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News Corp.'s power play

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Anyone who thinks TV is still a get-rich-quick biz should look at the calendar. Squeaking out 100 episodes of a sitcom no longer guarantees a syndie windfall. The power to reap back-end profits from…

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Soph slump strikes cable

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Basic cable's three hottest series premieres in 2002 -- "The Osbournes," "The Shield" and "The Dead Zone" -- have hit the playing field in Year Two by displaying the showbiz equivalent of baseball's…

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DirecTV to open books to suitors

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Satellite television operator Hughes Electronics Corp. is expected next week to open its financial records to suitors interested in its DirecTV arm or the entire company, sources familiar with the…

Jacko boffo for ABC

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The public's infatuation with Michael Jackson continued Thursday night, as ABC scored an extremely rare victory on the night with a two-hour-plus special "20/20" featuring an interview with the pop…

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