July 26, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before hearing Katie Couric talk about her new talk show. The Skinny: I had a weird dream that I was watching a different cut of "All the President's Men" in the middle of the night in an empty Rockefeller Plaza. Please send me numbers for good therapists. Thursday's headlines include analysis of the "Modern Family" dispute, a profile of "Today" executive producer Jim Bell, who will be in charge of NBC's Olympic coverage. Also, Dish makes some tweaks to its AutoHop that seemed designed to take some of the sting out of the lawsuits against the satellite broadcaster.
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July 25, 2012 |
The Jacksons of Gary, Ind., rose to fame on pitch-perfect harmonies, synchronized dance moves and an unwavering devotion to family as personified by their pious and steadfast mother. But in the last week, those qualities have come to seem as out of date for the famous family as the bell bottoms and butterfly collars they sported on "The Ed Sullivan Show"four decades ago. In a bitter public feud that has played out in tabloid leaks, Twitter posts and police reports, some family members accused others of kidnapping the 82-year-old matriarch, Katherine, in a bid to enlist her in a fight over the vast fortune of their deceased superstar brother, Michael.
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June 3, 2012 |
Richard Dawson, the British actor who went from comedy co-star in the popular TV series "Hogan's Heroes" to his best-known role as the charming host of the TV game show "Family Feud" with his trademark of kissing the female contestants on the lips, has died. He was 79. Dawson died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from complications related to esophageal cancer. The actor, who had been living in Beverly Hills, was diagnosed with the disease about three weeks ago, said his son Gary.
May 28, 2012 |
History knows more than a little something about the dangers of messing with a big family. The network's first foray into scripted drama was derailed last year when its ambitious biopic "The Kennedys" drew intense pre-release criticism from family members and leading historians. Eventually, the basic cable channel abandoned its firstborn, and the relatively unknown ReelzChannel aired the program, which later earned Emmy nominations for all of its male leads, and an Emmy win for Barry Pepper's portrayal of Bobby Kennedy.
May 27, 2012 |
Even 150 years later, no one can say for sure what started the bloody feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky. Some think it was shifting allegiances during the Civil War that drove a wedge between the two neighboring families. Others point to a pull-and-tug over land, timber and money. And some feel it was a prized pig, lost or waylaid, that sent the mountain clans into decades of murders and vengeance. Bits of all those theories, plus a disastrous Romeo-and-Juliet love story, lay the foundation for History channel's "Hatfields & McCoys," a six-hour miniseries launching Monday.
November 15, 2011 |
Taylor Embree knows Saturday will be "weird. " The UCLA wide receiver and his father talk before every game, a ritual in the four years Taylor has played for the Bruins. Sometimes Taylor is at the team's hotel, other times on the bus headed toward the stadium. Saturday, they won't need a phone. They'll meet in person in the tunnel at the Rose Bowl. It is UCLA's Senior Day and Jon Embree, Colorado's head football coach, will be minutes away from trying to ruin his son's last home game.