• Social Scorecard | WKRG Tops In Mobile-Pensacola Social

    Nexstar’s CBS affiliate leads the Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla. DMA in total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data, while Sinclair ABC affil WEAR bypasses the station with slightly more fans/followers. An aggressive adoption of Facebook Live over the past few months has given WKRG the edge, its news director says. More | Add comment
  • Jessell | Lessons Learned From The Trump Campaign

    There is unlikely to be another presidential campaign like the one that made Donald Trump our 45th president last year. But there are lasting lessons for local broadcasters to be derived from it: 1) their lock on the presidential spend may not be as strong as they might think; and 2) as sellers they have to get as smart about Big Data and targeted advertising as the buyers.
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  • Front Office | How Digital Sales Affect Credit, Collections

    In addition to the new demands it places on ad sales teams, selling digital media also requires rethinking the roles by credit and collections departments during the sales process. Tony Pernice, a campaign specialist at Scripps Networks Interactive, explains the company’s comprehensive process for managing digital campaigns. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech | What Top TV Techs Are Looking For At NAB

    The 2017 NAB Show exhibition opens Monday, April 24, and there will be much to see for broadcast engineers and technologists who find themselves grappling with the repack of the TV spectrum and a nearly completed new broadcast standard. Five top techs — one each from Gray Television, NBCU O&Os, Nexstar Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tegna Media — talk technology and what they will be looking for at this year’s NAB Show. For a recap of TVNewsCheck’s multi-part roundup of NAB Tech Hot Topics, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Depp | What's Next In The Media Mix? Voice And AI

