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Griffin Signs One-Year Deal With Bravo

Emmy winner Kathy Griffin has signed a new one-year deal with Bravo that will see her returning to host the network’s “A-List Awards” and starring in two one-hour standup comedy specials, Broadcasting & Cable reports. It had been previously announced…

McGrath Looks to MTV’s Future

MTV Networks chief Judy McGrath talks to the Economist about her plans for MTV in the post-“Total Request Live” world. For McGrath to keep MTV viable, the network must become more accessible via the Internet for its young audience, who…

Spears May Appear on ‘Kath & Kim’

Stars Selma Blair and Molly Shannon and producer Michelle Nader of NBC’s new show “Kath & Kim” talked to TV Guide about the show’s costumes, mother-daughter relationship and the show’s past and future guest stars. “We just had Maya Rudolph…

Vivendi Putting Off NBCU Decision

Vivendi says it will decide whether to sell or keep its 20% stake in NBC Universal in two to three weeks, Reuters reports. Every November until 2016, Europe’s largest entertainment group has an option to sell its stake to majority…

Web Weathering Economic Freefall

Online advertising is showing growth despite the recession, according to the latest figures released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mediaweek reports. Online ad spending neared $5.9 billion during the third quarter, up 11% from the same…

Legion of Super-Heroes Heads to ‘Smallville’

The CW’s “Smallville” soon will be adding more DC Comics super-heroes to the series, TV Guide reports. The Legion of Super-Heroes—Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy—will be making their debut Jan. 15 on the series, when they help Tom…

Timberlake ‘SNL’ Skit Won’t Be on NBC Web Sites

The Los Angeles Times wants to know why the Justin Timberlake skit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” featuring the singer-actor in a leotard and tights isn’t available on NBC’s Web sites NBC.com and Hulu.com. According to an “SNL”…

New Media’s Influence on Consumers Increases

The National Retail Federation and BIG Research conducted a survey that found new media—including online videogame ads, blogs, text messages and product placement—are gaining influence overall with consumers, Advertising Age reports. Among younger consumers ages 18 to 34, product placement…

NATPE Alters Opening-Day Plans

Plans for the first day of the 2009 NATPE convention, which had been slated to feature a daylong training seminar, have been shelved, leaving NATPE officials searching for an alternative. Originally announced in early October as an executive management program…

Couric Talks Palin on ‘Letterman’

“Late Show” host David Letterman, interviewing Katie Couric, never asked the “CBS Evening News” anchor about Sen. John McCain canceling his show to do hers, the New York Post reports. Instead, the funnyman focused on Couric’s well-publicized (and ”Saturday Night…