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LA Media Catch Up to Huell Howser Retirement Story

A funny thing happened on the way to tonight’s flurry of items about the retirement of local PBS/KCET icon Huell Howser. A San Diego community newspaper website had the skinny last week.

Posted a couple of days before Thanksgiving, the scoopsandiego.com item slipped under the turkey radar. Which really is kind of apt given that it concerns a man whose entire M.O. is about eschewing the big flourish. From a 2009 LA Times profile that Robert Lloyd pulled from for today’s mini-appreciation:

“I don’t have an agent. I don’t have a manager, I don’t have a press agent, I don’t have a wardrobe guy, a makeup guy, a parking space, a dressing room. It’s basically me and a cameraman and an editor and a couple of guys in the office. I can go out between now and noon and do a full 30-minute show just talking to people on the street and have it on the air tonight. It’s an economic model that’s a production model, but it’s a model that I believe in philosophically as far as what the viewer should see…”

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LAT In 90 Seconds

actressli_john_52027572_600.jpgDoes Elizabeth Snead Miss Her Old Job: Former E! Fashion Policewoman Elizabeth Snead is back to familiar tricks with this critique of Lindsay Lohan‘s Red Carpet (give it a minute).

youtubeim.jpgYouTube, ITube, We All Tube For YouTube: “A $1-billion copyright infringement lawsuit challenging YouTube‘s ability to keep copyrighted material off its popular video-sharing Internet website threatens how hundreds of millions of people exchange all kinds of information, YouTube owner Google Inc. said.” In other words, Marx is laughing in his grave. And we don’t mean Groucho.

39269997-26143654.jpgOur Favorite Episode Was the One About the Slumber Party: Robert Lloyd misses Square Pegs as much as we do. Think Carrie Bradshaw could relate to Patty Greene?

Sundance Iconoclasts: About as Daring as Mayo on Pastrami

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Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.

Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.

Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.

Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.

Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.

Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.

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Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.

Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?

And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:

Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.

The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.

LAT in 90 Seconds

hbologo.jpgWe’re Glad, Too: The last line of this Robert Lloyd review of Coma, an HBO docu about traumatic brain injury is, “Mostly, you just think, ‘I’m glad it isn’t me.’” We felt the same way — but about reviewing it. We’re glad it wasn’t our assignemnt; the show sounds unbearably depressing.

monkeyass.jpgBad Choices: No, we’re not talking about Bush commuting Libby’s sentence. We get that: The guy looks out for his pals. We’re talking about the LAT’s decision to post a weirdly worded poll on its News Analysis piece asking readers to vote if they “agree with Pres. Bush that 30 months in federal prison is excessive for telling a lie?” When you phrase it that way, then, yes, 30 months in the slammer for “telling a lie” does seem excessive — Okay, Okay! You really do look fat in that dress. And also, who cares what readers think on this topic? If this is what passes for interactive, newspapers really are doomed.

ps3.jpgBig Brother’s Got Game: The Nielsen Co. will begin tracking the games people play on their PlayStation consoles. We expect some sad, sad statistics to start pouring out.