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  • “I Love Lucy” was Sunday Night’s Number 1 Scripted Show, Nearly Twice as Many Viewers as “Mad Men”

    05/19/2015 4:37:26 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 89 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | May 19, 2015
    Sunday night: Two reruns of “I Love Lucy” from the 1950s, colorized (objectionable, but ok whatever) scored the highest total viewers of all scripted shows that night. “Lucy” had 6.4 million total viewers. That’s almost twice the very high “Mad Men” score of 3.3 million viewers on Sunday. That’s shows with scripts. The Billboard Music Awards had 11 million, and “60 Minutes” had 9 million. But of all the other shows on TV Sunday night– Dateline, The Simpsons, Battle Creek– Lucy prevailed. “Lucy” scored twice as many total viewers as Andy Samberg in “Brooklyn Nine Nine.”
  • A star-studded tribute to blacks on TV, yesterday and today

    05/14/2015 7:47:07 PM PDT · by PROCON · 60 replies
    AP ^ | May 14, 2015 | FRAZIER MOORE
    NEW YORK (AP) — When Oprah Winfrey was a youngster, the mere sighting of an African-American on television was occasion to alert all the neighbors, she recalled. "We would call them to say, 'Colored people are on TV! Colored people are on!'" The only black child she was ever likely to see telecast was the unflattering role model Buckwheat on the ancient "Little Rascals" comedies, Winfrey added.
  • Woman arrested after breaking 7 flat-screen televisions with hatchet at Alaska store

    05/12/2015 7:37:37 AM PDT · by dware · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05.11.2015 | AP via Fox News
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A woman smashed seven flat-screen TVs at a store in Alaska with a hatchet and later told police that people on the televisions were watching her, according to police and court documents obtained Monday. Miranda Davison, 33, was arrested on a felony charge of criminal mischief following the vandalism Sunday at a Walmart in Juneau.
  • Fox calling an end to ‘American Idol’

    05/11/2015 7:48:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2015 10:32 AM EDT | David Bauder
    Fox is lowering the curtain on “American Idol,” ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The network announced Monday that “American Idol” will go off the air after its 15th season next spring. The cast from the past seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show’s history. “American Idol” faded over the past few years, eclipsed in the music competition genre it pioneered by “The Voice”...
  • Ukrainian War-Film Hero: Soviet Victory 'Was By All'

    05/09/2015 7:58:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 09, 2015 | Valentin Baryshnikov and Daisy Sindelar
    Russian state television is promising a special treat for military veterans for Victory Day on May 9: a newly colorized version of the 1973 film classic Only Old Men Are Going To Battle, the powerful story of a doomed squadron of World War II fighter pilots. There's just one problem. The movie, arguably one of the best of the Soviet war genre, was directed by a Ukrainian, filmed in Ukraine, and stars more than a half-dozen Ukrainian actors -- including Vladimir Talashko, whose character, an aspiring opera singer, is killed after deliberately crashing his plane into a Nazi supply train,...
  • Obama Makes Final Appearance on David Letterman

    05/05/2015 4:11:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Time ^ | 5/4/15 | Maya Rhodan
    ....As Letterman counts down the days until his final show on May 20, he was joined by President Obama, who is also heading towards retirement when he leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017. The two alternated between sincere appreciation and goofy jokes in Obama’s eighth and final appearance on “The Late Show” (and third since becoming president). Letterman asked what Obama would do once he leaves the White House.
  • Comcast Is Said to End $45 Billion Bid for Time Warner Cable

    04/23/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4-23-15 | EMILY STEEL, DAVID GELLES, REBECCA R. RUIZ and ERIC LIPTON
    Facing intense regulatory scrutiny, Comcast is planning to abandon its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday, ending a bid that would have united the country’s two largest cable operators and reshaped the rapidly evolving video and broadband markets. The collapse of the deal comes as technology changes and an array of Internet offerings upend how people watch and pay for television, making broadband service more important than ever. Had the deal been approved, the combined company would have controlled as much as 57 percent of the nation’s broadband market and just...
  • Anyone watching AD?

