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Critic Expands on Blurred #AskThicke Lines

RobinThickePaulaCoverIn the summary view of New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica, when VH1 threw open the doors Monday to a Robin Thicke Twitter Q&A, the result was stored-up agita, frustration and discomfort.

But very cleverly, Caramanica does not dwell on the details of this Twitter “tsunami.” Instead, after a brief sampling of the waves, he remarks that very few people focused on the matter at hand – Thicke’s new album Paula – and remedies by asking about two dozen questions that coulda, shoulda been posed.

Here, from that list, are two of FishbowlNY’s favorites:

Have you considered, instead of touring this album, only performing it outside windows in acts of hostile serenade?

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Supreme Court Justices Express Concern Over Scope of Aereo Ruling (TVNewser)
While hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case. Reuters Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, could be forced to shut down if the court rules for the companies challenging the startup. A win for Aereo could spur innovation in the television industry by paving the way to new, cheaper ways for consumers to watch shows. A decision is due by the end of June. Bloomberg Hearing arguments Tuesday in Washington, some justices suggested they viewed Aereo as violating broadcaster copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to get over-the-air signals without paying fees. “There’s no technological reason for you to have 10,000 dime-sized antennas other than to get around the copyright laws?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked. At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices including Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing business. Variety Some of the justices on Tuesday suggested that they faced a challenge in defining just what Aereo is, and drawing a line on where privately used consumer technology ends and a publicly performing service begins. The Washington Post Aereo argued that its thousands of antennas are essentially rented to subscribers of its $8-a-month service for users to pull programs from the public airwaves legally and then store in Internet server files to watch at their convenience. In that way, it is just a mediator, the company argued, with consumers in control of how they use the company’s antennas and storage files for pulling and recording programs from the airwaves. Most of the arguments, which lasted more than an hour, were focused on the justice’s queries about the definition of public and private performances in copyright law and how Aereo differs from cable, satellite and other Internet video firms that pay broadcasters retransmission and other license fees.

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HOT 97′s Ebro Chooses Creative Over Corporate

EbroelViejoOnce upon a time, it would have been hard to imagine someone picking reality TV over the job of program director in the nation’s number one radio market. But just as surely as Kardashian is spelled with a “K”, those days are now upon us.

Following a semi-ultimatum from the management of hip-hop NYC power house HOT 97, on-air personality Ebro (a.k.a. Ebro Darden) revealed this week that he has decided to focus on the “talent” aspects of his career rather than those involving Excel spreadsheets. He will remain on the air, but his work on the upcoming VH1 reality TV series This is Hot 97 and future, resulting commitments tipped the scales. From a report by XXL magazine:

Stating that he was ultimately told to choose between his two positions, the long-time employee went with the entertainer route.

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Daryl Hall Racks Up 65th House Episode

DarylHallEpisode65As the Daryl Hall & John Oates tour rolls on this weekend into Austin and San Antonio, the taller half of the duo has reached an impressive digital milestone. His entertaining series Live from Daryl’s House has logged its 65th episode.

Debuting February 20 on Viacom HD channel Palladia and February 28 on the VH1 App, the latest installment features the LA-based husband-and-wife team known as JOHNNYSWIM. It’s the third new episode of 2014. From the LFDH.com write-up:

Married couple Abner and Amanda-Sudano Ramirez joined Daryl and the band for a six-song set that includes a pair of Daryl Hall and John Oates classics (“Adult Education”, “Do What You Want, Be What You Are”)…

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The Gossip Table Returns with Some Simon Cowell News

On this morning’s season debut of VH1′s live daily gossip program, New York Daily News reporter Marianne Garvey proudly noted that her paper has broken most of the news about Simon Cowell‘s love child. She went on to discuss the fact that Cowell is set to soon meet the other son of mother Lauren Silverman, seven-year-old Adam.

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NYC Media Come Out for Love & Hip Hop 3 Premiere

Love & Hip-Hop 3 Premiere

Over 400 members of New York media and bloggerati packed Kiss & Fly in the Meatpacking District Thursday to watch the premiere episode of VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop 3, which airs Monday January 7. For those not in the know, that’s the show that goes inside the lives (more personal than professional, really) of hip-hop stars.

