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Steve Lyons, meet Lamar Thomas. Lamar Thomas, meet Steve Lyons.

It was not a good weekend for sports analysts: http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman/publish/cat_index_31.asp http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2628184 Fox fired Steve Lyons for insensitive comments regarding fellow analyst (now Cubs manager) Lou Pinella and his use of Spanish during Game 3 of the ALCS Friday night, while Comcast SportsSouth (not related to Comcast SportsNet) canned former Cane Lamar Thomas for thoughtless comments during that big brawl in […]

Ugly Betty Is Beautiful

As expected, ABC picks up Ugly Betty for a full season: (Way to go, ABC!) http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10893 Although the show is losing to the increasingly bland Survivor in the key adult 18-49 demographic, it is beating the reality show in total viewers and households. (This is what happens when you divide the tribes by race and merge the teams too early. […]

Biggest waste of space since Skip Bayless’ column

Just wondering… Does the Chicago Tribune really need an Internet critic? Given the fact that the guy writing the column is a complete, utter moron: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/technology_internetcritic/ Another waste of space in the Tribune’s Tempo section.

The Girl Who Everyone Thinks Is A Nut

Monique Calhoun, who was eliminated on America’s Next Top Model last week, would fit right in working for either Rod Blagojevich’s or Judy Baar Topinka’s gubernatorial campaigns: http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Interviews-Features/Article/ default.aspx?posting={716E5AB9-09A1-409E-8DB5-764C2F4411E9} If Monique ran for governor, this loser would probably gather more votes than those other two losers. (P.S. I hope Monique’s a Cub fan…)

Google Buys YouTube

There are 1.6 billion reasons why Google’s buying YouTube (and none of them involve T.O.): Chicago Tribune:http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-google-youtube,1,1720320.story?coll=chi-news-hed Broadcasting & Cablehttp://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6379481.html Television Week:http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10873 Mediaweek:http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003223465

Deplorable!

If you read Robert Feder’s column yesterday, or logged on to radio-related message boards on the Internet, you probably know by now that Cara Carriveau was fired from WLUP-FM (97.9), “The Loop” — all because she wrote a letter to Mr. Feder decrying the state of radio in Chicago. (The story actually broke last night in the Chicago Tribune courtesy […]

Hung Up

The first casualty of the fall season: a cell phone. ESPN pulls the power cord on ESPN Mobile. Television Week:http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10827

This “Game” needs the rapper or Triple H

Could this be the new fall season’s worst sitcom? (Hey, who can tell? They’re so many of them….) When you think of The Game, you either think of the rapper associated with 50 Cent or the WWE wrestler associated with DX. According to the Trib’s Maureen Ryan and Media Life Magazine, we may not have a trifecta here…Mo Ryan’s review […]

CBS Corp. Combines CBS Paramount, KIng World

http://www.cbscorporation.com/Roger King, who became rich in the 1980’s as the little company that could (Thanks to he and his brother Michael discovering Oprah Winfrey and acquiring the syndicated rights to “Wheel of Fourtune” and “Jeporady!”), will head the new CBS Television Distribution Group. The sales people will be selling CBS Paramount and King World syndicated product so they won’t have […]

LOL! That’s funny! Just as funny as "Happy Hour"

If you look on Page 1 of the Chicago Tribune Tempo Section in the lower right-hand corner, the “Tempo Subcommittee on Hissing Cockroaches” you can see why Tribune’s stock is sliding — They obviously hired sitcom writers to write parts of their newspaper, namely the Tempo section (and Dennis Byrne’s crapfest of a column.) Look, if you want to make […]

OLN changes name to Versus — Nation yawns

I’m Back! Sports-themed network OLN changes its name today to Versus. The network will feature lacrosse, Mountain West college football, The Tour De France, and NHL hockey games. You remember the NHL, don’t you? That’s the league that should’ve folded with fellow low-rated entities UPN and The WB. L.O.L! Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. Here’s the link: http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-versus25sep25,1,4282072.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports

Meet MyNetworkTV’s new spokesperson: Randy Moss

In Tuesday’s TV Watch Blog from MediaPost.com , Wayne Friedman briefly talks about ESPN’s recent Monday Night Football game, in which the Jacksonville Jaguars shutout the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers 9-0 — the lowest combined point score ever on MNF — and wonders if that anthology should apply to MyNetworkTV — The Oakland Raiders of network TV — about […]