With Larry Hagman reprising his role as the conniving Texas oilman, filming is underway at locations all over the city for TNT’s new series Dallas, which will also see the return of Patrick Duffy as J.R.’s brother Bobby and Linda Gray as J.R.’s ex-wife Sue Ellen, along with a new generation of Ewings.
ESPN/ABC Sports and TNT stand to lose as much as $1.25 billion in ad sales revenue if the labor dispute negates the entire 2011-12 NBA campaign. Indeed, the NBA audience has become so valuable that the postseason inventory alone accounts for nearly a fifth of the full-season take.
TNT has purchased Disney-ABC’s Castle, starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, to begin airing on the basic cable network next summer. TNT bought both the rights to air the show on its main channel as well as online through Time Warner’s “TV Everywhere” rollout.
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The series, which debuts on the cable network in summer 2014, fetches a per-episode price tag in the low-to-mid-$2 million range.
Parsing the performance of the NCAA tournament this year, with three networks carrying games in addition to CBS, will be complicated. Ratings for CBS, the sole carrier of the games for years, were down versus 2010. But measured collectively, the four networks carrying March Madness saw big gains over last year. In fact, they delivered the biggest start to the tournament in 20 years. CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a collective 5.7 household rating for more than 12 hours of game coverage yesterday, up 24% from a 4.6 last year, when only CBS had the games.
As the NCAA basketball tournament gets into fall swing today, over-the-air viewers and some affiliates are uphappy with the new TV schedule, in which games are appearing on TNT, TBS and TruTV for the first time as well as CBS. Affils are disappointed that they no longer can pick games with local interest. “I think all hell is going to break lose,” says Tom Griesdorn, GM at WBNS Columbus, Ohio, which will not be showing Ohio State game. “In years past, viewers would just go to channel 10. It’s going to be interesting.”
Commercial time during the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is virtually gone, despite the complications introduced by showing games on four channels instead of one. March Madness, as the NCAA tournament is more commonly known, is nearly sold out of TV and digital inventory on CBS and Turner’s TNT, TBS and TruTV. That’s the earliest the event has sold so much inventory in recent memory.
NEW YORK (AP) — TNT says Larry Hagman is returning to Southfork Ranch for the pilot of an updated “Dallas.” Also signed for the series pilot are two fellow “Dallas” veterans, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, TNT announced Tuesday. Hagman will reprise his role as villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing. Gray will again play J.R.’s […]
TNT’s hit drama The Closer is coming to its end, the network announced today. The show’s next season, its seventh, air next year and will be its last. Star Kyra Sedgwick made the decision to end the series, TNT said.