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Daily Archives : Mar 12, 2012

After Spending $200 Million in 2 1/2 Years, Cable MSOs Have Given Up on Canoe’s Big Ad Plans. It Was Touted as ‘Groundbreaking.’ TVWeek Looks at How It Ran Aground

Of all the young turks of media who emerged during the late 1980s and early 1990s, David Verklin was always the most gregarious — outgoing, social, smart, articulate, a superlative communicator with seemingly boundless enthusiasm and energy. We’re talking about…

ABC Announces May Finale Dates For Its Shows This Season

ABC announces the following May finale dates for the 2011-12 Season (all times ET):   Tuesday, May 1: 8:00-8:30 p.m.             “Last Man Standing”   Sunday, May 6: 10:00-11:00 p.m.         “GCB”   Monday, May 7: 10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Castle”   Sunday, May…

Famous TV Chef Settles Ugly Lawsuit for More Than $5 Million

One of the most famous TV chefs has agreed to a hefty settlement in a legal dispute over restaurant workers’ tips, according to the Associated Press. Mario Batali, a Food Network star currently on ABC’s "The Chew," and his business…

NBC Announces Key Promotions in Ad Sales and Marketing

NBCUniversal today announced three key promotions in the broadcast network sales department. Jim Hoffman was promoted to executive vice president, Sales & Marketing, NBC Entertainment; John Kelly was upped to executive vice president, NBC News and Information Media Sales &…

‘Kill Bill’ Actor Arrested

An actor known for his work in Quentin Tarantino’s "Kill Bill" films and “Reservoir Dogs,” who also appeared in "Thelma & Louise," “Free Willy” and many other films, was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a child, reports Reuters.com….

New Show’s Rare Achievement Helps Push ABC to Sunday Ratings Win

Boosted by a rare ratings achievement from a new show, ABC claimed a ratings win Sunday night in the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. The controversial new series “GCB” may have been aided by protests against the show over its…

‘Two and a Half Men’ Actor Switches Emmy Categories

After being nominated for six consecutive years — including one win — for the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, “Two and a Half Men’s” Jon Cryer has decided to have his work submitted for outstanding lead…

‘Steve Harvey’ Names Exec Producer

A producer known for Style Network’s hit shows "Jerseylicious" and "Glam Fairy" will be the executive producer on “Steve Harvey,” Deadline.com reports. Alex Duda has taken the job on the new nationally syndicated talk, the story reports. The Endemol USA…

Did NBC Blow It With a Show That’s Now One of TV’s Big Success Stories?

NBC, which desperately needs a hit, apparently let one slip through its hands, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The story reports: “NBC passed on current cultural favorite ‘Downton Abbey,’ produced by NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films studio in London, believing that American audiences…

CBS CEO Moonves Had Discussions With Steve Jobs About CBS Participating in Apple Subscription Service. Also, Moonves’ Favorite Sitcom (Hint–It’s Not on CBS or Showtime)

"CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said Saturday that he was approached about a year ago by Steve Jobs to provide content for Apple’s long-rumored television service…," reports The Hollywood Reporter. The article adds that Moonves declined to do a deal with…