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First off, allow me to be the 5,675,345th to congratulate Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani on their big Mirror Ball heist on “Dancing with the Stars” last night. They did a great job this season -- the so-called “All-Star” one -- and have the consistently good scores to prove it (and in fact, the best scores). But Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough should have won. They were the best team, and...Read more »
Well, it took only 24 (or so) hours but the wrath of TimeWarner, Chuck Lorre, his agent (Paradigm), and various handlers have prevailed: Angus T. Jones has issued an apology via Deadline.com, the go-to site for such matters. Here it is in full:
I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said...Read more »
Jeff Zucker, onetime boy wonder of NBC who helped make Katie Couric a star and became chief executive of NBCUniversal, has not-quite-yet been named the new chief executive of CNN, but it appears the only thing left is the press release.
The New York Times says the deal is done, and the LA Times indicates the same.
Zucker left as executive producer of his pal Couric's syndicated show -- widely interpreted as a move that would free him to knock out a deal with TimeWarner. He replaces Jim Walton, leaving by year's end. A Miami native, Zucker spent most of his career at NBC where he had a very strong run in news (most notably at "Today") but a controversial one in entertainment. Two words, "The Jay Leno Show." (OK, that's four words.) There were a few other missteps, but no need to pile on now. (That will probably come later, right Conan?)
Meanwhile, if Zucker is appointed , expect massive shakeups at CNN -- in a holding pattern for what seems like years now - though stil very profitable and still one of the greatest brands in all of television. (There's a vast amount of talent at CNN, and one hopes Zucker, or whomever the new boss is, will recognize it. )
More -- as we say in the trade -- to come...
NBC has invited us all to the wedding of Ms. Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon (Tina Fey) and Mr. Crisstopher Rick Chross (James Marsden) Thursday night.. Thanks but no thanks - we’d rather just watch (WNBC/4, 8 "Mazel Tov, Dummies.") However, assuming this wedding does actually happen (doubtful) what's the fun in that unless you know all the baggage - in Liz's case, many failed relationships....Read more »
Rainn Wilson is now going off the deep end too - just posted this video where he calls "The Office" "filth," says "it's the enemy," tells viewers "not to watch," insists that it will "rot your brain."
What is going on out there in Hollywood? Who's next? Zooey Deschanel? Scott Baio?
Interesting Jeff Glor interview on "CBS This Morning," the day following that David Letterman/Oprah Winfrey interview at Ball State.
Here's a generous clip of said event if you weren't among the three thousand-plus students at Emens Auditorium yesterday (who bizarrely neglected to post a single clip off their iPhones of this impactful encounter.)
In any event, Oprah tells Glor she and Dave are currently "friendly friends." I don't know what a "friendly friend" is but Oprah does, so let's find out, shall we?
Jimmy Kimmel -- shrewdly -- nailed down what this latest Nicki Minaj eruption is all about. (She cursed Steven Tyler out after he said she'd send Bob Dylan -- if he were an “American Idol” contestant -- back to the “cornfields...") It''s all one big stunt...to get people to pay attention when there's really nothing to pay attention to. His comments last night, to Ryan Seacrest (who didn't exactly disagree either):
After all that -- after all the hype, the press, the reviews (largely not good ones), the various TMZ posts -- nothing, or "almost nothing" by TV terms: "Liz & Dick," Lindsay Lohan's coming-out party, crashed last night with only 3.5 million viewers. That was not even a record for Lifetime, by the way. The network, however, did take a glass-kind-of-a-little-bit-half-full approach by saying it was "the fourth most watched original movie premiere on an ad-supported network" this year -- which is another way of saying, the fourth most watched on Lifetime.
The line reads thusly: "Liz & Dick ranks as 2012’s fourth most-watched original movie premiere on ad-supported cable among all key demographics, including Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, Adults 18-49, Women 18-49 and Women 25-54, behind Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias, Drew Peterson: Untouchable and Abducted: The Carlina White Story (excluding miniseries)."
We have another situation on "Two and a Half Men." Star Angus T. Jones has told series fans to stop watching, and says "I'm on it and don't want to be on it. Please stop watching . . . please stop filling your head with filth."
All this — and more — appears about seven minutes and forty-five seconds into the video posted below, and which is getting — surprise — much viral love on the Internet as we speak. Is this one of those elaborate web hoaxes of which you have no doubt heard of before? Good question - but no, it's not. By the way, the person debriefing the now-very-much-in-hot-water Jones is Christopher Hudson, who told me a little while ago:"He's quite an intelligent young man. He hasn't been coerced to make the statements he's made or take the stand he's taken with the Lord, and in the next few days, only Angus will be able to tell everybody his plans."
"No man can serve two masters [and] the impression I got was of a young man who is trully converted," adding: "Whatever direction the Lord will lead him, he'll make that known" in a few days.
(Or after he talks to his agent and/or banker or the wrath of WB has descended upon his head - but that's just my snark and many years of covering show biz breaking through here; sorry.]
The interview was apparently taped earlier this month and why it's coming up for air now is a question without an answer, or at least one that I'm aware of.
So..what gives? Jones is apparently a member of the Seventh-day Adventist group Forerunner Chronicles; check it out here.
You may be assured that CBS — and Warner Bros. TV — are in full panic mode right now. No official comment - or any comment - yet, but as soon as I get one, will post. [And by the way, this post went up late morning and it is now late afternoon - a cone of silence has descended upon network and studio; and I'm told not to expect a comment either.]
But enough about Lindsay, Oprah, and Justin . . . what about "Dancing with the Stars," which wraps tomorrow night with the first all-female finale. Who will win? I am of course standing by my original prediction: Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough take it all, and take it all easily. This duo ranks as possibly the best in show history, and for evidence in support of this, check out — once again...Read more »