‘Bob’s Burgers’ Lead Character Designer Dave Creek Dies In Skydiving Accident

On Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy,’ A Last Introduction From A Friend

Johnny Gilbert, 92, started on the game show with Trebek in 1984. Now, he must imagine a Jeopardy without his longtime colleague.

OVERNIGHTS

Broadcast Coverage Of Capitol Riot Tops Wed.

Both NBC and ABC shifted from their regularly scheduled programming to air primetime coverage of the violence in the nation’s capital city on Wednesday afternoon. In the overnight ratings, NBC topped all of its competitors across primetime, averaging a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers. ABC was second in viewers with 4.2 million and tied for second in the demo with a 0.7 rating.

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‘The Office’ Outduels ‘The Mandalorian’ In Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10

For the week of Dec. 7, the cringe comedy and mockumentary about the lives of office employees at a drab Pennsylvanian paper manufacturer blasted past the mysterious Mandalorian and weirdly endearing Grogu (aka, Baby Yoda), settling into first place in Nielsen’s Top 10 SVOD programs list. It is the seventh time The Office takes the gold, a record-breaker.

NBCU’s Lazarus To Kick Off NATPE Virtual Miami

NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Chairman Mark Lazarus will be the opening opening keynoter of the virtual gathering. He will be joined on stage by Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC News’ Today, who will moderate the fireside conversation.

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Ho, Ho, Ho-Hum Syndie Ratings

Reruns and preemptions during the session ending Dec. 27 depressed the majority of shows.

Cozi TV Remembers ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Star Tanya Roberts With 3-Hour Special

On Saturday, Jan. 9, starting at 3 p.m. Cozi TV will air a three-hour special of Charlie’s Angels in remembrance of the late Tanya Roberts, who died this week at the age of 65. The special will showcase the first three episodes of season five that introduced Roberts’ character. Roberts appeared in Charlie’s Angels for one season (1980-81), playing […]

Parents Thrilled To See ‘Little Brat’ PBS Kids Show ‘Caillou’ Canceled

TV’s Most Important Time Of The Year

The most important 30-day stretch of the year for the television industry begins this weekend on the gridiron. The 14 most-watched U.S. TV broadcasts of 2021 could take place over the next month: 13 NFL playoff games (up from 11 due to expansion) and Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship.

‘Punky Brewster’ Revival Dropping All 10 Episodes In February On Peacock

Netflix Expands South Korean Footprint, Leasing Two Production Facilities

Scripps Sets Networks Distribution Leadership

Brad Samuels, Damian Riordan and Yvonne Haugh will report to Jeffrey Wolf in overseeing distribution of the national networks on platforms including broadcast, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming.

Katie Couric To Guest Host ‘Jeopardy’

The former Today co-anchor will be among a series of fill-ins after the final Alex Trebek episodes air this week.

Former Goldman Sachs Banker Richard Sharp To Become BBC Chair

Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Fox’s ‘Prodigal Son’

The Oscar winner has joined the network’s drama Prodigal Son for its second season. She’ll be a series regular and foil for Michael Sheen’s character in the series. It’s her first series role on a U.S. broadcast network.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Zoey’s Playlist’ Returns Up In New Slot

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is singing a happier tune in its family-friendlier time slot. On Tuesday, NBC’s musical dramedy — which used to air Sundays at 9 ET — returned to 3 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, improving on its freshman averages (2M/0.4) and, in fact, delivered its largest audience to date.

WTXF’s ‘The Feed AT Night,’ Takes Viewers On Social Media Tour

Sewee Reups ‘Women On The Move’ For Season 4

Sewee Entertainment has renewed its quarterly TV series Women on the Move for a fourth season in 2021, clearing the first-run offering in more than 80% of the U.S. on stations including WABC New York; KCBS-KCAL Los Angeles; WFLD-WPWR Chicago; KYW-WPSG Philadelphia; KTVT-KTXA Dallas; WXYZ Detroit; WGCL-WPCH Atlanta; KSTP Minneapolis; WTVF Nashville; and more. The […]

YouTube Has Gone From Hollywood Pariah To Partner. Meet The Exec Who Led The Change

YouTube executive Kelly Merryman has been instrumental in improving content partnerships with large media companies like Disney and Viacom.

Drew Barrymore Is Keeping It Clean

When you’ve acted, directed, written, produced, married, divorced, mothered and sold lipstick, what do you do next in America? Host a talk show, of course.

Fremantle Games Extend Production Hiatus

Fremantle is the latest company to extend the holiday production hiatus on a number of its shows to protect against the latest surge in COVID-19 numbers. Daytime game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal have extended their breaks coming out of the Christmas holidays. Both were originally set to return to production in the first two weeks of January but will now not start back until the end of the month.

Israeli TV Giant Reshet Launches International Arm

Dr. Oz Channel Launches Exclusively On Pluto TV

Pluto TV, the free streaming television service, is now the exclusive free streaming home to the Daytime Emmy-winning The Dr. Oz Show. The launch of the new dedicated channel, “Dr. Oz”, will feature 100 episodes with 30 new episodes being added into the rotation each month from different seasons of the long-running show. Currently in its 12th […]

2021 Grammys Postponed Over COVID Concerns

The 2021 Grammys, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, have been postponed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, multiple sources confirm to Rolling Stone. Organizers have not confirmed a new date, but sources say they are aiming to hold the event sometime in March.

Browns Head Coach, 4 Others Test Positive For COVID

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available for the AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night if the game remains as scheduled. In making the announcement Tuesday, the Browns said special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the acting head coach. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is expected to call the offensive plays in place of Stefanski, a source told ESPN.

Tanya Roberts Dead At 65, Following Premature Death Announcement

What Hollywood (And Washington) Needs To Resolve To Change For Families In 2021

CNN, ABC Score New Year’s Eve Ratings Gains

The news channel’s audience nearly doubles over 2019, while ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve maintains its position as the most watched year-end special.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Bachelor’ Premiere Down But Tops Monday

ABC’s The Bachelor opened its 25th season with 5 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, dominating Monday in the demo though hitting premiere lows in both measures.

Haitian TV Channel Launches In Central Florida