Sep 30, 2016
12:57 pm

‘CBS This Morning’ Launches New Platform (Bet You Didn’t Know What Today Is …) (TVWeek)

Timing its launch to coincide with a “National Day” most viewers probably didn’t know about, CBS today announced that “CBS This Morning” is launching a daily podcast. That’s right, today is National Podcast Day.

“Posted each day following ‘CBS This Morning,’ the podcast will include news of the day, extended interviews and original content just for listeners,” the network says in the announcement. “The inaugural special edition will feature a conversation between Vladimir Duthiers and ‘CBS This Morning’ co-hosts Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King about what they love about the show and who their dream interview subjects are, among other topics.”

Ryan Kadro, executive producer of ‘CBS This Morning,’ says in the announcement:

“As ‘CBS This Morning’ continues to increase viewership and set records, we are constantly looking for fresh ways to reach new audiences. Today’s exciting launch is one more way to bring ‘CBS This Morning’s’ great storytelling to audiences and extend our reach.”

The podcast is being distributed on platforms including iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher, and is available on computers and mobile devices, with additional details at cbsthismorning.com/podcast.

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Sep 30, 2016
12:31 pm

New Teaser for the Upcoming ‘Twin Peaks’ Reboot Sure Has a Familiar Ring to It (Showtime)

A teaser that’s just out today for the eagerly anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival features someone who had a big hand in the original series — composer Angelo Badalamenti. The prolific composer, whose theme music for the ABC series won a Grammy, is seen in the clip playing the familiar haunting theme on a keyboard.

Showtime, which is readying the new series for a 2017 premiere, comments in its material accompanying the clip: “One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time, the new Showtime series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The new ‘Twin Peaks’ is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by Lynch.”

Here’s the teaser …

Sep 30, 2016
11:59 am

Why Former Super Agent Michael Ovitz Is Apologizing (THR)

Michael Ovitz, the former chairman of CAA and former president of The Walt Disney Co., offered a number of apologies Thursday night to his former partner Ron Meyer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two men were reunited at the Directors Guild of America in L.A., where they talked about building the Creative Artists Agency together and the conflicts that drove them apart.

“Ovitz, 69, who has not had a major involvement in the entertainment business since he was forced out as president of The Walt Disney Co. in 1997, less than two years after exiting CAA, extended multiple olive branches to Meyer, 72, now vice chairman of NBCUniversal,” THR reports. “Once best friends, the two men have barely spoken in years.”

The report quotes Ovitz saying: “When I started building those kinds of [other business] relationships, I didn’t realize I was sacrificing relationships that were actually more important to me, because I was completely engrossed in what I was doing. I wish I [had a close adviser to caution me], but I didn’t.”

Ovitz later added: “We were on such a roll, in every aspect of the business, that I was oblivious and insensitive to a lot of the people issues. And the reason was, there weren’t enough hours in the day. I was flying [around the world for] 600 hours a year to do these deals. The economics were huge for us. It helped us. And I was basically myopic in my drive.”

We encourage readers to click on the link to THR near the top of this story to read the publication’s full report.


Sep 30, 2016
11:11 am

Which Late-Night Host Is More Popular Than Fallon, Kimmel or Colbert Among Men 18-34? (Hint: He’s Not on Broadcast, and He’s Probably Not Who You’re Thinking Of) (AP)

A late-night host whose show is unlike the others has been carving out a strong following in the past year — especially among young male viewers.

“To a certain segment of the population, Scott Van Pelt is a more popular late-night television star than Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert,” the AP reports. “That segment — young men aged 18-to-34 — may be small, but it’s an elusive one for television advertisers and vital to Van Pelt’s bosses at ESPN. He’s one year into an experiment to broaden the appeal of ‘SportsCenter’ at the midnight hour.”

Van Pelt’s take on “SportsCenter” is almost as different from the franchise’s shows airing in other dayparts as it is from his late-night talk competition.

“While Van Pelt doesn’t yuk it up with monologue jokes, the midnight ‘SportsCenter’ he hosts incorporates elements from the late-night comedy shows, including a greater emphasis on interviews and bite-sized pieces of material that can live online independent of the television show,” the AP notes.

The report quotes Van Pelt, who was previously working mainly in radio and as a golf reporter for ESPN, saying of the move to the new show: “I resisted it for quite a while simply because I liked the radio world I was in. I just never thought they’d give me the latitude to be myself. I never believed that they would just give me the easel and say, ‘Paint what you want.'”

