After the coffee. Before getting ready for baseball season.
The Skinny: My morning ritual of doing this column while listening to the Dan Patrick show has been disrupted because Patrick is off covering the Olympics for
A bigger bang. The strong just got stronger. CBS, already the most-watched network in prime time, struck a one-year deal with the NFL for an eight-game package of Thursday prime-time football games this fall. The network beat out NBC and
Farewell. Jay Leno ends his long run as king of late night on Thursday. Never loved by the critics, Leno nevertheless has kept NBC's "Tonight Show" on top for more than two decades, and even survived an attempt by his own network to replace him. Leno will continue to do comedy gigs but for now at least is indicating that he doesn't have a desire to find another TV job.
Outfoxed. NBC's big bet for the fall season -- a sitcom starring Michael J. Fox -- has been pulled from the Thursday schedule. The show had disappointing ratings practically out of the gate and although NBC hasn't officially canceled "The Michael J. Fox Show," benching it is the next closest thing. Fox's show isn't the only high profile Thursday comedy that flopped for NBC. "Sean Saves the World," starring Sean Hayes, also tanked. Does this mean NBC has learned its lesson with regards to recycling old sitcom stars? Well, it's developing a new comedy with Bill Cosby. More on the Fox move from Vulture and the Hollywood Reporter.
Big numbers. Perhaps tired of hearing about how huge and game-changing
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