or


[05/13/14 - 08:43 AM]
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon Sign New Multi-Year Extensions with ESPN
The popular duo will continue to host "PTI" together and contribute to other ESPN platforms.

[via press release from ESPN]

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon Sign New Multi-Year Extensions with ESPN

Will remain co-hosts of PTI and continue other roles

Pardon the Interruption co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, two of the most thoughtful and influential voices in sports media, have signed new multi-year extensions to remain with ESPN. The popular duo will continue to host PTI together and contribute to other ESPN platforms.

Kornheiser and Wilbon have co-hosted PTI since its debut on October 17, 2001. Their contentious but good-natured verbal sparring was born from the kinds of conversations they had for years in The Washington Post newsroom as sports columnists and colleagues. The program has grown its ratings and viewership the past decade with its unique, fast-paced, wide-ranging and humorous discussion of the day's sports news.

PTI has also earned its share of critical acclaim - including the 2009 Sports Emmy Award for Daily Outstanding Studio Show - for the show's innovative graphic rundown, its quirky segments (i.e., Mail Time, Role Play, Odds Makers), and for identifying on-air miscues in the daily Errors and Omissions.

In addition to PTI, a Kornheiser-Wilbon segment appears daily in the opening minutes of the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. Daily podcasts of the 30-minute PTI also rank among the most popular offerings on both the ESPN PodCenter platform and the Apple iTunes store.

Added John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production and programming: "Tony and Mike have made PTI the most successful show of its kind in sports television. We are excited they will continue to entertain and inform our fans for many years to come."

Kornheiser, who helped launch ESPN's Monday Night Football as a booth commentator from 2006-08, will continue on PTI and contribute to SportsCenter. The Tony Kornheiser Show will also continue to be available via ESPN Audio platforms. The popular weekday program on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. (10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET) has been a local and national favorite since 1992.

"It is beyond comprehension that Mike and I, who started out as sportswriters and had no idea the direction our careers would take, would be on TV for this long and continue to love the show we do. It is very gratifying that people like our work, and I can only imagine how many more times I'll get myself in trouble before the contract runs out," said Kornheiser.

Wilbon, the pioneering sports journalist who expanded his ESPN role in 2011, will continue to be seen and heard across a variety of platforms, particularly on ESPN's NBA coverage with key interviews and features and as a contributor to on-site coverage of the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals. Wilbon will also write regular columns for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com, and he will appear on other shows and platforms, including SportsCenter and ESPN Radio.

Wilbon added: "I'm beyond thrilled people still love watching PTI, and that ESPN still wants to have us. Doing PTI is as much fun for me now as it was 12 years ago, and contributing to the network's NBA coverage allows me to do one of the things that has brought me great professional pleasure. I'm a sports junkie, period; I love it all...but professional basketball and the culture of it is something I've observed closely and with great passion for 30 years and I can't imagine professional life without it."





  [may 2014]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









[06/30/15 - 02:29 PM]
truTV's "Impractical Jokers" Head to San Diego for the Museum of Impractical History
Q, Murr, Joe and Sal will be present at various times throughout the exhibition, which will feature fan-generated artwork and show artifacts from some of the most legendary moments in "Impractical Jokers" history.

[06/30/15 - 02:23 PM]
WE tv's Original Series Fuel Second Quarter Growth
WE tv spins the numbers for the second quarter of 2015 to date.

[06/30/15 - 01:33 PM]
HGTV Wins June as #1 Rated Cable Network Among Women 25-54
HGTV spins the numbers for the month of June and the second quarter of 2015 to date.

[06/30/15 - 12:47 PM]
Original Movie "Teen Beach 2" Powers Disney Channel to Total Day Sweep in 2Q15
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the second quarter of 2015 to date.

[06/30/15 - 11:45 AM]
"48 Hours: Dangerous Beauty" Is Saturday's #1 Broadcast with Adults 25-54 and Is the Night's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, June 27.

[06/30/15 - 11:13 AM]
WGN America to Present First Look Trailer of "Underground" at 2015 Essence Festival (July 3)
Hailing from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, "Underground" is currently in production on a straight-to-series order in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a 2016 premiere on WGN America.

[06/30/15 - 11:09 AM]
Hallmark Channel's Newest Original Movie, "A Country Wedding," Becomes the Top-Rated Program of the Day Among Households
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, June 27.

[06/30/15 - 10:31 AM]
NBC's Hit Weight-Loss Series "The Biggest Loser" Launching Nationwide, Nine-City Search for New Contestants
Teams of two (spouses, siblings, parent/adult child, best friends, co-workers) who have at least 80 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

[06/30/15 - 10:30 AM]
Game of Thrones(R) Experience The Realm At San Diego Comic-Con
Located at the Omni Hotel in the heart of the Gas Lamp District, this years' experience features even more interactive activations designed to give fans a chance to step into the world of Westeros.

[06/30/15 - 10:12 AM]
WBTV & TV Guide Magazine Join Forces for Comic-Con 2015 Special Issue
Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist and Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue are all featured on the covers.

[06/30/15 - 10:03 AM]
Netflix Adds Three Original Animated Series for Curious Preschool Viewers & Their Parents
Created to engage and pique the curiosity of preschool viewers, these new series feature elements of language acquisition, problem solving and critical thinking throughout each episode.

[06/30/15 - 10:00 AM]
ABC Family Announces the Contenders in Its New Unscripted Series "Startup U"
As these ten young adults embark on a seven-week program filled with tough lessons and plenty of drama, will they be able to handle the pressure and seize every opportunity as they pursue their dreams?

[06/30/15 - 09:23 AM]
Nickelodeon Cooks Up Some Magic in "Talia in the Kitchen," New Daily Scripted Series Bowing Monday, July 6, At 7:30 P.M. (ET/PT)
The newcomer will follow the fourth and final season of "Every Witch Way" at 7:00/6:00c.

[06/30/15 - 09:20 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" Increases Playback Growth to 50% in Week 2
ABC further spins the numbers for Thursday, June 25.

[06/30/15 - 09:09 AM]
"Live with Kelly and Michael" Is the No. 1 Syndie Talker for the 3rd Week Running
Disney/ABC Domestic Television spins the numbers for the week of June 15-19.