David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter from “The X-Files”; Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Gabrielle Carteris and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; and Patrick Warburton from “The Tick” Among Talent Scheduled to Appear
FOX’s 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, airing Sunday, April 22 (8:00-10:00 PM), will take an entertaining look back at the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have defined the network since its first signal transmission on April 5, 1987. The star-studded special will pay tribute to FOX’s most memorable moments with appearances by FOX talent, highlights from iconic series and specials and reunions with cast members from some of the network’s fan-favorite series, including “Married With Children,” among other surprises.
Talent scheduled to appear on FOX’s 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL include Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal from “Married With Children”; Patrick Warburton from “The Tick”; and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter from “The X-Files.”
The host, additional FOX talent and more cast reunions to be announced.
FOX’s 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is executive-produced by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel. Juliane Hare will serve as producer and Louis J. Horvitz will direct the special.
News Corporation buys 50 percent interest in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for $250 million.
News Corporation buys the remaining 50 percent interest in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for $325 million.
News Corporation buys the six Metromedia, Inc. television stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC, for $1.9 billion and forms the Fox Television Stations Group.
With the Fox Television Stations Group as its anchor, the formation of the nation’s fourth major broadcast network, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), is announced.
FOX premieres with the new late-night series “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.”
FOX primetime schedule premieres with the debut of its Sunday line-up.
FOX Saturday primetime schedule premieres.
FOX Monday primetime schedule premieres.
FOX Thursday primetime schedule premieres.
FOX Friday primetime schedule premieres.
FOX Wednesday primetime schedule premieres.
FOX Tuesday primetime schedule premieres.
Fox Television Stations buys 20 percent of New World Communications for $500 million, and all 12 major-market New World broadcast stations switch their affiliations to FOX.
NFL on FOX premieres.
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NHL on FOX premieres.
FOX’s World Wide Website FOXWORLD (currently FOX.com) launches.
FOX’s Saturday late-night series “MADtv” premieres.
FOX moves into news programming with the premiere of “Fox News Sunday.”
Major League Baseball on FOX premieres.
News Corporation and Fox Television Stations complete acquisition of New World Communications Group for $2.3 billion, making Fox the largest and most powerful station operator with 22 stations covering more than 40 percent of the nation.
FOX finishes its first-ever broadcast season as the most popular network among Adults 18-34 and Teens, while also ranking second among its target audience of Adults 18-49 by the smallest margin in the network’s history.
Sandy Grushow, President of 20th Century Fox Television is named Chairman, Fox Television Entertainment Group. He assumes responsibility over both 20th Century Fox Television and programming, scheduling and marketing operations of the Fox Broadcasting Company.
FOX finishes the broadcast season ranked No. 1 among Adults 18-34 for the second consecutive year.
Gail Berman, the founding president of Fox Television Studios unit Regency Television, is named President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. She assumes day-to-day responsibility for all FOX program development and scheduling, as well as marketing and promotion. She is the first-ever creative producer to hold the top FOX programming post.
News Corporation announces a deal with Fox Television Stations to acquire Chris-Craft Industries, BHC Communications and United Television, which together own 10 television stations and other assets, for $5.35 billion in cash and stock. The addition of the Chris-Craft stations gives News Corporation and Fox Television Stations an unequaled presence in the largest U.S. television markets, subject to the divestiture of stations as necessary to comply with FCC ownership restrictions.
NASCAR on FOX premieres.
FOX finishes the broadcast season ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49 by the closest margin in its history – 0.3 percent. In addition, for the third consecutive year, FOX ranks No. 1 among Adults 18-34 and also finishes No. 1 among Teens.
News Corporation and Fox Television Stations announce the completion of the acquisition of Chris-Craft Industries, BHC Communications and United Television. The addition of the Chris-Craft stations makes the Fox Television Stations group the most powerful in the nation, with 34 stations and duopolies in eight major television markets.
FOX completes the 2001-2002 season ranked a competitive No. 2 among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 behind NBC, and finishes No. 1 in Teens and Men 18-34.
During the 2001-2002 season, FOX launches two critically acclaimed hits – the one-hour drama “24” and the comedy “The Bernie Mac Show.”
Fox Entertainment Group and News Corporation combine the strategic business activities of Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports and Fox Cable Networks Group into a new operating entity, Fox Networks Group, headed by President and CEO Tony Vinciquerra.
FOX’s AMERICAN IDOL: THE SEARCH FOR A SUPERSTAR becomes the hit of the summer, increasing exponentially in ratings as the series progresses, and ultimately dominating Tuesday and Wednesday nights in all demographics. With the series’ success, FOX is the only network to show growth vs. the previous summer among all demos. It is the No. 1-rated show of the summer in all demographics, and for eight consecutive weeks is rated No. 1 among Adults 18-49.
