Mike: It's a bummer that Animaniacs didn't have the staying power of greater cartoons.
Jon: Well, out of sight, out of mind.
Rumors have been rife that Rupert Murdoch plans to divest his 39% stake in Sky Europe (worth more than $4B) to fund a renewed bid for Time Warner. [source]
Jon: If Fox buys Time Warner, it won't have any use for CNN, which it could convert into a Fox Kids' WB Channel. Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series, Pokémon…
If Fox buys Time Warner, HBO and FX would be sister stations.
If Fox buys Time Warner, Adult Swim could add The Simpsons.
If Fox buys Time Warner, Fox Sports 1 could absorb NBA on TNT, MLB postseason on TBS, and March Madness, becoming a more formidable competitor to ESPN.
If Fox buys Time Warner, it would own the film rights to both Wolverine and Batman, paving the way for a Dark Claw film.
The Super Bowl is typically the highest-rated single U.S. television broadcast of any given year. In turn, the program aired immediately following coverage of the game in the U.S. is typically also one of the year's most watched television programs. [source]
The Walking Dead returns on February 8, the Sunday following Super Bowl Sunday.
Last fall, The Walking Dead (on cable television) outdrew Sunday Night Football (on network television) in the coveted 18-49 demographic five times (out of eight).
The Walking Dead is the highest-rated programme on all of television among viewers 18-49, and the highest-rated drama on all of television period.
What if The Walking Dead was the Super Bowl's lead-out? – a special network television presentation / mid-season premiere.
Many believe that sooner or later somebody will snap up AMC Networks after Madison Square Garden splits it from its sports and live entertainment businesses. Viacom is seen as a potential target. [source]
Viacom owns CBS. CBS is telecasting next year's Super Bowl.
Or what if The Walking Dead returned on AMC immediately following this year's Super Bowl? Have Chris Hardwick vamp until the game ends and then go head-to-head with the trophy presentation and The Blacklist.
Heck, air the first act of the episode during halftime against Katy Perry, and the rest after the game. Unstoppable force, immovable object.
Name that Tune on 'Sunday Night Football'
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" plays a carefully selected mix of music during "bumpers," the short slices of airtime when the show is transitioning to and from commercials. Here are the playlists that were prepared for the games the show broadcast this season.
No Use For A Name, Finch, Tigers Jaw, Somos, +44, Knuckle Puck – it's a veritable Warped Tour.