Thank you to all those who wrote in about their Comcast service. The response was overwhelming — or should I say Comcastic.
Know that I will be communication with Sandi Wilson, community affairs/PR manager for Comcast of Sarasota/Fort Myers and we will address your comments in the coming weeks.
For those who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, check out last week’s Stay Tuned column at www.naplesnews.com.
Meanwhile, the national corporation that is Comcast reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings as it benefited from surging ad sales and signing up customers to higher-priced packages of cable, voice and broadband service.
Comcast’s upbeat results — its subscriber growth was also ahead of most expectations — came during a quarter in which the company completed its deal to acquire NBC Universal. The deal closed in late January, adding a broadcast network, cable networks like MSNBC and USA, theme parks and a movie studio to Comcast’s lineup.
Comcast is the largest U.S. cable company and increased its annual dividend by 19 percent and accelerated a $2.1 billion stock repurchase program. That combination, along with the bullish quarterly earnings, lifted shares of the company by 4.6 percent.
In another deal that involves the cable giant: Comcast will represent AT&T U-verse in 20-plus markets starting in June for national advertising. The markets covered under the deal include Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco.
Reality TV pilot to be shot in Naples
Silver Shoe Productions will be casting for reality TV pilot, “House Cats,” to be shot locally in Naples.
The pilot will follow five “seemingly reserved and reluctant suburban women, and watch them go through a metamorphosis to ultimately unleash their inner tigress,“ according to a press release.
The production company is seeking women ages 30-60 from different careers and backgrounds, shapes and sizes. The program expects to shoot in mid-March.
Auditions will be from 1 until 4 p.m., Feb. 27 at Pole Dance Fitness — no previous pole dancing experienced required. Whew! Right? — of SWFL, 11308 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 102, Bonita Springs.
To set up an audition interview, and for more information, email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (239) 249-2099.
Catch local crooks on TV
“Crooks on TV” begins March 5 on Comcast Cn14 (Channel 9). The 30-minute show will air at 10:30 p.m., Saturdays, thereafter, and feature interviews with local law enforcement (the Lee County sheriff and Cape Coral and Fort Myers police) about each case with surveillance images of the actual crimes in Lee County.
The show is locally produced by Eyeland Telemedia, Inc.
For more information, visit www.crooksontv.com.
‘Lee Pitts Live’ turns 20
Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Lee Pitts Live.” The program celebrated its 20th anniversary with the airing Feb. 13, which featured a look back at interviews conducted from 1991 to 2000. And, a special behind-the-scenes look at the show.
“Lee Pitts Live” broadcasts at 8:30 a.m., Sundays, on Fox 4.
To learn more about the show, visit www.leepittslive.com or call (877) 830-0391.
Other news and notes
Cedric The Entertainer (from the WB sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show”) comes to Marco Island: He’ll be at Capt. Brien’s Off The Hook comedy club Wednesday. Visit www.captbriens.com for more information.
It’s a good news, bad news sort of thing: The good news, the Disney Channel launched a programming block called Disney Junior Feb. 14. The bad news, it replaces the very familiar Playhouse Disney. More good news, it gets its own cable channel in January. The bad news (at least for soap fans) it replaces SOAPnet.
Maureen writes: “Can you find out when ‘Downton Abbey’ is returning to Masterpiece Theater? Loved it!”
For those who may have missed it, “Downton Abbey” is a 2010 British television period drama series, produced by Carnival Films, part of U.S. media corporation NBC Universal, for the ITV network.
The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, stately home of the Earl of Grantham, early in the reign of King George V, during the era commencing with the sinking of the Titanic, an event that triggers much of the story line. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.
The series aired on PBS over four weeks in January, and, yes, Maureen, there will be more. They’re producing a second series, but no broadcast dates have been set.
John Thomas writes: “The Jesse Ventura show, ‘Conspiracy Theory,’ was on Trutv on Friday at 9 p.m. After six or so episodes, it disappeared.
Can you tell me anything about it?”
The show just completed its second season. The decision is still pending on whether it will be renewed for a third. Stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com.