My Name Is Earl

Earl Cole became the first African-American male and the second African-American overall (Vecepia Towery in Survivor: Marquesas was the first) to win the million dollar prize on the Fiji edition of Survivor last night, beating out two other African-American contestants – Cassandra and Andria “Dreamz” Heard. It seemed a few members of the jury didn’t want to give any of […]

NBC’s fall schedule announced

NBC new 2007-08 schedule contains five dramas, one comedy, and several reality/competition programs as the network is rolling it out today at the start of the network upfronts in New York. Here is the official schedule from NBC (All times are Eastern – Central Time Zone readers just subtract a hour…): SUNDAY (Fall 2007) 7-8 p.m. “Football Night in America” […]

‘Scrubs’, ‘Til Death’ renewed

Buena Vista Television’s Scrubs has been picked up for a seventh and final season by NBC, with only 18 episodes, according to TV Guide (a TV Guide blogger that is…). Meanwhile Sony’s ‘Til Death has been picked up for season deux by Fox, plus was able to sell ABC a new drama, Cashmere Mafia, from the creator of 90210 and […]

Paula Madison takes new job at NBC Universal

Paula Madison is stepping down as general manager of NBC’s KNBC-TV in Los Angeles to devote full-time to her duties as Vice President of Diversity. Ms. Madison became the first African-American to run a TV station in the nation’s second-largest market, when she landed the position in late 2000. She also inherited the duties of regional general manager of two […]

"Medium" renewed

The NBC show produced by CBS (yes, you heard me), has been picked up for a fourth season. Now if they can only move it to the 9:00 p.m. slot (CT) after Heroes….

NBC picks up figure skating

Continuing in the tradition of picking up events nobody else wants (Miss USA, the NHL), NBC has agreed to a three-year deal with U.S. Figure Skating to air figure skating events. ABC and ESPN has held the rights for the last 12 years, but passed on the upcoming contract. Hey NBC, Miss America is now available… make it a hat […]

Was it the right call?

NBC’s move to air a videotape featuring Virginia Tech killer Cho-Seung-Hui has sparked outrage around the country, from victims’ families to people in the journalism profession, forcing NBC to confront the issue on the Today show on Thursday. The video was also picked up and aired by other news outlets. Remember, this is the same news organization that revealed the […]

NBC, CBC extend NHL pacts

The NHL got some much needed good news over the last two days, as it successfully renewed its television pacts with NBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. NBC and the NHL came to terms on an extension of a revenue-sharing agreement, which was created in 2004 in which no upfront rights fee was paid. NBC has extended the agreement through […]

Miss USA tanks in ratings?

Don’t know how the 18-49s and female demos are, but it looks like all that controversy over Miss USA Tara Conner didn’t bring viewers en masse to the pageant. (and boy, did the Miss USA pageant take a drubbing in the Tribune’s Tempo section yesterday. Ouch!) March Madness on CBS (The NCAA hoops tourney) ruled the night. (Bye, USC and […]

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 […]

NBC moves Jordan

She thinks can fly…. to another day and time. NBC is moving Crossing Jordan from Sundays to Wednesday where it will air at 8pm (CT). The late winter moves also affect the second airing of Deal or No Deal and The Apprentice. To see NBC’s press release on the changes, click here.

Sitcoms renewed

Good news for fans of quality shows – and for TV stations looking for off-network sitcoms in 2009. NBC has renewed My Name Is Earl and The Office (and Law & Order: SUV), and the CW has renewed Everybody Hates Chris for next season -all show should be available for off-network syndication in 2009, a year after there will be […]