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Heading West -- for TV networks' new season show and tell


The annual summer Television Critics Association “press tour” is coming soon to a tourist hotel not so near me.

So your friendly content provider again will make the trek West, beginning on Tuesday, July 23rd and continuing all the way through August 8th.

One last full dose should be enough. And while in L.A., I’ll be tweeting via @unclebarkycom while also writing periodically for the New York City-based tvworthwatching.com.

During this sojourn, posting on unclebarky.com will go on hiatus. It’s the first such long break since January of 2012. But we’ll be back at it early in the second week of August.

Safe travels to me and to you this summer.

Ed Bark

CBS11 tabs Miami's Scott Padgett as new early morning meteorologist

It didn’t take long for the dust to settle on weathercaster Garry Seith’s abrupt departure from CBS11. The station on Monday announced that his early morning replacement will be Scott Padgett from Miami’s WPLG-TV. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, where you also can find the local weekend Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

More details on WFAA8's new 4 p.m. newscast

WFAA8’s first-ever 4 p.m. weekday newscast is taking further shape. And the details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

2013 Emmy nominations: Netflix breaks through, FX dramas snubbed anew

The 2013 Emmy nominations are out, with FX’s high-quality dramas again on the outside looking in while Netflix breaks through and HBO again dominates. Details and analysis are on our Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Meteorologist Garry Seith out at CBS11

CBS11’s early morning newscast is now without meteorologist Garry Seith. The veteran weathercaster is “no longer with the station,” CBS11 confirmed Wednesday evening. More details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

All-Star game wins night, but D-FW Nielsens sharply down from last year

Tuesday night’s annual All-Star game on Fox easily beat everything in its path, including a two-hour dose of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. But the D-FW audience was far less than last year. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, a Fox4 photographer finds himself in the line of duty during an early morning police chase. And Keith Olbermann stunningly will be returning to ESPN as host of his own show -- on ESPN2.
Ed Bark

CBS lands in rough with "coverage" of Texan Jordan Spieth's history-making first PGA win

Many of those watching Jesuit High School grad Jordan Spieth battle two seasoned pros in overtime of the John Deere PGA tournament were left hanging when CBS bailed out Sunday evening in deference to a 60 Minutes rerun. Spieth ended up being the first teenager in 82 years to win a pro golf tournament. But you missed out if you didn’t have the Golf Channel in your cable or satellite package. We’ve got the blow-by-blow D-FW ratings, etc., on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, former Playboy centerfold Jenny McCarthy brings “warmth and humor” and other assets to The View as the daytime talker’s latest full-time host. Details and other tidbits are on the TV Bulletin Board page.
Ed Bark

Ex-stripper Tammi True regains the spotlight in Dallas-made film

Dallas-based AMS Pictures’ latest production, True Tales, had its world premiere at the Texas Theatre Thursday night. It returned Jack Ruby’s headline stripper, Tammi True, to the spotlight after 50 years of mostly low-profile activities. Our account is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

HBO still has a headliner with Season 2 of The Newsroom

HBO’s The Newsroom begins Season 2 on Sunday, July 14th. The Aaron Sorkin drama may be polarizing, but it still punches hard and often effectively. Our review is here.

Also, Thursday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings are in.
Ed Bark

Hollywood Game Night takes flight

NBC continues to load up on new summertime series with the Thursday, July 11th premiere of Hollywood Game Night. Jane Lynch hosts, and one of the guest contestants is Martin Short. And that’s not bad for starters. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Get ready to do some hard time (13 hours worth) with Netflix's new women-in-prison drama, Orange is the New Black

Netflix’s fourth original series, Orange is the New Black, will have all 13 episodes ready to watch on Thursday, July 11th. Based on screening the first six hours, you’ll want to be a captive audience. Our review is here.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings are posted.
Ed Bark

NBC's Camp is an easily adaptable getaway

The new NBC summer dramedy Camp has Rachel Griffiths heading the cast. That should tell you it’s not a complete throwaway. Our review is here.

Plus, Under the Dome remains strong in the D-FW ratings despite an increasing creative sag.
Ed Bark

FX's The Bridge crosses lines between El Paso, Juarez

Distinctive in just about everything except its serial slaughtering of women, FX’s The Bridge premieres on Wednesday, July 10th. Our review is here.
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WFAA8 tabs Jason Wheeler to helm new 4 p.m. newscasts

Jason Wheeler, who’s been anchoring on weekends at WFAA8, will be assuming that position on the station’s new 4 p.m. weekday newscasts, numerous sources confirm. More details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Shout! Factory reissues the many episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Your friendly content provider once owned an official button-down, three-quarter length sleeve Dobie Gillis shirt from the clothing line of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. And he looked damned cool in it.

Dawning in 1959 as the first prime-time series told from a teenager’s point of view, all 147 episodes of the half-hour comedy series are newly released by Shout! Factory. We take an extended look on the Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings are in.
Ed Bark

NBC gets religion, heists sequel to The Bible from History network

And so it is written. NBC will be home to A.D.: Beyond the Bible, sequel to History network’s blockbuster The Bible. Details are on the Network News & Reviews page.

Also, Laura Thomas, former meteorologist for Dallas-based CW33’s Eye Opener, has newly begun anew in Phoenix. See more on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

WFAA8's latest new hire is Marie Saavedra from Phoenix

Dallas-based WFAA8 has hired Marie Saavedra from Phoenix’s KTVK-TV to replace Jonathan Betz, who recently left to join Al Jazeera America. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Fox4's Adrian Arambulo departing after six years as Good Day mainstay (updated Monday a.m.)

Adrian Arambulo, weekend anchor and weekday reporter for Fox4’s Good Day, is leaving for the Dallas-based station for an on-air position with KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, as June moves to the archives on heavily posted pages, please remember that you can contribute to this website by first clicking on any Amazon ad on any unclebarky.com page before making the buys you were going to make anyway. It costs nothing, and a small percentage of whatever you purchase will then find its way to your friendly content provider.

Thanks as always for your readership and support!
Ed Bark