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No Lloyd-ering

Has ABC entertainment chair, Lloyd Braun, been ousted? = Braun, the brain behind ABC's Bachelor, feels the heat.

Running a network is not as simple as A-B-C. Just ask ABC Entertainment chairman Lloyd Braun! Rumors of his ouster persisted last week (as did speculation that ABC Cable Networks Group president Anne Sweeney would oversee the network, and Touchstone Television chief Stephen McPherson would transition to the net). Braun's track record is sluggish at best.

JIMMY KIMMEL Braun plucked the Man Show host from Comedy Central and made him the face of ABC's late night. The year-old show is down 13 percent in viewers and 37 percent among young men.

FAMILY COMEDIES Braun dispelled the notion the genre was dead with 8 Simple Rules, My Wife and Kids, George Lopez, and According to Jim. But when's the last time Jim Belushi was mentioned around your watercooler?

REALITY SHOWS The Bachelor helped stop the bleeding, but Are You Hot? and All American Girl reopened the wound.

The Wire, The Office, Dora the Explorer among Peabody winners ... Academy schedules next year's Oscars for Feb. 27

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The Wire, The Office, Dora the Explorer among Peabody winners ... Academy schedules next year's Oscars for Feb. 27

Originally posted Apr 16, 2004 Published in issue #760 Apr 16, 2004 Order article reprints