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Wendy Williams: Broadway ‘Most Difficult Thing I’ve Ever Done’

It’s not every day, month or even year (Jerry Springer opera notwithstanding) that a daytime talk show host chats with their audience about the experience of being on Broadway. So be sure to check out Wendy Williams‘ rich rundown of playing Mama in the revival of Chicago.

Williams told the audience – following her first four weekend performances – that belting out a couple of musical numbers has been both thrilling and more difficult than anything she has attempted during her storied radio and TV career. She also segued at one point during the segment to a hilarious denial of a June 28 National Enquirer report.

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David Zinczenko on His New ‘High-Profile Life’ and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale

1003_mockup.gifI’ve been looking forward to today’s Michael’s lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine and Patrick Connors, the new publisher of Men’s Fitness. As most faithful readers of this column know, Dave, arguably one of the highest profile editors in history during his tenure as EIC of Men’s Health, and Stephen, head of Rodale Books, were unceremoniously fired from their positions at Rodale last November. The news shocked industry insiders and made headlines all over the media landscape, most notably in a piece penned by Keith Kelly for The New York Post where Maria Rodale cattily commented that David could now go on living his “high-profile life.” When asked if his departure would hurt the brand, she sniped, “It’s not Dave’s Health –  it’s Men’s Health.” Jealous much?

I was thrilled to score the exclusive first sit-down with Dave and Stephen to get the real story behind their firings, an overview of their new venture, Galvanized Brands, and the first look (which Patrick brought along hot off the presses today) of the June issue of Men’s Fitness, the result of their collaboration with their first client, AMI. Dave and Stephen are co-founders and CEO/president and chief creative officer, respectively, of their new firm. Stephen describes Galvanized Brands as a “broad-based brand building and media company that helps other companies unlock their hidden value specializing in health and wellness,” and the duo is positively euphoric about the company’s prospects.

Patrick Connors, David Zinczenko, Diane Clehane and Stephen Perrine

Not surprisingly, it turns out Dave’s living a “high-profile life” that made millions for his former employer has its advantages. (The highly successful Eat This, Not That series he wrote while at Rodale sold 7 million copies in North America.) Last month, it was announced Random House gave Dave distribution and a multi-million dollar deal for his own imprint, Zinc Ink, through its Ballantine Bantam Dell division. As part of the deal, Dave will pen three health/fitness books, the first of which will be published in 2014.  Zinc Ink will publish six to 12 non-fiction and lifestyle books annually — and Dave will share in the profits. He explained that, in addition to Zinc Ink, Random House is prepared to create a series of imprints, like say, AMI/Galvanized, tied to media brands which Random House will publish and distribute. There are currently “half a dozen” AMI/Galvanized book idea percolating, and Stephen told me the first book will be published some time this summer.

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Jerry Springer: My First Big Break

Say the name Jerry Springer and the first thing that comes to mind might be a daytime talk show where people throw chairs at one other to make a point. So it may not be much of a surprise when you find out Jerry got his start in politics.

The former lawyer, former campaign adviser for Robert F. Kennedy, former mayor of Cincinnati and former anchor for the city’s NBC affiliate tells mediabistroTV his career wasn’t launched by one big break as much as it was the result of being ready for anything.

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Jerry Springer: My First Big Break

Say the name Jerry Springer and the first thing that comes to mind might be a daytime talk show where people throw chairs at one other to make a point. So it may not be much of a surprise when you find out Jerry got his start in politics.

The former lawyer, former campaign adviser for Robert F. Kennedy, former mayor of Cincinnati and former anchor for the city’s NBC affiliate tells mediabistroTV his career wasn’t launched by one big break as much as it was the result of being ready for anything.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

WPIX Loses to WNYW and Year-to-Year in February Sweeps

It’s the sweeps that never end–at least at FishbowlNY. Every station finding their own spin to throw a flag on a declare victory (watch for promos coming to a TV near you!).

Channel 11 did not win against rival WNYW at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., or 10 p.m. And making it worse, Channel 11 didn’t even improve upon its numbers from the February 2011 sweeps.

