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‘Happy Days’ actors sue CBS alleging fraud

The cast of "Happy Days." (CBS)

“Happy Days,“ one of the most popular shows in television history, faces an unhappy legacy nearly four decades after it first went on the air.

The show, which originally aired from 1974 to 1984, “represented to the public what the best of America has to offer,“ said Anson Williams, who played Potsie. “The friendships, the opportunities, the warmth. Unfortunately, now ‘Happy Days’ also represents the worst of America — of what major companies are trying to get from it, trying to use it for, and forgetting the family it created.“ Get the full story »

Oprah’s OWN network picks up 6 new shows

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Broadway dancers, crime victims, unfaithful spouses and soul-food chefs are coming to OWN:The Oprah Winfrey Network, the network announced during its upfront presentation on Thursday.

Six new unscripted series were added to OWN, though there was no news of the most anticipated OWN series: an Oprah Winfrey show, which is expected to launch in September after her daytime talk show ends. Get the full story>>

Online TV revenue growing fast

As broadcasters and television networks try to figure out their Internet strategy, the limited TV content that actually is online is making quite a pretty penny. Get the full story »

Revised plans presented at Tribune hearing

A hearing to determine the fate of the Tribune Co.’s proposed reorganization plan resumed Tuesday with attorneys for Tribune and attorneys for noteholders who have submitted a competing plan continuing to squabble over technical issues. The judge again signaled his desire for a conclusion to the Chapter 11 case, which has dragged on for more than two years. Get the full story »

30-second spots on Oprah finale fetching $1M

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CBS Corp.’s syndication arm is asking $1 million for 30 seconds of national commercial time for the final week of Oprah Winfrey’s TV show in May, ad buyers say.

The stratospheric rate comes close to rivaling events like the Academy Awards, for which ad buyers said they paid between $1.7 million and $1.8 million for a 30-second spot earlier this year. Get the full story »

Hearing resumes on Tribune reorganization

A Delaware bankruptcy judge has resumed a hearing to determine whether he should approve Tribune Co.’s proposed reorganization plan. Get the full story »

Aurelius: Halt Tribune confirmation hearings

Aurelius Capital Management said Tribune Co. must call a halt to confirmation proceedings on its Chapter 11 plan, which are set to resume Tuesday in a Delaware bankruptcy court. Get the full story »

Viacom takes iPad rights fight to Cablevision

Viacom Inc.  said Friday that Cablevision Systems Corp.  lacks the rights to show its popular cable channels on the cable operator’s new live TV iPad app. Get the full story »

‘Repo Games’ let contestants try to win back cars

“Repo Games,“ a reality television show from Spike TV that allows debtors a chance to win back their repossessed cars, will hit the airwaves later this month. Get the full story »

YouTube aims for living rooms in overhaul

Google Inc. is working on a major overhaul of YouTube as it tries to position itself for the rise of televisions that let people watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter. Get the full story »

Beck to leave program, not Fox, network says

Glenn Beck speaking at the "Right Nation" rally at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Sept. 18, 2010. (William DeShazer/Chicago Tribune)

From Tower Ticker | Glenn Beck is going to “transition off of his daily program” by the end of the year but remain in business with Fox News Channel, the network said today.

The top-rated cable news channel announced it has a deal with Beck’s production company, Mercury Radio Arts, to develop and produce various TV projects for FNC as well as other platforms, including Fox News’ digital properties.

Dish Network wins Blockbuster auction for $320M

Dish Network Corp. won Blockbuster Inc. in a bankruptcy auction for about $320 million, a move that could see the second-largest U.S. satellite TV provider tapping the movie rental chain’s online content to strengthen its offerings. Get the full story »

Consumer Reports: AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS tops

A new Consumer Reports survey rates AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS as the top choices for customers looking to buy bundled telecom services. Get the full story »

Katie Couric leaving anchor chair at CBS

Katie Couric in 2006 just before starting her job anchoring the "CBS Evening News." (AP)

Katie Couric is leaving her anchor post at “CBS Evening News” less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast.

A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans, reported the move to the Associated Press on Sunday night. The 54-year-old anchor is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services. Get the full story »

O’Donnell to film OWN show at Harpo Studios

Rosie O’Donnell, a multiple Emmy winner for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and former co-host of “The View,” is going to help fill the void at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios when Winfrey retires her nationally syndicated TV program after 25 seasons in May.

Chicago Harpo employees were told Monday that O’Donnell’s new one-hour daytime talk show, set to launch this fall on cable’s OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will tape on Winfrey’s soon-to-be-vacated stage in the studio space at West Washington Boulevard and North Carpenter Street.