While the show’s first outing focused mainly on rapper Jim Jones and his family and friends, this season has a lot of upstarts whose affiliations with the music world are flimsy at best. I’m still trying to figure out what it means for Rashidah Ali to be a “shoe consultant” to the stars, but, hey, whatever works for you.

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All That Glitters is NBC’s Olympic Coverage

The London Olympics proved to the most watched television event in history. So, of course, WNBC reaped golden results from the Games.

The Nielsen weekly ratings, once again, were ”top-heavy” with Olympics prime time action. It was the Closing Ceremony, however, that took the gold, as the top program of the week. An estimated 2.3 million Channel 4 viewers watched Sunday night  with an 11.8 rating.

The 90-minute lead-in to NBC’s Closing Ceremony had a sixth-place finish (1.4 million/7.5).

Coverage from the U.K. capital averaged 1.7 million viewers and a nearly a 9.0 rating.

Venerable 60 Minutes still squeezed its way into the Top 10. In going against the Olympics’ final night, the CBS mainstay had 484,000 viewers and a 2.5 ratings.

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Olympics Burn Brightly for WNBC Atop the Weekly Ratings

The London Olympics easily won the week for WNBC, despite the flood of complaints the network received about its handling of the prime time, tape-delayed coverage.

The seven days included in the weekly survey by Nielsen, earned the Top 7 spots, blowing away the competition in the process.

Proving the popularity of women’s gymnastics, the number one Olympics installment was last Thursday night. American Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gold medalist in the All-Around, and an estimated 2.5 million WNBC viewers watched with an impressive 12.9 rating.

Hardly a drop-off on the other nights, as Tuesday, July 31 yielded 2.4 million viewers and a 12.5 rating.

In the remaining positions, prime time coverage hosted by Bob Costas, averaged more than 1.9 million viewers and a 9.9 rating.

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June Ambrose on Her New VH1 Show, Styled by June

On VH1′s Styled By June, premiering March 19, celebrity stylist June Ambrose shows how she and her team at Mode Squad, Inc. take stars like Jaleel White, Mischa Barton and Aubrey O’Day from ho-hum to haute. But considering Ambrose has been working her magic for over 20 years, what took her so long to jump into TV?

“It was about finding the right voice,” Ambrose explained in our Media Beat interview. “It is a formatted show, and I think that’s what’s going to surprise everyone. It’s not just this random reality of my life. You’re in my ‘Juniverse,’ yes, but in that ‘Juniverse,’ I take you through the process. I have this very strategic process that I take with each client every week. I break it down into three steps, and in that three steps you’re going to get to see the beginning, a middle and the end of emancipating, or redefining, them through a new look.”

We also got the fashionista to dish about her new eyewear line with Selima Optique and what fans can expect from her upcoming women’s collection.

Part 1:June Ambrose on Styling Diddy, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Videos
Part 3: June Ambrose on How to Become a Fashion Stylist
Bonus! June Ambrose on Her Trademark Turban

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June Ambrose on Styling Diddy, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Videos

Whether showing that turbans can be chic or bringing her cutting-edge style to contestants on The X Factor, June Ambrose often has the fashion world falling at her feet. And she single-handedly upgraded hip-hop’s street corner image with her innovative approach to music videos. (See this and this.)

In our Media Beat interview, Ambrose explained how she tapped into her West Indian roots for one of her most iconic looks: those shiny suits donned by Diddy and Mase in Notorious B.I.G‘s posthumous “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” clip.

“I showed [Diddy] the red metallic and he said, ‘I am not wearing that.’ I had to make one red leather outfit and one metallic leather outfit and… I won!” the star of VH1′s Styled by June said.

“You have to go into this business very fearless, and you have to have integrity for what you do… I said to him, ‘You have to just trust me. I know that sounds wild, but I put my career on this moment. I’m telling you it will make a huge difference.’ Once he saw the first take and he looked at playback, he looked at me and said ‘okay.’ And that was the beginning of not only a great working relationship, but a great friendship.”

Part 2: June Ambrose on Her New VH1 Show, Styled by June
Part 3: June Ambrose on How to Become a Fashion Stylist
Bonus! Stylist June Ambrose on Her Trademark Turban

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