FROM THE TUBE TO THE POD.
Byline: Greg Hernandez Staff Writer
Apple's iTunes Music Store has a new chief executive: fictional U.S. President MacKenzie Allen In the television show Commander in Chief, a political drama aired by ABC, the fictional character Mackenzie Spencer Allen, played by Geena Davis, is the first female President of the United States. of ABC's ``Commander in Chief.''
``Chief,'' the most-watched new show on the broadcast networks, stars Geena Davis Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21 1956) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress and former fashion model. Biography
Early life as the first female U.S. president. Co-stars include Donald Sutherland, Kyle Secor and Mark-Paul Gosselaar Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar (born March 1, 1974) is an American actor. Gosselaar is best known for his roles as Zack Morris on NBC's Saved by the Bell and detective John Clark on NYPD Blue. .
All nine episodes of ``Chief'' that have aired this season are available for downloading on Apple's new video iPod A common name for the first iPod that supported video, introduced in late 2005. Also called the 5th Generation iPod (5G iPod). Apple refers to Video iPods as simply "iPod." See iPod. or on a computer. New episodes will be available the day after they air on ABC ABC
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``We think it's a great show,'' said Albert Cheng Albert Jinghan Cheng (Traditional Chinese: 鄭經翰), nicknamed Tai-Pan (大班) (born July 3 1946 in Hong Kong) is currently a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative , executive vice president of digital media for the Disney-ABC Television Group Disney-ABC Television Group manages all of The Walt Disney Company's U.S. and global entertainment and news television properties. The group includes the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel’s worldwide portfolio of kids channels (including Toon Disney, Jetix, Playhouse . ``We want people who have not had the opportunity to watch it to catch up before the show resumes with new episodes in January.''
In addition to ``Chief,'' ``Lost'' and ``Housewives,'' other ABC shows available for purchase include the now canceled ``Night Stalker'' and Disney Channel shows ``That's So Raven'' and ``The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.''
NBC Universal quickly followed ABC by offering several of its current shows including ``Law & Order'' and ``The Office'' on iTunes as well as sketches from ``The Tonight Show'' and ``Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. The show, hosted by Conan O'Brien, features varied comedic material, celebrity interviews, and musical and stand-up comedy performances. .'' Past NBC NBC
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Television offerings on iTunes cost $1.99 per episode for viewing.
Apple reported that iTunes enjoyed more than 1 million downloads during its first two weeks of operation but have not made public more updated numbers since then.
``It's much bigger than that million right now,'' Cheng said. ``I think it's doing as well as we would hope. I think it's just a great value proposition, and I think the TV shows are driving a lot of these downloads.''
While such other ABC hits as ``Grey's Anatomy'' might seem like an ideal iTunes fit, the network has no further announcement regarding adding other programs to the download roster.
``At this point in time, we are evaluating what can be added,'' Cheng said. ``Everything is case-by-case. We want to figure out what makes sense to put on Apple, what's appropriate, and how does it help the show overall on the linear network.''
In its Tuesday night time period, ``Chief'' has increased viewership for ABC in the 9 p.m. time period by 4.4 million viewers.
Robert Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University said the video iPod is an indication that 2005 ``was the real year that a commitment was made that TV was going to jump out of the living room.''
He thinks the marketing strategy of making hit shows available is a good way to introduce the product to the masses but not so much in the longer term.
``The idea is, `Let's move these units off the shelf for Christmas and let's get as many people under the tent as possible,'' Thompson said. ``You'll bring people in with temptation to see these shows but eventually I think a new aesthetic will be need to be devised, a kind of new show that falls between the high production of `Lost' and radio.''
(color) Geena Davis stars in the hit ``Commander in Chief.''