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Fox Considering Major Changes To Sinking "American Idol" Flagship

Huffington Post via Broadcasting & Cable | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Broadcasting & Cable's Ben Grossman reports that Fox is considering major changes to hit "American Idol," which is suffering in the ratings compared t...

The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost: Primary Coverage Drinking Games

Reny Monk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reny Monk

"Clinton's Last Stand" "Obama Can't Close the Deal" "Bitter and Angry" Argh. It's a bad TV drinking game. For me, the hackneyed vocabulary of these politicos drains all meaning from the process!

The Latest Proof that the Karl Rove Playbook Has Become the MSM's Bible

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

The mainstream media seems intent on confirming that it has so internalized the Right's framing and messages they have now become part of its DNA. The first of the latest round of exhibits proving this was offered into evidence during last week's ABC debate. This was followed by the New York Times' epic revelation of the unseemly complicity between the Pentagon and the media in delivering the Bush administration's talking points on Iraq via "a kind of Trojan media horse" -- Pentagon-approved, prepped, and financially-enriched "military analysts" dutifully parroting the Bush party line, with nary a raised eyebrow from the TV stations and newspapers offering these highly-decorated sock puppets their prestigious platforms. And it's not just the media. Witness Hillary Clinton repeating the Rove-promoted lie that MoveOn was against intervention in Afghanistan after 9/11.

CNN Beats Fox In Target Demo For First Time Since 2001

The New York Times | Bill Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The political season continues to be very good to CNN, which will officially announce on Tuesday that for the first time since 2001, it managed to bea...

Parker Posey's Sitcom Canceled After Just Two Airings

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

From the Hollywood Reporter: Fox has pulled the low-rated Parkey Posey sitcom "The Return of Jezebel James" from its schedule after just three airings...

Must See Video: Dirty Dancing, Robotic Dogs, Best Obama Song Ever, And More!

Huffington Post | Patrick Waldo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Fox has always done a good job of airing reality game shows that appeal to the lowest common denominator. But this week they took an ad for a future ...

CBS Chief Les Moonves: Somebody Please Kill That American Idol "Monster"

The Hollywood Reporter | James Hibberd and Paul J. Gough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With CBS close to losing the total viewers race for the first time in five years, CEO Leslie Moonves called Fox's ratings hit "American Idol" a "monst...

NBC's Meatheads, Howie Mandel Beat Up Fox; Writers Lose

Michael Learmonth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Learmonth

Who needs writers? Not NBC. It's using low-brow reality shows starring over-muscled meatheads and Howie Mandel to whip Fox's expensive, scripted programming.

Fox Exec Slams Zucker, NBC: "Clueless," Fox Wannabes, "It's The Deal Or No Deal Network"

Hollywood Reporter | Paul J. Gough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox Broadcasting Co. scheduling chief Preston Beckman took aim Wednesday at NBC's plans for a 52-week programming schedule, saying that it wasn't anyt...

Illinois Shooting Tragedy Pushes Election Off The Top, Mostly

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Gun control is still not an issue. Will the fact that a kid on medication could purchase guns, walk into a lecture hall and use them change that? That will depend -- on whether the candidates make it an issue, and on whether the media asks them about it.

Major Networks Assign Full-Time Reporter To Cover Bill Clinton | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With presidential candidates dropping like flies, the television networks are pouring more resources into covering the most famous non-candidate on th...

Family Ties: Obama Speechwriter And Fox News Exec Are Brothers

Broadcasting & Cable | Marisa Guthrie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Relations between Sen. Barack Obama and Fox News Channel haven't exactly been warm since the Illinois Democrat began his presidential campaign. A yea...

Coke, Ford, AT&T Shell Out $35M Each For "Idol Ads"

Hollywood Reporter | Gail Schiller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Coca-Cola, Ford and AT&T are back again as the three main sponsors of Fox's megahit "American Idol," forking over roughly $35 million each for the opp...

Strike Enables "American Idol" To Score Record Ad Prices For Fox

Bloomberg | Gillian Wee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

``American Idol,'' the most-watched show on U.S. television, is capitalizing on its popularity and a strike in Hollywood to set records for advertisin...

New Year's Rockin' Eve! Ringing In The New Year With CNN Over Fox

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Who knows whether Anderson meant it last night when he said, "Man, this is the last time I'm agreeing to do this," but methinks CNN will have something to say about that particular New Year's Resolution.

Fox: We're Out Of Super Bowl Ads. (Please Buy One!)

Silicon Valley Insider | Michael Learmonth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Three weeks ago the WSJ said that due to tight demand, News Corp.'s (NWS) Fox was in a position to demand as much as $3 million for the last two remai...

Fox Best Prepared To Shrug Off Writers' Strike With Hours Of Unscripted Programming

Hollywood Reporter | Nellie Andreeva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Now that the hide-and-seek strike game has gotten to the "ready or not, here I come" stage, the broadcast networks are facing the imminent work stoppa...

ITunes To Offer Free Downloads Of 7 Fox Show Premieres

Los Angeles Times | Meg James | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple's iTunes store, a move ...


The Hill | Bob Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will appear on all five Sunday talk shows tomorrow in what could be a defining day in her run for the White House...

A Guide To Watching Network TV Online

NewTeeVee | Chris Albrecht | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ABC has made good on its promise to start syndicating content beyond its own site by announcing a deal with AOL that puts full episodes of ABC program...