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October 9, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Oh, poodle! Debra Messing and Eric McCormack got together earlier this week for a little "Will & Grace" reunion. Be still, our codependent comedy-loving hearts! The NBC comedy alum and real-life friends met up and posed together for a photo op on the red carpet Monday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. They were there to attend an event honoring legendary TV director James Burrows, who helmed the Emmy-nominated laugher about a woman and her gay best friend during its run from 1998 to 2006, in addition to "Taxi," "Cheers," "Friends," "Frasier, "The Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly" and CBS' new comedy "The Millers.
August 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Al Jazeera Media Network detailed programming plans for the American news channel it is launching next week, which includes several high-profile evening news magazines. Set to debut Tuesday, Al Jazeera America will be available in about 50 million homes. It was able to secure that distribution after acquiring Current TV, the news and documentary channel that was co-founded by Al Gore. Time Warner Cable, the largest pay-TV distributor in Los Angeles and New York, does not have an agreement to carry Al Jazeera America.
June 16, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that “the scope and scale” of assistance to Syrian rebels will expand, based on evidence that the Assad government is gaining ground in the protracted civil war and that it may have used chemical weapons in the conflict. Speaking on CBS News' “Face the Nation,” McDonough did not say whether arms shipments to Syrian rebels would include artillery and other heavy weaponry that could help reduce the military regimes advantage.
June 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The computer of Washington-based CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson was hacked, the network said Friday morning. Attkisson, an investigative reporter who has done hard-hitting stories on topics including the anti-gun trafficking program known as "Fast and Furious" and the terrorist attack in Benghazi, had suspicions that her computer had been compromised early last year and said so on a radio interview last month. CBS News hired a cyber-security firm to check out Attkisson's concerns and determined that her computer had been accessed many times in late 2012.
May 28, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Brooklyn DA," which premieres Tuesday on CBS for a six-week run, has been the subject of some controversy in the city (and borough) where it's set. Abe George, who is running to unseat current Kings County Dist. Atty. Charles Hynes, went to court to keep the series from airing, charging that it isn't a "documentary series," as the network asserts, but rather "reality TV" with no "legitimate news purpose," an infomercial giving his opponent “millions in free publicity.” Though the judge has yet to issue a final decision, he has also allowed the broadcast (for the time being, at least)
May 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
NBC has pulled the plug on "Rock Center," the prime-time news magazine hosted by "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams, after just two seasons, the network said late Friday. The cancellation of "Rock Center" is a blow to Williams and NBC's news unit, which spent a lot of money on the show. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke was also a champion of "Rock Center. " Besides Williams, "Rock Center" was filled with several big-name producers and correspondents including former "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel and Harry Smith, a CBS News veteran.
March 29, 2013 | By Joe Flint
CBS and News Corp. apparently aren't worried about cord cutters. Both companies are making investments in pay-television channels at a time when the very business model on which the industry is built faces challenges from changing consumer habits and legal battles. This week, CBS agreed to plunk down $100 million for half of the TV Guide Network and News Corp. announced it was creating FXX, a sister channel to its FX network. FXX is the second major cable initiative News Corp. has in the works: The company also is building a national sports network called Fox Sports 1 that will debut later this year.
February 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The man who kidnapped a 5-year-old Alabama boy and held him hostage reportedly died in a shootout with rescuers and had bombs in his bunker. CBS News , citing unidentified officials, reported Tuesday night that four rescuers entered Jimmy Lee Dykes' bunker in Midland City, Ala., after surprising him with two stun grenades during a planned supply drop Monday. Officials said Dykes fired an errant shot and was then shot multiple times. CBS also reported that Dykes, 65, had kidnapped the boy in hopes of spreading his anti-federal government message, and had spent his last days negotiating for an interview with a TV reporter.
February 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Federal Bureau of Investigation negotiators were watching Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, "the whole time" as they prepared to enter the bunker where Dykes was holding a 5-year-old boy hostage, CBS News reported in its Monday evening broadcast. Officials rescued the boy, named Ethan, early Monday evening in a surprise raid that left Dykes dead, ending a nearly weeklong standoff that began after Dykes boarded a bus and killed a bus driver before taking the boy to his underground bunker. Citing unnamed federal sources, CBS News reported that the FBI rescue team created two diversions to distract Dykes before they entered the bunker from the top. Officials said at a news conference that negotiations had deteriorated over the past 24 hours and that they had seen Dykes with a gun inside the bunker.
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