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Jim Lovell, a sound technician who was traveling on the Manhattan-bound train that derailed in the Bronx yesterday morning, killing four, was remembered on this morning's "Today" show. Here's the tribute again, if you missed; Lovell, 58, father of four, was heading to Rockefeller Center to work on the Christmas tree lighting show.
AMC last week announced a pair of drama newcomers, including this intriguing period one -- "Turn," based on Alexander Rose's "Washington's Spies." Series arrives next spring, and stars UK actor Jamie Bell. Here's AMC's IMDB description:
Set in the summer of 1778, show tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.
And as promised ... a preview:
Welcome back to my new, revised, updated, expanded and – frankly – rethought list of television's most influential shows.
How “expanded?” I've added about forty new shows, dropped a few too. .
How “revised?” I've changed the order fairly dramatically (but fear not - “Seinfeld” remains in the top five.)
How “rethought?” In this sense: I've reconsidered what it means to be...Read more »
Yes, yes, I know: Thanksgiving is Thursday — and Happy Thanksgiving to all — and most thoughts right now are probably not on what you are going to watch on TV Wednesday night. But just in case: There is one series on the Esquire Network — formerly the Style Network — with a nice Long Island hook. This newcomer, "Alternate Routes" -- which premiered Nov. 20 — returns Wednesday night at...Read more »
"Dancing with the Stars" crowned a season 17 winner Tuesday night, and in truth, the winner is a "he" as much a "she." "He" is one of the best professional dancers in the world and a multiple winner on this show "He" is also the biggest star on "DWTS" -- easily, ironically, a larger presence than just about any other "star" season...Read more »
Alec Baldwin, who was suspended Nov. 15 by MSNBC for allegedly using anti-gay slurs on a paparazzo, has agreed to a "mutual parting" with the network.
"We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC," according to a brief statement from Baldwin's spokesman. MSNBC separately called the split "a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."
The...Read more »
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was suspended today by the network in the wake of an internal report that determined the Oct. 27 "60 Minutes" story on the U.S. Embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya, was "deficient in several respects." CBS did not disclose terms of the suspension.
"60 Minutes" and Logan had earlier apologized for the story - which had extensively...Read more »
Last night's "How I Met Your Mother" a-rhyming it did go, confirming fears of fans that this season's stretched like a bow.
The conceit was clever, kinda sweet, the idea certainly not un-fun, but before the first commercial break, you also sensed its course had run.
If you missed, the plot's a cinch, poor Marshall's in a pinch:
On a bus to far points east, his kid's...Read more »
Yes, sob, sniffle, sigh, someone died on "Family Guy" Sunday night. Let me amend: Maybe someone died on "Family Guy." Let me amend further: Someone died on "Family Guy," but: a) We are talking about a cartoon here; b) We are talking about Seth MacFarlane, who has never taken one thing seriously in his entire life, except maybe Frank Sinatra; c) We are talking...Read more »
Katie Couric, one of the more celebrated broadcasters of the past 20 years, will forsake broadcast news in 2014 when she joins Yahoo as "global anchor." But because her syndicated show is expected to end next year as well maybe it's time now to consider this possibility: Is broadcasting about to forsake Couric?
Her five-year run on "CBS Evening News," which ended in 2011, was considered a disappointment. Her ongoing role at ABC News has largely been invisible. Her talk show -- better than anyone has ever given it credit for, which can actually be a liability in daytime -- has also been a washout, ratings-wise.
If this was baseball, that would add up to three strikes. This isn't baseball even though the outcome could turn out to be the same: Three strikes. Adios.
Then, there's the other way of looking at this. Couric is deepening her ties with one of the Internet's most important destinations, under vigorous new leadership. Chief executive Marissa Mayer, a web pioneer and recent arrival from Google, wants to revive this still-potent brand with fresh talent and energy. At the very least, the future here looks interesting.
The future of broadcasting looks interesting, too, with broad viewership declines, and franchise programs and legacy networks fighting for every warm body. Those bodies are harder to find because they have their noses buried in the mobile devices where they'll soon be able to see a new "global anchor" for Yahoo.
"Joining Yahoo," said Couric in a statement, "offers a tremendous opportunity to reach people all around the world in the way that they're using and consuming media today."
What else would you expect her to say? Except . . . she's right.