Television's goldenest girl tops this year's list of Television Hall of Fame inductees, which were announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Actress Bea Arthur (pictured, front and center), who played Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls and Maude Findlay in Maude, is the sole actress getting her due this year. Since The Golden Girls went off the air, Arthur has reduced her workload, guest starring in a few shows such as Malcolm in the Middle and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Joining her in this class are the late Merv Griffin, M*A*S*H producer Larry Gelbart, and Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz.
Griffin passed away last August at the age of 82. The producer had a vast media empire, and created the shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy (he also composed the latter's theme song).
Gelbart was instrumental in getting the popular M*A ...Read more
Days of Our Lives knows how devoted its fans are. Now, in what it describes as a first for any scripted television series, NBC is adding value to that relationship by launching a Daily Rewards viewer loyalty program.
Executive producer Ken Corday said it was "an honor" to pioneer this initiative, which is managed by Sony Corp. of America's interactive customer relationship division My Sony.
Viewers who log on and correctly answer a question about each day's episode earn points that can be redeemed for Sony electronics and other products. They also can exchange points for Days of Our Lives merchandise, collectibles, and experiences. Enrollment is free.
Corday said the program was designed to reward the 40-year-old series' legion of fans while attracting a new audience, particularly in the 18-34 demographic.
Sony Pictures Television launched its first such loyalty initiative in ...Read more
She was part of afternoon television for nearly 20 years, but yesterday Adriana Xenides passed away in a Liverpool Hospital, aged 54.
Last week, Robo-James' time machine looked at the evolution over the decades of Wheel of Fortune. That eternal process continues; the game show starts a new season Monday, with a new twist that—like many in the past—sounds like a needless complication of something that already worked. The "Free Spin" wedge will be replaced by "Free Play." What is that, you ask?
Let's Play Crosswords, a syndicated game show from TV titan Merv Griffin, has been cleared for a fall launch on five major-market NBC stations.
Crosswords, which is being produced in high definition, features contestants answering questions with words that solve a crossword in order to win the game and become a returning champion.
The deal with NBC-owned stations in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), Chicago (WMAQ), San Francisco (KNTV), and Dallas (KXAS) calls for two episodes of the show to air in an hour-long block. The time periods have yet to be determined, but it will likely air in daytime or late afternoon.
Griffin, the veteran entertainer behind syndicated stalwarts Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, owns Crosswords with Los Angeles-based distributor Program Partners and the William Morris Agency.
The companies behind the long-running syndicated shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have joined forces to create two game shows targeted to launch in fall 2007.
King World Prods. and Sony Pictures Television are set to announce Monday that they will offer two half-hour game shows as a one-hour block in syndication. Details about the shows' formats and targeted dayparts were unavailable.
Wheel of Fortune, which consistently ranks as the No. 1 show in all of syndication, is in its 23rd season, while Jeopardy!--generally in the top three among all syndicated shows, is in its 22nd season. They are produced by Sony and sold to stations by King World.
Bill Carroll, vice president and director of programming at consulting firm Katz Television Group, said the recent success of NBC's prime-time entrant Deal or No Deal proves there is an appetite for ...Read more