STAY TUNED: Our national obsessive compulsive disorder
Published 05/06/2013 at 6 a.m.
Whenever I’m fortunate enough to enjoy dinner at home, at a reasonable hour, I like to watch a national news broadcast. NBC, ABC or CBS, at 6:30 p.m.
STAY TUNED: WINK and NBC-2 tweak news sets
Published 04/29/2013 at 5:35 a.m.
Casual viewers of NBC-2 might not have noticed much of a difference this week; a little less clutter on the set; a little brighter, more cheerful.
STAY TUNED: Jennifer Trammell leaves NBC-2; soccer season gets air time
Published 04/22/2013 at 6 a.m.
It’s NBC-2’s loss, but not Southwest Florida’s. Jennifer Trammell has already spent her last weekend behind the anchor desk. But she’s not going anywhere. She’s committed to Naples.
STAY TUNED: The cost of local news
Published 04/08/2013 at 6 a.m.
Lynn writes, “Hi Bill, your column about syndicated shows included a line that I believe could use more exploration. ‘And given the amount of local news produced in this market, we need a lot less syndicated programming.’ I would change ...
STAY TUNED: Will 'The Mentalist' leave us hanging?
Published 04/01/2013 at 6 a.m.
Has "The Mentalist" totally lost its buzz? And other questions on TV this week.
STAY TUNED: Fred Thompson on guns, politics, his new movie and upcoming Naples appearance
Published 03/25/2013 at 6 a.m.
I don’t interview a lot of celebrities. And I get a lot of offers. I consider this column a weekly conversation among Southwest Florida TV lovers. But sometimes an interview comes along that is, for lack of a better word, ...
STAY TUNED: '57 channels and nothin' on'
Published 03/18/2013 at 6 a.m.
The headline may be from a 1992 Bruce Springsteen song, but more than 80 percent of U.S. households have cable or satellite TV, offering hundreds of channels for your viewing pleasure; and for many, there’s still nothin’ on.
STAY TUNED: The remarkable staying power of Andy Griffith
Published 03/11/2013 at 6:02 a.m.
Andy Griffith might have passed on to that great fishing hole in the sky last year, but when it comes to syndication, a couple of his shows have a staying power rarely seen.
STAY TUNED: Clinton Kelly comes to Coastland Center mall March 16
Published 03/04/2013 at 6 a.m.
Are you a fan of TLC’s “What Not To Wear?” Then mark your calendars for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
STAY TUNED: New PBS doc examines a miserable fate for African's elephants
Published 02/25/2013 at 6 a.m.
Wednesday night brings a must-see to PBS in the form of a new National Geographic special titled “Battle for the Elephants.”
STAY TUNED: 'Old-time radio' broadcaster writes the book from Estero
Published 02/18/2013 at 5:10 a.m.
You and I spend a lot of time talking about ratings. It can make or break a broadcaster. It's the reason we enjoy the radio and television programs available to us; and it's often the reason for the absence of ...
STAY TUNED: How do the two services rate? Ever-expanding TMZ
Published 02/11/2013 at 6 a.m.
So why can't we get a thorough accounting of TV ratings to find out who is No. 1? And other mysteries of the universe, answered by TV columnist Bill Green
STAY TUNED: Fox-4 gets a new VP; block programming annoys reader
Published 01/21/2013 at 6 a.m.
There’s a new guy in charge at Fox-4 Charles Henrich, Jr. has been named vice president and general manager for WFTX, according to an announcement from Chris Protzman, Journal Broadcast Group senior vice president. “Charlie brings a deep background of ...
STAY TUNED: Reader questions on 'Fringe,' 'Major Crimes,' and more
Published 01/14/2013 at 6 a.m.
A couple of columns back I shared a news release from Waterman Broadcasting (which operates NBC 2 and ABC 7) concerning its ratings victories and improvements, based on Nielsen Media Research numbers (if you missed it, you can read that ...
STAY TUNED: A new year brings new TV shows; and reader questions
Published 01/07/2013 at 6 a.m.
I love my readers. I love their questions and insights, so this week we're dedicating the majority of the column to reader questions.
STAY TUNED: Fox 4 goes HD; NBC 2 wins gold again
Published 12/31/2012 at 5 a.m.
Big news over at Fox 4: The station's newscasts are now being broadcast in HD. While this is a much needed improvement for the station, I must admit that the new HD signal brings out a lot of flaws in ...
STAY TUNED: Stations reinvest in infrastructure
Published 12/22/2012 at 6 a.m.
"It's the cost of doing business," say Waterman Broadcasting executives. But the public will appreciate the time and money spent.
STAY TUNED: Reader comments, soap news and CNN rumors
Published 12/17/2012 at 6 a.m.
