During a stand-up performance in Cincinnati, comic Kathy Griffin told the crowd that her show on Bravo wasn’t renewed.
Just last week the network said it was retaining more than a dozen shows, and ready to air another dozen and a half new ones. All of the "Real Housewives" are returning in their various locations.
However, for Griffin, who has been on the network with a talk show for a pair of seasons after six years of living on the D List, is not among the shows on the air.
There could be a number of reasons for this, however, one cannot ignore that the cost involved in a new reality show is far less than the production cost of a talk show with a person who can command a decent salary.
Rumor has it that Griffin has recently shot a pilot for CNN with Anderson Cooper - so I doubt her time away from the small screen will be short lived.
SHE THREW A TOASTER: Melissa McCarthy hosted "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend. It is tough on the writers when there is slow news, but the firing of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice offered a chance at comic gold.
Bullying and anger management issues may not be the best fodder for comedy, but McCarthy hit her stride with bullying players to the extreme. Her character made players make dinner for her on the court and in a fake ESPN interview she was asked why she threw a toaster.
"Because they are toast."
Find the clip here.
MADNESS: According to a release, CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ coverage of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship is averaging 10.174 million total viewers-to-date, up 10 percent from last year’s 9.213 million, and is the highest viewer average for the NCAA Tournament through the Final Four in eight years.
This proves the truest reason why television will remain the most consumed form of media, nothing will beat coverage of a live event. When a TV outlet has enough cash to purchase exclusive broadcasting rights to something people en mass will want to watch, it will continue to excel. If enough advertisers are willing to pay top dollar to serve a message to the viewing audience, we can expect networks to pay top dollars to broadcast sporting events.
In our market, a Packers broadcast will bring in the largest viewing audience over anything else available.
SOMETHING ELSE: CNN anchor and chief business correspondent Ali Velshi finished his 12-year run at the news network on Friday. His new gig will be at Al Jazeera America.
"Based in New York, the as yet-to-be named 30-minute magazine-style program will initially launch in a weekly format but is expected to move to a five-days-a-week schedule by year’s end," the news release read.
"The program will cover a variety of topics including employment, personal finance, healthcare and education and will feature a mix of field reports, studio guests and interactive discussions designed to highlight how economic developments in the U.S. and around the globe affect the daily lives of Americans."
Media is bombarding us everywhere.
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