Daniel Frankel

Wanda Sykes: 10 Things To Know Right Now

While her new weekly Fox variety show officially debuts at 11 p.m. Saturday, comedian Wanda Sykes hasn’t necessarily joined the late-night wars, which are generally fought on weeknights by programs running four or five nights a week. But in a year in which a number of minority comedians, George Lopez and Monique included, are breaking […]

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TNT To Syndicate ‘The Mentalist’

Repeats of the CBS drama ‘The Mentalist’ will land on TNT starting in 2012. The Turner Networks-owned cable channel announced Friday that it had purchased from Warner Bros. Domestic Television the exclusive off-network rights to the show, which stars Simon Baker as a highly perceptive crime-fighter. Launching last season, ‘The Mentalist‘ was a hit for […]

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Syndication Executives Insist Oprah’s Not Leaving Daytime

It may have been reported as a done deal by a certain influential entertainment-business blog this morning, but TV industry insiders aren’t buying the notion that Oprah Winfrey will ditch her syndicated daytime talk show to focus her media efforts on her new cable network. “She’s just negotiating,” one top syndication-business analyst told Fancast. “This […]

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Funnyman Aziz Ansari Dishes On ‘Parks & Recreation’

Several years before he got his big break to star in his first network series, NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation,’ New York City comic Aziz Ansari was in the process of trying to get discovered the “old-fashioned” way – through viral video. Ansari, a 26-year-old South Carolina native of Tamil Indian decent, played Bill (while his […]

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’30 Rock’ Not Big In Germany

. Emmy dominance does not earn you Baywatch-level popularity in Germany or even a measurable audience. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Sunday night debut of NBC’s ’30 Rock’ on German television yielded less than 5,000 viewers resulting in an audience rating of 0.0. Thats right: zero-point-zero. The comedy, which averages more than 6 million […]

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Measuring The 10 PM “Leno Effect”

Certainly, pretty much everyone is aware that the ratings for the new ‘Jay Leno Show’ on NBC have been less than spectacular this season. However, based on a report compiled exclusively for Fancast Friday by a leading cable-TV network research department, the actual numbers are even worse than you might think. Indeed, two months into […]

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Weekly Ratings Report: The Good, The Bad & ‘Eastwick’

Ratings-wise, it was a wacky week, with the combined forces of the NFL regular season and Major League Baseball playoffs wreaking havoc on network schedules. Indeed, the pitching was tough to hit for regularly scheduled programs, with baseball in particular dominating the audience that determines success or failure for TV shows, 18-49-year-olds, on Sunday, Tuesday […]

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Q&A — Paul Scheer from “The League”

If you were in a fantasy league for comedy performers, the talent behind the new FX comedy ‘The League’ might make you a contender. The lineup for the show – which premieres Thursday and showcases the foibles and machinations of a group of fantasy-football-obsessed dudes — starts with creator Jeff Schaffer. After show-running ‘Seinfeld,’ it […]

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