Daily Archives : Aug 10, 2009

Analysts Were Predicting Dish Net Would Lose Subs; Instead the Satellite Op Gained Subs; Stock Soars 6%

Dish Network gained a net of just 26,000 subs in the second quarter, yet its stock gained 6% ($1.19) Monday. The reason: Analysts were actually expecting Dish to lose a net of more than 100,000 subs. According to Dish EVP Tim…

Public-Interest Doc Channel Relaunched as a Commercial Network

The four-year-old Documentary Channel, which started life as a public-interest network supported with underwriting, has relaunched as a commercial service, reports Multichannel News. The Nashville-based network, which has about 21 million subscribers, signed a multiyear carriage deal with Dish Network…

Some Common Sense Advice if Someone’s Trying to Publicly Release Nude Pics or a Sex Tape That You Consented to in a Moment of Indiscretion

It seems as if a weekly basis some celebrity is fighting the public release of nude pictures or a sex tape that they had, at one point, consented to make. Wallet Pop blogger Jason Cochran recounts the ultimate such case, a seemingly neverending battle being…

Notes on Comedy Central’s Rollicking Rivers Roast

Ah, the good old days … drinking, smoking and telling dirty, filthy jokes at the Friars Club—all in service of roasting the top comics of their time. Minus the smoking and drinking but with plenty of bleeped out vulgarity, Comedy…

Hmm. Kate Gosselin on ‘Today’: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

One really wonders if Kate Gosselin is conscious at all when she makes certain remarks Here’s an example, as she complains about her brother and sister-in-law and that it’s hurtful, "When family turns on you and makes up lies and makes allegations and makes…

In the Ratings, Football Was the Real Millionaire, and the Best in the Neighborhood

NBC’s airing of an exhibition football game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans and a repeat of "Dateline" did better in the ratings than the much-publicized primetime return of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" with Regin Philbin on…

Fox Orders Police Pilot From ‘Shield’ Creator Shawn Ryan

“Ridealong”, a one hour cop drama from the creator of “The Shield,” Shawn Ryan, has received a pilot order from Fox, reports Daily Variety. The show is set to focus on three groups of police officers, ranging from uniform cops…

Nurse ‘Hawthorne’ Will be Back in 2010 TNT Says

TNT has ordered an additional 10 episodes of "Hawthorne," starring Jada Pinkett Smith, to be seen in 2010, Multichannel News reports. In its time slot, the series is up 90% in adults 25-54. The show also does well in DVR…

Report: Cable Upfront Marketplace Expected to Come in at $6.9 Billion to $7.3 Billion, Down from $7.7 Billion Last Year

WIth the broadcast upfront marketplace practically done, cable is rolling along and should be finished sometime around the end of the month or the first week in September. Claire Atkinson over at B&C usually has excellent sources on Madison Ave.,…

NewsPro: National Association of Black Journalists Convention

Stories for August 2009:        Twitter Makes Serious News: In the modern news world, the idea that the respected news professionals at ABC’s “Nightline” are involved with a program with the unlikely name of “Twittercast” seems perfectly normal. But it would…