Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
In matter of fact, I'm listening to an iPod right now. Not satellite radio, and definitely not the crap on terrestrial radio. It's a competitor. That's a fact. The FCC and their anti-consumer cohorts at the NAB are idiots. That too is a fact.
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 of Jillian Barberie? Stay tuned....
The NFL has wisely lifted its ban on local TV sideline coverage. The new loosened rules means that up to 10 video crews can be used at the games, five for each competing team. Stations will be able to participate in pool coverage.
What goes around.... comes around. And on that note (and thankfully...) The T Dog Media Blog is off the clock.
Reportedly, the loser will have his head shaved in the ring at Wrestlemania.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Shelly, the entertainment reporter from B-96 (WBBM-FM). I did not know she looked like Ricki Lake... I pictured her more of a blonde.... (This was taken from Chicagoland Radio and Media's site - one of our media friends)
So, what's going to happen to this organization that's run by out-of-touch dinosaurs? Your move, Mr. Wirtz - Oh, I'm sorry. I'm getting the Chicago Blackhawks and The Miss America Organization confused again.
Maybe the same people who keep going to Hawks games are the same ones who keep voting for Sanjaya on American Idol. Makes sense to me.
And while we're at it, we can also assume they also voted for Illinois' current Governor. That too makes sense.
Meanwhile, All Access is reporting that Opie & Anthony this morning declared war on Mancow, for among other things losing stations in Chicago and Des Moines, and the use of staged phone calls (doesn't every radio show in America do that?)
This... starts... now!
The T Dog Media Blog is on the clock.
- Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are still tops in syndication (of course), with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire still performing well, and Family Feud taking it on the chin a little.
- Court's still strong, but a few shows have slipped (notably Judge Hatchett.)
- The magazine shows got a boost from the coverage (and aftermath) of Anna Nicole's death.
- The biggest surprise in the talk category is the ratings decline of The Tyra Banks Show, more notably in the key target demo of women 18-34 and women 18-49. You'd think with all the publicity surrounding her as of late, Tyra Banks' talk show would get a boost in the ratings. The same can be said for Ellen, which is also down in key demos. (Both shows are distributed by Warner Bros.) Ellen Degeneres is clearly no Rosie O'Donnell.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
P.S. Like the red in Red Eye?
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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 next season, and has an option to extend it through 2009. NBC also will now have a flexible scheduling arrangement, similar to what it has with NFL games late in the season. This extension comes despite the fact that ratings are down slighty from last year, in households and in the target demos of men 18-34, men 18-49, and men 25-54.
Meanwhile the CBC renewed its deal with the NHL to carry the very popular Hockey Night In Canada for the next six years, extending the deal with Canada's public broadcaster through the middle of the next decade. HNIC is the longest-running prime-time program in North American history, bringing Canadians together in front of the tube on Saturday nights since 1952.
The CBC deal includes multimedia rights (including live and on-demand streaming video), the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Finals (NBC in the U.S. will have games 3-7), and Stanley Cup playoff games involving Canadian teams.
Analysis: This marks the first time that the NHL actually got a renewal from a television network in the U.S. Really. This does comes as somewhat of a surprise, given the fact that if you look at the ratings, it doesn't even deserve a renewal. But there is more to it than that. Unlike with the previous Fox and ABC deals, NBC is paying basically next to nothing for the NHL, and the network is at least giving the league a little more time to grow its U.S. audience, which is basically next to nothing. (You can partly thank the 2004-05 lockout for that.) The NHL needs to improve its standing in many major markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. (and needs to get back on ESPN), or the league will continue to struggle.
The move also means that all NHL games on NBC will air on Sunday, with an exception of a few playoff games. While it will compete directly with the NBA on ABC, there's not much of an overlap with fans of both sports (for proof of this, check out any message boards after a NBA brawl takes place), but there is when it comes to baseball - that's a different story. The NHL will compete with baseball games on Fox (on Saturdays) and Turner Sports (on Sundays beginning in 2008) during the spring months when the NHL playoffs take place.
And besides, what are NBC affiliates going to air in its place? Paid programming? Desire reruns? The ratings wouldn't be any better. NBC isn't losing at lot of money on the NHL (in fact, executives say the deal is profitable), and that's why it's back.