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 ...
STAY TUNED: New Fox 4 show highlights our slice of Paradise
Published 12/10/2012 at 6 a.m.
It’s 7:30 p.m., Wednesday night. You tune in to Fox 4 expecting to see “The Simpsons;” same as every other weeknight. But wait. That’s not Homer. It’s “The Morning Blend’s” Bill Wood. “Paradise TV” is the brainchild of Brent Struense, ...
STAY TUNED: 'Leverage,' TV Land comedies return this week
Published 11/26/2012 at 4 a.m.
Many of your favorite networks shows — "Revenge," "Revolution," and the like — bowing out for their winter break for the next few weeks, it's time to take a look at what will keep us entertained over this holiday season.
STAY TUNED: Marco Soapfest cleans up with impressive array of stars
Published 11/05/2012 at 4 a.m.
Soapfest is bubbling over with talent on Marco this weekend. With only four daytime soaps on the air today — "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives" — one might ...
STAY TUNED: Good news for the living and the 'Dead'
Published 10/29/2012 at 5 a.m.
"Walking Dead" is walking tall this week. 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, ...
STAY TUNED: Sports FM radio comes here; more on improving your sound
Published 10/22/2012 at 5 a.m.
Beasley Broadcast Group of Southwest Florida hopes to add to its audience with some recent moves related to the local ESPN sports programming.
STAY TUNED: You update your cell phone and computer, why not the TV?
Published 10/13/2012 at midnight
Mary, on Marco Island, writes: "I just finished reading your column — thanks for the insights. My question is: On some of the shows we watch, the sound goes up and down and the voices seem to be muffled. Our ...
STAY TUNED: My fall TV report card
Published 10/06/2012 at midnight
In the immortal words of Jerry Reed, we have a long way to go and a short time to get there. And this TV bandit is eastbound and down. Spoiler alert: If you've recorded recent episodes of "Revenge," or "Once ...
STAY TUNED: Southwest Florida holiday visitor Elvis Duran is enduring radio legend; Amy Wegmann returns
Published 09/29/2012 at midnight
When Elvis Duran takes time to talk with you, it's sincere and thorough, as Stay Turned columnist Bill Green finds out.
STAY TUNED: 'New Normal' not normal, say some viewers
Published 09/22/2012 at midnight
This month has seen a wake of protest and tragedy over a movie trailer posted on YouTube that some in the Muslim community find offensive. Many of the comments I've read support the filmmaker's freedom of speech in posting the ...
STAY TUNED: Is this show the 'New Normal,' or will it trigger a 'Revolution'?
Published 09/15/2012 at 4 a.m.
The new fall shows are starting to trickle in and I'm like a kid in a candy shop. I recently sampled my first new series and I must say we're off to a good start. My curiosity was piqued after ...
STAY TUNED: Kirk Cameron: On faith, those gay comments, childhood stardom and a visit to Naples
Published 09/07/2012 at 3 p.m.
The actor best known as Mike Seaver "Growing Pain" is visiting Naples on Sept. 16.
STAY TUNED: Fox News' Bret Baier Part time Naples resident, full time news hound
Published 08/25/2012 at midnight
Fox News' Bret Baier sees the politicl conventions as the real beginning of the presidential race. The "Special Report" anchor will be front and center for both conventions, and he's spent his whole life getting ready for it. The part-time ...
STAY TUNED: The syndication shuffle, Fox 4's Amy Wegmann and reader comments
Published 08/18/2012 at midnight
Fall is like Christmas for TV lovers. After the parched desert earth that is summer network television — I'm talking to you "Bachelor Pad" and "Wipeout" — it's nice to see something new on television. Not that summer's all bad. ...
STAY TUNED: Closing ‘The Closer,’ cutting the cord and revving the action
Updated 08/13/2012 at 4:02 p.m.
Tonight is a night of endings and new beginnings. It’s the “Closer” season finale at 9 p.m., followed by the premiere of “Major Crimes” at 10 p.m. Spoiler alert: Go no further if you are behind on episodes. Skip down ...
STAY TUNED: Lies fly fast, unchecked in politics; SWFL's Olympic fever
Published 08/04/2012 at midnight
We're well past the 100-day mark until the election, and it seems every other ad on TV is either Romney or Obama with a negative message about the other. Both candidates have been accused of distorting the facts (i.e. telling ...
STAY TUNED: Am I 'Awake?' Encountering Dylan Minnette
Published 07/28/2012 at midnight
More celebrity sightings rewarded the vigilant in Southwest Florida last weekend, this time from the realm of TV. On July 22, I went to Regal Gulf Coast Cinemas to see "The Dark Knight Rises" in all its IMAX glory. More ...
