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    November 20, 2013

    Flamin' Hot Cheetos Are Sending Kids to the Emergency Room

    It's been more than a year since schools in California, Illinois and New Mexico banned the sale of Flamin' Hot Cheetos on campus, but the pungent Plano-made snack food is still the source of trouble for kids. New evidence suggests that eating several bags of the stuff can cause, along with all the o ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Dallas-based Sweet Ballz Took its Cake Balls on Shark Tank, and Mark Cuban Bit

    Back in January I got a press release that a Dallas-based company called Sweet Ballz was raising money for the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. I was obviously hesitant to take the bait. Who wants to have their byline associated with an article about a company that turns out to be a prank? Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Beef Products, Inc. Sues ABC News Over Pink Slime Coverage

    ABC News was slapped with a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit this morning from Beef Products Inc. as a result of the networks' coverage of the great 2012 Pink Slime Shitstorm earlier this year. Oops, I'm sorry, it was the 2012 Lean Finely Textured Beef Shitstorm. The coverage, a result of a massive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    With Deadline to Go Dark Fast Approaching, DirecTV and Belo Still Haven't Settled Dispute

    ​The ongoing fee fight between DirecTV and Fox -- which is threatening to yank Fox Sports Southwest and FX and its myriad other cable networks off the satellite provider -- isn't settled yet; and, who knows, it may not before the midnight hour. Also unresolved: DirecTV's battle with Belo, which, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Good Christian Belles Lands On ABC's Schedule. But Not This Fall. It's a Midseason 2012 Show.

    Photos courtesy Disney|ABC TelevisionAnnie Potts and Leslie Bibb in Good Christian Belles​On the other side is the entirety of ABC-TV's fall schedule, sent by the network first thing this morning in advance of this afternoon's upfront announcement in New York. But, of course, there is that one sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    It's Looking Good For Good Christian Bitches As a Fall ABC Series. But Will It Shoot Here?

    ​ABC won't announce which pilots it's turning into full-blown series till May 17. But late last night, Deadline's Nellie Andreeva wrote that it's all but certain that exec producer Darren Star's adaptation of Kim Gatlin's book Good Christian Bitches -- set, of course, beneath The Bubble -- is a go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Kristin Chenoweth Is Now Coming to Town As One of ABC's Good Christian Bitches

    ​ABC's set to start shooting that Good Christian Bitches pilot around town on Monday, last we heard, with Carley Bobby as Amanda Vaughn, the divorced mother of two moving back to the Park Cities with her tail tucked. Late last night, ABC announced it's added a new castmate to Sex and the City crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    American Family Association Gives ABC's Good Christian Bitches An Early Publicity Push

    ​We noted just last week that ABC has already changed the title of Sex and the City creator Darren Star's adaptation of Kim Gatlin's book Good Christian Bitches, about a divorced mother of two moving back to the Park Cities. Right now, the working title is GCB -- and that's likely to change, since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Part II of ABC News's Extremely American Makeover: Home Edition For One Dallas Family

    ABC NewsJon and Anna Usry and the family, right before ABC News stole all their stuff​Yesterday we watched ABC News's David Muir do Diane Sawyer's bidding and empty the Snow White Drive home of Jon and Anna Usry of everything not made in the U.S. and A. Though, as several Friends of Unfair Park no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    ABC's World News Shows Up at Local Family's House, Then Drives Away With All Their Stuff

    ABC NewsABC's David Muir, left, and Sharyn Alfonsi, right, with the Usrys of Snow White Drive​Spoiler alert: Last night, Disney Street-ers Jon and Anna Usry and their two kids opened the doors of their house to World News with Diane Sawyer's David Muir, who promptly backed up the moving truck and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    NBC Gives Up Its Chase

    Courtesy NBC/UniversalCole Hauser and Kelli Giddish's days of chasing fugitives on downtown rooftops has come to a premature end.​Been meaning to get to this all day; alas, it got buried in the snow, along with everything else. But: Shoulda seen this coming. NBC has yanked the locally shot Chase f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Heads Up, Park Cities: Good Christian Bitches, Still Sans New Title, Is Headed to ABC

    ​That's the just-posted, very-latest exclusive from Deadline Hollywood, which earlier brought news that several networks were vying for Sex and the City creator Darren Star's adaptation of Kim Gatlin's semi(?)fictional tome about the Park Cities. Reports Nellie Andreeva:I hear ABC's new chief Paul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    So That's Why Dallas Safari Club Said It Won't Tolerate Child Sex Tourism

    ​Back at the end of January, the Dallas Safari Club sent out the head-scratchingest press release in the history of ever: Said the release, it won't tolerate companies using its conventions to sell "child sex tourism" as part of their "international hunting and fishing excursions." Who said what n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Let's Cut to the Chase: Would You Like to Be an Extra in a Jerry Bruckheimer Pilot?

