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Archives: December 2012

A Pair of Classic TV Shows to Ring in 2013

Fans of vintage sitcoms can celebrate the new year in style.

WPIX/Channel 11 renews its ball dropping tradition with a marathon of The Honeymooners starting at 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve. The Jackie Gleason touchstone comedy began on WPIX in 1976, and has been part of the December 31/January 1 programming since 1996. WPIX airs 26 classic episodes featuring the exploits of Ralph Kramden, his bosom buddy Ed Norton, and their wives Alice and Trixie. Channel 11 halts the marathon at 4 a.m. for the PIX Morning News. Following the respite, The Honeymooners is back in action from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

But wait, there’s more.

WLNY/TV 10 55 is set with another New York staple, The Odd Couple. The 38 episodes chronicling the struggles between roommates, neat freak Felix Unger and sloven sportwriter Oscar Madison.

The marathon, which begins at midnight, runs until 9 p.m. It takes on a bittersweet tone, as Jack Klugman, a two-time Emmy winner for his portrayal of Madison, died last week at age 90.

Each episode in the marathon is hosted by Carolina Bermudez, John Elliott, and Lisa Kerney of WLNY’s Live From the Couch. The marathon concludes with perhaps the funniest Odd Couple episode from 1972, when Felix and Oscar compete on Password from 1972.

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Matt Donnelly Exits LAT’s Ministry of Gossip

The beat will remain pretty much the same for entertainment journalist Matt Donnelly. But the Web traffic will be much larger, the reader comments harsher and there will now be, with any story, the walk-down-the-hall option of a synergistic TV appearance.

The Ministry of Gossip celebrity blogger got the official sendoff last night from boss Christie D’Zurilla and other LA Times colleagues, who all wished him the best of luck with new employers Yahoo! omg! and omg! Insider. The re-branded, cross-platform version of syndicated entertainment TV news magazine The Insider officially debuts January 7.

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Billy Crystal Explains Why It’s So Hard to Open the Oscars

In terms of what Seth MacFarlane is truly in for February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre, there is no better primer than the second half of this clip from Billy Crystal‘s recent appearance on Larry King Now.

The ten-time Academy Awards MC says everything is working against the host in those opening minutes, including the fact that the lights are on. “As a performer, I hate seeing the audience,” Crystal says. “I especially don’t like seeing the biggest stars in the world looking at me, going, ‘Please be good.’ And if you’re going to make a joke about so and so, I definitely don’t want to see them.”

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Roots | The End All | Fast Reactions

TVNewser: Christiane Amanpour discusses “this new thing called CNN.”

FishbowlDC: Sorry everyone else, Erick Erickson says he is The Media.

SocialTimes: Now complaints about companies that you post Google+ can be answered directly by those companies. This, of course, takes place in that imaginary world where people use Google+.

For Your Consideration: A Curiously Timed Pete Hammond-Deadline Item*

It’s been a while since there has been any real public skirmishing between The Hollywood Reporter and Nikki Finke‘s Deadline. But lo and behold, in this quietest of holiday weeks, another small chapter in the PMC-Prometheus rivalry is being written.

At issue is whether a 9:55 p.m. PST December 27 story by Deadline’s Pete Hammond about troubles with Academy member online voting had more than a little to do with a longer, more exhaustive 2:58 p.m. PST December 27 story about the same topic by THR‘s Scott Feinberg (headline displayed above). From our vantage point, it would certainly seem so.*

It looks as if, after the THR item hit, Hammond’s marching orders were to produce a version of his own, pronto. The shame of it is that an acknowledgment of the Feinberg piece in his post would have in no way denigrated the overall impact. In fact, it would have made for a more interesting Deadline item if Hammond had specifically bounced off the Hollywood Reporter article, challenging and contrasting what he has been hearing with what Feinberg reported.

