January 28, 2004
USA Networks President Doug Herzog will leave his job to head Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central channel. Herzog will stay on at USA Networks until General Electric Co.-owned NBC completes its planned merger with Vivendi Universal's film, theme park and TV operation, which includes USA, a source familiar with the matter said. Herzog decided to leave his job after he learned that he would not head the proposed NBC-Universal cable operation, the source said.
November 22, 1996 |
Reflecting the growing competition for channel space, Tele-Communications Inc. said Thursday that it will reduce coverage on its systems of several channels--including E! Entertainment Television, Comedy Channel, VH1 and two superstations--to make room for growing networks such as the Cartoon Network, Home and Garden and Discovery's Animal Planet and Learning channels.
October 5, 1990 |
The scene: A launch party (three days after the fact) for the rebroadcast of 100 episodes of the "The Steve Allen Show" (1956-60) on the HA! comedy channel, airing daily Monday through Friday (as of last Monday) at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. After cocktails at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Allen screened some of the show's highlights, which, indeed, elicited a steady and vocal stream of ha's.
October 12, 2002 |
It's astounding what can happen when the media get wind of a titillating tidbit of gossip on an awfully slow news day. Various versions abound, but this particular story appears to have started a few years ago at Yale University, where a small group of bored students used to gather semi-regularly to eat greasy chicken, drink cheap beer and watch dirty movies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2000 |
Every summer for 18 years, Kelly Khoury has expressed his gratitude to his adopted country by flying more than 20 American flags at his Glendale gas station. That got him into trouble with City Hall this year. Glendale officials, citing an ordinance that limits public flag displays, ticketed him in July for showing too many Stars and Stripes. It wasn't until this week that Khoury's patriotism won the council over.
August 21, 2012 |
In a move consistent with an entertainment climate thoroughly stocked with sequels and revivals, the venerable wooden puppets with roots in Italian commedia dell'arte are getting a new lease on life with "Punch and Judy Rebooted," a new performance in celebration of the duo's 350th anniversary. A classic of puppet theater that's said to have been performed in Britain since 1662, Punch and Judy are such a part of the pop culture fabric that someone can be familiar with their names without knowing what exactly they're referencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 |
Bear sightings have become a common occurrence in the Los Angeles foothills, but in Huntington Beach? Passersby were stopped in their tracks this week at the sight of a bear peering out the window of a yellow Lamborghini near the beach city's Main Street. Video footage shows a crowd form around the car, with spectators hesitantly running up to the window to snap a photo with the mellow ursine and give it a pat on the head. Some believed people were simply ogling the flashy sports car before noticing a furry head poking out the window.
January 30, 1992 |
Renegade TV versus mainstream values. In the new world of TV alternatives, underground counter-programming took a significant step Tuesday night when the Comedy Central cable channel, available in 22 million homes, did an all-out, almost merciless spoof of President Bush's State of the Union address--showing the speech live and deflating it as he went along with mock news coverage and running commentary.