News Corporation and Fox Television Stations complete the acquisition of television station WPWR in Chicago from Newsweb Corporation, bringing the Fox Television Stations group to 35 stations with duopolies in nine major television markets.
FOX’s freshman series “The Bernie Mac Show” wins the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and “24” wins the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
FOX launches “Joe Millionaire” on Jan. 6, 2003. The show is an instant smash as almost 23 million viewers tune in. By the end of the show’s run, 40 million people – 40% of the available audience – will be watching.
“Joe Millionaire” couples with the launch of Season 2 of AMERICAN IDOL and the revitalized “24,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “That ’70s Show” to propel FOX to its first-ever sweeps victory in February 2003.
FOX wins its second sweeps victory in Adults 18-49, finishes the traditional broadcast season ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49 by the closest margin in the network’s history (.2 of a ratings point behind NBC) and returns to dominance in other key demos, finishing No. 1 by considerable margins in Adults 18-34 and Teens.
FOX successfully launches the young adult drama “The O.C.,” marking the network’s first foray into year-round series launches.
FOX launches “The Simple Life.” The show is an instant hit.
FOX receives four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Comedy (freshman series “Arrested Development”), Lead Actor/Drama (Kiefer Sutherland for “24”) and Lead Actor/Comedy (Bernie Mac in “The Bernie Mac Show”). The network wins the Golden Globe for Best Drama with “24.”
Ed Wilson is named President, Fox Television Network, assuming responsibility for all Sales, Affiliate Relations, Broadcast Standards and Business Affairs supervision.
FOX finishes the traditional broadcast season ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49 by the closest margin in the network’s history (.1 of a ratings point behind NBC) and remains dominant in other key demos, finishing No. 1 by considerable margins in Adults 18-34 and Teens.
FOX premieres “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” to the biggest numbers of any new unscripted series of the summer.
FOX’s freshman series “Arrested Development” wins the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, making it one of the only first-year series ever to be accorded this honor.
FOX receives three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Drama (“24”), Best Comedy (“Arrested Development”) and Lead Actor/Comedy (Jason Bateman wins for “Arrested Development”).
FOX broadcasts “Super Bowl XXXIX.” The network wins the February sweeps. Fox Networks Group re-launches Fox Sports World and Fox Soccer Channel.
FX President Peter Liguori is named the network’s new entertainment chief.
AMERICAN IDOL concludes its fourth and most successful season ever, leading FOX to a win in the May sweeps. Concurrently, FOX clinches its first seasonal victory among Adults 18-49 and continues its dominance in the young adult and teen demos.
FOX receives 49 Emmy Award nominations, the most in its history, including 11 each for “24” and “Arrested Development”; six for AMERICAN IDOL; five each for HOUSE and “MADtv”; three each for “Malcolm in the Middle,” THE SIMPSONS and “That ’70s Show”; and one each for FAMILY GUY and “The NAACP Image Awards” special.
The series premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE delivers the highest-rated night of entertainment programming to date in summer 2005. It is the highest-rated premiere of any new FOX summer series since 2003 and marks FOX’s highest-rated summer Wednesday among Adults 18-49 in nearly three years.
FOX launches “Prison Break,” which over the course of the show’s initial 13 episodes becomes the No. 1 new drama of the season among Adults 18-34 and Teens, and the No. 1 new program on FOX among Adults 18-49.
FOX launches another successful drama, BONES, which premieres as the network’s highest-rated Tuesday drama in nearly four years among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers (since “24” on 11/6/01).
“Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller is nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Outstanding Actor in a Drama. He shares the nomination with “24’s” Kiefer Sutherland and Hugh Laurie of HOUSE. “Prison Break” also receives a nomination as Best Drama Series. HOUSE and “24” are selected by the American Film Institute as two of the “10 Most Outstanding Programs of the Year.” FOX nominees for Writers Guild of America awards include “Arrested Development” (Best Comedy Series), HOUSE (Best Episodic Drama), “Kitchen Confidential” and “Malcolm in the Middle” (Best Episodic Comedy) and THE SIMPSONS (five episodes nominated in the Animation category).
AMERICAN IDOL concludes its record-breaking fifth season. Primetime’s highest-rated night of the week in the 2005-06 season belongs to FOX Tuesday (8.1/20), a network first. AMERICAN IDOL-Tuesday and AMERICAN IDOL-Wednesday rank as the No. 1 and No. 2 programs of the season among all key demos.
For the second consecutive year, FOX is the No. 1 network among Adults 18-49. FOX remains dominant in the Young Adult and Teen demos, finishing No. 1 in Adults 18-34 for the fourth straight year, and No. 1 in Teens for the sixth year in a row.
Fox Networks Group and the Big Ten Conference enter into a joint venture to create the Big Ten Network, set to debut in August 2007. It is the first network dedicated to the major events and campus activities surrounding a major collegiate conference.