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Tanika Ray on the Good, Bad and Ugly of Hollywood Reporting

Tanika Ray went from performing with the stars as an actress and dancer to interviewing them on the red carpet. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, Ray talks about the pitfalls of covering entertainment news and how her career is far from glamorous.

“I actually witnessed somebody in the office cheering when something unfortunate happened to a celebrity,” she said. “You lose sight of what is real when you live everyday like ‘gotta get the big story, gotta get the big story.’”

Though her unconventional career may seem fabulous, it’s all an illusion, says Ray. “It’s very glamorous to the outsider, never to the person who has to trek around Los Angeles in their own car, make sure their makeup’s OK, go from one shoot to the other and manage everyone’s expectations.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Tanika Ray, Red Carpet Reporter and Host of The CW’s Oh, Sit!?

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Cecily von Ziegesar on the Inspiration for Gossip Girl

It was hard to miss the buzz surrounding the scandalous Gossip Girl when it debuted in 2007, and the books the television series is based on weren’t any tamer.

In mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview, the series’ creator Cecily von Ziegesar explained how she came up with the inspiration for those elite Upper East Side teenagers.

“I always start with something that’s real, an actual occurrence or somebody that I really know. Then, I change it so much that it’s not that anymore. But that’s always a kind of germ of where the person comes from,” she said. “I had a friend who was obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and, so, Blair is obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. But I just borrowed that characteristic from a friend. The rest of Blair’s characteristics have nothing to do with that friend.”

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The Gossip Girl Method for Landing a TV Show

With the blockbuster TV show in its fifth season, Gossip Girl has firmly cemented its place as one of the most successful young adult franchises of our time. But the author of the fiction series that spawned the show has sobering words for authors hoping to do the same with their titles: “just go write a screenplay.”

“I really think it’s to a book’s detriment to think of it as, ‘Oh, this is going to be a great movie.’ It’s hard!” Gossip Girl creator Cecily von Ziegesar said  in mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview. “I think the best thing to do is write a book thinking no one’s going to read it.  It’s certainly not going to be made into a movie, and I’m just doing this because I have to write this book, because I really want to write this book. I’m not writing this because it’s going to be a huge hit. The most successful books were not meant to be; they came out of nowhere.”

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Tyra Banks Launches Web-Only Magazine

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Tyra Banks is taking one more step towards total media domination with the announcement of her new online-only magazine — or “magaline” — Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out.

Today’s WWD said the magazine will “feature an audio ‘manifesto’ that asks readers to dream big, ignore the haters, celebrate uniqueness and seek the beauty in everything.”

Banks stopped by the “Today” show this morning to chat with Natalie Morales about the upcoming season of “The Tyra Show” and “America’s Next Top Model,” as well as the new magazine.

“It’s not just a magazine…it talks back to you,” Banks said. “This is going to allow for a community of women. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s going to allow for a connection to me like you’ve never had before.”

Banks also said the online publication will discuss self-esteem and friendships as well as beauty, fashion and style. Banks’ Web site says that the launch of Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out will premiere on “Top Model.”

In other Tyra news, on the season premiere of her talk show, which airs today in New York at 4 p.m. on the CW, Banks will be showing her real hair. We might be tuning in to see that.

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90210 Is Back. Catfighting Is Not.

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Remember all the behind-the-scenes in-fighting on Beverly Hills 90210? Neither do we. But Will Keck does, and he opts to launch his new TV Guide column What the Keck?! with dish from the set of the new old show.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

38006313-18090813.jpgHasselhoff Child Support: David Hasselhoff has agreed to pay $25,000 a month to support his ex-wife and children. We hear he’s taking the money directly from his beer and burger fund.

37988085-18075957.jpgDanny Federici Dies: Danny Federici, keyboardist for the E Street Band, died Thursday after battling melanoma for three years. He was 58. Former rock critic Robert Hilburn is quoted extensively in the un-bylined obit. We have to wonder if he was interviewed, or if that was just Hilburn’s copy reworked.

37974866-17144735.jpgOMFG: Hoping to boost old fashioned ratings for its hit show Gossip Girls, the CW television network said it would no longer offer free Internet streams of new episodes when the show returns Monday. Said fans of the show, “L8r, losers.”

Watch the Box: They’re Baaaaack!

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Show Biz is back:

ABC: pickups of nine primetime shows: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Ugly Betty. How many of these are keepers?

CW: new episodes for five series: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Reaper and Smallville. One of these is not like the others.

A&E: new scripted drama series–Cleaner starring Benjamin Bratt as a guy who makes a deal with God to control his addictions and dedicate his life to help others. Remember when Bratt was sexy?

FX: season two of The Riches, starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver? Remember when she was everywhere?

E!: new reality show with Denise Richards, from Ryan Seacrest Prods. There’s a match made in heaven.

LAT In 90 Seconds

30807217.jpgDon’t Blame It On The Writers: Reporter Scott Collins says the glut of stupid reality fare on TV has less to do with the strike than it does stingy networks looking to cash in on low-cost (and low-rent) TV fare.

35187755-03160614.jpgSpeaking Of The Writers’ Strike: Notice how more networks seem engaged in the presidential primaries than ever before? Matea Gold has. So, for that matter, has Stephen King.

klj;oaiea.jpegOn Second Thought: Maybe you can blame the writers’ strike — at least for the failure of the CW to live up to the hype.

Watch the Box: Online Off-Line

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The CW canceled Online Nation. The Sunday night time period will be filled with reruns of Aliens in America starting this weekend. If you search around YouTube, you can find most of the show’s content, anyway.

FOX’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles premieres in January. This series picks up were Terminator 2: Judgment Day left off. In the role of Sarah Connor is Lena Headey, with Thomas Dekker as her son Thomas.

Versus kicks off a new series on October 25th at 8p called Greatest High School Football Rivalries produced by NFL Films. This weekly series highlights six of the country top match-ups in high school football this season. NFL Films can now control all the footage of a player for his entire career.

Peachtree TV , part of TBS’s local Atlanta offering, will launch it’s first original series, Drumline: SWD: Best Band in the Land, featuring the Southwest DeKalb High School Marching Panther Band. The band appeared in Drumline, the film.

SciFi Channel has a new drama project in the works–Revolution. Writers Ed Redlich and John Bellucci set the American Revolution 200 years in the future on a distant planet, in a galaxy far, far away.

CW Orders More Scripts/Is WGA Voting for Strike?

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While Gossip Girl is the only new series to get a reorder, the CW isn’t taking any chances– Cane, Bionic Woman, Chuck, Life and Journeyman all have ordered additional scripts. If there’s a writers strike at the end of this month, viewers won’t suffer–or they’ll suffer more, depending on your take on those shows.

And will there be a strike? The Wall Street Journal featured The Artful Writer as the must-see site for those who want to know which way the wind is blowing. And that includes WGA leadership.

Craig Mazin writes that things are getting worse, and that he’s learning towards a “yes” vote for strike authorization.

Earlier:
WGA Members to NYT Writer Brook Barnes: Wise Up!

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