Wednesday June 5, 2013

Verizon yesterday finalized a $1B extension of its deal with America’s dominant sports league that – beginning with the 2014 season — will allow streaming of all CBS and Fox in-market Sunday afternoon games to mobile phones (regular blackout rules apply). Not only that, but the deal comprises all NFL playoff games, including the Super Bowl. The four-year agreement expands Verizon’s current NFL Mobile package, which gives access only to games on airing on NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network – read Monday, Sunday, and Thursday night football – along with the league-owned NFL Network and its NFL RedZone.

Keith Olbermann is getting back into broadcasting.  Turner Sports said that it is hiring Olbermann to host its baseball studio show for the postseason. He will team with Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley.  Olbermann most recently did a political show at Current TV before he had a falling-out with his bosses. While generally acknowledged to be a smart and witty broadcaster, off-screen battles with executives have kept him jumping to different jobs.

CBS announced that Big Brother will return on Wednesday, June 26 while Big Brother: After Dark will move to TV Guide Network. It will air from 12:00-2:00 AM nightly.  The traditional 24/7 live feed from the Big Brother house will be available via subscription on

“We’re building on Big Brother’s major strides in interactivity – including primetime reality TV’s first live Twitter vote – by bringing the show’s die-hard fans even more opportunities to impact components of the show and interact with this season’s Houseguests,” said Rob Gelick, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment, in a statement. “Fans will have the most immersive, 360-degree Big Brother experience ever, across every possible screen, including social media integrations, the Live Feeds on, and full episodes on the CBS App.”

Big Brother will be air three nights weekly – Sundays at 8, Tuesdays at 9 and Wednesdays at 8.  Hallelujah.

VH1 premieres a new season of Couples Therapy  next Wednesday.  Brace yourself for this stellar cast: Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn LowellJoe Francis and Abbey WilsonDustin Zito and Heather MarterChingy and Temple Poteat, and Flavor Flav and Elizabeth Trujillo. 

This is a quote from "It looks crazy good! Next Wednesday cannot come soon enough."  Wow.

According to The Wrap , "[f]or the first time, a cable show is the top-rated scripted series on television -- and we have zombies to thank. AMC's The Walking Dead was not only the highest-rated scripted show of the 2012-13 season, but the second highest-rated show overall, behind NBC's Sunday Night Football."

Here's a fun list of actors who were almost cast for a variety of roles including John Bender from The Breakfast Club  (Nicholas Cage) and Don Draper from Mad Men  (Thomas Jane).