Posts Tagged ‘time’

Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a way, it all started with Fred Figglehorn, a chipmunk-voiced, fictional 6-year-old with a dysfunctional family, manic energy and anger issues who proved to be catnip to young viewers on YouTube.

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Suits Star Patrick J. Adams Obsesses Over Instagram

March 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Influential Rep. John Dingell to Retire From Congress

February 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the 113th Congress. He will have served 29 terms. Dingell, an undisputed icon in the Democratic Party, chaired the powerful House commerce committee for 15 years, losing the chairmanship in 2008 to another stalwart Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who also recently announced his retirement—setting up the committee for political jockeying. On the Senate side, commerce committee chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is also leaving. As chairman emeritus of the commerce committee, Dingell never disappointed in bringing a smile to everyone in the room with his trademark interviewing of witnesses who were directed to answer "yes" or "no" to Dingell's questions. Last year, after giving the commerce committee hearing room a new paint job, chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) named the room after Dingell. At the time, Upton called Dingell a "congressional giant ... Now, when future generations arrive at 2123 Rayburn [one of three House buildings] to watch the people's business, they will immediately be reminded of the rich and historic legacy of the distinguished gentleman from Michigan." Dingell, 87, is expected to formally announce his retirement at a luncheon in Dearborn, Mich. "I'm not going to be carried out feet first. I don't want people to say I stayed too long," Dingell told the Detroit News , saying his health was "good enough" if he had wanted to continue.

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Piers Morgan’s Primetime Departure All Part of Zucker Plan At CNN

February 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Looks like  CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker wasn’t kidding earlier this year when he pronounced 2014 to be the year of a shake-up in the Time Warner-owned cable-news network’s ailing primetime lineup. In an interview with The New York Times, Piers Morgan, who had anchored the network’s 9 p.m. slot since January, 2011, said his... Read more

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NBC to Promote New Comedies After Final Night of Olympics, Closing Ceremony

February 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC is putting an end to all the post-Olympics monkey business. Two years after making viewers go ape by interrupting the closing ceremony of the London Games with a preview of the simian sitcom Animal Practice , the broadcaster is taking a much more cautious approach in Sochi. The plan for next Sunday’s prime-time broadcast is to air two hours of edited curtain-closing footage, followed by the commercial-free premiere of Growing Up Fisher . The single-camera effort stars J.K. Simmons as an irascible blind attorney and is of a piece with NBC’s move toward broad family comedies. While Fisher is certain to draw a healthy amount of sampling—at the very least, the closing ceremony should provide a lead-in of some 20 million viewers—if recent trends are any indication, the artificial buzz generated by a postevent premiere will be ephemeral at best. (After bowing out of a blockbuster 49ers-Saints game on Nov. 17 , Fox’s Almost Human the very next night plummeted more than 25 percent in the 18-49 demo.) On Saturday, immediately after the final night of competition, NBC will roll out its other new midseason comedy, About a Boy . Originally developed for Fox in 2003, Boy stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. Both shows will have their time slot premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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Writers Guild Contract Talks Recessing for Two Weeks

February 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Writers Guild of America and Hollywood’s production companies have agreed to recess contract talks for two weeks until March 4. “The parties have agreed to a temporary recess for scheduling reasons,” the bare-bones announcement said. “Negotiations will resume on March 4th. Neither the Guilds nor the AMPTP will be commenting further at this time.”... Read more

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Ellen Page Announces She Is Gay

February 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a speech at the Time to Thrive conference Friday, actress Ellen Page came out as gay. “I’m here today because I am gay,” she told the audience of LGBT youth at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The 26-year old star of “Juno” appears in the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”... Read more

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Report: Comcast to Buy Out Time Warner Cable

February 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a tweet heard ‘round the cable universe, CNBC’s David Faber on Wednesday night said that multiple sources have told him that Comcast is preparing to make a formal overture to take full control of Time Warner Cable. According to Faber, Comcast on Thursday will announce it has offered Time Warner Cable a buyout of

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CNN Pulls Anderson Cooper’s ‘AC360 Later’ From Primetime

February 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CNN has taken the relatively new ‘AC360 Later,” a second primetime hour for popular anchor Anderson Cooper, off its primetime schedule for the foreseeable future, a spokeswoman for the network confirmed Friday. Cooper, who recently signed a new deal with the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet, is entrenched at the network, and is already the anchor... Read more

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Yada, Yada, Yada: Seinfeld Reunion in the Works

January 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Jerry Seinfeld on Thursday confirmed that he and Larry David are working on a one-off Seinfeld reunion and that the finished product will be released “very, very soon.” Speaking to the hosts of the Boomer & Carton show on WFAN, the comic fielded a number of queries about a Jan. 13 photo in which he and Jason Alexander were seen walking outside Tom’s Restaurant on 112th and Broadway. The diner was used for establishing shots throughout Seinfeld’s NBC run. While he wasn’t entirely forthcoming, Seinfeld did drop a few hints about what he and his old confreres have been up to. He specifically said that the filming wasn’t related to a Super Bowl spot or an episode of his Crackle series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee . “It’s neither,” Seinfeld said. “But it’s not not those things either. It’s a secret project.” Seinfeld went on to reveal that other characters from the powerhouse sitcom were involved in the project, although he wouldn’t identify a studio or a distributor. When asked if Alexander was surprised to be asked to reprise his role of the “short, stocky, slow-witted bald man” George Costanza , Seinfeld chuckled to himself. “Was Jason surprised? No, he remembers that he played that character for nine years,” he cracked. “He was not surprised that he was asked to play George.” After the fifth question, the comic joked that his interlocutor was “really Mike Wallace-ing me here.” He added that the finished project is “a short-ish form” effort, noting that its running time is longer than 60 seconds. Whatever form the finished product takes, it’s probably a one-shot deal. In any event, Seinfeld fans should keep their eyes peeled, as the project will be released “very, very soon.” In addition to the Tom’s Restaurant exteriors, the shoot spread out to other locations. Jerry’s Upper West Side apartment was not one of them; in all likelihood, the Studio City set was dismantled shortly after the series wrapped in May 1998. Seinfeld first dropped hints that he was working with David on Jan. 6, during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session . “We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can’t reveal what it is at this time,” Seinfeld said during the online Q&A. “All I can do is tell you is that it’s big, huge, gigantic.” At its peak, Seinfeld averaged 34.1 million viewers and a staggering 18.0 in the dollar demo in NBC’s Thursday 9 p.m. time slot

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