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NBC5 acts fast, hires Vinita Nair as "special assignments" reporter after TEGNA8 bypasses her for Daybreak co-anchor slot

NBC5 appears to have made a solid choice in hiring seasoned former network anchor/reporter Vinita Nair after TEGNA8 didn’t. She’ll start on Jan. 29th, unclebarky.com confirms. More details on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Matt Lauer's out (as is Garrison Keillor), so there's again much to write about

Matt Lauer, who has anchored NBC’s Today for two decades, is the latest and biggest star to be ousted after charges of “inappropriate sexual behavior” in the workplace. Tangentially, Garrison Keillor has been dumped by Minnesota Public Radio under the same umbrella, but he has quite a bit to say about that. We try to digest and analyze on the Network News & Reviews page.

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

While I was away . . . the November "sweeps" D-FW newscast results and (at last) a new co-anchor for TEGNA8's Daybreak

Your friendly content provider (and international man of mystery) has returned from abroad to plough through thousands of emails, compute the November “sweeps” ratings results and report on a new weekday Daybreak anchor hire by TEGNA8 after nearly a year-long search.

You can find the complete D-FW newscast numbers right here.

And all the details on the hiring of Cincy’s Kara Sewell as Alexa Conomos’ replacement are also on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Taking a long-planned break

Unclebarky.com is taking some time off while its proprietor goes on a big adventure. Thanks to all readers for your continued patronage, and be assured we’ll be back up after the Thanksgiving weekend with the November “sweeps” local newscast ratings results for starters.
Ed Bark

Texas-made The Long Road Home gives National Geographic channel a major player

It will have been hard to miss a promotion or two or 20 for the National Geographic channel’s most ambitious scripted production to date.

The Long Road Home finally hits home screens on Tuesday, Nov. 7th with a two-hour start to be followed by six one-hour chapters on Tuesdays through Dec. 19th. Filmed entirely in Texas, the true story of one searing day in the Iraq war is adapted from the 2007 book by veteran ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz. And our review is here.
Ed Bark

Reviewing CBS' S.W.A.T. reboot and Netflix's Alias Grace adaptation

CBS has its third re-do coming on Thursday, Nov. 2nd, when S.W.A.T. joins the network’s existing successful makeovers of Hawaii Five-0 and Macgyver. Our review is here.

Also, Netflix weighs in with Alias Grace, a six-part adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel, on Friday, Nov. 3rd. Here is the review on that.

Plus, TEGNA8 adds two to its on-camera news team. And we have the D-FW ratings for Game 7 of the World Series.
Ed Bark