DRAMAS UP SITCOMS DOWN:

The Big Four TV networks still lost some viewers for “premiere week” compared to last year – but the strategy of more dramas/fewer comedies seems sound.  Los Angeles Times
     AND: Hispanic-led boycott to blame for ratings drop?  Houston Chronicle 9/29/99
     ALSO: Dallas Morning News says if you factor in UPN network, premiere week audience actually went up a bitDallas Morning News 9/29/99

London does country

The international appeal of American country music has never been greater, writes the London Times. Once regarded as “a minority sport for sad urban cowboys from Romford, who got their kicks dressing up at weekends like extras from a John Wayne movie,” country music has hit the top of the British pop charts. But in Nashville there is a fight for the soul of the music. – The Times (UK)