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  1. I don't think Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy! are supposed to be competing against one another, just like Dr. Phil wasn't supposed to compete against Oprah until the latter went off the air. I do see a situation where KTRK could move Jeopardy! to 6 p.m. followed by Wheel of Fortune, and then move its 6 p.m. newscast over to their second digital subchannel, which would be a new independent station of sorts to replace the zombie Live Well Network. And that's another thing...ABC could see enormous potential converting their .2 channels (all airing the dead Live Well programming) to independent stations carrying morning and primetime newscasts to compete against the Fox stations, local sporting events (such as high school football on KTRK and ESPN3 college sports simulcasts) and both ABC network reruns (e.g. Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy) and Disney/ABC syndicated shows that have seemingly struggled to gain clearance against the infamous syndication warehouse that is CBS (which always seems to harvest their shows beyond shelf life for syndication $$$).
  2. And now The Mel Robbins Show is being pegged to air in Houston on KIAH at 3:00 AM...You mean 3:00 PM, Sony? Assuming the "3:00 AM" is a typo, looks like Nexstar is really wanting Tribune's CW stations to dump the dormant "CW Daytime" hour of Ye Olde Jerry Springer Show.
  3. Wait, is The Doctors still on? To go from a major network affiliate in Houston (KHOU?) to its lowest-rated independent station (KUBE) and still persist to this day makes you wonder how they keep the lights on over there... Rather surprising that it even continued to persist on a major network affiliate in Detroit (one that used to be an actual O&O) even as its share of the ratings dropped.
  4. Yes, but it's not certain which stations will carry it, especially if there's a duopoly involved. In my case (Houston), it could go on either KRIV or KTXH, most likely the latter since KRIV will be loaded with the infotainment shows and Modern Family reruns (which IMHO should go to KTXH paired with The Big Bang Theory). KTXH already airs Family Feud for two hours in access and in the first primetime hour (7P), with MyNetworkTV now pushed into the 8-10P slot. And that's another thing...Personally, MyNetworkTV should be moved to late nights since it's not technically a network anymore and is simply a rerun block.
  5. As far as Houston is concerned, here's what I think will happen, if not have confirmed already: * The Kelly Clarkson Show will be on KRIV at 3p, taking the place of Steve Harvey's ill-fated show. Easy call since her show effectively castrated (and replaced) his. * Tamron Hall will be on KTRK, and with WWTBAM? gone I'm assuming 1p is the show's landing spot (Live! airs at 9am, and I don't see channel 13 dropping its 3pm news anytime soon). The only question is where does Jeopardy! go? My guess will be 3:30p, and with Extra possibly moving to KRIV (since they're moving to Fox O&Os and becoming Extra Extra), this could provide an opening for KPRC to go after Inside Edition at 4:30 in place of Extra. It would be a win-win situation since it puts Jeopardy! back in an appropriate early evening timeslot on an ABC O&O (and thereby keeping SPT happy since they almost took the game shows to Fox I'm told), while KPRC not only gets a solid replacement for Extra but also gets to easily fill the Saturday 6:30p slot, now filled with (oh the horror!) infomercials, with the weekend broadcast of Inside Edition. * I'm not too sure where The Mel Robbins Show will land in Houston, but given Tribune is helping launch the show with SPT, it's safe to say KIAH will carry the show in a midday timeslot, and likely in lieu of Maury at 1 (the same episode currently airs twice with a second run at 4). KIAH will also likely be carrying Judge Jerry, which would be unsurprising since most of his new show's affiliates used to carry his "Trash TV" talk show (of the groups announced as picking up his show only Tribune has a Houston presence). * Not certain where 25 Words or Less, America Says or Personal Injury Court will wind up in the Bayou City. Wouldn't be shocked if these shows wound up on KUBE or KTXH since KRIV will be busy with Modern Family reruns and second-rate tabloid news shows. This is all I know but I could be wrong. Comments greatly appreciated! P.S. Family Feud on the NBC O&Os might actually work...didn't they used to air Richard Dawson's syndicated run around the same time as his ABC daytime run?
  6. I actually beg to differ here, folks. Columbus actually has a pretty large concentration of suburbs and exurbs when you consider that Licking and especially Delaware counties have exploded in the last two to three decades, that the nexus of retail in the region has largely spread out further north and east of the city (Polaris, Easton and Tuttle Crossing all opened in the two decades since the first wave of media consolidation took place), and there are many companies in and around Columbus that have become household names in the last half-century (Wendy's, White Castle and the various Les Wexner retail spinoffs come to mind). Also, while the state has largely shifted somewhat to the right as a whole, the metro areas are competitive in various ways, with the prosperous, normally Republican suburbs around the 3 C's very cool to Trump's economic populism and style (resulting in Democratic protest votes from these areas) -- whereas traditional blue-collar Democrats in places like Youngstown and Toledo more or less shifted away from their party given Obama's "bitter clingers" spiel wasn't particularly popular with a large chunk of the blue-collar set. In other words, Ohio is no more a swing state than it was in the past, and it most certainly will be in the future long after all the TV signals have been consolidated onto one frequency. For what it's worth, TEGNA is most definitely not losing anything investing into Ohio and Indiana, and the only surprise about the latter is that they didn't go for WISH/WNDY (which would have reunited them with their former Corinthian sisters such as KHOU and KXTV) though it did not help that CBS pulled their affiliation from WISH back at the start of 2015. Unless the FCC mandated licensees pass an annual "four highest rated stations" review with regards to limits and effectively required Tribune/Nexstar to choose between CBS and Fox in order to keep both WTTV and WXIN, it wasn't going to help WISH's cause which is why they ended up going to a small-scale operator instead of TEGNA. There's also the whole argument that the Wolfe family wanted to sell its broadcast group in one piece, but that argument's already been played to death like a Taylor Swift song on here.
