STAY TUNED: Reader comments, soap news and CNN rumors

BILL GREEN

We start things off with reader comments. In last week's column, we discussed Fox 4's new show, "Paradise TV," which airs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

M. Boyd of Marco Island writes: "I never write like this but TV people who dream up shows like this must be insane. Bill Woods is so obnoxious and so irritating. I'm sure it won't last. I watch it in snippets wondering how it remains on TV."

Shows like "The Morning Blend" and "Paradise TV" can be real wins for local stations. Unlike high priced syndicated fare with limited local commercial time, Fox 4 keeps all the revenue from these two shows. Additionally, there are paid segments in the shows which garner additional revenue.

The best part for Fox is that shows like this don't have to be competitive in the ratings. Stations can place in third or fourth in the ratings and still come out ahead. As for Woods, like most TV talent, he is an acquired taste. I'm sure he has as many fans as detractors.

Comcast more colorful

Comcast rolled out a new logo last week that puts its latest acquisition front and center. The company dropped the red C in favor of the NBC peacock.

The typeface was also changed, to a very thin uppercase sans-serif, that by most accounts is less-Comcastic, you might say.

Jeff Zucker plots a new CNN

As Jeff Zucker, former executive producer of "Today," makes the transition into his new role at CNN, there's buzz around some possible changes he's considering to revive the network. That includes the addition of Ann Curry, and repositioning of two of CNN's top brands: Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan.

Word is that Zucker is considering moving Morgan's hourlong interview show from the prized 9 p.m. slot to 10 p.m. or later.

Zucker and his new bosses at Time Warner are focused on boosting ratings in the prime time hours from 7 to 10 p.m. One source said Zucker may look to carve out a role for Morgan when his three-year, $8 million contract expires next year.

Zucker is also looking to stop showing repeats of Anderson Cooper's news show. The network has been airing "AC360" at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.

Word is Zucker is interested in installing Curry in CNN's 8 p.m. time slot, which is currently occupied by Cooper.

Soap news

When it comes to domination in various network dayparts, nothing compares to CBS soap "The Young and the Restless."

Recently the sudser finished as the most popular daytime drama for a 1,248th consecutive week — or 24 years. The streak began in December 1988, a time when "The Cosby Show" ruled prime time.

"Y&R" has also been the top-rated daytime drama in women 25-54 for 302 of the past 303 weeks and in women 18-49 for 297 of the last 298 weeks. This season, "Y&R" is averaging about 4.4 million viewers, well ahead of runner-up "The Bold and the Beautiful" (3.2 million), also on CBS.

The CBS soaps join NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and ABC's "General Hospital" as the only current network daytime soaps. When the "Y&R" winning streak started, there were 14 soaps on air.

While we're discussing soaps, that world is mourning the loss of Daytime Emmy winner Paul Rauch, executive producer of daytime dramas "Another World," "Santa Barbara," "One Life to Live," "Guiding Light" and the aforementioned "The Young and the Restless." He died Dec. 9.

Rauch was a co-creator and exec producer of the "Another World" spinoff "Texas."

J.R. Ewing will get a proper send-off: TNT begins the second season of its "Dallas" revival next month.

The network recently announced that it will hold a funeral for Larry Hagman's memorable character at some point in the 15-episode season but that it hasn't been shot or scheduled yet.

Hagman died at age 81 over Thanksgiving weekend.

Hagman kept working until close to his death due to complications of cancer, and will appear in several of the new season's episodes.

Rivera poised for crossover

While we're on the subject of loss, you may not have heard of Jenni Rivera, the a Mexican-American singer known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres, until her death last week in a plane crash; but you were about to.

The singer had a sitcom in development with ABC and was working to bring her brand to mainstream masses.

The singer was no stranger to TV. She had a reality show on mun2 called "I Love Jenni."

Until next time, stay tuned.

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