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Breaking down the newscast winners and losers in May "sweeps" ratings competition

The last major ratings “sweeps” period of the 2018-19 TV season is in the books, and we have all of May’s results for you on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing Hulu's Catch-22 and recapping new 2019-20 prime-time lineups for CBS and The CW

Adapting Joseph’s Heller’s Catch-22 is a tough nut to crack. It’s been tried before on the big-screen. And now Hulu gives it a go with a six-part miniseries masterminded by George Clooney. Our review is here.

Plus, CBS announces its prime-time plans for next season, as does its sister network, The CW.
Ed Bark

ABC, Fox, NBC have latest new seasons mapped out

The May “upfronts” are in high gear, with broadcast networks touting their new seasons while Madison Avenue advertisers gather to drink it all in -- literally.

ABC’s 2019-20 plans are detailed here.

NBC’s are right here.

And you can find Fox’s here.

Plus, HBO’s two hour, 40 minute documentary film What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali premieres on Tuesday, May 14th. And our review is here.
Ed Bark

Reviewing HBO's extraordinary Chernobyl miniseries

The saga of a nuclear power plant disaster in the Soviet Union, spread out over five episodes, may not be enticing to many. But HBO’s Chernobyl is brilliantly done and well worth your time, either on a weekly basis or as a binge when it’s run its course. Our review is here.

Plus, WFAA8 has hired Ron Corning’s replacement as Daybreak co-anchor while Fox4 is adding another sports reporter. Details respectively are here -- and here.

Also, CBS shakes up its newscasts, with the key change being Norah O’Donnell’s elevation to anchor of the Evening News in place of Jeff Glor. Details are on our Nat’l News/Reviews 2019 page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing CBS' The Red Line

CBS’ act of contrition continues with The Red Line, an eight-hour limited series that further addresses critics who branded the network a bastion of white males after its 2017 fall lineup was announced. Airing in two-hour installments on four successive Sundays, it starts Noah Wyle as an openly gay high school history teacher whose African-American husband is gunned down by a white cop. Our review is here.

Also, NBC5 emulates its corporate parent network’s Today show with a two-women anchor team. Laura Harris, who arrived at the Fort Worth-based station last summer, joins longtime incumbent Deborah Ferguson. More details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Thursday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” has the numbers for opening night of the NFL draft and the Dallas Stars’ first Stanley Cup playoff match with the St. Louis Blues.
Ed Bark