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Posts Tagged ‘E! Entertainment’

New York Jets Lose to the Steelers, But Win the Ratings Week

Despite losing to the Steelers Sunday night, 27-10, at Heinz Field, enough Jets (and Steeler) fans tuned in to catapult to the top spot in the weekly prime time ratings. The game, broadcast by CBS, reeled in a 1.8 million fans on Channel 2 with a 9.1 rating, according to Nielsen.

Thanks to those strong numbers, 60 Minutes placed second with a shade less than 1.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating.

In addition, as NBC’s Sunday Night Football, even without the local feel, piled up huge ratings. The Lions and Niners landed in third place with 1 million WNBC viewers and a 5.1 rating.

In the battle of singing competitions, the new season of NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s X Factor are going head-to-head. X Factor has become part “fascination Factor” as Britney Spears debuted as a judge. X Factor grew first blood as the fourth and fifth (tied) most popular shows for the week, combining for 809.5 million WNYW viewers and a 4.1 rating.

As for The Voice, making its fourth cycle, it tied for fifth with X Factor (779,000/4.0) and had a ninth-place result (696,000/3.6).

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Variety: Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz Take Over for Epert and Roeper

Variety has a story that blows our little minds (and not just because Ben Lyons lives around the block from us:

During negotiations to extend Richard Roeper‘s contract for At the Movies, Disney ABC Domestic Television abruptly ended the talks. Thus Roeper, followed by the show’s co-founder, Roger Ebert, left the show. On Tuesday, Disney ABC will announce announced that E! Entertainment critic Ben Lyons and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz are take over hosting duties on a revamped At the Movies aimed at a younger demo.

Variety’s Anne Thompson says she’s never seen these fellas in action, but we have: Here’s a tip, Anne: Get ready for some punky wigga’s view of the movies.

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: The Truth About Eric Longabardi’s Necktie

Eric LAPC Awards.jpgOur post about the L.A. Press Club awards inspired a few lamentations among winners who were not listed, but no lamentations were as interesting as those of ERSNews.com’s Eric Longabardi, who won a shared 1st place prize along with Suzanne Murch, Melanie Switzer and Raheem Dawson for an E! Entertainment documentary about the paparazzi.

His site also won the top prize for Best Website, Online Only.

The judges said of ERSNews.com: The world needs more investigative reporters, and it’s refreshing to find those who have the patience, focus and fortitude to do the hard work. Too bad they have such a lousy name. (OK, maybe we added that last bit.)

To make amends, we asked Eric to answer a few of our patented stupid questions. In the following Q&A, you’ll learn that not only is Eric a consummate journalist; he’s a consummate journalist whose mother still dresses him.

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E! Names Ken Baker Executive News Editor

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More on this breaking story. For now, here’s the press release:

Baker Joins E! From Us Weekly, Where He Most Recently Served as Editorial Director for the Magazine’s Web Site, Usmagazine.com

Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2008 — E! Entertainment, the global leader for entertainment and celebrity news, has hired industry news veteran Ken Baker as Executive News Editor. In this role, Baker is charged with obtaining and reporting entertainment and celebrity news and information for E!’s various news outlets, including E! News, Daily 10, Eonline and E! News Now. The announcement was made today by Jeff Shore, Senior Vice President, Production for E! and Suzanne Kolb, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications for E! and Style, to whom Baker will report.

“Ken’s outstanding relationships within the entertainment industry and track record for exceptional reporting make him the perfect addition to our news organization,” said Jeff Shore. “E! is the leader in entertainment news and Ken will play a key role in ensuring we continue to deliver the most reliable, up-to-the-minute entertainment news and information across our E! Everywhere platform 24/7.”

Baker, who holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, got his start as a newsdesk assistant for David Brinkley, Ted Koppel and Sam Donaldson at ABC News in Washington, D.C. After working as a newspaper reporter, Baker entered celebrity journalism as a staff correspondent for People magazine. The author of three books, including his Oprah Winfrey featured memoir Man Made, Baker in 2000 joined Us Weekly, holding the title of Senior Writer, Bureau Chief, West Coast Executive Editor and, most recently, Editorial Director of the magazine’s web site.

Borders Bonds With Ripple For Bookstore TV Network. The Mind Reels.

tvimage.jpegBorders bookstores has partnered with Ripple, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company to create an in-store television network called Borders TV for 250 of the company’s bookstores nationwide.

According to the press release:

This agreement enables Borders customers, for the first time, to enjoy the customized network of news, entertainment and topically-relevant local content available only through the Ripple network, as well as original Borders content.

You might know Ripple from such entertainment hotspots as Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Jack in the Box and Tully’s.

But this will be the first time that the network (which traffics in original content, as well as stuff from E! Entertainment, Yahoo! News and The New York Times) will broadcast their offerings from a bookstore.

A bookstore.

For anyone wondering what this will mean to people who look to books and periodicals as a means of escaping the constant din of the boob tube, look no further than this.

Tom O’Neil to Melissa Rivers: Where’s the Love, Luv?

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Tom O’Neil clues us in on the backstory to Melissa Rivers’ comment on his LAT blog:

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“What Melissa’s referring to in her gruff blog comment about “going to the mat” for me has to do with the battle among producers whether “that expert sh*t” belonged on Joan and Melissa’s Oscar show. Some producers just wanted the show to be about fashion and celeb fawning, but Joan and Melissa — much to their credit — wanted to have real awards dishing, too. When the gals moved to TVG from E!, they asked me to go with them to keep that balance going. It was a tough choice to make for me. It meant I had to give up being the resident awards expert at a large cable channel for a smaller one (I couldn’t do both), but I did it because I loved working with them and the team of ace producers that went with them. Yeah, there were those Rivers diva antics behind the scenes, but, come on, that’s to be expected. They’re celebrated for being divas and they’re entitled. The main problem at TVG was Melissa’s manager, who she eventually ditched.”

“Jeeeeez, Melissa–I didn’t mean to ruffle your Vera Wang. I thought my report was fairly straightforward!”

Earlier:
Melissa Rivers and Her Diva Antics Kept Tom O’Neil on Red Carpet