Specialty Cable Networks Thrive In Quarantine

Channels ranging from TLC to Nickelodeon have seen their audiences grow with millions more potential viewers at home.

Discovery’s ‘Diesel Brothers’ Stars Appeal Air Pollution Fine

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The stars of the “Diesel Brothers” reality TV show are appealing a federal court ruling requiring them to pay $848,000 to the U.S. government and a Utah county over pollution law violations. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby of Salt Lake City ruled in March that David “Heavy D” Sparks, Joshua “Redbeard” […]

ESPN, NFL Network To Combine For Draft

The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio but will adhere to social distancing guidelines.

ESPN Seeks Pay Cuts From Top On-Air Personnel

ESPN, struggling to keep fresh programming on its schedule with live sports sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, is asking some of its best-known personalities to take pay cuts.

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The Weather Channel Finds Its Pandemic Shelter

As veterans of extreme weather coverage and robust remote production, The Weather Channel was ready for the storm the coronavirus brought to the industry. Network President Tom O’Brien says little has been upended by the pandemic, though the channel is now programming more science lessons for families sheltering at home.

NBCSN Picks Up ‘The Rich Eisen Show’

Rich Eisen’s weekday talk show will have a new home for the next two months. NBC Sports Network announced Thursday that “The Rich Eisen Show” will air on the channel beginning Monday at 1 p.m. EDT. That will be the last two hours of the show, which begins at noon on a network of national […]

Inside ‘SportsCenter’ On The Day We Lost Sports

Empty parking lots, no highlights and three live shows a day: How ESPN’s 40-year-old program is fighting through the coronavirus pandemic.

Meet The CNN Staffer Who’s Essential To Keeping Its Atlanta HQ Running

John Camacho, a 21-year company veteran and senior engineer, describes his new social distancing normal as he keeps the CNN Center functioning amid the coronavirus shutdown.

BET Plans All-Star Coronavirus Special

DJ Khaled, Charlie Wilson, Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Fantasia and Melvin Crispell III are slated to perform in a special BET show that will assist people of color in dealing with the coronavirus. The “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” broadcast special will air April 22 at 8 p.m. EDT. The special […]

Starz Ups Hoffman To Domestic Nets President

Alison Hoffman, chief marketing officer at Starz, has been promoted to the newly created role of president, domestic networks. Hoffman will assume some of the operational oversight that Jeffrey Hirsch had a COO, before he was named president and CEO of the premium network in September.

Tom Ascheim Steps Down As Freeform President

Longtime network president Tom Ascheim has opted to exit Disney’s younger-skewing cable network. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Ascheim, who was expected to renew his deal, has another post lined up that should be announced shortly. A replacement has not yet been determined.

‘Battlestar Galactica’ And ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ April Marathons Set On Syfy

NFL Sets ‘Fully Virtual Format’ For 2020 Draft

While the rest of the sporting world continues to be shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is going full steam ahead with its offseason activities, formally annoucing the 2020 NFL Draft will be completely virtual. ESPN and NFL Network are still expected to air the draft, which is scheduled for April 23-25.

‘Archer’ Season 11 Premiere Pushed Due To Virus

Loss Of Live Sports Changes ESPN’s Marketing

Two new commercials address the challenges sports fans — and ESPN itself — are facing amid the coronavirus shutdown.

AT&T Stops Selling U-verse TV

The telco is prioritizing its new internet-net-based pay TV platform, AT&T TV and has stopped selling its 14-year-old IPTV pay TV platform, U-verse TV.

HBO To Stream 500 Hours Of Free Programming

HBO is unlocking its biggest trove of free programming ever — in a goodwill gesture as people look for a diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WarnerMedia-owned premium cabler is making almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free (without ads) for a limited time on HBO Now and HBO Go services without a subscription, starting today, April 3.

Reality TV Stockpile Can Outlast Coronavirus

There is one corner of television in which the pantry is relatively well-stocked: basic-cable reality shows, the cozy feeling in TV form. Variety spoke to representatives from more than a dozen cablers about their upcoming programming, and found that by premiering new shows as usual while also making use of old inventory, top-tier networks such as HGTV, TLC, Bravo, ID, Food Network, Discovery, We TV, E!, History, and A&E would fare a months-long production shutdown practically unscathed.

