Report: “You Bet Your Life” with Jay Leno canceled

First casualty of Writer’s Strike; Fox readies replacements for stations  The ongoing Writer’s Strike in Hollywood has claimed its first victim – a game show strip. A piece in TVNewscheck published last Wednesday revealed a little nugget – the end of Jay Leno’s revival of You Bet Your Life after two seasons as the strike shut down production of the […]

Report: TV news crew robbed on North Side

Second incident in a month If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to crime in Chicago…now we have TV news crews getting robbed while covering…robberies.  According to local crime blog CWBChicago, a local news crew was ready to do a live shot around 5 a.m. on the Near North Side near the intersection of Division and Milwaukee […]

Bob Barker, former “Price Is Right” host dies at 99

Game show icon also hosted Truth or Consequences Bob Barker, the iconic game show host of The Price Is Right for 35 years died at his Los Angeles-area home due to natural causes at the age of 99 – just four months shy of his 100th Birthday, on December 12. Barker was best known for his long-running stint at host […]

The long, hot dispute “impasse summer” continues

…and may extend until fall – or ever later as the the Unions-Hollywood and DirecTV-Nexstar show no sign of ending soon  Despite the WGA being on strike since May 1 and Nexstar stations vanishing off DirecTV since July 2nd, the disputes are only getting uglier and may require government intervention if there is any hope of these being resolved. And […]

White Sox exiting? Team may leave Guaranteed Rate Field

  Could throw the future of NBC Sports Chicago into question A report in Crain’s Chicago Business Monday suggested the Chicago White Sox may be looking to leave the South Side.  With six years left to go on their lease at Guaranteed Rate Field, the baseball team is looking at some options, including a move to the suburbs, somewhere else […]

Elon Musk looks to “X” out the block feature

Latest anti-consumer measure being floated, but Google, Apple, and the EU may have final say  The latest nonsense coming from Elon Musk made news Friday, when he announced he was removing the “block” feature from X, or Twitter, or whatever name he is calling the platform this week he foolishly wasted billions to ruin. “Block is going to be deleted […]

“The Conners” head to off-net in 2024 thanks to Lionsgate

Subsidiary Dembar-Mercury to handle domestic sales Also: Big Bang Theory reruns shift to WGN next month [Editor’s Note: This post was updated August 22. See below.] If you forgotten about ABC’s The Conners, well…it’s still around – long enough for it to now enter off-network syndication.  Lionsgate announced Wednesday it has acquired the rights to past and future episodes of […]

Trailblazing local TV executive from Mississippi dies

William H. Dilday, Jr. was the nation’s first Black TV GM at station once known for intolerance William H. Dilday, Jr. – who became the first Black television GM in the industry, died July 27 after complications from a fall he suffered in his Newton, Mass. home, confirmed by his daughter. He was 85.  Dilday was born in Boston, and […]

The dual Hollywood strikes: Where things stand now

Both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are om strike outside of Paramount Studios in Hollywood. With no settlement in sight, the entire 2023-24 TV season for scripted shows could be wiped out When SAG-AFTRA joined the WGA on the picket lines on July 12, the entire industry shut down and the thinking was, this would spur some kind of progress in […]