NBC has all but wrapped up its comedy pilot orders for fall 2000, while CBS is also moving ahead with laffer plans for next season.
ABC may have the momentum and the No. 1 ranking in the season-to-date ratings races, but when it comes to sweeps periods, don't count out NBC just yet.
Exercising a 3-year-old option, Warner Bros. Intl. Television has taken a 10% stake in Spanish digital TV platform Canal Satelite Digital. Deal is said to be worth $320 million-$420 million.
Discovery Communications and three giant cable operators -- Time Warner, Comcast and Cox -- are ponying up $40 million to create a U.S. women's professional soccer league.
Italy's TV group Sitcom has announced the launch of four new digital channels to be distributed in Italy and continental Europe.
Granite Broadcasting has agreed to pay NBC a whopping $362 million to align its San Jose station KNTV with the network for 10 years beginning in 2002.
Fox has scored a major victory in the race to find the next big family comedy hit, landing ex-"Roseanne" star John Goodman for a new laffer from the Carsey-Werner Co.
Fox and CBS, the two networks on the outside looking in for the early part of the February sweeps, had something to smile about after surveying preliminary Nielsens for Sunday night.
David Letterman -- who underwent open-heart surgery just five weeks ago -- will return to the "Late Show" part-time, beginning Monday.
TV's lemming-like rush toward gameshows has hit a speedbump: CBS is pulling quizzer "Winning Lines" from its sked for the remainder of the February sweeps.
In another sign that the old rules of network television no longer apply, CBS has decided to roll out its midseason Mafia drama "Falcone" by stripping nine segs of the skein over an eight-day frame…