    04/19/2015 6:28:25 PM PDT · by MNDude · 22 replies
    Anyone here watching Mark Burnett's AD? (Story about apostles and early church) What are your impressions of the series so far?
  • Six Reasons We'll Miss 'Justified'

    04/16/2015 6:18:39 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 54 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 4/16/15 | Maureen Ryan
    (*snip*) 1. It loved language... 2. It had an amazing rotating crew of actors... 3. It valued intelligence.... 4. It had some pretty great female characters... 5. It was about working-class characters just trying to get by.... 6. “Justified” had the best hang time.... (*snip*)
  • 'Rocky Horror' TV Remake In Works At Fox With Gail Berman & Kenny Ortega

    04/10/2015 3:27:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    Deadline | Hollywood ^ | April 10, 2015 | Nellie Andreeva
    As we mark the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fox is prepping a remake of the cult classic. The two-hour taped event special, which is in development with a cast-contingent order, is executive produced by Gail Berman of The Jackal Group; the 1975 movie's producer Lou Adler; and Kenny Ortega, who is set to direct and choreograph. Fox 21 TV Studios is producing.
  • Richard Dysart, the Patriarchal Senior Partner of 'L.A. Law,' Dies at 86

    04/09/2015 2:49:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 9, 2015 | Mike Barnes , Duane Byrge
    Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86.Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter ...He ... was the bad guy who battled Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider ...
  • Geoffrey Lewis, Western Star and Juliette Lewis' Dad, Dies at 79

    04/08/2015 9:06:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    People ^ | April 8, 2015
    Geoffrey Lewis, the father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died. He was 79 ... Lewis was well known for his appearances in western films and his roles in multiple Clint Eastwood movies ... He also had various television credits on popular series ...
  • Comedy Central defends Trever Noah over 'antisemitic' tweets

    04/01/2015 2:43:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    UK TELEGRAPH ^ | 4/1/15 | Kat Brown
    The new Daily Show host, criticised for tweeting unfunny jokes, has been defended by many, including his new employers Trevor Noah, the South African comic who was recently announced as Jon Stewart's replacement to host the satirical American talk show, The Daily Show, has been supported by his new employers after old, and distinctly unfunny, tweets from years before came to light. ... journalists have also supported Noah. Caitlin Dewey at The Washington Post wrote: "Six tweets, out of almost 9,000?! That’s not exactly a representative sample." Dewey and other writers cited Jon Ronson's recent, and much-acclaimed book, So You've...
  • ‘X-Files’ officially returning to Fox in Summer 2015

    03/24/2015 8:08:46 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    It’s been more than 13 years since “The X-Files” aired on network TV, but on Tuesday Fox announced the spooky sci-fi series is returning for a six-episode run that will begin in the summer of 2015. “The X-Files,” which originally premiered in Sept. 1993, aired for nine seasons and earned 16 Emmy nominations during its run. The series centered on FBI agents Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, and Mulder, played by David Duchovny. Both stars will be reprising their roles for the reboot. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of...
  • Apple is going to launch a TV service this fall that could kill cable

    03/17/2015 7:02:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/17/2015 | Bryan Logan
    Apple is reportedly working on a plan to launch its own TV service. A Wall Street Journal report suggests Apple, which already lets users watch television and Netflix shows through its Apple TV device, is working with programmers "to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall." The Journal cites sources familiar with the talks who say Apple's subscription service may provide "about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV." The as-yet-unannounced service would cost $30 to $40 per month, according to The...
  • Looking for best option to drop cable.

    03/16/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    myself | 3-16-15 | TZ
    (I could live without it, but The Chief of Procuremenet will not.) Is Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime the best option for someone who has a few favorite shows? Will show be ONE WEEK behind on episodes or ONE SEASON? (assuming these shows on cable are not available right away) Dish is not an option (she won't allow it on the roof) Will likely be getting DSL from a phone company.
  • Cruz on Late Night - Tonight

    03/16/2015 1:05:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | March 16, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, winds up his exploratory presidential campaign weekend in New York tonight - on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. The appearance, which was not announced by his political staff, concludes a whirlwind trip to South Carolina and New Hampshire. On Saturday afternoon, Cruz started with a speech at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit, followed by a hop to the Granite State Sunday for the “Strafford County Republican Committee Chili and Chat with Sen. Cruz.” Then it was the Grafton County Lincoln Day Dinner and this morning’s "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at the New Hampshire...
  • Kerry Washington to star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick [Hate of Clarence Thomas continues]

