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Dan Rather, one of the great anchors of television history, covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for CBS News in 1963, though he would not officially join the network (in the Washington bureau, where he'd make some more history of his own) for a year. As such, Rather was present at the founding, as it were -- the founding of modern television journalism, when a major breaking story...Read more »
Making that Fox reboot of "Broadchurch" just a little more "must-watch," Anna Gunn has been cast in the show, which now has a new name -- "Gracepoint" -- and proposed launch date in 2014-15.
Jacki Weaver of "Silver Linings Playbook" is also aboard.
This is Gunn's first major post-"Breaking Bad' move.
The news release details:...Read more »
Over the past few weeks, this curious and rather sad side drama enveloped ongoing coverage of the JFK assassination anniversary: Would Dan Rather be airbrushed out of CBS News' coverage of that tragic long-ago day altogether? In fact, he was not: He appeared on Saturday's quite-good "48 Hours" special edition, "As It Happened."
Rather had a major role that day 50...Read more »
Say, how did HBO's "Eastbound & Down" -- starring Danny McBride as ex-ball player Kenny Powers and starring for a few moments last night, Lindsay Lohan -- wrap after four seasons?
Oddly! As appropriate for this series. Here's a clip -- some violence, but best I can tell no vulgarity, or -- warning -- possibly a quick utterance at the very end (so tune out by that moment). Proceed with caution nevertheless. Meanwhile, it features Lindsay, as Kenny's new daughter-in-law.
As expected, MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin for his most recent outburst captured by camera, posted by TMZ, and showing the star using homophobic profanities. Baldwin has issued an apology.
MSNBC, which only recently made him host of a Friday night talk show, confirmed that Baldwin had in fact been suspended, while Baldwin posted this, to the media and to MSNBC colleagues...
I would like to address the comments I made this past week. I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week. I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.
"The Killing" — which was roughed up by critics but, worse, not exactly embraced by viewers, either — is coming back for one final "season," a fourth, Netflix just announced.
The company said it was ordered a fourth and final one, comprised of six episodes, and that this will serve as a "conclusion" to the first three seasons. Plus this: Only Netflix subscribers will get to see it, not AMC ones.
"The Killing" was actually revived the last time as part of a unique cost-sharing deal between AMC and Netflix. But no mention of AMC this time.
No word on arrival date or casting, but it's inconceivable that either Joel Kinnaman, who is attached to the next "RoboCop" (heck, he IS the next RoboCop), or Mireille Enos won't be the core of this final lap.
Meanwhile, this question: If this does well by Netflix' calculus, should we rule out a fifth "season?"
In a rare if hardly unprecedented case of one network anchor blasting another, Anderson Cooper once again has gone after Alec Baldwin for apparently using an anti-gay slur during a tirade against a paparazzo that was posted Thursday night on TMZ.
"Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?"
Cooper, who has been in the Philippines covering the aftermath of Haiyan for CNN, posted the tweet at 4:34 a.m.
If you're just catching up to this, Baldwin appeared to use a slur in the video -- he insists it was misinterpreted. This is the second such incident -- Baldwin also steam-rolled a reporter with a British tabloid after the funeral of James Gandolfini, also using an anti-gay slur. He apologized. (And Cooper, who is gay, sharply criticized him then, too.)
And yes, this is very serious. Baldwin now has his own MSNBC talk show, which means he's not merely a "public figure" but ostensibly a news one as well, working for one of the nation's major news organizations. Use of homophobic slurs isn't merely boorish or offensive or cruel or wanton -- but intolerable at news organizations.
But he does insist he was misquoted. We'll see if anybody is buying it.
Apologies for this later reminder of yet another documentary on the JFK assassination, but this one should be both worthy and worth your time: CNN's "The Assassination of President Kennedy," Thursday at 9, and produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (and Mark Herzog). It'll repeat at 11, and again Sunday at 9 and 11. (And there will be other airdates. Hard to miss this one.)
I've only sampled this two-hour film (and will watch more) but what I've seen makes this particular entry stand out because it's one of the rare films to actually build the entire tragic day -- Nov. 22, 1963 -- almost entirely through archival material, some of which I had not yet seen before. There are also many interviews, including of Dan Rather.
Again, I'm impressed with what I've seen, and no re-creations or docu-dramaturgy here, which has tended to distract or distort some of the other films.
Some clips, and Newsday app readers please head to Newsday.com/tvzone to view:
To anyone who thought John Oliver's substitute host gig on "The Daily Show" felt less like a stand-in for Jon Stewart and more like the beginning of a beautiful new career opportunity, then congratulations. ... You were right! HBO has hired Oliver to do his own weekly show, starting next year.
Surprised? I was, a bit, plus slightly disappointed. I figured this future show would be on Comedy Central, but with Stewart at 11 and "The Colbert Report" at 11:30, real estate was starting to get a little tight there. Plus, Oliver's HBO series is now probably going to be more along the lines of Bill Maher's "Real Time" -- once a week, Fridays at 10 -- and I guess the instant assumption would be that Oliver's will be paired with Maher's too ... except that it won't. HBO says this show will go Sundays.
The disappointment? Only that Oliver established that he could easily handle the daily grind, and could have continued to handle it at CC. A weekly show isn't on "top" of the news as much as below it -- more reflective, slightly removed. Maher has certainly found a comfort zone as a once-a-week fixture, but "Real Time" has hardly the impact of a "TDS" or "Colbert Report."
“We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on ‘The Daily Show,’ we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
Oliver: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at ‘The Daily Show’ for the best seven-and-a-half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.”
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.