August 4, 2013 |
These days it's more normal to come from a broken family than from parents who have been married for 40 years. That's the world ABC's new comedy "Trophy Wife" is interested in exploring, said its creators during a summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday. It turns out that the term "trophy wife," normally associated with a rich man marrying a beautiful, much younger woman, is meant to be ironic in the case of the show. (Which makes sense for a female-friendly network like ABC, but whether prospective audiences will get it is another matter.)
October 15, 2013 |
Health experts already didn't like the fact that Jenny McCarthy got a job on "The View. " Now comes word that ordinary viewers don't like her either. McCarthy, the former Playboy model who joined ABC's morning chatfest this year, is proving more polarizing than Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the outspoken former panelist who left to join Fox News, according to Radar. The report says the producers are scrutinizing data about audience preferences and that McCarthy's job is "in jeopardy.
January 3, 2013 |
Al Jazeera hopes it can succeed where Al Gore failed with Current TV. Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt tried to turn Current TV into a legitimate news/talk channel and compete with MSNBC for liberal-minded viewers. Current spent heavily to woo commentator Keith Olbermann, hoping he'd be the linchpin of the channel. Instead, Olbermann clashed with management and was bounced out last March, barely a year into a five-year deal. With him went any momentum Current had to increase its tiny audience and add advertisers.
October 6, 2012 |
Media and their ethical norms have changed so much in recent times that no one seemed to miss a beat when ABC announced that it had invited would-be First Lady Ann Romney to sit in next week as a guest host on what ostensibly remains a news program - the network's “Good Morning America.” A time existed not that long ago when news outlets kept an arm's length from the subjects they would cover. But both “GMA” and Romney have bigger priorities today - with the morning show in a daily race to unseat NBC's “Today” as the a.m. ratings leader and Romney pushing hard to help her husband, Mitt, win the White House.
March 8, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before deciding if I'll see 'Oz' this weekend. The Skinny: After seeing "Being Flynn" on HBO last night, I've decided that "Silver Linings Playbook" was over-hyped. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a look at Alan Horn's first year at the helm of Walt Disney Studios and a review of "Oz: The Great and Powerful. " Daily Dose: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. detailed plans for the spinoff of its publishing arm, which includes the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers around the globe as well as book publisher HarperCollins.
March 29, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before auditioning for a spot on ABC's "The View. " The Skinny: How good a Friday can this be if I'm working? Well, at least there is some great college basketball this weekend and baseball's back on Sunday. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and Barbara Walters getting ready to step down from ABC. Daily Dose: It used to be that people wrote about new TV shows when they were definitely going to get on the air. Now an announced project is enough to draw a big headline.
January 2, 2013 |
Current TV, the small cable news channel that was co-founded by former vice president Al Gore, has been sold to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media company. The acquisition gives Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatar government, the opportunity to establish a footprint in the United States, where it already has an English-language version of its Qatar service -- called Al Jazeera English -- but only limited reach. Just buying Current does not guarantee instant distribution, however.
June 12, 2012
Hordes of school-skipping tween girls and their parents streamed into Mexico City's historic main plaza Monday, jostling for the best spots at a free concert by teen superstar Justin Bieber that was expected to draw 200,000 people. Authorities said they would have more than 5,000 police on hand, partly to prevent the sort of crush that injured 40 Bieber fans at a free concert in Oslo, Norway, in late May. The Zocalo is ringed by some of the most historic structures in the hemisphere: Mexico's Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and the partially excavated remains of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan.
July 30, 2010 |
Thank heaven for Joy Behar. Although many wondered what sort of questions vocal Republican and presidential detractor Elisabeth Hasselbeck would have for Barack Obama on his groundbreaking visit to "The View," it was Behar who left the normally loquacious president tongue-tied and saved the show from becoming an a.m. whistle-stop. Despite what has been a politically rocky year, Obama radiated his signature unflappable serenity, which though reassuring in a world leader can be a talk-show host's worst nightmare — "The View" especially thrives on flap.
February 25, 2011 |
Maybe it's finally time for Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the filmmaking sibs who brought us the very salty treat of "There's Something About Mary," to give up on the raunch and give into the romance. After scoring big in 1998 with "Mary" ? the zipper issue, the "hair gel" mix-up, the roving troubadours ? their raw inventive edge has never been quite as sharp. "Hall Pass," starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, continues that creative slide into everyday crude (because watching a guy poop in a sand trap is neither clever nor funny)