    03/14/2015 5:07:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/14/15 | Michael Starr
    “Scandal” star Kerry Washington will tackle another DC-insider role — this time as whistleblower Anita Hill. Washington, who stars as Beltway fixer Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” will play Hill in HBO’s “Confirmation.” The flick will revolve around Clarence Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings for the US Supreme Court and Hill’s allegations that Thomas sexually harassed her when he was her boss at the Dept. of Education and the Equal Opportunity Commission. Hill made her allegations on national television during Thomas’s confirmation hearings.
  • Windell Middlebrooks Dies: ‘Body Of Proof’, Miller Beer Ads Actor Was 36

    03/11/2015 7:29:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | Erik Pedersen
    Windell Middlebrooks, who co-starred on Body Of Proof and played a diligent delivery guy in a series of ads for Miller High Life, died today at his home in Los Angeles. He was 36. No cause of death has been reported. “It was Windell’s biggest wish that his final scene not be lived on social media,” his family said in a statement confirming the actor’s death. “Further details will be forthcoming once the family members plans have been finalized.”
  • The Military Bankrolled Spock’s Early Acting Gigs

    03/08/2015 8:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 1, 2015 | Matthew Gault
    Leonard Nimoy—the famed actor synonymous with Star Trek’s iconic Mr. Spock—died on Feb. 27. He leaves behind two children, a storied career and one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture. He’s also a reminder of a different era in America—the years after World War II when the military was more connected to the public, and when it wasn’t so strange for an actor to be a soldier at the same time. In the early ’50s, Nimoy was just another hungry actor with parents who worried he’d never have a real job. So he did what a lot of...
  • NBC's Charles Manson Series 'Aquarius' With David Duchovny Set for May

    03/07/2015 8:34:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    NBC has set a May 28th start date for the Charles Manson miniseries Aquarius, which stars David Duchovny as a Los Angeles police officer in pursuit of the Helter Skelter cult leader in the period leading up to the Sharon Tate murder. Game of Thrones actor Gethin Anthony will portray Manson on the 13-episode "event series." Aquarius takes place in 1967 Los Angeles and follows Duchovny's Sgt. Sam Hodiak and a counterculture-infiltrating undercover cop played by Gray Damon as they investigate Manson and his "Family," the Wrap reports.
  • DVD/VCR Cable Box TV Cable Question

    03/07/2015 8:48:55 AM PST · by Bob434 · 61 replies
    3/72015 | bob434
    trying to hook my dvd/vcr combo up to cable box and TV but need an RF converter I guess as the DVD won't play on my older SD tv without the RF modulator- TV has composite connectors yellow/white/red, plus component blue/green/red, plus 1 S-Video connector- the cable box and dvd/vcr combo also has all three connections, but the RF modulator only has composite yellow/red/white and S-Video connection, plus coaxial in and out- I want the best picture possible, what wires am I going to need? Am I stuck having to use composite wires? The problem I'm facing is trying to...
  • ‘As Seen on TV’ vendor pays $8 million for duping customers

    03/06/2015 5:21:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 32 replies
    nypost.com ^ | March 6, 2015 | Natalie O'Neill
    But wait, there’s more — hidden charges! A company that hawks “As Seen on TV” wares like the Snuggie and Perfect Bacon Bowl will fork over $8 million to settle charges that it duped customers, sources said Thursday. Allstar Marketing Group promised “buy one, get one free” deals, but charged customers nearly twice what they expected with “deceptive” processing and handling fees, the Federal Trade Commission says.“This agreement returns money to thousands of consumers in New York and across the nation who believed they were buying items at the price advertised on television but ended up with extra merchandise and...
  • When Two Boys Kissed on Primetime TV