    Futurist Amy Webb says the media’s next big disruption will be in voice — how we talk to machines and how machines talk to each other. Media companies don’t have a seat at the table where that infrastructure is being built, she says, and the missed opportunities because of that could be fatal. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • NewsTECHForum 2016: Complete coverage of the fourth annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • TV2020: Do you see an ROI in ATSC 3.0? TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference was designed to let station personnel gather with other station and network executives, technology chiefs, financial analysts, investors and technology manufacturers to figure out the potential upside and the estimated costs in converting to ATSC 3.0 while also contending with the FCC’s spectrum repack and the industry’s transition to IP technology.
  • News Sets 2016: A four-part examination of the state of the art of set technology and deployment with a focus on: big video displays and monitor arrays; video display controllers; a Q&A explaining how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities; and a close-up look at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.
  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
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Editor on duty: Mark Miller, 301-773-0058
Different Course For Correspondents’ Dinner
The Washington Post, Apr 27, 2017, 6:40 AM EDT
When Washington’s signature social event kicks off this weekend, Wolf Blitzer will not be dining with Ashton Kutcher. After more than a decade of celebrity glitz and lavishly underwritten partying, Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is shaping up to be a slimmed-down, more sober, slightly dowdier affair. It’s possible the event will never again be quite as epic. Link | Add comment
2016 Digital Ad Spend Jumps 22% To $72.5B
Reuters, Apr 27, 2017, 6:25 AM EDT
Marketers spent $72.5 billion on digital advertising last year, an increase of 22% from 2015, as Google and Facebook once again booked the lion's share of new revenue, a report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau said on Wednesday. The report underscored a migration by consumers away from traditional forms of media like television to online and mobile platforms, which has left digital companies competing for a larger share of advertising dollars. Link | Add comment
NAB 2017
CBS All Access Audience Only 30% Millennial
FierceCable, Apr 27, 2017, 6:14 AM EDT
Attempting to dispel the notion that CBS All Access’ user base is composed of a bunch of young, urban-dwelling cord cutters, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone told a packed room full of middle-aged broadcast-industry folks at the NAB Show that the average viewer of the SVOD platform is just like them. “It’s an early-40s audience — only 30% of the audience is millennial,” said Lanzone, who wears the dual hat of CBS Corp. chief digital officer. “And the vast majority are pay-TV subscribers.” Link | Add comment
ESPN Bloodbath: Why The Net Axed 100
The Wrap, Apr 27, 2017, 6:09 AM EDT
While it was a bad day at headquarters in Bristol, Conn., the company had good reason for the mass firings. Or technically 11 reasons. Here they are. Link | Add comment
Writers Guild Talks Going Down To The Wire
Variety, Apr 27, 2017, 5:54 AM EDT
Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike. Sources say there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as both camps are observing a media blackout. Link | Add comment
Hearst And Dish Finally Reach Retrans Deal
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 7:58 PM EDT
Hearst Television and Dish Network on Wednesday announced a multi-year agreement for carriage of the broadcaster’s stations in 26 markets across 30 states. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Hearst stations had been unavailable to Dish subscribers since March 3. “We are grateful to once again have Hearst Television stations providing Dish customers the quality local and national programming which we invest so heavily to offer our local communities,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb.  “We are thankful to Dish subscribers and to our supportive advertisers for their extraordinary patience during this prolonged process.” | Add comment
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Dow Closes Down 21, Nasdaq Finishes Flat
The Associated Press, Apr 26, 2017, 5:01 PM EDT
Stock indexes wobbled Wednesday as the White House unveiled broad outlines of its plan to slash tax rates but left many of the details to be determined. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
New IMT Solution Extends Newsroom To Field
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 10:55 AM EDT
This year’s NAB Show is the first since IMT’s parent company xG Technology acquired Vislink in February. The combined company is tackling how to more closely integrate ENG crews with the newsroom via an IP network set up on BAS channels. Above, at the show, IMT unveiled NewsNet, which leverages BAS channel connectivity and IP networking to extend TV newsrooms to ENG crews in the field. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
TVN Celebrates Women In Technology
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 2:11 PM EDT
Glodina Connan-Lostanlen of Imagine Communications and Yvonne Thomas of Arvato Systems' Broadcast Solutions division were presented with the annual Women in Technology Leadership Award and Technology Women to Watch Award, respectively. Above, Connan-Lostanlen (left) receives her award from TVNewsCheck Publisher Kathy Haley. (John Staley photo) Full Story | Add comment
‘Great News’ Debuts Solid On NBC
Variety, Apr 26, 2017, 12:10 PM EDT
Great News
got off to a respectable start on NBC Tuesday night, with back-to-back episodes of the series winning their timeslots in adults 18-49. The new comedy from executive producers Tracey Wigfield, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jack Burditt and David Miner scored a 1.2 rating and 5.2 million viewers at 9 p.m. NBC won the night outright with a 1.4 and 7 million viewers. Link | Comments (3)
Conn. PTV Gets $32.6M From Ch. Sharing
Current, Apr 26, 2017, 3:24 PM EDT
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network will receive $32.6 million in auction proceeds through a complex three-way spectrum deal involving two of its stations — WEDY in New Haven and WEDW in Bridgeport. Both stations will continue broadcasting under channel-sharing arrangements, though details are confidential due to a non-disclosure agreement. Spectrum relinquished by WEDY, which will share channels with WEDW, generated $18.9 million, according to the FCC’s April 13 announcement of auction results. Link | Add comment