  7. Not in Houston. HTownRush is as unique (and millennial) a name as TEGNA can get for a morning newscast at KHOU, even on one whose lead-out usually trails the ratings, and Wake Up! is already taken by Fox O&O KRIV (which is doing its best to out-TEGNA KHOU in this department). They have been making gains (almost double) compared to last year, but KHOU still trails KTRK (which is always a strong station no matter what ABC's ratings look like) and KPRC (most experienced news anchor pairings + strong NBC affiliation) overall. And that's not even counting la competencia en espaƱol (KTMD outrating everyone with KXLN tied with KTRK).
  8. Not to mention Ice Cube also wanted to inject politics and culture into the channels. Which worked out so well for ESPN given the Jemele Hill controversy. No way in hell was Fox going to sell to someone that wasn't going to make the networks laser focused on sports. Only questions remaining will come at least beginning tomorrow when the final deal is announced, whether or not the networks keep their master control in Houston (even though that city's teams now play on AT&T SportsNet's channel there) or move outright to Chicago, and whether or not the channels take on a regional identity (more on that in the Speculatron) or a blanket Stadium brand.
  9. Talk about $10 billion of debt to make it official... Get ready for Stadium SportsNet. And don't be surprised if they work overtime to make the Stadium the primary .2 in all Sinclair markets (and drop the alternate feeds since the Stadium digital subchannels can serve as a backup) when ATSC 3.0 comes a-knockin'!
  10. Call it official now...KHOU has flipped the switch on its graphics. No new downtown studio (yet), no move out of UH either...it just happened without notice.
  11. They could color coordinate with red, white and blue considering Fox carries more of the Giants than the Jets. The baseball teams use blue already, with the Yankees' blue being a darker shade, so blue will be the dominant color. They could also pattern according to the colors of the city flag, with WFLD in Chicago using the sky blue of the stripes on the city flag to go with the bright red of the stars on it, and WTXF potentially using royal blue and gold from the Philadelphia flag. Texas may be hard to distinguish given Dallas and Houston have flags dominated by the Lone Star flag colors, but they could utilize a burnt orange color pattern for KTBC in Austin to go with the Longhorns. That might depend on whether or not Fox decides to gut MyNetworkTV graphics from all its junior stations and rebrand them as secondary Fox affiliates (i.e. Fox 9 New Jersey, Fox 13 Plus, etc.) that don't end up with the CW a la WPWR/Chicago. I can see KTXH/Houston rebranding as "Fox 20 Xtra". WSVN will likely remain with Fox if the Ansin family pays them enough hush money + negotiates to wrestle the Fox affiliation from WFXT and enable Cox to sell that station to NBC (which in turn would resolve the WBTS debacle there). I actually have a much better graphics design for the Fox O&Os I'd be glad to present to the concepts/what if section. At least let WTVT/Tampa keep its distinctive "13" and readopt its colors to personalize it KCPQ style.
  12. What's going to be rather interesting is how Fox will attempt to reconcile KCPQ's modern (and IMHO superior) graphics and on-air look with the Fox News-esque look of their existing O&O's. I can understand the "appeal" of Fox News style on a local scale, but I think it's rather cheap in comparison to the look KCPQ has. KTVU right now especially looks odd since the "circle laser 2" does not blend in well with Fox O&O graphics. And considering Fox's own on-air look for its network programs, I think Fox could do better with how it presents itself at its O&Os. How to go about it? Given KCPQ's news graphics use plenty of blue and green - essentially the "civic pride" colors for all the Seattle teams including the Seahawks, a good way to go about it (if only the stuffed suits at Fox would see) would be to color the graphics along the lines of either the local NFL and MLB (and in some cases, NCAA) teams or the colors of the city flag. It certainly would make the Fox acquisitions (and in some cases, reacquisitions) look more appealing in the end. KTVU would do well with ocean blue and the "International Orange" of the Golden Gate Bridge in its on-air look, while KMSP would thrive with Vikings/Prince purple as a dominant color. And if Fox were to indeed make WSFL an O&O, the Miami Dolphins colors would create a unique look in South Florida.
  13. Yes I wouldn't be surprised if KHOU will be one of the last ones given Harvey, but I noticed they're now advertising their new downtown satellite studio at the GRB (George R. Brown Convention Center for those not familiar with Houston) using the new TEGNA graphics. Wouldn't surprise me either if they actually launched the graphics with the debut of their new downtown space come May, but I can definitely see things well-established at their new Westheimer studio. One market I do wonder about is Corpus Christi, given KIII essentially was handed down WUSA's old set I am told and is using a vastly different cut of "This is Home" for its newscast. Anything on the horizon down there as far as changes?
  14. It's going to be interesting to see how Discovery's acquisition of Scripps will play out over the long term. Clearly, Scripps has been a quality leader in regards to its cable offerings, whereas Discovery has spent much of the last 10 to 15 years pandering to the lowest common denominator. I can recall when TLC was known for its science and medical documentaries, but those days are long gone. They are now a launching pad for any scandalous newsmaker to revive their dubious pop culture career beyond their 15 minutes of undeserved fame. If Discovery were to rebrand the HGTV and Food Network brands, you can expect enough outrage to make the front page of USA Today or the New York Times or the top story on Fox News or CNN. Those are established brands with dedicated audiences and familiar faces, have considerable brand equity, and have a unique character all their own. If Discovery were to shake up what ain't broken without any regards to genuine viewer opinion, this marriage is going to be a very rocky one.
  15. As of April 30, WHTV will be no more. That's one less LMA for Scripps to worry about. No word yet on where MyNetworkTV winds up, though I wouldn't be shocked if it landed nowhere else in Lansing given it's a dead network walking.
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