"[The ad] reportedly features Seinfeld pictured with a bespectacled, balding man, a dark-haired woman, and a second taller and more frazzled-looking man, all of whom are hugging one another, leading many to conclude that these individuals are also characters in the show and may be part of Jerry Seinfeld’s fictional family, the Seinfelds."
This summer, Arsenio Hall announced he's returning to TV for another late night talk show that'll be syndicated on 17 stations across the nation and begin airing next year. Here's a promo for the new show, which is coming a bit soon because the show isn't set to debut until September 2013. And of course, the promo features a lot of woof woof woof-ing. For our younger readers, Arsenio Hall is Eddie Murphy's best friend who hosted The Arsenio Hall Show, a popular syndicated late night talk show from 1989 to 1994, that's best known for its audience members pumping their fists and enthusiastically shouting "Woof woof woof!" [...]
Hip! Hip!.. Hopefully, you added, "Hooray" because it's time to celebrate. Community will be renewed for a fourth season. The order will be for 13 episodes; however, there will be an option for NBC to pick-up the back nine, depending on how the show is doing. This puts the show in an interesting but not particularly relaxing situation. The good news is the show is coming back and people at NBC aren't referring to it as its final season. The bad news is the show's fate is still not completely certain. Another wrinkle is that 13 more episodes puts them at 84 total episodes, four shy of the [...]
The Monkees was one of the greatest, hippest, most forward-thinking sitcoms ever, if not the first modern-day, non-cheesy sitcom. Which is remarkable, considering that it existed as an Americanized, TV rip-off of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night starring a completely prefabricated band that didn’t write its songs and only later learned how to play their instruments. The cynical, corporate, the-lil’-bastards-oughta-like-this should have bled through every frame and every note. But it didn’t. Because producer Columbia Pictures and its TV wing Screen Gems didn’t care too much about micro-managing this thing, they let the cast, producers, and writers, all of them inexperienced, do whatever they wanted. The result was [...]
The Simpsons has been on the air for 24 years but has never aired reruns on cable. That's about to change as FX's new sister network FXX just purchased the syndication rights to the series, The New York Times reports. FXX, which is owned by 20th Century Fox, now has the rights to the 530 episodes that make up the show's first 24 seasons, and they're going to start airing them in August of 2014.
FXX got the rights to Simpsons reruns after an intense bidding war that also included TBS and Adult Swim. The terms of the deal were not made public, but the price of each [...]
You'll be able to see old Community episodes on TV pretty soon, which is a pretty exciting thing for those of you who don't just own them on DVD or digitally, that is. Last year, Comedy Central bought the syndication rights to the show, and the network announced today that they'll start airing it next month. Beginning Sunday, September 15th, Comedy Central will air a 10-episode block of "fan-favorite episodes" (i.e. not season four) from noon to 5pm. On September 20th, Community will debut in its regular syndication spot, Friday nights from 9 to 11pm. Four-episode blocks will air each Friday. Watching these episodes is a great chance [...]
Yes, 90. Not 9. Well, they will get another 9 but then another 81 on top of that. As was the deal from the start, if Anger Management met a secret ratings threshold than it would be guaranteed 90 more episodes that would all shoot within the next two years. And with 100 episodes guaranteed, the producers are already starting to look for homes for syndication. The premiere of Anger Management broke records but ratings have steadily dropped ever since, landing just shy of 2 million for the finale. This apparently was more than good enough. So, expect to continue to not watch Anger Management[...]
Erik Adams wrote an interesting article for the A.V. Club yesterday, called, “Is television a medium without a past?” It’s about how while the film and music industries keep looking to the past for inspiration, to the point where original ideas feel shocking, TV doesn’t work the same way. He writes, “The most visible outlets for second-run TV programming are no longer interested in series that premièred before Seinfeld.” TBS, TNT, TV Land, Nick at Nite – their afternoon and primetime schedules are packed with episodes of Home Improvement, The King of Queens, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Family Guy, Boy Meets World, Yes, Dear, etc. (It [...]
Fox is looking to sell the syndication rights to all 25 years of The Simpsons to a cable network, the company's CEO Gary Newman told investors today. Though the show has aired in repeats on network TV for decades, it's never aired on any cable channels. With 530 episodes under its belt, a network that purchased the whole lot could run a different episode of The Simpsons each weekday for more than two years. Calling the show "one of the strongest brands that TV has ever known" and "the greatest television asset of all time," Newman explained that the show's absence from cable and online services like Netflix [...]
The Simpsons has been on for nearly 25 years, but reruns of the show have never aired on cable during that time… until now. TV Guide reports that Fox is nearing a deal to sell the long-running series into syndication to a cable network sometime soon. The network's other animated shows like Family Guy, King of the Hill, and American Dad have been airing reruns on cable networks like TBS and Adult Swim for years, but The Simpsons has only been aired on broadcast TV due to an exclusivity contract signed when the show was first sold into syndication in 1993. What's interesting here, though, is this section of TV Guide's story:
The hottest show this summer isn't The Bachelorette or America's Got Talent, like in previous years, it's Big Bang Theory. Last week a CBS repeat of the show brought in a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, tying a new episode of America's Got Talent and beating everything else. Not to mention this number is up 40% from the same time last year. And the syndication numbers are equally as impressive, averaging almost 9 million viewers a night. Moreover, last Wednesday's 10:30pm repeat beat out all scripted cable shows, new or syndicated, excluding the premiere of Breaking Bad. Maybe, and I'm just spit-balling, Community should try to do [...]
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