“Simpsons” renewed for two more years

              The Simpsons has been renewed for two years. Let’s go to Moe’s to celebrate! That is, if he let us… In news that has dominated TV news headlines all week long, there was drama on whether The Simpsons‘ voice actors would agree to take a 45 percent pay cut – or cancel the […]

"Judy" tops the syndication charts

Nearly two weeks ago, Judge Judy join an elite club of programs that did the impossible: knock off perennial ratings champ Wheel of Fortune. According to Nielsen Media Research, Judy topped Wheel for the week ending April 24, with a 3% advantage over the long-running game show to become the top-rated show in syndication. Judy also passed over Jeopardy!, The […]

R.I.P. Al Masini, Founder of Television Program Enterprises

The industry is morning the death of prolific producer Al Masini, who passed away on Monday at his Honolulu home at the age of 80 due to cancer. Masini was instrumental in creating successful first-run syndicated programming including Solid Gold, Entertainment Tonight, Star Search, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and a spin-off, Runaway with the Rich and Famous. He […]

Mary Hart exits "Entertainment Tonight"

After a 29-year run, longtime Entertainment Tonight anchor Mary Hart has decided to step down next year. The move marks an end of an era for the long-running syndicated strip, which has been on the air since September 15, 1981. Hart joined the CBS Television Distribution program in 1982. According to The Wrap, The Insider’s Lara Spencer has been named […]

Craig Kilbourn returns to TV – sort of

Former late night talk show host and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Craig Kilbourn is making a comeback to TV – well, sort of. Twentieth Television announced it has signed Kilbourn to host a nightly prime-access strip to air this summer, which will be tested on a few Fox-owned stations, including WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles. The identity […]

ABC O&Os renew "Wheel", "Jeopardy!" through 2014

In good news for the syndication business, two of the platform’s highest-rated shows are going to be around for at least a few more years. CBS Television Distribution’s game-show duo of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! has been renewed on the seven ABC-owned and operated stations who carry the programs through 2014. The news broke a week ago on TheWrap.com. […]

Who’s in your four, Edition 6

This is retroactive to last week (I’ll post this week’s edition on Friday), so here it goes: T Dog’s Fabulous Four – The Insider cans Pat O’Brien. He was fired after sending e-mails to staffers at the show and Entertainment Tonight, criticizing the programs. O’ Brien, who was demoted to special correspondent for this season after a stint in rehab […]

The Comic-Con post game show

Putting the wraps on another year of Comic-Con:Geek Nation thanks you for your support Never underestimate the marketing power of Comic-Con. Producers, writers, and the studios know this all too well, and to reach their loyal fans, they came to San Diego in droves to show off their wares. Lost and Heroes panels played to crowds larger than you find […]

"Insider", "ET" to move to new digs – and go HD, too

CBS Television Distribution’s two syndicated prime access magazine strips – The Insider and Entertainment Tonight are moving to a new home – and getting a HD makeover as well. Beginning this fall, both shows are being shot in high-definition from CBS Studio Center in Studio City (yes, the same place where they shot Gilligan’s Island and My Three Sons.) The […]

Local station roundup

Let’s see what’s going on in local markets around the country: -According to Nielsen, KETC-TV in St. Louis was the nation’s highest-rated public TV station in October, even outperforming WTTW in Chicago. The station’s total-day ratings were up 8 percent from a year ago and up 39 percent in primetime. It’s same to assume that this station outdraws Sinclair’s weak-kneed […]

A suggestion: Move Katie to 7:30/6:30 Central

Brain Steinberg of Ad Age reviews The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and makes a couple of suggestions, including moving the beleaguered network newscast to the 7:30 Eastern (6:30 Chicago Time) prime access time slot. One problem with that – actually two: The affiliates won’t go for it, because they would lose that lucrative ad revenue in the hour […]

WCIU upgrades "Insider", "King of Queens"

WCIU-TV has upgraded CBS’ entertainment magazine (and ET/Hard Copy clone) The Insider and Sony’s off-network King of Queens into access. The moves are being made so WCIU can become more competitive with other stations in town, as WGN-TV is ready to roll out Family Guy and Two And A Half Men this fall, and Everybody Loves Raymond shifts to WFLD-TV […]

She’s gone, so now we can gossip about her

Is this one of the the reasons Vanessa Minnillo is now a former correspondent for Entertainment Tonight? (another may be those controversial photos with gal pal Lindsey Lohan…) Interesting how she and boy toy Nick Lachey blast the tabloids – by speaking to one.