No more road for Fox Sports pregame show

No, we are no longer on the clock… but the football items roll on… Because of cost concerns, Fox sports has decided to keep its pregame show in L.A. this fall and WNYW-TV New York sports guy Curt Menafee will be the ringmaster of a circus that includes Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. Could this mean the return […]

NBC, NewsCorp to form new joint website

In an unprecedented move, General Electric-owned NBC Universal and NewsCorp. have announced that will form a video source to compete with Google-owned YouTube. The ad-supported, yet-to-be-named site will be up and running this summer and will feature full-length episodes of shows from NBC and Fox, including Heroes, 24, The Simpsons, and Top Chef. Movies available for downloads are from their […]

Carol Burnett sues "Family Guy"

She sues for making fun of her on the show and violating her copyright. Is her agent the same as Chicago Bear Lance Briggs? Next question. (The lawyer handling the case is standing in the background to your left.)

Fox gets smarter

No, they didn’t dump O’Reilly or the News Channel (we wish), but they renewed the worst game show since Show Me The Money and Singled Out – Fox picked up for another 13 episodes Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, the same question Blackhawks fans (if any left) have been asking management for quite some time now (and you […]

Old rivals square off again

Before there was Fox vs. CNN, there was Fox vs. Tribune – a rivalry on the same level with the Bears vs. Packers, with both entities owning television stations in the top three markets. (Bill O’Reilly is no fan of the Tribune Co., occasionally blasting the company’s newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune – I wonder why he doesn’t blast its […]

Yes, it’s still around

Phil Rosenthal has a short story today in the Tribune about the continuing sagging fortunes of MyNetworkTV and Fox’s station operations president Dennis Swanson insistence that the brand will be big – someday. In the article, Mr. Swanson points out that his stations need prime-time network programming (Translation: our stations aren’t paying anything for prime-time-unlike the CW and independent stations, […]

Bears also win in the ratings

The Bears weren’t the only winners in yesterday’s NFC Championship Game. Fox’s ratings for the event were up 21 percent from last year’s Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks tilt. The Chicago Bears-New Orleans Saints game drew a whopping 25.1 rating and 42 share, and it drew 43.2 million viewers, the most in 10 years. And yes, like the AFC Championship Game that […]

TCA Update

The latest from the tour: -The CW announced that its is streaming programs from shortly after their airdate, beginning immediately. The programs include all of the net Monday’s comedies, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, Beauty and the Geek, and Supernatural. -Meanwhile, the network is planning to premiere two new reality shows in the next few weeks: Crowned, a mother-daughter beauty […]

Idol wallops

Michael Wilbon of PTI may not have been watching, but the rest of America was: American Idol drew 37.3 million viewers, the second-highest total in the program’s history-a 15.7/38 rating/share among the money demo (A 18-49) and a 20.3/30 among households (In Chicago, Idol drew a 20.1/30, about average.) Meanwhile, way, way, waaaaaaaaayyyyyy on the opposite end of the ratings […]

Bart Simpson’s Week 16 NFL picks

Bart Simpson: (c) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. That’s right. You heard me. Bart Simpson this week is picking NFL games on (If you’re a gambling man, don’t take his advice. He thinks the Chiefs play in St. Louis.) He said he once drove to Cincinnati (no doubt to loot in the 2001 race riots), and […]

Big Ten Network to headquarted here (Take that Indy!)

They may have gotten the tournament, but we got their network… The new Big Ten Network announced yesterday that it is basing its headquarters here in Chicago on Chicago Avenue in the renovated Montgomery Wards building. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the new headquarters, with dignitaries including Mayor Daley and Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.(27th).

"King of the Hill" is back on at 7:30 Sundays. Central Time.

Yes! Fox’s King of the Hill is back in its original time slot where it launched in January 1997, the plum slot after The Simpsons. This means that American Dad, which has occupied that slot, is moving back to its 8:30 pm (Central Time) slot, all effective January 28. Family Guy’s time slot remains unchanged. King of the Hill will […]