There are two types in the world:
"you have the dogs that love the water, and then you have the dogs that hate the water"
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— theworldofdog (@theworldofdog) September 1, 2022
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
Hello! I am back! And one kid off at college lighter (~sigh~). First things first: The TV Foolishness Tournament continues, but I’m going to devote a separate daily post to voting as these daily posts are LONG ENOUGH AS IT IS. Go vote here today.
While I was gone last week, NBC made waves by announcing they are considering doing away with the 9/10 p.m. primetime hour of original programming and handing it over to the affiliates to do with as they please. If it happens, it won’t happen for at least a year, so don’t worry about updating your DVR anytime soon.
The CW and Fox both only have two hours of primetime programming each, so it’s not unheard of, but it’s interesting that one of the big three would be moving to downsize rather than one of those would move to add an hour. Sadly, it is probably the direction TV is headed. More and more people — particularly young people — are abandoning the broadcast and cable model for streaming, leaving a behind much older TV audience. The networks are ultimately going to choose to invest in the model that the demographic the advertisers want to chase actually watches, and that demographic ain’t the 55-and-up crowd.
2/…$120 Million to keep Conan over Leno.
If this happens, what I suspect happens is NBC stations will get local news/other programming from 10:00-11:00 PM ET with "Tonight" (Jimmy Fallon) moved from 11:35 to 11:00 PM and "Late Night" (Seth Myers) at Midnight.
— Walt Gekko (@WaltGekko) August 26, 2022
It's time has finally come pic.twitter.com/mrvC6P6bn2
— Nick Field (@nick_field90) August 26, 2022
If NBC is giving up on original programming, I say good for them.
Goodness knows they stopped trying years ago.
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) August 26, 2022
Speaking of a changing TV market, as mentioned here before, CNN hired Chris Licht to replace Jeff Zucker, and he warned that CNN would be moving towards a more “neutral” tone. What this has meant in practice is more on-air criticism of President Biden and left issues and the firing of journalists and hosts openly critical of Former President Reichstag Fire.
After firing Brian Stelter, CNN’s White House Correspondent John Harwood was the most recent journalist to announce he was leaving the network, only hours after he called Former President Confidential Files in My Desk a “dangerous demagogue” and said that Biden’s assertion that MAGA is a threat to democracy is true.
Before announcing that today was his last day, John Harwood appeared on CNN three times this morning. During one appearance, apparently knowing it was his last day, he told viewers that Biden's "core point" about a MAGA "threat to democracy is true."https://t.co/tRuw2ZkfxB pic.twitter.com/VN24SZOZKc
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 2, 2022
New CNN boss Chris Licht reportedly “is starting his tenure by casting out voices that had often been critical of former president Trump and his allies, in an effort to present a new, more ideologically neutral CNN” https://t.co/3M7xZdVrQ6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 3, 2022
This came two days after Brianna Keilar criticized the “optics” of President Biden’s speech on Thursday, and then CNN reported on people being critical of the optics of President Biden’s speech as if they weren’t the ones to help create the “controversy” in the first place.
This is about CNN. CNN issued this criticism, and then CNN made a story out of this criticism, and then CNN promoted the story about the “scandal” that it created. https://t.co/IHCGrEDGg3
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 4, 2022
CNN is gaslighting us. There’s nothing strange about a president having military guards. It’s another attempt to create a Democratic scandal about nothing, while Republican traitors are free to destroy the country. #BoycottCNN pic.twitter.com/e5Hf19up8C
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) September 5, 2022
Anyway, this move to “the middle” is turning into a move to the right, and people aren’t happy.
This is bad @CNN pic.twitter.com/ASheR4tISv
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) September 5, 2022
Just uninstalled the @cnn app from my phone. I had it for years. There's no "both sides" to fascism. Im the daughter of 2 Holocaust survivors.
— DrLJRose 🌈Wellness Ed🇺🇦 (@idesignecourses) September 3, 2022
CNN didn’t call Trump divisive for labeling Biden as the “enemy of the state.” Nor did CNN say anything when Trump led “lock her up” chants. CNN also didn’t “fact-check” Trump for lying about the FBI. CNN is a MAGA shell-company posing as a liberal news network. #BoycottCNN.
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) September 4, 2022
Black person: *exists*
Racist Nerd: I disagree strongly
CNN: your voice will be heard pic.twitter.com/e8paJmqMX6
— A.R. (Actually Republic) Moxon (@JuliusGoat) September 4, 2022
The difference between CNN and the Titanic is the Titanic had all it’s anchors when it sank.
— @𝕊𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕖_𝔾𝕚𝕣𝕝 (@SundaeDivine) September 4, 2022
What is going on at CNN? It’s a serious question. There is a lot of speculation on directives and motives. What’s really going on? And is it being noticed by the audience?
