“X-Files” return does it for Fox

    Strong football numbers power X-Files return (Editor’s Note: Contains spoilers.) The Truth is still out there. The X-Files‘ return Sunday night was as good as gold as the return of the Emmy-winning 1993-2002 series paid dividends for Fox. According to Nielsen, the “10th season premiere” of the series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson scored a 15.1 household […]

“Right This Minute” returns to local TV

Change in syndicators for long-running clips show; FABLife canceled. After a year off the local airwaves, video-clip show Right This Minute is back in Chicago thanks to a new syndication deal. The rights to distribute Right This Minute was picked up by Disney-ABC Domestic Television Distribution, and cleared on all eight ABC-owned and operated stations. Both have The Walt Disney co. […]

Syndication 2016: Yawn.

Outside of Harry Connick Jr., there’s practically nothing on the market Looking for something new for the fall of 2016 in syndication? Good luck. That’s the consensus as the 2016 market has come to a crawl. Outside of NBCUniversal, who is marketing Harry Connick Jr.’s show this fall and Entertainment Studios pushing a new one-hour panel talk show, syndicators are […]

“One Day At A Time” to return – with a Hispanic cast

Get ready for another reboot…with a big change. Former CBS sitcom One Day At A Time is being revived for Netflix, but with a major overhaul: the series is being recasted with Hispanic leads. Here’s the pitch: instead of an divorced mother from Indianapolis raising her two daughters, this would be a Cuban-American female servicewoman raising her two kids – a […]

More affiliation musicial chairs: WNCN snatches CBS affiliation from WRAL in Raleigh-Durham

Another long-term affiliation relationship has bit the dust. This time, it’s Raleigh-Durham, N.C., known as “The Triangle” as the relationship between WRAL (Channel 5) and CBS is ending after 30 years after the network struck a long-term affiliation deal with crosstown rival WNCN (Channel 17), an NBC affiliate owned by Media General. WRAL turned around and quickly signed a deal with NBC. […]

Tribune, CW relationship in fragile condition

          Network, station group may split; CW considering OTT option Can this marriage be saved? In a possible blow to The CW, Tribune Broadcasting has reached an impasse with the network on a renewal deal, which could have ramifications for the TV industry. According to TV Newscheck, Tribune – owner of thirteen CW affiliates, is balking at […]

The “Pyramid of Fun” returns

ABC’s acquisition of $100,000 Pyramid for primetime  brings game show back to network and New York for the first time in 36 years  Plus, other TCA news of note ABC has added another classic game show to its summer lineup. Ten episodes of The $100,000 Pyramid from Sony Pictures Television has been ordered by the network for a prime-time slot. The […]

Boston’s WHDH loses NBC affiliation

In market’s fourth affiliation change, NBCUniversal to move affiliation to WNEU-TV WHDH owner Ed Ansin promises fight Politicians question move In a bold move, Comcast Corp. announced Thursday it is launching a new NBC-owned and-operated station in Boston, the nation’s eighth-largest market approximately a year from now. NBC plans to move its affiliation to Telemundo affiliate WNEU-TV (Channel 60), a […]

2016: A look ahead

  With 2015 in the rearview mirror, here are the stories to look for in 2016: 1. The spectrum auction. The upcoming – and complicated – spectrum auction the FCC is holding is likely to change the face of television as we know it. Some over-the-air stations could pack it in and call it a career as the FCC plans […]

WFLD embroiled in “Hatgate”

A memo from a Fox 32 news producer about women wearing hats in live shots in winter lands him in hot water  For once, it wasn’t WGN’s Morning News making headlines…but the other local morning news show – and not in a good way, of course. As first reported by Robert Feder, an e-mail memo circulated by WFLD-TV news producer […]

TV’s best in 2015

2015 in television was clearly unforgettable: a debut of a new series generating numbers not seen in years; a debate over whether we had “Too Much TV”; we said goodbye to David Letterman and Jon Stewart in late-night; and Donald Trump hijacked the news media (and will continue to do so in 2016.) As for scripted television, we went into […]

“Chi-Town Rising” pulls ratings victory upset

NBC 5’s upstart effort unseats ABC 7’s annual show In news no one saw coming, NBC-owned WMAQ’s freshman New Year’s Eve show beat ABC-owned WLS-TV’s in live plus-same day ratings, according to Nielsen and first reported by Robert Feder. In the quarter half-hour before the New Year began, Chi-Town Rising on WMAQ scored a 17. 1/36 household rating/share, beating WLS’ […]