T Dog’s Six Pack: Bringing in the New Year

It’s the first Six Pack of 2012 and here’s and the list of winners and losers of the new year so far:

A Happy New Year

Chicago Bulls. With the team off to a strong start this (abbreviated) season, ratings are already soaring for Comcast SportsNet and WGN-TV – not a good thing to hear for the major networks locally, whose prime-time programming faces Bulls games.

Fox Chicago and the Chicago Bears. What better way to start the new year with some housecleaning in the exec suite – WFLD news director Carol Fowler and Bears’ general manager Jerry Angelo were shown the door last week (ironically, WFLD airs the majority of Bears games through Fox’s NFC package.)

Comcast-Disney deal. In news that’s actually good for consumers, Big Media giants Comcast and Disney struck a huge ten-year carriage deal which creates “new, innovate viewing experiences for Xfinity (Comcast) customers”. The pact pushes the “TV Everywhere” concept, which enables viewers to watch their programs on their iPads, laptops, and other devices (with authentication, of course.) The deal also calls for retrans consent for seven ABC-owned stations, including WLS-TV in Chicago (and excluding KABC in Los Angeles, a market with no Comcast subs.) Other Disney-owned entities covered by the deal include ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, the upcoming launch of Disney Junior, and more.

Don’t know about you, but I actually like this deal (and for full disclosure, yours truly is a Comcast sub.)

Unhappy New Year

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. It did well in the ratings, but did we have to be subjected to our town’s Jenny McCarthy sticking her tongue down a cop’s throat at the stroke of midnight?

Work It. When TV Media Insights’ Marc Berman said this show is this generation’s My Mother The Car, its enough for anyone not to tune in (though my vote would go for the recently-canceled Allen Gregory.) With just 6.1 million viewers tuning in for the Tuesday night premiere – and only a 19 Metacritic rating (and a 1.2 user rating), Work It will be out of work pretty soon. What’s with all these crappy sitcoms coming out this season? Some “comeback”.

Daniel Carcillo. The Chicago Blackhawks player – and host of WGN Radio’s occasional music-intensive series The Bomb Shelter was suspended for seven games for a nasty hit on Edmonton Oilers’ Tom Gilbert, which sent both men into the boards with Carcillo injuring himself in the process. From the look of things, the Hawks may send him packing, and that would also include The Bomb Shelter. Somewhere, Kevin “Pig Virus” Metheny is laughing.

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