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May 12, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Eduardo Quezada, a veteran anchor for Univision-owned KMEX-TV, Los Angeles, has joined the market’s rival Spanish-language station, NBC-owned KVEA-TV, a Telemundo affiliate. Quezada, 58, had been with KMEX since 1975. He anchored his final KMEX broadcast on May 2 and resigned May 5. He has been assigned to co-anchor KVEA’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
PRISMs Honor Actors
Bernie Mac, Neve Campbell, Tim Matheson, John Spencer and Noah Wyle were among the TV stars who received PRISM Awards at last week’s seventh annual gala recognizing accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in TV, film, music and comic book entertainment. This year’s kudos, handed out May 8 at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre in Hollywood, were the first PRISMs to honor actors since the awards’ inception. The Entertainment Industries Council presents the awards in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Institute on Drug Abuse. TV shows that were recognized include NBC’s ER, Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show, CBS’s Yes, Dear and The Young and the Restless, Lifetime’s Strong Medicine, VH1’s Behind the Music: Aerosmith, E!’s The E! True Hollywood Story: Andy Dick, MTV’s Flipped and Wasted, The WB’s Ozzy and Drix and the NBC documentary Sudden Impact: The Ripple Effects of Drunk Driving.
Summerall Retires From Fox
Pat Summerall, who has called 16 Super Bowls on television, has retired from Fox Sports after nine seasons with the network. Prior to his work with Fox, Mr. Summerall and John Madden announced for 13 seasons together. The former pro player began his announcing career in 1961. Mr. Summerall could wind up doing local broadcasts of Dallas Cowboys games, according to the Associated Press.
TNT, Devlin Light Up `Librarian’
Turner Network Television has given the go-ahead to The Librarian, a two-hour original telefilm from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. The high-concept thriller, still in early development, is potentially the first in a series of TNT telefilms. It posits that hidden beneath the New York Public Library is a repository of mankind’s greatest secrets, from the Golden Fleece to the Ark of the Covenant, all protected from the forces of evil by The Librarian. Mr. Devlin’s producing and co-writing credits include Independence Day, Godzilla and Stargate.
Food Net Cooks Up New `Emeril’ Deal
Emeril Live!, Food Network’s top-rated show, will be back under a new five-year deal with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse that calls for 90 new episodes per year, additional specials and 26 annual episodes of Essence of Emeril.
The deal includes international rights and VOD, DVD and home video rights for both series. The network called it a “multimillion-dollar deal” but declined to discuss specifics.