August 9, 2012 |
They kept telling him no one would watch it. It would skew too old, women wouldn't be interested, people didn't care about history, it didn't have foreign appeal, there were too many characters, the story was too convoluted. For nearly three decades, producer Leslie Greif heard this from showbiz executives all over town while he doggedly pitched his project about the legendary blood feud between two Civil War-era Appalachian families. And then it aired and made cable ratings history and went on to pull in 16 Emmy nominations, the most in the network's history.
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January 31, 1995
Re "Partisan Feud Erupts in House Over Gingrich Book Deal," Jan. 19: A nasty feud erupted on the floor of the House over a little-used censure rule. The rule allows that personal remarks may be stricken from the official record. While it is true that enforcement of this rule represents a departure from the norm, certain members' childlike altercation over it was utterly partisan and therefore devoid of any legislative content. Voters entrust House members with the people's business.
October 25, 2013 |
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
October 15, 2012 |
With the second presidential debate looming, President Obama took some time out to weigh in on a pop-culture debate: The alleged feud between "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. In a get-out-the-vote call to Miami DJ Michael Yo's " The Yo! Show " on Friday, Obama was confronted with "the elephant in the room. " Can he bring the ladies back together? (Carey and Minaj, of course, got into it during "Idol" auditions in Charlotte, N.C., early this month and may not yet be over it.)
July 2, 2012 |
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network dropped the cable channel AMC from its service as a feud between the programmer and distributor showed no signs of being resolved. The dispute means that AMC has lost access to about 14 million homes just weeks before one of its most high-profile original shows, the drama "Breaking Bad," is set to return. Dish has also dropped other channels owned by AMC parent AMC Networks Inc., including IFC, Sundance and WE TV. The latest contract between the two companies expired Saturday.
August 5, 2012 |
FLORESTA, Brazil - The little priest leans in, as though to make a confession. The subject is forbidden, but tonight he will talk. " A violencia ," he says. The violence of his account seems impossible. This small town, called Floresta, blooms in Brazil's sertao , a wild and arid land. On its surface, Floresta is all pinks and yellows and purples, its facades covered with thick layers of paint. The houses stand in rows around a tree-lined square, and in the center sits a church.