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Everything posted by atlnewsfan03

  1. It would be interesting to see WFLX going in-house. Not sure how big the WFLX facilities is and whether it could house a news department (studio and newsroom space). It'd remain to be seen whether Gray wishes to build a news department from scratch, assuming the arrangement with WPTV is to end, and if WPTV is tapped to produce WSFL newscasts. Hopefully we learn more soon.
  2. Hopefully NBC makes the smart decision in renewing Days of our Lives. I'd prefer to see the soaps than see the train-wreck of cheap talk shows, game shows, and courtroom shows. With head writer Ron Carlivati, it would be destined to get better. I miss seeing a lot of other canceled soaps. As the World Turns and One Life to Live, near the end of their long runs were getting better. Novel idea would've been for the soaps to be shortened back to half-hour in length, as less is more. #SaveOurSoaps
  3. There's no telling which Meredith stations could be next in line for set makeover. I'd say KVVU looks to be due for a makeover, and I'd imagine them getting KPHO/WSMV set too. What stands out on the KPHO/WSMV set is the main anchor desk having what looks like a popped out LED box ticker display. It'll be interesting to see whether KCTV gets that too.
  4. Megyn Kelly landed an interview with the staffer "alleged" to have leaked Amy Robach video.
  5. I was thinking Scott Chapin was mulling retirement a few years ago. It wouldn't surprise me if Ed Ansin, owner of stations in Boston and Miami made him a sweet deal to stick around a little while longer. I'd imagine a few other Fox O&O's and Cox stations still have Chapin voicing their news opens and promos. Other voice-over I can think of, but not sure if any of the NYC stations use... Names like Bill Ratner, Bob Tracey, and Paul Turner. I don't know if WPIX still has Jim Cutler. Good female VO would be Roberta Solomon. I'd agree that Charlie Van Dyke may be inching closer to retirement.
  6. NBC wanted to experiment with expanding Nightly News from half-hour to full-hour back in the early 80s. Those plans never materialized. NYT article from 1981: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/20/arts/stations-board-passes-one-hour-nbc-news.html If CBS were to expand from half-hour to full-hour, one of a couple scenarios would have to occur. Easy scenario I could think of would be CBS (A) rescheduling daytime line-up... The Price Is Right at 11AM eastern The Young & The Restless at 1PM eastern The Talk at 2PM eastern The Bold & The Beautiful at 3PM eastern CBS having the option of shorten Let's Make A Deal to half-hour, or cancel LMAD for either a new half-hour soap or expand B&B to full-hour. Or if CBS wanted to move The Talk to 3PM eastern, and put B&B in 2PM eastern. CBSEN air 6:30-7:30PM eastern or 7-8PM eastern. (B) CBS convincing its affiliates to air hour-long CBSEN, and having O'Donnell personally visit each of the affiliates. The only successful hour-long network evening news program would be PBS Newshour seen on most PBS member stations. It would be interesting to see whether or not NBC would also want to revisit the hour-long Nightly News idea again, or if ABC could be thinking the same thing with World News Tonight. Only time will tell.
  7. I kind of don't see CBS wanting to repeat the mistake of filling 10PM hour Monday-Friday with CBS Evening News much like a decade ago how NBC filled 10PM hour Monday-Friday with Jay Leno's failed prime-time talk show. Plus, I don't think CBS would want to cancel its news show anytime soon. Things to remember is: (1) Many TV viewers have lost faith in local and national news organizations for a multitude of reasons. (2) CBS has never fully recovered from the mid 90s affiliation switch, where CBS lost affiliates (in Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay) to Fox, as well as additional switches that took place in Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Philly, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City about that same time. (3) And whether it's Scott Pelley, or Jeff Glor, or Norah O'Donnell anchoring, or if CBS were to pick a name like Shephard Smith or Ann Curry, ratings aren't going to improve overnight. This will take time.
  8. Other music packages Arnold has also since retired... Another Fox affiliate package Outlaw News went away about the same time as Fusion and Elevation. I believe Global Village, News Edge, and WWL News have also since been retired. I wouldn't be surprised if Signature gets retired soon.
  9. It seems to me like TEGNA has lost its way. Scripps seems tolerable.
  10. I'd agree that WGCL 46, back during their WGNX days was very good, especially during the "Georgia's News at Ten" era. That ended when WAGA 5 took Fox away from WATL 36, upon ending its then 45-year union with CBS. Had CBS went to WUPA 69 (when it was still WVEU), it'd probably be another WWJ. We don't know what WATL would've looked like had they affiliated with CBS. WGCL having news department benefitted CBS greatly. Since Meredith acquired WGCL from Tribune, I'd agree with back-and-forth name changes between CBS 46 and CBS Atlanta, outside the infamous failed "Clear News" concept, as well as management and anchor turnovers, hence the "revolving door" status. WGCL's ratings may not be the best, despite many opportunities recently to jump into 3rd place, and push WXIA 11 into last place. At the same time, WGCL is profitable (making tons of money). My guess would be as good as anyone elses... "status quo". I couldn't see Meredith doing a WIAT on WGCL, as "Daily News" concept would likely fail. Not sure whether WGCL could experiment with "Eyewitness News", considering "Action News" is on WSB 2.
