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Without naming names (of course), WFAA8 takes aim at a rival station (Fox4)

It's infantile but all too true. You can count on D-FW's television news organizations to ignore each other when it comes to crediting scoops or questioning same. In the latest instance, Fox4's exclusive footage of a Dallas firefighter's arrest Thursday had WFAA8 questioning whether it had been "staged for a local TV station."

For a detailed look at this latest no name game, go to our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, another D-FW freelancer hops to a rival station while a full-timer is on personal leave. And Thursday's D-FW Nielsen ratings show the ups and downs of ABC's premiere of Ashley Judd's Missing.
Ed Bark

Luck will be out of the running

HBO abruptly has ceased all production on Luck, which had been shooting its second season. Get the details, and a wealth of other network television tidbits, on the TV Bulletin Board page.
Ed Bark

This Judd also wants a reunion in ABC's Missing

Ashley Judd stars as a two-fisted but frequently weepy mom in search of her abducted teenage son in the overseas ABC drama Missing. Our review is here.

Plus, find our back-from-NYC local ratings catchup round on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Fashion Star hopes to thread the needle, take your money

NBC hopes that its new Fashion Star can chart new vistas in both product placement and virtually instant sales of same. Jessica Simpson is among the show's mentors, and two Texans are in the field of 14 apprentice designers. Our review is here.

Plus, Dallas-based WFAA8 is going a little cuckoo over Oklahoma City's KOCO-TV lately. And Thursday's D-FW Nielsens also are highlighted.

Note to readers: unclebarky.com will be taking a short break while your friendly content provider heads east to visit darlin' daughter Liz and her terrific husband in their Manhattan walkup. We'll be back in play by the middle of next week.
Ed Bark

New ABC singing competition lures Kelly Clarkson as mentor

Inaugural American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson of Burleson has signed on full-time on ABC's new summer singing competition, Duets. Get further details on the TV Bulletin Board page.

Also, Wednesday's D-FW Nielsen ratings show a resurge for the Fox granddaddy.
Ed Bark

HBO's Game Change -- political lightning rod (but very entertaining, too)

In all fairness, HBO really should do a Game Change sequel on the book's depiction of the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton bare-knuckled brawl. But for now we have the story of John McCain and Sarah Palin, which isn't nearly as unfair to the two of them as she'd have you believe. Our review is here.

Plus, Ty Treadway already is out as co-host of WFAA8's Good Morning Texas.
Ed Bark

Don't you go there. Oh yes we will. Let's talk Manning/Cowboys

A physically fit Peyton Manning entertaining the masses as Cowboy Stadium's resident quarterback? My implanted sports gene says that's an idea worth at least throwing around. So let's look at some pros/cons on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

A tale of two Foxies with cancellation of Terra Nova, renewal of Justified

The Fox and FX networks both have the same corporate parent. But their track records with new series remain decidedly different. Our TV Bulletin Board page takes a closer look via the respective treatments of Terra Nova and Justified.

Plus, Tuesday's D-FW ratings "snapshot" weighs the audience appeal of attractions ranging from "Super Tuesday" election coverage to Fox's newly launched comedy night. You also can watch Daybreak co-anchor Ron "Corning In the Morning" eat an Oreo cookie without his hands after first positioning it on his forehead. Further proof that it's his world -- and we only live in it.
Ed Bark

NBC5 ramps it up with raft of new hires for D-FW news team

No one's hiring these days -- particularly in TV news. Right? Wrong, when it comes to Fort Worth-based NBC5. They've got more new faces lately -- and all full-timers -- than a baseball spring training camp. And they're all additions to the staff, not just vacancy-fillers. Our story is on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Monday's D-FW Nielsen rating highlights also are ready for your inspection.
Ed Bark

In wild pursuit of 25-to-54-year-olds, which D-FW news operation has fallen shortest in past five years?

Unclebarky.com has been around long enough to offer some five-year Big Pictures, with the just-concluded February "sweeps" serving as the first launch pad. Which D-FW news operation has been best and worst -- from 2007 to 2012 -- in holding onto the 25-to-54-year-old viewers they all so covet? Get the facts and figures on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

GCB a ratings champ here, but not so much elsewhere

ABC's Dallas-set GCB enjoyed a halo effect in the D-FW Nielsen ratings. But its national numbers were not as heaven-sent. Get the details on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Fox launches an all-comedy lineup Tuesday night. We focus on the back-from-the-dead Breaking In while also noting the night's other changes.
Ed Bark

Drawing its last breath? Animated Napoleon Dynamite's fate in your hands, and Jon Heder hopes you'll help out

Napoleon Dynamite himself, John Heder, recently stopped in Dallas to speak for Fox's cartoon version of the still resonant movie. Hear him out on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

ABC's GCB does Dallas as you'd expect

"The soap returns to Dallas in this deliciously fun, wicked new drama." Easy for ABC to say. Our review of GCB (Good Christian Bitches) is tempered by Annie Potts in scrumptious form as a moneyed "Hillside Park" queen bee. Take a look on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Sun rises on NBC5's early morning shakeup

Fort Worth-based NBC5 is making some major changes in its early morning newscasts. Out is meteorologist Jennifer Lopez while co-anchor Scott Friedman will be heading up the station's new investigative unit. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

D-FW's local news ratings sweeps ends with a couple of clear-cut winners and multiple photo finishes

The February ratings "sweeps" results are in the books, and boy is my hand calculator tired.

A number of very close contests had to be decided by going to an extra decimal point. It's the equivalent of determining a baseball batting champ when the rounded off averages turn out to be equal.

As another month moves into the unclebarky.com archives, you'll find D-FW's complete Feb. sweeps results on our March Dallas-Fort Worth TV page. Wednesday's local ratings also are highlighted in a separate post.

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