FX has ordered 15 new episodes of cop drama "The Shield." Although overall ratings have been down, men ages 18-49 continue to watch, and FX executives reportedly are still high on the award-winning show.
Disney investor Stanley Gold said yesterday he and other unhappy shareholders would nominate an alternative slate of directors next year if the current board doesn't "face up to the issues." Roy Disney, the nephew of company founder Walt Disney, indicated he would join Gold in an effort to force another shareholder vote on CEO Michael Eisner's future.
The heads of the country's largest cable systems had a lot to say at the NCTA conference. First, Wall Street was misled in its pessimism on cable's prospects. Second, regulatory controls, such as more stringent indecency regulations, are unlikely to hamper cable's future. And third, MSOs are committed to the idea of melding content and distribution companies.
Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain is trying to negotiate a deal to broadcast Denver Broncos football games after the team's deal with Altitude Sports & Entertainment fell through. Fox has indicated a pact may be close, but nothing is official yet.
InterActiveCorp may be a major-league Internet company in the eyes of Barry Diller, and although it is growing at a fast clip, Wall Street remains a bit skeptical. Piper Jaffray analyst Safa Rashtchy says the company's various concerns make its balance sheet "complicated."
FX has changed the name of its upcoming cop drama from "The Rampart" to "The Shield." The Los Angeles Police Department objected to the title, which struck too close to the 1999 LAPD Rampart scandal. An FX spokesman said the title also did not resonate with focus groups. "The Shield" is expected to begin airing next month.