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NBC HIRES FOX EXEC WHO DEVELOPED TWO OF ITS NEW SHOWS

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In recent months, NBC has bought two scripted TV dramas from 20th Century Fox TV — The Playboy Club and Awake. Now it has decided to name the person who helped develop those shows to the currently vacant post of President of NBC Entertainment Programming. She is Jennifer Salke, who has been executive vice president […]

U.K. AD AUTHORITY BANS COMMERCIALS FOR THE MECHANIC

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has ordered that ads for the R-rated (in the U.S.) movie The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster, be pulled from all channels because of a “stream of violent imagery” that they display. Britain’s Press Association described the objectionable scenes this way: “A man being speared through the calf, a […]

MONSTER AUDIENCES FOR TUESDAYS FINALES

May 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There was a lot of TV viewing going on Tuesday night as ABC’s Dancing with the Stars wound up the season, with 20.97 million viewers for the two-hour season finale, according to Nielsen Research. Some 22.59 million were tuned in for the final half-hour of the show which saw Hines Ward selected as this season’s […]

GLAAD CONDEMNS FOX STATION’S “IS TV TOO GAY?” DISCUSSION

May 4, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has come to the defense of Fox’s hit Glee after the show was attacked by the anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer on the Fox-owned TV station in Houston. During a segment titled “Is TV Too Gay?” of the KRIV newscast that followed a Glee episode dealing with bullying, […]

FOX RUNS OFF WITH RATINGS AS OTHER NETS RERUN

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As far as the TV networks are concerned, March did not come in like a lion. With the exception of Fox, which continued to record huge ratings for American Idol (24 million viewers on Wednesday, 22 million on Thursday) despite the absence of Simon Cowell, ratings were down significantly from a year ago. Fox also […]

OSCARS BRING ABC FIRST VICTORY OF SEASON

March 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t among the worst ratings results for an Oscar show nor was it among the best, but the 37.9 million viewers — the final official tally — who tuned in helped lift ABC to No. 1 on the weekly Nielsen list among total adults, the first time it has reached that position this season. […]

FOX HAILS ONE OF ITS BIGGEST WEEKS

February 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Needless to say, Fox TV, which drew the largest U.S. audience in TV history with this year’s Super Bowl telecast (111 million viewers) and cashed in afterwards with the post-game show and a special edition of Glee, was the top-rated TV network last week. As usual, it also clobbered the competition with two episodes of […]

NIELSEN: SUPER BOWL XLV SMASHED RATINGS RECORD

February 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In its latest ratings update on Monday, Nielsen Media Research confirmed that Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV telecast has become the most-watched U.S. television program of all time. The newest preliminary figures indicate that the Fox telecast averaged 111.01 million viewers, versus 106.48 for last year’s game, an increase of 4.25 percent. Sunday’s game, in which […]

HBO’S BOARDWALK EMPIRE BIG WINNER AT GOLDEN GLOBES

January 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

HBO’s lavishly produced series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition, won the Golden Globe Sunday night as television’s best dramatic series, while its star, Steve Buscemi, won the best actor award in a TV drama. Some critics observed that the competition, like the Emmy awards, was unfair. No broadcast network can spend as […]

ECLIPSE ECLIPSES ALL OTHERS AT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

January 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It’s not likely to win the Oscar for best film — or even to garner a nomination — but The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was the People’s Choice winner for best overall movie Monday night. It also won for favorite drama, favorite onscreen team (Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson), and best actress (Stewart). Toy […]

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