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Bill Cosby told Yahoo TV late last week that he's developing a new family situation comedy with one of his former partners on "The Cosby Show" -- Tom Werner. This was left unsaid however: whether he'll actually star, though based on the description he provided to the website, that appears unlikely.
Cos -- talking about his Nov. 23 comedy special for Comedy Central, a first in many...Read more »
If you missed the big breakfast show space news this morning... "Today" and NBC have signed an exclusive deal with Richard Branson to air his first commercial sub-orbital space flight - probably next August.
Cue the corny jokes! Like: "Gravity" will not on on the in-flight movie menu; or "hope Matt Lauer has shaved by then..."
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Is there really a debate over a cartoon sponge? Some corners of the media would have you believe that a major D.C. storm — in the immediate absence of more pressing matters, like the government shutdown — has enveloped SpongeBob SquarePants, and his show. It's all pivoting around a Monday episode where 'Bob is laid off at the Crusty Crab, and then wonders whether to go on the dole . . .
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CBS last night gave the first indication that it doubted the veracity of a subject who was a prominent part of an Oct. 27 "60 Minutes" story on the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. And this morning, it officially admitted that the subject had misled them. (See post below.) "60 Minutes" will admit the mistake Sunday night.
Lara Logan, who appeared on "CBS This Morning," admitted that she and the show had been duped by Dylan Davies, who had said he had been at the compound during the attack when in fact he was not. A Washington Post story immediately called the "60 Minutes" piece into question.
"We did not know about that incident report [Davies had filed with his employer] before we did our story. When the Washington Post story came out, he denied it, he said that he never wrote it, had nothing to do with it, and that he told the FBI the same story that he told us. But as we now know, that was not that case." Here's Logan's disavowal, below, though she doesn't fully explain why that would seem to be a fairly simple and routine matter of reporting — checking the employer record on Davies' actions on Sept. 11, 2012 — had been overlooked. The Davies' revelations have propelled "60 Minutes" into the thick of a ferocious debate over whether the Obama administration has revealed everything it knows about what happened in Benghazi a little over a year ago:
"60 Minutes," which Oct. 27 aired a report on Benghazi that almost immediately came under attack as deeply flawed, has finally issued a statement after days of standing by the Lara Logan story:
60 MINUTES has learned of new information that undercuts the account told to us by Morgan Jones of his actions on the night of the attack on the Benghazi compound. We are currently looking into this serious matter to determine if he misled us, and if so, we will make a correction.
It's unclear what "new information" CBS is referring to. The network has already said it should have revealed that the subject of the report, Dylan Davies, who was identified in the story as Morgan Jones, had written a book that was to be published by a CBS-owned imprint (the network's been caught with its pants down on this sort of thing before, so no big deal). But the larger issue is that Davies told the program something that was at variance with the official report he had filed with his employer concerning the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the embassy, where he was supervisor of the local guards protecting the mission.
He told "60 Minutes," for example, he had heroically scaled the compound wall during the attack to rescue the embassy officials -- four of whom, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed. But he said in his official report he was at a seaside villa, and couldn't get anywhere near it. That was not revealed in the "60" report and now he's thrown fuel on the political firestorm that has engulfed the attack and its aftermath for more thana year, with many critics insisting the Obama administration has engaged in a cover up.
"60" is now deeply in the soup, too.
Bob Newhart, one of the greats of the TV age, is back on TV tonght - reprising his Emmy-wnning Professor Proton, on "The Big Bang Theory." Check out this clip which reveals timing that's about as flawless as timing can be...
In easily the most significant original program deal in its history, Netflix just announced that Marvel's "Flawed Heroes of Hell's Kitchen" will come to the streaming service as four separate series, along with a miniseries based on "The Defenders."
Arrival date: 2015, but Netflix and ABC said the shows will roll out over years.
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Comedy Central. Long Island. Sitcom.
(Got your attention yet?)
The network of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert has announced that it's developing an Internet series that will be set on Long Island, with Kevin Brown of "30 Rock," titled "Strong Island."
The show is about two brothers who live at home -- yes, on Long Island -- with their mother and will be written by Jon Gabrus and Justin Tyler, both of Upright Citizens Brigade, a famed New York comedy improv group.
Gabrus -- who is from Bellmore, now living in Los Angeles -- has worked mostly as a stand-up. His amusing credit for HBO's made-for-cable movie "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which debuted in early October is described simply as "Stoned clerk."
On NBC's "30 Rock," Brown played "Dot Com," Tracy Jordan's (Tracy Morgan) long-suffering driver.
Also in the show is Artemis Pebdani from the FX series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Will the series, now in development, actually air on Comedy Central? That remains to be seen. It will be produced by CC Studios, a new Comedy Central initiative which has supplied online Comedy Central shows ("This is Not Happening") aimed primarily at college students.
The launch date was not announced.
Among the other projects that Comedy Central announced is an animated comedy starring Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov (writers on MTV's "Punk'd") about bad girls who are kicked out of middle school and forced to attend the Special Education Students program.
Blockbuster, which only "yesterday" commanded the attention of anyone who had something called a VCR and who didn't want to spend one more night watching a rerun of "Murder, She Wrote," is closing down.
Dish Network Corp., which owns the rental chain, announced the news Wednesday. Most of the remaining stores, 300 total, will be shuttered by early January, with about 50 franchises around the country remaining open.
A number of locations around Long Island have already closed down over the past few years though the Coram and Elmont locations are still around. Even in recent years they seemed to be everywhere - Smithtown, Ronkonkoma, Patchogue, Selden, Merrick - and the stores were vast... Now, gone.
It's a sad announcement certainly -- except, I suppose, to customers who still have huge outstanding late fee penalties (remember those?) or the dozens, hundreds, thousands of mom-and-pop video stores put down by the advent of 'buster -- but inevitable given everything that's happened to "home entertainment" over the last 12 to 16 months. The revolution swept over -- then swept aside -- Blockbuster, which tried to get into streaming, but too-little-too-late. The chain's streaming service will shut down in December.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton said in a statement Wednesday.
Dish Network is trying to keep the Blockbuster brand alive through an Internet video-streaming service that rents movies and TV shows by title, for a set viewing time.
Meanwhile, for a trip down Blockbuster Nostalgia Lane - and a strange lane and trip they are - check out this excellent post from "Entertainment Weekly's" James Hibberd who cites the ten-things-we-won't-miss.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
You have see it everywhere -- everywhere on NBC's air, that is. A stunning midair collision of a plane with another plane over Wisconsin, as sky divers were jumping... Would they all die in the inferno? Would the plane incinerate them...? The outcome as you know was a happy one: A very happy one certainly for the sky divers who got $100,000 for the footage.
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