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FCC Approves NBCU-Comcast Merger, Syfy Renews 'Sanctuary' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:30PM
NBCThe FCC has approved the merger of NBC Universal and Kabletown Comcast after year-long reviews of the matter.

According to Variety, the combination was passed with a 4-1 vote. Michael Copps, the Democratic commissioner, was the dissenting vote.

Concerns over the future of online video prompted Comcast to agree to conditions that aim to prevent anti-competitive harms.

"This is a proud and exciting day for Comcast," Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, said. "Our original vision for the combination remains intact so that consumers will benefit, and our competitors will be treated fairly."

In other TV news ...

Syfy has renewed 'Sanctuary' for a 13-episode season 4. According to the network, filming starts this spring with an expected fall debut. [Syfy]

The Brown family from TLC's 'Sister Wives' is on the move. The reality family has moved to Nevada to pursue new opportunities. [E! Online]

'Skins' debuted to 3.3. million viewers. A decent start, but nowhere near 'Jersey Shore' numbers. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Is Taryn Manning Leaving 'Hawaii Five-0'? Spanish-Language Show Tops Ratings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 23rd 2010 11:45AM
Alex O'Loughlin, Taryn ManningTaryn Manning has been waiting in the wings for her time to shine on 'Hawaii Five-0,' but now that it's almost here, will it be her last?

Spoiler warning!

According to TV Guide, the Jan. 3 episode of 'Hawaii Five-0' will feature a plot that sees Manning's character MaryAnn get kidnapped. The episode might not exactly end on a happy note. "Steve discovers a tooth on the ground," Manning told TV Guide, "basically establishing that MaryAnn was a badass and fought her whole way through. There's a lot of emotion."

MaryAnn's kidnapping is tied to a bigger story: Wo Fat and the murder of Steve (Alex O'Loughlin) and MaryAnn's mom. The producers decided to shift the focus from Steve's personal life to his professional relationships, leaving Manning and her character in limbo, but under the impression she'd possibly be around for other seasons. "The family mystery was supposed to slowly unfold over the first season and I was going to play a big part in that with my own Nancy Drew mission," Manning said. "It was told to me that the first season would be based around the team more, and I should just hang tight."

Manning said the final scene will see Steve experiencing sadness over a loss.

In other TV news ...

• Don't expect a Kylie and Kendall Jenner spinoff series soon. The younger girls of the Kardashian/Jenner clan are into fashion and getting ready for college, but a spinoff is not part of their immediate plans. "It's something to think about," 15-year-old Kylie said. [E! Online]

• Univision's 'Soy Tu Dueña' was the number one program with 18-49 year olds on Tuesday night. Out of 5.8 million viewers, 3.7 million were in the key demographic. The series beat out powerhouses 'NCIS' and 'NCIS: LA' in the demo. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Almost Everyone in Those Verizon Commercials is a Jerk

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2010 7:07PM
VerizonI say almost everyone, because you know who isn't a jerk in the ads? The cable guy!

As I've mentioned here before, the Verizon commercials irritate me. FiOS is great, if you're still using cable TV you're practically a Luddite, yadda, yadda, yadda. But why does the FiOS guy have to be such an annoying jerk?

The cable (Comcast really, as we've now seen in the most recent ads) guy is always trying to talk to the FiOS guy about anything else and all Mr. FiOS can talk about is how great FiOS is, how much faster it is, how everyone loves it, how many J.D. Power awards it has won -- as if tech guy would have one of those in his apartment. While the Comcast guy is also trying to prove how good cable is, you get the feeling he's just trying to get by, not shove cable down everyone's throat.

Here's the latest ad. You tell me what's so irritating about it.

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Jack Gets a Porn Wake-Up Call on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 19th 2010 2:00AM
30 Rock, Kabletown, PornWho knew that 91 percent of Comcast's Kabletown's profits comes from men ordering adult movies? You know, movies like 'Ass-atar,' 'The Lovely Boners,' 'The Hind Side' and 'Fresh-Ass: Based on the Novel Tush By Assfire.'

It's all a big lightbulb going off in Jack's head on '30 Rock' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC). Or, as we should call him from now on, Jack "The Master Baiter" Donaghy.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What Happened to 'Who Is Clark Rockefeller?' on Lifetime? - UPDATE

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 14th 2010 1:09PM
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Were you watching Eric McCormack and Sherry Stringfield in the Lifetime original movie 'Who Is Clark Rockefeller?' on Saturday night? If so, did you see the whole movie? Apparently, an awful lot of people didn't. Both Comcast and DirecTV viewers have reported that the Lifetime signal cut out after the first 57 minutes of the broadcast. When the movie returned some time later, the sound was missing.

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Court Rules Cable Owned Stations Have to Be Provided to Satellites

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 12th 2010 8:40PM
A gavelOnce again, Lady Justice has struck a blow of freedom and equality for TV watchers everywhere, just the way our Founding Fathers intended (even though they never owned TVs).

A U.S. Appeals Court in D.C. refused to change laws that required cable companies to provide channels they own to satellite carriers on equal terms. Comcast and Cablevision have been trying to overturn the law in open court.

That means that thanks to Comcast's ownership of NBC-Universal, people who watch TV on satellites will have to endure marathons of 'To Catch a Predator' and Keith Olbermann's giant talking head like the rest of us.

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Jeff Zucker Testifies About NBC, Comcast Merger, Has To Defend Programming

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2010 5:30PM
Jeff ZuckerI wonder if Jeff Zucker knew that when he testified before Congress this past week about the merger between NBC and Comcast he would be talking about Tyler Perry.