    ​If ABC's axed the shot-in-Dallas The Deep End, well, that comes as no surprise -- it was all but inevitable given its low ratings and the critical drubbing. But there's been no official word, only this Saturday story that says Thursday night's episode will be the last ever aired unless ABC can fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Welcome Home a Hero, in First Person

    For five years, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has operated its Welcome Home a Hero program, which has brought thousands out to the airport to welcome home soldiers on leave or just passing through. And though it's been well-covered -- here's the ABC World News piece from '07 -- till I came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Next Month, You'll Find Out How ABC Managed to Make Dallas Look Like Los Angeles

    Patrick MichelsBilly Zane and Timothy Busfield on the set of The Deep End at The Studios at Las Colinas last month​If you're just dying to see how Dallas looked as Los Angeles's stand-in, your wait is over: ABC just sent word that the Fox-produced The Deep End -- known to the Friends of Unfair Par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Since We Have "Great Looking Readers," Well, You Can Still Hang Out With Billy Zane

    Patrick Michels​The Deep End's extras casting director sure knows how to butter up the Friends of Unfair Park. Tara Di Leva, from 20th Century Fox, sends word that the ABC series, currently shooting at The Studios at Las Colinas and around town (saw signs around Victory Park yesterday), needs extr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    A Longer Look at Tonight's 20/20 About the Battle for Mary Ellen's Swiss Ave. Manse

    ​ABC News has posted a longer sneak preview of tonight's 20/20 segment about the battle over 4949 Swiss Avenue; the video's here, while the story's here. (Mark McCay and Justin Burgess, to whom Mary Ellen Bendtsen signed over the house shortly before her death in 2005, declined to speak to ABC.) A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    C'mon, People, Billy Zane Really Needs Your Help. And He's Even Lowered His Standards.

    ABC TelevisionThe pay's peanuts, but you could spend all day with Leah Pipes and Billy Zane. Right.​Before they were looking for a "Pretty-Handsome Harvard/Yale Type" to stand next to Billy Zane; now, "fit" will do. Seems Twentieth Century Fox had some trouble finding extras with whom they could f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Here's How You Make Downtown Dallas Look Alive at Night: Shoot a Network TV Series

    Down below, a Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention to a video he shot downtown last night, where a helicopter was a-hoverin' in order to make Dallas look "L.A.-ish" for ABC's mid-season replacement series, The Deep End, shooting here till mid-November. All 'round, a rather nicely put togethe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Methinks Somone At ABC News Loves Forever The Sickest Kids...

    Jonathan Cook, as seen on ABC News/Twitter.​I admit, this is about as tangential as local music coverage can get, but it's still kinda funny: Last night, in an ABC News story about the issues Twitter and Facebook faced yesterday as a result of cyber attacks that may or may not be related to the on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Billy Zane's Coming to Town to Shoot New ABC Series. Are More Network Shows to Follow?

    ABC TelevisionThe cast of ABC's The Deep End, soon to be eating dinner at a table near youAfter the jump you'll find a trailer for the ABC-TV mid-season replacement The Deep End, a legal dramedy set in "one of L.A.'s most prestigious law firms." The rest of the narrative sounds like every other lega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Like Everyone Else In The World, ABC News Has Fallen For St. Vincent

    Like VEGA before her, St. Vincent is now the feature of some ABC News adoration, as the network continues to make a strong push to up its indie cred and web presence. Earlier this week, ABC's music-centric web feature, "Amplified", debuted this five-minute clip, in which host Dan Harris met up with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Wolfgang Puck Is One Saucy Fellow

    Thanks to Videogum and, ultimately, our copy editor for bringing ABC News' Nightline's foray into romance to my attention. She shared it because of my Paul Rudd fascination, of which I am obviously not ashamed. But anyway. You get Rudd, Seth Rogen, Martin Bashir, Cheryl Hines and some other notables ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    VEGA Gets Some Love From... ABC News? Sure, Why Not.

    With ABC News and Pitchfork Media pairing up for CD reviews and all, maybe it's not so surprising to see former Dallas-based artist Alan Palomo and his VEGA project getting some love from ABC News in this segment the national news organization ran today (sorry--can't figure out how to embed). But, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Race the Sun

    ABC News reminds us this morning of the North American Solar Challenge that revs up on July 13 -- a sort of 10-day solar-powered Cannonball Run that will find 25 collegiate teams racing from Plano to Calgary, which measures some 2,400 miles. Notes the story: What began as a modest display of solar e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Was the Call That Sparked the Eldorado Raid a Hoax?

