Welcome to the second edition of Quick Hits and Bits!
– Oh God, here we go again… another radio legend has turned down Bruce DuMont’s invite to the Radio Hall Of Fame ceremony – this time its Steve Dahl, who he and Garry Meier who are being inducted November 9. Like Howard Stern last year, Dahl reportedly was not happy with the automatic invite after being turned down three times, but he had to appear with Garry Meier – who he has barely spoken to in the last 20 years since their friendship collapsed, aside from a brief 2006 on-air reunion.
– And while fans of the duo would like to see a reunion of Dahl and Meier at the ceremony, it’s not going to happen. Of all the problems radio is facing today, this ranks 1,342nd on that list.
– There are so many angles on how the Boston Red Sox-St. Louis Cardinals World Series is doing… its either crushing the competition or is among the lowest rated in memory. But one thing is certain: Chicago viewers aren’t interested.
– What’s the hottest trend these days? Really bad TV. Dads has been picked up for the full season, and ABC’s The Goldbergs and Super Fun Night are well on their way.
– With news of CBS rebooting Charmed and NBC rebooting Murder, She Wrote, it seems Hollywood has officially run of ideas. Coming up next, we’ll have reboots of Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show. Believe me, they’ll try to raise Bernie Mac from the dead to make it happen.
– But here’s an original idea – from an existing show. The Big Bang Theory aired its funniest episode of the season Thursday when Howard sung a song he wrote to his wife Bernadette after she was quarantined. In reality, the song was co-written by Raising Hope co-star Kate Micucci, who played Raj’s love interest for a brief time last season. Click here to read the lyrics. Funny stuff!
– MTV has launched a new show on its mobile app in advance of its TV premiere called Wait ‘Til Next Year (and before you ask, it’s NOT a comedy about the Chicago Cubs…)
– How ya doin? Wendy Williams is doing fine thank you, very much. Too fine in fact – her syndicated talk show is destroying the competition in the Big Apple, where WNYW ranks first at 10 a.m. in households and in all key female demos and is up double digits in those same categories. Competition includes Rachael Ray on WABC (which has been renewed through 2016) and Maury on WPIX.
– Hillary Estey McLoughlin has been named new president of creative affairs for CBS Television Distribution. McLoughlin recently left Telepictures after 27 years with the company (including the Lorimar-Telepictures era, which was acquired by Warner Bros. in 1989.) McLoughlin will oversee CBS’ syndicated properties including Dr. Phil, Arsenio Hall, and The Test, and development of new projects.