Daily Archives : May 27, 2010

Lost in the Shed: ABC Considering a Reboot of a J.J. Abrams Show

An insider at ABC has revealed that the network is developing a new version of  a J.J. Abrams hit, according to E! Online. The series which launched Jennifer Garner into stardom, "Alias," is being considered for a reboot, the article says, though without…

Hey, You Folks. Yes, You, Who Run ‘American Idol.’ You Can’t Be Pleased With the Show’s Ratings. Here’s What’s Wrong. Now Fix This Thing.

In a most provocative Open Mic essay, guest blogger Judy Pollack, the managing editor of our sibling publication, Advertising Age, and who is someone who has loved "American Idol" for years, writes a memo to the producers about what’s wrong with the…

Guest Blog: A Long Time ‘Idol’ Watcher Says that Show is Broken and Needs to be Fixed

This is a guest essay from one of the biggest fans of ‘American Idol" that I know; Judy Pollack, the managing editor at our sibling publication, Advertising Age, where I used to work once upon a time. For as long…

Wrestling Over Intellectual Property: Hulk Hogan Sues Cocoa Pebbles Cereal Maker Over Commercial

Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Post Foods, claiming that the cereal maker used his likeness without permission in a commercial for the food company’s Cocoa Pebbles, the Tampa Tribune reports.  In the commercial in…

TVWeek Memorial Day Holiday Schedule–No E-Daily Tomorrow, Friday, May 28

TVBizWire will publish today and tomorrow (Friday, May 28th, 2010) E-Daily will publish today, not Friday Viral Video will publish today and Friday None of these three e-newsletters will publish Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, 2010 As always, if…

Daytime Emmys to Honor Dick Clark, ‘American Bandstand’

The Daytime Emmys will feature a tribute to Hollywood icon Dick Clark and his series "American Bandstand" during next month’s award telecast, Variety reports.  Some of the stars lined up for the tribute include  Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell,…

‘Sopranos’ Creator Chase Asks CBS To Cease and Desist with a Portion of Its Promotion for Fall Show

The creator of HBO’s "The Sopranos," David Chase is ticked off over the way CBS has promoted one of its upcoming shows, reports our friend and former TVWeek TV Editor Joe Adalian at New York Magazine’s Vulture website.. The subject of the…

Report: CBS Looking for Partial Series Order for ‘Chaos’

There’s a story circulating that CBS has decided to pick up the drama pilot "Chaos," but not for a mid-season 13 episode order, reports Deadline.com. The network offered an eight episode order. 20th TV is contemplating the proposition and talks between them…

Pentagon Report: Space Trash Is Risking $250 Billion Market for TV Signals, Phone Connections

A Pentagon report is warning that space trash is putting at risk the $250 billion market for television signals, phone connections, global-positioning navigation and other signals, reports Bloomberg News.  The services are at risk from potential crashes between satellites and…

Oprah Winfrey Will Close Charity as Talk Show Draws Near End

Oprah Winfrey’s charity, the Angel Network, will shut down as its founder’s talk show closes out its final season on broadcast television, the Associated Press reports.  The charity stopped accepting donations this week and announced on its Website that it…