Daily Archives : Nov 18, 2010

‘SNL’ Breaking Out the Big Guns for Its December Shows

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” will be cashing in on a few big movie premieres in December, with some high-caliber star power available for hosting duties, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Among the hosts the show has lined up: Robert De Niro,…

New Reality Show ‘Mob Wives’ Coming From Ben Silverman, Weinstein Co.

A new reality show called “Mob Wives” has been sold for a 10-episode run by The Weinstein Co. and Ben Silverman’s company Electus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Production on the show for VH1 is scheduled to begin within a…

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Sounds Off: Jon Stewart ‘Crazy,’ NPR Execs ‘Nazis’

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes had plenty to say about others in the media in an interview with The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Among the highlights, Ailes said of NPR execs, “They are, of course,…

‘Glee’ Unveils Plans for Splashy–And Pricey–Post-Super Bowl Episode

"Glee’s" post-Super Bowl episode is likely to be one of the show’s most pricey productions, and probably one of TV’s most expensive episodes ever, reports EW.com’s InsideTV blog. The upsized show will include Michael Jackson’s "Thriller," performed as a mash-up…

Trying to Make Sense of the Ronni Chasen Killing, and Returning Inevitably to One Compelling Question: Why Did It Happen?

The shooting death this week of veteran publicist Ronni Chasen left Hollywood insiders in disbelief, stirring up a wide range of troubling questions and providing few answers. Was it a random act of violence, an orchestrated hit, an example of…

Big Names Being Dropped for Big-Screen Adaptation of Iconic 1960s Spy Show–’Ocean’s’ Pair Clooney and Soderbergh May Join Forces Again

On the heels of news that acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh (“Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic”) is in talks to helm the big-screen adaptation of 1960s spy drama “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” today word has surfaced that George Clooney may be tapped to…

ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ Continues Its Winning Ways in Wednesday Ratings

“Modern Family” was once again the top-rated show of Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to push ABC ahead of CBS for the night, according to TVbytheNumbers.com. CBS wound up with an average rating of 3.0 in the 18-49 demo…

Jeff Zucker Says What He Did Worst During His Tenure Running NBC Universal. Take Your Guess and See if You Agree…

Jeff Zucker, in an interview at the Paley Center for Media in New York this morning, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, was asked what he did best and what he did worst during his tenure running NBC Universal. First, Zucker gave…

Uh-Oh, This Can’t Be Good: Nielsen’s Measurements are the Currency of the TV Business. So Check This Out–the Media Rating Council Has Yanked Accreditation for Diary Markets, Effective LAST Year

The "Media Rating Council (MRC) has pulled its accreditation of Nielsen measurement in its 154 diary-only markets, effective back to 2009." So begins a must-read article in B&C. This only affects smaller markets that don’t have meters, the article notes….

The Ronni Chasen Tragedy: Why Did It Happen?

It’s still difficult to shake off the shock of seeing the headline "Ronni Chasen Gunned Down in Beverly Hills." Images of mobster Bugsy Siegel as portrayed by Warren Beatty in the film "Bugsy” come to mind when you think of…