Empty'Hardball' or hardball?
Chris Matthews is said to be considering an offer to remain as host of MSNBC's "Hardball," a job he has held for more than a decade, or return to his native Pennsylvania to run for the U.S. Senate against GOP incumbent Arlen Specter. There are indications that a decision could come soon — before Inauguration Day, Jan. 20 — but MSNBC president Phil Griffin declined late last week to say whether that time line is accurate.
ANOTHER OLYMPIC EVENT
NBC will broadcast a primetime special about the Beijing Olympics on Saturday. The two-hour "The Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony: TV Event of the Year" will be hosted by Bob Costas and Matt Lauer. The pair will highlight the biggest moments from the Games and look forward to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which NBC also will broadcast.
'F WORD' ON THE AIR
BBC America is bringing back Gordon Ramsay's "The F Word." The network said it has acquired the U.S. premiere of the U.K. food show's third season, which will debut Jan. 14.
Fox Broadcasting and advertising sales firm WorldLink have entered into an exclusive ad sales representation pact. WorldLink will oversee infomercial and direct-response sales for Fox's Saturday morning program block "Weekend Marketplace," which kicks off Jan. 3.