But that's what happened this past week when Rep. Maxine Waters asked Zucker, "Is there some assumption that black programming is not profitable?" This is probably a question that Zucker wasn't expecting, and I'm not sure if he answered it in the best way that he could. He said that NBC has a great history of black shows on the network, and when Representative Steve Cohen mentioned that Al Roker is on 'Today' (to defend Zucker, I guess), Zucker mentioned that NBC also has Lester Holt.

Zucker was probably in an odd position, having to defend his network's diversity by actually pointing out specific people one by one (you never win when you do that), and I'm not quite sure what Waters' point has to do with the NBC/Comcast decision. Does Waters just think this about NBC or would she confront CBS and ABC about their programming, too? Waters also asked Comcast execs why they didn't have more people of color or women on their board.

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Comcast served legal papers by The Tennis Channel

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2010 4:03PM
ComcastGet it? Tennis Channel? Served? Ha! (Sorry, no more jokes like that.)

The Tennis Channel has filed a lawsuit against Comcast, saying that the cable giant discriminates against its programming. Comcast has channels like The Golf Channel and VERSUS on various tiers of their cable system but no Tennis Channel.

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Comcast launches new online video service today

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2009 1:30PM
ComcastBuying NBC isn't the only big news from Comcast happening at the end of the 2009. Today they're launching a new online on-demand service. It's only for Comcast customers, but I'm a Comcast customer, so I'll be able to watch it!

It's called XFinity, which sounds like that name for the next Stargate spinoff but is actually a new part of the Fancast site where you can watch TV shows from channels like HBO, AMC, A&E, STARZ, The History Channel, and Cinemax. That means you can watch shows like True Blood, Entourage, Mad Men, The Colbert Report, Big Love, and many other shows. (By the way, right now Fancast is running a marathon of Friends Christmas episodes.)

Now that Comcast owns a big chunk of NBC, I wonder how this service could someday be combined with Hulu in some way, or if launching this service will affect Hulu in other ways.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Comcast buys NBC Universal

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 15th 2009 10:02AM
When Comcast bought NBC, the media map changed.As 2009 draws to a close, the world has exactly what it needs -- another massive media conglomerate.

On Dec. 3, cable giant Comcast justified a long-standing industry rumor and completed an $8 billion deal to acquire a controlling 51% of NBC Universal stock from former owner General Electric.

Huge companies gobbling up big (but not as huge) companies is nothing new in any business, especially broadcasting. All of the major networks are owned by parent companies. Disney owns ABC. Newscorp owns Fox. Westinghouse owns CBS. Now, Comcast possesses NBC -- as Conan O'Brien celebrates in this clip.

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Jeff Zucker Signs New Three-Year Contract

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 11th 2009 12:30PM
The man who brought us the 'The Jay Leno Show,' led NBC into last place, but built a powerful cable empire in the process, has been given a new three-year deal.

Indeed, Jeff Zucker has just been re-upped and will remain as CEO of freshly purchased NBC Universal, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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All Bob wants for Festivus

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 4:02PM
SeinfeldIt's the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you "be of good cheer" and hearts glowing and parties for hosting and everything else that Andy Williams sings about. Oh, and everyone celebrating the season with big metal poles and the airing of grievances towards their family.

Here's my wish list for what I want to see this year. Happy Festivus everyone!

  • Lost to end on a good note. I don't ask for the entire series to make sense or even for every single question to be answered, but I do want the ending to be satisfying. The final season does scare me, though, if rumors (spoiler spoiler spoiler!) that the bomb reset everything and all of the dead characters are alive again are true. That could be too "Bobby Ewing in the shower," you know? We'll see. I have high hopes.

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How Will NBC Change Under Comcast Ownership?

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 4th 2009 1:00PM
As we reported yesterday, cable giant Comcast has reached a deal to buy NBC from parent company General Electric. Whether or not the agreement makes financial sense is something for business folks to worry about, because television fans have a more important question on their minds: how will it affect their shows? Will it, in fact, be Comcastic?

While who owns the network may not seem all that important at first glance (quick: who owns CBS?), directives from the parent company often filter into programming, from the overt (such as the incessant cross-promotion between Disney-owned networks ESPN and ABC) to the more subtle (the parody version of GE that exists on '30 Rock').

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How much saturated fat is in the NBC/Comcast deal?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2009 9:30PM
Some people think the Comcast takeover of NBC is so unhealthy that they have created their own nutritional information of the deal.

The nonprofit media organization, FreePress, has compiled a list of the potential for customer costs, voice diversity and media control when the deal finally goes through. If the numbers are as accurate as the group claims, they are pretty sobering. Don't read it, posted after the jump, while you're watching TV or you might break it in a fit of rage.

You wouldn't read the nutritional chart at McDonald's while you're biting into a big juicy Double Quarter Pounder, would you?

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What does the NBC/Comcast deal mean for you?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2009 6:01PM
All this talk about Comcast gobbling up the NBC empire like an English orphan going for the last morsel of figgy pudding at the Christmas dinner table may have some viewers lost in the void of the vortex.

TVTattle has compiled a smart series of stories on exactly what the deal could mean to you, the viewer. For instance, Comcast, a cable company, may have purchased NBC to "devalue" free TV, much in the same way Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? bought the Red Car company so he could "dismantle it" to run his freeway through Toontown. And if you British literature snobs can think of a better metaphor, be my guest.

There is also talk that Comcast might drop the NBC brand. Does that mean the company will also take out the NBC peacock Ol' Yeller style?

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