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Posts Tagged ‘D.L. Hughley’

Tom Joyner Returns to Mornings on Kiss FM/WRKS

From 2001 to 2003, the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show aired on Emmis-owned WRKS/Kiss FM.

But, after being dropped in favor of building a local presence in the morning, Joyner (far right) and company are returning to 98.7 Kiss FM.

Starting on February 7, Joyner, along with J. Anthony Brown, and Sybil Wilkes will be heard on Kiss from 6 to 10 a.m.

This time around, though, Joyner’s show will include Bob Slade, the veteran WRKS news director, as part of the on-air team.

Since comedian D.L. Hughley was dropped from his morning duties last August, Emmis management was left to ponder their next move.

“I am excited to welcome Tom Joyner to the KISS family,” Jill Strada, WRKS program director, says,  ”Tom’s a radio veteran whose work ethic and dedication to empowering the Black community is a perfect fit with KISS FM’s culture.  Together we are going to do some BIG things in the big apple.”

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Zero on the Five-O Believability Scale

Everyone’s a critic these days, which in the case of L.A. CNN copy editor James Dinan, is a good thing. His latest post on Showbiz Tonight‘s “Marquee” blog hilariously picks apart the Columbus Day episode of the re-imagined Hawaii Five-O.

What sort of medical term is “aneurysm face,” Dinan wonders, in reference to a line of dialogue uttered by the new Danno (Scott Caan, pictured left) to the latest McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin). Good question. Somehow, it’s hard to picture the old Danno (James MacArthur) and the original McGarrett (the late Jack Lord) engaging in such glibly inaccurate terminology.

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Time: Jay Leno Is The Future Of TV

leno.jpgIf you can’t wait for Jay Leno to change the face of primetime television when “The Jay Leno Show” debuts on September 14, Time magazine has you covered.

This week’s cover story is about the talk show host, his new show and the future of television and NBC. Leno is the future of television, you see, and the success of his show could make or break the network. The expansion of “The Tonight Show” brand is also typical of the Jeff Zucker regime at NBC. Explains Time writer James Poniewozik:

“NBC in the Zucker era has been less successful at creating new hits than at strategically deploying old ones. Zucker gave us the supersized ‘Friends,’ the fourth hour of ‘Today,’ the two-hour ‘Biggest Loser.’ What’s still working at NBC? ‘The Tonight Show’? Why, then, NBC shall have two of them!”

Poniewozik says Leno is the future, but his new gig is just a retread of a strategy already employed by NBC and other networks. Talk shows and reality shows are some of the cheapest shows to produce, making them very attractive to nets, especially if they can snag high ratings. So what makes this newest venture different, revolutionary even?

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CNN ‘Breaks’ D.L. Hughley’s News Run

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From our sister site TVNewser:

First on TVNewser: Insiders tell us CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News” will end its run at the end of the month, and we’re told the decision was Hughleys.

From CNN: “D.L. approached CNN about being permanently based in Los Angeles, where his family lives. To accommodate this, we agreed upon a new role where he will be a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles. We are eager to continue our relationship with D.L., who is a tremendous talent and a valued colleague.”

Can this be the last of straight up comedy shows on cable news networks? Please?

LAT Takes on CNN

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LAT’s Howard Rosenberg‘s premise is simple: D.L. Hughley can’t be as funny as the rest of the personalities on CNN:

Is the line separating news and entertainment not blurry enough? Cablers are already somersaulting in HD to attract and keep viewing throngs that flocked to them for election stuff in 2008, and light fare such as Leno, Letterman and ABC’s “The View” have become must-stops for political candidates and their surrogates. Now here comes CNN wiping the line away entirely by having some of its actual correspondents go for yuks in “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.”

This is the next revolution in the ‘news for ratings’ debacle. Of course, we won’t mention how much LAT ink is devoted to what celebrities have dimples in their butts…they are all serious journalists over there so we won’t mention that.