Daily Archives : Nov 22, 2011

Emmy Award-Winning Composer for ‘Sesame Street’ and Disney Arraigned on Child Pornography Charges

An Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer for television shows such as "Sesame Street" has been arraigned on charges of production, distribution and possession of child pornography, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fernando Rivas, 59, has also composed for the Disney show…

The Investigation Into Natalie Wood’s Death Gets Curiouser. ‘ET’ Touts ‘The details you’ve never heard from the witness who’s never spoken before.’ Huh? She Was Just on TV Two Days Earlier. And What She Witnessed Was Published At Least 11 Years Ago

The witness in question is Marilyn Wayne. I first came across her name when I read the article “Natalie Wood’s Fatal Voyage,” which is in the current special edition of Vanity Fair (VF) that’s subtitled “Hollywood Scandal, Sex and Obsession.” The…

Networks Working to Poach NBA Advertisers — Adidas Moves Commercials for Derrick Rose Shoe to NFL Games

By Dan HirschhornAdvertising Age With the basketball lockout dragging into Thanksgiving and even a partial season increasingly in doubt, networks that don’t carry the NBA are trying to poach advertisers from networks that normally do. Their sales pitches are focusing…

Co-Creator of Animated TV Show Dies

The co-creator of an animated show starring a character who was a familiar figure on television during the 1980s has died, reports the BBC. Mark Hall, who co-created the show "Danger Mouse," was 74, the story reports. Hall died of…

Bravo Expands Show to Five Nights a Week, Shifts Host’s Role With Network

Bravo is expanding one of its shows to five nights a week starting in January, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog. The show is Andy Cohen’s "Watch What Happens Live," which currently airs on Sundays and Mondays. Starting…

HBO Signs Two-Year Deal with Oscar Winner, Starting With Ron Howard-Directed Western Pilot

HBO has signed a two-year exclusive overall deal with an Oscar-winning writer and producer, reports Deadline.com. As part of the deal, Akiva Goldsman will work on a Western drama about famed Old West gunslinger Doc Holliday, the story says. Ron…

NBC Orders Additional Episodes of New Sitcom

NBC has increased its episode order for a freshman comedy, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog. The network ordered two additional episodes of "Up All Night." The series had already received a full-season order, and will now air 24 episodes this…

TV Networks Aim to Poach Basketball Advertisers

Networks that don’t carry the NBA are trying to woo advertisers that normally buy time on NBA broadcasts, reports Advertising Age. These networks are focusing on sports programming and other programming that’s geared to young men, the piece adds. "I…

HBO Developing Series With Leonardo DiCaprio About Doctor Who Invented the Lobotomy

HBO is developing a series with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company based on "The Lobotomist," a book about the doctor who invented the lobotomy, reports the New York Post. In the late 1940s, Dr. Walter Freeman refined the surgery and promoted…