Melissa Grego is Editor-in-Chief of Broadcasting & Cable.
This Is ‘American Idol'Some people in TV believe some people at Fox have special powers for reading the weather — and that they actually program to it months in advance. One of those believers reminded me of this theory when I explained why I think American Idol is going to beat the pants off ratings projections for its 10th season, currently underway. The exec was joking, of course, but I think it... More
Analyst: Why Al Jazeera Won't Get U.S. Distribution SoonQatar-based TV network Al Jazeera English has earned much well-deserved attention lately for its comprehensive, insider coverage of important world news, particularly the historic events underway in Egypt. So it’s not surprising that AJE execs have pledged to “renew their lobbying,” as the New York Times put it , of MVPDs for carriage of the channel. I get it. Strike... More
The Critics: Oprah's Most Captive Audience EverIf you have a captive audience at TCA, does that mean you will win big on TV? Critics are important in getting the word out about shows and networks across the country, and TV companies value their mojo enough to set up shop and woo them twice a year at press tour. These are largely predictable affairs, but by all accounts the winter press tour currently underway was sure to be different.... More
Geena Davis: Tis the Season ... To Fix Gender in Media ProblemsOscar winner and TV’s former “Commander in Chief” Geena Davis has a free gift idea for members of the media and entertainment community that can benefit every kid this season. Development season, that is. Here it is: “Go through your scripts and see what characters you can change to female, it’s easier than you think,” Davis told B&C when asked... More
Lesson of ABC News' Sherwood Hire: Answers Are Out There, So Keep LookingThe early Dec. 3 announcement that former Good Morning America exec producer Ben Sherwood ( @SherwoodBen on Twitter ) was named President of ABC News surprised a lot of people. That’s mainly because his name wasn’t on rumored short lists and he hasn’t been working directly in news for some time. But it’s one of those answers to a big question that when you... More
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