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J. Lo Battles Diddy for Fuse Network

NuvoTV, the Jennifer Lopez-backed cable channel for Latinos, has made a bid for Fuse Network.

Bloomberg reports that J.Lo’s offer is “cash and equity valued at more than $200 million,” which means she out bid Sean Combs, her former boyfriend. Diddy offered only $200 million for Fuse.

Lopez holds a minority stake in the LA based NuvoTV. The network reaches 34 million homes, so adding Fuse’s 74 million homes would be a huge boost. Diddy’s Revolt TV, meanwhile, currently reaches even less homes — only 22 million.

Fuse TV has more bidders than just J.Lo and Diddy, but they’re the most important because they’re famous. Obviously. So which one will get Fuse? We say let the person with the most nicknames but least amount of terrible music win. It’s a tough call, we know.

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Geico VP of Marketing Goes All Hollywood

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Ted Ward is the vice president of marketing for Geico. Ted Ward may have seen too many episodes of Mad Men. Ted Ward thinks he’s Don Draper. Don Draper with a little Wilhelmina Slater and J-Lo thrown in.

We got these emails from a PA about Ward’s Hollywood behavior:

The Barcalounger was requested by the client, who was “The Martin Agency”. His name was was Ted Ward and “Ted” actually requested the Barcalounger from the Frasier set, if we couldn’t find it we had to have 2 standing by for him to choose from.

We had to clarify: A Barcalounger? Or the Barcalounger from a canceled television show starring Kelsey Grammer? The Barcalounger. The Prop. The two chairs that HAD to be on standby if the original prop was not located – needed an extra giant truck to haul them. Just so this dude could sit and watch other people work. All for just for one veep of marketing…

But it gets worse. We got a follow-up from our source:

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Lunch: Hillary—Obama Smackdown!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Bill Clinton isn’t the only one who is getting a little testy about the endlessly long and increasingly tabloid-y battle for the democratic nomination. At today’s lunch, politics were on the menu as supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took sides over their Cobb Salads. Our unofficial dining room poll finds Obama holding a commanding lead. Producer Joan Gelman — between commuting from Canada where her show Triple Sensation is going great guns — has taken to handing out her very own campaign buttons. “I do one for every election,” she told us. Her latest creation got lots of attention at a party at Tina Brown‘s recently when ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong arrived wearing one. It boasts a picture of President George Bush and John McCain in an embrace and is emblazoned with the words — Four More Years. Here’s the punch line: There’s a question mark at the end of the phrase. Joan was handing them out today (thanks!) and people were gobbling them up like mad. A few tables down, the exchange at David Patrick Columbia ‘s regular perch between David (a Hillary booster — “I just don’t know why she is the subject of so much hate”), Charlie Scheips and Terry Allen Kramer (decidedly not a fan) rivaled the dust ups on Sunday morning on The McLaughlin Group. But it was all in good fun. Isn’t it always?

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. One big happy family: Michael’s wife Kim McCarty and kids Clancy and Chas with Martin von Haselberg and daughter Sophie. The families’ friendship goes back 30 years, says Michael. To wit: a painting of Martin (done by Kim) hangs in the reception area of the restaurant. There was plenty to celebrate all around: Clancy just graduated from NYU last week, Chas is starting his first year at Bard and Sophie is at Yale. Impressive! We were hoping that Martin’s wife — none other than Bette Midler — would join the party but, said Michael, she was rehearsing for her eagerly anticipated Las Vegas show (the family leaves for the desert tomorrow). Knock ‘em dead, Bette!

2. Peter Brown.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and yours truly. The Mayor was the subject of a glowing New York Times piece last week which bore more than a passing resemblance to this column. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn’t it?

4. Phil Smith and agent extraordinaire Ron Konecky.

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American Idol Highlights Jordin Sparks Right to Win?

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If the other networks were smart, they’d get Ken Levine to counter-program American Idol. Why? Read:

Six months from now it all begins again…Kids who in a few weeks will be asked to perform live for thirty million people can’t remember the words to “Rockefeller Skank” when singing for three.

Levine picks his highlights of the season.

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Lunch at Michael’s: Tina Brown’s Bathroom Promise

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We were expecting a celeb sighting or two since it’s Upfront time — the week the networks trot out their overpaid and underfed stars to shill for their supper — but alas, there were no signs of McDreamy or Matthew Fox anywhere. (Thankfully, we didn’t see any cavemen either.) Disappointed, we settled in at our regular perch at the bar to survey the suits and check out the regulars when our pal publicity maven Leslie Stevens appeared on the scene. A scheduling snafu left Leslie solo, so she gamely pulled up a stool and chatted up lunchtime chronicler Diane Clehane. The tireless pitchwoman told us she only had time for a quick bite because she was en route to D.C. to attend the launch party of the Onion Express, a joint venture between “America’s Finest News Source” — The Onion — and The Washington Post. Tonight’s soiree is expected to draw the likes of Christopher Hitchens (just don’t get him started talking about religion) and Christopher Buckley as well as “a bunch of politicos.” See, there really is life outside of New York.

Here’s a rundown on the rest:

Table 1. Glamour‘s Cindi Leive, Allure‘s Linda Wells, Playboy‘s Chris Napolitano and a few folks we didn’t recognize having their monthly “editor’s lunch.”

2. Ben Silverman and guests. The ubiquitous Ms. Stevens is throwing a party for the reality show guru (The Biggest Loser, The Restaurant) at the new karaoke joint Spotlight Live (we hear J.Lo has been by) on Thursday night for the crowd in town for the Upfronts. Sorry, by invite only …

3. Terry Allen Kramer and a table full of guests. (We’re told Mayor Joe Armstrong is not MIA, but simply enjoying a trip across the pond to London. Hurry back!)

4. Norman Pearlstine, sporting a military-looking buzz cut, with two equally close-cropped young gents.

5. Arnold Scassi and Parker Ladd. After witnessing Mr. Ladd take a call at the bar we’re amused to report he might be the only adult male in New York City that doesn’t own a cell phone.

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