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November 14, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
Winter D. Horton Jr., a broadcasting pioneer who co-founded KCET in Los Angeles, helped shape the nation's public television programming in the 1960s and later was appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Board of Directors, died of natural causes Thursday in Pasadena. He was 80. Born June 2, 1929, in San Gabriel and educated at the Midland School in Los Olivos and Pomona College in Claremont, Horton got his first taste of show business at 19, as a gofer for his uncle, stage and screen actor Edward Everett Horton.
November 13, 2009 | Reuters
Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury is preparing to shop a six-hour miniseries to television networks that will feature a half-dozen of his classic short stories, each directed by a different person, the Hollywood Reporter says. The prolific Bradbury, 89, is the author of such novels as "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes." The miniseries directors will get to select their favorite titles for the project, which is part of a new production agreement with the newly formed company White Oak Films.
October 14, 2009 | Matea Gold
If Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee hadn't followed their guide across a frozen river separating China and North Korea on a fateful morning in March, their story about human trafficking in the region would have likely drawn modest attention. Instead, Ling and Lee were captured by North Korean soldiers, creating an international incident that threw the work of their scrappy documentary unit into limbo and brought newfound attention to the program's brand of often-risky investigative journalism.
August 29, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Berle Adams, a onetime big-band booking agent who co-founded Mercury Records in the 1940s and later became a senior executive at MCA before launching his own successful business as an international television program sales representative and distributor, has died. He was 92. Adams, who had been ailing during the last year, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Ken Kleinberg, his son-in-law. "One of the things that's exciting and fortuitous about his life is he rose to great stature during a period when the music business was young and the television business was young," said Kleinberg, an entertainment lawyer.
Listening to Kate Gosselin stutter and sniff her way through her recent chats with "Today's" Meredith Vieira, it was hard to keep a straight face. Kate doesn't blame the decision to participate in TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" for the disintegration of her marriage; it probably would have happened anyway. Really? Your husband would have left you for a Star reporter and/or the daughter of the plastic surgeon who gave you a tummy tuck (free, because it was filmed), even if you had just remained some obscure church-going Pennsylvania family with a bunch of kids?
August 15, 2009 | Laura King
Most fledgling poets would be thrilled if their work were to be broadcast on one of Afghanistan's premier cultural television programs. Roya was terrified. Her unemployed brother, who doesn't think women should take part in public activity of any kind, was at home that evening, watching television with her and her mother. "I was afraid if he saw me reading my work at a conference that was televised, he would kill me," she said. Mercifully, he was bathing when the program came on. She was in agony until it ended, torn between the thrill of hearing her own words and the fear of discovery: "My heart was beating so hard!"
July 31, 2009 | Denise Martin
"Jon & Kate Plus 8" returns from hiatus Monday night, and TLC wants you to know that the network has taken "great care and thoughtfulness" as it shoots the couple in the middle of a highly publicized divorce. "It's a subject many, many Americans are familiar with," President and General Manager of TLC Eileen O'Neill said Thursday during the semiannual gathering of the Television Critics Assn. in Pasadena. "And we're dealing with it in a respectful and sensitive way." Otherwise, the episodes remain "works in progress," she continued and offered at least one big change for the cable show that drew more than 10 million viewers as the couple's strained relationship became tabloid fodder earlier this year.
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