As for the CBC deal : While the network has had plenty of missteps over the years (terrible local news, numerous labor problems, budget cuts, rampant mismanagement, questionable programming decisions, the DaVinci's City Hall debacle - these make even the now-shuttered UPN and WB look good by comparison), this is a reminder that at least somebody in North America knows how to program Saturday nights effectively. Maybe the U.S. networks can learn a thing or two from north of the border. Televised Saturday night hockey games in Canada are traditional; families gather around to root for their favorite team. What's our Saturday Night tradition? In the '70's people stayed home to watch Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H. In the '80's, it was The Golden Girls. Today? It's going to the multiplex to see the latest awful movie with the kids. It's that bad.
Updated at 13:37 on 2007-03-28
This puts him on the same station as his former partner, Steve Dahl. Dahl hosts afternoons from 2 to 7 pm. Dahl and Meier were on-air partners from 1979 to 1993, until a nasty breakup ended their run. Meier's last gig was at WLS-AM, partnered with Roe Conn. Meier left in 2004, and hasn't been on Chicago radio since.
Last summer, Meier appeared on Dahl's show during a live remote, and apparently buried the hatchet. That opened the door for this deal for Meier.
WCKG hopes this move will wake up the ratings-challenged station, which often ranks at the bottom of the Arbitron book.
Schurz purchased KWCH-TV from Media General last year. It was a condition that Media General agreed to when they purchased four stations from NBC.
Both KWCH and KSCW will now operate in a duopoly, with Schurz streamlining operations with KSCW, which usually means with fewer staff at the second station.
KSCW was originally a WB affiliate when it launched as KCWV in 1999, but changed call letters when the UPN and WB merged to form the CW.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Meanwhile, Joke Theissman, er, I mean Joe Theissman is out after 20 years working on ESPN's football games. This past season, he worked alongside Mike Trico and Tony Kornhiser on ESPN's Monday night Football, and for 19 years, the former Washington Redskins quarterback was on ESPN's Sunday Night Football.
Won't miss him of course, but hell, while they were at it, they should have gotten rid of Kornhiser too.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
George Michael has stepped down as sports anchor of NBC-owned WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., which also produced the syndicated weekly sports clip show, after the parent network reduced the budget for the program, resulting in its' cancellation. Michael (who shares the same name as a certain pop star, but nicer and more humble of the two) was at WRC for 27 years.
The program perhaps is tied for the record (with Access: Hollywood) for the program that has been syndicated by the most companies -in name only - beginning with ITC (in 1991), then Group W, Eyemark (merger between CBS and Group W - which resulted in a NBC-owned show syndicated by a CBS company - a first), King World (when CBS merged Eyemark and King World), NBC Enterprises, and finally NBC Universal (NBC's merger with Universal.)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
March Madness on CBS (The NCAA hoops tourney) ruled the night. (Bye, USC and Vanderbilt.)
Friday, March 23, 2007
Seeing that WGN is already airing useless segments on its 9 p.m. newscast involving CW shows, like Top Model auditions and an interview with a WWE Diva, I say that pretty much answers Feder's question.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Cooperation and ventures among major media companies are not new. In 1989 for example, Paramount Pictures and MCA TV (The forerunner to NBC Universal Television) formed a partnership (Premier Advertising Sales) to sell advertising time in their respective syndicated shows.
Both NBC and Fox have had problems with YouTube in the past because of unauthorized copyrighted material from both studios illegally uploaded on the site.
Last week, Viacom sued YouTube for $1 billion dollars for the company's material showing up unauthorized on their site. Viacom ordered YouTube to take down over 100,000 clips of their programming.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Mr. DeForest last appeared on Late Show in 2002. In addition, he also appeared in several TV shows, movies, and commercials for Honda and MCI.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
In other words: Great move by Nine-FM.
To read the press release, click here and click on the link titled "Press Release: Nine-FM To Stop Giving Away Music."
Monday, March 19, 2007
A good thing Garfield didn't ask Gates about the Blackhawks' home TV blackout policy.
Notable clearances: The show has cleared duopolies for the most part, but the program did clear stand alone stations in Sacramento (KTXL/Fox), St. Louis (KPLR/CW), Charlotte (WCNC/NBC), and San Diego (KGTV/ABC), Buffalo (WGRZ/NBC) and Dayton (WHIO/CBS).
