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May 19, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Not-so-idle ‘Idol’
Viewer worship of American Idol is shaping up to hit an all-time high this week. Fox has scheduled a Monday night special leading up to the two-night finale on Tuesday and Wednesday. After finalists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard croon it out for the crown of the talent contest’s second edition, the winner will be announced during a two-hour show Wednesday night, the last day of the May Sweep.
Texas affils oust `Hitler’
All of the more than 200 CBS affiliates are expected to air the two-part miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil, which wraps Tuesday night-except Texas-based affils, KZTV in Corpus Christi and KVTV in Laredo. Dale Remy, general manager of the two stations, offered to run Hitler after The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn, but he told CBS he wasn’t comfortable running it in prime time. In Corpus Christi, UPN-affiliated low-power KTOV-TV picked up the CBS sweeps centerpiece. There was no station with the option to pick up Hitler in Laredo. Mr. Remy said he made the decision a couple of weeks ago, right at the “drop-dead deadline” for TV listings, after much deliberation about whether it “humanized” an evil that still dogs society and after consultation with a sampling of his communities.
Murdoch back to D.C.
News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch will testify Thursday before the Senate Commerce Committee about News Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Hughes Electronics’ DirecTV, the largest satellite television provider in the United States. He appeared before the House Judiciary Committee May 8 and answered questions about rising cable television costs and media consolidation as well as his plans for DirecTV.