May 18, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For more than a decade, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger managed to keep secret the fact that he had fathered a child with a member of his household staff, misleading not only his family but also millions of Californians who might not have elected him had they known. Battered by years of fiscal problems, Schwarzenegger's public approval rating had dipped to 23 percent when he left office in January. On his final day in office, he shortened the manslaughter sentence for the son of his political friend Fabian Nunez, angering his shrunken pool of supporters.
May 10, 2011
NBC News yesterday made it official: Ann Curry will replace the departing Meredith Vieira as co-anchor of the "Today" show. Curry, who's been the show's news anchor since 1997, has also anchored "Dateline NBC" and served as Brian Williams' primary backup on "The NBC Nightly News. " But she may spend as much time in the air as she does on it: She's reported from everywhere from Darfur, Sudan, to the South Pole. Last week, she was in Pakistan. Here's hoping five mornings a week at Rockefeller Center won't bore her silly.
April 23, 2011 |
Have you ever noticed, when it's time for TV to amp up its game for a special occasion, it usually chokes? Take, for example, series finales from Seinfeld to The Sopranos . Or the feeble way American Idol said goodbye to Simon Cowell last year after nine seasons. But 30 Rock did not disappoint Thursday night, coming up big with a crackling hour-long program to celebrate its 100th episode. There were barbs directed at everyone from Nate Berkus to John Stossel.
March 29, 2011
SO MUCH television, so little time: Do you buy TV shows on DVD for the episodes or the extras? Lionsgate seems to think "Mad Men" fans want to understand a lot more of the history behind the 1960s-set melodrama. And when I say a lot more, I'm talking a three-part documentary about "Divorce: Circa 1960s" that's included, along with the usual commentaries, in today's DVD/Blu-ray release of "Mad Men: Season 4. " A mix of professorial talking heads and clips from the series - along with some old movies - it's a mostly scholarly affair, one that reminds us that there was a time as recently as 1960 when just 16 percent of U.S. first marriages ended in divorce, if only because divorces were so hard to come by. Season 4 being the first in which Don Draper (Jon Hamm)
January 26, 2011 |
Ed Rendell is taking the Sarah Palin route out of politics: media stardom. NBC News says it has hired the former Pennsylvania governor as a political analyst. "Governor Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues," says NBC prez and local lad Steve Capus , an alum of William Tennent High School in Warminster. "[Rendell's] extensive experience serving the people of Pennsylvania gives him a unique perspective," adds Capus.
January 26, 2011 |
SCREEN LEGEND Ron Jeremy will host the Delilah's (100 Spring Garden St.) Wing Bowl after-party. The veteran porn performer known as the Hedgehog will also attend 610 WIP's Wing Bowl Feb. 4 at the Wells Fargo Center. There, Jeremy, whose own meat has been gobbled by thousands of women on film, will watch 20-some contestants chow down as many chicken wings as possible. Afterward at Delilah's he'll be joined by Berks County porn queen Gina Lynn and Hustler model Danni Kalifornia , both of whom dance at the after-party.
January 25, 2011 |
LOOKS LIKE Ed Rendell is being hired at NBC News, though in what capacity is not yet clear, sources say. Politico.com reported yesterday that Rendell was close to signing with MSNBC, for which he would become a "regular political contributor for the 2012 campaign cycle," according to Politico's David Catanese . We're told Rendell could be used on other NBC News broadcasts, too. An NBC News spokeswoman declined comment yesterday. "I'm doing it mostly because I want to continue to participate in the public dialogue and speeches and television are the best venues to do that," the former governor told Catanese.
November 10, 2010 |
A TESTY E-MAIL exchange between Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky and MSNBC blowhard Keith Olbermann that was reported online yesterday was actually an exchange between Byko and an Olbermann imposter. Bykofsky wrote columns critical of Olbermann on Thursday and again Monday after the left-leaning cable host was suspended for making political contributions to Democratic candidates, in violation of NBC News policy. Bykofsky wrote to Keith@KeithOlbermann . com for comment and received a reply Monday in which "Olbermann" challenged Bykofsky's journalistic chops.
February 16, 2010
LOOKS AS IF NBC must have taken some flak for reshowing and reshowing and reshowing the fatal crash of Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili. How else would you explain a cease-and-desist order from NBC News president Steve Capus that forbids the footage to be aired by NBC or MSNBC without his permission? TVNewser reported that an NBC spokesperson issued the following statement: "NBC News handled the video of the luge accident with the utmost sensitivity. As we have done in the past, we felt the story had reached a point where it was no longer necessary to show the video when reporting on this tragic story.
December 30, 2009 |
WAS IT SHODDY journalism or environmentally sensitive journalism? NBC News is taking heat from the Society of Professional Journalists for flying a New Jersey man and his son back from Brazil on the network's dime after it covered the man's nasty custody battle in that country. NBC countered that it had already chartered the jet to bring staffers home for the holidays. We might add, what's the harm in reducing the carbon footprint by filling a few more seats? Surely that's what the Peacock honchos were thinking.