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Jon Stewart to Go on Hollywood Hiatus

Don’t expect The Daily Show to keep you occupied this summer on those hot, concrete-baking nights. Deadline reports that Jon Stewart is taking a 12-week hiatus from the show to make his Hollywood directorial debut.

From Deadline:

Stewart has written the script, and will direct Rosewater, an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Published in 2011 by Random House, the book is Maziar Bahari’s harrowing ordeal of leaving London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential elections. With a pregnant fiance left behind, the BBC journalist expected to be away for a week. Instead, he spent the next 118 days in Iran’s most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of Rosewater. Bahari wrote the book with Aimee Molloy. Scott Rudin will produce with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker. Pritzker’s OddLot Entertainment is financing the film.

Daily Show fans should take solace in the fact that John Oliver will take over hosting duties for eight weeks this summer in Stewart’s stead. So stay strong. You can handle four weeks of re-runs.

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Prank Caller Pulls Fast One on CBS/KCAL 9

Well, it was bound to happen.

One of Howard Stern‘s loyal listeners pulled a fast one on CBS/KCAL 9 during the middle of their coverage on the Christopher Dorner standoff.

Ronnie the Limo Driver: 1, CBS/KCAL: 0.

UPDATE: Romenesko points out that Captain Janks, a regular caller on the Howard Stern show, is taking credit for the prank call.

KCAL Reporter Captures Chris Dorner Gunfire

KCAL 9 reporter Carter Evans found himself in the middle of gunfire Tuesday afternoon while reporting on the Christopher Dorner standoff in Big Bear.

Officers reportedly spotted Dorner and above is the chilling exchange of bullets, along with Carter (who luckily wasn’t injured) getting chewed out by an LAPD officer.

Just another Tuesday in Southern California.

Luc Robitaille’s How I Met Your Mother Cameo

NHL Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille is making a cameo on Monday’s episode of the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

If you’re like myself and avoid CBS original programming since you aren’t the key demographic (85 and up), above is the clip featuring Robitaille and other famous Canadians (Brandon Walsh alert).

[H/T LA Kings]

Dodgers, Time Warner Announce Network

Get ready for a whole lot of Los Angeles Dodgers starting in 2014.

The Dodgers formally announced their new regional sports network in partnership with Time Warner Cable called SportsNet LA. Pending MLB approval, the deal is for 25 years and will be worth between $7-8 billion for the Dodgers, according to the LA Times. It ends a long back-and-forth affair between the Dodgers, Time Warner and Fox Sports on the future home of the baseball team after their contract ended later this year.

“We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want — more content and more Dodger baseball — was to launch our own network,” Dodgers chairman Mark Walter said in a statement. “The creation of AMP will provide substantial financial resources over the coming years for the Dodgers to build on their storied legacy and bring a World Championship home to Los Angeles. Just as we are actively transforming the team and the stadium, we want the Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country — one that will provide an unrivaled fan experience.”

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No, the Los Angeles Kings Aren’t Moving to Seattle

New NHL season, same confusion about the local hockey team in Los Angeles.

Fresh off a playoff run that featured numerous flubs by the media, some people are still confusing the Los Angeles Kings (those guys who hit pucks) with the Sacramento Kings (those guys who are hitting the road for Seattle).

The screengrab above is from the New England Sports Network (NESN).

Have no fear, the defending Stanley Cup champs aren’t moving to Seattle. Some things will never change, I guess.

(H/T @mmayo17)

Jamie Kennedy Talks NYE Disaster

KDOC’s awful local New Year’s Eve show went worldwide and host Jamie Kennedy explained to the New York Times that this was the plan from the start.

“It was totally supposed to be like that,” Kennedy said. “We wanted to make almost an anti-New Year’s Eve show, and the recipe calls for unexpected. We had an open bar for our guests, we were unrehearsed. It was not glamorous. We shot at the apex of craziness on Hollywood Boulevard on New Year’s Eve, in front of one of the most highly visible places, the Chinese Theater, and it was more like a block party type of feel.”

And it looks like you set your DVR for next year’s show as “the world’s worst New Year’s broadcast” could be back.

“Commerce Casino is already signed up for next year, they loved it,” Kennedy added. “And I got a text from Marilyn Manson that says he wants to do next year. And I want to get Wu-Tang Clan. I want to put people in that I like. I would like to do this again.”

Count me in.

Happy Effin’ New Year from KDOC

I hope you enjoyed the first (and likely) last KDOC New Year’s Eve show.

I stumbled across this shortly after midnight and was instantly hooked (sorry, Ryan and Carson) because the first words I heard was profanity.

Turns out that was the norm for this 90-minute clusterf*ck of a show hosted by Jamie Kennedy. This is a great six-minute recap that captures all the magic.

Ratings would be through the roof if KDOC re-aired this thing because the highlights have turned into viral hit.

KTLA’s Rich DeMuro Sucker Punches Santa Claus

You know how sometimes the guy at the shopping mall doesn’t really look like Santa? Well… Think back to a personal experience of this Yuletide phenomenon, multiply times ten and the result is akin to what Rich DeMuro enacted today on the KTLA Morning News.

It was all in good fun of course. But for any younger schoolkids who caught sight this morning of DeMuro’s hole-in-the-wall-bar worthy Santa, KTLA might want to consider giving away a free family therapy session rather than the Lenovo Yoga laptop being hawked by the tech reporter. Ho, ho, holy beer bellied son of St. Nick!

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CBS CEO Les Moonves on Angus Jones Fiasco: After Charlie Sheen ‘This is a Piece of Cake’

The CEO of CBS commented on the very public outburst from Two and a Half Men star Angus Jones. Les Moonves, speaking at a forum here in New York sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, said he wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the kid.

“I don’t know what our status is with him, we took this boy, who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seems to be what happens with child stars over the course of time,” Moonves said, adding dryly. “He is now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19 year old kid.”

He went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch his show because it is filth, “though he is still collecting his $300,000 a week,” Moonves added.

That said, he did not seem concerned as to what it meant for the program, which still has more viewers than every other comedy on TV, save for The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

“We have other plans, I don’t think it has quite been resolved, but after going through Charlie Sheen, I think this is a piece of cake,” he quipped.

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