It’s that time again. Over the next few weeks, broadcast insiders will watch dozens of TV pilots in contention for fall. Executives will debate their merits in meetings, publicists will chat about their favorites over lunch and agents will trade hallway gossip about which titles are hot. Some everyday folks will see the pilots, too — roughly 300 civilians wrangled into carefully monitored focus groups.
But like nearly every… Continue reading Should networks let viewers pick the new fall shows?
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Multiple news organizations today went live to cover the Vatican’s announcement that it had elected the 266th Pope. Fox, ABC, CBS, and The CW all cut away from scheduled programming to cover this monumental news.
Exactly 30 days ago, Pope Benedict XI (formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) announced that he would step down from his… Continue reading Networks cut to Rome as Vatican names 266th Pope
Another carriage dispute has surfaced, this time between the Fox Networks and DirecTV. Fox issued a statement late Thursday that said unless it agrees to DirecTV’s new contract terms, the channels will go dark and subscribers won’t have access to nets like FX, National Geographic, Fox Movie Channel and many regional sports networks beginning Nov. 1.
Fox’s last deal with DirecTV expired at the end of September.
“DirecTV sent us a proposal on Tuesday… Continue reading Not again: DirecTV and Fox Networks locked in carriage dispute now
Breaking Bad, coming soon to HBO! Or not.
With renewal talks dragging out between Breaking Bad studio Sony Pictures Television and AMC, the acclaimed drama has been shopped to a few other networks, sources confirmed.
AMC firmly wants to bring the show back for a fifth season — that’s the good news. Breaking Bad recently returned to 2.6 million viewers — a series high. But shows get more expensive as… Continue reading ‘Breaking Bad’ shopped to other networks as AMC renewal talks drag on
Is there or isn’t there a new King of Late Night? Comedy Central is claiming victory after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart edged Jay Leno’s Tonight Show in the crucial Adult 18-49 demographic for the second quarter that ended June 26. Though The Tonight Show still draws the most overall viewers every night, 3.9 million, compared to The Daily Show‘s 2.2 million, Stewart’s show edged Leno, 1.295… Continue reading Jon Stewart vs. Jay Leno: Networks spar over who’s No. 1