WOW! CEO Teresa Elder Hospitalized With COVID-19

ESPN’s Doris Burke Tests Positive For COVID-19

Fuse Media Unveils Call-To-Action, Pro-Social Responsibility Initiative

Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand for the multicultural millennial and GenZ audience, is launching Be Change, a new call-to-action, social responsibility initiative that will educate, inform and empower this audience to be actively involved  in driving change for a better tomorrow.  Be Change will also give this audience the resources to become participants and improve their individual […]

‘Killing Eve’ Season 3 Premiere Moved Up

The acclaimed Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer AMC series will now debut its third season on Sunday, April 12. The move comes as networks, cablers and streamers all contend with the programming and scheduling nightmare being caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristen Bell Hosts Nick Pandemic Special For Kids, Families

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters’ concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday. Bell and her guests practiced social distancing, using video to connect for the hourlong program airing 7 p.m. EDT Monday. Dr. Nadine […]

QVC: Quarantine, Value, Convenience

TV shopping remains an essential American service. In some respects, no network is better suited to see viewers through the unraveling global catastrophe. Even under normal conditions, the shopping channel’s hypnotic, sales pitch-style programming soothes like a balm.

ESPN Fills Friday Sports Gap With Disney Films

Comcast Ends In-Home Installations

The nation’s largest cable operator has decided to end all in-home installations for new customers. Instead, the Comcast technician will perform the outside work required for a new installation, and then leave a package at your door with your equipment and detailed activation instructions on the scheduled installation day.

ACA Connects Not Rescheduling Annual Summit

Instead, the trade group says it will focus on helping members serve their communities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AT&T TV, DirecTV Offer Free HBO, Epix, More

PTC: HBO Should Stream ‘Sesame Street’ Free To Homebound Kids

TCM Is Bringing Its Classic Film Festival To Your Home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The folks at Turner Classic Movies had just decided they’d have to cancel their annual classic film festival when their general manager had an idea: What if they could do something else in recognition of the lost weekend? “It felt greedy to say, ‘Well why don’t we do this whole other thing?’” said […]

Showtime Offers Free 30-Day Trial To New Customers

ESPN To Air Classic ‘WrestleMania’ Events

Of all the sports ESPN has shown over the years, professional wrestling matches from WWE haven’t really been on the list. That will change this weekend. For three Sundays, the Disney-owned sports-media giant will air classic WrestleMania events on its flagship cable network and stream them on its mobile app.

Tennis Channel To Produce Live Three-Hour Daily Show During Pro Tour Hiatus

Tennis Channel will introduce a daily, three-hour edition of Tennis Channel Live while the professional tennis tours are on hiatus due to the worldwide coronavirus containment effort. Beginning, Monday, March 23, at noon ET, the show will serve as a central tennis news and conversation platform with updates from the sport’s leaders, social media interaction with players […]

McDermott Named AMC President Of Originals

AMC Networks Entertainment Group has tapped industry veteran Dan McDermott, most recently head of the Lionsgate and BBC Studios scripted TV partnership, as president of original programming and co-president of AMC Studios.

Conan O’Brien To Produce Shows From Home

With most of the TV industry shutting down production because of the COVID-19 emergency, Conan O’Brien will be making new episodes of his TBS show from his home. Conan will be shot on an iPhone and the comic will interview guests via video chat. “The quality of my work will not go down because technically that’s not possible,” O’Brien said.

Comcast Tech Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A Comcast technician who works in Bloomfield, N.J., has tested positive for the coronavirus, roughly 10 days after the worker served customer homes, Bloomfield city officials announced yesterday.

‘Vida’ To End With Season 3 On Starz

FX’s ‘Fargo’ Pushes Release Date Due To Coronavirus

Discovery Upfront Falls To Virus Concerns

Caution about the spread of the coronavirus has led Discovery to cancel its May upfront presentation. Discovery said it has prepared an “alternative digital experience” to showcast the company’s portfolio of networks, programming and advanced advertising products to media buyers and clients.

AT&T Mulls Bids For RSNs, Says CFO

AT&T CFO John Stephens on Tuesday told an investors conference that an auction to sell four regional sports networks to reduce overall debt is nearing a possible buyer and conclusion. “We have had on the market our regional sport networks and we’re looking at the potential for those,” Stephens said.