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Campos, Miller make new landings

Former prominent newscast personalities Gloria Campos and Rebecca Miller have new positions without TV station backdrops. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Alex Wehrley has made her first small ripple in L.A. after leaving CW33’s Eye Opener in mid-June.
Ed Bark

D-FW ratings for Mexico-Netherlands are magnifico for Univision23

Univision23 had mega-ratings in D-FW for Sunday’s Mexico-Netherlands World Cup match. Combined with a much smaller crowd for ESPN’s English language presentation, they were easily enough to outdraw the market’s most-watched NBA Finals game earlier this month. All the eye-popping numbers are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Late morning workday start equals World Cup soccer falloff

Thursday’s U.S.-Germany World Cup soccer match drew far fewer in-home TV viewers than Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Portugal. But that’s to be expected. Details and a further explanation are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Read the book? If so, HBO's version of The Leftovers seems destined to disappoint

HBO’s heavily promoted The Leftovers premieres on Sunday, June 29th as a weekly series that could go any number of seasons. But I made a “mistake” by just finishing the superb book from which it’s adapted. And in comparison . . . our review is here.

Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings also are posted, with numbers on the return of CBS’ Big Brother and the premiere of NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn.
Ed Bark

Man's world anew: Sawyer stepping down, Muir moving in as anchor of ABC's World News

Diane Sawyer isn’t leaving ABC News. But she will be giving up the World News anchor desk to David Muir in early September. That again will mean men at all three network dinner hour newscasts after Brian Williams for a few years was outnumbered by Sawyer and Katie Couric. All the details are on our Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

NBC's Taxi Brooklyn fares well as breezy summertime tire squealer

NBC’s latest scripted summertime series, Taxi Brooklyn, premieres on Wednesday, June 25th. Preposterous? You bet. Better than expected? That, too. Our review is here.

Also, the Mexico-Croatia World Cup soccer match brought a very big audience Monday afternoon to D-FW’s Univision23. The ratings highlights are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, a new TV Bulletin Board highlights Fox’s somewhat surprising decision to stay the course with American Idol’s four principal players.
Ed Bark

FX's Tyrant a substandard Homeland in reverse

Viewers who were hooked on FX’s Fargo for the past 10 weeks are now being asked to buy into its Tuesday night replacement. But Tyrant, while not terrible, doesn’t seem likely to make the sale. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

World Cup is ratings gold in D-FW

Sunday evening’s thrilling but deflating 2-2 World Cup soccer tie between the U.S. and Portugal dominated the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings. We have the complete breakdown of the numbers on ESPN and Univision23. It’s all on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Jaunty lads: BBC America's The Musketeers also gives them some sharper edges

Here they are again. Aramis, Athos, Porthos and apprentice D’Artagnan join forces anew in BBC America’s The Musketeers. Our review is here.

Also, the Wednesday-Thursday D-FW ratings highlights are posted, along with a closing note on WFAA8 anchor-reporter Marcus Moore.
Ed Bark

Latest to save the world: TNT's The Last Ship

TNT’s The Last Ship, floating into view on Sunday, June 22nd, is determined to take itself very seriously. Maybe that’s understandable. Eighty percent of the world has died at the hands of a pandemic. And the U.S.S. Nathan James is one of the last ports in this storm. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Rectify returns on Sundance TV

One of last season’s joys of discovery, Rectify, will begin an expanded Season 2 on Thursday, June 19th. Sundance TV’s first originally produced series is still a drama with which to be reckoned. But its overall gloom is getting perilously close to being a turnoff. Our review is here.

