T Dog’s Four Pack

Here’s the recent list of winners and losers of the last week-in-a-half  – plus an extra-long rant at the end… What worked for yours truly… Winners Conan O’Brien. His final “Tonight Show” drew 10.3 million viewers, with one of the classiest send-offs I’ve ever seen from a host. The result: new found respect from the public, including yours truly. Chicago […]

Trifecta Entertainment to launch soap in syndiction

For the first time in 13 years, a soap opera is being made available to local television stations for syndication.. Trifecta Entertainment plans to roll out Hacienda Heights, a weekly one-hour scripted serial (split into two 30-minute episodes) focusing on a Hispanic family living in San Francisco. The program will be shot in both English and Spanish; Trifecta plans to […]

ABC cancels "Ugly Betty"

Remember two weeks ago when yours truly made up a “tweets” page for Ugly Betty as a response to her “blog”? Here’s the newest tweet from Ms. Suarez: – Mode closing. Sad. Readership fell off; ad pages dropped. Out of work like a lot of Americans. :-( Yes, even fictional Mode magazine isn’t immune from the problems plaguing the media […]

Football Championship Sunday draws big

Blackhawks a big draw in Canada over the weekend Even though three of the four teams who participated in last Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship games came from smaller markets, the ratings were certainly big enough. The NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints drew a whopping 58 million viewers, the most for a NFC Championship […]

NATPE News: "Don’t Forget The Lyrics" returns

Move likely ends Deal’s run ; Debmar-Mercury clears True Hollywood Story in 65 percent of the country; Nancy Grace’s format revealed Today is the first day of the NATPE convention, a three day extravagnza being held in Las Vegas where buyers and sellers meet up. Originally, this was a large syndication convention where shows were sold, but over time, it […]

What’s next for Conan O’Brien

So now that Conan O’Brien has wrapped up his tenure at NBC in late night after sixteen years, what’s next for the once low-key talk show host? Mr. O’Brien could have offers from other competing networks from several cable networks  and at least one broadcast network. And he may have helped his cause on Friday night: Ratings for his final […]

"Feud" gets another host – Steve Harvey

Back in 2002, The E! True Hollywood Story did a two-hour program on the game show Family Feud, whose hosts dealt with extortion, womanizing, bankruptcy, divorce, and suicide. It was dubbed the “curse of the Family Feud hosts”. Well, the curse has struck again! – somewhat. And unlike the Tonight Show situation, no one is getting stabbed in the back […]

Conan gets big severance package

Conan O’Brien will exit NBC tomorrow with a lot of dough. Due to his exit from NBC’s Tonight Show, Mr. O’Brien will collect a total severance of $45 million, with $4.5 million going to his executive producer, and the rest to be split up among 200 employees of the show. As part of the deal, Mr. O’Brien also agrees to […]

T Dog’s Four Pack

Here’s what working for me this week… Yes. – Chicago broadcasters branding together to help Haiti. If you read this blog on a regular basis, then you know yours truly often criticizes our town’s media outlets – a lot. But these competitors can band together for a cause in a time of need like no other, with Thursday’s Chicago Helps […]

Chicago Broadcasters pitching in to help Haiti

On Thursday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Chicago broadcasters – television and radio stations – will ask their respective listeners and viewers to help aid the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Last Tuesday, a 7.0 magnitude quake hit the Caribbean nation killing thousands of people, knocking out power, and flattening buildings. It was the first earthquake of […]

Late Night Held Hostage – Day… um is it 11 or 12?

A lot of wacky stuff has been going on Late Night Land – too wacky, in fact. In the last few days, we saw Leno caught in a lie, Kimmel slam Leno – on his show no less, an NBC exec rips into Conan O’Brien, and even a protest taking place outside of WMAQ-TV’s studios in support of “CoCo”:  – […]

Chicago Blackhawks set another season high – and record

The Chicago Blackhawks continue to be a success story on – and off the ice. Comcast SportsNet set hit yet another season high – and broke another ratings record – for a Blackhawks game Thursday night. The Blue Jackets – Blackhawks matchup averaged a 4.2 household rating, breaking a record set only last week by a Blackhawks-Boston Bruins game (an […]