Saturday, May 23, 2015

KCRW's THE SPIN-OFF: Meet the People Who Decide When and If Shows Live or Die



On the latest edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off, Joe and I talk to two of the execs who help decide which shows live and which ones die -- and where they land up on the schedule.

Kelly Kahl is in charge of scheduling at CBS and Andy Kubitz heads up scheduling at ABC. Kubitz and Kahl tell us about the planning process for the new TV season and what goes into their decision making. As Kahl explains, "It's never an easy year."

Listen below!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Why Do We Love Car Chases? It's Live Reality TV

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Is it possible that our silly Los Angeles car pursuits are getting better and better? Coverage of them is totally ridiculous and unwarranted, and I'm embarrassed to be so enthralled with them. And yet... the compelling question of How will it end? is enough to keep us glued to the screen. Today's pursuit, down Ventura in the Valley, was no exception.

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A slow speed chase, featuring a man in a car with a sign that read "Victory Parade." As he inched down Ventura, he waved at pedestrians and took his time, as LAPD crawled behind him.

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Finally, a man jumped into the street, stood in front of the car--forcing him to stop. The man then grabbed the driver, stuck him on the hood of a LAPD cruiser... and both guys promptly got arrested. It's live reality TV.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Scenes from The Streets of New York City

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There's no better New York City experience than a jackhammer right outside your hotel, right? Here are some more shots from a week in NYC:

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"Everywhere you look!" I tell ya, the fan base for "Full House" is unstoppable.

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New artwork in Madison Square Park. It's the 500-foot long "Fata Morgana" by New York-based artist Teresita Fern├índez. The park's Conservancy calls it "the largest and most ambitious outdoor sculpture to date. The outdoor sculpture, which will consist of 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the Park’s central Oval Lawn.

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Seeing this key art for "San Andreas" on the streets of New York surprised me. Sure, it's been 14 years, but are New Yorkers OK with seeing a photo of a plume of smoke rising from a burning skyscraper?

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More public art! Currently on display in Rockefeller Center, where the Christmas tree is positioned during the holidays: Thomas Houseago's new commission "Masks (Pentagon)." Details:

Thomas Houseago’s new commission Masks (Pentagon) will be on view on the plaza April 28 – June 12. The exhibit, organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer, will be free and open to the public. Designed specifically for Rockefeller Plaza, Masks (Pentagon) consists of five masks ranging in height from 14.5 to 16.5 feet, each of which reflects a different approach to the stylized representation of the human face, from the clearly recognizable to the highly abstracted. As each colossal face looks out towards the surrounding cityscape, the spaces between them become “doorways” that give access to an interior “room”. From inside, the mask’s eyes will create windows that frame views of the landscape and skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan.


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At the site of the recent East Village building blast, which killed two. A few more pics:

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East Village street festival

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Healthy eats

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Noodles from Xi'an Famous Foods

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Vintage drug store sign

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In line for Big Gay Ice Cream

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MCA!

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Greg Kelly on Good Day NY: Always a highlight.

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I saw one Broadway show, and I recommend it: "Hand to God," about a demented hand puppet. It's as bizarre as it sounds, but an interesting character study. Until the weirdly bloody ending.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

KCRW's THE SPIN-OFF: "The Walking Dead" Edition



Last month, a standing-room only crowd packed a room at the Las Vegas Convention Center...at 9 in the morning...for one purpose: they wanted to hear about The Walking Dead.

As a part of this year's gathering of the National Association of Broadcasters, I moderated a panel with Robert Kirkman, the creator and executive producer of The Walking Dead; actor Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on the show; and Charlie Collier, the president of AMC.

The panel discussed a wide range of subjects, including whether Yeun is prepared to see his character die; how extensive the show's universe can become; where the show left things off at the end of the season; and what to expect from "Fear the Walking Dead," the new spinoff that will run on AMC this summer.

We turned the panel into the latest special bonus edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off; listen below!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

April Radio Ratings: Morning Shake Up Spells Trouble for Power 106



KRTH_FM ("K-Earth 101") morning host Gary Bryan is continuing his winning streak, leading the L.A. market in morning drive for the fourth month in a row.

KRTH and Bryan was first with persons 12+ for the month of April, averaging a 5.4 share. That follows by Bill Handel on KFI (4.9), KLVE's Omar y Argelia was third with a 4.8 share, then KIIS FM's Ryan Seacrest (4.5 share) and KBIG-FM's (My 104.3 FM) Valentine (4.4 share). In Persons 25-54, Seacrest and KIIS were first (7.8), then Omar y Argelia at KLVE (5.3) and KBIG's Valentine (4.6). Seacrest was also tops with persons 18-34 (7.8). Meanwhile, are listeners not following Big Boy to the new KRRL "Real 92.3"? The station saw a nice boost in March after Big Boy's arrival, particularly in persons 18-34, where it was 3rd (5.0 share) last month, up from 15th place (2.8) prior to Big Boy in February. But in April, the station was back down to 6th place (4.8 share) in drive time.

It's still not as rough as things at Big Boy's old home, KPWR "Power 106." The station, once consistently No. 1 or 2 in persons 18-34, was 10th in mornings in April (3.3 share).

Nice news for my pals at KCRW, which averaged its highest 12+ audience share in mornings (2.3) in at least a year.

In total day viewing, KIIS and KBIG were tied for tops (5.3 share) in listeners 12+, followed by KRTH, KOST and KSWD "The Sound," which is doing quite well these days.
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