    03/05/2015 7:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 108 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Michael Brown
    It has been called “The History-Making Gay Kiss,” as “The Fosters” TV show, which airs during prime time on the ABC Family network, featured the “Youngest Same-Sex TV Kiss Ever.” Yes, on a so-called “family friendly” network, two 13-year-old boys locked lips, and gay activists and their allies are celebrating the moment. GLAAD, formally known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, stated that, “ABC Family's 'The Fosters' breaks new ground with Jude and Connor kiss.” (For those who are not familiar with the show, Jude is raised by two lesbians, his adoptive parents.) Gabe Bergado, writing for the...
  • Conan O'Brien on his Cuban Jaunt: 'I felt really strongly about this'

    03/05/2015 6:11:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/4/15 | Andrea Morabito
    No late-night talk show host had filmed in Cuba since Jack Paar in 1959 — so when President Obama announced plans to thaw relations with the country last December, Conan O’Brien jumped on the opportunity. His resulting four-day, clandestine trip to Havana over President’s Day weekend is documented on Wednesday’s episode of “Conan” (11 p.m. on TBS) — which finds the 6-foot-4, red-haired host in a country where the locals don’t recognize him (and he has only an eighth-grade knowledge of Spanish with which to communicate).
  • Dutch American singles wanted for Dutch TV show

    03/05/2015 3:36:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    DutchDailyNews.com ^ | Feb 7, 2015 | DutchDailyNews.com
    Are you of Dutch origins, single and looking for true love? Have you been raised abroad with (a bit of) Dutch blood in your system? Let one of the biggest TV channels in The Netherlands help you find love. Dutch TV network (Blue Circle) is looking for singles from the USA of Dutch origin who want to take part of a new heartwarming television show about Dutch love.
  • Obama will be too busy to hear Bibi's speach

    03/02/2015 4:38:58 PM PST · by outofsalt · 34 replies
    Vanity | 3/2/15 | Vanity
    On March 3, 1845 congress overrode a presidential veto for the first time. Congress reined in President John Tyler’s zealous use of the presidential veto. Congress is finally asserting itself over Obama but he says he will be too busy to be any part of it. I wonder how he will spend the day? Thoughts
  • Cuban: FCC Net Regs Will Spill Over, "TV As You Know It Is Over"

    02/26/2015 9:42:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban predicted that proposed FCC Internet regulations will end up impacting TV and “your TV as you know it is over” on Thursday’s “Squawk Alley” on CNBC.
  • Oscars ceremony watched by lowest audience in six years

    02/24/2015 8:39:37 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 91 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2015 Last updated at 06:52 ET | BBC
    The US TV broadcast of this year's Oscars ceremony on Sunday scored the event's lowest ratings in six years, averaging 36.6 million. They were down by 16% on last year's ratings, according to Nielsen figures published by Variety. First-time host Neil Patrick Harris received lukewarm reviews, while some have blamed the drop on a lack of nominations for films with mass appeal.
  • Broadcasters fear falling revenues as viewers switch to on-demand TV

    02/22/2015 4:02:09 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 67 replies
    Financial Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Shannon Bond in New York and Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles
    With YouTube to watch, Instagram pictures to take and Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms to explore, a generation of young Americans that used to turn to television for entertainment is finding its fix elsewhere. They are watching on-demand services, such as Netflix and Hulu and the BBC iPlayer but turning off “linear” TV, or tuning in at a set time on a set channel. This migration has been gradual but is starting to show up in the quarterly results of some of the world’s biggest media companies — and investors are beginning to notice.
  • Classical French Actor Louis Jourdan has died at 93

    02/15/2015 8:21:56 PM PST · by patriot08 · 49 replies
    Broadway World. com ^ | 2/15/15 | BWW Newsdesk
    Classical French Actor Louis Jourdan Has Died at 93 Louis Jourdan, a French actor famous for American film and television appearances in the Oscar-winning musical GIGI, MADAME BOVARY, CAN-CAN, and THE FIRST OLYMPICS: ATHENS, 1896, as well as Broadway appearances in shows such as ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, has died. The Hollywood Walk of Fame winner was 93. Jourdan was ordered to make German propaganda films which he refused to do and fled to join his family in unoccupied France. There he started making movies again, ten films in two years. His father was arrested...
  • 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    02/15/2015 5:40:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Just a reminder: MONDAY & TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16-17, 8PM-11PM (eastern) Monday night is LIVE ON CNBC from 8-11 PM Tuesday night is LIVE ON USA from 8-11 PM The American Kennel Club has made the Coton de Tulear (Non-Sporting Group) and the Wirehaired Vizsla (Sporting Group) eligible for competition in 2014 and they will be making their first appearance at Westminster in 2015.
  • The Myth of Jon Stewart’s ‘Millennial’ Following

