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Mavericks call it a night with best D-FW ratings of post-season

The Dallas Mavericks’ season ended Tuesday night with the Game 5 playoff loss to the Houston Rockets. Now all that’s left are the ratings. Whose game coverage won locally between TXA21 and TNT? And how were the numbers compared to the previous four post-season games? It’s all broken down on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Fox4 has added Lori Brown to its reporting staff. She’ll arrive from WFTV-TV in Orlando, FL. More details are here.
Ed Bark

The Tammy Dombeck situation

CBS11 has decided not to keep Tammy Dombeck as its full-time early morning traffic reporter. She noted her disappointment Monday on both her Twitter and Facebook pages. Now it’s time for unclebarky.com to take a look at this -- as well as identify her very likely replacement. It’s all on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Not a magical mystery tour: J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

HBO has turned J.K. Rowling’s “first novel for adults” into a two-night, three-hour miniseries produced in partnership with the BBC. The magic here is in the slow-cooked depiction of the goings-on in a small, outwardly picturesque English village. No murders, but a lot of damaged lives. Our review is here.

Also, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in.
Ed Bark

Weekend TV awash in storm coverage, Jenner interview, pair of Mavs playoff games

Only on unclebarky.com will you find a complete D-FW breakdown of weekend Nielsen ratings for ABC’s big Bruce Jenner interview, the two Dallas Mavericks playoff games and late Sunday night’s continuous storm coverage on Fox4, NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11. The results in the latter competition may shock or surprise you, as they say during ratings “sweeps” periods. It’s all on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Gannett8 weathercaster Pete Delkus -- but seriously, folks

Gannett8 is recalibrating chief meteorologist Pete Delkus’ image in a new series of promos that accentuate his serious approach to the weather at hand.

He’s also known as the guy who trades punch lines with sports anchor Dale Hansen on the station’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. But earnest Pete is the star of these spots, and we take a closer look on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Thursday, April 23rd marked an early start to the annual May “sweeps” ratings period. How did D-FW’s four major TV newscast providers look coming out of the starting gate? All of the numbers are here.
Ed Bark

Happyish inflicts itself on Showtime

Until his sudden death, Philip Seymour Hoffman had signed to be the principal star of the very dark Showtime comedy series Happyish. The network would have been better off burying it judging from the first three episodes of this re-cast version, which premieres on Sunday, April 26th. Our review is here.

Also, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” includes the ratings for the Dallas Mavericks’ Game 2 post-season matchup at Houston.
Ed Bark

CBS11 twangs it with country music-themed promo for meteorologist Larry Mowry

It’s easy to get into the rhythm of this new country music-themed spot for CBS11 chief meteorologist Larry Mowry. See what ya’ll think. Our assessment and the promo itself are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in.
Ed Bark

RIP Bert Shipp

Bert Shipp, whose long career at DFW’s WFAA-TV included covering both the John F. Kennedy assassination and The Beatles, has died at the age of 85. In subsequent years, he was WFAA’s behind-the-scenes newsroom maestro, as news director and later, assignments editor. Our remembrance is here.
Ed Bark

Live from Jerry's Palace, ACMs rope 'em in with big-time D-FW ratings

The 50th anniversary Academy of Country Music awards ceremony not surprisingly was a really big drawl in these parts. Our weekend local Nielsen ratings “snapshot” has all the details, plus the D-FW numbers for Saturday night’s opening Dallas Mavericks playoff game.

Also, Gannett8 meteorologist Julia Bologna has left the station after a three-year stay.
Ed Bark

Reporter Stephanie Lucero leaving CBS11 after 18 big ones

CBS11’s Stephanie Lucero is the latest veteran reporter to leave a D-FW station in search of something else. She’ll be departing in two weeks. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Thursday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings highlights are in.
Ed Bark

More CW sci-fi with The Messengers

After seeming superfluous for several seasons, The CW network has been making its mark with series such as The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin and now The Messengers. The latter sci-fi series premieres on Friday, April 17th. And our review is here.

Plus, the Tuesday-Wednesday D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshots” are in.
Ed Bark

Reviewing Netflix's Bloodline after viewing all 13 Season 1 episodes

Is Netflix’s Bloodline worth your long-term investment? Based on viewing the entire Season 1, that would be a big yes. You’ll also be witness to one of the best dramatic performances of the season by Australian Ben Mendelsohn as a prodigal son named Danny Rayburn. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Masters of his domain: Spieth's big win also wins big in weekend D-FW ratings race

CBS’ final round of The Masters Sunday flexed in the D-FW Nielsen ratings thanks to Dallas native Jordan Spieth’s dominant performance. It easily ranked No. 1 for the weekend in total viewers but was something of a duffer among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. All the details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Former Gannett8 medical reporter Janet St. James announces she'll be battling "invasive breast cancer"

Janet St. James, who left Gannett8 just three weeks ago after 15 years as the D-FW market’s premier medical reporter, announced Thursday on her Facebook page that she has “invasive breast cancer that has spread to my lymph nodes.”

St. James, who was diagnosed on Good Friday, had been on the verge of starting a new job as vice president for strategic communications for HCA North Texas. More details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the Wednesday-Thursday D-FW Nielsen ratings highlights are posted. And the winner of Thursday afternoon’s face-off between the Texas Rangers and Jordan Spieth’s magical Masters opening round turned out to be . . .
Ed Bark

HBO's mighty Game of Thrones is still all that and more

HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for a 10-episode Season 5 on Sunday, April 12th. Heavy metal again abounds, but so do gripping characters. Wow, what a show. And our review is here.
Ed Bark

Bring on Billy Crystal, Josh Gad in FX's The Comedians

Billy Crystal is the big brand name and Josh Gad is the guy on the rise. They’re paired as themselves in FX’s The Comedians, a mocu/documentary that premieres on Thursday, April 9th in tandem with Season 5 of Louie. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Cause for consternation: Louie returns

FX’s Louie comes back on Thursday, April 9th to rekindle the power of dour. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

CBS11 names Dallas native Russ McCaskey as new early morning co-anchor

It took a while -- nearly eight months to be exact. But CBS11 at last has settled on a new early morning co-anchor to join incumbent Karen Borta. He’s Russ McCaskey, who’s scheduled to start on June 1st after a long tenure at Tulsa’s KJRH-TV. All the details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in.
Ed Bark

Catching up on new D-FW TV hires and recent ratings

Newly back from a road trip to the Midwest, your friendly content provider has been catching up while still nursing a hangover from that tough Wisconsin Badgers loss last night.

A pair of new D-FW TV sports hires -- including Babe Laufenberg’s replacement -- were earlier tweeted from afar. Now they’re also posted on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, which makes them “official.”

Plus, we’ve got a compendium of recent local TV ratings, including the big numbers for Monday night’s NCAA basketball championship.
Ed Bark