"The consent decrees entered into today will not only help protect children who watch these cable channels, but will have a much broader impact," he forecast.
"All cable operators, DBS providers, commercial television broadcasters and companies that provide children's programming should know that we will vigorously enforce our children's advertising limits. We will continue to take swift and appropriate enforcement action to protect the interests of children."
Don't you just love election years?
Nickelodeon may get the last laugh, however. The network's Web site reports that 57 percent of the 400,000 kids it polled want Sen. John Kerry to be the next president; 43 percent prefer GOP incumbent George W. Bush. Nickelodeon has been conducting this presidential poll every election year since 1988; so far it's batted a thousand.
And, speaking of batting: More than 31 million people sat glued to the Boston Red Sox's historic rout of the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
It was the most-watched league championship series game since 1988, when 31.8 million people watched the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets in Game 7. Wednesday's broadcast was also the most-watched baseball game since 2001, when 39.1 million caught the Arizona Diamondbacks as they nailed Game 7 of the World Series to beat the Yankees.
WB's "Commando Nanny" is the winner of this season's Dead Before It Debuts Pool.
The network has scrubbed plans to air the sitcom that last May it announced would get the Friday 8:30 p.m. time slot, hammocked between returning "What I Like About You" and "Reba."
"Commando Nanny" had been plagued with problems from the get-go.
First and foremost, the series was a sitcom about a British commando who comes to the States and becomes a nanny to three kids in Beverly Hills. This highly dubious premise was supposed to have been based on the experiences of reality TV producer Mark Burnett, who, in a time-honored Hollywood tradition, decided to inflict on the viewing public a show about himself, starring someone much better-looking.
A pilot was shot. First among the cast to lose her job was Kristin Bauer, who played the wife of the millionaire businessman who hired this commando with no experience and no references to look after his kids. Show runner Rachel Sweet told critics at Summer TV Press Tour 2004 that the wife character had been rewritten.
Next to bite the dust was lead Philip Winchester, who had made quite an impression during the press Q&A session with his proper British accent although he isn't a Brit at all; he's from Bozeman, Mont.
The following month, WB announced that Winchester had broken his foot, and to make the show's Sept. 17 start date it would have to recast him -- but not before Winchester had given an interview to the British press saying Burnett had helped him get on "solid footing" for the role.
Some critics muttered that he'd deliberately broken his foot to avoid appearing on the new show.
Even before Winchester's accident, Warner Bros. had planned to reshoot the pilot. Owain Yeoman, a bona fide Brit, was hired to replace him.
Later that month, Gerald McRaney, who plays the millionaire businessman who hires the commando with no experience and no references to look after his three children, learned he would need surgery for a malignant lung tumor. Interestingly, WB did not announce it was going to recast McRaney's role to make the debut date. Instead, it announced it would shut down production while he recovered and that all bets were off on the Sept. 17 launch.
Early this month, a new pilot episode was shot. Less than a week later, WB announced that show-runner Sweet was leaving and that production would be shut down until a replacement was found.