The Grab Bag: Conan, “Archer” receive contract extensions

  – One up, one down: Archer just received a vote of confidence from FX as the cable net green-lighted the animated series for a fourth season for thirteen new episodes. Ratings for the show in the Thursday night time slot are up 32 percent in total viewers and 62 percent among adults 18-34. In addition, the show’s creators (Adam […]

TCA: Cable Time

The Winter TCA Press Tour concluded last weekend with many panels dedicated to cable. Here is a brief roundup of what went on, grouped in alphabetical order: AMC To the delight of critics (and fans), AMC announced it was extending the third season order of hit series The Walking Dead from thirteen to sixteen as the second season with thirteen […]

T Dog’s Six Pack: You can’t “Work It”

Last week saw the premiere of several underachieving sitcoms (and proud of it) while one of them (Work It, which premiered Jan. 3) was canceled. Meanwhile, It wasn’t all love and kisses at the TCA Winter Press Tour as the critics wanted to drop the gloves with a few people on stage – literally. The best and the worst of […]

NATPE’s winning again

  The National Association of Programming Executives (NATPE, for short) convention is winning again, and what better way to celebrate than have Charlie Sheen show up. Yes, NATPE is now “winning”! A gathering that was once written off for dead several years ago is back with a vengeance – this year’s convention is being held at the Foutainebleau Resort in […]

“South Park” renewed for three more years

We’ll just keep on killing Kenny: Comedy Central and the producers of South Park have come to an agreement to keep the series on the air through the 2016 season. This means the series is guaranteed to reach its twentieth season, only behind The Simpsons, who notched its own renewal deal last month with a deal that guarantees its 25th […]

DirecTV, Fox come to deal (updated)

But no Belo deal…yet In good news for fans of Sons And Anarchy and soccer, DirecTV and News Corp. have come to a deal to continue to carry all nineteen Fox cable channels on their system, according to TVNewscheck. The deal is only for the cable channels and not for other News Corp. entities, such as their owned-and-operated broadcast stations, […]

DirecTV and Fox turn up heat on each other

Judging by the animosity between the two, you’d would never know News Corp. and DirecTV were once sister companies. On November 1, the satellite-service provider is planning to pull nineteen News Corp. cable networks from its system if they can not come to an agreement on a new deal. And now, Fox is saying all 26 of its owned stations […]

“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 […]

TCA: Wasting away on the "Jersey Shore"

The Television Critics Association Press Tour came to an end on Saturday with the last three days devoted to cable networks. In the past, cable usually kicked off the press tour, but this year shoved toward the end of the twelve-day tour. Neverthless, critics stayed through the end, with the HBO presentation playing to full capacity on Saturday. The biggest […]

"Big Bang Theory" headed for big payday

Are these guys worth $4 million per episode? You bet your behind it is. Is the high-priced off-network sitcom on its way back? With the upcoming sale of The Big Bang Theory, we may soon find out. Not since the days of Friends, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The Cosby Show have we seen a sitcom come close to the $4 […]

What’s next for Conan O’Brien

So now that Conan O’Brien has wrapped up his tenure at NBC in late night after sixteen years, what’s next for the once low-key talk show host? Mr. O’Brien could have offers from other competing networks from several cable networks¬† and at least one broadcast network. And he may have helped his cause on Friday night: Ratings for his final […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

– WWE’s move of Friday Night Smackdown to My Network TV drew 3.2 million in its first airing Friday night, finishing first in the time period among males 18-34 and 18-49, and giving the small net its largest audience ever. However, the premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network drew 4 million viewers, setting a record as […]

"Top Model", "Shield" take it on the chin

The good news for The CW lasted just one day. America’s Next Top Model’s season-premiere last night set a personal ratings low with just 3.5 million viewers – down 32 percent from last year’s premiere (Sept. 19, 2007) in adults 18-49 and managed only a 1.9/6 among adults 18-34, also down from last year. Top Model was even beaten by […]

TCA: FX’s turn

Finishing with News Corp. with FX: – The cable network said it will end Nip/Tuck in 2011, ordering the series’ final nineteen episode. The controversial series has been targeted by the Parents Television Council for its’ content. – FX also picked up a new series called Testees, while the status of Riches is unclear. Ratings are down 44 percent from […]

Someone needs to rescue "Rescue Me"

Silly skits. Implausible plot lines. Terrible lines. Subpar acting. What you usually expect from sitcoms ‘Til Death and According To Jim you’re finding in Rescue Me, according to Advertising Age’s Brian Steinberg. With ratings down and critical acclaim now almost non-existent, maybe it’s time for Denis Leary to hang up his fireman’s hat.