Numbered: The Days of Free Broadcast TV ending soon?

December 29, 2009 by  
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internet-tv-1Many have known for awhile that the ad-supported model in many businesses has taken a hit recently, on the Internet and in print media. Now the ad bust has struck broadcast networks like NBC, ABC and the like, and it appears the days of free broadcast local networks is fading into the sunset.

What will this mean? Well, for starters, if this does happen, most networks will only be available via cable, satellite or other such venues, which in turn will change the landscape of TV forever, needless to say. It’s sad, but this economic downturn has caused a huge ripple effect in consumer spending that is killing the old ad-supported network TV model. We’re sad, but at the same time this could be opportunity for networks to lessen advertising and increase program quality.

This may not happen for 5-10 years, so no need for panic yet, but the ramifications of this news, if true, could change the way we watch TV from here on out.

Sayonara: Simon Cowell to depart American Idol after this season?

December 23, 2009 by  
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0000040071_20070524004011Simon Cowell’s brother says that “American Idol” will have to do without him after this upcoming season, as his brother is stating that this will be his final season with the show.

Tony Cowell stated in his weekly podcast, “The Cowell Factor,” that Simon will be preparing a statement that will confirm that this will be the last season on the popular Fox singing competition for the sharp-tongued British judge. He will concentrate on his British show, “The X-Factor” and migrating it to the US during next year.

The podcast has actually been removed earlier today, so something tells us Tony shouldn’t have let the cat out of the bag this soon. This news will definitely change the tone of the show this coming season, and for seasons to come. Will the show go on? Odds are it will, but it’ll be very different indeed.

Final Goodbye: Nancy O’Dell departing Access Hollywood after 13 years

December 18, 2009 by  
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nancy-o-dell-picture-3Access Hollywood anchor Nancy O’Dell had a long run, but now she’s announced that she is leaving the show this week after 13 years on the airwaves communicating everything gossip-worthy among the celebs.

Released by her publicist: “Having been at Access Hollywood from day one of the show, this has been an incredibly tough decision for O’Dell. She will miss her Access Hollywood family, but looks forward to still seeing them all on the red carpet.”

The statement goes on to say that O’Dell is leaving the show for a fresh start and (possibly) a new opportunity. No details of the possible new job were mentioned or released, but you don’t leave a 13-year gig without knowing what comes next, generally.

O’Dell started with the show’s inception in 1996 and became co-anchor of the show in 1999.

A Ratings Punch: MTV’s Jersey Shore in the center of more controversy

December 13, 2009 by  
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JerseyShore39EpisodeMTV’s controversial reality show, “Jersey Shore,” has charted a lot of bumpy water since its debut pretty much, and now even more is set to follow as a scene featuring a cast member being punched has been cut from the show. The show has lost sponsors and raised the ire of a number of groups since its initial episode.

The scene presents star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi being punched in the face at a bar, was used by MTV to promote the show for some strange reason, and has spread on the net rapidly the last week or so.

MTV Reps stated: “What happened to Snooki was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing. After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context not to show the severity of this act or resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air Snooki being physically punched in the face.” This statement was given to E! Online.

Brad Ferro (not a member of the show) was found guilty of assault, fined $500 and given a six month suspended jail sentence following the debacle. MTV is slated to run a PSA about violence following the episode, which is still scheduled to appear.

SNL Oops: Criticisms emerge over domestic violence skit with Rihanna as musical guest

December 7, 2009 by  
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39SNL39Saturday Night Live” is making the wrong sort of headlines for featuring a skit which made fun of domestic violence – with Rihanna as the musical guest for the evening. Uhh, maybe the writers need to get their signals straight, it appears?

On Saturday’s episode, the skit was regarding Tiger Woods’ rough week, satirizing rumors that his wife, Elin Nordegren, attacked him before his early-morning car accident on November 27.

However, the show’s musical guest was Rihanna – a victim of abuse by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, which made the skit a bit — insensitive, shall we say. Several groups and websites have denounced the show’s “obvious missteps… when you consider that Rihanna was the night’s musical guest.”

We agree…not smart, SNL. Hopefully, they make some kind of public statement to address the issue (they have not up until this writing).