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Posts Tagged ‘Dr.Phil’

RumorFix Needs a Press Release Fix

HutchMediaLogoWe’re as happy as the next media blog when a legitimate Web operation like RumorFix kicks off a spring month with exciting, acquisition news. However, the folks that wrote up today’s announcement may want to review the following sentence:

As the fastest growing entertainment website in America, RumorFix is also known for exclusive and verified scoop [sic] about the Real Housewives franchises, The Bachelor and other popular reality shows.

The fastest growing entertainment website in America? Really? Even if RumorFix had done the gargantuan comScore and Quantcast heavy lifting to back up such a claim, we’re guessing TMZ, Hulu and Netflix – among others – might still have something to say about this.

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Rob Ford’s Brother Says Oprah, Dr. Phil Among Media Suitors

It remains one of FishbowlNY’s favorite TV offerings of the year: the single episode of talk show Ford Nation, which aired in Canada on the Sun News Network Monday November 18 right before the program was canceled Tuesday November 19.

Now, according to an interview given Thursday by co-star Doug to the National Post‘s Jake Edmiston, the program will return before Christmas as a YouTube series. But that’s not the scariest part:

In the aftermath of a series of scandals, U.S. and Canadian production houses have flooded mayor Ford’s office, said his brother Doug, all pitching a reality show concept. Councillor Ford said they have passed on all offers. “Everyone from Oprah to Dr. Phil. You name the person, we’ve got calls from them.”

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Golden-Voiced Ted Williams Living in an LA Sober House

After nearly imploding in Los Angeles last month, getting arrested for fighting with his daughter, “golden-voiced” Ted Williams is back in LA, living in a sober house for voice actors. Williams was on the CBS Early show this morning to talk about his recent struggles and about his quick exit from a Dr. Phil sponsored rehab stay.

ET Correspondent Not Surprised by Reports of Ted Williams LA Altercation

Filling in this morning as host on Dan Patrick‘s nationally syndicated AM sports talk radio show, Entertainment Tonight correspondent (and former Patrick ESPN cubicle mate) Kevin Frazier (pictured) was in a unique position to comment on a report in the LA Times of an altercation last night at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel involving golden-voiced wonder Ted Williams.

Frazier spent Saturday tagging along with Williams around LA for an ET report. He told radio listeners that it was almost inevitable something like the reported hotel argument between Williams and one of his daughters would happen.

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KTLA Reporter Among Your OWN Show Contestants

Billboards for Oprah Winfrey‘s new TV network are all over LA and now, the city is returning the favor. Of the ten finalists culled from 15,000 online and offline applicants for Your OWN Show, exactly half are from the LA area.

Leading the local pack is KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa (pictured). As older sister to a brother with a learning disability, she wants to put together a program that can help other families dealing with similar household dynamics.

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Lunch: Ben Bradlee — Fewer Newspapers May Not Be ‘Such A Bad Thing’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was truly a head-spinning afternoon at Michael’s today. The joint was jumping with so many movers and shakers we could barely keep up with all the goings on, but we did a few laps around the dining room to catch up with the boldface names and those media mavens whose jobs are still secure to find out the latest dish.

I was thankful I got there early this afternoon because I was able to collar legendary newspaper man Ben Bradlee before he sat down with his family. I just had to ask him what he thought about the obit currently being written for the newspaper industry. The former The Washington Post editor wasn’t about to buy into all the gloom and doom. “I’m actually quite hopeful,” he told me of his survival of the fittest approach. “When I was editor of the Post, there was something like 7,500 papers and now there’s 1,200. But I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if there’s a few less papers — if they’re better. The Washington Post is losing money at the moment, but I think things will settle down. As long as the surviving papers are good, it’s not going to be a disaster.”

I had the good fortune today to lunch with Joan Gelman and Robert Zimmerman, two of my favorite people who I’ve come to know through my weekly Wednesday visits. We had a lively conversation (Sorry, but the juiciest stuff was strictly off the record). Joan is a hero of mine, having written about the perils of parenthood and working motherhood so brilliantly back in the ’80s for The New York Times‘ Hers column. I re-read many of them the other night, and they could have just as easily been written today. Joan has toiled at a plethora of television jobs, including producing stints at Good Morning America and David Letterman. Her latest show that she’s written, Triple Sensation, is scheduled to run in June in Canada on CBC, and she’s back freelance writing again. God knows she’s got plenty of material. Robert is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Long Island-based marketing-public relations firm Zimmerman/Edelson, which counsels a diverse client base which consists of an impressive roster of energy and real estate firms, as well as educational institutions including Hofstra University. Robert also moonlights as a CNN contributor, where he lends his intelligent, well-reasoned voice in support of public advocacy on a whole host of issues. “It’s a passion of mine,” he says. His gig with CNN (he signed on in 2007) came about after he got a call from The White House following one of his television appearances back in 2005. Turns out both Al Gore and Bill Clinton thought Robert would be just the guy to carry the flag on Fox News. Since then, he’s gone on to tangle with Lou Dobbs and plenty of other contentious commentators and flacks. “I have had the unique distinction of antagonizing both parties at the same time,” says Robert. That must mean he’s doing something right …

