Q: In a TV spot, WTAE chief executive Mr Wolfertz said Channel 4 will show four Penguins games this year, but he didn’t specify which ones. What are the four Penguins games and when will Channel 4 air them?
Robin: At first, I thought what Georgine was describing might be one-offs, similar to the simulcast of WTAE’s long-running “Monday Night Football” games created by ESPN.
But it turns out that, according to WTAE, there are actually six games that will air on ABC as part of the overall deal that ABC parent company Disney has with the NHL that puts games on the platforms. owned by Disney EPSN, ESPN+, Hulu, and ABC.
Penguins games on ABC — and therefore WTAE — include 1 p.m. Feb. 25 (vs. St. Louis Blues), 3:30 p.m. March 11 (vs. Philadelphia Flyers), 8 p.m. March 18 (vs. New York Rangers), 8 p.m. March 25 (against the Washington Capitals), 3:30 p.m. on April 1 (against the Boston Bruins) and 8 p.m. on April 8 (against the Detroit Red Wings).
Q: There are times when I want to listen to the radio broadcast of the Steelers games instead of the TV announcers. The problem is that the radio show is about 20 seconds ahead of the CBS show. I also tried the web feed on the team website and it’s better, but not great. No suggestions?
Robin: Your best bet is if you have a DVR, pause the game for 20 seconds and then it will sync to the radio.
Q: Whenever a TV show or movie airs in the city, the media is usually everywhere. However, I do not have saw a local station promoting the documentary Tree of Life Synagogue currently airing on HBO. Given that local talent Michael Keaton and Billy Porter took part, and WTAE-TV’s Janelle Hall is shown in a scene asking a question at a post-shoot press conference, you’d think the local media would be bragging the show. .
They certainly have don’t skip shows filmed here for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc. And they don’t ignore the movies shot here either. Check out all the hype for the Mister Rogers movie. Filming here was a major event in international news and the documentary about it is equally noteworthy. Thoughts?
Robin: Often this coverage comes when the movie/TV show is in town during production, street closures, etc. A documentary crew is small and does not have the same impact as a scripted film or series. A documentary also lacks big stars, which is part of why scripted content gets covered. And I guess not many people in town knew the documentary was in production when it was filming here.
When a TV series debuts, TV stations rarely cover programs that aren’t aired on their own network (locally made theatrical movies and streaming shows aren’t considered direct competition).
It also didn’t help that HBO only announced the air date two weeks in advance and I doubt HBO even pitched a story to local stations. I’m not trying to suggest that local stations shouldn’t have covered it – if a station still had a reporter there would be a more obvious place for such coverage, which the film deserved – I’m just saying that it It’s apples and oranges comparing locally produced scripted content to a locally shot documentary.
Q: I read your report that The CW’s “Stargirl” will end after the current season, which is understandable because it’s very weak. However, have you heard of The CW’s ‘Kung Fu’ reboot?
— Jon, via email
Robin: I think most (if not all) of the scripted shows on The CW are far from renewed because they are too expensive for what the new owners are willing to pay for the programming.
Here’s what Nexstar CEO Perry Sook, who struck a deal to buy The CW earlier this fall, had to say about current programming on The CW, most of which is produced by Warner Bros. and Paramount Global: “Warner and Paramount aren’t restricted from selling us programming. It’ll just have to be a financial deal that we like. And there may be a few shows that stand out this year that we want to carry over to the next year.
Unless the production studio and Nexstar reach a financial agreement on individual shows, it seems likely that few — if any — of the current CW programs will be renewed for the 2023-24 TV season.
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