• ‘Family Guy’ on ‘Weeds’: Stoner Spoof

     The "Family Guy" producers have finally finished spoofing all of their Emmy comedy competion.   Over the last week or so, 20th Century Fox TV has been posting videos on YouTube in which Stewie is seen violently persuading Brian the dog to vote for "Family Guy." Each video has the same basic plot, along with…

  • Sony Pictures TV Taking Reality Slow-but-Steady

    Sony Pictures Television alternative TV chief Holly Jacobs says the studio will take it slow-but-steady in building its primetime reality business — despite the addition of top talent such as Mark Burnett, Michael Davies and Allison Grodner. "There’s a strategy and a method to our madness," Jacobs told TheWrap. "It’s a cluttered marketplace right now,…

  • Study: Number of Women Working in TV Stays Steady

    The number of women working on broadcast network programs declined negligibly to 25 percent.

  • Sony Beefs Up Reality Roster with “Big Bro” Producers

    Sony Pictures Television continues to bulk up its unscripted business, signing "Big Brother" executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan to an overall deal.   The two-year agreement calls on Grodner and Meehan to develop and produce programming for broadcast and cable television, along with Sony’s Internet properties. Grodner and Meehan will work together under…

  • ‘VH1 Killer’ Jenkins Dead in Canada

    Ryan Jenkins, the former VH1 reality show contestant suspected in the murder of model Jasmine Fiore, has been found dead in Canada, CNN and ABCNews.com reported Sunday evening.   Jenkins was found dead in a hotel in British Columbia, the news network said, citing Canadian police sources.   The death of Jenkins comes just days…

  • Leslie, Harvey & Quentin: A Love Story

    Harvey Weinstein’s not the only Hollywood mogul doing a little jig over the bitchin’ box office numbers for "Inglorious Basterds."   Leslie Moonves has reason to be happy, too.   That’s because "Basterds" is the first big movie covered under the massive seven-year, 95 film output deal CBS Corp.’s Showtime signed with The Weinstein Company…

  • Networks Need to Forget About Nielsen

    This past week brought the announcement that a consortium of industry players — NBC Universal, Time Warner, News Corp, CBS Corp, and many more — were banding together to give Nielsen Media Research a run for their money. Why are they bothering when digital TV offers so many other ways to secure the platform’s future?…

  • Reality TV: On Trial, Again

    The finger pointing is already starting in the matter of "Megan Wants a Millionaire."   VH1 has decided, at least temporarily, not to air the remaining episodes of the reality show. That’s because one of the contestants, Ryan Jenkins, has suddenly become a murder suspect.   (UPDATE: ‘Megan’ has been canceled, permanently, according to an…

  • Oprah Cookin’ Up New Black Eyed Peas Promo

    The Black Eyed Peas appear determined to make their summer smash "I’ve Got a Feeling" the Most Ubiquitous Song in TV Marketing. Ever.   First, CBS licensed the track to tout its fall lineup. Ads began popping up in June with the song playing over scenes from new and returning Eye series.   Around the…

  • New ‘Fringe’ Promo Pumps Mystery

    Fox is out with a new preview spot for season two of "Fringe" featuring the show’s cast talking up the mystery behind the show. Are there any hints about plotlines hidden in the footage from the show? Check it out and judge for yourself:

  • Cameron, Panasonic Join Forces for 3D TV

    Panasonic hopes the collaboration will push its reputation as a 3D leader within the industry.

  • ‘Runway’ Fashionably Huge for Lifetime

     Lifetime made it work.   "Project Runway" returned to the airwaves on a new network Thursday with its best premiere numbers ever. It also gave Lifetime its best premiere numbers ever.   The fashion-based reality show drew 4.2 million overall viewers and a 3.3 household rating. The latter figure is up 32 percent from the…

  • ‘Runway’ Still Makes It Work … But Lindsay Lohan?!

    Watch out, Fox! If last night’s three and a half hour block of “Runway”-centric television is any indication, it seems that Lifetime is making a play for the “Most Minutes of Superfluous Programming That We Know You’ll Watch Anyway” Award. (I think it’s one of those “Creative Arts” Emmys.) Yes, I watched it all, from…

  • Whoa, ‘Brother’: The Truth About Chima

    "Big Brother" host Julie Chen never misses a chance to tell viewers (and contestants) to "expect the unexpected" when it comes to the CBS reality show.   This season, she really meant it.   The past two weeks of "Big Bro" have been among the most tense, action-packed and unpredictable in the history of the…

  • ‘Big Brother’ Scoop: A Grande-Sized Finale

    CBS is giving "Big Brother" fans more to love– and Jay Leno something to fear.   The network has decided to double the show’s Tuesday, Sept. 15 season finale, expanding it from one hour to two, insiders close to the production confirm. The grande-sized "Brother" will air live from 9-11 p.m., with Julie Chen set…