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Reviewing Discovery's American Tarzan and Netflix's Orange is the New Black (after viewing all 13 Season 4 episodes)

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black reboots to some very serious territory in Season 4 after a too amusing Season 3. Your friendly content provider has watched all 13 episodes, and the review is here.

Also, Discovery Channel’s watchable American Tarzan endurance contest just happens to be dovetailing with the new feature film. But its production values are strictly grimy and gritty. The review is here.

Plus, the latest D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in, this time covering Monday through Wednesday.
Ed Bark

Cameron Crowe back to roots again with Showtime's Roadies (his first TV series)

Former Rolling Stone teen wunderkind Cameron Crowe makes the music scene anew (as a 58-year-old) with Showime’s Roadies, which premieres on Sunday, June 26th. Our review is here.

Plus, Thursday night’s NBA draft had scant ratings impact locally, as you can see on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Last gasp ratings for Sunday night's Real Housewives of Dallas reunion show

Lousy national numbers for Sunday night’s climactic Real Housewives of Dallas reunion show continued to work against its chances for a Season 2. But one never knows. We put it all in context on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

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

Innovative, award-winning reporter Mike Castellucci leaving TEGNA8 for second time

After two tours with Dallas-based TEGNA8, bridged by five years in San Diego, trailblazing reporter Mike Castellucci looks as though he’s leaving D-FW for good. Further details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the first-place Texas Rangers continue to make it a very pleasant summer, ratings-wise, for Fox Sports Southwest. Home games do particularly well, as Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” shows.
Ed Bark

Game 7 of NBA Finals goes crazy in D-FW ratings; CBS offers more creepy family dynamics in the murderous American Gothic

ABC’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals blasted into the ratings stratosphere Sunday night in D-FW. We have all the numbers right here.

Also, CBS takes another spin with the American Gothic title Wednesday night. But instead of a supernatural-powered small town sheriff, it’s a dysfunctional Boston family with apparent ties to an unsolved string of serial murders. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

In the year of O. J.

ESPN’s transfixing O. J.: Made In America documentary miniseries has arrived just two months after FX ended its stellar The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Meanwhile, the nefarious title character continues to serve time in a Nevada prison after a burglary conviction. Here’s our closer look.
Ed Bark

Season finale of Real Housewives of Dallas has no ratings juice following Orange County special

Bravo’s season -- and quite possibly -- series finale of Real Housewives of Dallas lost almost a half-million viewers nationally from Monday night’s lead-in show -- an “uncensored” recap of Real Housewives of Orange County.

Review the ratings carnage here and also get our final ranking of the principals in order of their overall loathsomeness.

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

Premiering Tues., June 14th: ABC's Uncle Buck, TNT's Animal Kingdom

Another new version of Uncle Buck, this time with a black cast, is sandwiched between two hours worth of ABC’s To Tell the Truth reboot on Tuesday, June 14th. Our review of UB is here.

Also, TNT launches the dark drama Animal Kingdom in hopes of getting edgier and more like FX. That review is here.

Plus, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” spotlights continued big ratings for ABC’s NBA Finals.

And in case you missed it, we also have a review of the new CMT comedy series Still the King, which finds Billy Ray Cyrus more or less playing himself.
Ed Bark

Legendary in many ways: Press Club of Dallas takes another significant step forward

The Press Club of Dallas held its sixth annual North Texas Legends event Thursday night, inducing 13 newcomers before a sold-out crowd in the The Sixth Floor Museum. Another big step also was taken, and you can get all of the details and highlights (plus a lowlight as far as WFAA management is concerned) in our voluminous account with pictures on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

(Truth in packaging: your friendly content provider is a first-year Press Club board member who also was on the three-person Legends selection committee. Still, you can ask around. This night was truly special, as anyone there will tell you.)
Ed Bark

No more Deanna Dewberry at NBC5

Vexing publishing problems prompted me to break this news on Twitter Monday night. But at last they seem to be resolved. So here is the complete story on consumer-investigative reporter Deanna Dewberry leaving Fort Worth-based NBC5. Her last day at the station will be on Friday. Go to our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page for the details.
Ed Bark

Two drama series premieres of note: Cinemax's Outcast and AMC's Feed the Beast

Cinemax’s exorcism-heavy Outcast, adapted from the Robert Kirkman comic books, premieres on Friday, June 3rd. Our review is here.

Plus, AMC launches Feed the Beast on Sunday, June 5th. It’s a restaurateur/mob drama co-starring David Schwimmer, and our review is right here.

Also, Thursday night’s Game One of the NBA Finals went through the ratings roof in D-FW. All the numbers are here.

Furthermore, CBS11 has a new early morning reporter, Yona Gavino. And the national ratings for Memorial Day’s Episode 8 of Real Housewives of Dallas were up and down.
Ed Bark

Trump carpet-bombs the media, but it's still a boon for both sides

Donald Trump tore into the media Tuesday in ways that were both personal and constant. He also took 45 minutes worth of questions. What to make of all this? Our take is on the Network News & Reviews page.

Also, Tuesday’s D-FW ratings “snapshot” spotlights a big return for NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Ed Bark