Arsenio Hall is coming back to television -- as a late night syndicated talk show host -- pretty much exactly as you think. A new promo for the show seems somewhat old. Nothing wrong with that. Nostalgia can sell fairly well. In the TV spot, Hall can be found "woofing" it up. Hall even calls himself the 'woof' man.
There's good news, bad news, and still more bad news for the TV industry in a new reportfrom the Federal Trade Commission revealing how marketers are changing the way they market food to children and teens.
That holiday metaphor may be overwrought, but it's also incredibly apt, because the days after Christmas have always proved challenging for television audience measurement, because of the impact all those new gizmo and gadgetry gifts have on the way households watch television -- and even how they connect, or increasingly, by pass it.
Wait, you mean there's an cable TV reality show that is a fake? No, it's worse than that. A contestant is suing over total fake-ness -- that A&E's nearly whole big-rated show "Storage Wars" is fake, complete with A&E producers regularly planting valuable memorabilia in storage units to be uncovered.
Gun news and killing of U.S. citizens. Yes, it's still an issue-- especially when the reality based gun shows on NBC Sports Network and Discovery get suspended, especially when movie red-carpet openings are scratched, like The Weinstein Company's "Django Unchained" and Paramount's "Jack Reacher," starring Tom Cruise.
The TV business is hard to predict. But here's a shot at who could have a major impact on the industry next year. The "13 for '13."
Surely, there will be a lot of the "do you watch" conversations during holiday gatherings. It's worth marveling at how the dynamic of those has changed in a relatively short period of time.
ABC researcher Pat Liguori was taken aback recently when she checked out an assisted living facility for a relative and discovered what residents can use for exercise. There was a large flat-screen in place for activity via a Nintendo Wii. It was a sign just how much gaming consoles are spreading. While the Wii doesn't facilitate much streaming video - it offers access to Netflix and Hulu Plus - gaming devices are offering more and more viewing options.
It's not just the country, but the Ovation network might suffer its own version of a fiscal cliff come Dec. 31. The arts-oriented network said Tuesday that Time Warner Cable (TWC) may drop it if a new carriage deal isn't reached by then.
There is a big difference between fact-based reporting and hype. Just as there is a distinction between political grandstanding and reality.