Daily Archives : Feb 22, 2012

Journalist Killed in Syria, Hours After Reporting on CNN About the Dangerous Situation in That Country

Just hours after appearing on CNN’s "AC360" to talk about the dangerous situation in Syria, Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin was killed Tuesday, reports TVNewser.com. The Long Island native had appeared on CNN telling the story of a little boy…

Sitcom Star Says He Snorted Coke at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner

[Updated with correction in headline at 2:20 pm, PT, on 2/22/12. The original headline left out the last two words, "Correspondents' Dinner.' Cross did not say he snorted coke at the White House, but at the White House Correspondents' Dinner,...

Comcast Sets Sights on Netflix as Online Video Wars Heat Up; New Service Undercuts Netflix on Price

Comcast is rolling out a new video-on-demand service that could pose problems for Netflix, as competition for digital consumers heats up, Time reports. Time reports: “The new service, called Xfinity Streampix, will be available to over 20 million Comcast subscribers,…

Nickelodeon Confirms Signing ‘X Factor’ Youngster to Star in Comedy Series; 14-Year-Old Also Lands Record Deal

Nickelodeon has confirmed that it signed a 14-year-old singing sensation who broke out thanks to an appearance on “The X Factor.” We reported earlier that Rachel Crow was closing in on a deal with the network. Paula Kaplan, Nickelodeon’s Executive…

Five-Time Emmy Winner Leaves Millions to UCLA

A five-time Emmy winner who died last year bequeathed a large scholarship fund to the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the AP. UCLA announced that the $3 million from the late Peter Falk will be used to create the…

NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Suspends Production After Contestants Walk Off the Set

The remaining contestants on NBC’s "Biggest Loser" have reportedly walked off the show and are threatening to quit, reports TMZ.com. The mutiny happened this week when the contestants learned that the producers were considering bringing back previous contestants to compete,…

‘Amazing Race’ Producer Poisoned to Death

A producer for CBS’s "The Amazing Race" was found dead in his hotel room, the apparent victim of a poisoning, reports the Daily Mail. Jeff Rice was a freelance producer who worked on creating challenges for the CBS show in…

Report: Whitney Houston Had Deadly Drug Cocktail in Her System

The late Whitney Houston had a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol in her system when she died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the New York Post reports. The drugs included Valium and Xanax, according to the report. The coroner…

Late-Night Talk Show Host Gets Contract Extension

A popular late-night talk show host has had his contract extended until 2014. A press announcement today said, "TBS has extended the popular late-night series ‘Conan’ through April 2014, demonstrating the network’s solid commitment to the Emmy-nominated show and its…

Oscar Hopeful’s Very Special Mentor, and the Best Saturday Afternoon Ever

This story — which you can read if you click on this sentence – is told by TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross, and it’s most likely not what you expect.