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Monday, December 12, 2005

More Martha

NBC Universal is set to announce Monday that it has sold Martha in more than 90 percent of the country for its second season.

...which says either NBC is happy with the show's performance, or, more likely, that they have nothing better to replace it with...

...when the charmless Megan Mullally is your next-best-bet, things aren't good in your daytime syndication department...

Caving Cable Operators Trying To Stay Ahead of The Big, Bad FCC

Several top cable companies are planing to launch packages of family-oriented channels, an industry official said on Monday.

It's an early response to pressure from regulators to weed out content deemed indecent.

... wussies...

Senate lawmakers and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin have been pressing cable and satellite companies to offer consumers better "family friendly" options for children to watch, or permit subscribers to pay only for the channels they want.

...hey, if it gets the FCC off their backs (which I doubt it will, long-term), it's a smart move...

Earl's Got A Buzz

NBC's My Name Is Earl is one of the highest-rated new shows on television. But it's also enjoying the best "buzz".

In a new study by something called Brandimensions, Earl was tops among all 31 new shows, ranking a 4.41 out of a possible 5 "sentiment score."

... I say, who cares... the only numbers networks really care about is ratings... all the buzz in the world won't make advertisers pony up bucks for your show if it's pulling in a 3 rating... see also Development, Arrested...

Hey Katie- Who Needs You?

Katie Couric isn't all that.

... really? says who?...

That's what newsies are saying about NBC News' chief news diva, whose contract is expiring in a few months.

... of course, they're gonna say that... jealous cads...

Competitors and insiders alike think Today wouldn't skip a beat not if sweet, sweet katie bolted from the network next spring. The expect the network wouldn't lose money- or ratings, saying viewers like the show as a package deal.

... this is probably true, at least it initially... it's all about those old habits...

When Katie actually does split, weekend Today anchor Campbell Brown and MSNBC anchor Natalie Morales are considered front-runners.

Rock's Off

Chris Rock won't be back as the host of next year's Oscars telecast.

... Interesting...

Reaction to Rock's first stint as host was mixed. He drew a younger, more urban audience, but critics didn't love him. He also infuriated many self-important stars with some of his pointed jabs, including Jude Law, Tobey Maguire and the humorless Sean Penn.

... was academy member reaction enough to bump Rock off the podium? Jeez, Louise, get over yourselves...

In the running to replace Rock: Whoopi Goldberg, two-timer Steve Martin and late-night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien.

... guess after Rock, they've decided to go the safe route... how... boring...