Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hung Up

The first casualty of the fall season: a cell phone. ESPN pulls the power cord on ESPN Mobile.

Television Week:

This “Game” needs the rapper or Triple H

Could this be the new fall season's worst sitcom?

(Hey, who can tell? They're so many of them....)

When you think of The Game, you either think of the rapper associated with 50 Cent or the WWE wrestler associated with DX. According to the Trib's Maureen Ryan and Media Life Magazine, we may not have a trifecta here…
Mo Ryan’s review from the Chicago Tribune:

Media Life's review:

I guess The War At Home won't be the only sitcom dung airing on Sunday Nights...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

CBS Corp. Combines CBS Paramount, KIng World

Roger King, who became rich in the 1980's as the little company that could (Thanks to he and his brother Michael discovering Oprah Winfrey and acquiring the syndicated rights to "Wheel of Fourtune" and "Jeporady!"), will head the new CBS Television Distribution Group. The sales people will be selling CBS Paramount and King World syndicated product so they won't have to compete with each other anymore. The King World name will remain on existing shows they have (Wheel , Jeporady!, Oprah, Rachael Ray -- a move that was probably made so it wouldn't upset the ABC O&O's carrying the shows), but any future syndicated product will bear the CBS Television Distribution Group name.

Updated 2006-10-05 at 12:34 CT

Monday, September 25, 2006

LOL! That’s funny! Just as funny as "Happy Hour"

If you look on Page 1 of the Chicago Tribune Tempo Section in the lower right-hand corner, the “Tempo Subcommittee on Hissing Cockroaches” you can see why Tribune’s stock is sliding -- They obviously hired sitcom writers to write parts of their newspaper, namely the Tempo section (and Dennis Byrne’s crapfest of a column.) Look, if you want to make life more intresting, stop publishing this crap.

That's the rant of the day! Good night, everybody!

OLN changes name to Versus -- Nation yawns

I’m Back!

Sports-themed network OLN changes its name today to Versus. The network will feature lacrosse, Mountain West college football, The Tour De France, and NHL hockey games. You remember the NHL, don't you? That’s the league that should’ve folded with fellow low-rated entities UPN and The WB.


Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. Here’s the link:,1,4282072.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Meet MyNetworkTV’s new spokesperson: Randy Moss

In Tuesday’s TV Watch Blog from , Wayne Friedman briefly talks about ESPN’s recent Monday Night Football game, in which the Jacksonville Jaguars shutout the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers 9-0 -- the lowest combined point score ever on MNF -- and wonders if that anthology should apply to MyNetworkTV -- The Oakland Raiders of network TV -- about its very slow ratings start:


Monday, September 18, 2006

Rover Is Over in Detroit

He Gone! (From the Motor City)

Rover drops dead in Detroit -- Cleveland’s Morning Glory, who bombed here in Chicago on WCKG-FM earlier this year, is now as done in the Motor City as the Lions are:

Opie & Anthony replaces him immediately.

Jack meets Jim

Jack meets Jim

Today, Chicago’s dumbest radio station meets Chicago’s unfunniest comedian.

The “You Don’t Know Jack” promotion from 7:30am - 5:30pm on WJMK-FM (or Jack FM) in Chicago today featured alleged actor/comedian Jim Belushi’s voice tracks promoting the syndication premiere of According to Jim on WGN-Channel 9, tonight at 6pm. Whoopee! What a surprise!

Genius idea, isn’t it? F-level actor promoting his stupid show on a D-level radio station. What’s next? Michael Rappaport whoring himself out to B96 for a day to promote The War At Home?

According to Jim reruns and Jim Belushi should be banished to Chicago television’s version of Siberia -- My 50 Chicago (WPWR-TV). It fits well with those new sitcoms Desire and Fashion House.



Welcome to the T Dog Blog. It’s the first day of the 2006-07 television season, and after months, and months of planning (and countless delays), we are finally open for business. I’m T Dog, and me and my “staff” will be your guide to the wackiest, zaniest, stupidest media blog this side of Chicago. Here, we’ll discuss what’s going on in local media, as well as what’s going on nationally. I’ve followed this business for 21 years, and it has gone through a lot of changes... from just the Big 3 television networks (CBS, NBC, ABC) to the big 4 (Fox) to The Big 4 and two networks nobody cares about (UPN, The WB) to The Big 4 and two new networks nobody cares about (CW and MyNetworkTV). From syndication to cable, network TV to radio, from advertising to Hollywood, we’ll cover it all. (Most likely comment on it. The “staff” is too lazy to cover anything.)

On the right of the blog, you will see links that were hand picked and personally approved by T Dog -- the class of the class. Only the best Internet links in the world are good enough to appear here.

You’ll also see satire here as well, as we lampoon the industry. All right, at least we’ll try to. But at least it’ll be funnier than “According to Jim”. (See? Our first shot right there.)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce some new features -- some you’ll like, some you won’t. Remember, this is a work in progress. Just like “According to Jim” which is always a work in progress (See, there I go again…)

So pull up a chair, grab your favorite beverage, and strap your self in for the ride. You’ll need Dramamine because you will get nauseous! Enjoy!


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