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Vogue Article Inspires Eva Longoria-Produced TV Show

vogue-logo-editEva Longoria’s production company — UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (yes, it’s really called that) — is joining forces with Condé Nast Entertainment to bring a political drama to ABC. The show was inspired by a Jacob Weisberg Vogue article, which profiled twins Julián and Joaquin Castro.

The yet-to-be-named project will follow the lives of Chris and Alex Reyes, two “Latino golden boys” who are best friends, yet political rivals. “The drama explores the American dream and the lies, blackmail and manipulation it takes to rise to the top of power in Texas — and perhaps someday DC,” reports Deadline.

Lies! Blackmail! Manipulation! Golden boys! Please inform your parents about this news.

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Lorne Michaels Engineers Another Inspired Succession

ShutterstockDarrellHammondHarlem2012The choice of Jimmy Fallon to take over for Jay Leno will rank as one of the best decisions comedy impresario Lorne Michaels has ever made. As if that weren’t enough for the current calendar year, there is now news of an equally inspired move in the SNL announcer department.

Taking over in this 40th season of SNL for the late Don Pardo will be Darrell Hammond. From Andrea Romano‘s Mashable item:

Hammond, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2009, also occasionally sat in for Pardo when he was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him.”

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Vulture Circles Debra Messing’s Off-Target Show

The headline for Margaret Lyons‘ Vulture review is emphatic: “Mysteries of Laura Is a Bad Show. It’s a Bad, Bad Show.” And as you might expect, the article below that headline is a rad read. It’s a rad, rad read.

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Starting with some astute bricks-and-mortar fact-checking:

Messing stars as Laura, a miserable human who abuses her police power by intimidating random pre-school teachers. She loves product-placing Target, and even though she lives in Manhattan, it seems very, very unlikely that she lives anywhere near Harlem or 117th Street. I resent integrated advertising in general, but it’s truly egregious here.

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Fox’s Chase Carey on Time Warner: ‘We’ve Moved On’

Chase Carey GChase Carey, president and COO of 21st Century Fox, wants everyone to know that his company is already healing from the heartbreak of not acquiring Time Warner. “We’ve moved on,” Carey said, during a London TV industry conference. “We don’t want to be revisiting something that is in the past or implying that we are continuing to be engaged.”

Carey and 21st Century Fox had tried to purchase Time Warner for $80 billion last month, but the offer was rejected. At the time, Rupert Murdoch put the blame squarely on Time Warner’s shoulders. “Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling,” he explained.

According to Variety, Carey added that for now, at least, there are no other companies worth pursuing. “We don’t have an acquisition list,” he said. “Time Warner was a unique opportunity for us.” Hey, buck up buddy. There’s other media companies in the sea.

Joe Scarborough Joining Meet The Press

Joe Scarborough GNBC News has announced that Joe Scarborough is joining Meet The Press as a senior political analyst and contributor. As part of the move, Scarborough will appear in a variety of NBC News programs, including the Today show.

“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said recently appointed Meet The Press moderator Chuck Todd, in a statement. “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of Meet the Press, and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.”

Despite the new duties, Scarborough will continue to host Morning Joe, a role he has held since 2007.

NBC Pays for Matt Lauer’s Helicopter Commute

How was your commute to work this morning? Was the train packed? Did various strangers emit odd odors? Did anyone yell about Jesus? If you’re like most people, you probably answered “Shitty, yes, one guy smelled like a rotten ham sandwich, of course.” However, if you’re Matt Lauer, you had a completely different set of answers, because you flew via a helicopter paid for by NBC.

According to The New York Post, as part of Lauer’s recent contract extension, NBC pays for him to fly back and forth from his home in the Hamptons.

“NBC News chiefs want to do everything to keep Matt happy,” a source told the Post. “They believe Today has turned a corner and he is the key to its continuing success. They agreed to pay for his helicopter flights to the Hamptons and back, so he can spend more time with his family.”

Please think of this tomorrow morning when you’re elbowing someone too immersed in their Metro to get out of your way. We bet it’ll give you some extra oomph.

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Tony Soprano Lives! [Updated]

That’s the delayed but still startling news from The Sopranos creator David Chase.*

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Film and media critic Martha Nochimson caught Chase off-guard recently during a coffee shop conversation. Though the creator of the HBO TV series did not offer any details, he did confirm to her that the final episode’s infamous fade-to-black did not mean to suggest that Tony would go on to soon die. The writer’s immediate reaction:

Fine. Tony’s not dead. But what do we do with this bald fact? And isn’t Chase’s flat response exactly the point? The mere answer doesn’t really go anywhere unless we consider it as a part of the larger context of The Sopranos, and as a part of the much bigger story of Chase’s art…

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ESPN Regrets Being Complete Garbage

ESPN has zero competition, and so ESPN can pretty much do whatever it wants, even if it’s absolutely horrible. Never has this been on display more than a report on the showering habits of Michael Sam, an openly gay St. Louis Rams player. The backlash to the ESPN report was swift and severe, and now the network is apologizing:

ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.

Clearly. In case you missed it, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that an anonymous Rams “defensive player told me that ‘Sam is respecting our space,” and then added that other players said they didn’t track Sam’s showering habits, mostly because why the hell would they do that. 

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Adrien Brody Charms New York Times Reporter

Brooks Barnes has uncorked a breezy, admiring and – at times – hilariously opinionated profile of actor Adrien Brody for this weekend’s New York Times. We’re referring, in the last instance, to this paragraph:

He has a reputation in Hollywood as loyal and affable. Women seem to find him sexy, at least judging by the knockouts he dates.

And this one:

Mr. Brody was certainly ready to talk. And talk. At one point, I wondered if I had stumbled upon That Guy You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.

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The Jennie Garth Pitch

JennieGarthProjectAt FishbowlNY, we glance at heaps of PR copy. And for the semi-slow week of August 11-15, the following strand is going to be hard to beat. At least from a media-blog male editor’s point of view:

To save money, Jennie will get down and dirty refinishing the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and will crank up a chainsaw…

There’s also info in the release about Garth’s contractor Scott and the HGTV program’s back-to-back season debut Tuesday September 16. But really, it all pales once the eyes reach a tease that is one part West Beverly Hills High and two parts iconic rural Texas.

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