We encourage readers to click on the link above to the AP story to read the full report.


Sep 30, 2016
10:44 am

Debate Commission Admits There Was Something Wrong With Trump’s Audio (TVWeek)

The Commission on Presidential Debates has issued a statement acknowledging that something was going on with Donald Trump’s audio inside the hall during the recent debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The one-sentence statement reads: “Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.”

Trump complained after the event that he had a “defective mic” and went so far as to ask: “Was that on purpose?”

The “issues” did not appear to affect the television feed for the debate.


Sep 30, 2016
9:59 am

What Joe Biden Had to Say About Donald Trump on ‘The Tonight Show’ (TVWeek, NBC)

Vice President Joe Biden opened up about Donald Trump during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.” Among other things he offered his reactions to the recent presidential debate and talked about being surprised by Trump’s success.

“I’ve never known of a candidate who knows as little about the world as this man does,” Biden said of Trump, adding: “I don’t even think he understands how much damage he does by what he’s already said.”

Here are a couple of clips from the appearance, posted by NBC:

Biden on the presidential debate …

On being surprised by Trump’s success …

Sep 30, 2016
9:29 am

The First Presidential Debate — With the Dialogue Removed (YouTube)

Highlights of the recent presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have resurfaced in an unusual edited version with the dialogue removed — and a few choice sound effects added.

Here’s the 2-minute clip …

Sep 30, 2016
8:37 am

First Choice for the Next James Bond Is … the Old James Bond, According to Producer (Deadline)

The producers of the James Bond film franchise have their next James Bond in mind, and it’s Daniel Craig. Craig, who has played Bond in the four most recent 007 movies — “Casino Royale” in 2006; “Quantum of Solace,” 2008; “Skyfall,” 2012; and “Spectre,” 2015 — is the “first choice” of Eon Productions, according to Deadline.com, which quotes a senior production executive on the franchise.

Asked whether Craig will be back for the next title in the series, executive producer Callum McDougall is quoted saying: “I wish I knew. We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”

After Craig declined to commit to the next installment, names including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Bell began circulating as possible replacements — although Deadline notes that they’re “merely rumors,” adding: “Eon is renowned for being incredibly tight-lipped about any developments of their projects.”


Sep 30, 2016
8:01 am

Nielsen to Use Portable People Meters for Local Ratings; Out-of-Home Viewing Will Also Be Included (MediaPost)

Nielsen said it will begin introducing portable people meter (PPM) measurement into its local market ratings service in 2017, for both “in-home” and “out-of-home” viewing, MediaPost reports.

“Nielsen acquired the PPM methodology as part of its acquisition of Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) in 2013. The method, which equips individual panelists with a personal meter they carry with them throughout the day, to date has been used for ‘audio’ ratings,” the story reports. “Nielsen also agreed to license the PPM technology to media measurement rival comScore for eight years as part of a consent decree related to acquiring Arbitron.”

The report adds: “Nielsen said the 2017 rollout for TV audience measurement is part of an ongoing plan to upgrade and overahaul its TV measurement, especially for local market TV ratings.”


Sep 30, 2016
6:19 am

New York Institution Carnegie Deli Will Close Its Doors at Year’s End (NY Post)

The last “Woody Allen” will soon be served, as the Carnegie Deli, which has been a New York institution since it opened in 1937, is about to go out of business.

“The iconic home to gigantic Jewish-style sandwiches — like the 4-inch-high, pastrami-and-corned beef ‘Woody’ on rye — will close its doors forever on Dec. 31, The Post has learned,” The New York Post reports. “Restaurant owner Marian Harper Levine tearfully broke the news to 60 heartbroken employees on Friday morning.”

Levine, 65, is quoted saying: “At this stage of my life, the early mornings to late nights have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business.” Levine’s family has owned the business since 1976.

The report notes that the deli has had its share of legal problems, along with family problems for Levine. “She went through a bitter divorce from ex-husband ‘Sandy’ Levine, who carried on a long-term affair with a former waitress and allegedly stole Carnegie’s pastrami and cheesecake recipes. The recipes were allegedly then used in the girlfriend’s family’s restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand,” The Post reports.

The article adds: “Two years ago, the restaurant was ordered by a federal court to fork over $2.6 million in back wages to employees who were cheated out of proper pay — which Marian blamed on her ex-husband, whom she accused of embezzlement.”

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