  11. I'd agree. It wouldn't hurt WPLG to sacrifice one of their newscasts. Unless WPLG and its parent company BH Media have a similar dilemma like KSNV's former parent company Intermountain West Communications (predated Sinclair acquisition) did a few years ago, when their local news and local programming expansion went nowhere or was short-lived. I could see WPLG put Live with Kelly & Ryan back on at 9AM, and put Tamron Hall on at 10AM, and them keep 3PM newscast.
  12. I agree with both AMC and OLTL coming back as half hour soaps, instead of full hour soaps. Less is more. Soaps having such rich histories and legacies associated with them. I could see CBS mulling over reviving 1 or 2 of its canceled soaps, shortened to half hour broadcasts, if Let's Make A Deal or The Talk was to get axed. As the World Turns, much like OLTL, was getting better near the end of its run. Guiding Light may have been in trouble in its last years. Or I could see Capitol being revived, even though it's been gone since 1987.
  13. Kind of wonder whether ABC is regretting last year's cancellation of The Chew... Or regretting the cancellations of beloved soaps All My Children and One Life to Live. I personally miss seeing the soaps, and OLTL especially was getting better when it ended its run on ABC in 2012.
  14. Only a select few syndicated talk shows have staying power. Days of Phil Donahue, Oprah Winfrey, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Montel Williams are long gone. Maury Povich and Jerry Springer's talk shows could be on their last legs if they haven't already been officially canceled. So far, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rachael Ray are still around. Plus plenty of the courtroom shows, game shows, and newsmagazine shows (including daytime spin-offs). If Fox decides to commit to Jerry O'Connell for the 2020-21 season, it's possible we could see either The Real or Wendy Williams or possibly both getting axed after the 2019-20 season. If Tamron Hall lasts 1 or 2 seasons, hopefully ABC would be smart to keep her for their news division, if they'd like to have her for prime-time specials, or certain news events, and so on.
  15. I'm kind of thinking that too. My thinking is Kelly Clarkson lasts for only 1 season. Other new syndicated shows, I'd give Judge Jerry 1 or 2 seasons. Not sure about Mel Robbins. I could see 25 Words Or Less having staying power, along with Tamron Hall. Local stations also have the option of expanding local programming, whether it be adding a new newscast or 2, or adding a advertorial (pay-to-play) type show, or station parent companies experiment with groupwide programming. We'll see what 2019-20 season will look like as it rolls along.
  16. New WGHP set looks nice. It'll be interesting to see whether new WJW set will be by the same designers that did WGN, KDVR, and WGHP sets.
  17. It looks like CBS has worked on rolling out local CBSN in NYC and LA. SF Bay Area looks to be next. Not sure if Philly has it yet. I'd imagine remaining CBS O&O markets to get it soon. It'll be interesting to see whether non-O&O markets (like Atlanta, Houston, DC, Seattle, etc.) get local CBSN service. Edited: Not about whether Chicago will get it. I probably wouldn't anticipate Detroit getting it anytime soon.
  18. I'd agree with the KSTU graphics not looking too great. It'll be interesting to see what the new Scripps group graphics package will look like when it debuts around late 2019/early 2020, and if a new Scripps group music package could be in the works as well. We'll see.
  19. That could be a strong possibility. FCC could order Nexstar to divest WTTV or WXIN. Unwinding the WTTV and WXIN news department into separate operations wouldn't be an easy task.
  20. It'll be interesting to see whether Nexstar could and might have plans to blow up the News With A Twist format/concept, and go the route of ABC 26 News or WGNO (26) News. Or of they wanted to experiment with Local 26 News. If Nexstar wants to keep WPIX, KTLA, and WGN together. Selling KCPQ-KZJO, WJW, and KDVR-KWGN to Fox would be a smart move for Nexstar. Maybe Fox being able to pick WDAF or WITI, if they desire adding 4 markets instead of 3. Scripps is getting WSFL.
  21. It'll also be interesting to see whether KFSM switches to "Moving Forward" theme music, if "CBS Local" music is going away. After the Nexstar-Tribune merger is completed and TEGNA takes control of the stations it's acquired, it'd likely be at least 6 months till the TEGNA graphics and "C Clarity" music is implemented.
  22. KTVB did really good with this set. I notice the anchor desk looks kind of small and round, but can't tell if it's anything like KHOU. Like the interview area concept being interchangeable. I'm hoping TEGNA has plans to invest in new sets at WKYC and WGRZ, and maybe WCNC next.
  23. I'd agree with WBTV rollout. Plus I'd be interested in seeing how Gray will do WVUE and WBRC as well. Also if Gray plans for those 2 Fox stations to switch to "Beyond" music package with graphics makeover.
  24. Last I checked, they still have their current 7 logo. It wouldn't surprise me if KOAM were to get a new circle 7 logo containing a play button icon, similar to the new WISC and KXLY logos containing play button icon, with graphics overhaul.
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