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Bad Predictions, Part XIV January 3, 2008

Posted by David Card in Media.
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Chalk this up as another bad prediction. I didn’t think much of the chances for MTV’s Tila Tequila show. Good thing I’m not a teevee executive.

    (MTV) has greenlighted a spinoff of its hit reality competition series “A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila,” which ended its run at 10 p.m. Tuesday with a whopping 6.2 million total viewers tuning in to make it MTV’s most-watched series telecast.
    The spinoff series, which will include six hourlong episodes and a reunion special, will feature popular “Shot at Love” contestant Domenico Nesci, who was born and raised in Milan. Nesci will be looking for an “American sweetheart” from among 15 bachelorettes who will vie to win his heart and travel to Italy to meet his mother.
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Everybody Will Be Talking About the Weather January 3, 2008

Posted by David Card in Media.
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I’ve been a long-time admirer of Landmark Communications, a highly disciplined media mini-conglomerate. It appears that it’s breaking itself up, and selling off the Weather Channel and its local newspaper and TV assets. I was a fan of Landmark’s “in-market scale” concept, i.e., owning multiple media in a single local market, but most of the excitement will be about Weather, of course. I’m also probably a little nostalgic — while Landmark doesn’t own my hometown paper, it’s nearby.