YouTube TV To Stream Winter Olympics In 4K

‘Chicago Fire’ Halts Production After Cast Members Test Positive For COVID

AMC Networks Adds To Streaming Portfolio With Sentai Anime Acquisition

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Ryan Seacrest Still King Of New Year’s Eve Television

Seacrest, inheritor of ABC’s 50-year-old New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Dick Clark, reached 19.6 million viewers between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. last weekend, Nielsen says. During the 15-minute interval where the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square, his audience jumped to 24.2 million people. It was the show’s biggest audience in four years. Among broadcast networks last week, NBC had the highest primetime average of 4.4 million viewers. CBS had 3.9 million, Fox had 3 million, ABC had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 890,000. Its schedule stuffed with college football bowl games, ESPN had the highest primetime average of any network last week, at 8.09 million.

More Stations, Networks Returning To Remote, Alternate Setups

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, many news and other television productions are returning to remote or partially remote productions. Stations and networks are taking differing approaches and the configurations also often change from production to production.

NFL Has Alternate Sites Lined Up For Super Bowl

“We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement. “As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances [such as COVID-19]. Our planning process for the Super Bowl in Los Angeles is ahead of schedule and we look forward to hosting the Super Bowl there to culminate another fantastic NFL season for oir fans and clubs.”

WarnerMedia And ViacomCBS Exploring Selling The CW, Possibly To Nexstar

AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS are exploring a possible sale of a significant stake or all of the CW Network, which they jointly own, according to people familiar with the matter. Among the suitors is Nexstar Media Group, the nation’s biggest TV station group and a large owner of affiliates of the network, the people close to the talks said. The CW caters primarily to teens and young adults.

‘NCIS’ Pauses Production, ‘NCIS: LA’ Pushes Restart As TV Series Face Mass Delays & Shutdowns Amid Omicron Surge

Exactly a year after the winter 2021 COVID surge delayed post-holiday break return to production on most TV shows, the omicron variant’s ultra wide spread is once again interrupting TV production. According to sources, NCIS has paused production after a positive test in Zone A, which includes the cast and those interacting with them. The case is believed to involve a cast member. For now, the intention is still for the show to resume filming with the NCIS: Hawai’i crossover episode next week but plans are all in flux amid the unprecedented infection rates. Meanwhile, NCIS: LA has delayed return to production until February, sources say.

Sundance Scraps In-Person Program For Full Virtual Festival

The in-person Park City component of the Sundance Film Festival will not be occurring for the second year in a row, with the near 40-year-old cinema event to remain virtual for its Jan. 20-30 run. This was always Plan B for Sundance in the face of an unpredictable pandemic. “The Festival’s in-person Utah elements will be moving online this year,” read a statement from Sundance today.

Allen Media Digital Launches Free Video Streaming Service Sports.TV

Byron Allen Media Group announced that its new Allen Media Digital division is launching Sports.TV, a new free-streaming platform. The Sports.TV app will act as an aggregator for sports, news and entertainment networks, as well as local TV stations for free.

Former ABC Scheduling Head Andy Kubitz Heads To Netflix In New Role

Grammy Awards Put On Pause

As expected, the Grammy Awards, originally scheduled for Jan. 31 on CBS, have been postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus-related concerns, a Recording Academy spokesperson has confirmed. No new date has been confirmed.

Peacock To Stream All Winter Olympics Coverage Live

NBCUniversal is looking to the 2022 Winter Olympics to give its Peacock streaming platform a boost. The company said Wednesday that it will stream every event live, as well as NBC’s primetime show and studio programming, on Peacock’s premium tier. All paid subscribers (the premium tier costs $4.99 per month with ads) will have access, with no pay TV subscription required.

Overnights: ‘FBI,’ ‘Judge Steve Harvey’ Place 2nd Behind ‘This Is Us’ Final Premiere

The beginning of This Is Us‘ end easily led Tuesday in the demo, while FBI dominated the night in total viewers. NBC’s crown jewel opened its farewell run with 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, on par with its previous averages (5.6M/1.0). Over on CBS, FBI (8.3M/0.7) returned steady in the demo and is looking at a potential season high in audience.

Former ABC Creatives Brian Morewitz And Melanie Frankel To Lead Development At Kapital Entertainment

Former ABC head of drama Brian Morewitz and former ABC Signature head of comedy Melanie Frankel have joined Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment as heads of creative. The two will share developmental oversight of comedy and drama projects for the company, which already has a full slate of series in the works.

