Bears out, Patriots in

As expected, NBC has dumped the Bears-Seahawks game from Sunday Night Football on November 18 for what else? The undefeated New England Patriots against some team that will lose against them. I guess NBC doesn’t want another sinking ship on its schedule (it already has Heroes.) Bears-Seahawks has been rescheduled for 3:15 p.m. (CT) on Fox.

"Heroes" and the Writer’s Strike

James Hibberd of TV Week talks about both, and how they relate to each other. Of course, the recent shelving of the Heroes spin-off may have something to do with the program’s lackluster second season more than anything else. Entertainment Weekly said Heroes is struggling because of sloppy writing and “myriad worldwide locales that all look like the backlot of […]

WCKG backs out of Christmas format

WCKG planned to switch to Christmas music at 7 p.m. tonight. That is, until WLIT launched its all-Christmas format at 8:30 this morning. Speculation centered on two Christmas formats competing for listenership. But late this afternoon, WCKG abandoned that plan at the last minute. Instead, they are running Dahl clips, as they have been doing all week long, until at […]

Talks to resume on Sunday

The AMPTP and the WGA will return to the bargaining table Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in hopes to avert a Writer’s Strike that will kick off Monday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific. Note: I have added “WGA Strike Central” to the sidebar for the latest info on the strike. The three links added were from the LA Times, Nikki […]

Bears may not be good enough for prime-time

The Chicago Bears-Seattle Seahawks game scheduled for NBC on Nov. 18, may be switched out to accomedate a more competitive football game under the league’s “flexible scheduling arrangement” with the Peacock network. Both teams, who met in the playoffs last year, are struggling this season – the Bears are 3-5 and the Seahawks are 4-3. NBC has an agreement with […]

Fran Preston out at Channel 2

In a cost-cutting move, Fran Preston – who was vice president, station manager, and program director of CBS-owned WBBM-TV, was let go yesterday when her position was eliminated by CBS management. Preston worked with boss Joe Ahern at ABC-owned WLS-TV during their heyday and was a 24-year veteran of the station, has been at WBBM since 2002.

Rosenthal: WCKG to flip to Xmas msic

Contradicting a earlier report that WCKG was going to flip to Adult Contemporary on Friday, Phil Rosenthal in the Chicago Tribune is reporting that WCKG will flip to an all-Christmas music format instead, beating WLIT to the punch. WLIT has aired the Jingle Bells format for years during the Christmas season. In fact, WLIT had a countdown clock on it […]

Report: Screen Actor’s Guild to join WGA on picket line

Between all what’s going on at WCKG with the format change and what’s going on out in Hollywood, this blog is going to be jumpin’ for the next couple of weeks. You can bet your bottom dollar on that. So keep it here for the latest on both. With that in mind, it looks like we may have a major […]

2007 World Series second-lowest ever

Hold the celebration Fox – the 2007 World Series between the Red Sox and the Rockies turned out to be the second-lowest rated World Series ever, only above last year’s World Series between Detroit and St. Louis. Earlier this year, the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals recorded record-low numbers. Still, the World Series was up 5 percent from […]

The writer’s strike and media consolidation

What does one have to do with the other? The writers (and actors) aren’t the only ones getting screwed over by the big studios. Click here for details. Keep in mind the same people who run Hollywood and are screwing over the writers are also big supporters of media consolidation. And anyone who thinks the writers is just greedy, doesn’t […]

A&E suspends production on "Dog"

After tapes of Duane “Dog” Chapman using a racial epithet surfaced on National Enquirer’s website. On the tape, he is heard talking to his son, urging him to break up with his African-American girlfriend.