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Incoming, outgoing on TEGNA8's Good Morning Texas

TEGNA8 is bringing in a new co-host for its long-running Good Morning Texas while Mike Castellucci segues back to the news department and Carrie McClure departs (as previously posted). All the details, plus a look at TEGNA8’s overall daytime scene, etc., are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Return of Troy Dungan & "Exploding Toilets" on CBS11 menu for 1st night of May "sweeps"

It’s all about getting ‘em in the tent. So here comes CBS11 with a one-two punch of weathercasting legend Troy Dungan and “Exploding Toilets” on opening night (Thursday, April 28) of the May “sweeps” ratings period. Further details, including an interview with Dungan, are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, in the latest D-FW ratings results, Fox4 and NBC5 traded punches in dominating Tuesday’s severe weather coverage while Fox’s Empire again ruled the Wednesday prime-time roost.
Ed Bark

Fox's Houdini & Doyle is fanciful/passable; CBS11's Jason Allen returns to early morns in new role

An escape artist and a mystery novelist team up to solve crimes in Fox’s Houdini & Doyle, which is set in London, 1901 and premieres on Monday, May 2nd. Our review is here.

Plus, former CBS11 interim early morning anchor Jason Allen is returning to the dawn patrol as part of a new configuration. It not coincidentally starts on the first day of the May “sweeps” ratings period, which fires up on Thursday, April 28th. Exclusive details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

More low ratings drama for Real Housewives of Dallas

Monday’s third episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas continued its downward spiral in the national Nielsen ratings. Take a look on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Subtracting (and adding) the on-camera newsroom personnel at D-FW's four major providers

Since the start of 2014, Fox4, NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 to date have lost 51 on-camera news personalities for various reasons. But three of the four stations have pretty much replenished the stock while the other lags far behind them. We break it all down on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the Friday-Monday D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshots” cover the combined four post-season games played by the Dallas Mavericks (who have been eliminated) and the Dallas Stars (who have advanced to the second round. All the Nielsen numbers are right here.

Plus, NBC5 will air a half-hour tribute to chief meteorologist David Finfrock on Saturday, April 30th to commemorate his 40 years at the Fort Worth-based station. Here are the details.
Ed Bark

A buyout day goodbye for 12 off-camera staffers at TEGNA-owned WFAA8

No on-camera staffers were given the option. But 12 off-camera newsroom personnel at Dallas-based WFAA8 were allowed to take the TEGNA corporate buyout. Their last days were on Friday, April 22nd.

This contrasts with the numerous on-camera anchors, reporters and meteorologists who were offered and took retirement packages at other TEGNA-owned stations across the country. We break it all down for you on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the latest D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” shows diminished local returns for the Dallas Mavericks’ blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night.
Ed Bark

Veep returns to make lambs of real-life presidential gut-fighters

No matter how unseemly it gets, Campaign 2016 can’t hope to match the craven, ideal-free opportunism of HBO’s Veep. Season 5 starts on Sunday, April 24th, and our review is here.
Ed Bark

Ratings droop for RHOD's "Poop Hat" episode

Monday’s second episode of Real Housewives of Dallas, featuring cast member Brandi Redmond’s “Poop Hat,” took a dump in the national Nielsen ratings for cable programming. It lost more than 150,000 viewers from the weak April 11th premiere while again trailing new episodes of three other Housewives editions that aired in the past week. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Fox4 has added reporter Allison Harris to its newsroom. She’s arriving from KOTV-TV in Tulsa. More information is right here.

Plus, a bounteous new TV Bulletin Board highlights ABC’s new game show-infused summertime schedule among many other things.
Ed Bark

All bloody hell breaks loose in The CW's Containment

A deadly epidemic threatens to wipe out poor Atlanta in The CW’s Containment. And if you’re into apocalyptic drama, it might be for you. Our review is here.

Plus, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” spotlights some intriguing numbers from the Dallas Mavericks’ and Dallas Stars’ latest encounters in the first rounds of their playoff series.
Ed Bark

Masterpiece theater on AMC via imported British miniseries The Night Manager

The Night Manager arrives as a six-episode miniseries on these shores after debuting earlier this year on the BBC. AMC does the U.S. honors with a gem of an espionage drama drawn from a 1993 John le Carre novel and starring Hugh Laurie, Tim Hiddleston and Olivia Colman. Our review is here.

Plus, the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” includes complete numbers for Saturday night’s Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks playoff games.
Ed Bark

HBO's Confirmation revisits the Thomas-Hill Supreme Court confirmation hearings

Before the O.J. Simpson trial came the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, which also received heavy live TV coverage and were notable for the “race card” being very effectively played. HBO’s Confirmation, which premieres on Saturday, April 16th, re-dramatizes those times while also depicting Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Biden as a weak-kneed ringmaster. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Reporter Zahid Arab leaving Fox4

After two reporter hires this week by D-FW TV stations, another exit is coming. Fox4’s Zahid Arab is leaving the station after just a two-year stay. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Fox4/NBC5 respectively hire new reporters Lynnanne Nguyen, Alice Barr

Departures have been the norm of late in D-FW’s television news rooms. But now for some new arrivals. Fox4 has hired Lynnanne Nguyen as a reporter and Alice Barr is joining the NBC5 news team. More details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Monday’s premiere of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas was not so hot in the national Nielsen ratings for cable programs. And those are the numbers that count.
Ed Bark

Quite a night for Bob Schieffer and quite a feat for Press Club of Dallas

The Press Club of Dallas saluted Texas journalism giant Bob Schieffer Monday night before a packed house in downtown Dallas. Words and pictures are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in.
Ed Bark

Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson touches all the bases on PBS

Ken Burns’ latest film, the two-hour, four-part Jackie Robinson, premieres Monday, April 11th on PBS and concludes Tuesday. Our review is here.

Also, Jordan Spieth’s met his Waterloo on the 12th hole of The Masters. A lot of local viewers agonized, as shown in the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot.”

Plus, we have reviews of TBS’ The Detour and NBC’s Game of Silence
Ed Bark

The Real Housewives franchise at last does Dallas

It’s almost here. After a decade of screwing around with other venues, Bravo’s Real Housewives finally takes a shine on Dallas with the Monday, April 11th premiere. Five principals are spotlighted, with a side order of “friend of the Dallas ladies.” Your friendly content provider has survived the first two episodes, and our review is here.

Plus, TBS continues on its new comedy path with The Detour, co-created by the husband-and-wife team of Jason Jones and Samantha Bee. Jones also co-stars, and the review is right here.

Also, Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” spotlights a very dominant night for Fox and Fox4. And as posted earlier in the week, reporter/co-host Carrie McClure has decided to leave TEGNA8’s Good Morning Texas after a four-year stay.
Ed Bark