Joan Copeland, Broadway Star And Soap Opera Actress, Dies At 99

Q&A WITH DAN FOGELMAN

Could The Final Season Of ‘This Is Us’ Signal (Another) End For Broadcast TV?

Dan Fogelman is not the kind of guy to dwell on his successes. The busy showrunner just doesn’t have the time. As he prepares for the last 18-episode run of his NBC drama series This Is Us, which began its sixth and final season on Jan. 4, Fogelman is also shepherding a new hit, Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, which is in the midst of production on Season 2. Here, Fogelman allows himself a moment to indulge his thoughts on “This Is Us” and its legacy for network television at a time of massive transition.

Tegna Stations Go Dark On Verizon Fios

Tegna stations in at least four markets were pulled off Verizon Fios Tuesday evening, with the station group and pay TV operator unable to reach agreement on a new broadcast retransmission consent contract. The blackout involves Tegna stations in Washington, D.C. (CBS affiliate WUSA); Norfolk, Va. (ABC affiliate WVEC); Buffalo, N.Y. (NBC affiliate WGRZ); and Harrisburg, Pa. (Fox affiliate WPMT).

‘Jeopardy’ Champion Amy Schneider Robbed In Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Reigning “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider was robbed at gunpoint over New Year’s weekend in Oakland, California. Schneider, an Oakland resident, tweeted about the robbery to her 52,000 followers, saying she was shaken up but otherwise OK. “Hi all! So first off: I’m fine. But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, […]

CNN Says Andy Cohen Will Return To New Year’s Eve Gig

Jay Wolpert Dies: ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Writer & Early ‘Price Is Right’ Producer Was 79

Seth Meyers Contracts COVID, Show Dark This Week

Meyers tweeted today about his positive result but said he felt fine, thanking the vaccine and a booster shot. He hosted an original broadcast on Monday. NBC has canceled the four shows scheduled from Tuesday to Friday. “Tune in next Monday to see what cool location we will try and pass off as a studio!” Meyers tweeted.

Overnights: ‘Bachelor’ Tops Monday, ‘NCIS’ Slips

ABC’s The Bachelor opened its 26th season with 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating — down sharply from its year-ago premiere (5.2 million/1.3) but still leading Monday in the demo. CBS’s NCIS meanwhile delivered Monday’s largest audience (dipping to 6.7 million), while down two tenths to a 0.4 demo rating.

Jimmy Fallon Reveals Positive COVID Test

Jimmy Fallon addressed his positive test on The Tonight Show Monday evening, saying it occurred as he was going in to tape a guest spot on the final Saturday Night Live of the year.

‘9-1-1’ Set To Premiere On USA Network

9-1-1 has been acquired by NBCUniversal’s USA Network and the drama about first responders in Los Angeles will start airing in a four-hour primetime block on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The deal between NBCUniversal Television and Streaming and Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution covers all four existing seasons of the show — which stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt — as well the current fifth season and any upcoming seasons. The current season will debut on USA later this year.

Sky Sports News Off US Television Due To NBCSN Shutdown

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sky Sports News has been dropped from U.S. television following the shutdown of the NBC Sports Network. SSN, the leading outlet of British and European soccer news on U.S. television, was broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel for many years, then was dropped when NBC took over U.S. broadcast rights to England’s […]

Whoopi Goldberg Taking A Break From ‘The View’ After Testing Positive For COVID

ABC’s The View is without one of its co-hosts this week, after Whoopi Goldberg tested positive for COVID-19. Joy Behar disclosed the news on the program Monday. “Whoopi unfortunately tested positive over the break, but she will hopefully be back next week,” Behar said. “Since she is vaxxed and boosted, her symptoms have been very, very mild, but we are being super cautious.”

Overnights: ‘S.W.A.T.’ Dips With Sunday Move, ‘NCIS: LA’ Ties Low

CBS’s S.W.A.T. christened its new Sunday home with 3.7 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — a slight improvement on what SEAL Team‘s final CBS episodes had averaged in the time slot (3.5 mil/0.4), but marking season lows for the cop drama. Also on CBS, NCIS: LA (5M/0.4) dipped to match at least a season low in audience and match its all-time demo low.

‘American Idol’: Bobby Bones Won’t Return As In-House Mentor For Season 20

John Bowman, ‘Martin’ Co-Creator And ‘In Living Color’ Head Writer, Dies At 64