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The indomitable Evelyn Lauder, looking lovely as ever in a chic brown tweed suit and presiding over a table of powerful gals, including our pal MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski (we forgot to tell her we’re on her side on the vibrator debate she’s currently having via the airwaves with Barbara Walters) and Lauder’s public relations maven Alexandra Trower (who looked dazzling in bright pink) all gathered to talk about Mrs. Lauder’s upcoming annual gala for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to be held on April 29 at the Waldorf. And before you run out and buy a fancy frock for the occasion, Mrs. Lauder was delighted to tell me the invitation calls for gals to “shop your closet.” “Let’s give all the money we can to the foundation,” she wisely advises. Gentleman should opt for “black tie with a touch of pink.” The evening is sure to be one for the record books. Longtime Lauder spokesperson Liz Hurley is hosting and Elton John is going to perform with — wait for it — Liza Minelli! So if you’ve been holding back on making the scene on the charity circuit, this might be just the time to crack open the checkbook if you can…

2. Here’s an interesting foursome: Sports Illustrated editor Terry McDonnell, Victoria’s Secret model Marissa Miller, an unidentified dude with a Mohawk, and a ‘suit.’

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with The Daily Beast’s books editor Alexis Gelber. Joe told me all of New York was at the party for Quinn Bradlee‘s book held at Barry Diller‘s last night. (We were home watching Dancing with The Stars. Oh well). Joe has just returned from his annual visit to The Whole in The Wall camp for critically ill children. This will be the first summer season for the camp since its founder and guiding force, Paul Newman, passed away. “He was the real deal,” says Joe. Luckily, his work lives on. Joe reports they will be opening a camp in Israel in June for Jewish, Arab and Christian children whose parents will be required to attend meetings together while the kids go about being kids and enjoying themselves despite their medical conditions. An inspiring concept to say the least …

4. Would love to have been a fly on the wall at this table: Jonathan Wald, Charlie Walk and Donnie Deutsch.

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Docs on the Box: Dr. Phil/ Dr. G/Dr. Headless

So as politicians wrangle about health care, television picks up the slack by offering more real TV doctors, and killing off fictional ones.

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Dr. Phil, who’s not an MD, is looking for telegenic medicos who can spin off for CBS. The Doctors will features a panel of five medical experts who will discuss a variety of medical issues. Knowing TV as we do, we’re guessing the panel will include a plastic surgeon, a shrink, a dermatologist, an OB-GYN and a diet doc. Proctologist? So not TV friendly.
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Dr. G, aka Jan Garavaglia, who claims to be America’s favorite medical examiner, a title that’s easy to defend, has new show to go along based on a book–How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer and Healthier from America’s Favorite Medical Examiner. The new series for DHC will use modern forensic pathology to teach viewers how to lead longer, healthier lives. FBLA predicts that everyone connected with the show will die someday.

On FOX’s Prison Break, Dr. Sara Tancredi got decapitated, and EP Matt Olmstead explains his artistic reasons which have nothing to do with actress Sarah Wayne Callies’ contract disputes. We’re guessing that her identical twin won’t be showing up in any future episodes.
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Media Events 4.26.07

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FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Hollywood Collectors and Celebrity Show
WHO: Erik Estrada, Marcia Wallace,Tom Bosley, Juliet Mills, Pat Priest and Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Lorenzo Lamas, Henry Winkler, Mickey Rooney, Nastassja Kinski, Traci Lords and many others.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Burbank Airport Marriott
WHY: Because you never know when a fallen celebrity will wind up dead in a Florida hotel room filled to the gills with chloral hydrate.

FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Coachella
WHO: Bjork, Of Montreal, Bus Driver and many more.
WHEN: Flosstradamus kicks it off at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Middle of Nowhere
WHY: Because we want to live vicariously through you. Asshole.

FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Screening of A World of Conflict
WHO: Kevin Sites
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: James Bridge Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA
WHY: As Yahoo!’s first news correspondent, Sites helped pioneer solo journalism across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. As an NBC News correspondent in November 2004, he videotaped a U.S. Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi insurgent in a Fallujah mosque. RSVP to erwin.c.ong@gmail.com.

FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Sarah Hethcoat performance
WHO: Sarah Hethcoat
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Joint
WHY: It’s cheaper and closer than Coachella, and you’re gonna like her sound.

SATURDAY 04.28.07
WHAT: Festival of Books
WHO: LAT and UCLA are hosting the event again, expected to draw everyone from Dr. Phil to Kirk Douglas to, you know, some actual authors.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: UCLA
WHY: Because GalleyCat’s going to be there!

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