The B word is about to get its own show. Not OWN show, as in Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah has banned the word from hers.
The show in question is “Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23,” written by former “American Dad” producer David Hemingson and current “Dad” executive producer Nahnatchka Khan.
The show’s about a naïve, optimistic young woman from the heartland who is forced to move in with a New York party girl with loose morals. It has been optioned by ABC.
According to the Parents Television Council, the use of the B word tripled in the last decade alone, growing to 1,277 uses on 685 shows in 2007 from 431 uses on 103 prime-time episodes in 1998.
Early news not good
The new CBS “Early Show” crew has earned nearly the same ratings in its first week as the team it replaced earned in the same week last year, Nielsen reports.
The show averaged 3.07 million total viewers last week, versus 3.08 million for the equivalent week last year, Jan. 4-8. Do these numbers mean the switch was pointless? It may be too early to say. While the new team didn’t attract much of a new audience, they also didn’t turn anyone away from the show, either.
ABC’s “GMA” had 4.3 million viewers last week, and NBC’s ‘Today” had 5.29 million. In the same week last year, “GMA” had 4.6 million viewers, and “Today” had 6.04 million.
CBS replaced Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez with the show’s former Saturday morning team of Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. Weather anchor Dave Hill was replaced by Marysol Castro.
‘The Game’ back on
After being cancelled two years ago by the CW, “The Game” has been resurrected.
New episodes of the comedy about football players and the women who love them, can now be seen on BET on Tuesday nights.
Debuting in 2006, “The Game,” a spin-off of “Girlfriends,” was the CW’s only sitcom in the network’s inaugural season. Three years later, the network axed the 30-minute sitcom as part of an overhaul focusing on one-hour shows.
After reruns of “The Game” garnered record ratings for the cable network in syndication, Loretha Jones, BET’s president of original programming, reached out to Brock Akil and her husband, showrunner Salim Akil, about reviving the show in its original half-hour form.
WOLS goes classic; more radio
Fans of classic rock have a new option in Southwest Florida. “The New 95.3 The River” is described as a “classic hits radio station featuring artists from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s like Rod Stewart, John Mellencamp, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, Jimmy Buffett, Fleetwood Mac and The Police,” according to the station’s owner, Clear Channel Radio. The station previously concentrated on a variety of oldies airplay.
“WOLZ has gone through several changes over the years,” said Sherri Sanchez, vice president/market manager at Clear Channel.
“We now believe the station has completed its metamorphosis and, with that, deserves a new name. 95.3 The River is the fruition of our vision.”
The River started broadcasting on Monday.
Besides WOLZ, Clear Channel Radio is represented in Fort Myers by WCKT, WZJZ, WBTT, WIKX, WCCF, WBCG, WKII and WCVU.
Speaking of radio, Rocco writes: “What ever happened to Mandy Connell who was a sensation on the early radio 1240am. I came back last fall and she was gone.”
Connell left this market several months ago and joined News Radio 84 WHAS (840 AM) in Louisville, Ky. She hosts the 9 a.m.-noon shift.
Louie Anderson, whose credits include appearances on the “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Comic Relief” and a stint as host of “Family Feud,” is at Capt. Brien’s Off The Hook Comedy Club this weekend.
For more information, visit captbriens.com.
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Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.