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Divorce: KTXD (Ch. 47) splits with ME-TV network in favor of more local programming and a major revamp of reruns

Dallas-based KTXD-TV (Ch. 47) has ended its affiliation with ME-TV, opting for more local programming and a new menu of reruns. For instance, out is The Rifleman, in are Barney Miller and All in the Family. We have the complete story, and all the programming shifts, on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Life goes on, even in Showtime's Time of Death

Those looking for breezy escapist entertainment after a long work week won’t find it in the Showtime documentary series Time of Death, which premieres on Friday, Nov. 1st. But you can always record it for future viewing when the time seems right. Our review is here.

Also, Fox’s concluding Game 6 of the World Series hit some ratings ruts in D-FW. The numbers are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

The Kennedy cavalcade begins, with ReelzChannel's fingering the "real" killer in JFK: The Smoking Gun

Leave it to a former Australian detective, pawing over an old 1992 book, to deduce that President Kennedy died at the hands of an ally on Nov. 22, 1963. Our look atJFK: The Smoking Gun, premiering on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, is on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

A tough at bat (ratings-wise) for Game 5 of World Series

Even a pivotal Game 5, with the Cards and Red Sox tied at two games apiece, couldn’t stop D-FW viewers from making Fox’s World Series third best from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday opposite singing and dancing on NBC/ABC. We break down the local numbers on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

D-FW ratings in for Cowboys, World Series and more

It was a mega-sports weekend, with most of the action on Fox4 locally. We have a complete report on the D-FW ratings for the Cowboys-Lions game, the World Series, etc. Plus, a top-to-bottom list of the most- and least-watched Cowboys games through the first half of the regular season. It’s all on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

HBO's Seduced and Abandoned makes for a fine one-night stand

Alec Baldwin and director/writer James Toback journey to the Cannes Film Festival in search of money for the latter’s “work of art” in HBO’s illuminating, entertaining Seduced and Abandoned. The documentary film premieres on Monday, Oct. 28th and our review is here.

Also, Game 2 of the World Series swing a bigger bat than Game 1 in the latest D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

Louisiana offers its version of Anna Nicole's odd coupling in A&E's The Governor's Wife

The proud state of Louisiana now has its own version of Anna Nicole/J. Howard with the marriage of 86-year-old former governor Edwin Edwards and 35-year-old Trina Grimes Scott, whom he met in prison while serving time on a racketeering conviction.

The guv has two sexagenarian daughters from his first marriage while Trina is the mother of two teenage sons from her first. So of course it’s been turned into a “reality” series, with A&E doing the honors on Sunday, Oct. 27th. Our review is here.

Plus, Game 1 of the World Series was decided early in favor of the Boston Red Sox. That still didn’t stop it from ranking No. 1 in the national Nielsen ratings. But how about in D-FW? Get all the numbers on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Let it bleed: vampires again come calling, this time in NBC's Dracula

The vampire franchise hasn’t yet bled out, with The CW doing OK so far with its spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. NBC now inflicts some pains in the necks with Dracula, which premieres on Friday, Oct. 25th. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars, and our review is here.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings show more slippage for ABC’s much-hyped Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ed Bark

It's Oswald then and now for Killing Kennedy's world premiere at Texas Theatre

History can have strange ways of repeating itself. As it did during National Geographic Channel’s first screening of Killing Kennedy at the Texas Theatre. Accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended there on Nov. 22, 1963. And on Friday, Oct. 18th. the actor playing Oswald in the film was on hand to watch himself on a big screen before taking questions and posing for pictures. Our account is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Wings stop: Cowboys devour Eagles while D-FW ratings fly at medium altitude

Noon Dallas Cowboys games not surprisingly tend to be slower on the draw than later start times. But Sunday’s wipeout of the Philadelphia Eagles at least managed to get past the one million D-FW viewer mark. Our complete report is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, along with local numbers for the big Sunday Night Football matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Peytons.
Ed Bark

Bad Santa need not apply as the Hallmark and Lifetime networks rev up their very merry Christmas machines

Christmas comes but once a year, but is starting to seem year-‘round on the dueling Hallmark and Lifetime networks. Their holiday season new movie rollouts begin in early November, with ABC Family also chipping in later with a “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” preceding its actual “25 Days of Christmas” celebration.

Uncle Barky looks at all the goo while also perhaps melting your heart with a proposed Christmas film tied to his traumatizing youthful experience at a drive-in theater’s “Christmas in July” extravaganza. Hark, it’s all on our Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, Thursday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” takes a close look at the one-sided face-off between quartets of sitcoms on CBS and NBC.
Ed Bark

Starz steps out in unusual fashion with Dancing on the Edge

Period dramas without swordplay, bloodletting and graphic sex haven’t been the Starz network’s style so far. So you might be surprised to find the tuxedoed, BBC-produced Dancing on the Edge miniseries housed there. It’s almost like finding Spartacus on the Hallmark Channel. But bravo for branching out. And our review is here.

