Monday, October 20, 2008

ION Television Goes HD; Steve Harvey Gets Exposure on TBS; Fox Surprisingly Picks-Up Sarah Connor For Full Season

ION Media Networks, Inc., owner and operator of the nation's largest television station group, today announced plans to launch its suite of networks – ION Television, qubo, and ION Life – in high definition in 2009. ION Television, the Company's flagship general entertainment network, will be available in high definition (HD) as ION Television HD beginning the first quarter of 2009. The HD simulcast of the newly branded "Positively Entertaining" network will serve to fully enhance consumers' overall viewing experience.
Viewers can look forward to a mix of compelling television series, theatrical and made-for-television movies and specials on ION Television HD. The newly rebranded ION Television network features hit programs from CBS Television, NBC Universal, RHI Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros., among others. The network's fall 2008 lineup is led by off-network hits including NCIS, Boston Legal, and ER. Critically acclaimed miniseries and original productions from RHI Entertainment will be made available in high quality HD, as will blockbuster theatrical movies such as Batman Returns, GoodFellas, Analyze This, and You've Got Mail.
ION Television in HD will be launched from its newly designed, state-of-the-art transmission platform via expanded satellite transponder capacity. That national distribution will then be delivered over-the-air via DTV broadcast, cable, telco-TV and satellite. The network will feature native and up-converted HD programming, and will be carried on all 60 of ION Media Network's television stations around the country.
Now you can watch Denny Crane and the gang in HD like it is supposed to be!

On Saturday night if you were expecting to watch Game 6 of the MLB ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays on TBS at 8PM ET, you missed the beginning because of an outage. TBS had technical difficulties that prevented it from showing the first 20 minutes of the game and also the end of the pregame show before it. In place of the game, TBS showed an episode of sitcom The Steve Harvey Show. A crawl on the screen ran repeatedly, saying: "We are experiencing technical difficulties." The game started at 8:08 p.m., but the broadcast didn't begin until 8:28 p.m., when Carlos Pena, the seventh batter of the game, walked in the bottom of the first inning. TBS then showed a replay of a home run by B.J. Upton, the previous batter, that put the Rays ahead 1-0.
So what happened: TBS had experienced router failure in Atlanta (their headquarters), which caused transmission problems. Steve Harvey Show wasn't the only filler TBS used while trying to restore its feed, lost toward the end of the pregame broadcast. At that time, TBS ran an abbreviated episode of Dick Clark's Bloopers special (with Elise Neal of The Hughleys) from 1999. I saw that and it was very funny and featured lots of flubs from newscasts and TV stations (how appropriate for TBS today!), but turned it off when Harvey came on. I personally didn't get back into the game until the third inning, thanks to this flub.
But at least sitcoms got more exposure! We'll let you know the ratings, if we get them for Harvey.

Second season action series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been picked-up for nine more episodes, giving it a full twenty-two episode order for the season. This was a surprise move by Fox, because the show has gone down in the ratings by a lot this season averaging just under 6 million viewers and in the low 2's in the 18-49 demo. The show does get a little boost in the seven-day DVR ratings, giving it just under 7 million viewers, but still a far cry what it did last year. The show launched out of huge Cowboys-Giants NFL playoff game that drew 40 million, for its series premiere last winter. The series did 18 million for its premiere. The show then obviously dropped after that to just above 8 million on average, but did much better than it is doing now.
The show could be used with American Idol or the return of 24 in January to help bring it back to life. But Fox would give a better slot to Fringe and the upcoming new series Dollhouse probably instead. No word on Prison Break, but this will likely be its last season.


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Monday, May 20

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 20)

Monday, May 20

  • Jennifer Lopez (South Central) - Watch Jennifer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Reiser (Mad About You/Red Oaks/Married/My Two Dads) - Paul and Michael McDonald are guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC. They also talk about What a Fool Believes: A Memoir on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Sarah Paulson (Leap of Faith) - Sarah stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Paul Scheer (Black Monday/Fresh Off the Boat/The League) - Paul is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Daniel Radcliffe (Miracle Workers) - Daniel appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Rory Scovel (Physical/Ground Floor) and Harvey GuillĂ©n (What We Do in the Shadows/The Thundermans) - Rory and Harvey are guests on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Shay Mitchell (Dollface) - Shay appears on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen at 10pm on Bravo. NBC's Today catches up with Shay in the 10am hour.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Martin Lawrence (Partners/Martin/What's Happening Now!!) - E! News has interviews with Will and Martin at 11pm on E!.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake shares his story on NBC's Today some time between 7-9am.
  • Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) - Hannah is joining Drew and answering a round of questions in balloon pop quiz on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.. She's also telling Drew about voicing her animated character in The Garfield Movie.
  • Kadeem Hardison (K.C. Undercover/Abby/Between Brothers/A Different World) - Kadeem stops by to tell Sherri about his role on The Chi on Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudson Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony discusses his Standards & Stories tour on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Dylan McDermott (LA to Vegas) - Dylan is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailee appears on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:30am.
  • Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) - Jeremy is a guest on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 10:05am.


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