TVNewser Show TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

TV

John Tesh Outlines His Plans for ‘Guerilla Television’

JohnTeshHeadshotThe models of success for John Tesh‘s fall 2014 return to syndicated TV include RightThisMinute and The Better Show. After a decade of co-hosting the Christian-themed radio program Intelligence for Your Life with wife Connie Sellecca and stepson Gib Gerard, Tesh is expanding to the airwaves in the fall.

The daily TV show, also titled Intelligence for Your Life, is being bankrolled via TeshMedia with a relatively miniscule budget of $5 million. Tesh told THR senior editor Alex Ben Block that he is targeting cities where his radio show is most popular:

To sell Intelligence, Tesh recruited former Paramount TV executive Mark Dvornik, who says it will debut this fall even if he can’t sign up affiliates in the biggest markets. Dvornik expects to be in 65 percent to 75 percent of U.S. TV homes – including those in Detroit, New Orleans and San Francisco – but probably not in New York or LA at launch. The show also will air in 110 smaller markets on The CW.

Read more

Pix11 Launches Investigative Unit

PIX11_LogoPIX11 has announced the creation of Pix11 Investigates, an investigative journalism unit/show. Pix11 Investigates will be led by Mary MurphyHoward Thompson and Arnold Diaz, who joins Pix11 on March 31. Diaz is best known for his amazing Shame, Shame, Shame segment, which aired on WNYW until January of this year.

“Howard and Mary have built their reputations on helping right wrongs,” said Mark Effron, Pix11′s VP of news, in a statement. “Now with the addition of Arnold Diaz, who has a storied career as an investigative consumer reporter, we strengthen Pix11’s goal of keeping our viewers informed.”

Noreen Lark will oversee PIX11 Investigates.

Fallon’s First Month: 120M+ Social Media Impressions

RelishMIXLogoForget Nielsen. The company that matters when it comes to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is the one called RelishMIX.

Per a report by AP television writer David Bauder, Fallon is not just topping the other Jimmy in traditional metrics, but also in the all-important social media counted sphere:

During his first month, Fallon generated more than 120 million YouTube views, Twitter mentions and Facebook posts, the research firm RelishMIX said. That’s more than double Kimmel, who had 57 million in the same social media metric. Letterman had 2.3 million.

Read more

CNN Says Black Hole Didn’t Swallow Malaysian Airlines Plane So There’s That

CNN is determined to cover the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Even if it means proposing that a black hole is responsible. Don Lemon, take it away.

“What if it was something fully that we don’t really understand?” asked Lemon during a live broadcast that featured him reading inane tweets from CNN viewers. A couple tweets mentioned black holes and Lost — you know, the TV show — so Lemon just rolled with it. “A lot of people have been asking about that,” Lemon said. He then asked Mary Schiavo, the former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general, ”I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous, Mary?”

Schiavo, bless her heart, didn’t miss a beat. “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that,” she replied. “The Bermuda Triangle is often weather. And Lost is uh, a TV show. So I think, I always like things for which there’s data history; crunch the numbers. So for me those aren’t there. But I think it’s wonderful that the whole world is trying to help with their theories.”

We do too, Marry. We do too.

[Video via TPM]

Fallon, Higgins Mine Monologue Gold from Drop-In Imaginary Friends

It’s turning out to be one of the great pleasures of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The insertion by Fallon into most every monologue of a recurring comedic-character impression. These imaginary friends are used as a punchline for subsequent monologue gags and also riffed on with deft expertise from the lectern by announcer Steve Higgins.

SteveHigginsTonightShow

During one recent monologue for example, Fallon and Higgins triangulated around a big box electronics store wise guy. The sort of salesman who is aghast at anyone opting for medium-size flat screens, lower-end cable TV trappings and who reminds throughout his sales pitch that he’s got that Frozen sing-along Disney smash “right here!” On another occasion, Fallon and Higgins had tons of monologue fun with the idea of some cuckolded senior citizens reported to have left a measly seven-cent tip for their restaurant server.

Sometimes, the monologue “third man” is famous, like Vladimir Putin. In each monologue case, the wonderful rapport of Fallon and Higgins and the playful tone of their shared imitation helps cement the phantom sidekicks deal.

Read more

J. Lo Battles Diddy for Fuse Network

NuvoTV, the Jennifer Lopez-backed cable channel for Latinos, has made a bid for Fuse Network.

Bloomberg reports that J.Lo’s offer is “cash and equity valued at more than $200 million,” which means she out bid Sean Combs, her former boyfriend. Diddy offered only $200 million for Fuse.

Lopez holds a minority stake in the LA based NuvoTV. The network reaches 34 million homes, so adding Fuse’s 74 million homes would be a huge boost. Diddy’s Revolt TV, meanwhile, currently reaches even less homes — only 22 million.

Fuse TV has more bidders than just J.Lo and Diddy, but they’re the most important because they’re famous. Obviously. So which one will get Fuse? We say let the person with the most nicknames but least amount of terrible music win. It’s a tough call, we know.

Artie Lange on Why He Once Fled the Playboy Mansion

Fun, fun Web exclusive from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It involves the always-entertaining Artie Lange recalling the “Worst I Ever Bombed.”

We’re not going to ruin it. Watch the video above to hear the details of Lange’s epic Playboy Mansion fail and why, despite being a “straight red-blooded male,” he was at the end of it all “begging to be let out” of Hef’s party HQ.

Read more

Diddy Bids $200 Million for Fuse Network

Sean Combs — otherwise known as Diddy, Puffy, Puff, P. Diddy, or Puff Daddy depending on the day of the week — has bid about $200 million for Fuse cable TV network. Bloomberg News reports that Diddy plans to fold Fuse into Revolt, the network he founded last year.

With the buy, Revolt would increase its distribution by over 70 million homes. Currently, Revolt reaches about 22 million homes and is carried by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Fuse, on the other hand, reaches about 74 million homes through DirecTV and Dish Network.

One obstacle that might keep Diddy from being the proud new owner of Fuse? His bid. A Bloomberg analyst said that “An offer of $200 million seems low for almost 75 million households.”

If Diddy’s offer is accepted — he is one of several bidders — early word is that each show on the new combined network will be hosted by Dylan.

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

mediabistrotv_1

Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. So, what does that take to accomplish?

In the inaugural edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

ESPN Launches New Content Unit ‘Exit 31′

ESPN logo GESPN is combining Grantland, ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight into one new content group titled Exit 31. The name is reference to the exit off of I-84 which leads to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

Exit 31 will essentially use the resources available to Grantland, ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight to create a wide variety of content.

Initial projects include FiveThirtyEight Films — which will produce short and long length videos featuring data analytics — and a new franchise for the 30 for 30 documentary series, 30 for 30 Soccer Stories.

The Exit 31 group will be led by Marie Donoghue, ESPN’s senior VP, global strategy, business development and business affairs. Nate Silver (editor-in-chief, FiveThirtyEight); Connor Schell (VP, ESPN Films); David Cho (senior director, strategy and business development, Grantland and FiveThirtyEight); and Bill Simmons (editor-in-chief, Grantland) will all report to Donoghue.

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>