HALLMARK RATINGS UP
NEW YORK (AP) – For the past decade, the Hallmark Channel has been a reliable destination for holiday programming. And in a year when many Americans are homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic, network executives say there’s been a craving for the feel-good movies. Nielsen reports Hallmark’s ratings are up 2% over last year’s holiday season. That may not seem like much, but year-to-year increases are the exception rather than the rule in modern TV. The network turned its programming over to holiday fare on Oct. 23. And the move has paid off. Nielsen says Hallmark has been the top-rated entertainment cable channel, excluding news and sports, for the fourth quarter.
“THE HARDY BOYS”
UNDATED (AP) – Gritty reboots of beloved kids’ literary characters take another step forward with “The Hardy Boys.” The reimagined stories – which currently air on the CW – star Alexander Elliot and Rohan Campbell as the Hardy Boys. Their characters spend the summer in a small town looking into the suspicious circumstances around their mother’s death.
PULITZER BOARD YANKS NEW YORK TIMES PODCAST OVER UNVERIFIED SOURCE
NEW YORK (AP) – A high-profile podcast on terrorism from The New York Times that had been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize has now been withdrawn from the competition. In a statement yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board says having the podcast yanked is “an appropriate resolution” of the matter. The Times flagged the entry after it said he couldn’t verify the claims of a man central to the “Caliphate” podcast. The 2018 podcast centered on a Canadian who said he had carried out atrocities for the Islamic State in Syria. The podcast was a finalist in the international reporting category for 2019.