So much locally-connected TV news, so little time.
Here's a quick summary of stuff I've collected but didn't merit its own blog entry:
- Former V-103 morning host Frank Ski will start doing weekly commentaries tomorrow on 11Alive's morning news in a segment called "I'm Just Sayin' ". He isn't sure what time the commentaries will air. He just taped his first commentaries today, he said, and the subjects were Jason Collins and Plan B for teenagers.
Ski, who left V-103 in December when both sides couldn't come up with an agreement, is still seeking a syndication deal.
"Family Feud," shot in Atlanta, is holding auditions for families to joust before host Steve Harvey. You have three days left. Go to www.familytryouts.com and then call 323-762-8467 or email Atlanta@familytryouts to schedule their appointment. Families must have an appointment in order to try out. Appointment dates are this Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5 and next Wednesday May 8 and Thursday May 9.
Harvey, by the way, this week received a Daytime Emmy nomination as best game show host for "Family Feud." The show itself received an Emmy nod as well.
CNN has quickly given Anthony Bourdain a second season of eight episodes set to start airing in mid-September. His show has generated strong ratings for the station on Sunday night. Over three weeks, his show "Parts Unknown" is averaging more than 800,000 viewers, beating MSNBC and Fox News.
Speaking of CNN (which was belittled last week at the White House Correspondents dinner by both host Conan O'Brien and Pres. Barack Obama for its early Boston Marathon coverage errs.), Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said of new CNN prez Jeff Zucker on a quarterly conference call: “we think that [he] is off to a great start.” And he repeated the perpetual CNN problem of drawing lots of people there in times of crisis but struggling to keep them around when there's no breaking news.
CFO John Martin told stock analysts that CNN was a weak spot in revenues in the first quarter while Adult Swim and TBS were up. But “we are seeing improvement in the news category domestically and internationally in Q2,”
Atlanta-based Adult Swim has picked up syndication rights to Fox's moderate hit 'Bob's Burgers" for around $500K a pop, according to Deadline.com and will begin airing the first three seasons this summer. Two other Fox animated series "King of the Hill" and "Family Guy" are already fixtures on the network.