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Tampa resident makes it to next round of 'Bachelor'

By wire services
Published October 30, 2003

Tampa resident Mary Delgado seems one step closer to Bachelor glory, following an episode Wednesday of ABC's reality romance series in which she was among three women selected for the show's next round. Delgado, 35, was shown bringing bachelor Bob Guiney to Tampa, where they had dinner with her parents, Cuban immigrants who still primarily speak Spanish.

"I become more and more hopeful, every time I spend time with Mary," Guiney told Delgado's father, Juan. "My intentions are good."

Guiney rejected 29-year-old makeup artist Meredith Phillips, who had remained on the show despite the death of her grandmother earlier in the competition. The show was filmed this summer in California.

More schedule changes

TV networks announced more changes Wednesday to prepare for today's start of November's sweeps ratings period: Instead of airing a repeat of the low-rated Monday drama Skin, Fox will air a rebroadcast of Tuesday's premiere of the espionage drama 24 at 9 tonight.

Tuesday's 24 broadcast won its time slot by attracting 11.6-million viewers, beating NBC's Frasier and ABC's According to Jim. Unlike Tuesday's broadcast, however, tonight's rerun will contain commercials.

At NBC, executives have benched Rob Lowe's fading legal drama The Lyon's Den for reruns of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 10 p.m. Sundays for November sweeps. The network also announced they would produce full seasons of Tuesday sitcoms Whoopi and Happy Family.

NAACP releases diversity report

The four major television networks have made progress in increasing roles for blacks but have fallen short in honoring their pledge to hire and promote black writers, producers, directors and executives, NAACP president and chief executive Kweisi Mfume said Tuesday.

The civil rights organization's 2003 TV diversity report summarizes the past three years of efforts at ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, which all signed an agreement with the NAACP and other advocacy groups in 1999 to boost minority representation.

Executives from CBS, ABC and Fox said they were pleased by the report, adding that they are committed to improving. NBC executives said they were moving forward aggressively with increasing diversity.

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