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Off the deep end? The new "social" swim at TEGNA8's Daybreak

TEGNA8’s Daybreak is determined to differentiate itself from its early morning rivals. But will viewers tune in or be turned off by the station’s deep plunge into “social” media additives? We look at Wednesday’s program on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, dean of D-FW sports anchors Dale Hansen talks to unclebarky.com about his new deal and shortened work week. And Game 1 of the World Series fends off three strong competitors to win Tuesday night’s D-FW ratings race.

Plus, we review Frontline’s two-part Putin’s Revenge, which premieres Wednesday, Oct. 25th on PBS.
Ed Bark

A lane change at TEGNA8, with Demetria Obilor named as new Daybreak traffic anchor

A lengthy search for Sgt. Nick Bristow’s successor has stopped with Demetria Obilor hired by Dallas-based TEGNA8 as the early morning Daybreak’s traffic anchor. All the details and ripple effects are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Megyn Kelly struggles and The Simpsons again goes out on a limb with 28th Treehouse of Horror

It seldom pays off when networks pirate news stars from rivals by paying them a king’s or queen’s ransom. Megyn Kelly is only the latest instance, and our assessment is here.

Also, The Simpsons offers its 28th annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween special on Sunday, Oct. 22nd. We take a look here.

The latest D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” also is freshly posted on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

DirectTV's Audience network offers a new Tuesday night twofer with Loudermilk and Hit the Road

Striving to get on the map and stay there, DirectTV’s Audience network premieres two comedies Tuesday night starring Jason Alexander and Ron Livingston.

Our review of Alexander’s Hit the Road is here. And go here for the review of Livingston’s Loudermilk.
Ed Bark

House of Cards maestro David Fincher takes on serial killers in the new Netflix series Mindhunter

Mindhunter is the new Netflix drama series from auteur David Fincher, who previously put the streamer on the original series map with House of Cards. This also is the guy behind Fight Club, Zodiac, Gone Girl, Seven, Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button among various feature films. So what he does bears watching, and our review is here.
Ed Bark

The CW re-does Dynasty, with most of the network's younger target audience likely to have never heard of the ABC original

It’s been a while since Dynasty lit up the prime-time ratings with its wretched excesses, including those hair-pulling cat fights between Krystle and Alexis. But in the era of the reboot, The CW figures it can’t hurt to launch its own decidedly diverse version on Wednesday, Oct. 11th. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Reviewing ABC's new Tuesday night twosome -- The Mayor and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

One has an over-arching Donald Trump premise while the other essentially is a Touched By An Angel remake in times when, boy, that’s the worst thing.

Our review of The Mayor is here while Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is reviewed right here.
Ed Bark

Monday's premieres: Fox's The Gifted and CBS' 9JKL

The new fall season continues to roll out, with Monday, Oct. 2nd bringing Fox’s The Gifted and CBS’ 9JKL.

The Gifted, yet another Marvel concoction, had its pilot filmed in North Texas before Fox uprooted to Atlanta for future filming. Our review is here.

9JKL is a quintessential CBS sitcom, and that review is right here.

Plus, Sunday’s upset Cowboys loss to the Rams also became the first regular season game of this year to dip below the one million viewers mark in D-FW. All of the ratings details are in the weekend D-FW “snapshot.”
Ed Bark