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20th Century Fox Acquires Rights To ESPN Oral History - Posted July 26, 2011
The rumors appear to be true. 20th Century Fox is closing a deal to acquiring the rights to ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun, ... [SportsNewser]

Hollywood Reportedly Interested in Making Feature Film of ESPN Oral History - Posted June 30, 2011
Deadspin is reporting that filmmakers are interested in turning the ESPN oral history Those Guys Have All the Fun by ... [SportsNewser]

Bill Simmons: ESPN's Bristol Headquarters Can Be 'Cultish' - Posted May 20, 2011
The book isn't even out yet, but Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and ... [FishbowlLA]

Variety TV Critic Checks In with Pulitzer Prize Winning Elders - Posted January 19, 2011
Are today's web-powered TV critics nastier than their print predecessors? That's the question Variety TV critic ... [FishbowlLA]

Has The ESPN Book Already Cost An Anchor His Job? - Posted November 11, 2010
We are still six months away from Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN by Jim Miller and ... [SportsNewser]

Did WaPo's Shales Quit on Facebook? - Posted October 14, 2010
After a cryptic post by Tom Shales, referencing "December 31st" and being "over-and-outta here," appeared on Washington Post chairman Don Graham's Facebook wall yesterday, ... [FishbowlDC]

Cover Revealed For New Unauthorized ESPN Book - Posted October 6, 2010
Authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales now have a cover for their upc... [SportsNewser]

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers - Posted August 4, 2010
Quote(s) of the Day Erikson on fashion "Rep. John Conyers [D-Mich.] is on "The Ed Show" wearing a tux jacket with satin lapels...so bizarre." - RedState.com's Erik Erikson, who is also a CNN Contributor, on Twitter Wednesday. Outrage for Shales "It's not like he goes easy on guys; the man is a misanthrope. But... [FishbowlDC]

Tom Shales Apologizes To Alison Stewart - Posted May 18, 2010
Washington Post television critic Tom Shales apologized to PBS "Need To Know" co-host Alison Stewart in a Q&A with readers today. Kathy Lee never whimpered about the reviews, I don't thi... [TVNewser]

WaPo's Shales Calls Meacham 'Pompous and Dreary' - Posted May 11, 2010
WaPo's Tom Shales was online earlier today chatting harshly on a range of topics. They included Betty White's SNL appearance (he loves her), PBS host and Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham (he can't ... [FishbowlDC]

Friedman Praises ABC, Warns CNN of Loss - Posted March 24, 2010
Whatever you think about CNN, ABC and the decision for Christiane Amanpour to host "This Week," there's no doubt it's causing a stir. Yesterday we had WaPo's Tom Shales ... [FishbowlDC]

ABC Fires Back at WaPo's Tom Shales - Posted March 23, 2010
WaPo's TV critic Tom Shales believes the sky will fall for ABC's pick of Christiane Amanpour for host of "This Week". And ABC is firing back. Hard. The more negative Shales is, the more positive ABC says it is about its choice. ABC Senior V.P. ... [FishbowlDC]

WaPo's Shales Picks Barbara - Posted February 2, 2010
WaPo's TV columnist Tom Shales has advice for ABC's "This Week" on whom to hire in what is fast becoming a gaping hole in Sunday morning political talk shows. He writes: "Barbara Walters - so long considered [Diane] Sawyer's nemesis and vice versa - had such a goo... [FishbowlDC]

Good Morning FishbowlDC - Posted January 6, 2010
Quote of the Day "Whom did he sound more like -- Mary Poppins on the joys of a tidy room, or Ron Popeil on the glories of some amazing potato peeler?" -- WaPo's Tom Shales on Fox New's ... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List 11.10.09 - Posted November 10, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Sesame Street is coming to DC... in celebration of the show's 40th anniversary, Union Station will display an exhibit called "Sesame Street: The Longest Street in the World." Kick-off party with Elmo and Telly tonight. Happy Birthday to ... [FishbowlDC]

FishbowlDC Election Day Party - Posted November 2, 2009
mediabistro.com is throwing a party in Washington, D.C. tomorrow night to celebrate election day, the World Series (if it's still being played), Tom Shales' birthday and whatever else you want to toast to. One of your TVNewsers will be there. You'll have to show up to find out who. Click here if you... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List 10.16.09 - Posted October 16, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Congrats to WUSA's ... [FishbowlDC]

Changes in WaPo TV Team - Posted July 27, 2009
In an internal memo obtained by FBDC, WaPo announced a new Style column by Tom Shales, who has been the paper's lead TV critic for over 30 years. Shales will take a broader role as culture critic, writing not just on all things television but from "a 30,000-foot perspective on... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List 07.08.09 - Posted July 8, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. What we know and what we're reading this Wednesda... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List 07.01.09 - Posted July 1, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. What we know and what we're reading this Wednesda... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List 06.02.09 - Posted June 2, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. That's the top of a ferry boat on the shore... [FishbowlDC]

