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Season's greetings with the return of Uncle Barky's Countdown to Christmas

You’ve been watching and waiting for it -- in my fever dreams at least. And now Episode 1 of the annual Uncle Barky’s Countdown to Christmas is ready to regale you. We begin with a Dallas Mavericks Christmas video that harkens back to an earlier Dirk and former teammates Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler among others. It’s on our Network News & Reviews page. Merry, Merry!
Ed Bark

CBS11 enters 10 p.m. winner's circle, Fox4 has the most wins and TEGNA8 goes winless in D-FW's November local newscast ratings "sweeps"

The CBS11 news room will have a joyous holiday season after pulling off an upset November “sweeps” win at 10 p.m. in total viewers.

Fox4 also has reason to celebrate its November “sweeps” ratings performance with super-strength wins in the early morning and across-the-board first-place finishes among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 chipped in with total viewer victories at 5 and 6 p.m., leaving the once mighty TEGNA8 without a single win for the first time in memory. All the numbers, plus analysis, are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

John McCaa's replacement at TEGNA8 will be Chris Lawrence from D.C.'s NBC-owned WRC-TV

Dallas-based TEGNA8 has taken quick action in naming a replacement for mainstay anchor John McCaa, who will be retiring in March. On Monday, the station named Chris Lawrence to join Cynthia Izaguirre on TEGNA8’s weekday evening newscasts. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Ed Bark

Catching up with what I've been doing

I’ve been delinquent in posting teases on this page, so here we go again.

Sad and tragic news for former WFAA-TV medical reporter Janet St. James, who’s had a major cancer relapse. More details and a link to her forthright and heartrending video are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

The Dallas Cowboys’ last second win over the Atlanta Falcons put them back in the thick of the NFC East race. But a noon start on Fox depressed the ratings compared to last year’s Game 10. All the numbers are here.

TEGNA8’s heavily promoted report last week on an alleged gang rape and subsequent coverup by the University of North Texas had an unfortunate and significant flaw via an accompanying graphic. Here’s a detailed look.

We also have reviews of:

Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.

Showtime’s Escape At Dannemora, a limited series about a real-life upstate New York prison break. Ben Stiller directs all seven episodes in his coming out party as a serious guy.

Amazon Prime’s Homecoming, a drama series starring Julia Roberts.

The final season of Netflix’s House of Cards.

Ed Bark

Reviewing two ABC newcomers and catching you up with a slew of others

ABC is hoping that Tuesday will be its biggest night of the new season, with freshman series The Rookie and The Kids Are Alright joining the network’s Roseanne-less The Conners.

A review screener for The Conners was unavailable to your friendly content provider. But our reviews of the Oct. 16th launches of The Rookie and The Kids Are Alright are here and here.

Also, in case you missed them, check out the unclebarky.com reviews of these following new series:

The Neighborhood (CBS)
Happy Together (CBS)
All-American (The CW)
The Romanoffs (Amazon Prime)
Camping (HBO)

Ed Bark