by pat howard

THE WHIP | Seacrest all around; the new ‘Passions’; ‘High School’ a record breaker

In American Idol, Cable, Daytime, DirecTV, E!, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, Passions, Primetime Emmys, Ratings, The 101 on August 20, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Last week, we learned he’d host next year’s Super Bowl. Now, Fox announces that Ryan Seacrest will emcee this year’s primetime Emmy awards telecast Sept. 16. Seacrest has definitely positioned himself as the face of Fox while taking pains to keep his options open for things like E! News. But just how much Seacrest will America put up with? There has to be an oversaturation point, right? …

Passions may be leaving NBC Sept. 7, but fans of the daytime soap have surely heard by now that new episodes will be produced by DirecTV for its original programming service, The 101. The new episodes will be four minutes longer (running about 41 minutes, up from 37 during its network run), because the channel will run fewer commercials during the hour. But to cut costs, the show will only air four days a week instead of five, with marathons of the week’s episodes repeating over the weekend so viewers have a chance to catch up on what they might have missed. New episodes of Passions premiere Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. on The 101. …

MSNBC will produce a special Sunday edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann for parent network NBC on Sunday at 7 p.m./ET, before the network’s preseason Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The stuntcast serves a dual purpose: raise the profile of Olbermann’s weeknight talk show, and introduce him to football fans, who’ll see him regularly on Sunday nights this fall as part of NBC’s analysis team for Football Night in America when the regular season gets underway. …

The Disney Channel made cable history Friday night with the premiere of “High School Musical 2,” the sequel to its transparently titled live-action surprise hit. With 17 million viewers, it’s the most-watched basic cable telecast ever. Quite a feat for the channel that made its name with a cartoon mouse. In an interesting side note, the AP mentions that the program it unseated for the top spot was CNN’s 1993 coverage of a NAFTA debate. Could you imagine a debate that would set cable records in this day and age? …

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  1. Could you tell me if passions will be able to be seen on the internet site when it move to direct tv?

  2. I do not know what DirecTV’s plans are for broadband distribution, but it seems doubtful that NBC.com will continue to carry the show under the new deal.

  3. i was just wondering why passions is over that was the most funniest and best show that ever came on t.v

    please tell me why

  4. NBC blamed low ratings when it booted Passions to DirecTV a year ago. DirecTV’s satellite channel The 101 gave Passions a final go-around before dumping it to pursue a more lucrative NBC castoff, Friday Night Lights.

    Harmony and all its insanity lives on forever in our hearts.

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