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) September 2, 2022
The new head of CNN had hoped that shifting it to the right would allow them to pick up Fox viewers. Instead, CNN is simply losing viewers to MSNBC.
This will go down as one of the WORST decisions in cable television history.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) September 4, 2022
And maybe Jon Cooper is right … or maybe not. In this thread, YS clearly explains from the inside what is really going on at CNN, if you want to get to the root of the matter. Basically, it’s the same impulse that is making NBC consider creating less programming: a shrinking TV audience.
What happened to CNN?
I worked there for 18 years.
This is what happened.
Everyone wants to know why CNN is shifting.
Let me explain why.
What Fox News gets that MSNBC and CNN don’t get…
Each quarter, the Cable Operators release their subscriber base.
— YS (@ReallyActivist) September 3, 2022
The Creative Emmys were held this weekend. Here are all of the winners.
Some stand-out winners:
- Nathan Lane won his first Emmy for Only Murders after a record-breaking 7 nominations.
- Adele won an Emmy for her CBS special, One Night Only. She is now only a Tony away from an EGOT.
- Eminem won an Emmy for the Super Bowl halftime show which means he also is only a Tony away from an EGOT. And hear me out: 8 Mile the musical, anyone?
- RuPaul won a seventh Emmy for hosting RuPaul’s Drag Race.
- President Obama won an Emmy for narrating Our Great National Parks on Netflix, and somewhere Former President Never Nominated is FUMING.
- Full Frontal With Samantha Bee also won an Emmy — now will someone come save them?
It looks like Netflix will price its ad-supported tier at around $7-$9 a month.
Speaking of, Netflix turned 25 last week.
How I react as my wife scrolls through the Netflix choices. https://t.co/maObMmqmRP
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) September 5, 2022
And yesterday was the 20th anniversary of American Idol anointing Kelly Clarkson their first winner.
Season 18’s winner, Samantha Diaz (Just Sam), revealed that she’s out of the hospital and thankful for everyone’s prayers.
Jennifer Hudson, who somehow did not win American Idol (I know — right??), will have former American Idol judge Simon Cowell as her first guest on her new talk show.
And no, Marjorie Taylor Greene did not audition for American Idol. (Probably. Maybe.)
A weird story from Baltimore: apparently, production on the Apple TV+ series, Lady in the Lake, had to be paused when some local thugs tried to extort the production, demanding that the producers pay them thousands, or someone would get shot. Could we stop harassing TV productions, everyone?
The Russo Brothers’ show on Prime Video has quickly become the second most expensive show ever made — after Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.
The first Taylor Hawkins tribute concert took place in London this weekend, and it looks like it was an emotional affair. Here, Hawkins’ son joins the Foo Fighters on drums for “My Hero”:
And 12-year-old drummer Nandi Bushell joined them on “Learn to Fly”:
You can watch the entire concert on Paramount+.
It’s always refreshing to see someone be honest about their limitations: Eric Kripke, he of Supernatural and The Boys fame, piped in on a Twitter conversation about his take on The Sandman some years back. Apparently, The WB offered Kripke a chance to make the show, but it didn’t work out. This exchange between Neil Gaiman and Kripke is great:
What was the @therealKripke Sandman TV show pitch like? As a fan of Supernatural and Sandman that was always a curiosity to me.
— Poor Bastard (@Poor_Bastard) August 26, 2022
It was a terrific network TV version of Sandman. But when you make a network TV version of Sandman you lose an awful lot of what makes it Sandman. @therealKripke did a great job considering the limitations. https://t.co/RAPBwcgNp5
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 27, 2022
Kind of you, sir. WB gave me a crack at #TheSandman but said it had to be network. It was my fave comic, inspired much of #SPN, so I tried. Neil was kind and patient but ultimately, it would've been a bad show. I'm glad he held out. Sandman on Netflix is lush, stunning. GO WATCH! https://t.co/N0nbyC845Q
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) August 27, 2022
A bunch of people on The Rehearsal are now on Cameo, which just adds layers of insanity to an already insane series.
Jeremy Strong is REAL MAD about that New Yorker profile everyone was talking about last year.
Betty Gilpin was once zipped into a body bag while filming on Law & Order, and forgotten there and I’m pretty sure this happened to Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock once.
Erika Jayne is denying buying bots to racially harass a 14-year-old child, and Diana Jenkins is threatening to sue people who claim she’s a madam? What the hell is going on over at RHOBH?
LOL, Lisa Kudrow told Heidi Montag that Spencer Pratt had “serial killer” eyes and that she should get away from him, and he’s still salty about it. But I ask you, where’s the lie?
Pauley Perrette just revealed she suffered a stroke a year ago. Stay healthy!
One year ago I had a massive stoke.
