November 27, 2012 |
"Cory & Topanga 4Ever" is no longer a silly scribble in a notebook. Disney Channel confirmed Tuesday that it's developing a spinoff of the '90s ABC comedy "Boy Meets World" -- and that the original show's central couple will be back. After weeks of rumors (that had twentysomethings squealing), the network acknowledged that it is working on a pilot called "Girl Meets World," a sequel to the popular sitcom that aired from 1993 through 2000. "I'm going to be a father! Well, on TV at least.
October 31, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing what Disney will pay for the Morning Fix. The Skinny: Time Warner Cable better get those deals done with DirecTV and Cox Cable for its new Lakers channel soon. A few more games like Tuesday night's and it will be a tough sell. Wednesday's headlines include Walt Disney Co.'s big deal for Lucas Films; Sony is cutting back on the number of movies it makes and former Disney executive Rich Ross has landed a new gig. Daily Dose: The ink isn't even dry on the Disney - Lucas Films deal (see below)
October 4, 2012 |
Programming giant Walt Disney Co. and pay-TV distributor Cablevision Systems Corp. have signed a wide-ranging agreement covering dozens of broadcast and cable channels including ABC, ESPN and Disney Channel. As part of the deal, Cablevision has also agreed to carry a news and lifestyle channel from ABC and Univision that is being launched next year. The channel is an English-language service aimed at Latinos. Cablevision will now also offer its subscribers the ability to watch ESPN, Disney Channel and other networks from tablet devices and phones both inside and outside the home.
September 27, 2012 |
New technology can sometimes make old ideas seem sexier than they really are. Take satellite broadcaster Dish Network. Earlier Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Dish wants to offer a no-frills package of programming to consumers via the Internet. In industry jargon, this is what's known as going over-the-top or OTT. It's one of those hot buzz words right now. But in reality, what Dish is proposing is nothing new. Time Warner Cable has had a low-budget offering of cable channels called "TV Essentials" for the last few years.
September 13, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co. will take a $50 million write-down in the current fiscal quarter for a stop-motion animation project it canceled in August. The untitled movie was to be directed by Henry Selick, the well respected filmmaker behind "Coraline" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas. " Previously set to be released in October 2013, the picture had been in production for about a year when new Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn halted work. News of the write-down came in a presentation that Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo made to investors at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
September 12, 2012 |
Google is ready for some "Monday Night Football. " Walt Disney Co. has struck a distribution deal with Google Fiber to add its cable networks, including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney Channel, to the new broadband pay-TV service the search-engine giant is launching in the Midwest. For Google, getting the Disney properties will be key to competing against Time Warner Cable and satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish. Google Fiber is being unveiled in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. In both cities, Time Warner Cable is the major multichannel video program distributor.
August 9, 2012 |
Some big names are returning to Saturday morning television: Haim Saban and a colorful cadre of professional wrestlers. In two weeks, the Los Angeles billionaire's company, Saban Brands, will launch a five-hour block of original children's programming called Vortexx. Aimed at young boys, the slate of shows will air on the CW television network and be anchored by "WWE Saturday Morning Slam," a new program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. The half-hour show, which debuts Aug. 25, marks the return of WWE to Saturday morning children's television after an 11-year absence.
July 31, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before learning how to score gymnastics. The Skinny: Lots of gripes about how NBC is covering the Olympics (see below). My favorite complaint is that NBC has a "monopoly" on the games. Well, they outbid Fox and ESPN for that "monopoly. " No one handed them the Games and said "go to town. " Tuesday's headlines include the above-mentioned Olympic coverage complaints, a look at how much money Warner Bros. pumps into the local economy and a new Disney Channel cartoon is a hit with African Americans. Daily Dose: Fox Business Network continues to make gains on CNBC.
July 19, 2012 |
With its ratings in free fall because its programming is no longer available on DirecTV, Viacom's kids channel Nickelodeon is having to provide frustrated advertisers extra commercials to make up for its shrinking audience. “I'd be lying to you if I said clients haven't contacted us and said what's our game plan,” said Shelly Hirsch, CEO Beacon Media, an advertising firm that specializes in children's TV and has almost 50 clients on the network. “I wish this thing settles quickly; we do a lot of business with Nickelodeon.” Since DirecTV stopped carrying Nickelodeon in its roughly 20 million homes July 10, ratings have dropped more than 20%. Last weekend was particularly brutal as Nickelodeon's total day audience was down 56% on Friday, 44% on Saturday and 45% on Sunday.
June 15, 2012 |
The sound of Kristen Schaal, already a notable feature of Fox's "Bob's Burgers"as the voice of wise child Louise Belcher, adds an instant touch of alt-comedy cred to "Gravity Falls," a likable new Disney Channel cartoon series about twins spending a summer with their strange great-uncle in a weird little town in the Pacific Northwest. Cue the"Twin Peaks" reference (though "Eerie, Indiana" is a more apt live-action comparison). As is often the case with the kid channels, there is a "preview" - that's what Friday's airing is being called - before the "premiere," which is scheduled for June 29. Gently twisted, with some Disneyfied action and heart-warming folded in, the series was created by Alex Hirsch, yet another young product of Cal Arts, the Harvard Business School of animation, and a veteran of Disney Channel's "Fish Hooks" and Cartoon Network's "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.