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

Loving Cup: U.S. soccer win over Ghana a big local draw on ESPN

The U.S. men’s soccer team beat Ghana in dramatic fashion early Monday evening in their 2014 World Cup debut. ESPN reaped big ratings in D-FW for the 2-1 win. How big? See for yourself on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Torched by an angel: sinister Gabriel strikes against humanity while Michael opposes him and God stays on vacay in Syfy's Dominion

Bad angel Gabriel goes crazy after God “disappears” for 25 years in Syfy’s new Dominion, which premieres on Thursday, July 19th. The angel Michael intercedes, though, with remaining earthlings now pocketed in fortresses such as Vega (formerly Las Vegas). Good Lord. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

A double big blowout for Spurs' championship clincher

Sunday night’s concluding Game 5 of the NBA Finals, another Spurs’ blowout of the Heat, easily had the best D-FW ratings of the series. We also have the local numbers for Friday night’s final Stanley Cup game, Sunday’s closing round of the U.S. Open and that night’s Season 4 Game of Thrones finale on HBO. It’s all on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing Orange Is the New Black -- after doing time with all 13 Season 2 episodes

Better to go the distance with all 13 episodes of Neftlix’s Orange Is the New Black before posting a review. At least that’s the feeling here. And here’s the review.

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

Tonys, Miss USA pageant no match in D-FW Sunday night for Game 2 of NBA Finals

ABC dominated Sunday’s prime-time D-FW ratings with Game 2 of the San Antonio Spurts-Miami Heat NBA Finals. The Belmont Stakes likewise rode high in the Nielsens early Saturday evening. Audiences for these and other weekend attractions are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

WFAA8's Carla Wade gets new weekend anchor assignment while Marcus Moore gets new exposure

The ouster of Shon Gables by WFAA8 has triggered a weekend anchor shift involving staffer Carla Wade. Another of the station’s rising stars, Marcus Moore, also got a further boost by replacing Wade on Saturday’s PM newscasts. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Two bits, four bits, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's Power

In a rare excursion into present times, the Starz network’s latest original series is Power. It premieres on Saturday, June 7th, with rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson the selling point behind the camera. Our review is here.

Plus, Game 1 of the NBA Finals didn’t need no stinkin’ air-conditioning to dominate Thursday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

Although he's recycling, Steven Bochco's Murder in the First is solid addition to TNT crime club

Murder in the First joins TNT’s prime-time lineup on Monday, June 9th. It’s from producer Steven Bochco, creator of Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. But this one looks more than a little like his Murder One series for ABC. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Anchor/reporter Shon Gables out at WFAA8

WFAA8 management won’t comment, but anchor/reporter Shon Gables’ troubled tenure is over at the Dallas-based ABC affiliate. The full story is on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, it was baseball’s Rangers vs. hockey’s Rangers -- with some intriguing results -- in Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

TXA21 dropping The Fan sports hour, replacing with (horse-riding) cowboys

TXA21 is canceling The Fan after the locally produced sports hour failed to pack any ratings punch. Coming in from the bench: the Classic Western Hour. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings show a firm pulse for NBC’s new set-in-San Antonio Night Shift medical drama.
Ed Bark

TV Land's Jennifer Falls reunites Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee from Earl

Jennifer Falls, TV Land’s first “single cam” sitcom without a laugh track, has a lot going for it with its cast. But you also have to have the writing. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

No time like the present? Not the case with today's most successful cable network dramas

From Game of Thrones to The Americans to Mad Men to Penny Dreadful, cable networks increasingly are finding success with dramas that fly in the face of the old axiom, “There’s no time like the present.” Unclebarky.com takes an up-close look on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Anchor/reporter Lindsay Wilcox leaving NBC5

After nearly six years with NBC5, anchor/reporter Lindsay Wilcox is leaving the Fort Worth-based station. She had been anchoring weekend morning newscasts and also reporting on weekdays. More details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

CW33 Eye Opener anchor Nerissa Knight heading West

Nerissa Knight, who spent nearly seven years in the D-FW market an anchor-reporter for CBS11 and CW33, has left the latter station’s early morning Eye Opener for a new position in Los Angeles. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the latest weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is posted.
Ed Bark

Veteran CBS11 sports reporter Steve Dennis looking for new playing field

CBS11 sports reporter Steve Dennis, who took an aggressive approach to covering the Dallas Cowboys, is hoping to land a new spot before the team’s training camp opens. After 16 years at CBS11 and sister station TXA21, management decided not to renew his contract. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark