Nov 30, 2015
2:31 pm

CBS Introducing New Comedy Block; Network Takes Wraps Off Midseason Schedule (TVWeek)

CBS has unveiled a midseason schedule that includes a new comedy block. The network will air an hour of comedy on Wednesday nights, reuniting “Mike & Molly” and “2 Broke Girls” from 8-9 p.m. to fill the gap between cycles of “Survivor.”

The two sitcoms were previously paired as part of CBS’s Monday nights when the network aired a comedy block on that night. Their new Wednesday night pairing launches Jan. 6.

The Jane Lynch comedy “Angel From Hell” will move into the Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot currently being held down by “2 Broke Girls,” with that launch set for Jan. 7.

Here’s the full schedule of CBS premiere dates for winter and spring:

Sunday Dec. 20 (Football doubleheader)

8:30-9:30 p.m., ET/8-9 p.m., PT — Undercover Boss (7th Season Premiere)

Sunday, Dec. 27

8-9 p.m., ET/PT — Undercover Boss

Sunday, Jan. 3 (Football doubleheader)

8:30-9:30 p.m., ET/8-9 p.m., PT — Undercover Boss

Wednesday, Jan. 6

8-8:30 p.m., ET/PT — 2 Broke Girls (Time Period Premiere)

8:30-9 p.m., ET/PT — Mike & Molly (6th Season Premiere)

9-11 p.m., ET/PT — People’s Choice Awards

Thursday, Jan. 7

8-8:30 p.m., ET/PT — The Big Bang Theory

8:30-9 p.m., ET/PT — Life in Pieces

9-9:30 p.m., ET/PT — Mom

9:30-10 p.m., ET/PT  — Angel From Hell (Series Premiere)

10-11 p.m., ET/PT — Elementary

Friday, Jan. 8

8-9 p.m., ET/PT — Undercover Boss (Time Period Premiere)

9-10 p.m., ET/PT — Hawaii 5-0

10-11 p.m., ET/PT — Blue Bloods

Wednesday, Jan. 13

8-8:30 p.m., ET/PT — 2 Broke Girls

8:30-9 p.m., ET/PT — Mike & Molly

9-10 p.m., ET/PT — Criminal Minds

10-11 p.m., ET/PT — Code Black

Friday, Feb. 12

8-9 p.m., ET/PT — The Amazing Race (28th Season Premiere)

9-10 p.m., ET/PT — Hawaii 5-0

10-11 p.m., ET/PT — Blue Bloods

Wednesday, Feb. 17

8-9:30 p.m., ET/PT — Survivor (32nd Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Feb. 24

8-9 p.m., ET/PT — Survivor

9-10 p.m., ET/PT — Criminal Minds

10-11 p.m., ET/PT — Code Black (Season Finale)

Wednesday, March 2

8-9 p.m., ET/PT  — Survivor

9-10 p.m., ET/PT — Criminal Minds

10-11 p.m., ET/PT  — Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (Series Premiere)

Thursday, April 7

8-8:30 p.m., ET/PT  — The Big Bang Theory

8:30-9 p.m., ET/PT  — The Odd Couple (2nd Season Premiere)

9-9:30 p.m., ET/PT — Mom

9:30-10 p.m., ET/PT — Angel from Hell

10-11 p.m., ET/PT — Elementary

Nov 30, 2015
2:17 pm

Will It Be Another ‘Gangnam Style’? The Pop Sensation Who Topped 2 Billion Views With Mega-Hit Drops His New Video — Here It Is (YouTube)

The international pop star whose “Gangnam Style” is the most viewed YouTube video of all time — by a lot — just dropped his new video.

Korean singer Psy became a worldwide sensation with “Gangnam Style, released in 2012. One of the many versions of the video has almost two and a half billion views on YouTube.

Psy’s new video is “Daddy.” Here it is:

Nov 30, 2015
2:09 pm

Singer Sinead O’Connor Reportedly Safe After Posting Overdose Message (Reuters)

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor is reportedly safe and was receiving medical attention after posting what has been described as a suicide message on her Facebook page.

Reuters reports that O’Connor, who had a huge hit with a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” posted: “The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I’m at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name.”

She also described problems with her family in the post, writing: “If I wasn’t posting this, my kids and family wouldn’t even find out. I’m such a rotten horrible mother and Person, that I’ve been alone. Howling crying for weeks. I’m invisible. I don’t matter a shred to anyone.”

