Daily Archives : Sep 15, 2010

News Corp. President Chase Carey Says FX and Nat Geo Need Higher Fees From Their Distributors

Chase Carey, president and chief operating officer of News Corp., says the company needs to get more money from distributors for its cable networks, FX and National Geographic in particular, accoring to Joe Flint writing in the Los Angeles Times’…

Report: Apple Expected to Announce Newspaper Subscription Service

"Apple is expected to announce soon a new subscription plan for newspapers, which hope tablets like the iPad will eventually provide a new source of profit as media companies struggle with declining print circulation and advertising revenue." So says MercuryNews.com….

Renewal Imminent for TNT Medical Drama; Fate of One of Net’s Summer Shows Still to Be Decided

It appears that an announcement is imminent from TNT that it will renew the Jada Pinkett Smith nurse show “Hawthorne,” Deadline.com reports. That leaves the Dylan McDermott police drama “Dark Blue” as the only summer TNT series whose fate has…

MTV Doing Scripted Show About Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires in San Fernando Valley; Wait a Minute, Isn’t That Reality Programming?

MTV has greenlit the scripted "Death Valley." The show tracks the Undead Task Force, which fights zombies, werewolves and vampires who are taking over the San Fernando Valley, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Another show, "That Girl," about a teenager…

Syndicated ‘Gossip Queens,’ With a Format Reminiscent of ‘The View,’ Ready for Slow Rollout

Four women sitting around talking about current events sounds a lot like "The View," but the description is attached to the new syndicated talk show “The Gossip Queens,” which begins its slow rollout Monday, Sept. 20, B&C reports. The show…

Billie Mae Richards, Voice of Rudolph in Animated Holiday Classic, Dies

The voice of the title character in the animated Christmas classic "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," actress Billie Mae Richards, has died, Entertainment Weekly reports. Ms. Richards, a Toronto native, was 88 years old. She died of a stroke on Sept….

MTV Exec Moves To Discovery

One of MTV’s top executives in a very crucial area has moved to Discovery Communications, according to B&C. The crucial area is distribution. Meg Lowe, who has been senior VP, content distribution and partner marketing, for MTV Networks is now…

NBC Scores Ratings Win as ‘Parenthood’ Opens to Solid Numbers

The combination of "America’s Got Talent" and the premiere of "Parenthood" resulted in a ratings win for NBC in the Tuesday night Nielsens, according to TVbytheNumbers.com. At 8 p.m. ABC’s "Wipeout" was tops with a 2.75 average rating for the…

A Major TV Event Kicks Off This Weekend: Is It Worth Tuning In?

A major TV event premieres this Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. Is it worth tuning in? TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross has very strong feelings about this show. To read what they are, please click here.

Time Warner Cable Adds Porn Channels Days After Doing Disney Deal

Time Warner Cable is offering eight new porn channels on its lineup just days after agreeing to boost the fees it pays to Walt Disney Co., prompting the New York Post to ask whether the two items are related. The…