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

Reign takes The CW to mostly fact-free medieval times

The CW’s version of Mary, Queen of Scots enters the network’s prime-time picture Thursday. The men in her teenage life are twofold -- Prince Francis and his half-brother, “Bash.” Say what? Our review is here.
Ed Bark

BBC America's Burton and Taylor: a lingering look at their last tango

Last fall’s Lindsay Lohan-spiced Liz & Dick movie for Lifetime was howlingly bad. This fall’s entry, BBC America’s Burton and Taylor, is bracingly good. Our review is here.

Plus, NBC stays super-strong in D-FW’s Monday night Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

Cowboys give NBC5 another mega-boost

Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys win over the arch rival Washington Redskins ranked way up there in the D-FW ratings for the six regular season games to date. But how high? Local ratings for Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma game are also included on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

NBC5's new Peacock palace

NBC5 staffers are less than a month away from vacating their ramshackle homestead on Barnett Street in Fort Worth and moving to a state-of-the-art facility that also will house sister station Telemundo39. We take a look at the new place and talk to its head groundskeepers. It’s all on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

A closer look at George Schlatter, latest winner of Dallas VideoFest's Kovacs Award

Laugh-In will always be his signature TV achievement. But producer George Schlatter is much more than that. We take a closer look at his incredible career before he’s honored with the Dallas VideoFest’s Kovacs Award on Friday, Oct. 11th.

Plus, Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings are ready to roll.
Ed Bark

Yet another Alice in ABC's Once Upon A Time In Wonderland

ABC’s last of eight new fall series arrives after one of them, Lucky 7, has already been canceled. Premiering on Thursday, Oct. 10th, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is a spin-off of the network’s Once Upon A Time. Our review is here.

Also, CBS and NBC split the prime-time spoils in Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

CW's The Tomorrow People hopes to make its present felt

Equipped with your basic paranormal powers -- telepathy, telekinesis, teleporting -- here come The Tomorrow People. And on the l’il CW network, just a small, faithful following could ensure a bright future. Our review is here.

Plus, another eventful Monday in the D-FW Nielsen ratings is chronicled on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Cowboys rope in viewers but in the end, not Broncos

Sunday’s Wild West show at Jerry’s Palace ended all too typically with a Tony Romo interception at crunch time. Still, a 51-48 game is one for the ages. But did Cowboys-Broncos rank as this season’s biggest hit? We have the complete ratings breakdown on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the TV Bulletin Board page has a nice selection of munchies, including the new season’s first cancellation and Halle Berry’s upcoming summertime splash on CBS.
Ed Bark

Lifetime's Witches of East End not worth your toil and trouble

So what’s the very accomplished Julia Ormond doing in Lifetime’s Witches of East End? Did someone cast a spell on her? Our review is here.
Ed Bark

A Thursday night hello for NBC's Welcome to the Family

NBC’s revamped Thursday night sitcom lineup makes a home for Welcome to the Family. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Neck-deep in New Orleans with CW's The Originals

The vampire genre hasn’t bled out yet. So The CW network is going ahead with The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries set in modern-day New Orleans. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

NBC's Sean Saves the World barges loudly into view

Sean Hayes is joining Michael J. Fox in a return to his old network and night. The vehicle is Sean Saves the World, which premieres on Thursday, Oct. 3rd with an old school approach fit for the ‘70s or ‘80s. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

The Millers is last newbie to join CBS fall lineup (amid luxurious surroundings)

CBS’ new The Millers abounds with the familiar TV faces of Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale and J.B. Smoove. And it’s also getting a very cozy Thursday night slot between The Big Bang Theory and Robin Williams’ new The Crazy Ones. So does it merit such plush accommodations? Our review is here.

Also, the Tuesday D-FW Nielsen ratings show a sizable audience fall-off for the second episode of ABC’s heavily hyped Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ed Bark

ABC's Super Fun Night gets a re-do; NBC's Ironside is a makeover

ABC and the producers of the new sitcom Super Fun Night made a late decision to junk its pilot episode and instead try to put a surer foot forward Wednesday night. Our review is here.

Also, Blair Underwood returns to series TV in a “re-imagined” version of NBC’s old Ironside cop drama. And that review is here.
Ed Bark

Veteran sports anchor/reporter Gina Miller leaving CBS11/TXA21 to chart new path

Gina Miller, a prominent member of the CBS11/TXA21 sports staff for the last eight years, is leaving to pursue undisclosed “new entrepreneurial projects.” More details and a link to an extended unclebarky.com profile on Miller are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, what turned out to be the Texas Rangers’ last game of the season battled Monday Night Football in the D-FW Nielsen ratings. “Baseball town” or not? A complete report on Monday night’s numbers is right here.
Ed Bark