CBS On Passing Of Alan Kirschenbaum

CBS just issued a statement about the death of comedy writer-producer Alan Kirschenbaum. He has a long history at CBS where he was considered family. Kirschenbaum co-created two comedy series for the network, Yes, Dear and the upcoming Friend Me, as well as the 2007 pilot Fugly. He also worked on the CBS comedies Everybody Loves Raymond, Center Of The Universe and Accidentally On Purpose. “We are stunned and devastated to hear the news this morning of Alan’s passing. We have lost a long-time colleague, a valued friend and truly one of the most well liked individuals in our midst. We will remember a gifted and successful comedy writer/producer who shared generously of his time beyond his show duties to help the network and studio in a variety of ways; a kind and gentle man; and a warm and witty conversationalist who could always be seen chatting up many
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In2TV channels Gone, Real for b'band airings

In2TV channels Gone, Real for b'band airings
In2TV, an ad-supported broadband network from America Online and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, added two new channels Wednesday representing more than a dozen series. Several of the full-length programs feature episodes that were never aired. The channel called Gone but Not Forgotten TV is designed to give new life to short-lived but fondly remembered series. Among these are the Emmy-winning The Ben Stiller Show, which co-stars Janeane Garofalo and Andy Dick; Center of the Universe with John Goodman, Ed Asner, Olympia Dukakis and Jean Smart; The George Carlin Show; and Max Headroom.

CBS is antlers above rivals Wed. night

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer shined for CBS on the final night of the November sweep, while ABC scored with its holiday-themed special featuring married pop stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. CBS won the Wednesday contest overall with a lot of help from its 8 p.m. airing of the Burl Ives-narrated stop-motion animation chestnut Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which brought in an average of 15 million viewers and 5.3 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. ABC won the hour as usual with its hot-shot freshman drama Lost (17 million, 5.8/15). At 9 p.m., ABC's Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas special harvested a healthy 12.5 million viewers and 5.1/12 in adults 18-49. Nick & Jessica won the hour in the key demo but NBC's The West Wing (13.3 million, 4.0/10) prevailed in total viewers. CBS' 9 p.m. anchor The King of Queens (13.1 million, 5.3/13) held on to virtually all of its Rudolph lead-in but the eye network slipped significantly at 9:30 p.m. with rookie sitcom Center of the Universe (10.5 million, 4.1/10).

'Dr. Phil' bumps 3 fall bows by a week

'Dr. Phil' bumps 3 fall bows by a week
CBS has postponed the fall premieres of 60 Minutes, The King of Queens and new comedy series Center of the Universe by a week to make room for A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First. The two-hour Dr. Phil special will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 22, followed by the series premiere of CSI: NY at 10 p.m. 60 Minutes, King of Queens and Universe will now premiere the following Wednesday, Sept. 29, starting at 8 p.m. Separately, CBS has confirmed that Craig Kilborn's last day as host of The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn will be Friday. Repeats will air until the show's new season starts Sept. 20, when guest hosts will fill in until a new permanent host is selected, at least until the end of October, the network said.

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