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ABC’s launch of Espn’s latest 30 for 30 documentary, O.J.: Made in America, easily led a quiet Saturday night with a 0.9 demo rating (per the fine folks at TVByTheNumbers).
With 3.6 million total viewers, the special ABC kickoff appears to be the second-most watched 30 for 30 outing ever, trailing only a December 2012 profile of Bo Jackson.
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CBS’ 48 Hours, with 4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, drew broadcast-tv’s largest Saturday audience, while tying an American Ninja Warrior rerun for No. 2 in the demo.
O.J.: Made in America resumes Tuesday at 9/8c on Espn, »
Bill Simmons is opening up about his very public break-up with his employer of 14 years, Espn. "It was f----- sh---," Simmons said of learning that his contract would not be renewed on Twitter in a cover interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "By the way they handled it, you would think I played grab-ass with some makeup assistant or something." The Grantland founder was dropped by the sports network in May 2015 after more than 14 years with the company. Espn's decision not to renew Simmons' contract came just one day after he called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a liar and claimed he »
- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap
Actor Johnny Depp may have fallen short of an Oscar nomination for his raved performance as James “Whitey” Bulger in last year’s “Black Mass,” but he has a shot at TV awards recognition for a biopic of a completely different sort.
Funny or Die will be submitting parody film “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” for Emmy consideration, Variety has learned, marking the web production company’s first-ever submission in longform content categories for a project that premiered on its website.
In the 50-minute film — which was released online on Feb. 10 to coincide with the New Hampshire primary, but pulled within two weeks (it will be released again soon) — Depp stars as the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee in a project “based” on his 1988 autobiography, “The Art of the Deal.” It was directed by “Drunk History” creator Jeremy Konner and written by Joe Randazzo (The Onion, »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a shock to no one, Mike Tirico is officially leaving Espn for NBC Sports. But why bounce from such a highly coveted “Monday Night Football” play-by-play job? Well, there were several reasons, and not all of them begin with a dollar sign, have commas in the middle, and end in a bunch of zeroes. Of course, those don’t hurt. Clearly, Tirico got a nice, fat contract offer from NBC — but Disney has deep pockets too. So what truly tipped the scales? Tirico is very high on the Olympics, and one person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that Tirico. »
- Tony Maglio
As our sister site, Deadline, reports, after Tirico departs for his new gig at NBC Sports, he’ll be replaced by McDonough, who has been a member of the Espn team since 2000. (He was also a part of the cable network’s roster from 1989-95.) In addition to working everything from the World Series and the Ncaa Final Four to the Olympic Games and college football, the Mvp has called NFL games for Espn Radio for the last three years. »
Sean McDonough has been selected to replace Mike Tirico as Espn’s “Monday Night Football” play-by-play man, becoming just the fifth person in the franchise’s storied 46-year history to occupy the seat. McDonough has been with the company since 2000, which actually marks his second Espn stint — he originally worked there from 1989 to 1995. The versatile sportscaster has called the World Series, Ncaa Final Four and the Olympic Games — among other events and leagues — while his recent NFL experience has mostly been on radio. “Sean is a premier play-by-play commentator who combines a signature voice with intelligence, passion and humor, »
- Tony Maglio
Espn has found its new play-by-play guy for Monday Night Football: Sean McDonough will join color commentator Jon Gruden in the booth starting in the fall. The company veteran replaces Mike Tirico, who is leaving the Worldwide Leader to join NBC Sports. McDonough, the son of Will McDonough, has been with Espn since 2000 after an earlier stint from 1989-95. He has worked the World Series, Ncaa Final Four and the Olympic Games along with such major properties including… »
McDonough will call his first “Monday Night Football” broadcast at the Aug. 7 preseason Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. He is the fifth play-by-play announcer in the history of “Monday Night Football,” following Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels and Tirico.
“This is a dream come true,” said McDonough. “One of my favorite memories of my childhood was watching Monday Night Football with my Dad, who I know is smiling down on me today. I am humbled and deeply honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the most iconic franchise in the history of sports television. »
- Daniel Holloway
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Per a statement from Bayless’ soon-to-be-former employer on Tuesday: “Bayless has decided to leave Espn when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to Espn. His hard work and talent have benefited Espn for 12 years. »
Skip Bayless, the Espn host best known for his tenure on ESPN2’s “First Take,” will leave the Walt Disney-owned sports network at the end of August, the cable outlet said in a statement. He is the latest in a spate of popular faces to leave the network in recent months.
“Skip Bayless has decided to leave Espn when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude,” Espn said. “We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to Espn. His hard work and talent have benefited Espn for 12 years.”
The sports personality, who got his start as a sportswriter for The Miami Herald and The Los Angeles Times, initially joined Espn as a panelist on a show called “The Sports Reporters.” He joined the network full time in 2004 on a show called “Cold Pizza, »
- Brian Steinberg
Tirico, whose current contract runs through this summer, has been with Espn and served as the play-by-play announcer on its “Monday Night Football” broadcast since 1996.
It is not yet known what role Tirico will take on at NBC. Al Michaels, who is 71 years old, currently is the play-by-play announcer on the network’s flagship “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. NBC veteran Bob Costas is set to serve as the lead anchor on the network’s coverage of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil.
