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Cubes: Tour of ABC News Headquarters

Here’s an inside look at ABC News. In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” David Muir, weekend anchor of “World News,” gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the ABC News headquarters.

The ABC complex on Manhattan’s upper west side is home to ABC News, “Live! with Kelly,” and local New York station WABC. Diane Sawyer also makes a cameo in the video (as do her dozens of Emmys).

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Jermaine Jackson to Write About Michael Jackson

Former Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson will pen a memoir about his late brother, Michael Jackson. Entitled You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother’s Eyes, Jackson aims to write “the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty illuminating the private man, the son, the father, and the brother.”

The video embedded above features both Jermaine and Michael (as well as Tito, Jackie, and Marlon) performing their 70′s hit, “ABC.” Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone will release the memoir in fall 2011. Publisher Stacy Creamer negotiated the deal with Curtis Brown literary agent Gordon Wise.

Creamer had this quote in the release: “Jermaine’s book will offer a unique view of the real Michael Jackson, a perspective only a very few people could possibly have. As his brother and close confidante since they were children, Jermaine can explain Michael in a way that, in life, Michael was never able to articulate himself.”

Elfman To be ‘Literary Superstar’?

Somehow we missed this when Variety first reported on it last Sunday, but ABC is close to landing a new Darren Star-produced comedy project starring Jenna Elfman and written by bestselling Australian novelist Matthew Reilly. The single-camera comedy LITERARY SUPERSTAR, slated to begin filming this fall after Elfman gives birth to her second child, will have her playing a book publicist who’s intensely loyal to her clients. When budget cuts threaten her publishing house, she stands up to the corporate suits — and successfully lobbies for the right to continue working with smaller, quirkier authors.

Which, you know, just happens a whole lot in real corporate publishing life. But if the show goes ahead – not a no-brainer, considering how badly the Heather Graham comedy EMILY’S REASONS WHY NOT flopped for ABC in 2006 – SUPERSTAR could be a good vehicle for books since it purports to feature a different author each week. We’ll see what actually transpires, of course…

After looking at the Variety article, Ron’s not sure whether “focusing on different authors each week” means the show will have actual authors as guests (which could be cool, like that Tony Robbins cameo that kicks off Shallow Hal) or just random guest stars playing authors. But he sees no reason the show can’t be at least as good as Stacked, either way.