Cable television's FX channel has decided not to renew the critically praised Iraq war drama Over There for a second season due to weak ratings during the show's initial 13-episode run, the network said Tuesday.
Over There, a first-of-its-kind contemporary war drama about US troops in combat and their families back home, was cocreated by Steven Bochco, the veteran TV producer behind such landmark cop shows as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue.
While Over There garnered mostly favorable reviews, the gritty, albeit fictionalized, depiction of a real war that has grown increasingly unpopular with the American public ultimately proved a turnoff to TV viewers.
Although the series contained references to real-life events that have stirred debate over the war, including the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, the producers sought to avoid overt political messages about the conflict.
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ABC has elected a full season for the new drama Commander in Chief, ordering nine more episodes.
Chief is the most-watched new series of the fall season, averaging 16.5 million total viewers to lead its 9 p.m. Tuesday slot. While second in the hour in 18-49, Chief is still up 10 percent in that demo from last year's 9-10 p.m. combination of According to Jim and Rodney.
Chief has managed to weather a regime change behind the scenes this month, with TV vet Steven Bochco, the creator of L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, replacing the series' original showrunner, Rod Lurie, who remains as executive producer.
The Federal Communications Commission Wednesday asked an appeals court to return a case to the agency so it could reconsider whether some episodes of The Early Show, NYPD Blue, and Billboard music award shows violated decency standards.
The Hearst-owned station KMBC and affiliate stations with ABC Television, CBS Television, and NBC Television sued the FCC after the agency's March decision finding that some material broadcast on the stations was indecent and profane. However, the FCC did not fine any of the stations in connection with the material.
Specific programs involved in the lawsuit include eight episodes of NYPD Blue, which aired on ABC affiliate stations, and an episode of the Early Show aired on CBS. It also includes the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards aired on News Corp.'s Fox Television Network stations, according to the court filing ...Read more
Three television networks, CBS, Fox, and NBC, Friday urged speedy court review of a decision finding some of their shows violated decency standards, opposing a delay sought by the US government.
The US Federal Communications Commission earlier this week asked an appeals court to postpone hearing the networks' challenges and return the case to the agency for two months so it can review television broadcasters' arguments.
The networks are challenging the FCC's March decision that profanity uttered on ABC's NYPD Blue, CBS's The Early Show, and the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards shows on Fox was indecent. However, the agency did not propose or issue fines.
News Corp.'s Fox television stations and its affiliates called the government's request a "continuing attempt to delay and possibly evade any judicial review of its new indecency enforcement regime."
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The actor who plays the mysterious man chained in a basement by Alfre Woodard's character on the ABC hit show Desperate Housewives has been fired from the series, the network said Tuesday.
No reason for last Friday's dismissal of the actor, Page Kennedy, was given. But sources close to the production who spoke on condition of anonymity said he was fired for some unspecified misconduct that involved no other cast members.
The sources added that the actor had not been criminally charged.
Kennedy's agent could not immediately be reached for comment.
His enigmatic role of Caleb, the fugitive from justice who has made only two fleeting appearances on the show since the character was introduced this season, is being recast, ABC spokeswoman Janet Daily said.
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He's got an Emmy for his comedy work, and a lengthy list of guest roles as a dramatic actor.
Deadwood creator David Milch accused news media outlets Tuesday of "infantilizing" viewers with their entertainment-style coverage of such events as the September 11 attacks and the war in Iraq.
"I think the influx of information, when it's not organized by any sort of emotional or spiritual principle provided by the media, is a demoralizing and corrosive process," he said during an industry forum luncheon at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills.
"Disaster works; disaster sells... But the media is putting us in a position where we're not permitted to have 'normal' reactions."
He likened the media coverage during the beginning of the war in Iraq with that of a "three-week miniseries with a beginning, middle, and end," where the ending was the act of the Iraqis tearing down the statue of Saddam Hussein.
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