Posts Tagged ‘television’

TV Station Cuts to Reporter for the Weather and He’s Ordering McDonald’s Instead

March 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's gotta be tough to work the weather beat this winter on the East Coast. Well, here's a pretty hilarious video out of Baltimore, showing Fox 45's Candace Dold tossing to "Traffic Jam Jimmy"—who just happens to be in the McDonald's drive-through, trying to order a fish sandwich.

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Justin Bieber Spoofs His Own Calvin Klein Ads in Promo for Comedy Central Roast

March 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Justin Bieber is officially eating his own tail. To promote his upcoming roast on Comedy Central slash desperate plea for respect, Canada's cruel revenge on America participates in a parody of his much-buzzed about, possibly-but-he- swears-it-totally-wasn't -Photoshopped Calvin Klein ads. Jeff Ross dresses as model Lara Stone and does a good job of creeping hard on Bieber, who keeps playing the same drum fill over and over, like the greasy pop machine he is, posing as the real boy he seems to be. It's not as funny as Kate McKinnon's SNL parody, but Bieber gets points for self-deprecation. And while he doesn't really have to do anything special to be comical, he does up the ante a little, pretending to be anxious, rebuffing Ross's grabs, and ultimately returning the favor. The brief high point, though, might be the comedian's jiggly beer-belly dance. Overall, the video makes for a pretty good teaser … or at least, a reminder that there might be some entertainment value in watching Bieber get chewed out. And while it's impossible not to wonder what Martha Stewart, Shaq and Snoop Dogg might have to say to Bieber, it can't be a good sign—if not surprising—that Seth Rogen seems to have something better to do that night.

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What Will the ‘Slow TV’ Phenomenon Look Like If It Comes to the U.S.?

March 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A rather strange programming phenomenon is sweeping Europe: slow TV, which bypasses quick edits and montages in favor of leisurely paced windows into the world. The biggest splash has been made in Norway by a documentarian named Thomas Hellum, whose work includes such milestones as a 134-hour documentary on a cruise ship and an 18-hour show about salmon fishing, which (between them) have attracted some 3.2 million viewers .

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Yahoo’s New Season of Community Spoofs Age of Ultron Trailer

March 3, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Yes, it's really happening, folks: Yahoo Screen's sixth season of Community —the one that nearly didn't happen because of low ratings and a difficult relationship between creator Dan Harmon and NBC—released its first trailer. And it spoofs the worlds-will-die grandiosity of Marvel's buzzy spot for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, of course. Yahoo has acquired plenty of sponsorship muscle for the upcoming season—Harmon joked at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that "the entire sixth season takes place inside a Honda," and sure enough, the trailer has a Honda tag at the end. Here's hoping Yahoo lets Harmon nibble the hand that feeds him a bit; some of the show's best gags have been at the expense of laid-back brands like Subway . The show is produced by Sony and held together with chewing gum and bailing wire by Harmon, producers the Russo Brothers (who also directed the second Captain America flick, explaining both the Marvel love here and Community star Danny Pudi's appearance in that film) and Joel McHale, who reportedly

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This Mika Brzezinski and NBCU Tour Is All About Empowering Women Leaders

March 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In 2011 Mika Brzezinski released her powerful New York Times bestselling manifesto, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth —a must read for women everywhere. And now, Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, will bring

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Nickelodeon Unveils Subscription Service for Preschoolers at Upfront

February 25, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Starting March 5, Nickelodeon will debut a streaming service for TV's smallest viewers: Noggin, a preschool-targeted, ad-free app that will stream reruns of Blue's Clues; Little Bear; Ni hao, Kai-Lan; and music videos featuring Nick's kids characters. The $5.99 monthly service will be "library-based, separate and distinct from Nickelodeon's preschool content available on its existing distribution platforms," the company assures. But it's a good indicator of which way the wind is blowing—we've been saying for years that kids prefer the iPad to TV. The announcement came out of Nick's Wednesday afternoon presentation, in which the company also announced a number of new series and took a victory lap for its recent movie successes, including The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Michael Bay's recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick, represented at the event by star Will Arnett. Nick is doubling down on star Nick Cannon, who co-creates and produces the new musical series Make It Pop. The network is also going really old school: H.R. Pufnstuf masterminds Sid and Marty Krofft will have an upcoming show on the network—yes, really—called Mutt & Stuff starring actual dogs and, obviously, dog puppets. Should be trippy.

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Why Keith Olbermann Picked Such a Dumb Fight on Twitter and Ended Up Suspended

February 25, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ESPN commentator and world-champion friendmaker Keith Olbermann today launched a twitter war with college students who'd raised $13 million to fight pediatric cancer. The incident left Olbermann with a (paid) suspension through the end of the week, and it left many of us with one simple question: What the hell, man? Olbermann's more vocal critics are just chalking it up to him being a jerk. But more specifically and perhaps generously, there are three intersecting issues that likely led to his poor decision to lash out at Penn State's entire student body as they celebrated saving children's lives: 1. His seething anger at how the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case was handled by Penn State and coach Joe Paterno was inflamed again recently by the NCAA's decision to reinstate 112 wins that had been stripped from the school's record during the time Sandusky, an assistant coach, had been molesting children. 2. Olbermann loves sparring on Twitter, and Penn State is an easy topic to rile him up with. Once he was in fight mode, he seemed unwilling or unable to pause for a breather. 3. As with many misunderstandings on the Internet, he probably just didn't click the link to see what the original tweet was about, or else even Olbermann might have decided to pick his battles a bit more carefully. Speaking of the original tweet, here's how it all began, when a Penn State alumna (who had sparred with Olbermann on Twitter in the past ) tweeted at him about the school's success in raising $13 million for children being treated for cancer at the university's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center: @lisaadeleon ...Pitiful — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015 So @KeithOlbermann says PSU students raising over $13m for pediatric cancer research is "pitiful." No sir, u r the definition of the word. — Dave Seidel (@dave_seidel) February 23, 2015 As you can see from Olbermann's next reply, he didn't seem to have noticed the fact he had responded to a tweet about students raising money to fight child cancer: . @dave_seidel No, Son. I said PSU students were pitiful. Had nothing to do with fundraising #AlsoPSUReadingComprehensionAppearsToBeWeak — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015 . @dave_seidel her tweet reads "we are..." I finished her sentence "...pitiful." At this rate your diploma won't be recognized, Moron — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015 . @dave_seidel Again - get your $ back - you didn't learn how to read. PSU students are pitiful because they're PSU students - period.

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Pee-wee Herman’s 30-Year Journey From Obscurity, Through Infamy and Onto Netflix

February 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix let it be known today that the long-awaited third Pee-wee Herman film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, would finally make it to the ... well, not the big screen, but a screen. Specifically any screen hooked up to a Netflix subscription. The project has been in the works with producer Judd Apatow for nearly five years, but the original team —Pee-wee portrayer Paul Reubens and Arrested Development writer Paul Rust on script duties, Apatow producing—is now in place at Netflix. It's a show with a rich history, some of it very strange. The movie goes into production next month and, given Netflix's track record, will probably get made at an impresisve level of investment (the first two seasons of House of Cards cost a reported $100 million ) for television and a totally reasonable level for an indie comedy. With Pee-wee on his way back into the national limelight, we thought we'd take a look back at the long, strange trip that brought him to Netflix:

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Emerging Cable Network WGN America Looks to Cast Its Spell Over SXSW Film

February 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On March 13, WGN America and its original series Salem will turn the official SXSW Film opening party into a "witches' playground," complete with fortune tellers, aerial dancers and other elements of the supernatural.

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