    It would be no surprise if you have yet to read this, since for some reason The Dallas Morning News is ignoring it, but it now appears the phone call that sparked the raid on the polygamist compound in Eldorado may have been a hoax. As ABC News reported yesterday on its Web site, the phone call may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Nightline Wonders if Dallas "Enviromental Medicine" Doc is "Dangerous"

    ABC News Dr. William Rae and Nightline's Terry Moran, from tonight's upcoming broadcast. It says on the Web site for the Environmental Health Center on Walnut Hill Lane that founder William J. Rea, M.D. "is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with a strong passion for the environmental aspects of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008

    The Tale of Two Southwests

    ABC News ABC's Nightline was all set to do a puff piece on Southwest Airlines -- "the all-too-rare story of a U.S. airline that has been so successful, so profitable, so relentlessly cheery that practically no one who works at the airline ever quits." Only, that was before word broke that Southwes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2007

    Now, That's the Holiday Spirit

    ABC News/Good Morning America Rev. Rickie Rush and Isaac Booker appeared on ABC this morning. The things you miss by not watching morning shows. Good Morning America today hosted Rev. Rickie Rush of the Inspiring Body of Christ Church on South Westmoreland Road. And he was joined by a congregant, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Cuban Asks For Votes, Gets Them

    ABC-TV So, Albert Reed is no longer Dancing With the Stars -- whoever Albert Reed is. Which means, yes, Mark Cuban remains on ABC's dance floor for one more week, despite the general consensus that he'd mamboed his way off the show Monday night. (And here I thought we were done posting these updat ... More >>

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    August 27, 2007
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    August 9, 2007

    Ole Oops

    Popular prosperity preacher sues ABC and Trinity Foundation

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    How Buzzed Was Former Miss Dallas?

    I had no idea till yesterday that the infamous Merry Miller of ABC News is this Merry Miller. Says her Learning Annex bio: "The former Miss Dallas, who grew up in tiny Mesquite, Texas, has a list of contacts that's the envy of networking professionals all over town." We also discovered yesterday tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2007
  • News

    April 12, 2007

    All the Right Moves

    Save the bump and grind for strippers. Let's do some dancing.

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    February 27, 2007
  • News

    December 28, 2006

    Get Real

    The competition for true love is stiff, especially during prime time

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    Hey, Doc, The Bachelor Needs a House Call

    We know of at least one girl who'll be at the W on November 28 trying out for a reality TV show. If nothing else, we hope she takes the strong advice of The Bachelor producers, who want single woman trying out for the ABC-TV show to "dress tastefully." (Yeah, like that'll happen.) And bring a driver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2006

    Dallas on the TV

    The Foxymorons will have a song on ABC's Men in Trees tonight. C'mon, be happy for 'em. You would be if they were Rhett Miller. I've seen all of 42 minutes' worth of The Tonight Show since Jay Leno took over, and I won't be watching tonight. Sorry. Guy's not funny. Hasn't been in 20 years. But mayb ... More >>

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    August 8, 2006

    The Robert Tilton Files

    Admit it. You cannot get enough of Robert Tilton. God knows you couldn't in 1991. After PrimeTime Live torpedoed the ministry of televangelist Robert Tilton in 1991, he filed a libel lawsuit against Capital Cities/ABC, PrimeTime Live, Diane Sawyer, producer Robbie Gordon and Trinity Foundation leade ... More >>

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    August 8, 2006
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    May 8, 2006

    WFAA: ABC's Guinea Pig

    In a move announced with little fanfare, on May 1 Belo Corp.-owned WFAA-Channel 8 became one of five ABC affiliates to offer a link to the mothership that makes available free videos of some of the network's bigger hits. It's part of ABC's attempt to drive traffic to its own Web site, and it's using ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Canned News

    PR becomes "reporting" at WFAA

  • News

    April 1, 2004

    Mark Cuban Going Broke

    Plus: Jabari Sought Own Death; Who Saw This Coming?

  • Culture

    January 1, 2004

    Depress Tour

    I coulda sworn I was there when they turned on the TV

  • Culture

    September 4, 2003

    Start Making Sense

    Alias' creator tries--one more time--to make a hit out of a near miss

  • Culture

    June 13, 2002

    Get It Straight

    The road to Ellen was paved with the best of intentions

  • Culture

    March 8, 2001

    Good Cop, Bad Cop

    Denis Leary is on The Job, but can ABC find him an audience?

  • Culture

    April 27, 2000

    Geek love

    The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis

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