Wolves’ Calder Cup games to air on WCIU

  (Editor’s Note: This story was updated on May 31 with new information.) At a time when Chicago’s pro sports teams are removing games from over-the-air broadcast television for one reason or another, the Chicago Wolves have decided to go the opposite route when it comes to their team in the Calder Cup finals. The American Hockey League franchise announced […]

‘Family Feud’s” Canadian expansion

Classic game show to get Canadian version. But I have news about James Holzhauer! (keep reading below; does contains spoilers.) Question: What American game show in getting its own version in another country? Show me Canada! Good answer. Fremantle Media and the CBC announced Wednesday it is launching a new prime-time version of Family Feud north of the border this […]

Toronto Raptors head to the NBA Finals – but not on Canada’s broadcast networks (updated)

NBA Finals only on cable in Canada despite Raptors’ appearance The Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in their 24-year history as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night, winning the Eastern Conference Finals four games to two. They now play the defending champion Golden State Warriors Thursday night. But while American viewers can watch […]

Newsflash: Clueless member of the media writes about media

McQueary’s piece on radio is a complete waste of time and space, as she is a member of the same political party who helped deregulate radio – leading to piped-in out-of-town voices in the first place.  Every once in a while, you have those who work in the media who write about the media, proving how completely clueless they are […]

Rahm Emanuel, Todd Stroger get new gigs

Emanuel, Stroger proves former politicians can really network well in getting media gigs Did you really think we were really getting rid of Rahm? On Tuesday, the former Mayor of Chicago announced he lined up two new gigs: one with ABC News, where he is going to be a paid contributor and an political analyst for Good Morning America, and […]

25 years ago: The deal heard around the world

25 years ago this week, Fox’s Rupert Murdoch changed the TV world by inking a deal to trigger the biggest affiliation switch in history.  It goes back to what happened on December 17, 1993. The networks were complaining about paying too much for sports – the NFL in particular – as the packages were losing money and looking to pay […]

Marquee Sports hires McCarthy to run new network

Launch on track for February 2020 After hiring him as a consultant, the Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Tuesday the hiring of Michael McCarthy as the general manager of the new Marquee Sports Network, scheduled to launch next February. “We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mike and his proven ability to drive results over the past […]

Upfronts review: More legal dramas, less multi-cam laughs

Also: fewer new shows The 2019-20 season is going to be more dramatic and less comedic. That’s the analysis of the five major network’s fall schedules, containing perhaps the fewest number of new shows in memory. The major networks don’t really invest in pilots anymore, thus there are fewer programs to look at as replacements. Ratings aren’t really important as […]

“Dish Nation” renewed; “Millionaire” axed

Millionaire runs out of lifelines as game show comes to an end (Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.) Friday was the ultimate final answer for the fate of two long-running syndicated shows. According to TVNewscheck, Dish Nation was renewed for an eighth season, taking the show through September 2020. “Yeah eight seasons,” said Stephen Brown, Fox’s executive vice president […]

The CW trots out their 2019-20 lineup

Only three new series on schedule Arrow and Supernatural set to end Excluding retiring series (Jane The Virgin, iZombie, etc.), The CW once again renewed everything on its schedule from this season as ratings aren’t really a factor when determining the fate of CW programs. Three years ago in fact, CW did renew everything on the schedule. For next season, […]

CBS unveils 2019-20 lineup

Five new series on schedule; eight overall In advance of its upfront presentation Wednesday, CBS announced its 2019-20 lineup with one major omission: The Big Bang Theory, whose long run concludes Thursday night as America’s Most Watched Network (TM) needs something. Some familiar names are returning to CBS – Patricia Heaton (from Everybody Loves Raymond) and Billy Gardell (Mike & […]

ABC announces new 2019-20 fall schedule

Just six new shows for next season; four on fall schedule Maybe it’s great Disney held its upfront presentation Tuesday touting its newly-acquired 20th Century Fox product and its full control of streaming service Hulu because ABC’s fall lineup isn’t really worth spending a lot of time discussing – because there isn’t much to discuss. Only four new shows are […]

Fox reveals 2019-20 schedule; “Empire” to end

No Jussie Smollett either Perhaps the biggest takeaway of Fox’s 2019-20 fall lineup – the first full season under the new Fox Entertainment banner after being separated from its longtime studio – is the departure of Empire after next season. The drama had drama of its own – courtesy of cast member Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a […]

NBC unveils 2019-20 lineup

Four comedies and four dramas highlight fall slate with a lot of midseason shows (Editor’s note: An earlier draft of this post incorrectly stated there were eight new series on the fall schedule when there are only three. The other five are being held for midseason. T Dog Media apologies for the errors. – T.H.)  NBC released its 2019-20 season […]