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Superman Comic Sells for $3.2 Million

As with most eBay auctions, it came down to the final day.

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On Sunday, bidding for a pristine copy of Action Comics #1, the publication that introduced the Man of Steel, increased by a full million dollars. In the end, one bidder edged out another by just $100. Final purchase price: $3,207,852.00

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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

Special Edition ‘Lunch’: Downton Abbey Dish with Gareth Neame

Diane Clehane and Gareth Neame

Diane Clehane and Gareth Neame

I was joined at my usual perch at Michael’s yesterday by Downton Abbey‘s executive producer Gareth Neame and Hope Dellon, executive editor at St. Martin’s Press whose new book, Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey, is the “official” and definitive behind-the-scenes look at the wildly popular series. Unless you’ve been living under rock, you have undoubtedly heard that series creator Julian Fellowes writes every word of each episode that Downton addicts devour every season, but you may not know it was Gareth who is truly responsible for bringing the series to the small screen.

Having worked in British television for over two decades, Gareth was, as he writes in the book’s foreward in which he chronicles the backstory of the creation of the series, “familiar with maids, footmen and aristocrats and historic houses that serve as inspiration for drama.” He was also a fan of Gosford Park, the film that earned Fellowes an Academy Award. Gareth approached Fellowes with the idea to do a television series set in a grand house during the Edwardian era, focusing equally on the lives of the servants and the aristocrats, but, as Gareth told me, “Julian was resistant at first to do it. He didn’t think lightning would strike twice.” Still, Fellowes sent an email a few days later outlining all the major characters and the plot revolving around an inheritance issue with a distant cousin, a male heir (Matthew Crawley), who comes into the world of a family living in a great house staffed with servants. “We didn’t know whether it would work,” Gareth told me. “But everything was there on the page.”

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Weird Al Yankovic Commandeers Yahoo Music Instagram

The man who paved the way for The Lonely Island and so many others is now showing Yahoo the social media way.

Per the following slide show, Weird Al Yankovic was given the keys to the Yahoo Music Instagram account Thursday as he traveled for his book tour to Cincinnati. In first class, Yankovic made sure to rest up:

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Gilbert Gottfried: ‘The Internet is the New Lynch Mob’

Some of the jokes flying Monday night at the New York Friars Club roast of Don Rickles included Joan Riversobservation that the elderly crowd in attendance amounted to “Kervorkian’s bucket list.” Ha ha.

But our prize for the most enterprising media spin on this event belongs to Diana Falzone. For a foxnews.com op ed about “insult comedy,” she spoke to someone well familiar with the hazards of today’s nanosecond peanut gallery:

“It’s a very strange time period now with insult comedy,” [Gilbert] Gottfried told FOX411. “Even Rickles has gotten in trouble and gotten on the Internet because now it’s ‘No he shouldn’t [say] that…’ Now everyone’s on the Internet. I feel like the Internet is the new lynch mob.”

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS, February 19

2. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

3. Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations, February 20

4. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

5. WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife, February 18

6. Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments, February 15

 

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Talking Oscars with Longtime Movie Critic Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons is back on WCBS 880 with his popular movie review segment, the nationally heard Lyons Den Radio.

Lyons, known for more than 40 years of his insightful cinematic critiques and entertaining interviews, worked at 880 from 1975 to 1994. He was also a regular reviewer on WPIX from 1970 to 1991.

Lyons took his local voice national with PBS’ Sneak Previews, which had a 14-year run. Most recently, Lyons brought the “Den” to WNBC. His 13-year run included a syndicated Reel Talk that he created.

With the Oscars being polished up for Sunday’s 85th annual event, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to speak to Lyons and pick his brain about the contenders and possible surprises.

“My upset pick is Hugh Jackman for Best Actor for Les Mis,” Lyons tells FishbowlNY. “Jackman gave one of the great performances I’ve ever seen.”

He expects Daniel Day-Lewis, though, will nab his record-setting third Best Actor for his portrayal of America’s 16th president.

The buzz is building for Steven Spielberg, director of Lincoln.

“I think he’s going to win. He has an Oscar pedigree,” Lyons says. “He hasn’t won enough to suit me. He’s the greatest filmmaker of our time … I’m glad to be alive in the Steven Spielberg era.”

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R.L. Stine: ERMAHGERD! My First Big Break

He makes his living scaring children and has been called the Stephen King of children’s books.

“Goosebumps” author, R.L. Stine sat down with mediabistroTV to talk about how finding a typewriter at the age of nine started him on his journey to becoming one of the most successful children’s book authors in history.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Barbra Streisand at Barclays

The Barclays Center opened last week with a series of concerts by Jay-Z. He is part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, who will play at the Barclays starting this month. But for many, the arena is gets its official “welcoming committee” next week when Brooklyn’s own Barbra Streisand takes the stage for two shows. It marks the legendary performer’s first show on her home turf since her days in the Erasmus High School chorus. Streisand, 70, graduated from Erasmus in 1959.

The October 11 and October 13 concerts will flashback to the old days. Not only will the audience see a rare Streisand live performance, and even rarer, one in Brooklyn, the famed Brooklyn Youth Chorus will join Streisand on stage for a pair of encores.

The teens will accompany Streisand on the West Side Story classic Somewhere and Make Your Garden Grow from Candide, the Daily News reports.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was quoted in the newspaper saying, “It’s fabulous, just fabulous.”

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Can Country Music Make a Comeback on New York Radio?

Artists like Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift (left), and Carrie Underwood have made country music stronger than ever. The Country explosion is part of today’s reality TV. Blake Shelton is a judge on NBC’s The Voice, and the multi-platinum selling Keith Urban just signed on for season 12 of American Idol. Country music is one of the most popular radio formats with more than 2,000 stations playing that music across the “country.” It accounts for approximately 20 percent of all commercial music formats nationwide. Despite its popularity, the genre hasn’t cracked the New York market for years.

Each time an FM station flips format or purchases a New York City dial position, the new opportunity for Country is overlooked.

In our examination of the lack of Country in the nation’s top market, FishbowlNY gets the thoughts of former New York City Country DJs, a veteran radio programmer, and a current program director at a Country station on the outskirts of Manhattan.

First, some background.

New York, which has been in the radio biz for more than 90 years, has had just a smattering of full-time Country stations. WHN made the flip in 1973. Prior to that, only WJRZ in neighboring Hackensack, New Jersey, and Mineola-based WTHE, gave listeners the Nashville twang.

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Reflections of TV Pioneer Joan Ganz Cooney as WNET Prepares for 50th Anniversary

Joan Ganz Cooney may not be a household name. But Joan Ganz Cooney revolutionized viewing habits from toddlers to teens. Cooney is co-founder of the Children’s Television Workshop, a mainstay on Channel 13 since its launch in 1969. It is a perfect inclusion to FishbowlNY’s special series of interviews and posts dedicated to WNET’s 50th anniversary.

The CTW was producing programming solely for public television. Like national syndication today, it was made available for public TV stations across the country. The first show that Cooney and her CTW employees created was Sesame Street.

While each station made the decision when to air Sesame Street, Cooney had strong views for the start time.

“I didn’t want it in competition with Captain Kangaroo [8 a.m. on CBS], the only other quality children’s show at the time,” Cooney says.

To avoid the “Captain’s wrath,” CTW was encouraging PBS stations to air Sesame Street at either 7 a.m. or 9 a.m.

WNDT, (the original call letters of WNET), was not as accommodating. In a rarely remembered tibdit, Sesame Street actually had its debut on WPIX/Channel 11.

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