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Daily Archives : Jul 7, 2009

Now he Belongs to the Ages: Michael’s Memorial Joins Select Group of Unforgettable Telecasts

It happens only a few times in a lifetime – when presidents die and state funerals are held, when a beloved princess is killed in a sudden accident, or when men walk on the moon. And now, the memorial service…

New York ‘Housewives’ Hold Out for More Money, Bravo Begins Interviews for Potential Replacements

Some cast members of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York” have yet to sign on for the show’s third season, holding out for more money, the New York Daily News reports. According to an unnamed source, the veteran housewives have…

Kathy Griffin to Serve as Host for Comedy Central’s Roast of Joan Rivers

“My Life on the D-List” star Kathy Griffin will serve as host for Comedy Central’s roast of TV personality Joan Rivers, Daily Variety reports. The special will tape July 26 and is scheduled to air Aug. 9. The network’s recent…

Paris Jackson, Brooke Shields Bring Emotion; Jermaine Jackson Sings Brother’s Favorite Song at Michael Jackson Memorial

Paris Jackson, the 11-year-old-daughter of Michael Jackson, said near the close of today’s memorial service for him, "Ever since I was born daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much."…

Radio and TV News Salaries Fall for First Time in 15 Years

For the first time in the 15 years that Hofstra University has been tracking radio and TV news salaries for the Radio-Television News Directors Association, compensation has fallen, RTNDA says. TV news salaries fell 4.4% in 2008, while radio news…

Jackson Memorial Coverage Expected to Be Ratings Blow-Out

Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service today could bring the largest U.S. daytime audiences in decades, and even better numbers in Europe, where it will fall in primetime, The Hollywood Reporter says. On Monday, CBS, Black Entertainment Television, MTV and VH1…

Abdul Negotiating to Stay on ‘Idol’ for as Long as the Show Remains on TV

Paula Abdul is negotiating her new contract for "American Idol," which would be for the rest of the show’s run on TV, the Associated Press reports. "I’ve been invited to stay the duration of the show, however long it lasts," Abdul…

Does Leno Have a Secret Strategy to Entice Autos to Advertise on His New Show?

NBC is refitting a Burbank soundstage so that Jay Leno can drive his prized vintage cars onstage some nights when he his hosting his new 10 p.m. talk show, The Hollywood Reporter says. The publication speculates that it could be…

‘Lost’ Showrunners Dash Hopes of Feature Film After Series Ends

“Lost” showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told a BAFTA audience in London that when the ABC show concludes its run this season, it will be final, with no intentions to keep the story going in a feature film, or…

There Is Actually a Silver Lining Re: Ad Spending on TV

While the spending of ad dollars on TV is clearly down in this economy, the silver lining is that TV’s share of ad spending will actually increase this year over last year, according to a new forecast by media agency…