Stay Tuned: Comcast brings some of its latest tech to SWFL
Published 07/21/2012 at midnight
Mike from Bonita asks: "When will Comcast here start providing caller ID on TV screens for their customers who pay for a cable box and Comcast phone service like in other parts of the country?" Great news, Mike, the answer ...
STAY TUNED: TV's strange changes aren't science fiction
Published 07/14/2012 at midnight
Nit-pickers. I hear from them all the time. And I must confess to sometimes being one. Thanks to a suggestion from one of my editors, today we take a look at some weird, unexplained occurrences over the years on some ...
STAY TUNED: What is 'Newsroom' telling us?
Published 07/07/2012 at midnight
What a difference an episode can make. The journalists of "News Night," fresh off their near super-human, belief-defying coverage of the Gulf oil spill in episode one, crashed and burned in episode two. It was just what this series needed. ...
STAY TUNED: Sorkin's 'Newsroom'; former NBC 2 anchor tells her story
Published 06/30/2012 at 6 a.m.
High hopes. That's what I had for HBO's latest original series "The Newsroom." After all, it combines two of my loves, television and news. The series comes from the mind of Aaron Sorkin and I was hoping it'd be more ...
STAY TUNED: A new face at NBC 2; a VCR dilemma and a classic comeback
Published 06/15/2012 at 6 p.m.
Margaret writes: "I read your column this morning where you mentioned VCRs. I'm one of those old-fashioned people who actually taped shows on my VCR. However, since the move from analogue to digital I have been unable to use my ...
STAY TUNED: Relocation and the importance of time slots
Published 06/11/2012 at 4 a.m.
Bill Green's Stay Tuned appears now on Monday in Neapolitan. He writes about TV news in Southwest Florida. Welcome to Monday! That sounds weird. As you've no doubt noticed, I have relocated from my Saturday perch and can now be ...
STAY TUNED: Summer TV; the appraisal queen of the 'Auction Kings'
Published 06/01/2012 at 3 p.m.
Recently, I met up with antiques appraiser extraordinaire Lori Verderame, or Dr. Lori, as she is known to her fans. She has a super power of sorts: She can look at pretty much any item and tell you exactly what ...
STAY TUNED: NBC's Thursday offerings fails to draw viewers
Published 05/25/2012 at 3 p.m.
;This was the first and probably the last season for 'The Firm.' This is a continuation of the Tom Cruise movie by the same name. It's an ongoing series and every episode is needed to follow the story. Although it ...
STAY TUNED: Southwest Florida goes national
Published 05/18/2012 at 3 a.m.
Bill Green looks at the crazy decisions on which TV series get to return in the fall and which do not.
STAY TUNED: Southwest Florida heavy on local TV news
Published 05/04/2012 at 11 a.m.
Bill Green's Stay Tuned appears in Saturday Neapolitan. He writes about TV-related news in Southwest Florida.
STAY TUNED: TNT viewer has the blues
Published 04/27/2012 at 4 a.m.
TNT and I are BFFs. I was honored to have the cable network link to last week's article about actor Tony Denison of "The Closer" — and the upcoming new series "Major Crimes." As a result, I was thrilled to ...
STAY TUNED: Tony Denison on the end (of "The Closer") and new beginnings ("Major Crimes")
Published 04/20/2012 at noon
Bill Green's TV column: This week, all the theories on "The Closer's" finale and some news about its spinoff. You may know him as "Crime Story's" Ray Luca or "The Closer's" Detective Andrew Flynn. You may have been riveted by ...
STAY TUNED: Sofia Vergara is everywhere, but where is Drew Steele?
Published 04/14/2012 at 4 a.m.
Sofia Vergara is everywhere. And never was that more apparent than during last week's "Saturday Night Live," where she was in nearly every skit and half the commercials. In addition to being a "Modern Family" cast member, Vergara is currently ...
STAY TUNED: Once upon a time – Naples' Kristen Morse bright part of Lite 93.7 FM's new morning show
Published 04/06/2012 at noon
Have you ever met someone who had the perfect job for their personality? One that fit them to a tee? Naples resident Kristen Morse, half of the new morning team on Lite 93.7 FM radio, happens to be one of ...
STAY TUNED: 'Close' call, SeaWorld TV and crazy obsessions
Published 03/23/2012 at noon
So we're all pretty sure nobody on their deathbed says, "I wish I'd watched more TV." Studies suggest the typical American watches an average of four hours per day, and I cannot refute that too much with my own experience. ...
STAY TUNED: Lou Dobbs - A man for all seasons
Published 03/16/2012 at 12:29 p.m.
Bill Green's Stay Tuned appears in Neapolitan on Saturday. He writes about local TV news in Southwest Florida for the Naples Daily News.