Before that I lost so many beloved family and friends,
Yet still a survivor after this traumatic life I’ve been given so far…
And still so grateful,
Still so full of faith,
And STILL HERE! pic.twitter.com/psHokwiHij
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) September 2, 2022
- Resident Evil was canceled after one season on Netflix.
- Floribama Shore has been canceled (for now) after four seasons on MTV.
- Daily Pop and Nightly Pop have been canceled at E!
- How To Date Billy Walsh has been ordered at Prime Video.
- Fox is developing an animated series based on Clue.
- Tout va Bien has been ordered at Disney+.
- Rob Delaney has joined Black Mirror on Netflix.
- Q’orianka Kilcher is returning to Yellowstone on Paramount.
- Bill Camp has joined the cast of A Man in Full on Netflix.
- Rose Abdoo is joining Ghosts on CBS.
- Eiza González will co-star in La Máquina on Hulu.
- Parker Young will guest star in Call Me Kat on Fox.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena, will be on Dancing with the Stars on Disney+.
- Jensen Ackles will guest star in The Winchesters on The CW.
- Jane Seymour and Joe Lando will co-star in A Christmas Spark on Lifetime.
- Cameron Fuller, Remington Hoffman, Nzinga Imani, Jasmin Brown, Guyviaud Joseph, and Danielle LaRoach have joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s Zatima on BET+.
- David Ramsey is joining Superman & Lois on The CW.
- Anand Desai-Barochia will guest star in Everything’s Trash on Freeform.
- ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise has released the first cast:
Mark Your Calendar
- The Winchesters premieres on The CW on October 11.
- Manifest will return on Netflix on November 4.
- The White Lotus will return on HBO in October.
- Yellowstone returns on Paramount on November 13.
- On the Come Up will debut on Paramount+ on September 23.
- The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will return on Bravo on September 28.
- The Good Doctor returns on ABC on October 3.
- Copenhagen Cowboy will debut on Netflix soon.
- The Mysterious Benedict Society returns on Disney+ on October 26.
- Zatima will premiere on BET+ on September 29.
- Everything Calls for Salvation will premiere on Netflix on October 14.
- Human Playground will premiere on Netflix on September 30.
- The CW has released a sizzle reel for its fall season.
- Starting September 14, Peacock will host “DocFest.”
- Blockbuster will debut on Netflix on November 3.
- The Munsters will begin streaming on Netflix on September 27.
- God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty will premiere on Hulu on November 1.
- “Documentary Now… And Forever!” will begin on IFC on September 14.
- Causeway will debut on Apple TV+ on November 4, and Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues on October 28.
- That ’70s Show began streaming on Peacock on September 1.
- The Vampire Diaries began streaming on HBO Max on September 3.
- ABC Fall Preview Special will air on ABC on September 14.
Bob LuPone, Daytime Emmy-nominated actor who appeared in The Sopranos, Sex & the City, Guiding Light, and All My Children
Amy Stechler, Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker
Ashvin Luximon, British actor known for EastEnders
Barbara Ehrenreich, Author and activist
Mable John, First solo female artist signed to Motown
Pat Stay, Rapper
Angus “Drummie Zeb” Gaye, Singer for UK Raggae band Aswad
The Bachelorette: I have no description for this episode. I’m guessing it’s Fantasy Suite time? 7 p.m., ABC
Roswell, New Mexico: Liz calls for reinforcements in the series finale. 7 p.m., The CW
In the Dark: Murphy copes by getting even. Series finale. 8 p.m., The CW
Out of Office: In this new comedy film starring a ton of comedians, including Ken Jeong, Leslie Jones, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Rash, Cheri Oteri, among others, a young woman navigates her new, remote office job, and stirs up trouble in her boss’ home life. Premiere. 7 p.m., Comedy Central
American Ninja Warrior: Ten ninja families compete. 7 p.m., NBC
Beat Shazam: Season finale. 8 p.m., Fox
The Bad Seed Returns: Emma tries to be a normal teen. It doesn’t work. Premiere. 7 p.m., Lifetime
Real Girlfriends in Paris: Six young ex-pats live their best lives in Paris (until the inevitable catfights) in this new reality series. Series premiere. 8:15 p.m., Bravo
|Claim to Fame
|Bob ♥ Abishola
|CW||Roswell, New Mexico
|In the Dark
|FOX||Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
|NBC||American Ninja Warrior
3 thoughts on “NBC is considering giving up an entire primetime hour and CNN lurches to the right as the TV landscape continues to change”
I can remember when CNN changed to all about the views/clicks. It was a sad day. When push comes to shove they are a business who needs to make money. And they will do whatever is necessary to stay in business. Inherent problem with corporations they lose their soul.
NBC can’t get rid of the 9-10 hour because they’d have to axe one of their golden gooses on the Chicago Wednesday lineup.
Or they can add Chicago Sanitation and split it across 2 nights