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First-Ever People Magazine Awards to Air Tonight on NBC

people-magazine-awardsIn case you thought there were far too few awards shows on TV for the celeb-obsessed, People is debuting a new one. The People Magazine Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, will celebrate the year in pop culture and feature appearances from stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lopez. The two-hour event airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to launch our inaugural awards this year on the heels of People’s 40th birthday celebration,” Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, told FishbowlNY.

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Hearst Purchases Stake in DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV

Hearst Corporation has acquired a 25 percent stake in DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV (ATV) for $81 million. ATV is a YouTube multi-channel network with about 114 million subscribers.

ATV’s founder Brian Robbins and president Brett Bouttier will continue to lead the company. As part of the deal, ATV will have access to Hearst’s subscription video on demand (SVOD) tech.

“Few companies have built the global audience of millennial females as quickly as AwesomenessTV,” said Steven Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst Corporation, in a statement. “For us, it’s very important to make a bet on the future of how content is created. Together, in partnership with DreamWorks, we see great opportunity in supporting the consumer media franchise that AwesomenessTV continues to build.”

Bad Weather Forces NBC to Cancel Its Annual Holiday Sing-Along

nbc-sing-alongJack Frost’s visit to New York on Tuesday was enough to scrub a long-held tradition for NBC’s TVNewsers. The winter storm that hit New York earlier this week forced the network to cancel its annual Sing-Along, during which WNBC anchors and crew gather to sing Christmas carols on the Rockefeller Center ice rink. Viewers are usually offered the chance to join in the Sing-Along and meet their favorite TV news personalities.

An NBC spokesperson gave FishbowlNY the following statement about the cancellation:

Due to necessary repair work on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink on Dec. 10th (our scheduled back up date), there was no available time to reschedule it. We are still planning to air the Sing-Along. We will resurrect the perennial favorite, Deck the Halls, from a previous year. Air date is expected to be Saturday, December 13.

Until then, because you know you want to see it, here’s a snippet from last year’s Sing-Along:

A Grim Ending for The Colbert Report


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The Colbert Report is inching closer to the end. The lineup leading up to Stephen Colbert‘s final show on Thursday, Dec. 18, starts with a guest appearance on Dec. 15 from Seth Rogen, plugging The Interview — which, given the recent Sony hacking drama, is sure to be an entertaining one. On Dec. 16, rapper Kendrick Lamar stops by for an interview and performance. Military veteran Phil Clay visits on Dec. 17 to discuss his book, Redeployment, which earned Clay the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. Last but not least, Grimmy, Colbert’s “colleague and lifelong friend” aka the Grim Reaper will cap off the show’s nine-year run.

The pundit we all love to love described the final days as only he could: “Our last week of shows are going to be really special, just like every other week.”

For those who just can’t get enough Colbert, Comedy Central plans to air classic episodes on Thursday from 10 a.m. up until the final show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Colbert takes over as host of the Late Show when David Letterman signs off on May 20, 2015.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Stephen Colbert Covers EW as Gandalf, Bilbo and Legolas

My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann


As a kid growing up in the Hudson Valley, Keith Olbermann would watch New York news anchors Jim Jensen, Bill Beutel and Roger Grimsby. But it was an internship at WNYW that put him on the path on TV stardom. And, as it turns out, the guy who gave the sports-to-news back to sports broadcaster his break in TV would give him another shot later on. We headed over to Olbermann’s Times Square studio where he told us about his “First Big Break.”

The Problem with a Downton Abbey New York Trip

ShutterstockGarethNeame2013It would cost around $10 million.

This according to Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame (pictured) who, on Monday at a Season Five preview event in Manhattan, answered an audience question about the idea of the ITV/PBS smash featuring an episode (or two) set here. From AP Entertainment reporter Alicia Rancilio‘s item:

An audience member noted that the Crowleys — the fictional aristocratic family that the show is centered on — have relatives in New York and asked whether Downton Abbey would ever go there on location.

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Fox & Friends Asks Great Question


What a poignant question from Fox & Friends. What has been the toughest part of this for Darren Wilson? Why aren’t we more concerned with his feelings? Instead all we seem to be talking about is how (another) unarmed black kid was gunned down and the person responsible faced no consequences.

Thanks to Fox & Friends for keeping us all focused on what really matters — anyone but black people.

Don Lemon Can Help You Not Get Raped [Updated]

Don Lemon, in addition to being a co-host of CNN Tonight, is an expert in rape prevention. We know that right now you’re thinking “Rape prevention? Shouldn’t the onus be on the attacker, not the victim? What the f*ck is wrong with everyone?” We are too! But thankfully Lemon is here to help us all, especially women who keep walking around and getting raped.

During an interview with Joan Tarshis — a woman who alleges that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her — Lemon suggested that she should’ve used her teeth to bite his penis in order to stop the attack:

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New Jersey Magazine Publisher Adds TV Show

In this year’s list of holiday-season-tipping thank you’s, SJ magazine publisher-editor Marianne Aleardi ends with a nod to her readers. By this time next year, the audience thank-you portion could be much larger thanks to a new TV show launching Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. on public TV channel NJTV.

Each month, This is South Jersey with Marianne Aleardi will highlight – with the help of co-host Meg Maley – various local businesses, events and human interest stories. Aleardi is partnered in the enterprise with SQ Productions. From SQ founder Tamer Tewfik‘s recent blog post:

This is the very first time we are producing television content on our own. I have been discussing the possibility of the show with Marianne over the past three years…

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FiveThirtyEight Debuts Studio for Elections

It’s election day in America, which means it’s time to remind you of Nate Silver and his site, FiveThirtyEight. Silver and FiveThirtyEight now have a new studio from which to cover today’s activities.

The New York studio will be Silver and his team’s headquarters throughout the night. There will be live cuts to FiveThirtyEight featured on ABC News, as well as constant updates on and

This might only be exciting to politics junkies, especially since Silver and FiveThirtyEight seemed to have lost some steam since leaving The New York Times. But you can’t blame Disney (parent of ESPN and ABC) for trying to get the most out of Silver’s name and brand.