Daily Archives : Nov 8, 2010

‘CHiPs’ Star Confesses to Tax Fraud; Will Be Sentenced in January

One of the stars of the 1970′s cop show "CHiPs," confessed to tax fraud and accepted a plea deal on Friday in Fort Lauderdale federal court, reports BizJournals.com. Officer Jon Baker, who was played by the actor Larry Wilcox is…

Conan Debuts Tonight on TBS. Here’s the Real Reason He’s No Longer on NBC Right After Stations’ Late News. And What Conan Should Really Be Doing

Conan O’Brien is back on a regularly scheduled show, starting tonight. TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross says that corresponds with Ross’ finishing Bill Carter’s latest book, which is about the Leno-Conan conundrum. Based on what he read and his own…

CBS TV Distribution Lays off About a Dozen Staffers, Part of Consolidation

CBS Television Distribution, the syndication unit of CBS, laid off about a dozen staffers in its research, accounting and finance departments, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog. The cuts were part of a slow consolidation of King World…

Former Oscar Host Hugh Jackman Asked To Host Again, But…

Hugh Jackman, who hosted the Academy Awards two years ago, has been asked again to host the presentation reports Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming. Jackson has said sorry, but he must send his regrets and cannot host the show cominig up in early 2011….

Mike Darnell Says It’s Most ‘Nerve-Wracking Game He’s Seen’; ‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ Gets Order from Fox

 A game show called "Million Dollar Money Drop" — which gives contestants $1 million in cash and then slowly takes it away — has been greenlighted by Fox, reports the Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog. The show, from producer Endemol,…

Ooooo, Now That’s Punishment: ‘Indefinite’ Suspension of MSNBC’s Olbermann Turns out To Be Just a Couple of Days

Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host who was suspended "indefinitely" last week for donating to Democrat candidates, will return to the air on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010,  reports the Hollywood Reporter’s The Live Feed blog. MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in…

SAG, AFTRA Reach Tentative Agreement with Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers

SAG and AFTRA reached a tentative three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers this weekend, with the unions receiving 2% annual wage increases, The Hollywood Reporter reports. While that’s a modest gain, the unions won big…

TV Rights for NHL Poised to Become Battleground as ESPN Gears up for Bid

The rights for the National Hockey League may become a battleground as ESPN is gearing up to make a bid, reports Mediaweek. Comcast’s Versus, the incumbent cable rights holder, has first dibs, with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman planning on meeting…

On Heels of San Francisco Banning Toys in Happy Meals is New Yale Study Blasting the Marketing Efforts of Fast Food Eateries

Fast food restaurants market too heavily to kids is one of the conclusions of a new study from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity,the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the article, " ‘Our results show that…

Los Angeles to Jamie Oliver: Nah, Our School Kids Aren’t Interested in Your Healthy Lunches

The Los Angeles Unified School District has turned down an offer by British chef Jamie Oliver to remake its school food into more healthful options, reports the Los Angeles Times. Oliver is planning on bringing his reality TV show "Food…