Lionsgate, Marvel sign interim deals with WGA

Independents Lionsgate and Marvel Productions have signed interim deals with the Writer’s Guild, meaning those entities are no longer struck companies. Lionsgate produces Mad Men for AMC and Weeds for Showtime, while Marvel Productions’ current projects the company is working on include Captain America and Thor. Marvel, of course, produced animated programs based on characters from Marvel Comics, including Spider-Man […]

More NATPE News

– Twentieth Television has renewed The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet for a second season the Fox O&O’s, including WFLD-TV in Chicago. The program has done on many stations, especially in southern markets such as Birmingham (WBRC) and Greensboro, N.C. (WGHP). Other pickups include San Francisco (KTVU), Seattle (KCPQ-TV), and Portland, Ore. (KPTV). – Mighty Oak’s Whacked Out Sports […]

Sports Box

Giants win net Giant ratings Wow! The NFC Championship Game pitting the New York Giants at the Green Bay Packers notched a whopping 54 million viewers, making it the highest-rated non-Super Bowl program since the 1998 Seinfeld finale, which drew 76.3 million viewers. In Milwaukee, the game notched a 58.5 household rating and a 78 share for Fox-owned (and soon […]

Management shake-ups at Chicago Citadel, Emmis stations

– At WKQX-FM (Q101): Marc Young has been named Program Director at the Alternative station, from Associate Program and Music Director at Emmis’ KMVA-FM (Movin’ 97.5). – At WLUP-FM (The Loop): Emmis’ classic rocker also made a move by promoting Bill Klaproth from Associate Program Director to Program Director. – At WZZN-FM: The Oldies/Classic Hits outlet named Mike Fowler as […]

Me-TV to honor fallen TV stars

Weigel’s local outlet for classic TV, WWME-TV (or Me-TV for short) is honoring three individuals who passed away in the last week. Suzanne Pleshette, Allan Melvin, and Lois Nettleton will be honored by Me-TV this weekend with marathons of the programs they appeared in. All three lost their battle with cancer. – Pleshette will honored Saturday Night from 7-10 pm, […]

The Price Is Right for Primetime

For the first time in a little over 20 years, CBS is putting it’s most successful daytime game show in a regular prime-time slot. Long-time staple The Price Is Right will take up residence on CBS’ Friday night schedule for six non-consecutive weeks beginning Feb. 22. The move is a bid (without going over) to cut down on repeats caused […]

This guy isn’t playing with a full deck of cards…

WJMK-FM (JACK) personality Steve Dahl interviewed Drew Peterson on his show yesterday, who some consider a suspect in his wife’s (Stacy Peterson’s) disappearance. Dahl had been lampooning the former Bolingbrook police chief on his radio show for the last several months, and so Peterson and his lawyer decided to call up his show and take him on one-on-one – but […]

NATPE Update

Back after a hectic day yesterday – attended John Stroger’s funeral (R.I.P) at my church – not to mention battling a slight cold… But I’m back and ready to roll with a lot of stories for ya, so watch the blog today! First up… With the National Association of Television Executives convention set to get underway Monday in Las Vegas, […]

Black radio and the Civil Rights Movement

This well written article on Radio-Info discusses how black radio played a role in shaping the Civil Rights Movement, in which local stations (such as WVON in Chicago and WDAS in Philadelphia), were the eyes and ears to the black community and dispatched the latest information on numerous issues. This public service continues to this day, as several syndicated programs […]

KREX-TV burns down

Courtesy: David Jones CBS affiliate KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo. (and LMA sister stations, Fox affiliate KFQX, and low-power My Net affiliate KGJT) were destroyed Sunday in a massive fire that destroyed the building and studios and knocked the analog over-the-air signal off the air. The fire broke out at 8:30a.m. and consumed the station entirely. Station equipment, the video […]

Suzanne Pleshette dies

Suzanne Pleshette, the woman who co-starred with Bob Newhart on The Bob Newhart Show, died yesterday at the age of 70 from complications of lung cancer. Pleshette played Newhart’s wife Emily Hartley on the set-in-Chicago show, which ran on CBS from 1972 to 1978. She also made a memorable guest appearance on the series finale of Newhart (Bob Newhart’s second […]

Allan Melvin, R.I.P.

The man who provided many voices for numerous Hanna-Barbera cartoons and acted on TV series such as The Brady Bunch, The Phil Silvers Show, and Archie Bunker’s Place has passed. Kansas City, Mo. native Allan Melvin died of cancer Thursday in his Los Angeles home. He was 84. Melvin was best known for the role of Sam the Butcher on […]

FSN to launch Kansas City channel

Fox Sports is launching a new sports cable network featuring the Kansas City Royals as its centerpiece.The new FSN Kansas City will feature 140 Royals games a year, and also feature Big 12 collegiate sports, featuring the likes of Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State. The channel replaces FSN Midwest in the Kansas City area. For the Royals, the network replaces […]

Hottest Couple of the Year – Not

The T Dog Media Blog usually doesn’t devolve into tabloid murkiness, but this is worth reporting: Eddie Murphy’s recent marriage to producer Tracey Edmonds is over after only two weeks, according to People Magazine (call it the Viva Laughlin of marriages.) Why I am mentioning this? Because Ebony magazine (the publication yours truly grew up reading religiously) recently named the […]