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Look! All Five of This Week’s MediaPost TV Blogs

December 2, 2016
From Trump to Dolly Parton and points in-between, presenting this week's MediaPost TV blogs.

From Trump to Dolly Parton and points in-between: Presenting this week’s MediaPost TV blogs.


NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2016 — Back to normal after a short holiday week: This week’s MediaPost TV blogs looked at Trump and the media, a new Syfy drama series, Dolly Parton’s conquest of Christmas, the decline of basic cable, and a basic-cable bright spot, TruTV. Read ’em all below.

Monday, Nov. 28: Trump To News Media: You’re No Fun At All!

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Syfy Series Predicts: In Future, Corporations Will Control The Planet

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Good Golly, Miss Dolly! What Was Christmas Before She Came Along?

Thursday, Dec. 1: Fly-Over Country: Fading Basic Cable Is TV’s Low-Rent District

Friday, Dec. 2: New TruTV Tagline Tells Simple Truth About Its Programming

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The Bubbly Hillbilly: Dolly Parton Rules on NBC

December 11, 2015
This week's MediaPost TV blogs: From "Telenovela" (upper left) to Bigfoot and Hitler (bottom) -- read 'em all below!

This week’s MediaPost TV blogs: From “Telenovela” (upper left) to Bigfoot and Hitler (bottom) — read ’em all below!


NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2015 — What a week to showcase the constant variety of TV — from a telenovela spoof on NBC (sorry, that one didn’t work for me) to a home-spun, hillbilly TV movie produced by Dolly Parton that scored great ratings Thursday night on NBC.

All this and more, in this week’s MediaPost TV blogs. Read ’em all right here:

Monday, Dec. 7: What’s The Spanish Word For ‘Bomb’? NBC’s ‘Telenovela’

Tuesday, Dec. 8: Dolly Parton’s Corn Pone Of Many Colors

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Gun Shopping Network Should Feel Right At Home On Gun-Saturated TV

Thursday, Dec. 10: As Year Comes To An End, NBC News Sails In Calmer Waters

Friday, Dec. 11: TV’s Wildest Goose Chases: ‘Finding Bigfoot’ And ‘Hunting Hitler’

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New entry in the pantheon of network screwups

January 15, 2010

NBC late-night fiasco ranks high on select list of historic TV miscues


NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2010 — More than one commentator has compared the NBC late-night fiasco to the ill-fated launch of “new” Coke in 1985 — an apt comparison since, in both instances, a huge corporation went overboard hyping a new product, only to have to backtrack later when the great new idea didn’t work.

So how does NBC’s Conan/Leno fiasco stack up against other infamous TV screwups?  When the smoke clears and TV historians are able to put this story into perspective, they just might conclude that it was, in fact, the greatest disaster in the history of  network television.

To help them out, I present this list of contenders for the network screwup crown:

I. “Dolly” (Sept. 27, 1987 – May 2, 1988): Dolly Parton’s Sunday-night (later Saturday-night) variety show represented ABC’s plan to revive the time-honored variety category.  The show never caught on but lasted an entire season anyway, mainly because ABC poured so much money into it, most notably paying Parton a non-refundable $44 million for two seasons — in advance.

II. “The Chevy Chase Show” (Sept. 7– Oct. 15, 1993): Legend has it that Dolly Parton suggested Chevy Chase to host Fox’s newest attempt to launch a late-night show after she turned it down.  Her suggestion led to the most notorious failure in late-night history (until recently).  With much fanfare, Fox bought and renovated a theater on Hollywood Boulevard for Chase, renaming it “The Chevy Chase Theater.”  Chase never looked comfortable or even the least bit happy hosting the show and he later admitted that he hated it.

III. “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell” (Sept. 20, 1975-Jan. 17, 1976): Incredibly, if it weren’t for this failed effort on the part of ABC to capitalize on Howard Cosell’s notoriety by giving him an Ed Sullivan-esque prime-time variety show (originating from the Ed Sullivan Theater), the other “Saturday Night Live” on NBC might never have gotten its famous name (since Cosell’s show had it first) or its Not Ready for Primetime Players (Cosell’s cast, which included Bill Murray, Brian-Doyle Murray and Christopher Guest, was called the Prime Time Players).  Those of us old enough to remember this show can still recall the mountains of hype that would greet each episode, such as the show’s premiere, for which an appearance by the Bay City Rollers was billed as the second coming of the Beatles.  NBC’s “SNL” was called only “Saturday Night” until the cancellation of Cosell’s show allowed NBC to add “Live” to its show’s title.

IV: “Life with Lucy” (Sept. 20-Nov. 15, 1986): Lucille Ball was 75 years-old when she attempted this last, ill-advised comedy series on ABC.  I can still remember one episode in which the elderly Lucy was made to swing comically from a chandelier, a spectacle that instantly told me this show would soon be toast.  It was an embarrassing finale to a legendary career in television.

V: “Coupling” (Sept. 25–Oct. 23, 2003): This series would be forgotten as just another network TV failure — of which there are plenty every season.  But rarely, if ever, has a show sunk so quickly after coming to the air with as much hype as NBC attached to the launch of this remake of a sexually explicit sitcom from the United Kingdom.   The American version’s swift disappearance in fall 2003 after just four weeks (even “The Chevy Chase Show” lasted five) was breathtaking: In the end, 11 episodes of the American version were produced and only four aired.

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