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  1. When ad revenue drops, you change formats.
  2. Sinclair drops Boris Epshteyn and other political analysts Sinclair, which owns 193 stations in the U.S., said it wants to focus on local news and investigative journalism. Sinclair Broadcast Group is axing the "must-run" segments of one of its biggest stars, Boris Epshteyn, the network's chief political analyst and a former special assistant to President Donald Trump. The move is part of a companywide effort to move away from political commentary in favor of investigative journalism, the network said Wednesday. “We have to shine a light on our value proposition every quarter hour, in every newscast," the company said in a statement to its staff. "Therefore, we will be expanding our local investigative journalism footprint in our daily newscasts. We are excited to dedicate more time in our newscasts to report on critical and relevant issues.” “To allot additional airtime for this storytelling, we will be ending the commentary segments this Friday, Dec. 13, featuring Ameshia Cross, and Boris Epshteyn,” the memo continued. Epshteyn’s political commentary, which ran across all 193 stations as part of a Sinclair corporate mandate, has been widely criticized. In a piece last year about immigration on the Southern border, Epshteyn used the word "invasion" to describe the influx of migrants. Sinclair was forced to post a tweet that the viewpoint did not represent the company’s views and that it is "committed to fair, unbiased journalism across our stations nationwide." "Boris will be moving into a sales-focused role with the company," a source familiar with the situation told NBC News on Wednesday. Epshteyn tweeted about the decision saying he's "thankful" to be part of Sinclair and is looking "forward to continuing to work with this great company." Cross, who worked on President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, was hired in January to provide balance on the airwaves. A former Sinclair producer who was granted anonymity for competitive reasons, told NBC News that the change frees up producers to focus on news. "It was irresponsible and antithetical to what we were supposed to be doing as journalists.” the former Sinclair producer said. “It is surprising, but for the most part, I think our viewers were able to see commentary for what it was.”
  3. Premium Handi-Snacks? You getting high falutin' on us?
  4. There's about a zero percent chance it doesn't get renewed.
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    Well, to be fair, he is from Nebraska.
  6. Young RINOs. Every honest Republican knows climate change is a lie.
  7. Some casting news. Kevin Bacon will be one of the newcomers to the second edition of ABC's "Live in Front of a Studio Audience," which will feature episodes of "Family" and "Good Times" re-enacted from scripts of Lear's '70s sitcom hits, ABC announced Wednesday. The holiday outing is scheduled for Dec. 18 (8 EST live/PST taped). Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei will reprise their roles as Archie and Edith Bunker, with Ellie Kemper returning as daughter Gloria and Ike Barinholtz as her husband, Mike Stivic, the network announced. Jesse Eisenberg and Justina Machado, who star in a rebooted version of Lear's "One Day at a Time," also join the "Family" cast for the second Lear-Kimmel collaboration. ABC did not reveal which characters Bacon, Eisenberg and Machado will play in the live show, which will be directed by Pam Fryman and Andy Fisher. Casting for the episode of "Good Times," which starred Esther Rolle, John Amos and Jimmie Walker, will be announced at a later date.
  8. Was that a double Derka?
  9. Bingo. That's a Stoops Signal.
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    Greatest there ever was or will be. You can watch episodes nightly on AntennaTV
  11. WTF is wrong with you? Leave it. Now one that I just realized needs to be remade is White Christmas. The story is gold, but you gotta change up the set list.
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    I've been having a bad spell since broke my ribs a few months ago. Can only fall asleep for a few minutes at a time. It's been particularly bad the last few days, but I found a cure. I turned the heat down to 60 and rolled up in the covers. Best night's sleep I've had in months.
  13. Some sort of liquor with a snake in it is supposed to be pretty choice. That may depend on the region. I'm not an expert.
  14. Why does it have to be some human putting the hats on them? Pigeons are cocky fuckers to start with. They're probably teaming up with the cockatoos. They're angry birds!
  15. You say that like it's a bad thing. I see them smothered in cheese right out the oven and it's glorious. But, I'm a forward thinker. Kinda like Dr. Manhattan, but drunker.
  16. Looks like ABC, Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear are doing it again. This go round it's Good Times instead of The Jeffersons. Airs next Wednesday at 7. I thought the last one was pretty good with Woody Harrelson as Archie and Marisa Tomei as Edith. The rest of the cast was decent with the exception of Jamie Foxx who treated it like a bad SNL skit, overacted his ass off and forgot his lines. No cast listed yet, but I'd expect AITF to be mostly the same.
  17. There has to be some sort of AI that can spot all the repeat paid audience players. We've already seen huge crowds walking out at a specified time (paid for 1 hr).
  18. Yeah, about that... the number of true independents are few and far between. The lone wolf out there hustling his own loads is a romantic trucking tale that really doesn't exist anymore. I don't know of anyone other than Union or local delivery drivers that get paid hourly with overtime. It's a very confusing situation that's going to get worse before it gets better.
  19. FOX viewers will swallow the swill willingly. Then one day after all the grifters have cleaned them out and moved the money off shore they ask how could it have happened to them?
  20. Their ratings were much higher. 100% coverage.
  21. How long before the lettuce starts stacking up in Salinas?
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