This Week’s Podcast: Kimmel and Bits

More TV talk with Hamilton’s Scott Thompson, including why Jimmy Kimmel should host the Oscars, what’s the deal with that show Tom Green does out of his house and the storm brewing in late night with that whole hand off to Conan O’Brien of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Plus Oprah’s Big Give–does it give you… Read on

Life Imitates Art?

Is the Barack Obama U.S. presidential campaign retyping old West Wing scripts? Saw this over at Denis McGrath’s Dead Things ON Sticks today: You can read McGrath’s take on this here. The Slate video cleverly juxtaposes the real and imagined campaigns but the underdog, outsider bid by Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) wasn’t that much of… Read on

Jaywalking All The Way to the Bank

Nobody has a better handle on the late night scene than Bill Carter at The New York Times. The author of The Late Shift and, more recently, Desperate Networks, Carter’s connections with industry power players runs deep, even after he’s spilled the beans so many times in the past. I know from personal experience that… Read on

Viewers Run Back to The Border

That “Yes!” you just heard came from CBC where The Border rocketed back up to 716,000 viewers Monday night. The Week The Women Went had another solid outing Monday, drawing 802,000 viewers. The Series finale is in two weeks, but look for CBC to bring this one back, with small towns in other regions like… Read on

Travel Back in GSN’s TV Time Machine

Want to take a trip back in time? Back to an era of manners and civility on television? You’ll have to stay up half the night or be able to tape, TiVo or PVR to find it. I’m talking about GSN’s 3 a.m. blast of “black and white overnight,” the vintage airings of panel shows… Read on

Kimmel’s Oscar Worthy Revenge

Sunday night after the Oscars on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel got his revenge on saucy girlfriend Sarah Silverman. You’ll recall her musical confession that she was F***ing Matt Damon. Kimmel hit Damon where it hurts, taking away the one person even more precious in his “We Are The World”-inspired get even video, I’m F***ing Ben Affleck.More… Read on

No Ratings For Old Men

There may be blood after preliminary ratings for last night’s Academy Awards suggest that it was by far the lowest-rated Oscarcast ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, the overnights show a 14% drop below the previous worst ever performance by an Oscar, in 2003. Worse, it was down 24% year-to-year in the 18-49-year-old demo. Sunday’s… Read on

There Will Be Bland

Well, there’s four hours I’ll never get back.The 80th Annual Academy Awards were handed out last night, and as Johnny Carson once cracked, they managed to cram two hours of entertainment into four.After lowering expectations with a lousy performance in 2006, a much more relaxed Jon Stewart was better this time as host, scoring early… Read on