Daily Archives : May 28, 2014

How NBC Dominated Tuesday Night

How dominant was NBC in the prime-time ratings for Tuesday night? The network more than doubled its closest broadcast rival in the key 18-49 demo for prime time overall, based on Nielsen overnights, with the Peacock's entire prime-time slate topping…

All-Stars of Comedy Turn Up the Heat on ‘Mr. Warmth’

An all-star comedy lineup including David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart and Amy Poehler — not to mention a few supposedly serious types like Robert De Niro, Brian Williams and Martin Scorsese — got together to heap both…

Spike TV’s All-Star Don Rickles Tribute: Turning Up the Heat on ‘Mr. Warmth’

Remember the old Dean Martin celebrity roasts that ran for 10 years on NBC starting 40 years ago, where Martin skewered the top names of the day like Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, Phyllis Diller, Jack Klugman and even…

Executive Shuffle at NBC

In what Nellie Andreeva describes on Deadline.com as an executive shuffle that was the focus of speculation at “party conversations during the upfronts in New York,” NBC confirmed that head of comedy development Tal Rabinowitz is leaving. “NBC will revert…

E! Pulls the Plug on Drama Project

E! Entertainment has decided not to go ahead with a drama project. Deadline.com reports that the cable channel took a pass on the music-themed pilot “Songbyrd,” from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The project was one of two scripted pilots…

Syfy Ratchets Up the ‘Sharknado’ Factor

Syfy has found a way to bring even more "Sharknado" to its viewers. Variety reports that the cable channel is creating its first-ever “Sharknado” week in preparation for the debut of its “Sharknado 2: The Second One." “Sharknado” week will…

Six of the Highest-Paid CEOs Are in the Media Industry — Here’s the Top 10

Six of the 10 highest-earning chief executives last year were in the media industry, according to a ranking compiled by the Associated Press and Equilar. They include Leslie Moonves of CBS, who earned $65.6 million last year, an increase of…

CBS Won’t Air Remaining Episodes of Canceled Comedies

Two canceled CBS comedies received more bad news, with the network opting against airing the remaining episodes of both “Friends with Better Lives” and “Bad Teacher” this summer, reports TVLine. Both sitcoms were canceled before the network’s upfront presentation, with…

Poet, Civil Rights Advocate Maya Angelou Dead at 86

Poet, essayist, performer and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Angelou died today, May 28, 2014, at age 86. Her death was announced by Wake Forest University. "As a poet, Angelou was best…

One of ESPN’s Top Executives Steps Down

A leading executive at ESPN who has been with the sports network for more than three decades is headed out. After joining ESPN in 1981 and rising to executive chairman, George Bodenheimer is leaving the broadcaster at the end of…