Posts Tagged ‘E!’
Ken Baker, the editorial director of Usmagazine.com, and quite possibly the most senior employee of Us Weekly (he’s been there eight years — longer than Janice Min) sent a surprising e-mail to friends.
I’ve decided that Golden Globes weekend is a good time to join the Hollywood writers and go on strike!
Kidding aside, I just wanted to let you all know that I was recently asked to relocate to NYC and continue my editorial director work for Us Online. As a family, however, we decided that now wasn’t a good time for a move. So, after nearly 8 amazing years on staff at Us Weekly, I am moving on to some new and exciting opportunities. Seeing Us grow over the years into a celebrity media powerhouse — and then watching Usmagazine.com almost double its audience since I helped relaunch the site last January — has been gratifying and humbling beyond words.
It has been a really fun ride at Us, and I am so grateful for all the doors it has opened, and I must give many thanks to Jann, Janice, Gary, Mark, Kathryn (to name a few), and the mag’s super-talented edit crew, especially in L.A. Not to mention Lindsay, Britney, Paris and Nicole!
You’ll be seeing my new work very (very) soon, and when I can share all the exciting details I will let you know everything.
Ken (pictured here with his family) doesn’t reveal what his next move will be, but the guy’s a staple on both CNN and E! so smart money is on him ending up parlaying one of those regular gigs into a full-time venture. And this here exclusive kinda smells like a clue.
Good luck, Ken!
Now! In Skank-O-Vision!
MTV renewed A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila for a second season.
E! returns on January 7th with a second season of Chelsea Lately, starring Chelsea Handler.
When’s the Theme Park Opening?
Dick Wolf and NBC Universal are talking about developing a Law & Order: London for ITV.
News for the Dim
TV Guide.com launches a Strike Survival guide so that viewers won’t get stuck watching an episode they’ve already seen. (In the case of Brothers and Sisters, how can anyone tell?)
Unlike Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian, Snoop Dogg showed up to the E! Holiday Party last night at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City to eat mini-cheeseburgers (when is this comfort-food-as-haute-cuisine trend going to end?) and gossip with his colleagues. Except, of course, that none of his colleagues could get near him. Standing on an elevated V.I.P. section (in what appeared to be a woman’s fur coat), Snoop had a majestic view of the party.
He even deigned to wave when a too-excited D.J. Clinton Sparks gave Snoop a shout-out and started mixing a medley of his songs. But security was too tight around the D-O-Double-G for any lowly segment producer to get close, and he mostly kept to his posse (for anyone keeping track: He seemed to be rolling about 20 deep).
As he left, surrounded by a crush of security, FBLA overheard one E! employee say, “That’s as close to Snoop as you’re ever going to get.”
“That’s close enough,” his friend replied.
Despite news that Ellen DeGeneres canceled her NY tapings, everyone is mad at her for crossing the picket line. It’s a little more complicated for Ellen than for some of her daytime brethren, so we’re going to withhold judgment. But we’re in the minority.
Huffington Post: “Writers angry that Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line can find solace in the knowledge that she is struggling to fill time without them. (snip) Before the first commercial Ellen teased an upcoming segment as if it was new. (snip) Despite pretending the package was taped this past weekend, Ellen looked noticeably different as she kidded her way through a day as an NBC page. For starters, her hair was both longer and darker than it was either today or last week. The taped piece is old. More likely is Ellen and her producers going into the vaults to dust off bits of footage that have never aired and using them to fill time, now that her writers are out and her monologues aren’t so fun.”
E!: “Former WB star Keri Russell has canceled an upcoming appearance on the daytime chatfest, reportedly in protest of the decision to keep producing new episodes while its Writers Guild of America-bound employees are out on strike.”
Hollyrude: “Ellen Is A Mean Old Lesbian.”
While E! is enjoying the success of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Vivid Entertainment is enjoying even more of the ample charms of Kim K. The adult entertainment powerhouse is re-launching the Kim Kardashian Superstar website, which promises:
over 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage including never-before-seen sex
The uncut DVD of Kim Kardashian Superstar arrives in stores Nov. 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. Not everyone likes football.
E! has certainly become celebrity-friendly, if you define celebrity as “random naked person” and friendly as “semi-soft core porn”. Think Maria Shriver will ever sign a deal with Comcast? Think again.
The November issue of W is out now, giving readers interested in other people’s messy divorces the opportunity to put in their two cents. Or their $4.50, as it were.
The magazine is publishing two separate covers — one with Jennifer Aniston and one featuring Angelina Jolie. It’s about as tacky as a fashion mag can get. And for those of you wondering which will sell the most (as the news puppies at E! apparently are doing), here’s a hint: Jennifer Aniston. By a lot.
Ryan Seacrest is poised to produce Tales of the Hoff, an E! comedy starring David Hasselhoff.
In a sure sign of … something… E! is trying to add more scripted programming into its mix. This one will “follow the fictional dark and twisted trials and tribulations of an international icon as he navigates Hollywood and the world of dating after divorce,” according to Variety.
This is fiction?
Dan O’Keefe will write the pilot and exec produce. Seacrest, Hasselhoff and Eliot Goldberg will co-exec produce, along with Chuck Russell, who will also direct.
Joan Rivers, of all people, feigns boredom: Joan Rivers hunkers down with a VH1 camera crew and some blogging software in what we imagine is the first of an ongoing effort to eliminate her presence from the Red Carpet (and possibly the planet) forever.
In a video explanation on EmmysWithJoan.com, she pretends to be happy with the arrangement:
I don’t have to lie anymore and tell people like Diane Keaton, “Oh don’t you look great?” When in reality, she looked like Charlie Chaplin, only in drag and with a much bigger mustache.
Her inane babble is no different in print than on the Red Carpet, except for one key difference — online, Joan acts bored.
For those of you who are as bored as I am with this shit, Gunfight at the OK Corral is on Turner Classic Movies. And it’s Gem Week on QVC! Not everybody likes Kanye West, but everybody likes lapis! And 31-7 Patriots.
Seriously? The only reason Gemstar plugs you into your generator at night is because some housewife in Omaha howls every time you open your trap at one of these awards shows. Suck it up, blogger.
One of our favorite sites on the Web, HowStuffWorks.com, takes on Emmy coverage with nary a mention of what the hell E! is going to do for its red carpet coverage now that Ryan Seacrest is hosting the show.
Instead, the site takes a high-school-science-text-book approach to the awards, letting readers know that the statuette was designed by a TV engineer who modeled it after his wife, and that it weighs 4 3/4 pounds, made of an amalgam of copper, nickel and silver, covered in 18 karat gold.
So, if you’re feeling particularly geeky, check out the story here.