– Fox O&Os, including WFLD-TV here in Chicago, have renewed Warner Bros.’ TMZ on TV nightly strip through the 2010-11 season. So more celebrity paparazzi junk from producer and alleged lawyer Lionel Hutz – I mean, Harvey Levin.
– Check out Battlestar Galactica’s new promo for its’ fourth-season premiere, coming in January.
– The first broadcast station sale of Twentieth’s My Name Is Earl occurred – to independent WPCH-TV in Atlanta for fall 2009, as well as NBC Universal’s The Office – and the station’s new national ad sales rep is Millennium, taking over for Turner. No word on a Chicago clearance for Earl, but The Office is slated for WPWR-TV (or WFLD) next fall.
– Here’s one way to get out of jury duty, albeit a very stupid one: The general manager for ABC-owned KFSN-TV in Fresno, Calif. is out after making some negative comments about Hispanics while under consideration for jury duty. Bob Hall resigned after he said to a court reporter he could not be a fair juror because he had proof Hispanic males commit more violent crimes than any other group in the Fresno area.
Hispanics make up 49 percent of the Fresno-Visalia market, and is ranked the thirteenth largest Hispanic market in the country.
Can we say… oops? This Bob Hall guy makes Joe Ahern look like General Manger of the Year by comparison.