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Walking Dead Plays Safe On Season Finale

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, December 6, 2010, In : Television 
  The alternate episode that would have brought massive controversy to the season finale of AMC's breakout hit "The Walking Dead", as reported on the Mohawk Radio Show last week, was not used last night.  The network opted for the originally filmed episode, and this may possibly reflect on the fact that the show's head writer fired the entire scripting staff last week (because they didn't want to do this storyline?).  The alternate show would have revealed the fact that we currently have a pl...
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American Idol's New Schedule

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, November 22, 2010, In : Television 
You may recall that last August we were first to tell you about American Idol's schedule changes.   Our sources were right on as Fox announced over the weekend that the talent competition will move from Tuesday and Wednesday to Wednesday and Thursday when it returns in January.  Also right on the money was our exclusive report that the proposed show length change for the results show was unfounded.  Rumors were flying that the results show would be cut down from one hour to a half hour, but a...
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Taylor Swift Announces TV Special

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : Television 
    If you're tired of the 100 hours or so of football on television Thanksgiving day, Taylor Swift is coming to your rescue.  The singer, whose return to prominence after over a year of obscurity is back on the right track, will perform in a special airing on Thanksgiving night at 8 PM on NBC.  Titled, of course, "Taylor Swift: Speak Out", it will feature nine tracks from her latest album as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the videos from around the country, including New York City's Ce...
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"Walking Dead" Success May Relate to Its Hidden Message

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, In : Television 
When you run a show like this, you never know who you'll talk to when you open up your instant messenger during the program.  During Monday's show I had the opportunity to talk to a person who said he was part of the production staff of the show "The Walking Dead".  AMC scored a hit with this comic book adaptation.  On the Halloween premiere, it drew 5.3 million viewers, a new cable TV record, and last Sunday's second episode attracted an audience of 4.7 million, a never-before seen retention...
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TV Stations' Greed Resurfaces

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, October 25, 2010, In : Television 
Broadcast television greed has once again reared its ugly head.  You may have noticed that there are now fewer TV shows to watch online.  That's because a few weeks ago broadcasters blocked access to a lot of their shows online in order to boost their profits.  The greedy bastards who run the networks believe that if they delay when their shows go on the Web, they will secure more viewer retention and stem the flow of the audience who are ditching cable and satellite TV for the Internet.  Whi...
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TV Providers Just Say No To Fox

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, October 18, 2010, In : Television 
Northeastern U.S. television provider Cablevision has put its foot down as far as Fox's greed is concerned.  The company was forking over a sum of $70 million a year to carry Fox programming, and when the News Corporation said they now wanted to raise the fee to over $150 million, Cablevision said no, and has allowed Fox TV, National Geographic, and Fox Business and Sports to go dark.  As you know, Dish Network is also refusing to play Fox's mind games and has already dropped Fox Sports, FX, ...
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My Generation Gets The Heave

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Saturday, October 2, 2010, In : Television 
As we predicted and told you last week, Fox TV's "Lone Star" was indeed the first show to be cancelled this season, but don't feel bad for the show, because it has company, and may soon get more in the television graveyard.  ABC announced earlier today that it gave the ax to "My Generation", a show with a cast almost as numerous as its small audience.  This program had a terrible initial outing, and when its audience shrank by 31 percent in its second week, including a dismal 1.1 rating in th...
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TV Commercials to Get Quieter--By Law

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, October 1, 2010, In : Television 
Late last night as we go to press, the senate passed a bill to make sure those TV commercials don't jolt you out of your sleep.  Called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, it says that commercials will have to be broadcast at the same level as the show they're in.  The bill makes the FCC adapt these regulations within a year of the bill's passing, and enforce them within a year after that.  Charles Shumer (D-NY), one of the bill's co-sponsors, stated "TV viewers shoul...
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New TV Season's First Casualty

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Television 
Every year, TV shows come and go, but it's still pretty rare that a show gets axed after only one showing.  This is probably the case for Fox TV's new show "Lone Star".  Fox had big hopes for the drama about a man who juggles two lives and women in Texas because of his nebulous activities.  To give it more chances of survival, it was shoehorned into the schedule after established show "House".  At the end of House, Fox had 11.5 million people tuned in, but they evaporated at 9 PM.  By 9:15, o...
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Chief Takes Apart NBC's The Event

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : Television 
After watching only the pilot episode of NBC's "The Event", I pretty much think I have the whole thing figured out.  It seems that the United States is "detaining" a group of humanoids with tremendous mental powers.  These people have ventured here from a parallel existence to try to stop an upcoming disaster (the Event of the title) but have instead been rounded up by the military and are being pressured about explaining their origin, powers, and the exact nature of The Event.  There seem to...
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Fox Says Idol Panel Is Set, Has Problem With Chief Jack

