“At The Movies” to go on hiatus

The balcony is closing. Again. But it could reopen soon. On his Chicago Sun-Times blog tonight, Roger Ebert posted that production on Ebert Presents At The Movies has been suspended indefinitely due to a lack of funding and an inability to find an underwriter for the PBS show. The move was pretty much expected – Ebert had until November 30 […]

T Dog’s Six Pack: Expanded edition

It’s been awhile, so let’s do an expanded edition of T Dog’s Six Pack – with an extra item in the winners and losers column this week. It doesn’t get any better than that! Okay, yes it can… Winning. Regis Philbin. After 28 years on daytime television. Regis Philbin steeped down as co-host of the popular morning chatfest Live With […]

Milwaukee media columnist Tim Cuprisin dies

Chicago native Tim Cuprisin, who was best known as media critic of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for fifteen years, passed away Wednesday in his north suburban Milwaukee home from melanoma at the age of 53. A product of Chicago’s City News Bureau in the 1970’s, Curprisin joined the Milwaukee Journal in 1986 as reporter – covering the Jeffrey Dahmer murders, among […]

The T Dog Media 2011 Turkey Awards

            Allen Gregory: Worst. Sitcom. Ever. Welcome to the 6th annual T Dog Media Turkey Awards! Every year around Thanksgiving, yours truly hashes out the worst in the media business – in television, radio, and sports. So bring out the stale stuffing and expired cranberry sauce! It’s time to go gobbling! And the “winners” are… […]

“Regis” finale scores for WGN-TV

Regis Philblin’s departure from Live with Regis & Kelly on Friday drew big ratings for Tribune-owned CW affiliate WGN-TV. According to numbers obtained from Marc Berman at TV Media Insights, WGN scored a 6.9 Nielsen household rating and a 22 share with Regis’ farewell, and coasted past ABC-owned WLS-TV’s local morning show Windy City Live, which replaced departing The Oprah […]

“Arrested Development” to return – via Netflix

Oh happy day – frozen bananas for everyone! If you ever thought about dropping Netflix due to their recent fiascos, you might want to take this into consideration – especially if you were an Arrested Development fan (like yours truly.) The Emmy-award sitcom is returning with new episodes – via Netflix – in 2013. Arrested Development ran on Fox for three low-rated […]

“South Park” renewed for three more years

We’ll just keep on killing Kenny: Comedy Central and the producers of South Park have come to an agreement to keep the series on the air through the 2016 season. This means the series is guaranteed to reach its twentieth season, only behind The Simpsons, who notched its own renewal deal last month with a deal that guarantees its 25th […]

CBS revamps morning show – again

Here we go again: The Church Of Tisch is revamping its perennially low-rated morning show for the 284th time – and there may be changes to WBBM’s dawn patrol newscasts as well. CBS canceled The Early Show on Tuesday and is launching a new two-hour newscast with the rather odd pairing of Charlie Rose and Gayle King with Early Show […]

Roger Ebert’s “At The Movies” on the ropes

Could the balcony close again? Sure looks like it. Roger Ebert’s revival of At The Movies could bite the dust after only one season due to problems finding financing for the show, according to an item he posted on his Chicago Sun-Times blog. Movies has been primarily funded by Ebert and his wife Chaz themselves. With the Eberts no longer […]

Big diginet fun

      NBC to launch Non-Stop Network; Bounce expands to N.Y. and L.A. Significant developments regarding digital subchannels on Thursday: – Don’t you wish it would stop? NBC announced it was overhauling its strategy for its nine-station Non-Stop digital subchannels, which is on the .2 (Channel 4.2, Channel 5.2, etc.) of all-NBC-owned stations except the Hartford/New Haven market, where […]

“Family Feud” renewed through 2015

As a reward for upgraded timeslots and ratings growth among women 25-54, Debmar-Mercury announced yesterday the renewal of its game show strip Family Feud through the 2014-15 season.  In addition, Feud will be shot in HD starting next season. Station groups renewing the series through 2014 include Fox, CBS, Capitol, Sinclair, and Tribune. So far this season, Feud has scored […]