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Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo being out for the season is a "primetime nightmare"
Source: The Big Lead
The hype generated late last season by the 49ers quarterback (and former Tom Brady backup) prompted the NFL to schedule the 49ers in primetime -- on Thursday Night Football, Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football -- for four weeks over a five-week period starting in mid-October. With Garoppolo out for the season with a torn ACL, those primetime NFL games are likely to become ratings losers -- unless, perhaps, the 49ers re-sign Colin Kaepernick.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards looked like the worst Emmys ever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 10 years ago featured the debacle of five reality TV hosts co-hosting, but this year's ceremony was much worse. "It was," says Tim Goodman, "the worst Emmys telecast I've ever seen. That's not hyperbole. (Maybe there was a telecast as bad when I was a teenager and wasn't paying attention?) It was lifeless, it was dull, it was poorly produced, terribly written and it had hosts who should not have been hosting (they aren't well-known enough and, last night, were not funny enough and not engaging enough). The pairing of presenters was ill-conceived. The material given them was pathetic. Nearly every 'bit' in the show imploded upon itself. The staging looked like it came from 1978. People looked like they didn't want to be there. The fact that the television industry, on a night when it is supposed to celebrate its own achievements, can't actually make a TV event that is interesting is really pathetic." Goodman blamed the Television Academy. "It needs more oversight," he says. "It can't just let Lorne Michaels and NBC take over the Emmys and bore the life out of the country.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino appears to be the first person to win the writing and directing Emmy in the same year
- ESPN boasts that Monday Night Football beat the Emmys -- even though MNF had its worst Week 2 ratings ever
- #OscarsSoWhite creator pushes for Emmys diversity: "How many non-Black people of color do you remember during @TheEmmys last night?"
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry stars won because Emmy voters love shows about show business
- Hannah Gadsby's brief appearance was a welcome detour from the pre-chewed and inoffensive banter of SNL
- Black-ish's Jenifer Lewis wore Nike on the red carpet to show her support for Colin Kaepernick
- Pre-taped categories robbed viewers of hearing celebrities mispronounce nominee names
- Angela Bassett responded to The New York Times mistaking her with Omarosa with an Olivia Pope GIF
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ESPN, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Angela Bassett, Hannah Gadsby, Jenifer Lewis, Award Shows, NFL, Ratings
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Monday Night Football paying tribute to Aretha Franklin
Source: USA Today
The Queen of Soul will be honored tonight with a two-minute video featuring Boyz II Men and Tori Kelly performing Franklin's "Rock Steady" at spots around Detroit.
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 6:30PM EDT
President Trump launches a petition to urge "spineless" ESPN to play the National Anthem before Monday Night Football games
"I’m calling on you to join me in denouncing this SPINELESS surrender to the politically correct liberal mob," Trump said in a letter sent to his supporters. "I was the first person to sign this petition. Now I need you to follow my lead and be the second." As previously reported, ESPN and other NFL broadcasters rarely show the National Anthem before games.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
President Trump slams ESPN for not broadcasting the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
Source: USA Today
ESPN, like other NFL broadcasters, usually doesn't show the National Anthem before NFL games. But Monday Night Football featured the anthem before three games last season: on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his players in kneeling following the president's attack on players kneeling, and following the Las Vegas shooting massacre. On Tuesday night, while speaking at a West Virginia rally, Trump latched on to ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro's announcement last week that Monday Night Football won't show the anthem. “You’re proud of our country, you’re proud of our history, and unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag,” Trump said. “It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem and defending our flag, they’ve decided that they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. We don’t like that.”
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
ESPN won't air the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
Source: NBC Sports
ESPN will avoid the National Anthem kneeling controversy this season by not showing the anthem. ESPN president James Pitaro said at today's media day: "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem .... again that could change. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we're not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are."
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
New Monday Night Football announcer Joe Tessitore credits Anthony Bourdain for helping revive his career
Source: The Ringer
In a profile of "the Frank Sinatra of the broadcast booth," Bryan Curtis explains how Tessitore -- who makes his NFL calling debut tonight -- changed his career trajectory thanks to Bourdain. "Eight years ago, when Tessitore felt his career was stagnating, he paid a visit to Anthony Bourdain’s New York production company," says Curtis. "Tessitore felt Bourdain was a role model. Here was a guy extracting his authentic self and putting it on TV. Watching Bourdain match his words to the pictures, Tessitore said, 'was the moment that all clicked.'" ALSO: New MNF sideline reporter Booger McFarland will work from a raised platform on the field.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
ESPN adds Booger McFarland as Monday Night Football's first on-field analyst
Source: New York Post
The former NFL player will round out the MNF cast, joining Lisa Salters on the field as Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten work from the booth.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
ESPN auditioned a slew of people for Monday Night Football before zeroing in on Jason Witten
Source: New York Post
Pro Football Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Kurt Warner were among the people who auditioned to be MNF's color analyst with new play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore. ALSO: ESPN offer changed Witten's mind about playing for the Dallas Cowboys for a 16th season.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 2:24PM EDT
ESPN anchor highlights the absurdity of ESPN declining to comment on ESPN's report that Jason Witten is joining ESPN
Source: The Big Lead
“No comment from ESPN on this report, says the ESPN anchor,” joked longtime ESPN anchor Bob Ley of ESPN declining to comment on ESPN's report that the Dallas Cowboys tight end is joining ESPN's Monday Night Football. ESPN announced the news this morning in a story with the lead: "Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
ESPN reports Jason Witten has decided to retire and join Monday Night Football
Although it's not official, ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys tight end has decided to join ESPN's broadcast booth and replace Jon Gruden as color analyst next season.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
ESPN is reportedly offering Jason Witten more than double his Dallas Cowboys salary to join Monday Night Football
Source: NBC Sports
The beloved Cowboys tight end still hasn't confirmed that he'll replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football, but the Dallas Morning News reports he's being offered between $4 million to $4.5 million to join the broadcast booth. If he stayed with the Cowboys, he'd make less than $2 million next season.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Dallas Cowboys have become a "minor league" for NFL broadcasters
If Jason Witten -- whose plan to join ESPN's Monday Night Football reportedly "blindsided" the Cowboys -- does become Jon Gruden's successor, it would mean that three of the top NFL broadcasting crews will feature a former Cowboys player. Fox Sports has Troy Aikman on its No. 1 NFL broadcasting team. CBS Sports has Tony Romo on its No. 1 NFL team. And ESPN would have Witten, the future Hall of Fame tight end.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 1:37PM EDT
NFL Draft ratings get a boost from the addition of Fox while wreaking havoc on network schedule
Source: NBC Sports
Last year, ESPN and NFL Network combined for a 6.7 rating. This year's draft, the first to be shown on a broadcast network, had an 8.3 rating combined with Fox, ESPN and NFL Network. The NFL Draft also hurt network ratings, with The Big Bang Theory's ratings tumbling 21% and Quantico's Season 3 premiere matching a series low. ALSO: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is expected to succeed Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
ESPN is happy to get a stronger slate of Monday Night Football games, particularly Jon Gruden's Raiders return
Source: The Athletic
ESPN and the NFL are in the midst of a strained relationship. But the 2018 schedule released Thursday was satisfying to ESPN. The first night of Monday Night Football will include former MNF analyst Gruden in his first regular season game as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. ALSO: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran had a big impact on NFL scheduling.