    02/11/2015 2:37:24 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/11/15 | ETHAN EPSTEIN
    As a “millennial” (roughly speaking, someone between the ages of 18 and 29), I’ve grown used to being tarred with fallacious accusations... Today’s meme is that we millennials are utterly devastated by Jon Stewart’s announcement that he will be leaving The Daily Show next year. “What Walter Cronkite was to an earlier generation...Stewart has been to millennials,” [says] the Boston Globe. Stewart has “hordes of millennial fans,” reports CNN....Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, “Jon Stewart leaving the Daily Show is the equivalent of the Beatles breaking up.” ....let’s back up and see whether there exists any data to back up [these...
  • Transgender actress Laverne Cox cast in CBS legal drama

    02/11/2015 10:31:04 AM PST · by mykroar · 57 replies
    EW online ^ | 2/11/15 | James Hibbard
    It what could be another milestone role in broadcast TV diversity, CBS has cast transgender actress Laverne Cox in its legal procedural pilot Doubt. The Orange is the New Black actress will play a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney, described as “competitive as she is compassionate. She’s fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.” The Doubt role was always conceived as a transgender character, and it’s tough to imagine a better catch for the part – Cox made the cover of Time magazine last year in a story...
  • The Departure Of Old-School TVs And The Arrival Of Modern TVs: Who's Watching You Watch?

    02/09/2015 7:15:37 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 49 replies
    February 9, 2015 | Patriot777
    Not too long ago I engaged in a conversation with my spouse about how I learned, quite a long time ago, that a great many television sets--possibly all of them, that are not CRTs but are now the projection, HDs, flat-screen, 3D, curved-screen, Smart Screen, and all the others--have cameras installed in them that are being used to record everything we say and do. And, such information is disseminated to... Since I'm kinda down with a fair bit of pain today, this would be a good topic for me to research, to find out just what TVs have this feature...
  • Memo to ABC: Here’s How You Save The View Without Breaking the Bank

    02/08/2015 12:26:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 7, 2015 | Joe Concha
    In the least shocking news to hit the industry this week, Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View after a much-hyped return less-than-a-hockey-season ago. Not to end-zone dance or anything–because this choice was so obviously doomed from the start–but Ms. O’Donnell not being able to revive a sinking franchise could be seen from a mile away (as was her mental meltdown). As mentioned in this space, sequels invariably fail (at least critically compared to the original…with a few exceptions) in the entertainment world. O’Donnell is a living, breathing, 50-something sequel. And in the end, her departure is a product of classic...
  • Bye bye NCIS.

    02/02/2015 10:26:34 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 68 replies
    CBS.com ^ | 3 Feb 2015 | Staff
    Tonight's episode; "We Build, We Fight" - NCIS S12 E13 Gibbs and the team investigate when a Navy lieutenant who is set to be the first openly gay servicemember to receive the Medal of Honor is murdered
  • Colleen McCullough, Author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ Dies at 77

    01/29/2015 9:18:37 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | Margalit Fox
    Colleen McCullough, a former neurophysiological researcher at Yale who, deciding to write novels in her spare time, produced “The Thorn Birds,” a multigenerational Australian romance that became an international best seller and inspired a hugely popular television mini-series, died on Thursday on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, where she had made her home for more than 30 years. She was 77.
  • 'Empire's' Black (Ratings) Power: How Fox's Targeted Marketing Paid Off


    01/29/2015 5:58:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 28, 2015 | Michael O'Connell
    People are seeing that shows with people of color can make money," Taraji P. Henson told reporters days after Empire's second episode solidified its status as the highest-rated new series of the 2014-15 TV season. "When things make money, people are interested." The actress might not be surprised that her Fox family soap, which climbed to nearly 15 million viewers in time-shifted ratings, is the success story of the winter. But few could have foreseen it would grow live ratings for its second and third episodes, an unheard-of feat during the DVR era. And Empire owes much of those early...
  • Cops: Ex-Fox producer kills himself outside NYC headquarters