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Television 
Fox TV says its panel of judges for the tenth season of American Idol is in place, but is refusing to divulge who it is.  Our sources tell us that the network is still trying to figure out how to handle my petition for joining the show's judges in light of how many of you wrote in to have me be on the panel.  It appears that while most of the network execs had no idea who I am, their research backed up my 41-plus year in the business, and they are worried about a scandal if Mohawk Radio fans ...
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Edwin Newman Dies

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Television 
It was announced at 8:30 AM on Sept. 15, and we were first to report on it, that Edwin Newman, long  a mainstay of NBC's news and documentary programming, has died.  NBC has yet to announce where and when he died and what the cause of death was.  Natural causes should be a suspect since Mr. Newman was 91.  He was in the Navy during World War II, then began a career in jounalism.  After a stint with CBS in New York, Newman switched to NBC in 1952 in London and remained with the Peacock Network...
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Official: CNN Names Morgan As New Show Host

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Television 
The rumors that we first reported on last month have been authenticated by CNN.  As of January 2011, Piers Morgan will replace Larry King on the network's nightly interview show.  Morgan is a veteran journalist who already hosts a popular interview show in England, and his CNN program will follow a similar course.  CNN president John Klein said of Morgan "He's able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process".  CNN, which is struggling ...
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Fox TV: Kara Is Officially Out

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 6, 2010, In : Television 
Fox announced on Saturday that Kara DioGuardi is now officially out as a judge on American Idol, leaving Randy Jackson as the only original member of the panel.  Kara was gracious and upbeat as she confronted reporters and called her Idol experience "amazing".  Show producer Simon Fuller says that he will continued his professional relationship with the songwriter, who still had a one year option on her contract that Fox didn't exercise.   Rumors still are flying that Steven Tyler and Jennife...
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Large Families Find Home On TLC

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : Television 
If you have a large family, maybe this should be a rallying cry: TLC wants you.  It appears The Learning Channel has an obsession with multi-kid families.  These are the people who brought us Jon & Kate Plus 8 (now without the Jon) and 18 (now 19) Kids and Counting, and now they are getting ready to assault us with more of the same.  TLC has ordered eight episodes of "Sextuplets Take New York", a show billed as showcasing America's first Latino sextuplets and how the family deals with raising...
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Movie Marketers Worried About Advertising

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Television 
Movie studios are curently spending about 70 percent of their advertising budget on television, and right now that may seem to be a bad idea.  A recent study by cable giant Comcast shows that 62 percent of respondents no longer watch television on the networks' schedule and use DVRs to record shows and watch them at a later date, or use online services like Hulu if they don't have a DVR.  For movie studios, this situation can prove disastrous since the average time between recording shows and...
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TV Audience Is At Record Old Age

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 16, 2010, In : Television 
A new survey reveals that the median age for TV audiences is at a record high of 51, higher than the national median age.  This is actually bad news for the networks because it means that the average TV viewer is actually older than advertisers' target demographic.  That's not entirely surprising since younger people have been abandoning network TV in growing numbers in the past decade.  The growth of video and game rentals shows that younger Americans are no longer willing to set their lives...
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Rumors Fly Over American Idol Judges

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 30, 2010, In : Television 
It's been a tough time for "American Idol" judges over the summer, making it hard to tell rumors from facts.  The rumors have been numerous about who the new judges will be, and some big names have been popping up, such as Jennifer Lopez (pictured), Bret Michaels, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Trump, Chris Isaak, and the latest one, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.  What are facts, though, is that Simon left to host an American version of "The X Factor" on Fox; Ellen DeGeneres quit the show to concentra...
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TV Cop Arrested In New York City

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, In : Television 
Ice T, who has played NYPD detective Fin Tutuola on NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" was himself arrested on July 20 by New York cops.  He was stopped at the intersection of West 40th Street and 11th Avenue because he wasn't wearing a seat belt while driving a 2009 Cadillac.  Police say that when they ran a check, they discovered his license was suspended.  The rapper/actor was ticketed and then released, but he used his Twitter account to deny the claim, stating he has a valid New...
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Piers Morgan May Get CNN Gig

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Television 
If you watch America's Got Talent, there's no denying the impact of Piers Morgan, who plays the requisite British judge on the show.  You may be seeing a lot more of him soon, as he is going through "almost done" negotiations to take the place of Larry King at 9 PM nightly on CNN.  The cable network says that he would still be able to do his NBC judging duties, and in fact are even willing to give that priority over the CNN program.  Speculation about the deal, as reported on the Mohawk Radio...
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American Idol Tour Scraps Dates

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 8, 2010, In : Television 
The American Idol summer tour is suffering from the same malaise that the TV show has had over the last few years: lost audiences.  While Live Nation, the tour organizer's spokesperson, Liz Morentin declined to give a reason for the cancellation of seven shows, Mohawk Radio sources managed to get a look at the ticket sale reports for the tour, and in the places where the shows were cancelled, American Idol was being outsold by local events at a rate of as much as two to one.  In one venue, le...
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About Chief Jack


Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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