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Michael Garber's gone as CBS11 news director

After a two-year tenure marked by waves of major personnel changes and declining ratings, news director Mike Garber is out at D-FW’s CBS11. All the details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Two new reviews -- of CNBC's LeBron James-fueled Cleveland Hustles and Sundance TV's imported gangster series Gomorrah

After a timeout period during NBC’s Olympics run, a pair of new series are premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 24th.

CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles is a notably gentler version of Shark Tank that’s co-produced by LeBron James, who mostly stays off-camera. Our review is here.

Sundance TV’s Gomorrah, a mob drama imported from Italy, also begins its run, complete with subtitles. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Strangis in a Strange land as the lead voice of Hospitality Suite

A new version of the play Hospitality Suite opened in Dallas Thursday night, with former Dallas Stars hockey play-by-play voice Ralph Strangis smack in the middle of it. For a closer look and a picture of two sports broadcasting legends, see our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw inflict themselves on Tokyo in the first episode of NBC’s Better Late Than Never. Our review is here.

Also, NBC’s Summer Olympics from Rio get a Bolt bump down the stretch. Night 14 is spotlighted in Thursday’s D-FW ratings “snapshot.”
Ed Bark

Netflix goes at the Olympics with The Get Down

Most networks and streamers are taking a break from program premieres during the ongoing Summer Olympics. Not Netflix, whose most expensive production to date begins streaming on Friday, Aug. 12th with Part One’s six episodes. It’s called The Get Down, and our review is here.
Ed Bark

A busy week of newsroom hires in D-FW

NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 all have recently made or are making additions to their newsrooms.

For the latest on NBC5, go here and here.

For close-mouthed TEGNA8 (but we have our ways), go here.

And for CBS11, go here.

Also, ratings for the Summer Olympics in Rio continue to surge in DFW after Friday night’s Opening Ceremonies fell pretty flat. Tuesday’s Michael Phelps-powered nighttime coverage had the best showing yet on NBC5, soaring to an average of nearly one million viewers. The last three nights have all done better ratings-wise than their 2012 counterparts from London. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark