August 12, 2013 |
Damaris Phillips is Food Network's newest star and its newest Southern star and perhaps the star who can help fill the gap left in Paula Deen's wake. Damaris, a culinary instructor from Louisville, Ky., said Monday morning that winning was overwhelming, and audiences saw her struggling to process the reality of how her life was about to change. "I was really in shock... I was trying not to cry and trying not to lose it. I think I was a little like a possum there. " The exact scope of her new show is still being worked out, Damaris told The Times on Monday morning, but this much is clear: "You'll see me cooking modern Southern food.
August 10, 2013 |
When Kyle Martino was growing up in Westport, Conn., it was easier to find tractor pulls and Australian rules football on TV than it was to find the world's most popular sport. If you wanted to watch soccer, you needed access to European broadcasters. "When I was a kid and I fell in love with this game, I was watching games in Italian on Sunday mornings," says Martino, whose understanding of the language remains no deeper than the menu at Olive Garden. "That was my soccer. " But if soccer was once the unwanted stepchild of the television sports family, it's now one of TV's most desirable properties - so much so that NBC is wagering hundreds of millions of dollars and an unprecedented number of broadcast hours on the English Premier League, coverage Martino, a former Major League Soccer All-Star, will help anchor as a studio analyst.
August 7, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing what I can get for my autographs. The Skinny: I'm up extra early today to listen to a Time Warner earnings call (it was a good quarter). That's Time Warner, not Time Warner Cable, so don't get your hopes up about new news regarding the cable company's fight with CBS (see below). Wednesday's headlines include Disney confirming a big loss for "The Lone Ranger. " Also, tension is brewing between snarky critics and the TV networks over how the former uses Twitter during media sessions sponsored by the latter. Daily Dose: There isn't a lot new on the CBS-Time Warner Cable standoff.
August 7, 2013 |
CBS executives and publicists huddled in the back of the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton with anticipation. The network, one of more than a dozen participating over a two-week period, was hosting a marathon day previewing its new fall shows at the Television Critics Assn. press tour, a semi-annual gathering of more than 200 TV journalists and bloggers from around the country. Network honchos were naturally hoping their slate of comedies and dramas would get a positive response from the room.
August 5, 2013 |
Who will be the next "Food Network Star"? Damaris, Rodney or Russell? They're the final three after a tumultuous season that saw seeming front-runners -- Chad, Nikki and finally, Stacey -- fall by the wayside in the bid to find a Food Network Star that could genuinely connect with the audience and bring cooking chops and authority. Now viewers will get to decide by voting online for their favorite finalist. Judging by the comments on Food Network's website here and here , many viewers are upset with this trio and are angry that Stacey and her vintage-cooking POV was passed over.
August 1, 2013 |
Fusion, the proposed cable channel designed to target the increasingly influential population of English-speaking Latinos, is scheduled to launch Oct. 28 with a blend of news and satire shows. The initiative is a joint venture between ABC News and Univision Communications . The network will be programmed in English. Inaugural shows will feature two of the Spanish-language media company Univision's powerhouse news anchors: Jorge Ramos, the co-anchor of Univision's network news, and León Krauze, news anchor at KMEX-TV Channel 34 in Los Angeles.
July 31, 2013 |
RealNetworks Inc., the company that makes the RealPlayer streaming software, is betting it can revive its casual games business with the help of its casino games on Facebook. The casino arm, which features games including video poker and blackjack, is part of the Seattle company's GameHouse division . The company is trying to get more users and increase engagement by launching GameHouse Casino Plus, a monthly sweepstakes in which users can enter to win $100,000. Rob Glaser, founder and interim chief executive of RealNetworks, said casual games are a difficult business because there are many competitors and all the games are essentially the same.
July 25, 2013 |
CAIRO - While the Egyptian army moves to contain violent protests in Cairo and other major cities, extremist attacks on police stations and military checkpoints in the desolate Sinai Peninsula have added a perilous dimension to the country's unrest. Fueled by weapons smuggled from Libya and widening calls for jihad, the militants have grown stronger on a harsh terrain dominated by Bedouin tribes and criminal clans. Frequent skirmishes between the army and militant networks have killed dozens in recent weeks.
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July 25, 2013 |
Stanford University's Internet technology database was hacked and school officials are suggesting students and staff reset their passwords as a precautionary measure. School officials made the announcement in a campus-wide email. “We do not yet know the scope of the intrusion, but we are working closely with information security consultants and law enforcement to determine its source and impact,” read a message posted on the school's website Thursday. “We are not aware at this time of any protected health information, personal financial information or Social Security numbers being compromised, and Stanford does not conduct classified research,” the message continued.
July 23, 2013 |
NBC Sports will return to televising part of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup stock-car racing series starting in 2015 under a 10-year deal announced Tuesday. The deal means ESPN and Turner Sports (TNT), which currently share NASCAR coverage with Fox Sports, no longer will carry Cup events after next year. Financial terms weren't announced. But the NBC pact is valued at about $440 million a year, or $4.4 billion overall, according to people with knowledge of the deal who were not authorized to discuss it publicly.