Deal or No Deal to reair on CNBC

In case you missed it (like I did) the first time around, CNBC will reair the first few episodes all next week at 8PM and 11PM ET/PT. New episodes will air on NBC starting 2/27.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 31, 2006

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Oscars Yawn

Is it just me or is this the most unexciting list of nominations EVER? Take a look.

One interesting note was the nomination for “Paradise Now” in the foreign film category. Interesting that it comes from a country THAT DOESN’T EXIST (Palestine).

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This post was written by Shawna on January 31, 2006

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‘Bones’ crushed by ‘Lost’, ‘Criminal Minds’

‘American Idol’ may be the unstoppable train, but ‘Bones’ is laying on the track. Bones dropped 62% of AI’s audience last night, with audiences flipping over to ‘Lost’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ for the 9PM TV viewing. More at Hollywood Reporter.

I wouldn’t consider Bones dead yet — Lost isn’t an easy foe to go up against, it would probably do better in the post-Idol Tuesday slot that House owns, since the competition isn’t as fierce. Still, if you are Fox, you’ve got to be a little worried about losing more than half of your audience (which was substantial — a 32 share!)

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This post was written by Shawna on January 26, 2006

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Podcast survey

I’ve been pondering starting a ‘Shouting Into the Wind’ Podcast. Maybe, 20-30 minutes a couple times a week. Anyone interested in possibly listening to the smooth ducet tones of my voice for a half an hour? Topics would reflect what I write about on the blog, with occassional guest interviews, etc.

Let me know if the idea is cool or sucks in the comments.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 25, 2006

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The CW changes the landscape

With the announcement of the new joint venture between Time Warner/Tribune and CBS to create the CW from the ashes of the WB and UPN, the lives of many shows suddenly look to be shorter. In no particular order, I think the ‘death watch’ is on for the following shows:

  • Love, Inc (UPN)
  • Living with Fran (WB)
  • Twins (WB)
  • Related (WB)
  • Eve (UPN)
  • Cuts (UPN)
  • What I Like About You (WB)
  • Charmed (WB)
  • South Beach (UPN)

With only 13 hours of prime time programming available (from the combined 23 hours), I think we can see the following shows make the cut:

  • Smallville (WB)
  • Gilmore Girls (WB)
  • Everwood (WB)
  • Aquaman (WB pilot will most likely make it to air)
  • Veronica Mars (UPN)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN)
  • Reba (WB)
  • Top Model (UPN)
  • Supernatural (WB)
  • Girlfriends (UPN)
  • Beauty and the Geek (WB)
  • All of Us (UPN)
  • Smackdown (UPN)

Wait a minute, you’re asking. What about those new midseason shows? And some of those you listed, like ‘Beauty and the Geek’ might only be 13 episodes — what else will go on in its time slot? There are also a smattering of other shows I didn’t mention — ‘One on One’, ‘Half & Half’…and then there are the other pilots in development. Exactly why this will be interesting to watch. I’m going to wait it out a few days until we start to hear more about shows that might not make the cut before I update the Watch List, but expect this merger to impact the list in a big way.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 25, 2006

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Disney buys Pixar

The deed is done. $7.4 Billion. What a weird news day.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 24, 2006

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Book of Daniel, Jake in Progress cancelled

Two more shows fall off the schedule. This joins the news from TNT yesterday that ‘Wanted’ would not return for a second season. (Hat Tip: The Futon Critic).

Another Watch List update coming…

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This post was written by Shawna on January 24, 2006

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TV show blogs

UPDATE: 1/24 – This list is still under construction, but I noticed that people were looking for it, so it is back online. I know there are tons of blogs missing from the list. Patience, please. Thanks!

A new development this year was “added content” regarding TV shows…podcasts, behind the scenes clips, and blogs. The first two examples will probably end up on the DVD for that show (smart planning, I’d say), but the last…well, that’s unique to the net. I particularly like blogs that aren’t ‘character blogs’ but rather blogs written by the writers about the show. I’ve scoured the web to find these blogs and bring them to you.

‘Behind the Scenes’ Blogs

  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • Threshold (CBS) Yes, I know it’s cancelled, but there’s still some good stuff there, so get it until it is gone.
  • NCIS (CBS) Okay, it’s an actress’s blog, but get past the poetry and there are some insights into the process of making a TV show.
  • CSI:Miami (CBS) The Executive Story Editor, Corey Miller blogs.
  • Law & Order (NBC) I missed this one the first time around because it hasn’t been updated since October. It is labelled the ‘Producer’s Blog’.
  • Monk (USA) So far, only one post, but hopefully this will continue forward. Also a couple of fun character blogs on the site.
  • Battlestar Galactica (SCIFI)

I’ll add to the list as more pop up. I think it is a good trend as it gives us insight into what makes these shows tick.

Character blogs

These are blogs written in the ‘voice’ of a character on the show. Sometimes they are maintained by the actors, other times a writer on the show writes the blog. For the ‘Lost’ diary last year, the writer’s assistant maintained it (not sure who is doing it this year). I have listed these by show in alphabetical order.

Podcasts

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This post was written by Shawna on January 24, 2006

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And then there were 5…

So, this is may be the strangest news of the morning (and that’s besides Disney finally buying Pixar). It looks like the WB and UPN will become ONE NETWORK. Announcement made at 11 AM ET. Details in Hollywood Reporter.

What does this mean for the programming currently on the networks? Well, if I had to guess, there will be a weeding out of the weak shows, keeping the cream of the crop. Scheduling will become a whole lot more interesting for the other networks too.

More news here. Looks like it will be called the ‘CW Network’. The WB and UPN will cease operations in September 2006.

From the Yahoo news article:

The CW will incorporate The WB’s current scheduling model, which consists of a 6 night-13 hour primetime lineup including Monday through Friday nights from 8-10 (EST/PST); Sundays from 7-10 (EST/PST); Sunday from 5-7 (EST/PST) outside of primetime as well as a Monday thru Friday afternoon block from 3-5 (EST/PST) and a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block. Together, the network will program 30 hours a week over seven days for its affiliated stations.

As the top creative executive, Ostroff will have available a line-up of some of the most popular programming that appeals to young adults in the media business. These programming assets range from hit reality series such as “America’s Next Top Model” and The WB’s “Beauty and the Geek,” to hit dramas like The WB’s “Smallville,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Supernatural,” and UPN’s “Veronica Mars” as well as UPN’s hit comedies “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Girlfriends” and The WB’s hit comedy “Reba.” In addition the WWE’s “Smackdown,” which has been a mainstay at UPN, is expected to play a role in the schedule.

In addition, The CW will also broadcast the schedule of children’s programming now known as Kids’ WB!, a 5-hour original programming block on Saturday mornings from 7:00 a.m.-Noon, considered primetime for kids. Kids’ WB! has been the broadcast network ratings champion since Fall 2000, capturing 16 consecutive sweep victories as the Number One Saturday morning kids’ broadcaster.

The joint venture between Time Warner and Tribune and now CBS will prove very interesting to watch…I’ll keep a watch on this story, particularly as it pertains to what shows will continue to air on the new network.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 24, 2006

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TV show blogs post offline

I am updating the list with the character ‘voice’ blogs and podcasts. Hope to have it back up this evening.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 23, 2006

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