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Being ‘in tune with America’ and telling the truth are keys to Fox sitcom “Bernie Mac’s” surprising rise. (See ‘Bernie Mac’ breaks the mold)
‘West Wing’ with kidnapped reporter subplot to air Wednesday
An episode of “The West Wing” set to air this Wednesday (9 to 10 p.m., ET), in which a sub-storyline tells about an American reporter being kidnapped in a foreign country, is not being pulled by NBC, contrary to some published reports, the network has confirmed. MORE
White House moves to speed digital transition: The Bush administration proposed Monday that commercial television broadcasters still offering analog signals in 2007 and beyond be slapped with annual fees totaling $500 million. MORE
Narrow win for Patriots, big win for Fox: Fox’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXXVI, featuring a last-second 20-17 victory by the New England Patriots over the St. Louis Rams, produced a 42.5 rating/61 share household average in Nielsen Media Research’s 51 metered markets (representing 67 percent of the United States) for the 6:30 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. (ET) game. MORE
Patriots draw 3 million viewers in Boston: The Patriots-Rams game Sunday was the highest-rated Super Bowl in the history of the Boston market, giving Fox-owned WFXT-TV a 56.1 Nielsen Media Research rating and 78 share, with more than 3 million people tuned in. At one point the game peaked at a 62/84. MORE
Cable TV Public Affairs Association to honor cable execs: The Cable Television Public Affairs Association announced the winners of its annual President’s Awards on Monday. James Dolan, president and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corp., and John Sykes, president of VH1 and CMT: Country Music Television, will be honored as leaders who “advance the role of public affairs in the cable industry.” The pair will be feted during the Beacon Awards Gala on March 12 in Washington.
‘Survivor: Marquesas’ contestants to be revealed Wednesday: The participants in CBS’s “Survivor: Marquesas” will be announced Wednesday on CBS’s The Early Show,” with correspondent Jon Frankel filing a report from the island of Nuku Hiva. “Survivor: Marquesas” is set to premiere at 8 p.m. (ET) Thursday, Feb. 28.
Shaq to appear on ‘Static Shock’: An episode of Kids’ WB’s “Static Shock” this month will star NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal in his first animated guest appearance. The episode, titled “Static Shaq,” will air at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Saturday, Feb. 16.
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