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Former WFAA8 reporter Bert Lozano dies at age 42

After suffering a heart attack Sunday, former WFAA8 reporter Bert Lozano died Wednesday afternoon at Methodist Medical Center. The sad details, and some goodbye messages from his friends are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Big early morning news -- and another new hire -- at Dallas-based CW33

CW33's Dallas studios will be the hub of a new Tribune-produced early morning show that's relocating entirely from Chicago. Plus, the station has added a new meteorologist who will be working the dawn patrol shift. Get the exclusive details on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, the Rangers ride high in Tuesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley says he's powered by Texas upbringing and WFAA8 apprenticeship

Scott Pelley is nearing the end of his first three eventful months as anchor of the CBS Evening News. He met with a hotel ballroom full of TV writers earlier this month during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association summer "press tour." Texas was very much a topic, as were his down-the-middle approach to delivering the news and what he learned in the early-to-late 1980s at Dallas-based WFAA8. Read all about it on our Network News & Reviews page.

Monday's D-FW Nielsen ratings also are in, plus a couple of local programming notes.
Ed Bark

Nancy Grace brings her spiked heel demeanor to ABC's Dancing

Judge not lest ye be judged. The 13th edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars includes Nancy Grace, HLN's resident judge, juror and executioner. There are 11 others, too, and the details are on our Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, the family of former WFAA8 reporter Bert Lozano has a further update on his condition.
Ed Bark

Former WFAA8 reporter Bert Lozano in "stable but critical condition" after heart attack

Bert Lozano, who left WFAA8 early in 2007 after three years on the Dallas-based station's reporting staff, has been hospitalized after suffering a reportedly major heart attack over the weekend. Lozano, 42, has worked in the Dallas office of the Weber Shandwick public relations firm since departing WFAA8. More details are here.

Plus, the Cowboys went directly against the Rangers Saturday night. The Cowboys game didn't count and the Rangers game very much did. No matter. See our weekend "Local Nielsen ratings snapshot" for the pile-on outcome.
Ed Bark

Taking offense at a pair of jokes in this fall's 2 Broke Girls and Last Man Standing

I've seen all of this fall's new sitcoms and heard the hundreds of jokes within. Some work, some don't. But two in particular seem completely unnecessary. So I asked about them during the recent TV Critics Association "press tour." It's all on our Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

NBC5 reporter Kim Fischer leaving the building; former Fox4 reporter Sara Sidner making her mark under fire in Libya

Kim Fischer is departing Fort Worth-based NBC5 after two years as a reporter, lately on the early shift. Get the details here. Plus, CNN is showcasing former Fox4 reporter Sara Sidner as a bullet-dodger in still perilous Libya. Take a look here.
Ed Bark

Winging it with a Flightmares special from Dallas-based AMS Pictures

Harrowing and sometimes tragic adventures in flying are relived in Flightmares, the latest network special from Dallas' own AMS Pictures. Our review, and where it's landing Sunday night, can be found on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

It's a love/hate thang: Losing Cowboys again come up winners on Sunday Night Football

Your friendly content provider recently engaged Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the topic of how bad the Dallas Cowboys would have to get before NBC's Sunday Night Football deep-sixed or downsized them. For the upcoming season, the 6-10 Cowboys still have a full complement of three games. The whys and wherefores are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, there's a catchup round of prime TV tidbits on the Bulletin Board page.
Ed Bark

A beautiful wedding and some dutiful catching up


Joseph and Liz on their very big, rainbow-themed day. Photo: Dad

My darlin' daughter, Liz, is now extremely happily married to the terrific Joseph Riley. And Dad has returned from Florida and is back in the trenches at unclebarky.com.

But first, what's that strange sound in the distance as these words make their way into print? Why, it's thunder. So rain, rain, don't go away! Come here and stay in play for a while.

OK, back to the catch-up teases. You can get a full-blown week's worth of local Nielsen ratings on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page. Included are the highs for Sunday night's Cowboys pre-season game and the very lows for the first two episodes of Bravo's Most Eligible Dallas.

