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CBS' Moonves singing praises of Sunday sked

22 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Leslie Moonves is learning to love Sundays this season. What to program after the durable newsmagazine 60 Minutes has long been a problem for the CBS chief. But not this year. With the freshman cop drama Cold Case giving a boost to the once-struggling made-for-TV movie franchise, the eye network has rocketed 34% in the key 18-49 demographic and 33% in total viewers on Sundays compared with last year, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. "I hadn't had a hit on Sunday night at 8 o'clock since Touched by an Angel went off the air three years ago," Moonves said, adding that the time period has historically been of great importance to CBS. "That's where Murder, She Wrote was, that's where Touched by an Angel was, and that's where Cold Case now is. And those shows all helped the two-hour movie after it." Moonves added that CBS has presented a stronger roster of made-fors this year than last -- even if The Reagans, which Moonves dumped amid controversy on the eve of its November sweep airing, was not included on the list. »

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CBS' Moonves singing praises of Sunday sked

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Leslie Moonves is learning to love Sundays this season. What to program after the durable newsmagazine 60 Minutes has long been a problem for the CBS chief. But not this year. With the freshman cop drama Cold Case giving a boost to the once-struggling made-for-TV movie franchise, the eye network has rocketed 34% in the key 18-49 demographic and 33% in total viewers on Sundays compared with last year, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. "I hadn't had a hit on Sunday night at 8 o'clock since Touched by an Angel went off the air three years ago," Moonves said, adding that the time period has historically been of great importance to CBS. "That's where Murder, She Wrote was, that's where Touched by an Angel was, and that's where Cold Case now is. And those shows all helped the two-hour movie after it." Moonves added that CBS has presented a stronger roster of made-fors this year than last -- even if The Reagans, which Moonves dumped amid controversy on the eve of its November sweep airing, was not included on the list. »

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Togas on tap for 'Empire' mini at ABC

5 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Friends, Romans, countrymen: ABC is about to head back to the world of Emperor Augustus. The alphabet has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Empire, a limited series about the rise of Gaius Octavius, who became the first emperor of Rome in 27 B.C. The historical epic is scheduled to shoot on location in Rome in the spring for a bow sometime during the 2004-05 season. Touchstone Television is the sole distributor, although a producing partner will likely be added later. Empire was created by screenwriter Tom Wheeler, who will serve as executive producer. Also on board as executive producers are Chip Johannessen (24, The X-Files) and the producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are executive producers of the ABC comedy It's All Relative and also recently executive produced the controversial CBS/Showtime movie The Reagans. »

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No landslide for 'Reagans'

4 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ANAHEIM -- Despite a flood of hype surrounding its controversial movie The Reagans, Showtime saw a small stream of viewers for its Sunday premiere. Sold by CBS to Showtime last month amid criticism of its depiction of the Reagans, the three-hour movie drew just 1.2 million total viewers, according to sources; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, a theatrical release that aired in the same slot the previous year, drew 500,000 viewers in comparison. In Showtime homes, Reagans registered a 3.7 household rating/5 share. Showtime, which traditionally declines to release ratings numbers, would not confirm these figures. The premium channel did, however, indicate that Reagans more than doubled its primetime average and was its highest-rated original film in two years. Reagans tied another Reagan-themed movie, The Day Reagan Was Shot, which aired in December 2001. »

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'Reagans' producers defend telepic

25 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The producers of the upcoming Showtime film The Reagans on Monday rejected assertions that they brought an ideological bias to the project. "When we go about making a movie, we have no political agenda," executive producer Craig Zadan said during a conference call with reporters. "We have a filmmaking agenda about finding stories that we find interesting and finding characters that are complex." Responding to comments made in a separate press call by CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, the film's producers said Moonves had ample opportunity to review dailies of the film and that the legal and standards and practices departments never indicated there were any problems. Robert Allan Ackerman, director and a producer on the film, characterized CBS' editing efforts as "artistically butchering" the film. "By the time they were finished with the editing process, they found they had an incoherent movie and one they couldn't air," he said. »

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Panel set to air after 'Reagans'

21 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime has assembled a panel of experts for a companion program to its upcoming movie The Reagans. A roundtable discussion concerning the film's fairness and accuracy will feature Marvin Kalb, senior fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University; Martin Anderson, a former economic advisor to Ronald Reagan; Carl Sferrazza Anthony, one of the film's producers; Lou Cannon, who authored five books about Reagan's life; and Linda Chavez, a political analyst at Fox News. Controversy: The Reagans will air the day after the Nov. 30 debut of the film, which was originally scheduled to air on CBS but was licensed to Showtime after it kicked up controversy. »