O’Connor canceled a tour back in July, citing illness.

Nov 30, 2015
2:01 pm

Drama Series Renewed for Fourth Season (TVWeek)

A hit drama series has been picked up for season four. The renewal of the original series “The Fosters” was announced today by ABC Family Executive VP, Programming and Development, Karey Burke.

The family drama will roll out season three starting Monday, Jan. 25, on ABC Family, which is becoming Freeform starting in January.

In the announcement, Burke said: “We have so many more stories to tell about ‘The Fosters’ family — these incredible characters have come into our lives and touched so many — from Stef and Lena’s wedding to the adoptions of Callie and Jude. We look forward to more of the groundbreaking storytelling from this creative team.”

The announcement notes that “The Fosters” ranked as cable TV’s No. 1 scripted series on Mondays at 8 p.m. in total viewers (2.1 million) and across key target adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 demographics in its recent summer season.

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Nov 30, 2015
1:44 pm

Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Crashes Internet Site; Here’s His Farewell Poem to Basketball (Players' Tribune)

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, who has spent his 20 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, announced his retirement Sunday, sparking heavy traffic that crashed the Internet site where Bryant posted a farewell poem to the game of basketball.

Bryant, who was a part of five NBA championships with the Lakers, said he will retire at the end of this season. He posted his farewell on the Players’ Tribune. His poem can be found here.

Bryant is a 17-time All-Star selection and has two Olympic gold medals as a member of Team USA.

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Nov 30, 2015
1:31 pm

Star Wars TV Series Picked Up (TVWeek)

A television series that is part of the “Star Wars” universe has been picked up for another season. “Star Wars Rebels,” an animated show that runs on Disney XD, will return for a third season in 2016, the network announced today.

In the announcement, Disney XD General Manager Marc Buhaj says: “We are proud to bring our audience a third season of ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ a series that has resonated across generations. The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a Star Wars property, including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. evil.”

The series is reportedly Disney XD’s second-most-watched show in total viewers, averaging 1.3 million, and its No. 1 show in adults 18-49 and men 18-49.

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Nov 30, 2015
8:57 am

Veteran Actor, One of TV’s First Men in Space, Dead at 88 — Known for Role on One of the Few Shows to Air on All Four Early TV Networks (We Love Soaps)

An actor known for his role on a science-fiction series from the early days of television has died. We Love Soaps reports that Al Markim, who played Astro on “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,” died Nov. 24. He was 88.

The pioneering space show, while primitive by today’s standards, was wildly popular in its day, airing from 1950-1055. ‘Tom Corbett” was one of only a handful of shows to air on all four of the TV networks of the day — CBS, ABC, NBC and DuMont.

Markim’s character was the sidekick of Tom Corbett, played by Frankie Thomas Jr. The series also introduced TV audiences to Frank Sutton, who would become famous as Sgt. Carter on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”

Markim went on to a number of other roles, including an early role on the CBS soap opera “Love of Life,” according to the report. He also acted on the stage and co-hosted a number of the Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy.

Markim went on to work behind the cameras as a producer, and in 1968 co-founded Teletronics, which evolved into Video Corporation of America. His work in helping to develop the videotape industry in partnership with Sony led to his induction into the Video Hall of Fame in 1996.

Here’s a taste of “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”:

Nov 30, 2015
8:19 am

NBC News Expands Correspondent’s Role (Variety)

An NBC News correspondent who is a familiar face on the network has picked up some extra work on cable. Variety reports that Keith Morrison, who is seen regularly on NBC’s “Dateline,” will host two shows on Investigation Discovery.

The shows, “Dateline on I.D.” and “Front Page,” are both produced by Peacock Productions, NBC News’ non-fiction production arm, the report notes.

Morrison has been a regular on “Dateline” since 1995. He is set to host “Front Page” specials throughout the coming year, and will debut on “Dateline on I.D.” in January.

“Front Page” features so-called “instamentaries” — quick-turnaround features about recent headline stories.

In a statement, Morrison said: “I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to continue telling the harrowing stories of crime and the pursuit of justice. By shining a light on these cases, we are able to tackle topics of broader importance to our society.”

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Nov 30, 2015
8:07 am

CBS Series Rewarded for Strong Performance (TVWeek)

A new drama series that has pumped up viewership in its time slot on CBS has earned an extension from the network. CBS ordered seven additional episodes of “Supergirl,” bringing the total order to 20 episodes for the show’s freshman season.

