Daily Archives : Jun 15, 2009

VIDEO: Dave Apologizes; Will Palin Accept?

The video of David Letterman’s apology to the Palin family has hit the Internet. Letterman comes off as remorseful and genuinely pained by the whole incident. But he doesn’t overdo things and keeps a matter-of-fact attitude throughout. The question now…

MTV Networks’ Graden to Step Down

MTV Networks executive Brian Graden will step down from his post as president of entertainment for MTV Networks Music Group at the end of this year, Variety reports. Graden, who is also president of sister network Logo, will exit once…

MTV’s Graden Exit: Maybe a Good Thing?

The man behind "The Osbournes" and "Jackass" is leaving MTV Networks. The New York Post  broke the news this afternoon that Brian Graden– president of entertainment, MTV Networks music channels– was exiting the company by year’s end, capping a 12-year…

Katie Holmes to Dance on Fox

Katie Holmes taped a guest appearance for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” says Usmagazine.com. When the performance will air is still a secret; the network isn’t confirming that she is on board. –Elizabeth Jensen

New York’s ‘Live at Five’ to Die

NBC’s owned station in New York is killing off its nearly 30-year-old newscast “Live at Five” in the fall, replacing it with an hour-long lifestyle program called “LX New York,” Broadcasting & Cable reports. The show, with fashion, cooking, gossip…

NBA Finals Lift ABC; NHL Last Game Was Most-Watched in 36 Years

ABC’s NBA Finals championships, which ended Sunday, were the second-most-watched basketball championships since 2004, averaging a preliminary 14.3 million viewers in each of five games, says The Hollywood Reporter. NBC also scored with the deciding game 7 of hockey’s Stanley…

All Four ‘American Idol’ Judges Said to Be Returning

No formal announcement is imminent, but RadarOnline.com says that all four “American Idol” judges will return next season. There had been speculation that either Paula Abdul or Kara DioGuardi wouldn’t return; the new four-judge format this season was seen by…

Single-Sponsor Ad Pods for Hallmark Channel

Mutual of Omaha will be the first sponsor in a new Hallmark Channel ad format that allows a single advertiser in a commercial pod, Variety says. Called “Fast Break,” the pods, designed to break through ad clutter, give a single…

No Hope for Future of TV Business, Says a Former Major Wall St. Analyst

A story entitled “Sorry, There’s No Way to Save the TV Business” has been posted by Henry Blodget at his blog, businessinsider.com. Blodget was one of the leading analysts on Wall St. during the Internet boom who was later barred from…

Jon and Kate’s Antics Are, Sadly, a TV Repeat From 1973

Watching the latest installment of the train wreck that was once the compelling and illuminating “Jon and Kate Plus 8” reminds those of us who are baby boomers that we’ve seen this show before. It was one of the first…