HBO Bets Big on Miniseries, Comedy
- You're Being Serious? That's Funny. DAWN, RANDEE // Variety;6/13/2013, Vol. 320 Issue 9, p18
The article focuses on the people that work in the entertainment industry on both comedy and dramatic television shows. Topics include the challenges they face in transitioning between comedy work and dramatic work, the differences between network television and cable television, and the success...
- Comedy Central Sticks to Scripted. Grego, Melissa // Television Week;7/7/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 27, p3
Presents an update on the cable television network, Comedy Central as of July 7, 2003. Changes the programming of Comedy Central; Information on several scripted and unscripted live-action series of Comedy Central; Featured artists in the television series 'Highway to Oblivion,' which will be...
- Showtime signs Titus. Martin, Denise // Daily Variety;12/18/2003, Vol. 281 Issue 53, p14
Reports on the contract signed by Christopher Titus with Showtime to headline an hourlong comedy special. Background information about Titus; Schedule for the broadcasting of the comedy special.
- Cable drama has its limits. Zeitchik, Steven // Variety;8/13/2007, Vol. 407 Issue 12, p13
The article reports on the emerging popularity of limited television series on U.S. cable networks in 2007. The economic advantages of this type of television program are examined. The article traces the development of the television miniseries beginning in the 1960s in the U.S. and in Great...
- Alley beckons Showtime. Martin, Denise // Daily Variety;7/22/2004, Vol. 284 Issue 13, p5
Reports on cable television network, Showtime's approval of the unscripted comedy television series that will star Kirstie Alley. Shows of the network that will be renewed for another season; Producers of the upcoming television show of Alley.
- A Laughing Matter. Moss, Linda // Multichannel News;2/27/2006, Vol. 27 Issue 9, p22
Focuses on the broadcasting of scripted comedy programs on cable television in the U.S. in 2006. Success of drama-comedy shows "Monk" and "Sex and the City"; Television programs that will be launched by Comedy Central; Information on comedy as a staple of television programming.
- Cablers filling broadcasters' comedy vaccuum. Dempsey, John // Variety;10/6/2008, Vol. 412 Issue 8, p20
The article reports that U.S. cable television networks are developing their own situation comedy programs, rather than relying on a supply of such programming through syndication deals with networks. The comedy productions of a number of cable networks are described including offerings from...
- Laughing on the margins. Egan, Jack // Daily Variety;6/16/2004, Vol. 283 Issue 51, pA1
Focuses on comedy television programs offered by cable television networks in the U.S. Emergence of comedy programs that include edgy elements; Differences in government regulations for broadcast and cable television; Titles of television comedies offered by cable networks; Plan of the U.S....
- The most flattered network. Frutkin, A.J. // Adweek;5/3/2004, Vol. 45 Issue 18, pSR22
The cable television network BBC America revolutionizes television in the U.S. But for BBC America, the comedy show "The Officer," that put the emerging cable network on the map. A workplace comedy set in a paper manufacturing company outside of London, England, the show took home two trophies...