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TVN’s Jessell Receives Ward Quaal Award
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 1:47 PM EDT
Editor Harry A. Jessell was a recipient of a 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards today presented by Broadcasters Foundation of America in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large (the complete list of winners is here, The awards were handed out at the group’s annual luncheon during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. L-r: Jim Thompson, Broadcasters Foundation president; Jessell; and Dan Mason, Broadcasters Foundation chairman. | Comments (3)
Brand Connections
FTC Puts Social 'Influencers' On Notice
Broadcast Law Blog, Apr 26, 2017, 3:18 PM EDT
Broadcasters and advertisers should take note of the more than 90 warning letters that the FTC sent out this week as a reminder of the need to disclose material sponsorship connections in social media promotions and endorsements. Link | Add comment
P&G Will Cut $2 Billion In Marketing
Advertising Age, Apr 26, 2017, 2:45 PM EDT
Procter & Gamble wants to cut a whopping $2 billion in marketing spending over five years, and for the first time is providing details on a broader $10 billion cost-cutting plan launched a year ago. That marketing spending cut comes amid a fiscal third-quarter earnings report where the company missed on sales-growth expectations and lost market-share in developing markets despite hiking ad spending. Link | Add comment
ESPN Lays Off About 100 Staffers
Los Angeles Times, Apr 26, 2017, 2:30 PM EDT
ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant searches for more efficient ways to engage viewers. So far, several people have announced on Twitter that they have been laid off. Link | Comments (1)
Pai Lays Out Attack On Net Neutrality Rules
The Associated Press, Apr 26, 2017, 2:17 PM EDT
The new FCC Chairman in a speech today said that he wants to ditch the legal basis for the net neutrality rules that regulated internet service as a utility, like phone service. He also wants to eliminate the FCC's broad powers to monitor Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior. He is seeking input on how to change rules barring broadband providers from blocking and slowing down websites and from charging internet companies for a "fast lane" to customers. Full Story | Add comment
The Second Coming Of Dan Rather
Politico, Apr 26, 2017, 2:56 PM EDT
With millions of Facebook fans and the freedom to speak his mind, the 85-year-old journalist is back in the arena — facing the opponent he’s been waiting for his entire life. Link | Comments (1)
Fox News Advertisers, Viewers Returning
MediaPost, Apr 26, 2017, 2:47 PM EDT
Viewers and advertisers returned to Fox News Channel after the recent high-profile departure of longtime on-air prime-time fixture Bill O’Reilly. Kantar Media says a key metric came from returning advertisers to Fox News in the 9 p.m. Monday through Friday primetime hour — where The Five now runs. Link | Add comment
New Paramount Net Hopes For 'Event' Ads
Variety, Apr 26, 2017, 2:32 PM EDT
When Viacom’s Paramount Network formally launches early next year, executives want some of the commercials to be as can’t-miss as some of the series they expect to run. Among discussions being held with advertisers are running programs with limited commercials as well as getting first-run ads that have not been seen elsewhere, says Sean Moran, Viacom’s head of sales. Link | Comments (1)
Viacom Launching VOD Apps For Core Nets
FierceCable, Apr 26, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT
Viacom is expanding its international Play Plex apps, which offer programming from its core networks, to the U.S. and other markets. The suite of apps, which are run by Viacom International Media Networks, includes Nickelodeon Play, Nick Jr. Play, MTV Play and Comedy Central Play. Link | Add comment
TVN Classifieds
Creative Services Dir. Positions In 5 States
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 7:01 AM EDT
Creative services directors are needed in the following markets: Memphis, Miami, Des Moines, Houston and Wichita To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
NAB Show
Advertiser Interest Is Growing Addressable TV
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 6:55 PM EDT
Driving the addressable TV market’s growth, which some estimates put at 50% this year, is advertisers’ satisfaction with their campaigns there. Michael Bologna, president of One2one Media, estimates about 54 million U.S. TV households currently have the necessary technology for such ad insertion. Another 30 million-40 million televisions are expected by year’s end. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
Data Is The Key To The Future Of Video
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 8:58 PM EDT
As more and more new platforms emerge, the importance of user data grows in guiding programming and advertising strategies. Full Story | Comments (1)
DMA 6: San Francisco
Rossyris Silva Named News VP At KSTS
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 7:07 PM EDT
She is joining the Bay Area Telemundo outlet from the company’s KVEA Los Angeles where she has been assistant news director. Full Story | Add comment
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Why A Police Blotter Newscast Isn't Enough
CJ&N, Apr 25, 2017, 7:01 PM EDT
People no longer need to watch newscasts for stories about crime, traffic accidents and fires — the things that not long ago were a TV station’s bread and butter. Users are getting it first hand in real time. Some police departments have more folks dedicated to digital than do TV stations in the market. It’s clear: local TV news needs to move beyond the police blotter or fire department calls of the day. Station and news managers need to come up with a deep, viewer-focused content strategy. Link | Comments (4)
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Rough Week For Fox Broadcast Ratings
The Associated Press, Apr 25, 2017, 5:34 PM EDT
Bereft of hits and in the traditional April lull before the last big month of the traditional TV season, Fox averaged a paltry 2.2 million viewers last week. Its most popular show, Empire,aired a rerun that had barely over 3 million viewers. Despite having many of its shows in repeats, CBS won the week in primetime with an average of 6.7 million viewers. Full Story | Comments (1)
Internet Firms Prep For Net Neutrality Fight
The Associated Press, Apr 26, 2017, 5:55 AM EDT
Broadband companies hate the net neutrality rules, and they have an ally in new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has repeatedly called the regulations a mistake. Pai could launch the process of unwinding the rules as early as today, according to reports. Full Story | Add comment
New Racial Discrimination Suit Against FNC
The Associated Press, Apr 26, 2017, 5:50 AM EDT

