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Remembering Davy Jones

Davy Jones, heartthrob lead singer of The Monkees, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 66, and we remember him via two up-close encounters from the 1970s and last year.

Plus, the Tuesday D-FW Nielsen ratings are in. And there's also a new "Ask Uncle Barky."
Ed Bark

NBC's Awake hopes to somehow rouse former home of ER, L.A. Law

Once upon a time, NBC had solid gold mainstays on Thursdays at 9 p.m. (central). In this season, forget about it. Premiering this week, Awake is the Peacock's third new drama series in that slot. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Dancing with the Stars announces a "Who's that?" field

Joe Piscopo must be feeling really bummed. He's apparently still not considered a big enough star for Dancing with the Stars, which announced its most underwhelming cast ever Tuesday morning. Details are on the Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, see how the long-delayed and elongated Dayton 500 fared in Monday's D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

Up and down national Nielsen ratings for Sunday night's Oscars

Unclebarky.com cuts through the chaff of a highly subjective ABC publicity release to bring you the straight scoop on the ratings plusses and minuses for Sunday's Oscars. Get the full-picture national numbers on our Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Oscars and Crystal -- ratings and review

National ratings aren't yet final for Sunday night's Oscars, but we've got the D-FW numbers right here. Plus, how did the show do with Billy Crystal back as its headmaster? Our take and a link to last night's live tweets are on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Crystal and the Oscars -- vs. the Grammys

Only once before have the Grammys drawn a bigger audience than the Oscars in the same calendar year. But it could happen again this month, even with Billy Crystal back for his ninth time as host. We examine the possibilities -- and Oscar's built-in disadvantage -- on the Network News & Reviews page.

Wednesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings also are in.
Ed Bark

Conan re-upped; Simon spills a bean or two

TBS is giving some long-term job security to Conan O'Brien. And in a teleconference with TV writers Wednesday, Simon
Cowell throws out a few tasty sprinkles of news. Details are on the TV Bulletin Board page.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 21st's late night D-FW newscasts

We wrap up our seven-night sojourn -- and boy, is my head tired -- with a look at highs and lows on Tuesday's late-night D-FW newscasts. It's all weather-free, though, and available on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Tuesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings also are in.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 20th's late night D-FW newscasts

The social media bug keeps biting D-FW's late night newscasts. Not all bad, not all good, and perhaps most of it better than sending WFAA8 anchor John McCaa outdoors for the sole purpose of introducing a story on drug battles along the Texas border. Our latest compendium is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page. And don't worry, I've only got a few more of these left in me. At least for this month.

Also, the Friday-Monday D-FW Nielsen ratings are in. As is Jeremy Lin.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 17th's late night D-FW newscasts

Aren't TV anchors and reporters supposed to be above hugging celebrities -- on-camera at least? NBC5's Meredith Land clearly doesn't think so. In fact she flaunts it after a puff piece on Khloe Kardashian. Our latest look at the local late nighters is here.
Ed Bark

Look out. Here come Big Rich Texas & Jerseylicious

They deserve each other, but do their states? Big Rich Texas and Jerseylicious begin new seasons Sunday night on The Style Network. We pick up the pieces on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 16th's late night D-FW newscasts

Fox4 and Clarice Tinsley used one of her "Your Turn" segments to inquire whether a Fort Worth mechanic was really seeing Jesus in a space heater. We only report what see. The latest compendium takes its rightful place on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, our review of HBO's latest Ricky Gervais series, Life's Too Short, can be found right here. Thursday's D-FW Nielsen ratings also are in.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 15th's late night D-FW newscasts

The TCU student drug-dealing scandal predictably and understandably dominated Wednesday's D-FW late nighters. But earlier that day, one of the four major TV news providers badly flunked its drug test. The latest compendium is on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Fox4 Good Day contributor Krystle Gutierrez makes her departure official after biding time for a few months. And Wednesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings also are in the house.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 14th's late night D-FW newscasts

A surprise live wedding proposal and far superior use of live in-studio interviews marked the Valentine's Day late nighters. Our latest collection of highs and lows is here.

Also, Tuesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings serve to all but cancel ABC's new The River.
Ed Bark

Up-close and objective: Feb. 13th's late night D-FW newscasts

We're open for another limited run, with the late night newscasts on Fox4, NBC5, WFAA8 and CBS11 again under the microscope during these ongoing February "sweeps."

On Monday night, WFAA8 took the play away from its rivals with good and really bad initiatives in enterprise reporting. Our compendium is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, where you also can find Monday's D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

Reptile dysfunction: WFAA8's shriekin' "snake" episode may rival NBC5's grand champion gecko incident

WFAA8's Good Morning Texas snaked, rattled and rolled recently, with contributor Paige McCoy Smith on the receiving end. Does her reaction rival that of former NBC5 anchor Michael Scott? We supply the video, you make the call on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Battleground launching as hulu.com's first scripted series

Hulu.com, owned by a consortium of networks, is trying to make its stamp with a rollout of new weekly series available only on the web. Battleground, its first scripted effort, charts a fictional U.S. Senate campaign, with Madison, Wisconsin its principal turf. Our review is on the revived Web Browser page.

