Daily Archives : Nov 18, 2011

New Book on Howard Cosell Says He Had a Problem That Was His Downfall — Including Triggering a Fight With Al Michaels in the Broadcast Booth

A new book claims that TV personality Howard Cosell had a personal problem that was his undoing, including costing him his ABC job, reports the New York Post. Cosell, who died in 1995, is the focus of “Howard Cosell: The…

Which TV Shows Do Rich People Hate the Most?

Digging into Nielsen ratings by demographics, two shows stand out for being unpopular with wealthy viewers, in an analysis by New York Magazine. According to the piece, Fox’s "Cops" is the most unpopular show among upscale adults 18 to 49…

CBS’s Les Moonves on TV: ‘We’re the Best Game in Town’

CBS Corp. President and CEO Les Moonves opened up about ‘Two and a Half Men,’ the value of demographics and how technology has affected the content business during an in-depth interview with the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. TVWeek Open…

Regis Philbin’s Last Day on ‘Live with Regis & Kelly’ Brings Ad Windfall

Regis Philbin’s last appearance as a co-host of the syndicated show "Live with Regis & Kelly" drew hefty advertising rates, with 30-second commercials in today’s telecast selling for $250,000 each, reports MediaPost.com’s MediaDailyNews. The show typically earns between $25,000 and…

YouTube Phenomenon Makes Its Way to Television as a Weekly Series

Cartoon Network said it’s planning a weekly series based on a YouTube phenomenon that will air beginning in 2012, reports the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog. The Internet phenomenon is "The Annoying Orange," an animated fruit that annoys other foods…

As Netflix Deal Winds Down, Starz Readies Its Own Digital Streaming App, Eyes Nontraditional Internet Business Model

[Updated Nov. 21, 2011, 11:55 a.m., to reflect L.A. Times' correction to its story, as indicated below.} With its Netflix deal set to end, Starz is working on its own digital streaming application to bring its programs to subscribers in...

FX Takes a Pass on One Pilot, Retools Another

FX is taking a pass on one of two drama pilots it has in the works and is doing some retooling and reshoots on the other one, Deadline.com reports. "Outlaw Country," a pilot set in Nashville, has been passed over…

HBO and BBC Developing Prize-Winning Historical Novel

HBO and BBC are joining forces on a television adaptation of an award-winning 2009 historical novel, Deadline.com reports. The book is "Wolf Hall," which won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. The book follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell in the…

Big Turnout for Simon Cowell’s Twitter Debut

"X Factor" judge Simon Cowell signed up for Twitter on Wednesday and by Thursday afternoon had attracted almost 300,000 followers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In his first tweet, Cowell acknowledged "its taken a while" for him to join Twitter,…

CBS Boss Les Moonves on TV: ‘We’re the Best Game in Town’

As the news broke Thursday that "Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher’s marriage to Demi Moore was in fact over, CBS Corp. President and CEO Les Moonves was engaged in a conversation before an audience of hundreds of…