Hopefully Our Last Post On The Surprising, Troubling, Enchanting and Humbling Press Conferece... - Posted April 30, 2009
A wrap of last night's coverage, in case you missed it... • WaPo's Tom Shales Obama's Enchanting Quizfest: "The TV networks always get a little jealous when a president, or any news figure, turns out to be a great communicator. They start looking for ways to distract viewers. During the early minutes... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List 03.25.09 - Posted March 25, 2009
h/t Shenan... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List, 01.30.09 - Posted January 30, 2009
Good morning Washington. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. We've got your morning mix of media Muesli after the... [FishbowlDC]

Katie Couric's Prime Time Newscast: Second in Total Viewers, Fifth in Demos - Posted January 29, 2009
According to the overnight ratings, Katie Couric's 8pm newscast drew 6.45 million Total Viewers, good enough for second place in the time slot. The ha... [TVNewser]

What's Tom Shales Got Against Hungarian Dogs? - Posted January 6, 2009
From TVNewsday's interview with Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales. Do you ever watch TV shows on iTunes or Hulu? I'm really not fluent enough to go searching for it, but people will send me a link and say "Look at this." Then I'll look and see it's a bunch of dogs in... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Morning Reading List, 12.30.08 - Posted December 30, 2008
Good morning Washington. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. We've got your mornin... [FishbowlDC]

FNC Looks Back At Last Democratic President - Posted November 15, 2008
Fox News Channel airs the fifth episode in the periodic series, "Television & the Presidency," tonight at 9pmET, looking at the years 1997-2000 and President Bill Clinton. The series began in 1984, and it has been eight years since the last original episode aired... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List, 11.06.08 - Posted November 6, 2008
Good morning Washington. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. We've got your morning mix of media Muesli after the... [FishbowlDC]

Palination: A Morning After Round-Up - Posted October 3, 2008
We took a stroll around the Internets this morning to see what Joe Klein, Peggy Noonan, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Palination: A Morning After Round-Up - Posted October 3, 2008
We took a stroll around the Internets this morning to see what Joe Klein, Peggy Noonan, ... [FishbowlNY]

Shales: HBO's Thomas Doc "Obscures A Blemish Or Two" - Posted August 18, 2008
WaPo TV critic Tom Shales reviews HBO's new documentary on Helen Thomas and has this to say: What's disappointing about Thomas, and troubling about the film, is her stridency in... [FishbowlDC]

Gibson, Stephanopoulos Turn In "Shoddy, Despicable Performances" At Last Night's Debate - Posted April 17, 2008
So says Tom Shales. ... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List, 10.18.07 - Posted October 18, 2007
Good morning Washington. It's a close one, but it looks doubtful that Stephen Colbert's presidential bid in SC will do any major damage. Roll Call announced that Jay Heflin is going to be joining the CongressNow staff full-t... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List, 09.20.07 - Posted September 20, 2007
Good morning Washington. Your bet is on Stephen Colbert over Jon Stewart in a fist fight. Roll Call's Moira Bagley celebrates a birthday today. ... [FishbowlDC]

CNN/YouTube: The Later Reviews - Posted July 24, 2007
The Washington Post's Tom Shales on MSNBC's Morning Joe, on Anderson Cooper: "I thought he handled it about as well as you could. He said at the beginning, we don't really know what we're doing here, which was a good way to kind of make an excuse before anything went... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List, 06.29.07 - Posted June 29, 2007
Good morning Washington. It was a close call, but you thought Chris Matthews would be the sweaty one. An NBC release announced, "NBC News has been awarded the 8th Annual RTNDA/Unity Award in the television network category for 'Separa... [FishbowlDC]

Clark and Michael Funnier than On the Lot? - Posted May 25, 2007
Alessandra Stanley, writing in the NY Times, is clearly confused by reality television. Writing about FOX's new reality show, On the Lot, she lumps Fear Factor (debut in US 2001) and Real Worl... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List, 04.17.07 - Posted April 17, 2007
Good morning Washington. Overwhelmingly, you think the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner/Weekend is sorta sad and pathetic. Tom Shales on the nati... [FishbowlDC]

Taking Out The Trash, 02.27.07 - Posted February 27, 2007
"Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of the Hartford Courant are the 2007 winners of the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for their series exposing the US military's recruitment and deployment of mentally ill soldiers into Iraq. The $35,000 annual prize, presented by the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg... [FishbowlDC]

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