Oscars To Go Hostless Again For 2020 On ABC

‘Modern Family’ Series Finale Set For April 8

The series following the extended Pritchett-Dunphy clan was an immediate sensation upon its 2009 debut. It holds the record with Frasier of five consecutive Emmy Awards as television’s best comedy.

ABC To Offer Live ‘Young Frankenstein’ Musical

The network said Wednesday it will air Young Frankenstein Live!, the stage version of Mel Brooks’ 1974 film classic. The cast and air date were not revealed.

Locast Launches GoFundMe Page To Fight Nets

The streaming service has created a legal defense fund to battle CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC to “protect streaming of local broadcast TV.”

‘Jeopardy’ Titans Compete For $1M, ‘Greatest’ Title

Jeopardy‘s all-time top money winners Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer are facing off for ultimate bragging rights. The winner gets $1 million, with $250,000 for each runner-up in the contest that airs on consecutive nights beginning 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.

Networks Celebrate Holidays By Paying Tribute To Their Teams

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

Feeding The Voracious Multiplatform Beast

As television news broadcasters move to expand their reach into web, mobile and OTT platforms, they are adopting a number of tools and strategies including more automation, better collaboration tools and, in some cases, internal software development. L-r: Gray’s Mike Fass, Avid’s Ray Thompson, Fox’s Emily Stone and ABC’s Fabian Westerwelle. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

Goldberg, McCain Spar On ‘The View’

The View came to a grinding halt Monday when Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain clashed over the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

ABC Promos Go 1970s Retro

In honor of the Norman Lear/Jimmy Kimmel special, which is re-creating 1975 episodes of All in the Family and Good Times with modern casts on Wednesday, ABC promos that evening will use throwback voiceovers, 4:3 ratio, graphics and title treatments inspired by the Alphabet network’s actual on-air campaigns from that era. (Yes, that includes a voice-over actor emulating Ernie Anderson’s famous announcing from back then.)

Kevin Costner To Write And Produce ABC Procedural

Locast: Big 4 Nets ‘Waited Too Long’ To Sue

David Goodfriend, founder of controversial not-for-profit outfit Locast, said the parent companies of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox “waited too long” to sue him over the alleged theft of their signal. He also questioned why they didn’t seek a temporary restraining order to halt the two-year-old company’s operations, as they did in the case of Aereo years earlier.

ABC Picks Up ‘Schooled’ For Full Season

Schooled has received a back nine order for its second season at ABC. In addition, showrunner Tim Doyle has left the series. Series co-executive producers Tom Hertz and Vanessa McCarthy will take over for Doyle.

Longtime ABC Exec Herb Granath Dies

Granath helped ABC as it entered into the cable and international fields. During his career he developed as served as chairman of the board of ESPN, A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime Television. He was 91.

Lucy Hale Joining Seacrest On New Year’s Eve

Actress Lucy Hale joins Ryan Seacrest in Times Square to co-host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 on ABC Dec. 31. Hale starred in Pretty Little Liars on Freeform and stars in Katy Keene on The CW, which debuts Feb. 6.

‘Grey’s’ Moves In ABC Midseason Schedule

Grey’s Anatomy is getting a new Thursday-night shift. ABC has unveiled its midseason schedule and the big news is that Shonda Rhimes’ enduring medical drama is moving from 8 p.m. back to its signature 9 p.m. perch beginning in late January to make way for the return of spinoff series Station 19, which will now lead off the night.

ABC Renews All 6 Of Its Retro Game Shows

The network has renewed all six of its retro game shows for new seasons in 2020. The rookies Press Your Luck (above) and Card Sharks will return for their second seasons, Celebrity Family Feud for its sixth and The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game and To Tell the Truth for their fifth.

Meghan McCain: ‘View’ Hosts Aren’t ‘Treated Fairly’

ABC Dropping Live+Same Day Ratings

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said Monday that ABC will no longer be sending out Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings figures for the network’s programming that isn’t live. The new policy begins Tuesday, Nov. 12. In an increasingly time-shifted viewership universe, the network is following the lead of fellow Big 4 broadcaster Fox, which made the same move under then 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Television Group co-chief Dana Walden a few years back.

‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Ending With Season 6

The series will wrap production after 15 episodes, with a finale set for early 2020.

Nets Agree To Graham’s STELAR Expiration Plan

Three of the Big Four broadcast networks have agreed to insure their viewers don’t lose access to distant signals if Congress lets the STELAR compulsory satellite license expire at year’s end, according to letters from those nets, and the fourth is about to do the same, according to a source familiar with the network’s thinking.