CBS has now extended its orders for all four of its new fall series, including “Life in Pieces,” “Limitless” and “Code Black.”

“Supergirl,” which launched Oct. 26, has been averaging 11.24 million total viewers, with a 2.8 average rating in adults 18-49 and a 3.5 average in adults 25-54. The show has improved its time period from a year ago by +46% in viewers, +40% in adults 18-49 and +25% in adults 25-54.

Based on DC Comics characters, the series stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and Jeremy Jordan with David Harewood and Calista Flockhart. Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.


Nov 30, 2015
7:21 am

Two Guys With Unparalleled Promotional Experience Want You to Tap Into Their Creative Juices (TVWeek)

If you don’t know Jeff Kreiner or Bruce Soloway, don’t be alarmed. It only means you probably haven’t worked in the TV news business over the past few decades. For the many who have worked with them, and the few who haven’t, please check out this TVWeek interview with Jeff and Bruce. The occasion is a new company that they recently formed to work together.

BRUCE SOLOWAY: We have known each other since 1979. I was at ABC News as the director and executive producer of advertising and promotion. Jeff was an AD. … He then went to CBS and NBC. It was a time that all of our anchors were well-known: Jennings, Brinkley, Koppel, Walters, Donaldson, Downs and Sawyer. We made them No. 1. I worked for Roone Arledge. It was a learning experience that can never be equaled.

TVWeek: Jeff, you left ABC News after a few years.

JEFF KREINER: Yes, I was recruited to go to CBS in 1981 to work with Dan Rather. I directed some of the broadcasts. Then, in 1989, I got into promotion. I ran the department. In 1993 I went to NBC. I was there for three years and oversaw all of their promotion on the East Coast. I went back to CBS in 1996 to run their news promotion for many years.

So between Bruce and I you are not going to find two guys with more experience in television advertising and promotion, certainly on the news side. We’ve seen everything — from print to online and digital to on-air.

TVWeek: So you’ve decided to call your new company Our Creative Juices.

KREINER: Well, between the two of us we have a lot of creative juices.

SOLOWAY: After I left ABC I started a company that did a lot of interstitials. It was an excellent experience. It was still TV, but it was dealing with sponsors and still being creative but doing different graphics than I had before.

TVWeek: What kind of business are you looking for?

SOLOWAY: Some of the new business we’d like hunt for is political campaigns. I think we are extremely qualified. Since we made the networks winners, we feel we can make some candidates winners. Plus there are a lot of opportunities in digital, with things such as social media, that didn’t exist when we started.

TVWeek: Are you concerned that there have been political specialists around for years and that might make it difficult to break into that field?

KREINER: Over the course of the many years we’ve been in the business we’ve got tremendous contacts. I’m in contact with the person who has produced the promotion and the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and for Bill Clinton. We are good friends and we’ve done a lot of work together over the years. So I’m in touch with the Democratic National Committee as well as local races down here in Florida, where I live.

Besides the political campaigns, we are also focusing on the TV station groups. There are groups now that own 100 stations. That’s a lot of affiliates. For example, I’ve worked with Sinclair before. So I’m in contact with them as well.

TVWeek: To give our readers some idea what you guys have done, please tell me about an interesting challenge you had and how you solved it.

SOLOWAY: I did a campaign for all the stations that was extremely effective and successful. We needed to come up with something for an affiliate meeting that said, basically, that ABC News and the local stations were together. I gave this assignment to our advertising agency at the time, and they failed miserably. So I came up with the “Everywhere” campaign. Everywhere news is happening, we are there. ABC News and WABC News. And so forth, in each market.

We got 200 stations participating in this, all because in one meeting I said the word “Everywhere.” We built the campaign that tied the local stations to the network, making us able to then use the word “Everywhere.” It was truly unique.

KREINER: Here’s one we did at CBS that was the most popular and most used we ever did. And it also tied in over 200 affiliates. My feeling was that stories happen around the world, and as a network we tell stories every day. But how do you bring that home to the viewer? So I came up with a campaign that said “Every story is a local story.” Which basically is saying that no matter where a story is happening here’s how it affects you at home, and here’s why. And Dan Rather cut 215 custom promos introducing to and throwing to the local anchors. It tied in a big story with a local story.

You can find Jeff Kreiner and Bruce Soloway on their new website, Our Creative Juices.


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Jeff Kreiner, left, and Bruce Soloway

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