Category Archives: Various

The Upfronts post-game show

Ratings don’t seem to matter much as ad buyers remained committed to primetime TV This season, the television business has had its share of negative headlines: notably declining [..]

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T Dog Media’s Notepad: Tom Joyner out at Soul 106.3

Also: WGN-TV unveils new set and logo; Jon Kelley gets a new gig as host of a syndicated game show; Kathy Hart still MIA; “Wheel” celebrates Chicago In [..]

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ABC releases 2017-18 schedule

Fourteen new series on tap; many scheduling moves ABC announced its 2017-18 schedule in front of ad buyers during its annual upfront presentation on Tuesday – fourteen new [..]

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Fox announces 2017-18 schedule

Struggling network goes heavy on sci-fi, picks up Seth MacFarlane show Fox released its 2017-18 schedule this morning in advance of its upfront presentation Monday afternoon and has [..]

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NBC releases 2017-18 schedule

Must-See TV is back – and so is Will and Grace In the “innovative” world of television, there must be something about resurrecting a brand dominant in the 1980’s [..]

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The bubble busts for borderline shows 

                Pickups, renewals take place before upfront week. As has been the case the last few years, the major networks are [..]

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Winners and losers in the Sinclair-Tribune deal

With Monday’s acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair, it is time to divvy up the winners and losers in this historic deal. Winner: Sinclair Broadcasting (of course.) No [..]

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“American Idol” heads to ABC

ABC snags hit Fox show for reboot  [Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared Sunday and has been rewritten with new information.]  After rumors American Idol would resurface next year on [..]

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Sinclair to buy Tribune Media for $4 billion 

Mega deal is the biggest in television history: 42 station-group sold to Maryland-based broadcaster Ends local ownership of WGN-TV and WGN Radio after more than 60 years Sinclair’s [..]

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It’s “Live With Kelly…. And Ryan Seacrest”

The Golden Boy ascends to another gig – the highly coveted co-host slot on Live While it is a surprise to some (really?), Monday’s announcement of Ryan Seacrest [..]

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Media Notepad: Despite playoff appearance, Bulls sink in ratings during regular season

Also: Bill O’Reilly out at Fox; Sinclair buys a TV station group (but it’s not who you think); WCIU lays groundwork for new morning show; black-ish heads to [..]

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The Media Notepad: Michelle Beadle becomes full-time host of NBA Countdown

Also: Page Six clears 90 percent  of country First look at new Defenders; ABC 7 drops “First Alert” branding; Frank Mathie retires. In an unusual move late in the [..]

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WFLD to launch 4 a.m. newscast

Here we grow again: Fox-owned WFLD – known as Fox 32 – announced Thursday it was launching a new 4 a.m. newscast beginning April 10th. The news was [..]

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ABC axes “Time After Time” after five episodes

Here’s an observation: A running loop of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time music video would’ve drawn more viewers than the science fiction drama of the same name did. [..]

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