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Comcast SportsNet picks up ‘The Dan Patrick Show’

Comcast SportsNet Chicago said Monday it is picking up DirecTV’s newly syndicated video simulcast of Fox Sports Radio’s “The Dan Patrick Show.” Patrick’s show will run live, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays, beginning Oct. 25.

Diann Burns selling Lincoln Park mansion

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Eyeing a move to southern California for both professional and personal reasons, former TV anchor Diann Burns and her talent agent husband, Marc Watts, have placed their 13-room, 5,752-square-foot Lincoln Park mansion on the market for $4.825 million.

Burns, 54, was an anchor at top-rated WLS-Ch. 7 for close to two decades before jumping to WBBM-Ch. 2 in 2003. She left “CBS-2″ in 2008 when her contract was not renewed.

Since last spring, she has been hosting the Chicago Urban League’s “Next TV” program,  which airs Sunday mornings on Fox-owned WFLD-Ch. 32. Get the full story »

Tribune Co. bankruptcy settlement breaks down

The settlement at the heart of Tribune Co.’s proposed reorganization plan has fallen apart, casting doubt on whether the Chicago-based media conglomerate can continue to control its own fate in bankruptcy court.

At a status hearing in Delaware Friday, Tribune Co. lead attorney James Conlan of Sidley Austin said the company planned to file unilateral amendments to its plan by next Friday and threatened to cast the case into extended litigation if the warring parties can’t come to an agreement.

“The debtor has tried mightily to bring the parties together,” Conlan said. “That hasn’t happened.” Get the full story »

Oprah to host show on her new network

Oprah Winfrey has agreed to boost her on-air commitment to The Oprah Winfrey Network by hosting or starring in a show on the network, according to a Securities and Exchange filing made by Discovery Communications Inc. on Friday.

As part of the amended joint-venture agreement, Discovery agreed to increase by 89 percent, to $189 million, its funding commitment to Winfrey’s OWN network. Get the full story »

Ch. 2 cancels ‘Monsters & Money’

CBS affiliate WBBM-Ch. 2 is slaying its “Monster.”

The show “Monsters & Money in the Morning,” which debuted Feb. 1 in the 5 to 7 a.m. weekday slot, will be canceled because of poor viewership. The last show will air Aug. 27. Get the full story »

Kate Sullivan new anchor at WBBM-Ch. 2

Kate Sullivan, a morning anchor at CBS New York flagship WCBS-TV, is headed to Chicago’s perennially struggling, oft-changing WBBM-Ch. 2, according to multiple reports.

Sullivan will be teamed with Rob Johnson on Channel 2’s 10 p.m. weeknight newscast after Labor Day, a Chicago Public Media report said. CBS-owned WBBM had no immediate comment, although staffers reportedly were told Wednesday.

WLS plans live, local show to replace Oprah in ‘11

Oprah Winfrey joins Roger King, left, chairman of King World, and Joseph Ahern, right, former general manager of WLS-TV, in 1985 to announce her talk show would be syndicated nationally. WLS is going to go for local talent again. (File/AP)

Other television stations that carry “The Oprah Winfrey Show” have a syndicated afternoon hit to replace when the Chicago-based daytime juggernaut leaves the air after 25 seasons in September 2011. But WLS-Ch. 7 has no intention of ponying up for syndicated fare in the 9 a.m. time slot.

“Morning Rush” is the working title of Channel 7’s planned 9 a.m. show, according to Chicago Public Media blogger Robert Feder, who reported the station has posted a job opening for an executive producer who will be responsible for developing the show, hiring on-air and behind-the-scenes staff and overseeing production.

Hulu launches preview of $9.99 subscription

Popular online video service Hulu on Tuesday will announce the launch a preview of an ad-supported subscription service that will offer top broadcast shows in high definition to be viewed from a plethora of devices, including Internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles, as well as portable devices such as Apple’s iPad and iPhone.

Hulu in talks with CBS, others for paid TV shows

Free video website Hulu is in talks with CBS Corp, Viacom Inc and Time Warner Inc to add their television shows to its planned paid subscription service, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the discussions. Get the full story »