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December 1, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Tea time at Sardi's, and in rushed Bette Midler too busy to give her caricature on the far wall an admiring glance. She had just finished taping an appearance on Katie Couric's talk show and, like me, had plans to see Mike Nichols' starry production of "Betrayal" later that evening. (Unlike me, her companion was Glenn Close.) In short, it was a typical run, run, run New York day. For the moment, however, Midler's attention was focused on "a creature of Beverly Hills," the late Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers.
November 29, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Red Alaska Members of a religious sect with roots in Russia eke out a living as commercial fishermen in this docu-series. 10 p.m. National Geographic SPECIALS The National Dog Show Encore presentation of the Thanksgiving-Day canine competition. 8 p.m. NBC The Story of Santa Claus Ed Asner and Betty White supply the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Claus in this animated tale.
November 26, 2013 | By Meg James
MSNBC has ended Alec Baldwin's short-lived interview program, two weeks after the actor's outburst at a photographer that included an anti-gay slur. The NBCUniversal-owned cable channel confirmed Tuesday that the network and Baldwin had mutually agreed to end "Up Late," which had also suffered low ratings since its October debut. “We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC,'" Baldwin and MSNBC said in a joint statement. MSNBC added: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” PHOTOS: Talk show hosts who didn't make the cut Earlier this month, the cable channel suspended the show for two weeks following Baldwin's caught-on-camera tirade in New York City.
November 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Well, that was fast. Katie Couric is on the move again - and her daily talk show is evidently headed for the skids.  The veteran newswoman is about to join Yahoo in an "extensive deal," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Details weren't reported, but Couric already repurposes bits from her talk show for a feature on Yahoo News.  The latest development will likely mean curtains for her talk show, "Katie," which has struggled in the ratings over the last two seasons. It's also the end of Couric's ties to ABC News.
November 16, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Alec Baldwin says his suspended MSNBC show is in serious jeopardy -- and for that, he's blaming mainly the "tabloid media. " "Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," the former "30 Rock" star wrote in a blog post Saturday, criticizing journalists for baiting and harassing him with tactics that "should be illegal. "  Baldwin's talk show "Up Late" was suspended for two weeks Friday after TMZ published video of the combative actor climbing out of a car and berating a photographer wi th a crude gay slur -- just months after he had been excoriated for calling another journalist "a toxic little queen.
November 11, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Alec Baldwin is discovering that this talk-show hosting thing is kind of hard. The former "30 Rock" star and outspoken liberal activist has seen his new MSNBC talk "Up Late" start slow in the ratings last month -- and slump further since. On Friday, he skidded to fewer than 400,000 total viewers, losing more than two-fifths of his premiere week audience, according to Nielsen. In the core demographic of adults ages 25 to 54, barely 100,000 people tuned in -- a new low.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 Perhaps Baldwin should forget trying to be part of the news media and return to battling the media . He seems to enjoy more success there.
November 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Meg James
Television has a split image: one by day and another by night. In the daytime, blacks and other people of color are a prominent presence, hosting popular talk shows and playing juicy roles in soap operas. But at night, minorities are largely sidelined, with white performers holding most of the marquee roles. The industry's Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to diversity is underscored by the controversy engulfing NBC's "Saturday Night Live. " The sketch comedy series came under fire from within its own ranks and from outside observers who decried the show's long-standing lack of ethnic diversity.
October 31, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"The Real," the syndicated daytime series that brought a distinctive young cultural flavor to the daytime talk show during a trial run last summer, has been given a greenlight for a pickup next fall. The show, which was hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, scored solid ratings in its four-week run. Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations, which produces and distributes the series, said in a statement, "We're all looking for younger adults and this program delivered big time.
October 28, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES 30 for 30 Tennis great Jimmy Connors' late-career run at the 1991 U.S. Open is celebrated in this episode. 5 p.m. ESPN, 6 p.m. ESPN2 NCIS The team works with CGIS, its Coast Guard counterpart, in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross The work of abolitionists including Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass is recalled.
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