Remembering Bernie Mac

As you’ve heard by now, Chicago comedian Bernie Mac passed away early Saturday Morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to complications of pneumonia. He was 50. He has had some health problems over the years, including a bout with sarcoidosis, which went into remission in 2005. Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct 5, 1957, Bernie Mac broke into comedy in […]

Bernie Mac dies

R.I.P. 1957-2008 Chicago Tribune: Bernie Mac dies at 50 Chicago Sun-Times: Comedian, South Sider Bernie mac dies at 50 Broadcasting & Cable: Bernie Mac dies at 50 Television Week: Bernie Mac Dead at 50Updated at 7:30 p.m.

FavreWatch lands in the Big Apple

Photo courtesy of Fox The naked city just got one more story to add to its eight million. Television’s most fascinating drama landed in New York City on Thursday with the trade of Green Bay Packer Brett Favre to the New York Jets, ending his sixteen-year run as the Cheeseheads‘ quarterback. Favre originally retired from the game last March, […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

Another installment of T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag: – Fox has decided to replace Moment of Truth on Thursday nights this fall with Hole in the Wall, a Japanese-like game show which debuts on Sept. 11. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like a similar show ABC aired this summer. For the record, the last time Fox aired something close […]

The Church of Ahern

According to an article from Robert Feder in today’s Sun-Times, CBS-owned WBBM-TV GM Joe Ahern threw himself a big birthday party at a trendy Loop restaurant two months ago. Guess who got the tab…. some of the station’s employees. After Ahern sought reimbursement from CBS, Channel 2’s controller turned him away. So, he made the department heads and managers pick […]

See ya! Don’t want to be ya!

In the “don’t hit your behind out the door” department… ABC inane I Survived A Japanese Game Show didn’t survive the ratings Tuesday night as the two-hour season finale notched a 1.8 rating and 5 share in adults 18-49, down 22 percent from last week. The program only drew 4.5 million viewers and did not register any significant rating increases […]

About the new Q101 morning show…

Robert Feder mentioned the new WKQX-FM morning show hosted by Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle in his article today and didn’t exactly give it the benefit of the doubt… He says the alternative rock station is trotting out its fourth morning show in two years, and predicting doom and gloom for the show and hinted the station was better off […]

T Dog vs. The PTC, Round 2

Sung to Loverboy’s “Hot Girls in Love”: I’m turning up the heat…. Round 2 Yes, your humble friend T Dog drops the gloves again with the Piss Turd Council for Round 2 and their latest nonsense. Click here to go to the show (Update: Another person has since weighed in against the PTC and like typical cowards, it looks like […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

Some news, not enough time: – Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting has sold its three low-power TV stations in South Bend, Ind. to Schurz communications, owners of dominant CBS affiliate WSBT-TV. The three TV stations are WBND (ABC), WCWW (CW) and WMYS (My Network TV.) Weigel has stated its main Chicago and Milwaukee properties are not for sale. – Twentieth Television is […]

"Oprah" in trouble?

(Editor’s Note: A rough draft appeared earlier here by mistake, resulting in an error in the second paragraph which has since been corrected. In other words, the word “repeat” should have been where “new” was. – T.H.) Maybe yesterday’s White Sox-Royals brawl may serve as an indication people in Kansas City (and certainly Minnesota) may be sick of anything coming […]

Hey, if "The Simpsons" can hang around forever…

It looks like there’s another television show that is going to outlive all of us… Scooby-Doo, a program that been around in one form or another since 1969, is spurning a live-action movie for Cartoon Network that’s being billed as a prequel to the two-live action movies. Titled Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning, it details how the Mystery, Inc. gang met. […]

"Dr. Horrible" heads to Hulu

So, what did you do during the writer’s strike? Joss Whedon (there’s that name again) of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly fame created and wrote a three-part musical titled Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog for the Internet, featuring Neil Patrick Harris as a supervillain who gets the Rodney Dangerfield treament -no respect. Now the Internet sensation, with was available free […]

R.I.P. Skip Caray

The longtime Atlanta Braves announcer on radio and on WTBS died in his sleep Sunday. Skip Caray was the son of broadcasting legend Haray Caray (who died in 1998) and was current TBS/WPCH-TV baseball broadcaster Chip Caray’s father.

No fix for what’s left of "Morning Fix" (updated)

The exodus of personalities and personnel from Chicago media outlets continues. To no one’s surprise, WKQX-FM (Q101.1) has thrown what’s left of the Morning Fix under the bus and ran over Alan Cox and Jim Lynam in the process. The duo were axed from Q101.1 after today’s show and are being replaced by the afternoon team of Brian Sherman and […]

T Dog vs. The PTC

Ding! Ding! Ding! Step right up for the fight of the century as T Dog takes on The Parents Television Council! An article at B&C’s website today regarding how Hollywood is dealing with the FCC rules in the wake of a lower-court decision throwing out the FCC fines regarding the Super Bowl halftime fiasco in 2004, and one of the […]