Daily Archives : Jun 2, 2009

‘Important’ News from Comedy Central

Comedy Central is planning a second season of "Important Things with Demetri Martin." The network Tuesday announced a season two greenlight for Martin’s offbeat comedy series, which is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions. The series is scheduled to return…

Terry Harper, SPJ executive director, dies

Terry Harper, 45, the executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, died today after a two-year struggle with brain cancer, the SPC announced. According to a SPC release, Harper “served from February 2002 through May 2009, took the helm…

Another Take on Conan’s First ‘Tonight Show’

My favorite part of the show was the opening filmed bit that had Conan going down his checklist for his new gig and realizing he forgot to move to L.A. Then it was run, Conan, run to the tune of Cheap…

’60 Minutes’: #13 With a Bullet

Not bad for a 40-year-old TV show. Buoyed by what has always buoyed "60 Minutes" — high-interest news stories and great lead-ins from sports — the CBS newsmagazine finished 13th in the Nielsen ratings last season, best since 2000. Also…

‘Jesse James’ Gives Spike Biggest Premiere Audience Ever

The premiere of Spike TV’s "Jesse James Is a Dead Man" on May 31 garnered the network’s biggest overall audience ever for a non-scripted series premiere. The reality show drew 2 million viewers and a 1.4 household rating, according to…

VH1 Isn’t Done With ‘Rehab’

VH1 has renewed "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" for a third season, Daily Variety reports. The show will appear in early 2010 and feature Dr. Drew Pinksy rescuing celebrities such as Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore and Dennis Rodman, the trade…

Lionsgate Posts Wider Loss

Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. reported a wider loss for its fiscal year ended March 31, while sales rose 8%, Dow Jones reports. The loss widened to $163 million, which included a $36.1 million charge, from $74 million a year earlier, the…

Get Used to It: Conan’s Here to Stay

Some might not like Conan O’Brien’s nervous mannerisms and others might not care for his hair. Some might say he laughs a bit too much at his own jokes. Some might even accuse him of conspiring to push out Jay…

NBC Sets Premiere for Primetime Leno

 "The Jay Leno Show" will premiere Monday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m., NBC announced today. That’s one week before the 2009-10 television season officially begins. There had been some buzz that NBC might try to get Leno on the air…

‘Top Chef’ Moving to Sin City

The sixth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” will be set in Las Vegas, the network announced today.  Host Padma Lakshmi and head judge chef Tom Colicchio will return for the new season, as will judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young….