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‘Er’ Patients Run Up Hefty Bills Amid Scant Mention Of The Bottom Line

Patients on the medical drama “ER” get treatment that is swift, certain - and apparently free. The rapid-fire series rarely pauses to acknowledge the cost of all those RNs and …


Abc Sticks To Live Coverage

ABC, which has been telecasting the Indianapolis 500 auto race for 31 years, has turned that spectacle into a live spectacular the last decade. Before 1986, the network presented an …


Comedies Rule New Fall Schedule

As the last network to get all its ducks in a row for fall, CBS officially unveiled its schedule Wednesday. That provides the opportunity to step back and look at …


Tnt Featuring Classic War Movies

Get ready to veg out, or set up the VCR if you’re going away. A Memorial Day Weekend Marathon on TNT will feature 20 classic war movies including “Ambush Bay,” …


Fox Going After More Laughs

Fox Broadcasting unveiled a new fall prime-time schedule Tuesday that included six new comedies (including a pair on both Sundays and Mondays), the surprise renewal of the low-rated drama “Party …


Hbo Welcomes Martina’s Views, And Gets Them

As an analyst, Martina Navratilova hopes to be critical without being negative. File Photo/Associated Press


The Real Liz Miniseries Tells Taylor’s Unauthorized Biography

1. Sherilyn Fenn stars in “Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story,” 9-11 p.m. Sunday and Monday on NBC. 2. Angus MacFadyen plays Richard Burton to Fenn’s Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra.”


‘Beat The Press’ Will Critique The Media

“Meet the Press” or “Beat the Press”? You make the call. “Meet the Press” began on NBC in 1947. “Beat the Press,” to be hosted by Camille Paglia, a “radical …


Prime-Time Schedule ‘Matlock’ And ‘The Commish’ Will Be Absent From The New Abc Lineup Next Season

Marie Osmond stars with Betty White and Ashley Johnson in “Mabye This Time.”


Nbc Tops Nielsen Ratings, Leads In May Sweep

Take NBC’s hit Thursday troika of “ER,” “Friends” and “Seinfeld,” mix in a virus movie and the Judd family saga, and watch the network stroll away with the latest ratings …


At&T;, Time Warner Consider Alliance

AT&T; Corp., the nation’s biggest long-distance telephone company, is reportedly talking with Time Warner Inc.’s cable television unit about a phone service alliance.


New Lineup If You’re Looking For Laughs, You’ll Want To Check Out The New Fall Schedule On Nbc

Lea Thompson stars in “Caroline in the City,” one of the new programs on NBC’s fall schedule.


Letterman In London For Ratings Boost, He Hopes

Here’s the latest dish on David Letterman, from his very own lips: “I ruined the Academy Awards show,” he concedes. “They’re not going to have it next year. From now …


May Sweeps? Must Be Time For Stephen King

Kimber Riddle stars in “The Langoliers.”


‘Rockford Files’ Keeps Its Endearing Qualities

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Big Leagues Rewarded

The nation’s major college conferences will receive a bigger share of the money CBS pays to televise the NCAA basketball tournament. “Everyone sees this pot of gold out there and …


Nbc Plans Short Special

Martin Short will return to NBC May 20 with a 90-minute special based on his short-lived “Martin Short Show.” It’s slated for “Saturday Night Live’s” 11:30 p.m. slot, Short’s former …


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 …