US Television

MAJOR LIFE UPDATE - for the remainder of the strike @StephenAtHome, @JimmyFallon, @SethMeyers, @IamJohnOliver & I are joining forces for a new podcast called @StrikeForceFive. Hear the first episode tomorrow 8/30. ALL proceeds (thanks to @Casamigos and @MintMobile) go to support… pic.twitter.com/Czyvlpmba2

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 29, 2023
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Approaching the US fall season, here’s a look at the CW-turned-indie CBS O&Os’ primetime block, courtesy of TVNewsCheck:


New brands in the bunch: KSTW (to Seattle 11) and WTOG (to Tampa Bay 44). They, alongside WKBD/Detroit 50, are not adding new newscasts in primetime.


Meanwhile, WPCH, instead of Tegna’s WATL, is to be the CW affiliate in Atlanta, in addition to Gray’s current affiliates. This shadows the prospect of KONG, also owned by Tegna, joining the network.

Previously, Nexstar switched their CW Oklahoma station from Sinclair’s KOCB, to their own station KAUT. As previously mentioned, Sinclair’s WPNT may switch to CW in Pittsburgh, so this can be a compensating action. This is KAUT’s promo for the transition:

And KOCB’s social media profile now drops the CW connotations:

[Update] The WPNT switch is official, in addition to the Seattle affiliation going to KOMO, currently an ABC affiliate, not KONG:

Interesting to have no mention of the KAUT/KOCB switcheroo.

By now, CW has these replacements and new additions at hand:

  • Philadelphia: WPHL
  • Tampa Bay: WTTA
  • San Francisco: KRON
  • Sacramento: KQCA (via Hearst)
  • Detroit: WADL (via Mission)
  • Atlanta: WPCH (via Gray)
  • Seattle: KOMO (via Sinclair, possibly on a subchannel?)
  • Pittsburgh: WPNT (via Sinclair)
  • Oklahoma City: KAUT
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Update on sale of ABC and local ABC affiliate stations, FX and National Geographic.

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Strike nearing an end?

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The writers union have reached a deal with the studios, suspending their part of the strike. Actors’ guild is still striking at the moment, which the writers are encouraged to join in.

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Good news that the writers’ strike is over, meaning many talk shows can resume filming.

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The WGA reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP. Today, our Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement. The strike ends at 12:01 am. Check out our deal at https://t.co/c0ULMXhPL7. #WGAStrong pic.twitter.com/7z8kw9xI1p

— Writers Guild of America West (@WGAWest) September 27, 2023

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But actors are still on strike, right?

Correct.

The 5 late night shows will be back on 2/10 (1/10 for Oliver):
https://twitter.com/StrikeForceFive/status/1707047447086972957

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