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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 »
ABC News anchor and correspondent Amy Robach, who underwent an on-air mammogram last month to launch "Good Morning America's" coverage of Breast Cancer Awareness month, announced Monday that doctors established from that examination that she has breast cancer.
During Monday's program, Robach, 40, said doctors had not yet determined what stage the cancer had progressed to, or whether it had spread. But she told "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts that she had decided upon "very aggressive" treatment, and would undergo a double mastectomy Thursday.
"I'm young, and hopefully have a lot of time in front of me, Robach said, a mother of two daughters, and stepmother to three sons. She is married to actor Andrew Shue.
During yesterday's program, Robach said she had never had a mammogram, and in a blog posted after her on-air announcement wrote that she was reluctant to do one even as part of "GMA's" coverage.
"That day, when I was asked to do something I really didn't want to do, something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was in a life-or-death situation," she wrote.
She also noted that only after the surgery -- which will be followed by reconstructive surgery -- will she learn about additional treatment options "but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation."
Robach joined ABC in May 2012, from NBC News where she had been a national correspondent and weekend anchor on "Today."
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The CW's new drama crop has scored a perfect trifecta: A Pick-up, pick-up and ... pick-up. The network's three new dramas, "Reign," "The Originals" and "The Tomorrow People" were each handed a full season.
Yes, that's unusual and for The CW -- long appended with that mean word "struggling." It's a big win, too. The shows got decent reviews -- OK, fine, if you insist, the more accurate term is "mixed" but "mixed" is better than 'bad" -- and The CW's overall viewership (per The CW) is up 9 percent so far this season, too.
"In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger prime-time schedule," said Mark Pedowitz, CW chief. "Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially. We're excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series, and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season."
An interesting twist at "The Voice:" The show is deploying something called "the instant save," which will give viewers the chance, via Twitter, to pull an ejected singer from the brink. Starts tomorrow. Here's an explanatory clip...
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Now Angela Lansbury has weighed in on the misguided decision to remake "Murder, She Wrote" and her blunt assessment is as follows: A mistake, or at least a mistake to call the show 'Murder, She Wrote."
Here's what she has told The Associated Press:
“I think it’s a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,' because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be about Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place. “[They] also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person,” she continues. ”So I’m sorry that they have to use the title 'Murder, She Wrote,' even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”
She praises Octavia Spencer, who will star in the NBC remake, calling her “absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress . . . So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in 'Murder, She Wrote.'”