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Ex Tex guv Rick Perry looks to get voted off national stage again as competitor on Dancing with the Stars

Rick Perry will be the second fallen Texas politician to take a whirl on Dancing with the Stars when the ABC show’s 23rd edition kicks in on Sept. 12th. All the details, including some quotes from the twice failed presidential candidate, are on our TV Bulletin Board page.
Ed Bark

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

The Little Prince is a Netflix gem

Netflix’s animated The Little Prince, which begins streaming on Friday, Aug. 5th, is reason alone enough to subscribe. The voices behind the characters include Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Albert Brooks, Ricky Gervais and Benicio Del Toro. Suitable for all ages, and our review is here.

Presenting the Dallas Press Club's Sept. 7th "Cowboys Kickoff" event, with Brad, Babe, Kristi and "The Dooce"

Another not-to-be-missed Press Club of Dallas event is coming soon. It’s the Wednesday, Sept. 7th “Cowboys Kickoff,” featuring the longstanding radio team of Brad Sham, Babe Laufenberg and Kristi Scales. Fox4 anchor Mike Doocy will be our moderator.

Besides seeing and hearing them in an intimate setting, you’ll also have a chance -- at just $2 per raffle ticket -- to win some very cool sports tems, including a signed Dirk Nowitzki jersey and footballs autographed by Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach. Our charity beneficiary is okaytosay.org, a mental health awareness initiative for which Brad, Mark Cuban, Emmitt Smith, Eric Nadel and Mayor Mike Rawlings among others have cut supportive videos. Just four days after the event, the Cowboys will begin regular season play with a Sunday, Sept. 11th game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.

Previous Press Club events have sold out, so you’re advised to act now. Tickets are extremely affordable, and include dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks at Dallas’ 3015 Trinity Groves Event Center. Further details -- and online ticket-buying information -- are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Fort Worth-based NBC5 has hired Samantha Chatman as the station’s new consumer reporter. And Tuesday’s D-FW ratings “snapshot” is also posted.
Ed Bark

TEGNA8 anchor Shelly Slater leaving 4 and 6 p.m. weekend slots to spend more time with three children

Anchor Shelly Slater, a 10-year veteran at Dallas-based TEGNA8, will soon be leaving as anchor of the station’s 4 and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts. She wants to spend more time with her husband and their three children. Details, replacements and comments from Slater are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, is Hillary Clinton really the “worst TV candidate since Richard Nixon,” as one TV critic with a regular national TV presence claims? Well, yes, if you ignore at least three others and another trio who were at least as bad. Our commentary is on the Network News & Reviews page.

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