THE BUZZ OSCAR RATINGS DOWN, DESPITE SUSPENSE FACTOR.Although the Academy Awards race was wide open going into Sunday's ceremonies - there even was a suspenseful three-way tie until the Best Picture envelope was opened - ratings for the 73rd annual film industry bash were off from the year before. In fact, the telecast, which is usually the year's most-watched TV show after the Super Bowl, had its lowest ratings ever.
Early reports from Nielsen Media Research showed that the telecast had a 26.2 rating and a 40 audience share. The previous low rating of 27.3 came in 1986, when ``Out of Africa'' was named Best Picture.
Some 72.2 million U.S. viewers tuned into at least a portion of the three-hour, 29-minute ABC ABC
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The average audience was off 7 percent from last year's record four- hour, nine-minute extravaganza, apparently refuting the theory that viewers always get impatient and check out when it runs long.
The ratings for last year's Oscars - when ``American Beauty'' reigned - were the second-highest in the last five years. One of the most popular recent telecasts was the 1998 show, when ``Titanic'' claimed Best Picture, Best Director and other awards.
- Valerie Kuklenski
NOW, 'VOYAGER': Production began this week on the two-hour season finale of ``Star Trek Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. : Voyager'' and is expected to last about another 2 1/2 weeks, according to according to
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The production on the finale, helmed by veteran director Allan Kroeker, will be followed by additional photography. Production on the series is slated to end, for good, on April 9.
The Web site has put up a special section devoted to the finale, complete with an overall look at how the characters have changed in the last seven years, an episode timeline and personal reflections from people involved in the show. The site will also be covering the series' wrap party and will host video interviews with the show's stars.
``Star Trek: Voyager,'' which debuted in 1995, will draw to a close May 23 from 8-10 p.m.
HI, BOB: Jason Alexander is looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. the right actors to fill the supporting cast of his new comedy pilot ``Bob Patterson'' for ABC. The former ``Seinfeld'' actor and fellow ``Patterson'' producers Peter Tilden Peter Tilden is an American radio personality and the host of America's Earliest Morning Show, an overnight program heard on KABC in Los Angeles.
Prior to September 2007, Tilden's program aired nationwide on the ABC News & Talk satellite channel, heard on both XM , Tim Doyle Tim Doyle is a veteran television comedy writer and showrunner whose credits include Roseanne, Ellen, Sports Night and the cult comedy series Andy Richter Controls The Universe. and Ira Behr may have some problems casting the pilot, which calls for a giant teen-age couch potato couch potato An Americanism for a sedentary person, usually ♂, whose predominant non-work activity consists in lying on a couch, watching TV. See Television intoxication 'syndrome.'. Cf Vigorous exercise. , according to Inside.com.
Produced by Touchstone, 20th Century Fox and Angelark studios, Alexander plays a wildly successful self-help guru with an unsuccessful personal life.
The supporting cast includes: Landau, Bob's manipulating buddy and producer; Janice, Bob's ex-wife who returns home after storming through her divorce settlement; Bob's son Jeffrey, a teen-ager described as a giant couch potato who is mostly immobile im·mo·bile
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2. Not moving; motionless.
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2. Lively and spirited; jaunty.
3. Stylish; chic: a sassy little hat. assistant; and Les, a fan of Bob's who interns for free at Bob's company.
Production on the series is slated to start late April.
- Wire Services