T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

Let’s reach into the bag today and see what we can scoop out…

– New fall syndication updates: WPWR plays the Feud again: Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud returns to WPWR-TV for the third time beginning on Sept. 8, airing back-to-back episodes at 2 p.m, while Debmar’s new Trivial Pursuit: America’s Plays airs at 3 p.m.

Family Feud aired on WPWR from 1991-95 and again during the 1999-2000 season.

– Charter and Time Warner have signed deals with The Big Ten Network, two of the major MSO holdouts – just in time for the upcoming college football season. Recently, Comcast added BTN to its cable lineup (In Chicago, you can find it on Ch. 52 and Ch. 255, while the HD feed can be found on Ch. 256.)

– In a rare – but complicated move, the Department of Justice has denied a station sale: In Richmond, Va, WTVR’s sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group from Raycom Media was scuttled by the government agency because: 1. Sinclair would would have interests two of the top four stations in the Richmond market, since it was planning to spin-off Fox affiliate WRLH-TV to a holding company in which it would provide sales and non-related programming services; and 2. under provisions of a constent decree Raycom entered with the DOJ when it bought three Lincoln Financial stations, giving the government agency the right to reject the WTVR sale.

WTVR is Richmond’s CBS affiliate – but it has struggled in recent years, often finishing third in the overall ratings.

American Idol has added a fourth judge: Record producer Jane Doe will join Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell on the show next season. Four of them? Good luck, contestants.

– And finally TheWB.com has arrived. The new online network features full episodes of classic WB shows and some original content, including Sorority Forever.

updated on 2008-08-29 at 5:58 p.m. (corrected Family Feud item – Feud was on former English-language indie WGBO-TV during 1990-91 season)

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