July 17, 2008 |
The Television Critics Assn. Press Tour, the semiannual gathering of television journalists from around the country that began July 8, continues at the Beverly Hilton. We offer these dispatches. -- A mystery journalist, claiming to work for the Sarasota Star Herald Tribune, appeared at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday to demand answers from ABC President of Entertainment Stephen McPherson. The reporter wanted to know if it was true that ABC, the network that is home to "Jimmy Kimmel Live," is actively courting Jay Leno, who is going to be a free agent in 2009 when NBC replaces him with Conan O'Brien as the new host of "The Tonight Show."
January 16, 2007 |
ON a chilly winter evening, the television portion of the Golden Globes turned "Ugly" and "Grey." The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. celebrated "Ugly Betty" in the best comedy series category, and "Grey's Anatomy" won best dramatic series. It was a double victory for ABC and Touchstone, the studio that produces both shows.
September 5, 2007 |
Less than one hour after e-mailing an interview request to an actor's manager, the telephone rang. It wasn't a publicist demanding to know the parameters of the interview, where the story would be placed or how big the photographs would be. It was the actor himself, and in his unassuming way, he agreed to meet with a reporter. This is not how it usually happens in Hollywood, but T.R. Knight doesn't seem interested in most things Hollywood.
January 24, 2007 |
Gay rights activists expressed satisfaction after meeting with "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, who is under fire for using a gay slur about a costar. "He seemed very sincere in his interest in working with us in an ongoing basis," said Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. "We emphasized that this is not a one-shot deal, but an ongoing thing. He was very open to doing this."
September 23, 2006 |
The young docs beat the forensic cops. ABC's bold move to shift "Grey's Anatomy" to one of television's most competitive nights against CBS powerhouse "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" paid off handsomely, delivering a clear ratings victory to a network that had been largely forgotten on Thursday nights for years. "Grey's Anatomy" opened its third season by drawing an estimated 25 million viewers, while "CSI" attracted 22 million, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research.
February 10, 2007 |
So before we begin, let's just ask: Did anyone else wonder why the opening of Thursday night's "Grey's Anatomy," in which Meredith, overcome by her mother's condition and the weight of a thousand voice-overs, sinks under water in a wide, white claw-foot tub, would go out of its way to invoke the poster for the Harrison Ford/Michelle Pfeiffer thriller "What Lies Beneath"?