Interestingly, the show has not cleared four markets where NBC owns stations and were not part of the original deal, such as Philadelphia and Miami. There's a possibility those stations may come on later.
To see the full list of clearances, click here.
- NBC Universal has cleared the off-network drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 97% of the country, including Fox-owned MyNetworkTV stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago (WPWR-TV).
Notable clearances: Three ABC affiliates - in Boston (WCVB), Washington D.C. (WJLA), and Detroit (WXYZ) have cleared the show. NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta also has hopped on board.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the first off-network program to be sold in traditional broadcast syndication as a strip in seven years.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
You know those paternity tests on Maury? Turns out, they actually serve some purpose after all. And you know what? Maury is right when he talks about men denying responsibility for their biological children. Hate the show all you want, but he's has a point.
Friday, March 16, 2007
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.)
But perhaps the real question we should be asking is, how will this affect My Name Is Earl and The Office, two well-received shows that's popular in the 18-49 demo. Will this push all the scripted shows to the bottom of the ratings heap in the time period? Let's hope not. If it does, all this will mean that all this talk about the rise of scripted, original programming will be just that - talk.
As for the popularity of 5th grader? Well, given who this country re-elected in the White House three years ago, and who this city re-elected in City Hall recently, this comes as no surprise...
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I guess that same question also applies to Fox executives, who picked up 'Til Death (hello, post-Simpsons or Family Guy time slot next fall) and The Wedding Bells for this season (and you know the answer is always no.)
To see the channel, click here.
(Don't forget, CBS is streaming their games online as well. Go to NCAAsports.com/mmod for more information.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
In this MediaLife article, Toni Fitzgerald reports that the new CW series The Pussycat Dolls Present : The Search For The Next Doll, the reality program actually attracts more female viewers than male ones. She says that it is basically a no-brainer: "The internet offers all the eye candy they could ever want."
While that is true, The T Dog Media Blog After Dark offers some more reasons why guys aren't tuning in to the Pussycat Dolls: (If you want to see why young women are tuning in, click on the link above. She can explain it better than we can....)
- We don't watch the CW, except on Friday night when Smackdown is on. (Disclaimer: This blog does not endorse watching WWE fare because the league is being run into the ground by Bill Wirtz Jr. [aka the one they call "Vince".])
- We don't listen to top 40 radio anymore. In fact, we don't listen to the radio at all anymore. Can anybody tell us when was the last time any male called in to the Eddie & JoBo show? Can anybody tell us when was the last time anyone listened to the Eddie & JoBo show?
- We don't watch beauty pageants anymore. Maybe somebody should tell the 75 year-olds who run the Miss America Pageant to make it more exciting to us guys. Or women for that matter. (They should not have taken NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's advice on what cable network to put it on. Worked well for him with the NHL, didn't it?)
- Actually, we like to look at the Pussycat Dolls. Listening to them sing or talk is another matter.
- We love to look at ladies on the Internet, because they don't open their mouths, and want to bore us about what happened on Gilmore Girls.
- We don't watch reality TV shows. We smell shit that's phony a mile away. (However, it doesn't explain why wrestling appeals to us - particularly the league run by Bill Wirtz Jr.)
- We don't go to Blackhawks games anymore because the players and management suck d- wait, that's the topic for the "Why NHL hockey in Chicago died" blog entry.
Or is it that guys' taste in entertainment is finally improving? Nah. We're just more selective.
Now we know why.
It turned out NBC Universal, the owner of the pop-culture focused cable net, acquired the website on Tuesday under the Bravo name. (Real Housewives airs on Bravo.) The popular site, known for its snarky recaps of hot-for-the moment TV shows (including Grey's Anatomy and Project Runway), and its message boards, will add new shows, podcasts, video content, and blogs, among other things.
This marks the second time this year that a big media name has acquired a TV fan site. Last year, TV Guide acquired Jump The Shark.
Analysis: TWoP is one of many sites where TV fans get recaps of shows and post on their message boards. It is also believed that many who work in the entertainment industry visit and post on the site as well. While the site has its fans, it also has its detractors.
Many feel the site recaps are too smarky and smug. And many complain about the heavy-handed moderation on the board, with a few complaining about being banned from the site if you voice a dissenting opinion about a program.
This situation partly led to the downfall of the original Radio-Info website, where many posters complained about heavy-handed moderation, especially when it came to posting negative remarks about hip-hop and rap music. When the site was taken over by new ownership, they fired the moderators, in which some say the site has greatly improved.
