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Eminem Raps About Social Media

Rapper-reporter Sway Calloway has known Eminem since the 1990s, a fact that helped lend an extra layer of comfort to the pair’s Sirius XM Town Hall chat. The conversation premiered Tuesday on the Shade 45 channel and will repeat through the week and into the weekend.

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At one point, Calloway asked Eminem how – just like the rest of us – he deals with Twitter heckling. The rapper’s answer:

“I really try not to pay attention. Put it this way, I want to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, so I don’t want to be ignorant in that sense. But at the same time, I can’t pay attention to what everyone is saying.”

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Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld: Nothing But Net Worth

What’s $100 million between very rich friends? We don’t usually cover reverse-PR gambits like this one today from intelligence firm Wealth-X, but in this case it was too fun to pass up.

According to Wealth-X’s research, revenues from Curb Your Enthusiasm plus the bounty of a fifth Seinfeld syndication deal earlier this year have David sitting at $900 million in net worth. As such, he is the “wealthiest comedian” ahead of Seinfeld ($800 million), Letterman ($390M), Cosby ($360M) and Sandler ($290M).

In the debut episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry and Larry agreed no one was better at wasting time than the two of them. David also confessed he always wished Seinfeld would get canceled, so he could stop working.

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Reflections of TV Pioneer Joan Ganz Cooney as WNET Prepares for 50th Anniversary

Joan Ganz Cooney may not be a household name. But Joan Ganz Cooney revolutionized viewing habits from toddlers to teens. Cooney is co-founder of the Children’s Television Workshop, a mainstay on Channel 13 since its launch in 1969. It is a perfect inclusion to FishbowlNY’s special series of interviews and posts dedicated to WNET’s 50th anniversary.

The CTW was producing programming solely for public television. Like national syndication today, it was made available for public TV stations across the country. The first show that Cooney and her CTW employees created was Sesame Street.

While each station made the decision when to air Sesame Street, Cooney had strong views for the start time.

“I didn’t want it in competition with Captain Kangaroo [8 a.m. on CBS], the only other quality children’s show at the time,” Cooney says.

To avoid the “Captain’s wrath,” CTW was encouraging PBS stations to air Sesame Street at either 7 a.m. or 9 a.m.

WNDT, (the original call letters of WNET), was not as accommodating. In a rarely remembered tibdit, Sesame Street actually had its debut on WPIX/Channel 11.

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Cosby Show, Family Ties and Regis Philbin Among Honorees at TV Land Awards in New York

For the first time in its nine-year history, the TV Land Awards pulled up stakes in Los Angeles and headed for New York, bringing a Big Apple feel to the Javits Center last night.

The Cosby Show, set in Brooklyn and taped in New York, was honored with the Impact Award. The cast, including co-creator Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad, reunited.

“It means that not only are we still relevent today…We made some sort of a difference, and some sort of an impact 25 years ago,” Sabrina LeBeauf (above) , who played Sondra on the hit sitcom, tells FishbowlNY.

The Cosby Show, which helped resurrect NBC from 1984 to 1992, had another “impact” on television viewing.

“I don’t see any show on now that impacts people in that way… [that] family show [did],” Geoffrey Owens (who played Elvin) says. “I think it’s fair to say that, unfortunately, that’s a little bit … of the past right now.”

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BillCosby Bukowski On Funny or Die

We’ve heard Jon Daly and his hilarious Jelloems on a few comedy podcasts. Nice to see him getting some Funny or Die love, playing his ridiculous hybrid of Charles Bukowski and Bill Cosby.

TV Land Awards Coming To New York

For the first time, the TV Land Awards, which honors past favorites of the medium, is moving to New York.

The ninth annual awards are scheduled to be taped and aired in April. The location has not been announced.

The program, which specializes in reunions of classic TV casts, will bring back The Cosby Show complete cast, including stars Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad. The show will receive the Impact Award.

Michael J. Fox will also be in attendance, reuniting with his 1980s sitcom family from Family Ties. That show is being honored with the Fan Favorite Award.

The TV Land Awards also recognize current shows as ”Future Classics.”

LAT in 90 Seconds

Better Than A Shrimp On A Hamster Wheel: Reporters Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan call the YouTube/CNN Democratic debates a success. And by success, they mean that somehow democracy was served by having presidential hopefuls respond to questions posed by a snowman.

lilomug.jpgLindsay Lohan Arrested on Suspicion of DUI While Chasing Her Assistant’s Mother In An SUV And Wearing An Alcohol Ankle Bracelet. Oh, And She Allegedly Had Cocaine In Her Pocket: Some people make this too easy.

27754872.jpgJoke Theivery: Reporter Robert W. Welkos totally stole our idea to do a story about comedians who steal jokes. But we forgive him for these two interesting facts in his story: Milton Berle’s mom used to write down other comics’ jokes and give them to him, and Bill Cosby admits to lifting a bit from George Carlin early in his career. Carlin, apparently, was so disgusted he never talked to Cosby.

Ex-New York Times Writer, Former mediabistro.com Instructor Found Dead In Philippines

julia_campbell_fbny.jpgExtremely sad news for the mediabistro.com family: Julia Campbell, a newspaper reporter and former newspaper writing instructor for mediabistro.com, was found dead in the Philippines. She was a member of the Peace Corps and had gone missing. According to the Associated Press, Campbell “was found buried with one foot protruding from the ground near the village of Batad. It was not clear whether she had been buried by someone or if she was covered by debris during a fall.”

Here’s her instructor’s bio:

In her 14 years as a journalist, Julia Campbell has written for newspapers large and small, magazines and major Internet news sites. Her first newspaper job was at a weekly in Virginia, and, after writing about a defiant old woman fighting a highway that was to be built right through her property, Julia was hooked. She went on to work as a reporter for several newspapers, eventually landing a full-time freelance position at the New York Times. While at the Times, Julia worked on a team investigating police corruption and covered the New York Police Department. Her work at the Times led her to a correspondent’s job at People magazine, covering high-profile crime stories, including the Los Angeles murder of Bill Cosby‘s son, Ennis. A former senior editor at CourtTV.com and producer at ABCNews.com, Julia is now a senior editor at Star magazine.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, mediabistro.com’s director of community development, remembers Campbell:

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