    01/26/2015 7:16:40 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 26, 2014
    <p>A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.</p> <p>He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Perea was employed as a producer at a Fox News station in Austin until June, according to Fox officials. He worked at the station FOX7-KTBC for 10 months, according to a statement from Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, to employees.</p>
  • Slate: ‘Friends’ reruns no longer politically correct

    01/26/2015 1:32:52 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 109 replies
    File this under “the one where Friends fail to fits in with ‘modern gender politics'”. By the standards of circa-2015 political correctness, does the long-running sitcom pass the test? The show that brought a huge young audience to NBC’s primetime lineup in the 1990s was apparently a hotbed of anti-gay, misogynistic antics and all-around bigotry. That’s according to the historical revisionists over at Slate, where Ruth Graham has been taking notes while binge-watching reruns on Netflix. Could it be the next Amos ‘n Andy? Isn’t the problem obvious? In the 1990s, PC extremism was still confined to college campuses, while...
  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    01/25/2015 4:56:35 PM PST · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    MyWay (whatever that is) ^ | Jan 25, 3:26 AM (ET) | By KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88. He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity. The host of "The Joe...
  • VH1 Bringing 'Sorority Sisters' Season to a Quick End [Accused of being racist]

    01/14/2015 3:49:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 1/13/15 | Lynn Elber
    VH1 is pushing the debut season of "Sorority Sisters" to a quick end after facing criticism for the reality show's depiction of black sorority members.
  • "Person of Interest" adds lesbian angle.

    01/07/2015 8:29:39 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 23 replies
    Vanity | 1/7/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    The popular CBS show "Person of Interest" starring Jim Caviezel included a lesbian kiss between the two female characters this week. Now, I have lost interest. Any program that insists on including overt homosexuality loses me as a viewer.
  • Guv Wants Football Games to Start Later [satire]

    01/04/2015 8:21:46 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) is pushing for a law that would ban football game kick-offs before noon. “The early start times are really unfair to the poor and minorities, many of whom are still in bed at that hour,” Dayton claimed. “These start times may be okay for people who are used to getting up early to go to work, but they are out of sync with other lifestyles.” Setting a time more accommodating to these “other lifestyles” is important because “watching TV is a much bigger part of the lives of those on public assistance. They shouldn’t be...
  • Donna Douglas, Elly May on ‘Beverly Hillbillies,’ dead at 81

    01/03/2015 5:37:20 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    WGNO-TV ^ | 1/2/15
    Donna Douglas, who played voluptuous tomboy daughter Elly May Clampett on the 1960s TV series “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has died. She was 81....
  • Old Christmas Commercials

    12/24/2014 12:30:38 PM PST · by vladimir998 · 27 replies
    The Internet | 12/24/2014 | vladimir998
    Remember the old Christmas commercials? The one that just popped into my head was the old Folger's commercial where college age Peter comes home and makes morning coffee for the family. That commercial made a come back Christmas after Christmas for years years.
  • Joseph Sargent, Director of 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' Dies at 89

    12/23/2014 12:05:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Sargent, who directed The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and MacArthur for the big screen and captured three Emmys for his telefilm work, died Monday at his home in Malibu from the lung disease COPD, publicist Dick Guttman announced. He was 89 ...  In addition to the taut New York City subway hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) starring Walter Matthau and the 1977 biopic MacArthur toplined by Gregory Peck, Sargent directed the features The Hell With Heroes (1968) starring Rod Taylor; White Lightning (1973) with Burt Reynolds; and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) ... He gained...
  • Remember when CBS had Christmas Bumpers Like This?

    12/21/2014 10:29:53 AM PST · by Nowhere Man · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-21-2014 | Me
    Remember the days when CBS and other networks would have bumpers like these between the shows and specials?
  • Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout

    12/17/2014 8:48:51 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    FireceCable ^ | 12-15-2014 | Daniel Frankel
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