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"Katie" - the show starring and hosted by one very famous Katie - has been cancelled.
"While production will continue on “Katie” through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season."
The axing was first reporting on Huffington Post.
While a high profile ending, it was expected - despite what looked to be an uptick in viewership during the just concluded November sweeps. But uptick enough the ratings did not do. Katie Couric herself had sealed a longterm deal with Yahoo as the websites worldwide anchor, which seemed to negate - if not outright eliminate - a future on syndication.
Yes, even the Governor ("...don't call me that") gets his own tribute: AMC just released what must be one of the year's most unique and unexpected love letters - to the Beast of Woodbury himself. As fans are sorrowfully aware, the Guv ate steel in the season finale. And he did not like being called "The Govenor." David Morrissey did a terrific job portraying one of TV's great villains over the past few years. .Take a look...
Now this is what I've been waiting for: Jimmy Kimmel's annual bestowal of the greatest YouTube clip of the year. The show usually gets this one right, based on my own personal research. Watch now for the winner (I won't give it away, but you can probably guess...)
Just like that, A&E has gotten itself in a whole heapin' stew of trouble.
On Wednesday night the cable network suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the most beloved reality family on TV, for homophobic remarks made to GQ. And Thursday a new front in the culture wars erupted, engulfing not Robertson, but A&E.
The first to get a shot off was Sarah Palin ("Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.") Then, Gov. Bobby Jindal of the Robertsons' home state, Louisiana, weighed in with: "It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
And, the Internet exploded, with calls for boycotts of the network and worse.
It was all a bit scary.
Whom to blame for this mess? Besides Robertson for making repugnant comments?
That's an easy one. A&E never should have suspended him, but publicly distanced itself from his words, on the pretext that they are Robertson's views, not the network's. Robertson was saying nothing he had not said before -- probably even while filming. He's an open book and A&E knew with whom it was getting in business.
How exactly do you "suspend" someone from his own reality show? The idea of "Duck Dynasty" absent Phil Robertson is absurd, like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" without Kim Kardashian. ("Duck" returns in January -- with Phil. It was pretaped long ago.)
"Duck" has been a huge hit in part because it's about people who live in The Rest of America -- many of whom hold the same values as Robertson, and who think that sin has consumed popular culture -- with his show as the one exception. It may be one of those illusions TV is so good at mounting, but eight million rabid fans apparently disagree.
Welcome to the enemy camp, A&E.
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Now this: James Gandolfini will finally get his HBO tribute this Sunday at 8 p.m. HBO describes it this way:
In this special presentation, more than two dozen friends and colleagues remember the three-time Emmy® winner, who died June 19, 2013 at age 51. Along with first-person reflections, the special features clips of Gandolfini’s work, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
The title: "James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend."
And here's a brief look. Newsday app readers please go to Newsday.com/tvzone:
There's a prominent report in the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning that says CNN chief Jeff Zucker has approached Jay Leno about a late night show after his "Tonight" reign ends early next year. No surprise -- it's been speculated about often, and an approach by Zucker makes all the sense in the world. (I'm kidding, kidding. Can't you take a joke?)
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TCM Remembers Joan Fontaine 6:30 a.m. – Blonde Cheat (1938)Joan Fontaine 7:45 a.m. – The Women (1939) 10:15 a.m. – Born to Be Bad (1950) Noon – Ivanhoe (1952) 2 p.m. – The Constant Nymph (1943) 4 p.m. – Suspicion (1941) 5:45 p.m. – Rebecca (1940)
TCM Remembers Peter O’Toole 8 p.m. – Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Midnight – Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2011) 1 a.m. – Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969) 3:45 a.m. – My Favorite Year (1982)
Every year at this time Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating" list arrives, and - on a vastly more modest scale - so does my list, of TVs most fascinating....
It's a modest little list, this list, but what it does offer - in my humble opinion - is a quick shout-out to a few who have done something genuinely interesting and not some who have just mastered the twerk...
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Interesting bit of news from Nielsen's annual Top Ten list, released Tuesday morning: "Dancing With the Stars" edged out "American Idol" as TV's most viewed unscripted show last season. "NCIS" remained TV's top draw overall.
It's not earth-shattering news by any means -- "Idol," consistently TV's most watched for a decade, has been in an inexorable slide for years now, but "Idol" has usually been the superior in terms of numbers; in 2012, for example, "Idol's" Wednesday show edged out "DWTS" (15.1 million viewers to "DWTS's" 15.0 million.)
But ... Nielsen's numbers show a drop of about 1 million each for both shows.
Here's the list and you'll be shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that football remains preeminent.
1. NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC) 7.4 ... 21,734,000
2. SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK (NBC) 5.3 ... 15,708,000
3. THE OT (FOX) 5.0 ... 14,753,000
4. NCIS (CBS) 5.0 ... 14,692,000
5. DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) 4.7 ... 13,862,000
6. NFL REGULAR SEASON (ESPN) 4.6 ... 13,446,000
7. AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY (FOX) 4.6 ... 13,384,000
8. BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) 4.5 ... 13,217,000
9. AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY (FOX) 4.5 ... 13,136,000
10. DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS (ABC) 4.5 ... 12,890,000
Data from 12/31/2012 - 12/08/2013. Regularly scheduled English and Spanish-language programs on Broadcast and Cable. Primetime. Persons 2+ estimates include live and same-day timeshifted viewing. Excludes breakouts, specials, programs less than 5 minutes in duration and programs with less than 4 telecasts. Read as: NBC Sunday Night Football averaged 21.7 million viewers who watched live or via timeshifted viewing within the same day. Source: Nielsen
After suffering the slings, arrows, barbs and -- worse -- dismissal of the critical horde and that horde that hands out awards (though in the case of the Golden Globes, forget about seeking rhyme or reason), "Homeland" ended the third season Sunday night proving all of them wrong. Moving ...and provocative -- or provoking at least this question: Where now? -- the finale was a classic reset.
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