TV NOTES: 'Dexter' promo comes to town

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007

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It has been a busy week for promotions of TV shows by street teams in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The Grim Reaper wandered the streets during rush hour Tuesday touting The CW's "Reaper" and today the fountain at PPG Place will run red from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as a promotion for Showtime's serial killer drama "Dexter."

(FYI: The plane toting a banner with a picture of a caveman on it is not an ad for the upcoming ABC series "Cavemen;" it's just another Geico promotion.)

UPDATE: The PPG Place fountain is not red, but green! How come? Evidently the chlorine in the fountain neutralized the red dye, turning the water green instead of red. The street team is handing out small bottles of Dexter-branded hand sanitizer. (Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV editor)

Bishop's installation

The installation Mass for Pittsburgh's new Roman Catholic bishop, David Zubik, will be carried live at 2 p.m. Friday on WPXI-TV, WTAE-TV, KQV-AM (1410), on cable channels PCNC and Christian Associates and on Web sites,, and

WTAE will air "One Life to Live" in the wee hours of Saturday morning at 2:05 a.m., followed by "General Hospital" at 3:05 a.m. WPXI will air "Days of Our Lives" at 1 p.m. Friday. (R.O.)

'SNL' lines up hosts

After taking his team to the NBA Finals earlier this year, LeBron James will be the center of attention at another high-profile event this week: hosting the 33rd season premiere of "Saturday Night Live."

James, arguably the most recognizable face in the NBA today, will be joined by hip-hop star Kanye West on the premiere, which is scheduled for Saturday.

"SNL" has also lined up "Knocked Up" star Seth Rogen and Spoon for Oct. 6 and Jon Bon Jovi and the Foo Fighters for Oct. 13. (

NBC streaming shows

NBC will start offering limited free downloads of shows such as "Heroes" and "The Office" as part of its bid to expand the digital distribution of its programs and compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store, the network announced last week.

The new service, dubbed NBC Direct, will allow users to download episodes to computers running Microsoft Windows software for up to a week after the show has aired on television. The file will contain embedded advertising that cannot be skipped.

Seven days after the episode's TV debut, the digital file will expire.

The new service will launch in a test version in October and be expanded in coming months to let users subscribe to shows and download them automatically. Upcoming versions to be introduced by year's end also will allow viewers to move the file to a portable viewing device or watch them on a Mac computer.

NBC, like many networks, already sells episodes for permanent download and streams them for free on its Web site.

The network is experimenting with a variety of business models and technology to give viewers more options for watching shows.

Other programs that will be available at launch include "Life," "Bionic Woman," "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." (AP)


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