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Doocy's not going, Slater's coming back

Veteran Fox4 sports anchor Mike Doocy will be missing his first Dallas Cowboys training camp in 23 years -- and not by choice. But former CBS11/TXA21 sports anchor-reporter will be there as part of her new job with the NFL Network. All the details, plus the forced resignation of chief meteorologist Bob Goosmann from KRLD radio (1080 AM), are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, CNN dominated the D-FW ratings for the final night of the Democratic National Convention while Donald Trump’s acceptance at the Republican convention closer nipped Hillary Clinton’s in the combined Nielsen numbers for eight networks.
Ed Bark

HBO's revealing, entertaining Meet the Donors is money, money, money

Alexandra Pelosi’s latest documentary film is a must-see and highly entertaining look at the moguls who spend millions of dollars on their favorite high-level political candidates in return for access, frame-able pictures and, in truth, probably much more. HBO’s Meet the Donors premieres on Monday, Aug. 1st after both national political conventions have come and gone. So the timing is perfect, and our review is here.

Plus, Fox News Channel plunges to a distant last in the D-FW ratings for Wednesday’s Night 3 of the Democratic convention.

Also, our final in a series of convention look-backs chronicles comedy’s coming out party at the 1992 Democratic gathering in New York. It’s all on the Back Channels page.
Ed Bark

CNN leads in Tuesday's D-FW convention ratings

CNN was the top voter-getting on Night 2 of the Democratic convention, which easily outdrew Night 2 of the GOP’s in D-FW. The complete ratings picture again is on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the second-to-last article in our series of political convention reprises spotlights Fox News Channel girding for battle at the 2004 Democratic gathering in Boston. See the Back Channels page.
Ed Bark

Viewer polarity kicks in on first night of Democratic convention

The D-FW Nielsen ratings for Night 1 of the Democratic National convention were starkly different in terms of cable news network choices. We have the complete breakdown on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, it’s quite a sight to see Stephen Colbert’s “Death. Taxes. Hillary.” video, which kicked off Late Show’s live, post-convention coverage of the Dems. See it all on our Network News & Reviews page.

Also, our series of convention look-backs continues with a 1996 piece on a harried and dog-tired Eleanor Mondale, who was covering the Republican proceedings for cable’s E! network. She died all too soon in 2011 of brain cancer, but I can still her driving to a quick stop for a short interview. It’s on our Back Channels page, as is a 2004 on-site interview with a vexed Tom Brokaw at the outset of his last convention as NBC’s lead anchor before bequeathing the Nightly News to Brian Williams.
Ed Bark

TEGNA8 adds Houston reporter Kevin Reece

Reporter Kevin Reece, who won armloads of Emmys while at Houston’s KHOU-TV, will be joining Dallas-based TEGNA8 this summer. More details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, our latest in a series of on-site reports from previous national political conventions spotlights a vexed Tom Brokaw on the eve of the 2004 Republican gathering in New York. Check it out on the Back Channels page.

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

Climactic night of GOP convention is also a D-FW ratings bonanza for Fox News Channel

Not surprisingly, the concluding Night 4 of the Republican National Convention pole-vaulted over the D-FW ratings highs set for Night 3. And for the first time, Fox News Channel led in both key measurements -- total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming. For all the details you won’t find anywhere else, check out the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

A disgraced Roger Ailes is out at Fox News Channel

We see it all too often. A visionary with a lifetime of larger-than-life achievements stays at the party too long and then is carried out in ignominy. Our Network News & Reviews page takes a long look at Roger Ailes, including excerpts from an interview we had on the eve of Fox News Channel’s launch.

Plus, our last in a series of Back Channel look-backs at previous Republican conventions is an opus on what the networks had in store for the 1984 gathering in Dallas.

Also, Mark Cuban tells a string of jokes about fellow billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday’s live, convention-themed edition of Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Furthermore, the D-FW ratings are posted for Night 3 of the Republican convention in Cleveland. And former shelter kitty Bella Bark salutes the NBC5/Telemundo39 “Clear the Shelters” initiative, which this year is on Saturday, July 23rd.
Ed Bark

Look back: Brinkley on the brink of retirement at 1996 Republican convention

Part 3 of our series on previous Republican National conventions journeys to San Diego, 1996, where your friendly content provider interviewed David Brinkley on the brink of his retirement from ABC News. It’s all on our Back Channels page.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” shows a downturn in the audience for Night 2 of the ongoing GOP convention.
Ed Bark

From the vault: Jon Stewart runs into stiff resistance at 2000 Republican convention

Our series of look-backs to the TV dynamics at previous national political conventions continues with the saga of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show at the 2000 Republican gathering in Philadelphia. It’s on our Back Channels page.

Plus, get the D-FW ratings breakdown for Monday’s Night One of the ongoing GOP convention in Cleveland. The venue is the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

From the vault: a day-by-day reprise of stories from previous Republican conventions

The Republicans begin their four-day national convention on Monday, July 18th in Cleveland, with Donald Trump poised to become the party’s presidential nominee.

Also starting today, we rewind to your friendly content provider’s TV stories from conventions past, beginning with President Bush’s snub of Dan Rather at the 1992 gathering in Houston. Home base for all of these look backs is our Back Channels page.

Plus, the Texas Rangers’ three-game series at Wrigley Field wasn’t what it could have been in the D-FW Nielsen ratings. Early afternoon starts and two lackluster losses certainly didn’t help. Get the details on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Emmy nominations plus reviews of Netflix's Stranger Things and HBO's Vice Principals

The 68th annual prime-time Emmy nominations are in, and voters did a nice job with them this time around. In large part because FX’s The Americans finally made the cut. Get our complete rundown on the Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, Netflix has a nifty ode to E.T. with Stranger Things, an eight-episode series that begins streaming in its entirety on Friday, July 15th. Our review is here.

Also, HBO presents the vile Vice Principals on Sunday, July 17th. That review is here.
Ed Bark

A switch to weekends for CBS11 sports anchor Keith Russell

Informed sources tell unclebarky.com that featured 6 and 10 p.m. weekday sports anchor Keith Russell, who joined D-FW’s CBS11 in March 2015, is being relocated to weekends. More details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, HBO’s exceptional eight-episode limited series, The Night Of, premieres Sunday, July 10th. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

On a terrible night of tragedy, Fox4 is the runaway news station of choice

Fox4 was D-FW’s go-to television news station throughout Thursday night’s continuous coverage of the downtown Dallas sniper ambush that left five officers dead and seven others wounded.

CBS11 also made some significant strides content-wise and a little headway ratings-wise. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Another big TEGNA8 loss: veteran reporter Jim Douglas is retiring

One of D-FW’s signature shoe leather reporters, Jim Douglas, will be retiring from Dallas-based TEGNA8 at the end of this month. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Catching up on USA net's Dallas-filmed, Dallas-set Queen of the South

The USA network’s dark but sometimes stylish Queen of the South is off to a solid ratings start with its first two Thursday night episodes. We catch up with a look at the first three hours of the Dallas-set/Dallas-filmed drug dealing drama.

Also, recently fired Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson files a sharply-worded sexual harassment suit against bossman Roger Ailes. The former 1989 Miss America briefly anchored at D-FW’s NBC5.

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

Weekend meteorologist Ashton Altieri is latest to leave TEGNA8

Weekend meteorologist Ashton Altieri is leaving Dallas-based TEGNA8 after a three-year tour. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, the dean of early morning anchors, Fox4’s Tim Ryan, is on “voice rest,” but not for long. See what’s up by going right here.
Ed Bark