T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

Grab bag time!

– Tom Joyner, whose TJMS was disposed of from Clear Channel’s WVAZ-FM (V103) yesterday, has more on the show’s departure from Chicago’s airwaves in an interesting blog read.

– George Lopez has signed a deal with TBS to launch a Monday-Thursday late night talk show for the cable network this fall. The program plans to target 18-34 viewers who may not be interested in watch Conan or Dave.

A syndicated late-night talk show from Lopez and Warner Bros. was branded about recently, but was turned down by station groups, perhaps still mindful of The Magic Hour, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Vibe late-night talk show failures during the 1997-98 season.

– Raycom’s WUAB-TV in Cleveland signs on for This TV, the Chicago-based movie and MGM series channel to air on 43.2, filling a spot vacated by now-defunct The Tube video music channel, which ceased operations on September 30, 2007.

Raycom has also recruited Memphis’ WMC-TV and Louisville’s WAVE-TV as This TV digital subchannel affiliates.

– NBC has a new sitcom debuting soon with a rather odd name: Parks & Recreation. In this series, Amy Poheler (from SNL) plays the head of the Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Ind. while mentoring a bored college intern.

Parks & Recreation sounds more like a failed sitcom from the 1950’s. What’s NBC going to come up with next? A revival of the TV version of The Great Gildersleeve? I can’t wait for the weekly misadventures of a water comissioner and his two nieces with Tim Allen and the Olsen twins in the lead roles. What fun!

With Ben Silverman at the helm, anything is possible – anything bad that is.

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