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July 23, 2014

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NBC testing Gladiators for steroid use

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 14th 2008 7:30PM
justice; american gladiatorsThe last thing NBC needs right now is a scandal involving its pumped-up American Gladiators. The show premiered with decent ratings two weeks ago and, quite frankly, it's one of the few things NBC has going for it right now.

The network has been testing all twelve of its pumped-up Gladiators for steroids, according to Broadcasting & Cable (via AOL). The mag says all the performers were tested for steroids during their initial physicals and their contracts state that the network can re-test them at any time.

When I watched the season premiere, it didn't occur to me that these guys could be on steroids. I think they look pretty fit but not ridiculously huge or "juiced". That Wolf character... now he sure seems to be on something.

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Jericho producers have plans for a long run

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 2nd 2007 1:24PM
JerichoAs we all know, Jericho will live on next season, thanks to a concerted lobbying effort by the show's fans. According to CBS, seven episodes will be created, with the assumption that those episodes will tie up loose ends and conclude the series.

But as far as Carol Barbee, one the show's executive producers, fans shouldn't be making that assumption. "We are not closing this story out. We have a story to tell. It's a really rich story, and we've got it mapped out for quite a while." she told Broadcasting & Cable magazine. "The network suggested doing a two-hour movie to wrap up this story. We weren't in any way interested in closing it down."

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NBC wants Jon Stewart

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2007 3:38PM

Jon StewartEvery time I say that I think Jon Stewart might one day go to late night TV again (network talk show-wise, I mean), people comment that there's no way he'd leave The Daily Show because it's so popular, it gets buzz, it's the perfect job for him, etc, etc. And all that happens to be true. But I also think that people change jobs on TV all the time. They want a different challenge, and often plan their moves for when a show has lost it's buzz or isn't quite as challenging anymore.

I bring this up because Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that NBC execs Jeff Zucker and Marc Graboff "wined and dined" Stewart and his agent, James Dixon. A source says no firm offer was made, but NBC made it clear they want to work with Stewart.

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Anderson Cooper: the $4 million dollar man

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2007 5:05PM

Anderson CooperCNN's Anderson Cooper has just signed a new contract with the cable network, and this one is estimated to be worth $4 million dollars a year, a raise from the $2 million dollars a year he is getting under his current contract.

The Broadcasting & Cable article linked above also says that because Cooper is no longer available, producers of The Early Show are going to have to look elsewhere for a new host for the morning show. Though I never heard definitive word that Cooper was in line for the gig, just that the show was undergoing major changes.

Cooper hosts the nightly news show Anderson Cooper 360 and has started to also contribute to CBS' 60 Minutes. The new contract is a multi-year deal.

So readers...is he worth it?

[via TV Newser]

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CBS to premiere shows online in the fall

by Brett Love, posted Jan 16th 2007 11:00AM
CBSThere is an interesting tidbit over at Broadcasting and Cable today. It seems CBS has announced that next fall they will make most or all shows available online ahead of their broadcast premieres. Added to that, the network is looking for ways to more aggressively promote the online shows, as well as additional content to support them.

I think it's a great idea. One could argue that if everyone is able to watch the show online, they won't come back when it debuts on the network. I think the positives outweigh that negative though. As the fall season gets into gear that prime time window gets awfully crowded. And since most viewers don't have dual tuner Tivo, 2 VCRs, and a PC at the ready to catch everything they could possibly want to see, giving them the ability to watch your shows at their convenience can only increase exposure. If the show is good, they'll be back for more.

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The Wire and The Office get top honors in B&C's year-end critics poll

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2006 4:15PM
Broadcasting & Cable logoA few months ago, I bemoaned the fact that not one Squadder was included in Broadcasting & Cable magazine's fall critics poll. I mean, we're critics, sort of; I just thought that the survey was incomplete without at least some opinions from everyone's favorite TV blog.

Well, anyway, now we're on B&C's radar, because they sent us a ballot for their year-end poll. In all, 67 critics were polled on what they thought was the best and worst on television in 2006. The Wire was voted Best Show and Best Drama, while The Office was voted Best Comedy. You can see the results here. They even published a few choice quotes in their "BC Beat" blog, including not one, but two quotes from Squadders (Anna and yours truly). Now, that's more like it!

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CBS launches online reality show

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 2nd 2006 7:31PM
innertube logoAccording to Broadcasting & Cable, CBS launched a web-only reality show on its video broadband channel, Innertube, today. The only problem is: I can't find it. The show is called Hook Me Up and it actually sounds kind-of fun. It's about four singles who "brave the world of internet dating". Basically, we get to watch these people go on dates with people they meet on the internet and we get to vote on which date we think is right for each person. New episodes "air" Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If you can find it, put the link in comments and tell me what you think.

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B&C Magazine asks for critics' fall picks ... and they don't invite us

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 7th 2006 5:33PM
Broadcasting & Cable logoBroadcasting & Cable magazine polled 66 critics and asked them what new fall shows were their favorites. The responses were at once predictable and odd: Studio 60 was deemed the best new overall show, but for some reason, it only came in second amongst dramas, behind The Nine. Ugly Betty, the third most-favored show overall, was deemed the best new comedy of the fall, followed by 30 Rock.

But, as far as I'm concerned, the survey is incomplete. Why? Because they didn't ask us for our picks, that's why! I mean, come on, B&C! We certainly have an opinion to give, and we certainly have as many readers as what I'm sure was some of the websites and publications you surveyed, so how 'bout giving us a call? Man, I feel like we've been stood up for the prom.

Seriously, though, if you want to see our opinions of the new fall shows, we've got them, all over the site. Just search by show name or network, and you'll find them. Maybe we'll get the call from B&C next year.

[Aric McKeown sent the link after I started writing this post, but thanks to him anyway!]

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