Thursday, November 20, 2008

MORE BLOOD SPILLED IN TV LAND

Well, just got some especially cheery news from Nikki Finke's site. The friendly folks at Disney are chopping shows again. This time, ABC has yanked Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone (pictured) and Dirty Sexy Money. The first two shows were notable for being among the weirdest shows on the air. As for the third, well, no one has any money these days, so why not give it the boot.

Wow, the bloodbath continues at the networks. This news follows the word about the cancellations of Mad TV, King of the Hill, Lipstick Jungle, My Own Worst Enemy and other shows. As well, the CW just gave the boot to its entire Sunday night lineup that it contracted out to someone else.

One might think that the networks are going to go the el-cheapo route again and replace these with more junk reality shows and game shows. Well, it seems as if the public has had it with those shows, too. The LA Times is noting that the ratings are way down for Survivor, Dancing With the Stars, Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and other shows. Meanwhile, various scripted shows like Gossip Girl and 30 Rock are up. Well, it's about time. Hopefully, the networks will smarten up and realize that a return to scripted TV is the way to go. I just hope there are advertisers left to bring these shows to your beloved set after the big three automakers go belly-up.

(Guys, get on with it and do a bailout already -- preferably one that will keep these three automakers in business so they won't go down the tubes!!).

TV NEWS GETS THE KNIFE

I don't have much to say yet about the situation at the Canadian TV networks: CTV has just imposed a hiring freeze and there was a big bloodbath in news departments over at Global, particularly at these E! network affiliates. I heard the stations in Kelowna, Victoria and Hamilton were pretty hard hit, and that the morning news show on Global Ontario was cancelled. I imagine the Americans will follow suit with their own bloodbaths after all the money from the 2008 political ads run out.

In American cable news, E.D. Hill is out over at FOX.

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