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Nov 5, 2001  •  Post A Comment

`Patterson’ gets the ax
Los Angeles-ABC has canceled the Jason Alexander-led sitcom “Bob Patterson” after five weeks on the air and a move two weeks ago from 9 p.m. (ET) Tuesday to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. In “Patterson’s” place, ABC will be scheduling repeats of “Drew Carey” for the 9:30 p.m. slot through the November sweeps. It is expected that ABC will schedule the Denis Leary sitcom “The Job” to take over the Wednesday slot-though a spokesman for ABC said no decision has been made.
House tells TV execs to resolve DTV issues
Washington-House lawmakers are preparing to deliver an ultimatum to the television industry: Resolve conflicts that are impeding the rollout of digital television, or Congress will do it for you. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and other lawmakers plan to meet before Thanksgiving with industry executives to urge them to resolve disputes over digital must-carry, cable interoperability, transition deadlines and the inclusion of digital tuners in new sets.
FCC’s Copps seeks look at Sinclair’s Florida deal
Washington-FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is urging the agency to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group’s merger of virtually all of the operations of its NBC affiliate WTWC-TV with ABC affiliate WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Fla. Sinclair says the deal, because it was structured to avoid conflict with the FCC’s ownership prohibitions, is none of the agency’s business. But Mr. Copps, a Democrat, said, “I would certainly be concerned … about the existence of any machinations to violate the letter or spirit of the commission’s local television ownership rules.”