Friday, Nov. 15
Senate confirms Adelstein
Jonathan Adelstein’s long-pending nomination for a Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission received Senate confirmation late Thursday night as part of a package deal that included dozens of nominees for federal appointments. Republican leaders have had Mr. Adelstein’s nomination on hold since early this year in a dispute over the refusal of Democrats to approve key Bush administration nominees for the federal judiciary. Mr. Adelstein has been a convenient GOP target because he’s an aide to Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D. As soon as he’s sworn in, Mr. Adelstein is free to step in as a commissioner, giving Democrats control of their second agency seat. Republicans control the remaining three FCC commissioners’ slots.
Telco offers reality strip about missing people: Telco Productions is launching “Missing,” a weekly half-hour reality series highlighting cases of missing juveniles and adults. The series is assisted by various law enforcement agencies across the country as well as The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI. Each episode will include an appearance by a major Hollywood celebrity who helps to promote information hotlines and safety tips. In an attempt to localize the series, every episode will contain an optional “doughnut hole” for stations to insert their own missing person case. Also, five brief “Missing” inserts featuring five cases will be available each week for local sponsored use in newscasts or other programming. The series is being offered as either one half-hour or two half-hours per week.
Fox wants more ‘Cedric’: In a vote of confidence for its freshman series “Cedric The Entertainer Presents,” Fox has ordered an additional nine episodes of the sketch comedy series, bringing the full season order to 22 episodes. In its 8:30 p.m. Wednesday time period, “Cedric” has maintained 100 percent of its “The Bernie Mac Show” lead-in among adults 18 to 49. “Cedric” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.#