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Archives: June 2007

Emmy Nominations: Tom O’Neil’s Got ‘Em

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The LA Times’ Tom O’Neil is way ahead of the pack on Emmy nominations:

Low-rated critics’ favorite “Friday Night Lights” made the top 10 list of Emmy finalists for best drama series, but “Brothers and Sisters” –packed with Emmy-friendly stars –did not, according to judges reporting to TheEnvelope.com. Other surprises: “Rome” –a canceled show that aired its last episode in March –is included on the drama list, but not two current series that were considered shoo-ins by some Emmywatchers: “Rescue Me” and “The Tudors.”

NBC leads all networks with 6 shows in the two Top 10s. ABC has 5, HBO 4, Showtime 2, Fox 2, CBS 1. FX network was shut out.

O’Neil’s also got some acting nominations, but makes a plea for tips.

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “New Adventures of Old Christine”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Teri Hatcher, “Desperate Housewives”
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
James Gandolfini, “Sopranos”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Eddie Izzard, “The Riches”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24″

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Minni Driver, “The Riches”
Edie Falco, “Sopranos”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Masi Oka, “Heroes”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
CCH Pounder, “The Shield”

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Annette Stark on New Times

Annette Stark, whom we’d quoted yesterday, emails us to clarify her experience with New Times. We’d greatly truncated her story, and it really deserves further amplifaction, as it does expand on Jon Wiener’s criticisms of the New Times management. Also, as Stark writes, we got her quote wrong:

I didn’t say Andy said we couldn’t be trusted. The music editor who was trying to get me to take that test said “Andy feels that magazine writers have no talent and all the work is edited to death.”

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Chambermaid Book Party

bookcover_small.jpg Does a successful book party equal book sales success? If so, then Saira Rao‘s first novel, Chambermaid, is headed for stratospheric heights. The party was a rager, with over 200 people in attendance. Held in a Fifth Avenue Park-facing apartment, it was a delightful if homogeneous mash-up of well-heeled lawyers, bankers, media — and one actor:

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Sundown on Sunset: Tell Us All About It

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Paris Hilton’s interview on Larry King Live brought in 3.2 million viewers; 1.4 million in the adults 25-54 demo, three times King’s regular average. And some disapprove.

Television Without Pity goes head-first into Rescue Me. Jack McGee butted heads with Denis Leary and tells all.

Britney Spears told her mom to get clean enough to babysit.

Pink Taco opened, and Lesley Balla went to the party.

Why are all the Google Trends so weird? Papworth method?

iPhone: Overheated NBC Is Part Of The Problem

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It was awful kind of The Grove to issue these umbrellas to the nerds lined up around the mall for the new iPhone today. Kinder still to give some complimentary shade to the journos — like these poor guys from NBC.

Your Daily Murdoch-WSJ Update

Hey, it looks like Ken Auletta was right. The New York Times is reporting that in the (increasingly likely by the nanosecond) purchase of the Wall Street Journal by News Corporation, an independent committee would be appointed that would have power to approve or reject personnel changes related to top editors. The five founding members of the committee would be jointly chosen by Dow Jones & Co. (we’re assuming with heavy input from the Bancrofts) and News Corp. This committee would have the power to block hirings or firings on the part of News Corp — something extremely close to what Auletta was reporting in his recent New Yorker piece on Murdoch. Meanwhile, the Journal reports on “quixotic” attempts to find an alternate buyer for the paper, including Brian Tierney of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and, err, Brad Greenspan of MySpace.

Larry King’s Paris: 3.2 Million Viewers

That big post-jail Larry King interview with Paris Hilton? You remember, the one where the newly-religious Paris stumbled and tripped when asked what her favorite Bible verse was? Well, the show drew nearly 3.2 million viewers — triple Larry King Live‘s average audience. But even Paris couldn’t help CNN beat Fox News that night. The total prime time viewer count for the two channels was 1.858 million viewers at Fox News and 1.851 million at CNN. Winner: Greta Van Susteren.

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  • Larry King’s Paris: At Least He Didn’t Call Her George
  • Wiener & Pals Recall the Good Old Days at the LA Weekly—It’s All Jill Stewart’s Fault

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    In The Nation, Jon Wiener, the UCI prof and John Lennon expert, bewails the new era or rather the passing of the old era at the LA Weekly. He has reinforcements from Tim Rutten, Kevin Roderick, and Harold Meyerson, and to summarize: it’s all Jill Stewart’s fault.

    Matt Welch, on book leave from the LAT, isn’t so sure about that or most of Wiener’s other assumptions. Bob Norman makes the point in a letter to Romanesko.

    Wiener emailed Jill Stewart a pretty general question in March:

    My basic question: the departure of Harold and your arrival seem to signal a major political shift in the paper. Is this correct?

    And Stewart replied:

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    More Murdoch | The Mrs. Takes On China | Benoit Murders’ Wiki Connection | Lawsuit Against ESPN | Changes At Time Inc.

    Life After 60: Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway Move

    0628sorkin.jpgLife after Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for Aaron Sorkin is pretty sweet. Although Studio 60‘s last episode was last night, the ex-West Wing producer’s got a show on Broadway. Continuing on the post-Copenhagen Broadway mini-trend of highbrow shows (Frost/Nixon, we’re looking at you), Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention is opening up in November:

    The Farnsworth Invention concerns the battle for the patent for the invention of the television set. The race pitted a young genius, Philo T. Farnsworth, who came up with the idea as a high school student, against David Sarnoff, the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

    Apart from writing Farnsworth Invention, Sorkin also penned the script to the upcoming Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts-Philip Seymour Hoffman film Charlie Wilson’s War.

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