Anchorwoman (TV series)
|Created by||Brian Gadinsky|
|Directed by||Mark S. Jacobs|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (6 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Brian Gadinsky|
|Original airing||August 22, 2007|
The series features Lauren Jones, a former model, "Barker Beauty" on The Price is Right, Miss New York Pageant Winner, and featured WWE Diva, who aspires to become an anchorwoman at KYTX in Tyler, Texas.
The show debuted at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 22, 2007, with two back-to-back, half-hour episodes. It drew 2.72 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18–49 age group, and the following morning the network announced the series was canceled.
Unaired episodes were available for viewing on the Fox website through Fox on Demand. However, as of September 27, 2007, the network has removed the show's site. Reruns of 'Til Death filled the void on FOX's schedule. FOX is still uncertain if it will ever air the remaining episodes.
Produced by Fox 21, Inc. and the G Group, the show was created by Brian Gadinsky and executive produced by Gadinsky and Josh Bingham. Supervising producers and writers included Chad Damiani and JP Lavin. Anchorwoman was directed by Mark Jacobs, who also was credited as Director of Photography.
Criticism and debate
On June 13, 2007, Good Morning America had aired a segment about the real-life debate regarding a bikini model in the newsroom. The August 23 edition of the St. Petersburg Times included an article in which female anchors decried the series. That same day, a discussion on Star Jones raised the possibility the series actually had been a spoof of reality TV and Lauren Jones' month-long stint with the station never had been serious but simply had been staged for the show.
Although Anchorwoman program aired on the Fox network, the Max Media-owned station where the show originated, KYTX, was a CBS affiliate. For this series, all references to CBS, including the "eye" logo, were removed during the taping of the program. The CBS eye and associated material were reinstated after the series was wrapped.
When the local Fox affiliate KFXK, owned by ComCorp, broadcast the show on its debut night, it sold no local spots during local breaks, and filled the time instead with promos from its other ComCorp station in the market, KETK-TV. (At the time the series aired, KFXK did not have its own newscast.)
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