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TVNewswire: Friday, March 7

Mar 7, 2008  •  Post A Comment

‘Today’ May Bring Gifford Back to Mornings (Hollywood Reporter)
NBC is in talks with Kathie Lee Gifford about returning to morning television as a co-host of the “Today” show, the Hollywood Reporter says. Show producer Jim Bell called Ms. Gifford “a great talent,” though he said no announcements were planned soon, the newspaper reports.
NBC Wants Timberlake’s Take on ‘Women’ (Hollywood Reporter)
Justin Timberlake, who starred in a “Saturday Night Live” song bit that hit it big on the Internet, is joining production house Reveille to create a U.S. version of the Peruvian comedy “My Problem With Women” for NBC, the Hollywood Reporter says. Reveille, started by NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman, produces “The Office” and “Ugly Betty,” which are both U.S. adaptations of foreign shows, the newspaper says.
Pritchett to Be New ‘Idol’ Director (Daily Variety)
John Pritchett will replace Bruce Gowers as director of “American Idol,” Daily Variety reports. Mr. Pritchett, the show’s technical director, also has worked on the Billboard Music Awards and “Dancing With the Stars.” Gowers left “Idol” late last month.
TV Walks Tightrope to Be Racy (Wall Street Journal)
TV producers are being more creative in airing provocative material without risking indecency fines by the Federal Communications Commission, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Breaking Bad” uses different scene cuts for different time zones, while other shows keep body parts blurred or unidentifiable, the Journal says.
SAG, AFTRA Team Up on Talks (Daily Variety)
The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will start jointly preparing for talks with the studios later this month, signaling that AFTRA won’t follow through on threats it would negotiate on its own, Daily Variety reports. AFTRA had previously said it would go it alone on negotiations if SAG wouldn’t commit to a starting date for talks on the contract, which expires June 30, the newspaper says.
Disney Accused of Playing Politics on ‘Path’ (Hollywood Reporter)
Walt Disney Co. investors criticized the company for not releasing a DVD version of ABC miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” which was critical of former President Bill Clinton’s handling of terrorist threats, the Hollywood Reporter says. One fund manager accused Disney CEO Robert Iger of trying to protect presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and said the company needed to get more of a return on its $40 million investment in the project, the newspaper reports.
ESPN, Smithsonian Fete Women (Multichannel News)
ESPN and Smithsonian Networks are among the channels celebrating National Women’s History Month in March, Multichannel News reports. ESPN will premiere a documentary examining the past and future of women’s college basketball, Multichannel News reports. Smithsonian will air documentaries on women scientists who study animal species.
Bornheimer in ‘Worst’ Pilot (Hollywood Reporter)
Kyle Bornheimer, who has appeared in “Breaking Bad” and “Weeds,” will play the lead character in the CBS comedy pilot “Worst Week,” the Hollywood Reporter says. The show is a U.S. version of the U.K. series “The Worst Week of My Life,” the newspaper reports.
—Danny King

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