After months of being blacked out, AMC and hit shows like "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "Mad Med" are coming back on DISH Network.
The new deal is a win for viewers, who get back AMC, Sundance Channel, WE TV, Fuse and IFC. DISH subscribers have been without the shows for months.
To settle the dispute, DISH pays a cash settlement of $700 million to Cablevision and AMC Networks, $80 million of which is in consideration for the purchase of Cablevision's multichannel video and data distribution service licenses in 45 metropolitan areas in the U.S.
In a related note, Deadline reported on Oct. 23 that "The Walking Dead" was the highest-rated non-sports telecast this fall for adults 18-49. This means that a cable drama series about zombies beat all broadcast television shows.
The season three premiere of "Dead" drew 7.3 million viewers (18-49). This was done without the help of DISH, which may have been a push in the recent settlement.
And if you're thinking the season premiere was a fluke, the second episode, with DISH back in the mix, topped all non-sports shows on TV for the week.
When it comes to TV, zombies are the new black.
Look for NBC to add a zombie to "Today" within the next few months. Oh, wait, they already have Willard occasionally.
Van Winkle re-ups
We hear the folks at NBC 2 made the wise decision to retain Robert Van Winkle as their senior chief meteorologist. Van Winkle signed on the dotted line as he celebrated his 26th anniversary with the station.
Van Winkle will continue anchoring the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Fred writes: "I used to enjoy listening to Red Eye radio that was on from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. I was away for a couple of weeks (and) when I tuned it in I got a Spanish station. I believe it was on 1460 AM; 1460 AM is still listed in the Naples Daily News as WINK News Radio. Could you advise me if Red Eye is still available in Naples?"
WINK News Radio is 1200 and 1460 and Red Eye Radio remains on their schedule, right after Dave Ramsey.
Tony asks: "Hi! I enjoy your articles. Any info on why Fox dropped Dan Patrick in the a.m. here? A good show; any chance it will return?"
Thanks Tony. This was not a local decision. The show, produced by DirecTV, couldn't come to a distribution agreement with Fox Sports Net.
Just a few days after the bad news, Patrick's show found a new home. You can now find him on — drum roll, please — NBC Sports Network.
Not a big surprise, as Patrick has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with NBC for NFL football and Olympics coverage.
A little background: "The Dan Patrick Show" is one of the most popular national sports talk shows both on radio and television, with the program simulcasted on TV stations across the country in addition to the 1.2 million listeners on over 250 radio affiliates across the country.
Betty wants to know what happened to "Til Death," "Undercover Boss" and "Secret Millionaire?"
"Undercover Boss," where CEOs of major company's go "undercover" working alongside their employees, returns to CBS Friday (Nov. 2) at 8 p.m., thanks to the cancellation of the low-rated "Made in Jersey" after just two episodes.
Due to low ratings, ABC canceled "Secret Millionaire" in August after seven episodes aired.
"Til Death" was canceled in 2010. But you can still catch reruns at 12:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. locally on My 8.
In the November 2012 issue of Health, E celebrity host and reality star Giuliana Rancic reveals how a positive attitude and her new baby boy got her through the toughest points in her life.
On being frustrated by seeing other women getting pregnant: "I'm a good person, and I could give someone the greatest life of all, but yet I can't get pregnant? And then you watch these TV shows, '16 and Pregnant,' and these girls who want nothing to do with their babies are pregnant. And you're going, 'What?'"
On her breast cancer diagnosis: "Afterward, I ran into my dressing room and started hysterically crying," she recalled. Her husband saved the day, she added. "Bill was really the one who had to pick me up off the floor and say, 'Hey, we're making a plan here.' He took over."
The magazine is on newsstands now.
Until next time, Stay Tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.