One of TV MoJoe’s five (hundred million!) readers emailed me a few minutes ago to complain about the lack of any new posts since last night. I appreciate the desire for fresh content … but, sheesh, people! I am not this person or even the guy New York magazine just dubbed the “headline machine” of Twitter.
That said, I figured I ought to dredge up a few links for the late afternoon linkage. Afternoon Joe seems to be the “landslide” winner in the what-to-name-this-thing contest … but still waiting until Monday for a final decision.
—Time magazine is out with its annual Time 100 list of the most influential folks in the world—and some TV types made the cut. Among them: Bravo/Oxygen chief Lauren Zalaznick, who fittingly has made a career out of wooing “influencers.” Time got Martha Stewart to pen the tribute. (“She’s never contrived,” Martha writes, quite correctly.)
NBC Universal also scored mentions for Tina Fey and, in a surprise, Jay Leno. (I guess Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are played out for the Time editors?) Leno’s homage is by Jimmy Fallon, who wins this week’s Suck Up award. The ladies of “The View” also are represented, as is PBS’ Tavis Smiley. And it wouldn’t be a Really Important List without a mention of Oprah.
—Gawker mildly mocks, but ultimately defends, ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper’s performance during today’s White House press briefing. When it comes to Tapper, I prefer the mocking.
—U.S. News, now making a go of things online only, reports that Fox News has ditched “The Beltway Boys,” its Mort Kondracke-Fred Barnes shouting match. Maybe now they can go back to “The McLaughlin Group,” which somehow is still on the air.
—And finally, Michael Ausiello does his take on bubble shows.