NBC did recently pick up rights to split “Thursday Night Football” NFL games with CBS for the upcoming season — a privilege that the network paid a reported price of $225 million for. That package will give NBC five Thursday-night games over each of the next two seasons.
Tirico also is a »
- Daniel Holloway
Mike Tirico, the play-by-play voice of Espn’s Monday Night Football since 2006 as well as anchoring its No. 2 team for NBA games among several other marquee announcing duties at the network, is exiting to join NBC. Sources close to the situation confirm the reports of his pending departure that were first published today by Sports Business Journal. His contract reportedly ends this summer. The versatile Tirico most likely will become the play-by-play broadcaster for NBC’s… »
“Monday Night Football” lead play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico is reportedly leaving Espn for NBC Sports. Tirico, who has been with Espn since 1991, is expected to be the lead play-by-play voice on NBC’s new “Thursday Night Football” package of five late-season games, according to Sports Business Daily. Sbd sites “several sources” and says Sean McDonough is a leading candidate to replace Tirico on “Mnf.” Tirico also calls major championship golf and tennis, the NBA Playoffs, and college football and basketball. Tirico has been the voice of “Mnf” since 2006. Also Read: Peyton Manning's 7 Funniest TV Appearances Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, »
- Brian Flood
Former Major League Baseball pitcher and Espn analyst Curt Schilling was fired by the network on Wednesday for sharing a meme, via social media, mocking transgender people.
The Facebook post in question featured a grotesque photo of a man wearing revealing women’s clothing with the caption: “Let him in! to the restroom with your daughter, or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!” Schilling later elaborated on the matter in a comment beneath the photo; though both have since been deleted, Sb Nation’s OutSports has screen grabs of the posts.
The resurrected Los Angeles Rams blindsided the NFL world this morning by trading for the No. 1 overall draft pick, and the new face of the franchise will make his debut on national TV. The league announced its 2016 schedule today, and the Rams will open their first La regular season since 1994 on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Espn’s Monday Night Football. The team’s first home game in Los Angeles since 1994 will be Week 2 at the Coliseum against the Seattle… »
In the fall of 1998, WCW and WWE were at war. Each week, Nitro and Raw would vie for ratings dominance, and despite the fact that Raw would win more often than not, the overall results were staggering: nearly 10 million people were tuning into wrestling each week, opposite Monday Night Football.
Even in the first half of 1999, when WCW began to fall to a distant second in the war, Nitro was still drawing more viewers than Raw does today.
In the late 90s, wrestling was cool. On Tuesday mornings grade school classrooms, college dormitories, and corporate offices would be filled with talk about what Stone Cold, The Rock, and Goldberg were up to the night before. Even though mainstream media wasn’t extensively covering pro wrestling, it didn’t matter – it seemed like everybody was watching it, anyway. Wrestling was its own media force.
Today, things are quite different. »
- Scott Fried
Did you know Donald Trump wrote a book? If you.ve heard the man speak for any length of time, you probably do, as he brings this fact up approximately every minute and a half. But did you also know they made a TV movie based on Trump's book, The Art of the Deal? Ok, that last part isn.t entirely true. There.s isn.t a real movie based on the book, but there is a spoof and it.s hilarious, and mildly terrifying. The team over at Funny or Die has put together The Art of the Deal as a 1980.s style movie of the week, complete with ridiculous rock theme song and introduction by Ron Howard. Howard, claims the movie was set to be aired on television in 1988 before being pre-empted for Monday Night Football, a show that aired every week. The film, which is nearly an »
Well, Funny or Die has done it. The site made a movie about Donald Trump, and it's starring Johnny Freaking Depp as Trump (if you thought Depp's Whitey Bulger impression was good, wait until you see his Trump. Just awesome), based on Trump's best-selling book Art of the Deal, and done in the style of an 80s TV movie that never aired, as, Ron Howard explains, it was pre-empted by a Monday Night Football game. Besides Depp and Howard, the film stars Jack McBrayer, Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, and Henry Winkler as Mayor Ed Koch. Plus a ton of other familiar faces. Like Alf. Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art Of The Deal: The Movie from Funny Or Die »
- Sara Morrison
Donald Trump woke up to more than just a win in the New Hampshire primary Wednesday: Funny or Die have unleashed their 50-minute film The Art of the Deal: The Movie, a faux-biopic centered around the mogul's best-selling business book starring Johnny Depp in the role of Trump.
"Thought to be lost in the Cybill Shepherd blouse fire of '89, The Art of the Deal was a TV movie based on the best-selling Donald Trump autobiography of the same name. In fact, it was written, directed and starred Donald Trump himself, »
Have you ever thought about just giving up on WWE? Turning off the TV on Monday nights? Looking for some new wrestling to watch, and letting Raw continue to devolve into a worse mess than it already is?
If so, you aren’t alone. This past Monday, Raw recorded its lowest non-football season rating since pre-Attitude Era days (traditionally, Monday Night Football takes a huge cut out of Raw’s audience), and a few months ago – when the season was in full swing – Raw ratings were hitting overall depths not seen since 1997.
All told, WWE has lost about a quarter of its TV audience over the past few years.
Even the most ardent WWE fans have to admit that there are things the company could be doing better, and that the frustrating mistakes are getting more and more commonplace. While we all grew up on Vince McMahon’s product – for most of us, »
- Scott Fried
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