The lawsuit, filed in New York state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel. Fox News said it vehemently denies the allegations, calling them "copycat complaints." It said Brandi denies the claims against her.   Full Story | Comments (2)

Univision News Partners With Nieman Lab
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 6:11 PM EDT
UnivisionNoticias.com to publish a weekly selection of content from Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab, translated into Spanish to keep Spanish-speaking journalists abreast of latest news, trends, and innovations in digital journalism.   Full Story | Add comment
AT&T Plans More DirecTV-Wireless Bundles
Deadline, Apr 26, 2017, 6:06 AM EDT
CEO Randall Stephenson vowed to “make some adjustments” with the marketing of DirecTV after a quarter in which “churn was up significantly” — especially among those who don’t buy it as part of a bundle. He attributed the weakness to competition from streaming services, as well as as cable companies offering with their triple-play offers, combining video, Internet and voice services, he noted. “We continue to be big, big advocates of the integrated bundle.” Link | Add comment
ComScore Intros Free Viewability Measure
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 8:20 AM EDT
The new service will deliver key metrics for display and video campaigns across mobile and desktop platforms. Full Story | Add comment
Netflix Set To Enter China In Licensing Deal
FierceCable, Apr 26, 2017, 6:27 AM EDT
Netflix is gearing up to enter the final major market in the world where it is not currently operating: China. The move is significant considering it gives Netflix access to a country with roughly 450 million viewers and a value of around $14.5 billion. However, Netflix’s entry into China is being conducted through a local company, iQiyi, a streaming video subsidiary of Chinese search giant Baidu. Link | Add comment
NAB 2017
Pai Moves To Overhaul, 'Modernize' FCC Regs
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 2:27 PM EDT
NAB Show attendees liked what they heard from the new FCC chairman today, the introduction next month of an overarching review of the commission's broadcasting, cable and satellite rules. “Broadcasting remains an indispensable part of America’s communications landscape. And under my chairmanship, broadcasting won’t be seen as a speed bump. We’ll want to hear which rules you think should be modified or repealed as part of this review, and why.” Full Story | Comments (4)
NAB 2017
Scripps: Chance Of Acquisitions Possible
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 3:46 PM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. says its balance sheet is well positioned to make more acquisitions in a deregulated environment if potential stations meet its criteria. But the company also isn’t clamoring to build up to the new cap, wherever that may be, its COO says. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
Nexstar Sees More Acquisitions Ahead
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 3:01 PM EDT
Nexstar CFO Tom Carter is optimistic that a more deregulated era is dawning and the company will be acquiring more stations, though he won’t pin down a growth target. He’s also bullish on ATSC 3.0, and sees the repack as a kickstarter to get it in place. Full Story | Comments (1)
NAB 2017
TV's Future Arrives With NextGen TV Hub
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 12:05 PM EDT
At an 8:15 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday at the NAB Show, ATSC board members officially opened the NextGen TV Hub powered by ATSC 3.0 to show the entire television industry that the future of TV has arrived. Above: Mark Richer, ATSC president (center); NAB EVP-CTO Sam Matheny (right); Brian Markwalter, SVP, research and standards at CTA; flanked by ATSC board members officially open the hub. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017 Q&A with John Lyons
Durst’s Lyons On Bringing TV To One WTC
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 10:47 AM EDT
NAB is honoring The Durst Organization’s John Lyons with its 2017 Television Engineering Achievement Award on Wednesday during its technology luncheon. Lyons spoke with TVNewCheck Tech Editor Phil Kurz about what it means to receive the honor, the effort to bring TV broadcasting to One World Trade Center and what broadcasters and tower crews will face when they begin mounting new antennas to meet their TV spectrum repack obligation. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
O’Rielly Sees Leaner FCC, Fewer Regs Ahead
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2017, 6:54 PM EDT
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly had tough words for his agency’s regulatory history and high praise for its new leadership on Monday. He sees an update of current media ownership rules forthcoming under the Trump administration, along with intense scrutiny of the agency’s entire regulatory regime. Full Story | Comments (4)

