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TV viewers terrified by new Swedish ad

August 9, 2009

A commercial for Apoliva, an assortment of personal care products for Apotoket, featuring Swedish supermodel Adina Fohlin has made a major splash, although not quite the one that the Swedish pharmacy chain was hoping for. Rather than running out to purchase Apoliva products, viewers are running scared. The 30-second ad spot, set to the haunting […]

ABC (US) puts faith in ambitious programming

August 9, 2009

ABC said on Saturday it wanted to be the place for ambitious TV programing in a busy market place where viewers are shrinking and costs are rising. ABC is launching a bumper 11 new shows for the upcoming 2009-10 prime-time TV schedule in a bid to climb up from its current third place among the […]

SKY, ABC embroiled in overseas fight

August 1, 2009

SKY News Australia has approached the Federal Government about taking over diplomatic overseas television, of which Australia Channel run by the ABC is broadcasting under contract until 2011. “Unlike the existing provider, we will operate on an inclusive United Nations basis to create a genuinely national voice and obtain programming from any Australian broadcaster or […]

US woman sells her TVs; sick of seeing Obama on them

July 31, 2009

A 78-year-old Carroll woman says she’s so tired of seeing President Barack Obama on the airwaves that she’s selling her television sets – two of them. Deloris Nissen, a retired nurses’ aide and former Kmart employee who was raised on a farm near Audubon, placed a classified advertisement with The Daily Times Herald for Friday’s […]

Review: Three Rivers

July 31, 2009

Over the next few weeks in the lead-up to Fall Season, Knowfirst Blog will look at some of the new shows about to hit the airwaves. Network Ten is likely to premiere new CBS drama Three Rivers in 2010. Here is that show’s first review by Travis Yanan Watches TV Alex O’Loughlin fans will be […]

HBO renews three series

July 31, 2009

Breaking news from the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Pasadena, Calif. HBO just announced that it has picked up True Blood for a third season. Entourage and Hung also received one-season pickups. All three series are slated to return next summer.

Ben Silverman out at NBC

July 28, 2009

Ben Silverman is out at NBC, where longtime Peacock cable exec Jeff Gaspin has just been named chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment. Silverman has struck a deal with Barry Diller’s IAC to launch a new production company that the two said would “unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof.” News comes just […]

Lyle back to run Fremantle

July 24, 2009

Former successful Australian TV executive and now Fox Reality topper David Lyle has been tapped atop Fremantle Media Production Australia, replacing brothers Mark and Carl Fennessey who have moved to Shine.

Cronkite remembered at funeral

July 24, 2009

Walter Cronkite was remembered as a great newsman, sailor, friend and father during Thursday’s funeral for the CBS anchor. “I was often asked, what he’s really like? And I would always answer, `He’s just the way you hope he is,’” said Mike Ashford, a Cronkite friend of more than 30 years and one of the […]