FCC Proposes $20,000 Fine For Program-Length Commercial In Children’s Programming

The FCC’s Video Division yesterday issued a Notice of Apparent Liability to WUTB Baltimore for airing a commercial for a Hot Wheels product in eight showings of the program Team Hot Wheels.  The commission has, for almost 30 years, had a policy against what they term “program-length commercials” — programs that feature characters who are also featured in a commercial that runs during the program.

Netflix Removes ‘Chappelle’s Show’ At Dave Chappelle’s Request

Peyton Manning To Host NBC ‘College Bowl’

NBC is bringing back gameshow College Bowl with NFL legend Peyton Manning hosting. The Colts star will front the series, which was handed a 10-episode order by the network.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Duke Struck, Director For ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ And ‘The NFL Today,’ Dies At 82

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Jeopardy’ Back On Top Of Syndication

The game show led all of syndication for the first time in five months in the session ending Nov. 15, which was the first week after the death of its beloved host Alex Trebek.

OVERNIGHTS

‘DWTS’ Finale Eyes 6-Week Audience High

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars closed out Season 29 with 6.1 million total viewers (its largest audience in six weeks) and a 0.9 demo rating (equaling its best demo number since Sept. 28) — pending possible adjustment due to NFL preemptions.

Oklahoma Broadcasting Legend Don Wallace Dies At 90

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Passes $6M In COVID-19 Relief Aid To Members

John Barrowman To Return As Captain Jack Harkness In ‘Doctor Who’ Holiday Special

Ken Jennings Named Interim ‘Jeopardy’ Host

Jeopardy will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning lat host Alex Trebek’s final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4. Jeopardy record-holder Ken Jennings’ episodes begin on Jan. 11, to be followed by shows with other interim hosts.

Netflix To Expand Production Hub In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix plans to establish one of the largest production hubs in North America with an expansion of its existing studio complex in New Mexico and a commitment to an additional $1 billion in production spending, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. Ten new stages, post-production services, offices, mills, backlots and other […]

Fox Nation Premieres Holiday Movie ‘Christmas In The Rockies’

Sandy Dvore, Emmy-Winning Graphic Artist, Dies At 86

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Sets Netflix Viewing Record For Scripted Limited Series

The seven-episode drama has hit No. 1 on the streamer’s rankings in more than 60 countries.

OVERNIGHTS

‘American Music Awards’ Drops Hard

ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards averaged 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, plunging more than 40% from last year’s fast nationals — which is in keeping with a decidedly downward trend in pandemic-era awards shows.

Herbert F. Solow, TV Exec Behind ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies At 89

Lance Heflin, Former ‘America’s Most Wanted’ EP, Dies At 67

Contestant Dies After Completing ‘Wipeout’ Obstacle Course

The man in his 30s was declared dead at a hospital shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said. The cause of death has not been released, and the man’s name was being withheld until relatives could be notified. The reality competition show ran on ABC from 2008 until 2014 and is being rebooted by TBS and production company Endemol Shine North America.

NBC Sets January Premiere Dates

NBC has firmed up its January lineup and has set premiere dates for new Tina Fey-Robert Carlock comedy series Mr. Mayor, starring Ted Danson and for Season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ To End With Season 4

The CW on Friday announced that the upcoming fourth season will serve as the final one for the Greg Berlanti-produced DC Comics drama. The younger-skewing broadcast network is already working on a Black Lightning spinoff, having earlier this month put Painkiller into development.

OVERNIGHTS

Fox Wins Thurs. With Cards-Seahawks

Fox easily won Thursday prime thanks to Thursday Night Football. Cardinals-Seahawks led Fox to a 2.6 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 15 share. In second was ABC at 0.9/5. Fox had football on across prime. It was up 24% from Colts-Titans last week.

D.C. Stations Get Creative During Pandemic

For radio and TV stations, operating throughout the pandemic and bringing us news and entertainment day in and day out required so much more than a floor lamp, some well-curated books in the background and a working Zoom link. Let’s go behind the scenes of how several stations pulled it off.

‘Belushi’ Finds The Sensitive Man Inside The Wild Persona

Hallmark Movies Now Launched On YouTube TV

Kirby Morrow, Voice Actor And ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ Alum, Dies At 47

Discovery To Unveil Global Streaming Service

Discovery said on Thursday that it will unveil details of its much-anticipated global streaming service and the broader strategy behind it during an investor event on Dec. 2.

Indigenous Groups Urge ABC To ‘Enter Into A Dialogue’ About Representation In ‘Big Sky’

ABC Sets 2021 Scripted Series Premieres

ABC has firmed up its midseason schedule, setting up early 2021 premiere dates for its scripted series. That includes ABC’s returning scripted series and new comedy Call Your Mother, starring Kyra Sedgwick.

Wayne Brady To Host Unscripted ‘Game Of Talents’

Fox has ordered the unscripted series Game of Talents with Wayne Brady set to host. Based on the Spanish format, Game of Talents pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the hidden talents of the mystery performers based on first impressions and a series of clues. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles and will debut on Fox in 2021.

Burnett Puts Variety And Music Back In Her Show

Since its original run from 1967 to 1978, most viewers have only seen heavily chopped versions of The Carol Burnett Show, and many fans had no idea that singing and dancing were an essential part of a series that was actually more classic variety show than modern comedy sketch show. But now, 65 episodes drawn from the show’s 11 seasons on CBS, which brought it 25 Emmy Awards, have been revived and expanded, most to their original hour length, and can be seen streaming for the first time on services including Tubi and The Roku Channel.