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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Idiot Box Poll Results: Returning Shows


We asked: What returning show just ain't what it used to be?

You answered:
The West Wing 30%
Curb Your Enthusiasm 26%
Desperate Housewives 21%
Lost 21%

Vote in our new poll now! In the right hand column.

Huh?


How could a show as popular and long-lasting as Frasier not make a cent?

...fuzzy math?

In a lawsuit filed against show producer Paramount, two talent agencies claim the show grossed $1.5 billion but, in the end, lost $200 million.

...if it's true, you can blame the last few years of the show, where licencing fees (and Kelsey Grammer's salary) began to skyrocket, as laughs (and, coincidentally, ratings) plummeted... that totally forced "will they or won't they" Niles-Daphne storyline helped the show pole vault over the shark, big time...

Do Over!

Time Warner is hooking up with NBC Universal to launch a new service called "Start Over" .

...kinda like what NBC would love to do to the current TV season...

With the new service, digital cable customers who miss the beginning of selected shows, can push a button and go back to the start- provided they've tuned in before the end.

...wow, like a DVR, a years-old technology, right? or Video On Demand, also around for years? not exactly cutting edge...

Here's the catch: viewers also can pause and rewind the show — but can't fast-forward through commercials.

...a-ha! now the game becomes clear: it's like a DVR for lazy people, or those too stupid to program one to record their favorite shows... and the networks force you to watch their ads... brilliant... NOT...

NBC shows participating in the trial include The West Wing, Law & Order: SVU and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A trial will be launched next month in Columbia, S.C.

...for free, this is fine... but I wouldn't pay an extra cent for this service...

Lots of Lee-Way

Jason Lee, the star of NBC's hit comedy My Name Is Earl, is forming his own little media empire.

...must be nice to be the flavor of the month...

Lee will now go behind the TV cameras for NBC and MTV , setting up series projects at both networks through his production company.

...good move, Jason... better cash in now, before NBC moves Earl to Thursdays and kills it...

Diane Wants The Chair

Diane Sawyer is dropping big hints: she wants the late Peter Jennings' gig as anchor of World News Tonight.

...the rumors of Katie Couric being courted by CBS must have really chapped her ass...

Moles say she's been quietly campaigning for the job since Jennings passed away over the summer...

...but hey... not so fast, Diane...

An ABC news spokesman stated firmly yesterday: "She is not a candidate."

The network wants her to do more primetime stuff, but certainly would want to keep her on a newly resurgent Good Morning America.

...will this get ugly? I'd love to see her and Elizabeth vargas square off in a steel cage catfight...

Madonna to Play New Single On Two CSIs

Musicians continue to look for crossover opportunities to showcase their wares.

...because radio airplay is getting harder and harder to come by for fogie performers... just ask the Rolling Stones...

Madonna will have her new single, "Hung Up," featured on crossover sweeps episodes of CBS' CSI: Miami and CSI: NY.

...guaranteeing that the song is a stiff...

Her new album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor," is set for release on November 15th.