T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

– WWE’s move of Friday Night Smackdown to My Network TV drew 3.2 million in its first airing Friday night, finishing first in the time period among males 18-34 and 18-49, and giving the small net its largest audience ever. However, the premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network drew 4 million viewers, setting a record as the most-watched debut of any program in its’ 15-year history.

– TBS has renewed My Boys for a third season, in early 2009, while FX dumps The Riches.

– Finally, a place where Darkmane hasn’t shown up, at least not yet: CBS has renewed crime drama The Mentalist for the full season. The program looks to be a bona fide hit, with an average of 15 million viewers.

– Is DirectTV’s Poltergeist ad in bad taste given Heather O’Rouke’s tragic death some 25 years ago? (Yes.)

– A new book from Scott Childers is coming out on October 20, celebrating powerhouse WLS-AM. Titled Chicago’s WLS Radio, the book mentions Herb Morrison’s famous description of the Hinderburg crash and the Prairie Farmer days, but covers WLS’ Top 40 era in significant detail, when the place was run by Larry Lujack, “Animal Stories”, and of course, the spirited feud with rival WCFL.

WLS-AM’s Top 40 era came to an end in August 1989 (it actually came to an end sooner, when the station dropped Top 40 for a Soft AC/MOR mix) and flipped to all-talk, the format it currently holds.