thousands of petite dish receivers would quickly sprout on rooftops across America …


Off The Sidelines … … And Back Into The Game Of Life For Ex-Krem TV Reporter Becker

(photo of Steve Becker) Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Mtv Takes Latest Series To ‘The Maxx’

“The Maxx” succeeds with its edgy, spiky style and disjointed storytelling. The latest in MTV’s “Oddities” series, which airs tonight at 11:30, is rendered with a certain panache, transmitting a …


State Government Coming To Cable TV

Get out the extra table leaf, Spokane - the state Supreme Court is coming to dinner. TVW will debut Monday evening on CityCable 5, offering cable TV viewers a firsthand …


Local Artisans Will Show Wares On Shopping Channel

Millions of television viewers across the country will get a chance to purchase wreaths, barbecue sauce, jewelry and other items from North Idaho this summer. For a handful of local …


Potato Appeal Shopping Channel Searches Out Products That Say ‘Idaho’

Inventive entrepreneurs are trying to convince QVC buyers that nothing says “Idaho” better than a spud on a stick, or a pet pack, or maybe a wearable sled. Those products, …


TV Has E On Spuds Shopping Channel Seeks Products That Say ‘Idaho’

Inventive entrepreneurs are trying to convince QVC buyers that nothing says “Idaho” better than a spud on a stick, or a pet pack, or maybe a wearable sled. Those products, …


Nbc To Forgo Live Coverage Of Gingrich Speech

NBC News announced Thursday it will not carry House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s prime-time speech next Friday night. The network will monitor the half-hour address, however, and include excerpts on the …


Jordan’s Return Gives Tnt Needed Ratings Boost

The Chicago Bulls game at New York Tuesday night on TNT was seen in an estimated 3.2 million homes, the most for any regular-season game since Turner Sports began televising …


Cbs Scrambling Hard To Win Ratings Crown

Maybe next season you’ll make Don Johnson’s new cop show “Off Duty” an instant smash as lowly CBS reclaims the ratings crown it owned the past three years. Maybe you’ll …


The ‘Seinfeld’ Magic Appearances On Hit Nbc Sitcom Can Give Actresses’ Careers A Valuable Boost Into Stardom

1. Jessica Lundy 2. Vicki Lewis 3. Terry Hatcher


Show On Inept Doctors Has Kmc Phone Ringing Hospital Has No Contract With Firms Targeted By TV Program ‘Donahue’

A TV talk show about incompetent doctors kept Roger Evans’ phone ringing last Friday. Evans directs emergency services for Kootenai Medical Center. He reassured callers that no, KMC does not …


‘Saturday Night Live’ Making Major Changes

Embattled “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels acknowledged that the show this year doesn’t have a “winning team” and that he’s been given “clear orders” to make changes for next …


Mixed Reception For Tbs’ Offer Of The Ultimate Channel Surf: An Interactive Show For Schools

Electric field trip At right, Shadle Park sophomore Dani Harwood watches a CNN broadcast of a televised field trip. Above, Shadle teacher Don Story draws attention to the show. Photo …


‘Bringing Up Jack’ Gone Before It Was Even Here

“Bringing Up Jack,” the ABC sitcom starring comic Jack Gallagher, was canceled a week before it was to air. It was a move that stunned the cast and crew of …


‘Er’ Bright As A Nova, But Frantic Intensity Will Likely Lead To Burnout

It’s not supposed to happen anymore. But in two of the last four weeks, NBC’s blazing-hot new medical series “ER” has achieved a 40 percent audience share - a stupendous …


If It’s Monday, This Must Be ‘Melrose’ Fans Of Sexy Soap Gather At Valley Pool Hall For Weekly Installment Of Romance, Intrigue, Revenge

1. Kristin Rhodes, 23, prepares a report on the show for KZZU-FM. 2. Larger than life, Heather Locklear’s Amanda fills the 12-foot-wide screen at McQ’s “Melrose Monday.” The pool hall …


Colombians Perked Up By Non-Violent TV Soap Opera

Colombian fans watch an episode of the television show “Cafe” at a shopping mall in Bogota recently. Photo by Associated Press


Family Values Come From Parents

Is there a greater joy than being self-righteous about the lack of family values on TV? Ask Dan Quayle and let the bashing begin. Guess what? An advocacy group for …


Nbc At The Top Of Weekly Nielsen Ratings

NBC’s powerful Thursday night lineup captured half of television’s Top 10 spots, pushing the network to the top of the weekly Nielsen ratings. NBC narrowly edged ABC as the most-watched …