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CBS cancels Jackson special

20 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS has pulled the Michael Jackson special that had been set to air next week, citing the "gravity" of the allegations of child molestation leveled against the singer Wednesday. The Michael Jackson Number Ones special, timed to coincide with this week's release of a Jackson greatest hits package of the same name, was hastily added to CBS' November sweeps lineup earlier this week. The hourlong special had been set to air Wednesday at 10 p.m. "Given the gravity of the charges against Mr. Jackson, we believe it would be inappropriate at this time to broadcast an entertainment special," CBS said in a statement. "However, we are very mindful that Mr. Jackson is innocent until proven guilty. We will consider broadcasting the special after the due process of the legal system runs its course." A source said CBS brass decided the special was especially inappropriate because it was designed to be a celebration of Jackson's recording career and included testimonials from the singer's celebrity friends. The scuttling of the Jackson special comes barely two weeks after CBS pulled the plug amid a political firestorm on its planned four-hour miniseries The Reagans, which sparked heated protests for reportedly portraying the former president in a largely negative light. The biopic of Ronald and Nancy Reagan is now slated to air Nov. 30 on CBS' sibling cable network Showtime. »

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'Reagans' coming sooner

18 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime has moved up the airdate of The Reagans, the controversial miniseries CBS passed on earlier this month. Reagans will air at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 in one block running two hours, 50 minutes. Upon acquiring Reagans from CBS, Showtime had indicated that it would air as early as March, but the cable net decided to accelerate the premiere in order to capitalize on the vigorous debate still roiling over the program. "People just keep talking about this movie," said Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment at Showtime. "Instead of making judgments in an abstract way, people will now get to see what it really is." »

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NBC slots 'Tracy Morgan'

7 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC has made changes to its Tuesday and Thursday schedules to make room for the new midseason comedy The Tracy Morgan Show, while ABC and the WB Network have bid farewell to L.A. Dragnet and Tarzan, respectively. Meanwhile, NBC has cut back the order for its sophomore series American Dreams from 22 to 18 episodes and has ordered three additional episodes of Ed. In other scheduling news, CBS has announced that it will replace the first part of its canceled four-hour miniseries The Reagans on Nov. 16 with a rerun of a two-episode arc of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On Nov. 18, when Part 2 of the mini was to air, the network will rebroadcast episodes of CSI: Miami and Without a Trace. »

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Streisand Lashes Out at 'Reagans' Cancellation

7 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barbra Streisand has slammed the decision to axe her actor husband James Brolin's new TV movie about Ronald Reagan - calling it "a sad day for artistic freedom". Streisand, a Democratic activist, was horrified when she learned TV bosses at CBS had bowed to pressure from right wingers and cancelled The Reagans, which was due to air later this month featuring Brolin as the former president of America. Posting a fiery note on her website yesterday, Streisand lashed out, "(Artistic freedom is) one of the most important elements of an open and democratic society." Streisand is being backed by actress Meryl Streep, who says, "Any time that something is banned it makes you uncomfortable as an American." »

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Showtime for 'Reagans'; CBS execs get heat

5 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Reagans are headed to Showtime, while the CBS execs responsible for the controversial miniseries might be headed for the woodshed. As expected, the premium cable network Tuesday officially picked up the telefilm, which featured James Brolin as President Ronald Reagan, one day after CBS pulled the project from its planned Nov. 16 debut. The Reagans has been blasted by numerous critics who complained that leaked versions of the script put forth an inflammatory and biased portrayal of the 40th president and former first lady Nancy Reagan. While the network's decision was widely viewed as an attempt to placate conservative pressure groups -- the WGA East predicted a "chilling effect" on other controversial projects -- the fiasco offered a rare public exposure of executive tensions within CBS, where chief Leslie Moonves is known to run a tight ship. Moonves, who has grown into one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood since joining the network in July 1995, is said to be enraged that he was not kept apprised of the project's tone until it was too late to make substantive changes, sources close to the production said. "There was a breakdown in communication," one source said. But other sources said that Moonves himself greenlighted the project, read the script and approved the cast. Also, before the controversy broke, he reviewed an eight-minute trailer containing key scenes and did not raise concerns or ask for changes. »

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CBS pulls 'Reagans' miniseries

4 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Following a storm of protest, CBS has yanked its sweep miniseries The Reagans, a controversial four-hour glimpse of the 40th president and his family, sources close to the production said. CBS chief Leslie Moonves made the decision after concluding that the film was unfair to the Reagans and that even extensive edits had not produced an acceptably balanced portrayal. The only question that remains is whether the miniseries will be picked up by the cable net Showtime -- like CBS, a unit of Viacom -- or shelved entirely, sources said. The miniseries was scheduled to bow Nov. 16 on CBS. The Reagans, executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (Chicago), has been vehemently attacked by critics who complained that early drafts of scripts leaked to the press have included scenes with little or no basis in historical fact. »

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Reagan telefilm is axed by CBS, will run on Showtime

4 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS has confirmed on Tuesday that it is pulling its controversial miniseries on Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan from its November sweeps slate. The four-hour biopic will air sometime next year on CBS' sibling cable network Showtime. "This decision is based solely on our reaction to seeing the final film, not the controversy that erupted around a draft of the script," the statement said. CBS said the show "does not present a balanced portrayal of the Reagans for CBS and its audience. Subsequent edits that we considered did not address those concerns." Earlier Tuesday, CBS Entertainment president Nancy Tellem had said to a gathering of industry executives in New York: "There has been no decision as of yet to take The Reagans off the schedule." Asked what the network was examining, she said told an International Radio & Television Society breakfast, "There are lots of considerations ...We're editing it. We're taking this very, very seriously." »

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