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Nets delay fall launches

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11, several broadcasters have modified their schedules. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox all pushed back their fall debuts (to September 24, as of press time), acknowledging viewers' preoccupation with the news. The as yet unanswered question for each of the broadcasters is whether audience's tastes will have permanently changed. Reality continues to populate the airwaves - Survivor: Africa (CBS), Love Cruise (Fox) and Lost (NBC) are only three of the offerings this season - but it remains to be seen whether they'll still draw the ratings they once did.
October 1, 2001

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11, several broadcasters have modified their schedules. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox all pushed back their fall debuts (to September 24, as of press time), acknowledging viewers’ preoccupation with the news. The as yet unanswered question for each of the broadcasters is whether audience’s tastes will have permanently changed. Reality continues to populate the airwaves – Survivor: Africa (CBS), Love Cruise (Fox) and Lost (NBC) are only three of the offerings this season – but it remains to be seen whether they’ll still draw the ratings they once did.

On the cable front, channels are also picking their programming carefully. The Travel Channel, for example, has indefinitely delayed the broadcast of Jordan: The Royal Tour, and replaced such series as Where Disasters Happen and Dambreak Disasters with what it has deemed more innocuous fare.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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