Monday, September 1, 2014



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IS TV OVERSATURATED WITH FOOTBALL?

Could adding NFL games to the Thursday night broadcast schedule amount to too much of a good thing for advertisers? Perhaps so. "The strength of the market for NFL ad time seems to be up for debate," comments today’s (Friday) Advertising Age. There have been fewer ads sold for scheduled NFL telecasts at this point than at the same time... Read more of this article


MESS WITH NIKKI FINKE AT YOUR PERIL

One day after a blog, NikkiStink.com, attacking Hollywood firebrand Nikki Finke, went online, including photos of the reclusive scourge of Hollywood moguls, the New York Times is reporting that Finke is likely to come out a big winner against her adversaries. The newspaper, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, noted that the reports about... Read more of this article


COWELL CLAIMS BBC WANTS TO SABOTAGE HIS X FACTOR

Simon Cowell, who will return as a judge to the British version of The X Factor for the first time since 2010, has accused the BBC of attempting to sabotage the show by scheduling Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of Dancing with the Stars opposite it. The X Factor airs on ITV. "They didn’t have to put it on at the same time as us,"... Read more of this article


DIANE SAWYER SIGNS OFF ABC WORLD NEWS

Wednesday night might seem like an unusual night to sign off from a five-day-a-week gig as anchor of ABC World News, but that’s the night Diane Sawyer chose to do so, appearing on the set with David Muir, who will take over the anchor desk tonight (Thursday). She gave viewers a backstage tour of the news program, pointing out some of the people... Read more of this article


SHERLOCK BECOMES BBC’S BIGGEST SUCCESS STORY

Following seven wins for Sherlock at Monday night’s Emmy Awards, its producer, the BBC, on Tuesday congratulated the winners, including stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (actor and supporting actor awards respectively in the miniseries category), and noted that the program had become its biggest-selling export, licensed to 224 territories... Read more of this article


CALIF. FILMMAKERS GET $1.65 BILLION IN TAX CREDITS

California filmmakers didn’t get the $400 million in state tax credits that the state legislature had allocated to them in hopes of putting the breaks on runaway production, but Governor Jerry Brown did sign off on a five-year deal in which they’ll get $330 million a year ($1.65 billion over the five years) — and that’s a lot... Read more of this article


TIME WARNER CABLE’S INTERNET SERVICE CRASHES

A massive outage hit Time Warner Cable nationwide beginning at 4:30 a.m. ET. Its Internet and On Demand services were knocked out during what the company described as "routine network maintenance." The outage reportedly affected about 80 percent of TWC’s 11 million customers. (It is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S. behind... Read more of this article


REGULATORY ISSUES DELAY COMCAST-TIME WARNER CABLE MERGER

Comcast now expects to complete its $45.2-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable early next year. In an SEC filing on Tuesday the company indicated that the merger, which it had previously forecast would be completed by the end of this year, had been delayed by regulatory issues. The deal would bring Comcast’s subscriber base to 29 million and... Read more of this article


BIG BROTHER IS BIGGEST IN THE RATINGS

All three episodes of CBS’s Big Brother headed up the list of top television shows watched by the key 18-49 age group last week, while a repeat of CBS’s NCIS took the top spot among total households, followed closely by NBC’s two editions of America’s Got Talent. Ratings for the network evening newscasts ticked up a bit as they... Read more of this article


THE TOP TEN TV SHOWS WEEK OF 8/16-8/24

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. NCIS, CBS, 6.0/11; 2. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 5.7/10; 2. (Tie) America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 5.7/10; 4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 5.5/11; 5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 4.9/9; 6. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 4.8/8; 7. Under the Dome, CBS, 4.6/8; 8. NFL Pre-season Sunday... Read more of this article


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