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TV Guide to Shrink Size

TVGUIDE-logo111910In just a few months, the TV Guide that so thoroughly pleased Frank Costanza will be back. According to The New York Post, TV Guide is undergoing a massive revamp and returning to its roots as a smaller, pocket-sized publication.

Throughout most of its existence Guide was a digest-sized title, but in 2005, former owners Gemstar International launched a redesign to make Guide the same size as the typical glossy.

The new (old) version, which debuts August 11, will be 7″ by 10″, down from 7 ³/₈ by 10 ¹/₂ inches. Guide is also replacing 14 pages of listings with photos and articles as part of the revamp.

Leading the redesign charge are Doug BrodGuide’s new editor-in-chief, and Michael Schneider, its new executive editor. Both were named to these roles last week.

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TV Guide Names Doug Brod Editor-in-Chief, Michael Schneider Exec Editor

TV guide logo GTV Guide has named Doug Brod its new editor-in-chief and Michael Schneider its executive editor. Brod has been with the magazine since 2012, most recently serving as executive editor.

“Doug has done a superb job in the past two years managing the New York staff and workflow, and evolving the voice of the magazine,” said CEO Doug Fishman, in a statement. “His extensive entertainment-journalism experience will help sharpen our coverage of the ever-changing world of television and direct the staff to produce content on a variety of platforms.”

Schneider has been with TV Guide since 2011, most recently serving as Los Angeles bureau chief.

Mad Men Filming Disrupted by LAX Shooting

The AMC series films a great deal of it scenes in downtown Los Angeles at LA Center Studios. But today, for its first bit of new-season production, the program was on location at LAX.

FranklinAvenueLogoTV Guide west coast bureau chief Michael Schneider spied some tweets by a key grip who works on the show and wrote up an item on his personal blog, Franklin Avenue. It’s unclear who else was involved in the scene being staged at a Terminal 4 arrivals tunnel, and in the grand scheme of today’s Terminal 3 tragedy, this is a very minor aspect of the chaos.

However, the reason this minor aspect resonates a bit more for us than other minor aspects is that the great majority of U.S. mass shootings have taken place after the decade in which Mad Men is set. Don Draper, in this context, is lucky enough to belong to a time when schools, post offices, movie theaters and the like were much safer.

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Does Target Know Something About the Presidential Election We Don’t?

Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine spotted these Mitt Romney masks at a Los Angeles-area Target store. They are labeled, “Mr. President,” which strikes us as a bit premature, as the presidential election hasn’t happened yet.

As Schneider points out, “Regardless of who wins the upcoming election, as of October 31, 2012, Barack Obama is Mr. President. And he does not look like this.”

Further research reveals that Target is also selling “Mr. President” masks that look like Obama, for a politically balanced, if not factually accurate, Halloween section. Neither makes for a particularly creative costume, though. We suggest “binders full of women” or “Obamacare death panels.”

ABC’s Unnecessary Censorship of Jimmy Kimmel

We had to read a portion of this week’s TV Guide magazine interview with Jimmy Kimmel twice. Just to make sure it wasn’t some sort of gag.

In tangential response to the question, ‘As the ratings climb, has that given you more leverage?’, Kimmel replied:

“… Once in a while, we’ll have a fight over whether something is too obscene. One of the dumbest things ever happened about six months ago. There was a stick figure drawing of a naked woman, and there was a dot where each nipple would be, and they made us blur the dots out, which I figured was a little bit much for midnight.”

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NBC Validates ‘The Michael J. Fox Exception’

In this week’s edition of TV Guide magazine, LA bureau chief Michael Schneider has the lowdown on how actor Michael J. Fox’s return to NBC series work came to pass earlier this month. It all happened incredibly quickly.

The prime time sitcom will be loosely based on Fox’s family life and dealings with Parkinson’s disease. Schneider writes that instead of the usual two-week pitch process, it took just two days for Fox and his project partners – Sony Pictures Television, producers Will Gluck and Sam Laybourne – to consummate a deal:

That’s partly because NBC’s whopping [guaranteed] 22-episode order was too big to ignore — and too much for the other networks to match. Major episodic commitments were a bit more common in the 1990s, but the networks long ago stopped making such risky, pricy bets. But a show starring an icon like Fox doesn’t come along every day. Gluck calls it “The Michael J. Fox Exception.”

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Borders Bookcases Still Have Jobs

The bookstore chain may have collapsed, but Borders bookcases are still getting work, at least here in Los Angeles. TV Guide‘s Michael Schneider has spotted several while book shopping, as he notes on his blog Franklin Avenue:

Look carefully at used bookstores around town, and the Borders shelving is popping up all over the place. We mentioned back in June that downtown’s The Last Bookstore uses the old Borders fixtures (nicely refinished) — and now, as seen above, the new discount Crown Books store in Burbank also relies on those Borders bookcases.

At least someone in this troubled economy can find work. Even if they are inanimate objects.

Picture via Franklin Avenue.

Gelman Laughs Off Media Speculation About Regis Replacement

Another good interview get today for TV Guide LA bureau chief Michael Schneider.

With Regis Philbin having made it official now that November 18 will be his last day on Live with Regis and Kelly, the journalist caught up with show producer Michael Gelman to get a sense of how the transition will be handled. So far, coverage of potential Regis replacements has apparently been about as prescient as the manner in which the media handled the end of the Kathie Lee Gifford era:

Despite earlier reports of frontrunners such as Ryan Seacrest, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa‘s husband, Mark Consuelos, Gelman says there’s no short list yet. “So much has already been printed, and a lot of it is laughable,” he says. “Just as when we were looking to replace Kathie Lee, everyone was throwing names out there, but no one even had Kelly’s name.”

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Michael Schneider Out at Variety, Joins TV Guide

Another big loss for Variety. TV editor Michael Schneider is heading to TV Guide to become its new LA bureau chief. Schneider will oversee all news and features for the west coast. Over on his personal blog Franklin Avenue, Schneider writes, “I’ll still be here at Variety through press tour and the Golden Globes. And I’m going to miss this place incredibly. It’s an amazing group.”

Yet another tough loss for the struggling trade.

TV Guide‘s press release on the hire is after the jump:

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KCET Downgraded By Cable Providers

Two Southern California cable providers, Cox Cable and Charter Communications, have downgraded KCET after the station finally completed its separation from PBS yesterday. Both providers booted KCET from coveted VHF channel positions in order to ensure the region’s new PBS affiliate PBS Socal could maintain a space in the upper tier. KCET is now on channel 309 on Charter and on channel 129 on Cox.

Variety’s Michael Schneider has more:

KCET prexy/CEO Al Jerome said the station accepted the move in order to continue to clear its multicast channels — which now include KCET Kids and Family and MHz Worldview — on those two cable operators.

“In an effort to improve public media service for our viewers, KCET made a strategic decision to retain its digital multicast channels, which will be KCET Kids and Family, Vme and MHz Worldview,” Jerome said. “This has impacted our channel positions with some cable services. Our new digital channel strategy empowers us to pursue our mission to offer a wide range of programs that feature diverse perspectives.”

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