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CBS lands Vince Gilligan show. FCC proposes removing UHF discount.

September 26, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan is working on a new series for CBS.
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan is working on a new series… (Kevork Djansezian / AFP/Getty…)

After the coffee. Before figuring out what shows to drop from my DVR.

The Skinny: Last season, I got hooked on ABC's "Nashville." Unfortunately, the rest of the country didn't follow my lead, and ABC started to turn the show about country music artists into another guilty-pleasure soap. I watched last night's season premiere and it was as if NFL RedZone had produced the show. It was nothing but quick cuts from silly plot line to sillier plot line. Bummer. Thursday's headlines include an important FCC proceeding on TV ownership rules and reviews of new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams.

Daily Dose: The FCC is planning on removing its so-called UHF discount from its TV ownership rules. More on that below, but one of the big worries of the FCC action was that it could derail some potential deals. However, the FCC has proposed grandfathering deals already announced before the plans to relax the regulations.

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A whole new U. The Federal Communications Commission is considering tweaking its TV ownership rules. At its monthly meeting Thursday, the FCC is expected to propose changing the value it puts on a UHF signal compared with a VHF signal when determining whether a broadcaster is in compliance with the TV ownership rules. I know what you're thinking. Does anyone even care about UHF versus VHF anymore? Probably not, but this is a big deal for the industry. If a UHF is given the same value as a VHF instead of the current 50% discount, a lot of broadcasters may have to put the brakes on gobbling up TV stations. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg. Also, some good background on the issue in this recent story from TVNewsCheck.

Bet on 'Bad.' CBS has struck a deal for a new detective series from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan. David Shore, creator of "House," is on board to serve as a writer and a show runner on the as-yet unnamed series. Interestingly, the script has been kicking around the industry for about a decade and CBS initially passed on it, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Shocking! DirecTV said it would raise its rates by almost 5% this year and laid the blame on rising programming costs, particularly distribution fees for carrying local broadcasters. Sports programming is also driving up programming costs. Coverage from Multichannel News.

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Because there just aren't enough NFL highlights out there. The National Football League has struck a deal with Twitter to offer game highlights on the social networking platform. The folks who have TV rights to the NFL can't do that. According to the Wall Street Journal, the pairing of Twitter and the NFL has already sold millions of dollars in advertising.

Cup runneth over. The exciting finish in the America's Cup race was a boost to NBC and NBC Sports Network, which was carrying the event. Last year, America's Cup was only available online. This year the folks behind the race bought time on NBC and NBCSN. The numbers for NBCSN were better than what its heavily hyped soccer coverage has averaged. Still, the audience was relatively small compared with the late 1980s. More from the New York Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Robert Lloyd on new sitcoms starring Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams.

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