Starting at 4:00 a.m., where WPIX remains the only station with a morning newscast that early–and perhaps we can understand why. PIX News at 4 averaged a .4 rating and 2.6 share in Households. A year earlier the newscast managed a .6 and 3.9.

Channel 11 lost to all competitors (other than informericals) with the exception of a TMZ rerun on WNYW/Channel 5 (.4/2.3).

It was no abberation for WPIX. At 5 a.m. with the station averaged a .6 and a 3.5 in Households, as opposed to a .8 and 4.6 share 12 months earlier. WPIX lost to every other news program.

Same result, different hour. At 6 a.m., Channel 11 averaged a .8 rating and 3.7 share of Households. It’s once again a drop off for WPIX from the February 2011 survey: 1.0 and 4.3.

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The Tale of an LA Talk Show Dreamer

St. Petersburg Times TV critic Eric Deggans is doing his best to nudge Maurice Jeoffroy (pictured) towards that national TV talk show success the latter so desperately craves. After writing about the Tampa resident’s desire to be the next Leno in February of 2010, he decided to check back in with Jeoffroy, a.k.a. “Motown Maurice,” while in LA this summer for the TCA Summer Press Tour. Late last year, Maurice relocated to LA to pursue his dream.

Motown Maurice currently keeps his clothes in a Koreatown storage facility, walks or takes the bus to auditions and hopes that a new web series, The New Jack Web Attack, might kick start his west coast career. He’s managed to get an agent and, thanks to an LA County employment program, his first housing that is not shared—a motel in South Central. Enthuses Maurice:

“The timing is perfect,” said the 31-year-old, sounding almost giddy. “Literally, when I’m at my most homeless point, this comes along. Before this, I spent my days at cafes, libraries, Denny’s. I couldn’t get anything done.”

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Extensions for WPIX Mainstays Jerry Springer and Maury

Three syndication favorites, and regulars on the WPIX daytime lineup,  are coming back.

Maury hosted by Maury Povich, The Jerry Springer Show, and upstart The Steve Wilkos Show get extensions through September 2014 through distributor NBC Universal Domestic Television.

The trio of shows make up a three-hour block of WPIX weekday programming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

For the 2009-10 season, Maury, now in its 13th season, had a 11 percent gain overall, and was the number one syndicated talk show among adults 18-34.  The Jerry Springer Show posted a 1.3 rating, up 18 percent in households from a year earlier, and The Steve Wilkos Show, now in its fourth season, jumped 20 percent from a year before, according to NBC.

Current TV Takes on Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams is still on the air. Crazy. Isn’t Jerry Springer‘s show in it’s 120th season?

Day-time television is like a lava lamp. It changes, yeah, but not really.

The Jackson Memorial: A Fitting Tribute

News2_0.jpgThere are rumors and fears about the plans for a Michael Jackson viewing. The latest rumor, reports the LA Times, is to have the body viewing at the Staples Center and then have a (three hour sans traffic) procession to Neverland Ranch.

LAist has a letter from a Santa Ynez Valley horse rancher about the plans for Neverland.

But essentially it’s going to be chaos no matter what. No matter if the memorial is in a big stadium, public or private – it promises to the the PT Barnum meets Jerry Springer event of the decade.

Operation Repo or So It Has Come to This

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In our quest to do nothing over the winter break – we ended up in a Operation Repo marathon on TruTV.

This “unscripted” show is Cops meets Jerry Springer.

Or it’s Reno 911 – if it decided to really be a show about the perils of police work.

You know how when your stupid friend begs you to go see their improv group at some horrible club in Hollywood and you spend the evening sitting in the back of some sticky theater watching the parade of lame and you wonder why you are friends with this guy in the first place and how the hell did you just get suckered into paying a cover to watch real life Hard Rock servers pretend to be Starbucks workers? “Ok, now we need help from the audience.” Indeed.

That’s how Operation Repo is…sans the stupid friend and the cover charge. It’s a series of reenactments of some of the “looniest” and “wildest” repo adventures in The Valley – but if John Waters cast it. There’s the obese blond Latina goth girl who repos vehicles in a floor length black tutu for starters…

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