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Trib Whole Media TV author Rob Owen solutions reader questions each Wednesday at TribLive.com in a column that additionally seems within the Sunday Tribune-Overview.
Q: How does Hallmark Channel make about 40 new Christmas motion pictures throughout a pandemic? Had been some motion pictures made previous to March 2020?
– Elaine through e-mail
Rob: Only one was filmed in January and the remainder had been shot in late summer season and into the autumn this 12 months on an accelerated, later-than ordinary schedule as a result of pandemic.
Lots of Hallmark’s Christmas motion pictures movie in Canada, which has accomplished a greater job of weathering the covid-19 storm so manufacturing kicked off there earlier in the summertime than within the U.S.
Like American TV reveals which have resumed manufacturing – “The Conners,” “That is Us,” “S.W.A.T.” – the Hallmark motion pictures are following covid-19 security protocols which have turn into normal on movie and TV productions.
The primary new 2020 Hallmark Channel Christmas film, “Jingle Bell Bride,” premieres at eight p.m. Oct. 24.
Q: WGN America’s “NewsNation” has been on the air for greater than a month now. In that timespan, what’s their rankings in comparison with a number of the cable information networks they’re competing towards, like CNN, Fox Information, MSNBC, and so on?
-Chad through e-mail
Rob: Primarily based on the reporting of Chicago’s Robert Feder, it doesn’t sound like “NewsNation” is doing effectively relative to the veteran information channels or WGN America’s earlier lineup of scripted acquisitions.
Feder reported “NewsNation” premiered to a modest 116,000 average viewers throughout its three-hour block in comparison with 3.6 million viewers for Fox Information Channel, 2.2 million for MSNBC and 1.7 million common CNN viewers throughout prime time in August.
Total viewers for WGN America was down a mean of 50 p.c for a similar time interval in 2019.
In a follow-up report on Sept. 10, Feder stated “NewsNation” averaged fewer than 100,000 viewers nationally every night time.
Q: I’ve been pissed off listening to TV journalists who ought to know higher (Andrea Mitchell of NBC Information amongst them) misidentifying the spot the place President Trump staged his photograph op on his return to the White Home from Walter Reed Hospital because the “Truman Balcony.” (It’s not—the Truman Balcony is one ground above the spot the place the president stood on the South Portico of the White Home.)
Newspapers diligently solicit readers to submit corrections to factual errors, and so they publish them a day or two later to appropriate the report. Is there any corresponding fact-correction operation for TV information?
-Mark, Squirrel Hill
Rob: Generally you’ll hear a TV information anchor learn a correction inside a newscast, though I are likely to see that extra with native information than nationwide information. Additionally, corrections on TV are usually about one thing doubtlessly extra controversial or a extra impactful mistake than merely getting the identify of a balcony flawed.
Q: I’ve seen that Jim Gaffigan is now not doing his editorials on “CBS Sunday Morning.” Have you learnt if he was let go after his tirade on Twitter about President Trump? Thanks.
-Kimerle through Twitter
Rob: The lineups for the Sept. 27 and Oct. four installments of “CBS Sunday Morning” had been modified considerably shortly earlier than air time resulting from breaking information. Gaffigan was scheduled to have a phase within the Oct. 11 broadcast.
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