Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Radio Recap, September 10, 2008

It's time for a RADIO RECAP
"Must Hear TV" on "The Frank DeCaro Show" on Sirius OutQ 109
Wednesdays, 1-2 PM

In news from today's "Must-Hear TV" report...

  • In week 2 of season 2, Gossip Girl continues to show signs of improving ratings, and of ruling Monday night -- as least as far as young women are concerned. The show, along with sixth-season lead-out One Tree Hill, powered the CW network this past Monday to its second consecutive win among Women 18-34, Females 12-34 and Female Teens. That represents impressive gains for both shows in these key, advertiser-craved demos. Of course, the shows' real network competition won't show up for battle for a few more weeks now, but with these results, CW is hoping that by then, Gossip will have become a habit.

  • NBC-owned USA Network has announced an unusual approach to the upcoming eighth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Lately, the show has exhibited sort of a split personality, with differences in tone depending upon which of its two leading-man-and-lady combos shows up that week. Now, the split is becoming even more formal: the show will now be written by two separate writing teams. One team will tackle writing for the Vincent D'Onofrio/Kathryn Erbe partnership, while the other takes on new cast member, Academy Award and Emmy nominee Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Nicholson. We'll see the results when Criminal Intent returns to USA, on Thursday, November 6 at 10 PM Eastern.

  • This year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is giving the general public a voice in its Emmy Awards Telecast -- sort of. No, we won't be voting on Best Actress in a Comedy (I couldn't decide between Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus anyway!) -- but we can weigh in on TV's top 10 comedic and dramatic moments of all time.

    Along with Ken Ehrlich Productions and a select group of journalists, The Academy originally selected a list of 40 possible winners; with more than 100,000 votes already cast by the public, the list has been narrowed down to 20, with 10 candidates in each category. According to the Academy's press release, "the list includes many of TV's highest-rated moments, as well of some of its most emotional, funny and dramatic scenes," as varied as The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the entire Cosby family singing a Ray Charles song, hearing the "Good night"s on The Waltons, and the disappearance of the island on Lost.

    Voting continues through September 15 at, with winners to be announced in a special segment on this year's 60th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, airing live on ABC on Sunday, September 21 at 8 PM Eastern.

Well that's it for me -- my theme music is playing me out. Tune in next Wednesday for the next installment of...

"Must Hear TV!"

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