Alan Frutkin


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    Game of Shows: How Did the Studios Do in the Upfront?

    TV / Video

    For the new series set to appear on broadcast networks this fall, the odds of survival are grim. Thanks to a highly fragmented audience comprised of increasingly fickle and distracted viewers, it’s likely that 70 percent of the shows unveiled at the upfronts two weeks ago will not make it to a second season.

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    Lionsgate TV Taps Frankel for Reality Development

    TV / Video

    Lionsgate TV, producer of AMC’s Mad Men and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, is facing reality with a two-year deal with nonscripted producer Eli Frankel. Formerly an svp of development at Top […]

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    ABC Takes More Medicine

    TV / Video

    Like CBS and its crime procedurals, ABC has latched on to medical dramas as its go-to theme, and it’s not letting go. Case in point: the medical examiner-based series Body […]

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    Facing Long Odds, Paul Reiser Tries for a Comeback

    TV / Video

    It’s been more than a decade since Paul Reiser had a network TV show. But with the April 14 launch of The Paul Reiser Show, the comic returns to his […]

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    The Horror: Chiller Expands Original Slate

    TV / Video

    NBCU’s fledgling Chiller network is hoping to put the fear into a wider audience with three new projects scheduled to premiere in the third and fourth quarters. Of course programming horror […]

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    Cougars, Dancers, Housewives to Round Out Lackluster ABC Season

    TV / Video

    Perhaps hoping to end its TV season with as little fanfare as possible—a season which at least ratings-wise has been anything but stellar—ABC announced its finale dates for the 2010-11 […]

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    TV Land Greenlights Divorced, Exes Pilots

    TV / Video

    When it comes to the production of old-fashioned, multicamera sitcoms, the folks at TV Land believe they’ve found their sweet spot. The Viacom-owned cable network has greenlit two new pilots […]

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    Special Effects Blasting Holes in Show Schedules

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    The increasing reliance on over-the top special effects is starting to wreak havoc on network scheduling. Case in point: the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Terra Nova. Part western, part family […]

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    Special Effects, Effect

    TV / Video

    The increasing reliance on over-the top special effects is starting to wreak havoc on network scheduling. Case in point: the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Terra Nova. Part western, part family […]

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    Losers of New Game Show Could Be Shot Out of Cannon

    TV / Video

    To what extent are game show contestants willing to degrade themselves for $50,000? ABC is about to find out. The Disney-owned network has just ordered 101 Ways to Leave a […]