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WREX Earns 2 Regional Murrow Awards
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 27, 2017, 6:51 AM EDT
Writer Suing Dick Wolf Over NYC FBI Documentary
New York Post, Apr 27, 2017, 6:43 AM EDT
Watters Denies Ivanka Trump Comment Was Lewd
The New York Times, Apr 27, 2017, 6:35 AM EDT
Last Week's 5 Biggest Spenders On New TV Ads
Adweek, Apr 27, 2017, 6:16 AM EDT
‘Downton Abbey’ Exhibition To Launch in Singapore
Variety, Apr 27, 2017, 5:53 AM EDT
YouTube Sets Music Competition For New Artists
The Associated Press, Apr 27, 2017, 5:48 AM EDT
FNC's Watters Under Fire For Ivanka Trump Remark
The Hill, Apr 26, 2017, 3:27 PM EDT
Marquardt Joins CNN As Sr. National Correspondent
TVNewser, Apr 26, 2017, 3:03 PM EDT
Hilary Swank Joins Cast Of FX's 'Trust'
TVLine, Apr 26, 2017, 2:37 PM EDT
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Los Angeles Chargers Line Up Broadcast Partners
Deadline, Apr 26, 2017, 2:36 PM EDT
Twitter Reports 1Q Loss Of $61.6 Million
The Associated Press, Apr 26, 2017, 2:19 PM EDT
Michael Falcone Named EP Of Wash. Post Live
The Washington Post, Apr 26, 2017, 8:10 AM EDT
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WCVB Wins 4 Regional Murrow Awards
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 26, 2017, 7:58 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 26: Baltimore)
WBAL Special Tackles 'State Of Addiction'
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 26, 2017, 7:54 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 1: New York)
WNYW Story Honors Holocaust Survivors
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 26, 2017, 7:49 AM EDT
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KTVI-KPLR Reporter Melanie Moon Leaving
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Apr 26, 2017, 6:56 AM EDT
DMA 17: Denver
KDEN Ups Corina Hierro To Multimedia Journalist
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 7:14 PM EDT
NAB 2017
Weather Co. Intros Mobile Solution For Stations
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 5:26 PM EDT
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  • Neal Justin

    Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet. The comic maestro, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked as the third greatest player in Saturday Night Live history, is following 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with NBC’s Great News, yet another fast-paced, perfectly absurd sitcom about a single woman trying to maintain a personal and professional life with Mary Richards-like spunk.

  • Jeanne Jakle

    Don’t go into the new round of Fargo expecting the grab-’em-by-the-throat shocks that opened previous seasons of TV’s chilliest crime anthology. The latest incarnation of the FX series from Noah Hawley takes its time worming into your mind and getting you hooked. Season three establishes its characters at a much more leisurely pace: the central quartet, the unscrupulous locals who surround them and the sinister interlopers who make these drab Minnesota lives more complicated and, eventually, scary as heck.

  • Daniel Fienberg

    In Brockmire, Hank Azaria's Funny or Die sportscaster works surprisingly well as a regular series lead on the new IFC show, costarring the excellent Amanda Peet. Over the course of the eight episodes, Brockmire moves through a trio of arcs, delivering underdog sports shenanigans, a relationship that makes more sense as it progresses and Brockmire's sad and probably doomed search for redemption. That's all propped up with enough low-brow jokes, raunchy baseball references and disreputable hijinks that the show never wallows. I reached the finale and was surprised at how much I wanted to see more from a character I initially thought couldn't sustain more than five minutes.

  • Maureen Ryan

    It’s appropriate that The Good Fight on CBS All Access has a slightly more jagged and splintered atmosphere than The Good Wife, the long-running CBS drama that starred Julianna Margulies. In the opening minutes of the first episode, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), watches as Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. Before the 50-minute pilot is over, the jarring changing of the guard in Washington is the least of her troubles. Baranski brings a heartbreaking rawness to her performance as Diane, who never got enough meaningful screen time on The Good Wife. Diane’s plight is thus personal but also metaphorical: She likens the collapse of every pillar of her supposedly solid and trustworthy world to a nightmare.

  • David Wiegand

    It’s hard to say which is more excessive in the new CBS crime thriller, Training Day: the action or the dialogue. But in either case, the series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Anthony Fuqua goes a long way toward waking up broadcast TV’s mid-season. There is plenty of action, enhanced by fast-paced editing, in the three episodes made available to critics. And there’s violence. But most of all, there is dialogue so rich and colorful, it almost evokes the stuff of guys like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, or at least Sgt. Joe Friday. Training Day just may get away with murder on Thursday nights when the numbers are counted.

  • Hank Stuever

    Well, they only had to remake a jillion TV shows from yesteryear to finally get one exactly, perfectly right. Not only is Netflix’s reimagined One Day at a Time a joy to watch, it’s also the first time in many years that a multicamera sitcom (the kind filmed on a set with studio-audience laughter) has seemed so instinctively comfortable in its own skin. It doesn’t try to subvert or improve on the sitcom format; it simply exhibits faith that the sitcom genre can still work in a refreshing and relevant way.

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