So long – for now

Hi everyone, this is Terence here. For the last ten years, I’ve entertained and informed you on issues involving the media business, including reviewing television shows, providing insight, and ripping into some people who deserved to be ripped. I am proud to have created such a fun and informative atmosphere for you to enjoy over the last decade. Lately however, […]

“Lakeshore Report” drowns

Northwest Indiana’s local news show shutters after 25 years While local stations are adding more news than there is hours of the day, here’s an oddity: a station eliminating its news department. As first reported by, Merrillville, Ind. -based PBS station WYIN has pulled the plug on Lakeshore Report after 25 years on the air. The last episode aired January […]

Don’t pass GO: “Monopoly” canceled

Also: CBS cancels Angel In Hell As first reported by Broadcasting & Cable, Scientific Games announced Tuesday it is ceasing production of Monopoly Millionaires Club. The syndicated game show, hosted by Mike & Molly’s Billy Gardell and shown locally on WGN-TV, was cut from an hour in its abbreviated first season to a half-hour this season. According to the article, […]

Super Bowl 50 falls short of viewership record

But 111.9 million viewers is pretty darn good The Golden Anniversary of the Super Bowl from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. drew incredible numbers – though the game had a lot to be desired. According to Nielsen, the Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers drew a final tally of 111.9 viewers – not a […]

Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials – 2016

(Editor’s Note: Some videos below are no longer available.)  Super Bowl 50 came and went with the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning winning his second Super Bowl trophy while the mood in Mayberry is quite somber (we’ll have more when I write up the ratings post.) Of course with the Super Bowl comes Super Bowl commercials, with advertisers spending upwards of […]

“Grease Live” destroys the competition

NHL All-Star Game and Pro Bowl do decently well in Chicago despite competition Fox’s entry into the musical competition was a smash: Grease: Live, an adaptation of the 1970’s musical and 1978 movie, drew 12.2 million viewers and a 4.3 adult 18-49 rating and 13 share, according to Nielsen numbers. The results far outpass NBC’s recent live musicals The Wiz […]

Media Notepad: Blackhawks renew pact with WGN Radio

Also: WGN Radio renews Chicago Blackhawks pact through 2024; Paternity Court renewed two more years -WGN Radio has extended its pact with the Chicago Blackhawks through the 2023-24 season, the team announced on Thursday. The deal keeps a sports presence on WGN, after the station lost Cubs telecasts in 2014. The news comes as the Blackhawks scored the highest local […]