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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) Terry Glover, Managing Editor of Ebony, Dies
    2) Journal News Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses
    3) Brian Williams Doesn’t Like ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’
    4) No Shortage of Yule Log: WPIX and WLNY Light the Holiday Tradition
    5) Newsweek’s Last Cover is Depressingly Funny
    6) BuzzMedia Folds Spin
    7) Please Tell Us if Pitchfork’s New Site is a Joke or Not
    8) Condé Nast Creates a Magazine for Walmart
    9) Gawker Lists its Own Writers Among ’50 Least Important Writers of 2012′
    10) New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ Piece is a Huge Hit

 

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Dish the Latest Food Trends to EatingWell

Ever since a re-launch in 2002, EatingWell‘s circulation has been steadily climbing. Its acquisition by Meredith in 2011 doubled its readership, and a slew of brand extensions gave the brand custom publishing divisions and a spin-off military magazine. So, landing a byline in the mag means you’re well on your way to establishing a relationship with the editors, who assign projects to freelancers for EatingWell Media Group’s other properties too.

“We’ve been able to grow because we’ve been at the forefront of the healthy eating movement. These days everyone wants delicious meals, but they also want food that’s good for them and that they feel good about eating,” said editorial director Lisa Gosselin. “We’ve also found more and more people are interested in other areas of our focus, what we call ‘origins’ — meaning, where does our food come from? How is it produced? Is it healthy for individuals, the environment and communities? We like to say that the experience of coming to EatingWell should be like going to your local farmers’ market: You are always going to learn something and come away with something fresh, interesting, delicious and surprising.”

For more info on what to pitch, read How To Pitch: EatingWell. [subscription required]

Media Critic Wades Through a Very Muddy YouTube News Story Trail

As The Guardian‘s head of media and technology Dan Sabbagh reminds at the end of his brief but very fun summary of some widely disseminated upside-down coverage of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment being stripped of billions of YouTube channel views, “partial facts + total conspiracy = extra Web traffic.”

His main target is cross-town rival The Daily Mail, but there are dozens of other outlets that also got the story wrong. This despite that fact that on December 21, Billboard reporter Alex Pham laid it all out as plain as a Rihanna-Chris Brown NBA courtside sighting. There were no “fake” YouTube channel views; rather, the reason the music labels had their counts adjusted downwards was because of something much more mundane. Per Sabbagh’s wrap-up:

Universal and Sony have, since 2009, been moving their music videos away from their YouTube channels and over to Vevo, the music industry site the two companies own with some investors from Abu Dhabi. YouTube, meanwhile, thinks that is only right to count channel video views for videos that are still actually present on the channels – which means that whenever YouTube got round to reviewing the music majors’ channels on its site, a massive cut was always going to be in order…

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Dish the Latest Food Trends to EatingWell

Ever since a re-launch in 2002, EatingWell‘s circulation has been steadily climbing. Its acquisition by Meredith in 2011 doubled its readership, and a slew of brand extensions gave the brand custom publishing divisions and a spin-off military magazine. So, landing a byline in the mag means you’re well on your way to establishing a relationship with the editors, who assign projects to freelancers for EatingWell Media Group’s other properties too.

“We’ve been able to grow because we’ve been at the forefront of the healthy eating movement. These days everyone wants delicious meals, but they also want food that’s good for them and that they feel good about eating,” said editorial director Lisa Gosselin. “We’ve also found more and more people are interested in other areas of our focus, what we call ‘origins’ — meaning, where does our food come from? How is it produced? Is it healthy for individuals, the environment and communities? We like to say that the experience of coming to EatingWell should be like going to your local farmers’ market: You are always going to learn something and come away with something fresh, interesting, delicious and surprising.”

For more info on what to pitch, read How To Pitch: EatingWell. [subscription required]

Newsweek’s Logo Over The Years

Here are eight different versions of Newsweek’s logo, going all the way back to 1933. There were 11 redesigns in all.

The worst? That two year period starting in 1937, when Newsweek embraced a weird cursive-like font. No one, aside from elementary school teachers, likes cursive.

 

[Image via The Daily Beast]

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