EmptyWeitz to TNT
Fox 21 executive Brett Weitz has joined TNT as vp series development. He will spearhead development of scripted drama series, reporting to Lillah McCarthy, vp series programming at TNT and TBS. As vp creative affairs at 20th TV's Fox 21, Weitz developed such series as TNT's "Saved" as well as "Beauty and the Geek" and "FreeRide."
'Jingles' quiet for now
CBS has postponed the premiere of Mark Burnett's new reality show "Jingles." The series, in which contestants try to compose ad tunes for products, was scheduled to debut July 27. CBS insiders said they haven't had enough time to market the show and plan to debut it at a later date.
Debmar-Mercury's syndicated talker "The Wendy Williams Show" got off to a good start in its six-week preview on the Fox Television Stations. The show won its 10 a.m. slot in New York on WNYW-TV among women 18-34 (2.9 rating/ 19 share), 18-49 (2.1/14) and 25-54 (1.9/13). In Los Angeles, the show finished second in the 1 p.m. slot on KTTV with a 0.8/2 among households.
Soccer tie in Germany
German pay TV group Premiere and leading commercial channel RTL will split rights for the 2010 soccer World Cup, with Premiere carrying all 64 live matches in the tournament and RTL airing as many as 18 games. German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have free-TV rights. The spirit of television
The last time Rush appeared on TV, Stephen Colbert was in grade school. The venerable Canadian trio will play "Tom Sawyer" tonight on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," marking its first national TV appearance since 1975.
Murphy to 'Mars'
Jonathan Murphy ("October Road") has joined the cast of ABC's new drama series "Life on Mars." He will play Chris Skelton, a jittery detective who is new to the department.
Early NFL kickoffs
The NFL Network is planning to televise a record 54 preseason NFL games in August, with a record 42 of them being produced in HD, up from 32 last season. Eight of the games will be live on NFL Network and the rest will be televised on tape delay.
CBC plays Games
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will provide more than 2,400 hours of multiplatform coverage of the next month's Olympic Games in Beijing. Canada's public broadcaster said that it will air 282 hours of main network Olympics coverage, 145 hours on cable news channel CBC Newsworld and 250 hours on digital channel Bold.