If you are a fan of the addictive ABC drama “Lost,” you’ll want to listen to today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast. Gearing up for next month’s Season 6 premiere of “Lost,” hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Nikki Stafford, who has written five unofficial guides to the show.
Nikki ran through the possible scenarios that could occur in the coming season but, of course, only came up with more questions. But ultimately, she manages to stay positive about the challenging show. “If you stick with it, you are so rewarded by the end…of ‘Lost,’” she said.
“Unlike ‘The Sopranos,’ I don’t think they’re going to leave us hanging,” Nikki said about the creators of “Lost.” “I believe they know where they’re going and its going to be a satisfying conclusion.”
The profile includes a quote from inside the Murdoch family that speaks harshly about Ailes and his work at Fox News. Says Matthew Freud, great-grandson of Sigmund who is married to Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth:
“I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”
Of course, this is not how Murdoch officially feels about his company’s Fox News division. He told the Times, “I’m proud of Fox News and what it is accomplishing, and I am grateful to Roger and his team for creating such a great asset for News Corporation.”
He also offered Ailes a contract that earned him $23 million, plus bonuses and additional income, more than Murdoch made himself last year, the Times reported. If Fox News really is as successful as the profile claims — said the article: “Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined” — then Ailes earned it. And that’s something he can take to the bank, no matter how Murdoch and his family really feel about him.
This year — full of flux and uncertainty about where the media is heading — has resulted in a vast number of job changes and departures across all matter of media companies and publications. In almost every field of journalism, big names have either been fired, promoted, retired, or simply moved on to more lucrative positions. Here, we take a look back at the biggest industry shakeups of 2009.
Even before the Primetime Emmys opened with a musical number by Neil Patrick Harris, the show’s host — who also served as co-producer — was a lamenting the death of network television.
“This may very well be the last year they’re on a network show,” Harris told New York magazine in a a profile featured in last week’s issue. “This wheel contract they have, where each year a different network gets the show, as the ratings decline it becomes less of a good thing to ‘get it.’ It’s a very expensive show. Which means they have to get more ad revenue. Ads are less expensive, because ratings are down. So you have to do more ads, which makes the show smaller…and finally someone will do it on cable, where there won’t be any commercials. Which will be a wonderful show. Our three-hour show is only two hours and five minutes long, due to economics.”
If cable is a better outlet for award shows, is it also a better outlet for award-winning television? It seemed that way as a slew of the first few awards of the night went to basic cable shows — Toni Collette won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Showtime‘s “United States of Tara,” Glenn Close took home the Best Actress in a Drama Series award for “Damages” on FX, Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a Drama Series for the second year in a row for his role in AMC‘s “Breaking Bad” and AMC’s “Mad Men” won the drama writing award and Outstanding Drama Series.
But, the networks still had a strong showing. Kristin Chenoweth took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series prize for her role in ABC‘s “Pushing Daises,” which was canceled even before nominations were announced. Jon Cryer took home Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for CBS‘s “Two and a Half Men,” Alec Baldwin won for the second year in a row for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for NBC‘s “30 Rock,” which also took home the Outstanding Comedy Series award for the third year running.
Still, the changing world of television as a medium was a prevailing theme throughout the show. At one point, Harris revisited his online persona, Dr. Horrible, to (literally) sing the praises of Internet television over network and cable TV — complete with “buffering” gag.
And in her acceptance speech, “30 Rock” creator and star Tina Fey took a jab at Jay Leno when she thanked NBC brass for not pulling her show off the air, “even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show.”
Even Harris couldn’t help mentioning network TV again in his sign off, telling viewers, “May we see you again on broadcast television again next year.”
After the jump, some Emmy highlights, including the Harris’ Dr. Horrible Sing-a-Long Blog bit.
TVNewser:ABC had a good year at the Daytime Emmy Awards yesterday. “Good Morning America” took home the “Outstanding Morning Program” prize for the third year in a row and “The View” was honored for “Outstanding Talk Show Host.”
The new parent company, which will be called A&E Television Networks, will now encompass many channels including A&E Network, History, Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Bio, History International, Lifetime Real Women, History en Español, Military History and Crime & Investigation Network.
Under the terms of the deal, NBCU can “elect or be required to exit the company over a period of up to 15 years,” reportedBroadcasting and Cable. If NBCU exits, Hearst and Disney would become 50/50 partners.
According to the network, the show’s new home is twice as large as its current digs, and they will be able to facilitate high definition taping. The show will start shooting in its new facility at on Jan. 4, 2010 — one day before the show’s 40th anniversary — and HD episodes will begin airing in February.
“It feels a little like I am sending one of my children off to be married,” said “All My Children” creator Agnes Nixon, who added that she “will miss being able to run over to the show.”
Another Nixon-created ABC soap, “One Life To Live,” will be moving in to “All My Children’s” old studio after it relocates to the West Coast. We’ll miss you, Susan Lucci!