And on the Network News & Reviews page, we have a commentary on the official hiring of Al Sharpton as MSNBC's latest left-leaning, full-time program host.
Ed Bark

Unclebarky.com takes its final summertime flight before the fall onrush

Hello, I must be going -- again. Yes, I know. Your friendly content provider just got back from the two-week Television Critics Association "press tour," during which unclebarky.com gave way to dispatches for locatetv.com.

But this is for a very big event. Darlin' daughter Liz is getting married this weekend in Florida to the man of her dreams. So off we go for a week to be very much remembered and cherished. We'll resume posting on Wednesday, August 24th. Meanwhile, there's lots of new stuff to read inside. As always, thanks for your patronage. And of course, I know you'll understand.
Ed Bark

Cliche headline: Don't miss a minute of BBC America's The Hour

But hey, it really is that good. So if you'd like to dine on something satisfying rather than all that abundant summertime mush, give the above six-part series a chance to rope you in. Our review of The Hour is right here.
Ed Bark

Ex-NBC5 reporter Grant Stinchfield has a 2nd career u-turn in mind -- a run for Congress

Grant Stinchfield surprised many last spring by quitting the NBC5 news team after seven years to open an auto lube business. Now he's oiling up for a congressional campaign as a Republican. Get the exclusive details on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings are in.
Ed Bark

Most Eligible Dallas -- reinforce stereotype, rinse, repeat

The Bravo network's Most Eligible Dallas premieres Monday night. And it's one big hoot if you want to see the city again portrayed as richly appointed in addition to being "self-centered and shallow," as one of the show's six posers puts it. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Matt Nordgren: from football player to star playa on Most Eligible Dallas

Matt Nordgren, former Bishop Lynch star QB -- and Vince Young's backup at UT -- made the Beverly Hills scene recently on behalf of Bravo's upcoming Most Eligible Dallas. Your friendly content provider talked to him about the possible perils of "reality" TV and his connections to a trio of close personal relatives. It's all on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, on the Network News & Reviews page, we look at HBO's new documentary film on lightning rod Gloria Steinem. And Thursday's D-FW Nielsen ratings show how the Dallas Cowboys did in their pre-season opener.
Ed Bark

Picturing the summer Television Critics Association "press tour"


BBC America's rooftop party offered some sync & swim. Photo: Ed Bark

You can still read all about the just-concluded Television Critics Association "press tour" by going to the special section on locatetv.com. And/or take a look at some of the sights via unclebarky.com's semi-annual homegrown photo album. It's on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Sh*t keeps hitting the fan at WFAA8 -- both forcefully and benignly

Wednesday's incident between Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and WFAA8 investigator Brett Shipp continues to create a big buzz in D-FW. In an interview with unclebarky.com, Shipp says he won't file any assault charges after Price shoved him and later verbally threatened him while the cameras rolled. Get the latest on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, WFAA8 anchors Gloria Campos and Cynthia Izaguirre can't seem to pronounce "city" lately. Instead it comes out pretty sh*tty. Video of their dung deals also is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Uncle Barky returns -- and restarts with a Maria Barrs exit interview

It's great to be back in the blast furnace after two weeks out West on the Television Critics Association "press tour." And as long as we're this close, I say let's go for the *&%#@+*$#&@ record of consecutive 100 degree days.

The big news while I was gone was Fox4 news director Maria Barrs' decision to leave the Dallas-based station after 13 years in that position. I tweeted the news from afar. But we now have an interview with Barrs on where she's going and why. It's on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, George Lopez and his TBS talk show, Lopez Tonight, suddenly will be goners after Thursday's show. The network announced the cancellation Wednesday. We take a closer look on the Network News & Reviews page.

All told, I wrote 26 stories from press tour for locatetv.com. They range from a crazed interview session with Jerry Lewis to a visit to the Playboy mansion to the latest news on two huge Fox shows for the fall, The X Factor and Terra Nova. You can read the complete collection -- or pick and choose -- by going to my section on locatetv.com.

Thanks again for your continued patronage.
Ed Bark