Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"L&O" now down two

Link: AP - Dennis Farina to Leave 'Law & Order'.

With the killing off of the latest leggy ADA in the season finale, that means there will be two holes to fill in the show's cast.

Besides, of course, the permanent hole they'll never be able to fill.

UPDAte, courtesy Hollywood Reporter: Milena Govich, who co-starred in "Conviction," Dick Wolf's midseason drama for NBC, has come on board Wolf's flagship "L&O" series.

Musical chairs - the music stops

Charlie Gibson is in at "World News." Katie Couric is out at "Today."

Link: TheWorldNewser.

Funny scene of the morning: Watching the end of the farewell to Couric on the "Today Show," followed immediately by a promo for the next day's show ... featuring the two "American Idol" finalists. Rumor has it there may be some shows this fall for the "Today Show" to promote that are actually on NBC.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

"24" meets "Groundhog Day"

No, I'm not talking about the new Taye Diggs show. Fox is sending "24" reruns to its perennial Night of Death, Fridays, starting June 16.

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Brothers in harm's way

The CBS sound man killed this weekend in Iraq was once embedded with injured ABC newsman Bob Woodruff. He seemed to love danger and travel - he recently shared an Edward R. Murrow award for coverage of the Pakistani earthquake.

But Iraq is out of hand. Already, 30 more journalists have died in that country than were killed in 22 years of fighting in Vietnam, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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Who's gonna save summer?

Step aside, ma'am - here comes "Rescue Me."

Link: Kansas City Star | 05/30/2006 | �Rescue� is en fuego.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Indianapolis 500

Remember Chris Economaki, a fixture of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the 1970s calling the Indy 500 and races from a piddling little circuit known back then as "stock cars"?

They're naming the Indy Speedway press box after him. I approve.

Link: Indianapolis 500: Economaki honored.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Reality imitates art

B&C's John Eggerton noticed that the stars of "Tuesday Night Book Club," a CBS reality series airing this summer, bear an uncanny resemblance to the stars of a hit scripted show on another network ...

Link: Desperate Bookworms | BCBeat.

"Studio 60" shuffle

Right on time:

Please join NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly and Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, Mitch Metcalf for a conference call to discuss the NBC Primetime Schedule.

Specifically, Thursday nights against "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI."

UPDATE: Just about everything changed nights except Sunday Night Football. Read on.

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All that was missing was Roy Orbison singing "It's oooooverrrr"

Link: Kansas City Star | 05/25/2006 | �Idol� wave engulfs TV as fans flock to finale.

Best "Idol" finale ever.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Odds favor Taylor

Link: Barnhart: Taylor has the edge.

Andy Dehnart has the full rundown of who the other critics are picking.

This is how AMC died, too

Perhaps nothing to be worried about, but a subject line like this fills me with the dread:

Turner Classic Movies Broadens Viewer Base with Innovative Programming Initiatives

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

From bad to worse...

Think closed captioning is getting more illiterate by the day? Wonder whatever happened to TV described for the visually impaired?  Hoping the Internet might be an improvement on plain old television?

Don't hold your breath. As accessibility maven Joe Clark writes, things are about to get even worse for people with disabilities ... on the Web:

Link: A List Apart: To Hell with WCAG 2.

It's a long, technical article. And yet, because Joe is so blunt in his complaints, even a layperson like me can read it and appreciate what kind of a future mess the multimedia Web is going to become.



Here we go.  The big finish between two people who may or may not go on to successful recording careers.

Full TV Barn coverage:

OH YEAH: Charlie Gibson's taking over the now-third-place "ABC World News Tonight." He had to.

Monday, May 22, 2006

E! takes credit for saving "One Tree"

My take on the renewal of some low-rated shows by the CW is that the network is gambling on established, if little-known, names over the MyNetworkTV strategy, which is to roll out a bunch of new shows nobody's heard of. Nonetheless, E! Online is basking in what glory there is in "One Tree's" reprieve.

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The worst show you'll never see

The only event this weekend that was more poorly reviewed than "The DaVinci Code" was the Fox upfront presentation. The Wall Street Journal reports that some wag said people who endured the two-and-a-half-hour sweat-a-thon should have been issued buttons saying "I Survived the Fox Upfront." It was panned in the trades.  And TV Barn called it "Worst. Upfront. Ever."

And, just like "The Da Vinci Code," it don't mean a thing that it lacked any swing.  Fox is expected to have a jim-dandy upfront sales season this month, buoyed by its record-setting ratings year and a slate of mostly compatible shows on tap for next season.

Paul Harris and I chatted about the upfronts (again) this afternoon on KMOX.

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