Daily Archives : Jul 21, 2010

Veteran ABC News Exec Phyllis McGrady Stepping Down

Phyllis McGrady, a longtime producer and executive at ABC News, has decided to leave her job with the network and move into the role of consultant, reports TVNewser. McGrady, who has been with ABC News since 1977, has on her…

You MUST Hear This: It’s the Voicemail Wherein CBS (and Viacom) Owner Sumner Redstone, Embarrassed by Article, Says To Reporter About His Source, ‘We’re Not Going to Kill Him. We Just Want to Talk to Him.’

An article in The Daily Beast that was critical of Sumner Redstone, the majority stakeholder of both CBS and Viacom, has prompted the 87-year old to offer to make the story’s reporter "well-rewarded" if he would give up his source, reports The Daily…

It’s Not Your Grandparents’ Sandman: ‘Inception’ is the Talk of the Town. One Major Critic Confesses He Doesn’t Get the Film; and What That Says About Shows Such as ‘Lost,’ ’24′ and ‘Twin Peaks’

Out of the box it’s the hottest, most talked about movie of the year: Christopher Nolan’s "Inception." In an insightful entry, TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross examines one major movie critic’s confession that he didn’t "get" the movie, and…

You Think You’re Frustrated With AT&T? Report Says Apple’s Steve Jobs Wanted to Ditch AT&T At Least Six Times Since iPhone Deal

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs discussed ditching AT&T as the iPhone’s service partner at least half a dozen times, after the companies’ partnership resulted in a sometimes less-than-happy marriage, according to an article in the August issue of Wired magazine….

Report: In the Race to Replace Simon Cowell, Chris Isaak Currently Seems To Have the Inside Track; Another Singer Being Considered, and an Apprentice Wants the Job

The clock is ticking pretty quickly if the producers of "American Idol" and Fox are going to find a replacement for Simon Cowell in time to join the audition shows in early September. According to reporters James Hibberd and Kim Masters, "The network is determined…

Men’s Magazine to Become Late-Night Program for Cinemax, Although Won’t Be a ‘Softcore’ Show

A series based on a men’s magazine has been given an order by Cinemax, although the show won’t be part of the network’s softcore "Skinamax" shows, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The half-hour late night program, based on the pub Femme…

Six Feet Under Idea Surfaces: Meredith Sells Local TV Obituary Service to its Stations, Others

Meredith is syndicating a local obituary service for television stations after successfully introducing the program at its WNEM-TV station in Flint-Saginaw Bay City, Michigan, reports Allison Romano at TVNewsCheck.com. According to the article, "On TV, basic obits are run during…

PBS Program About Former Secretary of State Comes Under Fire by PBS Ombudsman for Funding Ties that Create ‘Appearance of Conflict of Interest’

A three-part series on PBS has come under fire from both critics and the organization’s ombudsman, who cites the series’ funding sources as creating "at least the appearance of a conflict of interest," reports the New York Times. The series…

Clooney to Receive Special Emmy

Oscar winner George Clooney will receive a special Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this year, reports People magazine. Clooney is being recognized for his humanitarian efforts and philanthropy. He will receive the Bob Hope Award, named…

Spitzer, Eager to be on TV, Accepted CNN Contract for Less than $1 Million

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was so eager to be on CNN that he took a contract for less than $1 million, reports the New York Post’s Page Six. Both Spitzer and his co-host, Kathleen Parker, will be making…