Plus, Sunday night's Grammy Awards telecast had mega-audiences in both D-FW and nationally while WFAA8 struck out ratings-wise with Rangers pitcher Derek Holland's Friday night weathercast. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Ju-s-s-s-s-st a bit outside: WFAA8 pitches in with comedy weather

WFAA8, which positions itself as the holy temple of local TV news, put Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland in charge of Friday's 10 p.m. weather. The station that says it never does ratings "sweeps" stunts just so happens to be trailing in the February competition. Our take is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

AMC turns a new page with Comic Book Men

Film director and comic book nut Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks) has a fun new venture on AMC. And his unscripted Comic Book Men will get a prime Sunday night time slot following the return of The Walking Dead. Our review is here.

Plus, Macie Jepson and WFAA8 have settled her discrimination suit against the Dallas-based station. We give you a few more details and a history of recent discrimination suits on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, in case you missed it, Daybreak co-anchor Ron Corning shared a frame with two brassiere-wearing mannequins during Thursday's edition on WFAA8. And Thursday's D-FW Nielsen ratings also are in.
Ed Bark

House being discharged after 8 seasons on Fox; Current TV let's its inmates run the show

The inevitable and the expected came to pass early Wednesday evening when Fox and the producers of House announced that this will be the landmark medical drama's last season. Our story is on the Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, we look at Current's sorry state of affairs, with star player Keith Olbermann and the almost equally cocksure Cenk Uygur leading the Al Gore cable network on a search for truth, justice and quite possibly self-destruction.
Ed Bark

Incoming: Teresa Woodard joining WFAA8 reporting staff while David Watkins already is with NBC5 sports

The wheels of change lately have been turning/churning at D-FW's major TV news providers. Teresa Woodard, a native Dallasite, is WFAA8's latest edition. while Plano West High grad David Watkins has headed to NBC5.

Plus, ABC's new drama series, The River, already has that sinking feeling in D-FW and nationally after Tuesday's two-hour premiere. Details are in the latest "Local Nielsen ratings snapshot."
Ed Bark

WFAA8 names former KHOU reporter Carolyn Mungo as news director

Carolyn Mungo, previously a star reporter for Belo-owned KHOU-TV in Houston, will be the new news director for Belo-owned WFAA8 in Dallas. An email to that effect was sent out to Belo higher-ups while unclebarky.com filed a report to that effect. In between time, Mungo was assistant news director at Fox-owned KRIV-TV in Houston. But wait, there's more to this story. Get all the details on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

NBC singing in the reign after ruling with musical Monday night

Struggling NBC at last can breathe easy -- at least for one workday. Its Monday night lineup of The Voice and Smash won big in the D-FW ratings and also triumphed nationally. The local results are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

We were the champions: Nat'l Nielsen ratings say that Super Bowl XLVI nipped Cowboys Stadium edition

Final national Nielsen ratings gave Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI a paper-thin edge over last year's big game from Cowboys Stadium. Which makes the Giants' 21-17 win over the Patriots the new most-watched show in TV history. Details are on our Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

D-FW Super Bowl ratings expectedly fall short of Jerry's Palace edition; guerilla Cougar Town producer strikes again

Local Nielsens for Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI weren't quite up to those for last year's ice sculpture edition in North Texas. Still, almost 2.5 million viewers ain't too shabby. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Cougar Town producer Bill Lawrence, the guy who used to make Scrubs, tries another stealth promo campaign. I like his methods of attack. See what he's up to on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Super Bowl XLVI: Eastwood keeps it real while Madonna prima donnas

Super Bowl XLVI provided another thrillingly close outcome and a lot of attendant side shows. Our words, frame grabs and videos are on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

The River's flow chart looks a lot like Lost's

ABC's latest otherworldly serial drama, The River, is supposed to make your skin crawl more than Lost did. But otherwise aren't they pretty much one and the same? Our review is here.

Plus, the latest D-FW Nielsen ratings "snapshot" takes a close look at opening night of the February "sweeps" ratings period.
Ed Bark

NBC's Smash tries nights on Broadway as viewer lure

It's nearly time to find out whether NBC's biggest gamble in many a season -- Smash -- will have the beleaguered network whistling a happy tune for a change. Our review is here.

Also, former CBS11 meteorologist Julie Bologna is among those who have interviewed for a Fox4 vacancy. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

CBS11 bangs its drums loudly in preparation for February "sweeps" warfare

The annual four-week February "sweeps" ratings period starts on Thursday of this week. And CBS11 is acting as though it really wants to return to the 10 p.m. winner's circle after WFAA8 took November's golds. A new "Coming In February" promo, replete with drum beats, sets the stage for what's likely to be another down-to-the-wire battle between the two stations. Take a look on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, and see if it sucks you in -- at least a bit.

Plus, we take an up-close look -- ratings-wise -- at last year's most popular scripted series on basic and premium cable networks. Some of the final tabulations may surprise you, as news anchors are wont to say. Plus, Tuesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings are in as we begin another new month with this friendly reminder:

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Ed Bark