Not from me, though. Radio-Info has increasingly been leaning to the right and has become a forum to bash black and Hispanic formats. (One note: The TV and new generation media boards are fine. It's some of the radio forums that are the problem.) The new moderators have done nothing about it, leading me to assume they have the same feelings as the posters. That's why you don't see Radio-Info listed as a media "friend" on this site.
Big media is increasingly getting into the online website business. While they say nothing will change, except for "improvements", you can't help but feel that those "improvements" will make things worse. One could wonder if it will be an "anything goes" atmosphere like at Time Warner-owned TMZ.com, where racial hate messages are prominently displayed.
I'm not all for heavy-handed moderating. But when someone steps over the line with offensive comments based on race, gender, and the like, it should be dealt with swiftly. And that's not happening on these big media websites.
Does anyone think that big media cares about offensive messages on their websites? The hotter the discussion (aka flame wars), the more people visit. The more people who visit, the more money the website can make. It's just as simple as that.
After all, do we really need another website, blog, or message board like that? Big media does. That's a warning to all you TWoP fans out there. Your good site may very well go down the tubes. Look what happened to Radio-Info.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Sun-Times Robert Feder reports that Urban AC WVAZ-FM (or V103) "dodged a bullet" from the FCC and renewed the station's license after it rejected a complaint from a Joliet listener who claims that her family was slandered and harassed by the syndicated Tom Joyner radio show.
"Dodged a bullet?" Give me a break. There's a better chance of the Arizona Cardinals winning this year's Super Bowl than WVAZ losing their license over a complaint made by some dope about a bogus personal attack made by a fading radio show. Come on Feder, you know better than that!
But since then, 50,000 more unauthorized Viacom clips have shown up on the site, and that apparently was the last straw.
This tussle is pretty much like the one Lance Briggs is going through with (his soon to be former team) the Bears. And much like the football player's clash with his team, this battle between YouTube and Viacom is unlikely to have a happy ending.
UPDATE: Read Viacom's legal complaint here. (Adobe Acrobat required)
We’re back, and we’re sweeping up from the recent February ratings period in local markets (All ratings are measured by Nielsen):
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The move replaces the late-night airing of The Simpsons. Repeats of the program will remain in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. time slots, for now. Bart & Co. has held the 10 p.m. time slot for a long time, since December 1996.
Anchoring the newscast is Dave Novarro, who previously worked the morning show at the Fox station and Lauren Cohn, a vet of several Chicago news operations. Amy Freeze, who was hired from NBC-owned WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, will handle weather, and Corey McPherrin will handle sports. The newscast will target viewers in the money demo, aka adults 18-49.
The 9 p.m. newscast will remain as is, with no changes. While WGN usually leads in household ratings, it's a different story in adults 18-49, where in the recent February sweeps, WFLD beat its archrival soundly, and tied with WLS-TV's 10 p.m. newscast for number one, thanks to popular Fox shows American Idol, 24, and House.
As for The Simpsons, the program may move into the 10:30pm slot in the interim, but this fall, its' likely that TMZ, the new celebrity magazine show from Warner Bros., will claim that slot.
Analysis: You're probably asking, "Why are they doing this? There are already stations airing news at 10. More crime news and celebrity fluff. They're going to get crushed. And on top of that, they're taking an airing of The Simpsons away. They suck. They're bastards!"
Before you write that letter to Feder, calm down and a take a moment to read this:
While I agree on all fronts, let's face it: the off-network sitcom market isn't as strong as it used to be. Fox-owned stations like WFLD are aggressively pushing a news expansion. Soon, the station will likely enter the 5 p.m. news race as well, which many Fox O&Os (like New York City and Washington, D.C. are already in.
Why? Well, one, the commercial inventory in newscasts is all theirs - they don't have to share it with syndicators, which is a demand for any product they sell to stations nowadays. Two, news is more profitable than spending tons of money on off-network sitcoms that don't work, or are steadily declining in the ratings. Three, the days of counter-programming news with family-type sitcoms in early fringe are for the most part, over. Those type of shows aren't made anymore, except for the fare on The Disney Channel. Furthermore, the animated blocks that used to dominate afternoons on independent stations that fed into these shows are long gone. Today's kids now watch that stuff on cable or on home video, or don't watch TV at all during that part of the day.
