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Ah, the joy of hearing a major celebrity confessing that the gig she got paid (what?) ten million clams for was "hell" -- speaking here of Mariah Carey on "American Idol."
Check out this clip from her candid -- or I presume candid -- interview with radio talk host Angie Martinez. She refers to one "satan" here, which the World Wide Web has already decided is... well, you know who.
(By the way, I thought Carey was a pretty good judge. But what do I know?)
Newsday app readers please head over to Newsday.com/tvzone for the clip.
And just like that...W. Kamau Bell's late night talk show on FX spinoff, FXX, is over. The network has officially confirmed a report that first appeared in Deadspin a little while ago.
Too bad -- really. Host and show ("Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell") displayed promise during the initial run at FX, while Bell -- who attended the last couple of summer TV Critics' tours -- seemed like a genuinely charming and (more important) funny guy. The numbers at FXX must've been dismal. Hard to move over to a new network that many viewers still don't know even exists.... Chris Rock was the original executive producer behind this, by the way.
Per FX, Bell's last edition is tomorrow night -- Jim Norton as guest -- but the best-of-the-week "Mixtape" episode Sunday night at 11 is the final stand.
Where this goes -- or ends -- who knows, but CBS News has finally confirmed that it's launched an investigation in the who, what and whys of the Lara Logan-reported Oct. 27 "60 Minutes" story that resulted in one of the most significant retractions in this classic's 45-year history.
Per a spokesman, via statement, issued Wednesday:
"The moment we confirmed there was an issue in our story we began a journalistic review that is ongoing."
As you may be aware, CBS had to retract the portion of the Oct. 27 story featuring an "exclusive" interview with one "Morgan Jones" who said he had arrived at the U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi, in the middle of the Sept. 11, 2012, firefight that left four U.S. envoys dead. He said the attack was led by Al Qaeda, and his comments appeared in direct opposition to the Obama administration's -- thus fanning the flames of the ongoing "cover-up" conspriracy theories that have swirled in its wake.
But Jones -- real name Dylan Davies -- fabricated the account, and CBS retracted Sunday night. (The report put "60" squarely in the midst of an ongoing battle between left and right, with right initially citing Davies' account as proof of cover-up; plus there was also the implication that if Davies could fight his way into the compound, where was the significant U.S. response?
Ted Turner: There is no name in the wide world of cable that evokes more history, more color, more controversy, more abiding interest than this one. And after all these years, CNN is finally profiling him. (The first such profile on Ted's creation, CNN? Will get back to you on that question, but I don't recall one, offhand...)
Will this be hard-hitting? Oh come on! It's...Read more »
Did you know that the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is next Tuesday? I did not, but do now, and here as a reminder, is Louis CK's rendering, and not a bad one, even if it does seem radically out of character. Newsday app readers please go to Newsday.com/tvzone to watch Louis kind of choke up... courtesy of Ken Burns and Digg:
Andy Cohen has now officially entered that aery and lucrative realm occupied by so few other (Ryan Seacrest comes to mind.). Calling it "the first deal of this kind for Bravo," the network has handed Mr. "Watch What Happens Live" a two-year contract extension and a development deal for the company he just launched.
Perhaps most significantly, Cohen will step down as the network's long-running executive in charge of programming and development. In that role, Cohen has had one of the more unique executive mandates — to host a popular talk show and launch numerous series, many of which (most notably the "Real Housewives" franchise) transitioned Bravo into one of NBCUniversal's most successful networks.
Lara Spotts, currently vice president of development, will take over Cohen's role.
Here's his statement: “In my 23 years as a television producer, my time at Bravo has been the most rewarding and this next phase of my career is the perfect marriage of everything I love doing — producing and broadcasting,” said Cohen. 'Watch What Happens Live' is the show I have dreamt about hosting all my life — it's the exact extension of my love for pop culture and fun. I'm thrilled to launch my production company Most Talkative and to continue my role as EP of the ‘Housewives’ — I couldn’t imagine leaving behind women that have become a part of my daily life.”
Bravo's deal with its biggest star is of the "first look" variety, meaning it can pass on something — unlikely — which would then free him up to take it elsewhere.
But as far as viewer/fans are concerned, there shouldn't be much change — Cohen will continue to referee his popular late night fracas.
"Saturday Night Live" + Lady Gaga = promos. Right now... (She's host and musical guest this weekend; Newsday app readers please view at Newsday.com/tvzone):
Say, whatever happened to "Princesses: Long Island," the Bravo series that managed to infuriate an entire community (Freeport) and a not-inconsiderable number of Jewish Long Islanders (including Steve Israel) yet still did brisk business for the network and even built a fanbase?
In a word: Nothing. I've learned that four months after the first season's August wrap, Bravo has...Read more »
"Reliable Sources," a CNN Sunday fixture for many years and long ably hosted by Howard Kurtz until he recently left for Fox News, has named a new host: Brian Stelter.
Stelter — now the former media reporter for The New York Times — was also named senior media correspondent for the network.
Here's CNN chief's Jeff Zucker's news release quote:
“Brian has emerged as one...Read more »
I like reasons on this blog, I like lists of reasons, and — despite the general carping that seems to have soured the once-loved now-loathed "Homeland" in various corners of the TV-watching cognoscenti world — I still very much like "Homeland."
In fact, I like it better this season than all of the inferior second season, and here, to combine all my "likes," are...Read more »