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.
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.
July 21, 2012 |
Miley Cyrus likes to spend her days playing with her dogs , skateboarding and watching television marathons of "SpongeBob SquarePants" - activities she often chronicles on Twitter. Now, the 19-year-old will have to fit a more adult activity into her schedule: wedding planning. The singer-actress announced last month that she is engaged to 22-year-old "The Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth. She becomes the latest in a line of young Hollywood stars to head for the altar, even as Americans are marrying older than they used to, and many are skipping the nuptials all together.
July 12, 2013 |
When Elisabeth Hasselbeck strode out onto "The View" stage Wednesday morning for the last time, arm-in-arm with Barbara Walters, and bade a tearful farewell to her co-hosts, it wasn't exactly a surprise. After all, her departure from the show, after a decade as its lone conservative voice, had been rumored for months. It was, however, abrupt, coming less than a day after news broke that she would be leaving the ABC talk show to replace Gretchen Carlson as co-host of "Fox & Friends.
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.)
January 27, 2014 |
Rosie O'Donnell is returning to “The View,” but this time as a guest. Executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie announced Monday the former co-host would return to “The View” on Feb. 7, marking her first appearance on the show since her fiery tenure as moderator from 2006 to 2007. During that time, the left-leaning comedian steered the conversation to politics and clashed bitterly with Elisabeth Hasselbeck over hot-button issues, particularly the war in Iraq.
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.
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.
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.