‘The View’ Melts Down Over Trump Jr. Visit

Guests clashed with hosts and hosts clashed with audience members at the ABC show on Thursday.

ABC Sets Next Live Comedy Special

ABC has firmed up its next live comedy event from Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel. The duo behind the Live in Front of a Studio Audience franchise will next team for the Dec. 18 mashup of All in the Family and Good Times as the sequel to May’s All in the FamilyThe Jeffersons.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Boss Making Erin Brockovich TV Series For ABC

Broadcasters Move To Kill Locast Counterclaims

The Big Four networks have opened another front in their battle with Locast, the startup behind a free service that streams local TV signals in several large U.S. markets. In their latest move, ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS and Fox have urged a New York court to dismiss recent counterclaims filed by Locast and to instead focus on what the broadcasters claim to be Locast’s “wholesale violation of the Copyright Act.”

ABC’s ‘Stumptown,’ ‘Mixed-ish’ Get Full Seasons

ABC has committed to full seasons of the freshmen series Stumptown and Mixed-ish, while also confirming that The Rookie will be back in the spring after its sophomore return this fall.

How ABC Uses Facebook To Incubate TV Shows

Disney-owned ABC’s year-old local news video property Localish is inverting the model of TV networks cutting short clips from their linear shows to distribute online. Instead, Localish is taking the short videos it has produced primarily for Facebook and packaging them into TV-length episodes to air on ABC’s local TV stations and elsewhere.

Craig Ferguson-Hosted Game Show ‘The Hustler’ Lands Series Order At ABC

ABC Cancels ‘Grand Hotel’

Executive-produced by Eva Longoria, Grand Hotel starred Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez as Santiago and Gigi Mendoza, owners of Miami’s famed Riviera Grand hotel. Grand Hotel wrapped its first season on Sept. 9.

Streamer Locast Sues Big 4 Networks

The streamer alleges that ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are engaged in sham copyright litigation and are colluding to deny consumers over-the-air signals they once committed to make freely available.

John Stamos, Phillips Join ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ On ABC

Ryan Seacrest To Return For ‘American Idol’

Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of American Idol for the music competition’s third season on ABC. Seacrest has been with Idol since it launched on Fox back in 2002.

Producer: ‘Rookie’ Co-Star Claims Unfounded

Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers accused by Afton Williamson.

Veteran TV Newsman Sander Vanocur Dies

As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s and ABC in the 1970s and ’80s, Vanocur covered conventions, elections and assassinations during some of the most momentous years in American history. He was 91.

Hurt Christie Brinkley Pulls Out Of ‘Dancing’

ABC said in a statement that Brinkley is unable to continue this season following surgery to her wrist and arm. No details of her injury were given. Her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, will replace her.

AOC Blasts ABC And Sinclair Over Ad

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized ABC and Sinclair for a GOP group’s ad that ran during last night’s Democratic debate in which her picture is shown set on fire. The ad, which ran in cities like New York and Washington, came from the New Faces GOP PAC, which is led by Elizabeth Heng, who last year sought to unseat Democrat Jim Costa in a California House district.

Hecklers Interrupt ABC News Democratic Debate

Thursday night’s ABC News debate was smooth sailing for the first two and a half hours, until a group of protesters heckled Vice President Joe Biden during his closing remarks.

TVN’S FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

TVN Focus | Ad Buyers See An Opening For McMahon’s XFL

“The XFL has a good chance to become a small, viable opportunity for clients based on its WWE ownership backing,” says Adam Schwartz of Horizon Media. “I don’t think the XFL will ever become the NFL, but if the product is strong, it will get viewers to watch and, perhaps, to gamble on the games [and] that will draw more viewer interest.”

Disney, DirecTV In Dispute Over ABC, ESPN

If the companies are unable to reach a new agreement, DirecTV subscribers could lose access to ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Freeform.

MLS Cup Returning To ABC

The league announced Wednesday that this year’s MLS Cup will be shown on the network for the 14th time in 24 seasons. The final on Nov. 10 will start at 3 p.m. ET. It also will air on Univision in Spanish.

‘Goldbergs’ Creator Steps Down As Showrunner

After six years at the helm, The Goldbergs creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg is stepping down as showrunner of the ABC comedy series, which is heading into Season 7. The Goldbergs veterans Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow, who have been with the series since its premiere, have been named showrunners of the series produced by Sony Pictures TV, where both are under deals.