T Dog’s Four Pack

Breaking down the haves – and have-nots – from the past week:


V. The new version of the 1983 mini-series and 1984-85 television series drew 14 million viewers and a 4.9 rating in the 18-49 demo for ABC last Tuesday night. Will it hold up? We shall see.

– Fox. Game 6 of the Yankees’ World Series clincher drew 21 million viewers. Now if they can only keep them through the rest of the season when Idol’s not around.

– Dr. Phil, Jerry Springer, and trash TV talk show fans everywhere. No word on if Oprah plans to move her show to her cable network, but no such drama for fans of trash TV:  NBC Universal (Jerry Springer, Maury, Steve Wilkos) and CBS Television Distribution (Dr. Phil) locked up their controversial talkers through 2012 and 2014, respectively.

–  The Museum of Broadcast Communications …and radio & TV fans everywhere! MBC founder Bruce DuMont announced at the Radio Hall of Fame dinner Saturday Night that he secured $6 million in funding to complete construction of the new building located at State and Kinzie located in the North Loop. The project was suspended when money allocated for the project was lost in the Blagojevich scandals. Yours truly will be first in line when it opens! (It shouldn’t be too hard – I work right across the street.)


– The Chicago Bears. The loss yesterday to Arizona pretty much says it all.

– FlashForward. Speaking of disappointments, there is a lot of negative reaction on internet message boards regarding this show (lack of character development, slow advancement of the plot, etc.) And this as ratings continue to fall. It seems fans are discovering flaws in the show and its not meeting expectations (see above.) To paraphrase Dennis Green, FlashForward isn’t who we thought they were (see above.)

Next week, look for the show to add Lovie Smith to the cast as a FBI agent who somehow bungles the FlashForward investigation. His conclusion to why the world blacked out for nearly three minutes? It was Tommie Harris’ fault.

–  The Parents Television Council protests Gossip Girl episode Threesome. And no one cares about neither.

– Talk of Christmas Music – while it’s 70 degrees outside. Yours truly wore short-sleeve shirts this weekend – who’s thinking about Christmas? When the temperature drops by half, we’ll talk.

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