Friday, November 04, 2005

My Pope Can Kick Your Pope's Ass

The War of the Pope Movies is about to play out on a TV near you.

... Holy crap!...

ABC revealed this week its Pope flick, Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II, will be broadcast on December 1. The CBS popeproduction, the two-part mini-series, Pope John Paul II, had been previously announced to air three days later.

... damned PR flacks can't keep a secret...

The two-hour ABC movie stars little-known actor Thomas Kretschmann as Papa Pontiff, while the CBS cast is led by Oscar winner Jon Voight.

... Comedy Central's version, starring Dave Attell as the lead, still awaits the green light...

Vote for your pick to play Pope in our Idiot Box poll! Now in the right hand column!

NBC No Longer Tops Among Weathy

The last ratings yardstick NBC has been clinging to has fallen.

The Peacock is no longer the top broadcast network for affluent viewers. Thanks to its growing stable of hits, ABC has swiped the lead in that demo.

Through the first six weeks of the new television season, ABC has topped NBC in terms of audience skewed toward 25-to-54-year-olds in homes with incomes of $100,000 or more.

... this will likely cost already hurtin' NBC millions more in ad revenue....

Here's the list of the top 25 shows rich people dig. It's still pretty NBC-heavy.

1. The Apprentice, NBC
2. Desperate Housewives, ABC
3. ER, NBC
4. Grey's Anatomy, ABC
5. The Office, NBC
6. Will & Grace, NBC
7. Lost, ABC
8. My Name Is Earl, NBC
9. West Wing, NBC
10. Gilmore Girls, WB
11. Medium, NBC
12. Law & Order, NBC
13. Joey, NBC.
14. The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, NBC
15. Boston Legal, ABC
16. Invasion, ABC
17. Amazing Race, CBS
18. EM: Home Edition, ABC
19. Law & Order: SVU, NBC
20. Hot Properties, ABC
21. House, Fox
22. Commander in Chief, ABC
23. Two and a Half Men, CBS
24. Out of Practice, CBS
25. E-Ring, NBC

Family Guy Looking To Be Number One

Family Guy, No. 2 on Parents Television Council's recent "worst" list of family-friendly TV shows, is fighting back.

Sunday's episode features patriarch Peter starting his own TV station to fight censorship, but instead winds up in the FCC's crosshairs.

...proving fiction is only really slightly stranger than the truth...

The PTC no likey Guy, not only for its content, but because they feel it's marketed to children.

What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas- Especially If You're Dead

A major character on NBC's Las Vegas is about to go all in- into their grave, that is.

The surprise ending of the November 21 show will feature a major character's death, according to TV Guide. The twist surprised everyone- especially the cast member who's about to become worm food.

... it's probably not James Caan... NBC wouldn't risk damaging one of its higher rated shows for a one-time sweeps stunt... as long as it's not Vanessa Marcil, we really don't care who it is...

Renewals, Reductions, and Greenlights Are In The Air

A couple of network housekeeping notes to report:

CBS has given a full-season pickup to freshman comedy Out of Practice, which has been increasing its eyeballs of late.

NBC will keep The Office employed through May, despite the huge amount of audience it fumbles from My Name Is Earl..

The WB has reduced the order for What I Like About You from 22 to 18 episodes, presumably to give Amanda Bynes more time to eat.

MTV has given the go-ahead to hybrid scripted/reality series Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up. The series will premiere some time next year.

Dick Wolf's Law & Orderless midseason drama Conviction has inked Julianne Nicholson and Anson Mount to star as nubile young ADAs.


CBS has agreed to pay $325 million for two-year-old college sports network CSTV Networks.

The network currently has 15 million subscribers, and offers a variety of college sports such as tennis to lacrosse that might not otherwise get big programming deals.

... read: sports that nobody wants to watch...

The deal also includes a network of more than 250 official college sports Web sites that CSTV operates for their respective schools.

... just the icing on the fruitcake...

Today: An Informercial For Potentially Offensive T-Shirts?

A group of female high school students took to NBC's Today Show to announce a "girlcott" of Abicrombie & Fitch.

They say the controversial clothing chain is degrading young girls by selling shirts featuring slogans like "Who needs brains when you have these?" printed over the sweater-meat area, and that they should boycott the store and not buy them.

... fair point, but if chicks in college- or even in their twenties- want to wear 'em, they should be allowed to... and shouldn't parents be keeping an eye on the filthy slogans their kids wear?...

Of course, their appearance was basically free advertising for the shirts and the store. They were on Today for several minutes, tantamount to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free advertising for the very store they were trying to squash.

... and they should know better... just reading this article makes me want to buy a shirt for every hot babe on my Christmas list...