T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

– CBS has re-upped Warner Bros.-produced Two and a Half Men for three more seasons and The Big Bang Theory for two. CBS and Warner Bros. also settled a pending lawsuit (so I guess CBS can go ahead and cancel Cold Case and Without A Trace…)

– Is it a good sign when a network shaves twenty minutes off your premiere episode? In an unusual move, Fox announced the premiere of Osbournes: Reloaded on March 31 has been trimmed to 40 minutes, with American Idol expanded to 80 minutes.

Osbournes: Reloaded is an attempt to bring back the variety show and the program features the wild reality-TV family in comedy sketches and man-on-the-street interviews, with audience-participation games and musical acts (and we all know how well it worked for Rosie…)

Fox plans to air the series as specials. Translation: When the show premieres on March 31, it’s likely we’ll never see it again. This show was a good idea… in 2003. Maybe Fox should trim some more minutes off Osbournes:Reloaded… like the remaining 40.

– Weigel Broadcasting has cut loose production manager Randy King, who was hired a year ago to oversee development of local programming at the company’s television outlets. The move is not related to the economic slowdown, which has claimed a lot of jobs in the media industry over the last few months.

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