Daily Archives : Dec 12, 2011

George Clooney to Produce Movie About Controversial 1960s TV Show

George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov will produce a feature film about the controversial 1960s CBS musical-comedy-variety show "The Smothers Brothers Hour," reports TheWrap.com. Smokehouse Pictures will team with Sony to adapt David Bianculli’s 2009 book centered on the…

CBS to Get Duopoly in Nation’s No. 1 Market

CBS announced today that it will buy another station, a move that will give the network a duopoly in the nation’s No. 1 media market. CBS plans to buy New York station WLNY-TV. The network already owns WCBS-TV in the New…

AFI Names Top 10 TV Shows of 2011. All But Three Are on Cable. And Two Are Freshman Dramas

The American Film Institute has picked its Top 10 television shows of 2011, and two freshman dramas are among the series making the cut, reports TVLine.com. Those two series are Showtime’s "Homeland" and HBO’s "Game of Thrones." The rest of…

Long-Lost Episodes of Cult Favorite Show From the 1960s Turn Up

Episodes of a 1960s TV show that were thought to be lost have just surfaced, The Guardian reports. The show is the cult favorite sci-fi series “Dr. Who,” which has been on the air again recently in a new version….

Tough Week for Former Reality TV Star: First She’s Denied Free Food, Then She Gets in Trouble With a Famous Diva

A former reality television star was put in her place twice in the past few days, but she also got a lot of publicity, which may be what she wanted. Examiner.com reports that Jill Zarin, who starred in the first…

Veteran TV Actress Named ‘Hottest Woman of All Time’

An actress who made her greatest impact on television before carving out a successful film career has been named “The No. 1 Hottest Woman of All Time” by Men’s Health, USA Today reports. The actress is Jennifer Aniston, whose long…

Station Group Gets a New President; Independent Affiliates Have a New Chairman

Two executives were named today to high-level positions with station groups associated with the broadcast network Telemundo. Telemundo Media announced the appointments. Manuel Abud takes over as president of the Telemundo Station Group. He replaces Ronald Gordon, who was named…

CBS Will Expand Long-Running Show From Half-Hour to One Hour

CBS has revealed plans to expand a long-running show from 30 minutes to one hour, TVNewser.com reports. The show is the network’s Sunday morning newsmakers program "Face the Nation." Bob Schieffer made the announcement on the show Sunday morning, noting,…

Cable Police Drama Canceled

A freshman police drama has been canceled, Deadline.com reports. The series, which premiered in July and airs on the cable network Lifetime, is “Against the Wall.” The cancellation means that neither of the network’s new series will be back for…

Finally, a Weekly Show That’s as Much of an Adrenaline Rush as Was ’24.’ It’s Unscripted. Can It Sustain This Pace? Also, More of ‘X-Factor’ as It Continues to Implode

TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross addresses a problem that’s plagued him for a few years now: How to replace the excitement of watching "24" every week. He thinks he’s found the answer, and it’s not what you might expect.  Also, last week’s "The…