Some Fox stations have had some success in airing news opposite the big three affiliated stations - for example, KMSP-TV in Minneapolis has beaten a traditional rival, ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in the 10 p.m. news ratings for a few years now, and WTTG in Washington has also had success at 11.
Back to the matter at hand. While The Simpsons move will be unpopular, ratings for the 10 p.m. airing have declined for years. Sex and the City on WGN-TV, has constantly beat it in the ratings, and The King of Queens on WCIU-TV has also done well in that same time slot. Cable entities like The Daily Show and Adult Swim have eaten into the young-male audience for The Simpsons, and they have triple-run the show for several years, even running the same episodes (usually from later seasons) within days or weeks of each other in different slots, causing more audience erosion.
The competition will get even tougher next year, with WGN acquiring male-skewing favorites Two and a Half Men and Family Guy for syndication this fall (If you're wondering if WGN will follow WFLD's lead and expand to 10 or to early fringe, forget it - it's not going to happen, at least not anytime soon, given Tribune's grave financial situation.) WGN could capture young males at 10 left behind by The Simpsons by airing Family Guy to counter the newscasts, though it would mean moving the female-friendly Sex and the City to 11 or later.
A possibility would be to move the 10 p.m. airing of The Simpsons to sister station WPWR-TV, where it would fit nicely with King of the Hill. But the question is, will viewers find it? On the upside, it could draw more viewers than Scrubs, the off-network sitcom that currently occupies that time slot. The downside? The ratings for the animated comedy could go down even further, not matching the numbers it had in the same time slot on WFLD.
Several years ago, viewers complained when The Simpsons were replaced by syndicated Frasier repeats at 10. Due to the outcry, they were back on in no time. Unfortunately, viewers who complain this time are likely to be out of luck.
- On a side note, doesn't anybody find it interesting that WFLD's new expansion to 10 p.m. was not mentioned on any of the TV trade websites (except for TVnewsday?) If WNYW in New York announced a news extension, you bet your behind it would be mentioned. Talk about your East Coast Bias.
Updated 2007-03-08 at 11:55pm
Elroy Smith, who previously ran both stations, will only now run WVAZ, while Kris Kelley (no, not the BackTrax USA host) will become new program director at WGCI. She hails from Detroit's successful heritage Urban station WJLB-FM, where she was assistant program director, music director, and midday personality.
In essence, this splits the PD duties at both stations, countering a trend against consolidation in the management ranks, which should make for a better product overall.
That's certainly not the case at Crawford's two competing stations, urban WPWX-FM and urban AC WSRB-FM. Both stations are struggling, and regarded as industry jokes.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Ratings are based on households and are from Nielsen.
WTMJ, Journal Broadcasting's NBC affiliate is in a dead heat with rival WISN-TV, Hearst-Argyle's ABC affiliate for 10p.m. news supremacy. This February, WTMJ edged out WISN with a 11.1 rating to WISN's 10.8. Both averaged an 18 share. WTMJ overcame weak NBC prime-time lead-ins (it was ranked fourth) to barely beat WISN (which ranked first, despite American Idol airing on Fox-owned WITI.)
Meanwhile the race for third was also interesting. WITI edged out Weigel Broadcasting's CBS affiliate (and sister station to WCIU) WDJT-TV, 6.0 to 5.9. Both had a 10 share.
Also of note, King of Queens on CW affiliate WVTV had a 2.8/5, knocking off perennial off-network leader The Simpsons on MyNetworkTV affiliate WCGV, with a 2.4/4. King was up 2 share points, while Simpsons were off 2.
Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group.
Alright, which TV executive stepped into a time machine and went back to 1967 to get this inane idea?
Next thing you know, The CW will develop a sitcom around The Pillsbury Dough Boy.
Yes, this Caveman sitcom is so easy... even an idiot can write it. So I assume Blackhawks management will be producing this show?
(Click on the link, scroll down, and you'll see a comment by yours truly pointing out a goof B&C made on that story regarding 5th grader facing Survivor.)
Thursday, March 01, 2007
MyNetworkTV will relaunch next week with a more balanced plate of programming, with the last of the two soap operas that were ordered to air two nights a week, a martial-arts show to air one night, and theatrical movies to air the other two nights.