Alan Frutkin


Speed Network Goes Into High Gear With Summer Slate

Cable’s Speed network is putting the pedal to the metal, developing several projects scheduled for summer premieres. Among them are Whipped, a one-hour game show in which driving enthusiasts show […]

Syfy Gives Second Life to Being Human

For NBC Universal’s Syfy network, monsters mean money. A day after it renewed its special effects contest show Face Off, the cable network ordered a second season of scripted series […]

More ‘Office,’ ‘Recreation’ and ‘Community’ for NBC

They’re no “Must-See” comedies, but given NBC’s sad state of affairs these days, The Office, Parks & Recreation and Community certainly rank as three of the network’s most successful current […]

Spike TV Inks Tattoo Competition Series

Spike TV is about to become the network with the dragon tattoo. Pushing the contest show format into more, shall we say, esoteric, subject matter, Viacom’s Spike has picked up […]

The CW Moves Top Model Out of Tough Time Period

As if anyone needed further proof that Fox’s American Idol has been crushing the competition: The CW has decided to shift America’s Next Top Model from 8 p.m. to 9 […]

Syfy Renews Popular Special Effects Show

NBC Universal’s Syfy channel is saving face. Er, Face Off, that is. The cable network has renewed special-effects contest show Face Off for a second season. The first seven of […]

ABC Sees Success in the ‘Super Obese’

Just hours after Fox released its summer 2011 schedule, ABC announced a weighty summer programming move of its own. The Disney-owned network will premiere Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on […]

WEtv Jonesing for More ‘Joan’

Joan Rivers perhaps is best taken in small doses. But for WEtv, the larger the dose, the better. Rainbow Media’s reality-driven, female-skewing network has renewed its nonscripted soap Joan and […]

Fox’s Summer Schedule a Snooze

Fox Broadcasting released its summer schedule today, and it looks like it will be pretty much filled with new episodes of returning reality shows and repeats of scripted series.  On […]

California News Stations Respond to Earthquake

Local news stations throughout California deployed camera men the length of the state’s coast Friday to provide TV viewers with a continual “shore watch,” following news of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake […]