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The Newsroom, Game Change Lock Up Golden Globe Nominations (TVNewser)
The reviews for HBO's cable news drama The Newsroom may not have been glowing, but they apparently didn't matter. The program was quickly renewed for a second season by HBO and now it has picked up two Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Newsroom is nominated for Best Television Series - Drama, while star Jeff Daniels is nominated for his performance as cantankerous cable news anchor Will McAvoy. Elsewhere, the HBO movie Game Change picked up five nominations, including "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television" and a nomination for Julianne Moore's portrayal of Fox News contributor and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Woody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson and Ed Harris also received nominations for their roles. The Washington Post / The TV Column Love 'em or hate 'em, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globe Awards each year, loves to cozy up to new TV programming at trophy show season. If you're a TV series, you might prefer the Emmys, or the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where landing a nomination is kind of like getting tenure. At the Globes, however, you can be the hottest chick at the party one year, and out in the cold the next. NYT / The Carpetbagger Much as the old social order is fading into history on Mad Men, the show itself is on the wane among awards givers. Displaced by Homeland as top drama at September's Emmy Awards, ending a four-year run, the AMC series wasn't even nominated this morning for a Golden Globe in the category, although Jon Hamm, the series' star, received an acting nod. Mad Men has won the Golden Globe for best drama three times. HuffPost Les Miserables earned multiple nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Argo was another Golden Globes favorite, earning nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director (Ben Affleck) and Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin). Other big 2013 honorees included Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. On the television side, Homeland and Breaking Bad will compete for Best Television Series - Drama. Modern Family, Girls and Smash, The Big Bang Theory and Episodes were nominated for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV Snubbed: American Horror Story. This is quite a surprise because the HFPA really seems to appreciate writer-producer Ryan Murphy. They've previously nominated AHS, Glee and Nip/Tuck (with the latter two having won series categories in the past). But this year? No AHS in the movie/mini category. Murphy's new NBC comedy The New Normal was also half-expected to get a nomination. E! Online / TV Scoop The What?! Smash: You guys know we love Smash as much as the next person, but really?! The first season was uneven at best, with only the pilot and the season finale showing its true potential, and it was nominated in the Best Comedy or Musical category? Over shows like Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock and New Girl? Did the HFPA forget about Leo?!

2012 Ratings: FNC to Mark 11 Years at No. 1, MSNBC to End Year with Most Growth in Cable News (TVNewser)
The final 2012 year-end numbers won't be in until the end of the year, but with only a couple of weeks to go, we have a pretty good sense of where things will end up. The big takeaways: Fox News Channel will end 2012 as the No. 1 cable news channel for 11 straight years, and the No. 3 ad-supported channel in all of cable TV in primetime. FNC will be up slightly from 2011 in just about every time period and demo. The network will end up with the top 11 cable news shows in total viewers, and the top seven in the adults 25-54 demo. MediaPost / Media Daily News In primetime total viewers, Fox News was leading with 2 million average viewers, per Nielsen, with MSNBC now firmly in second place -- albeit well behind -- at 913,000 viewers; CNN was at 670,000. MSNBC made the biggest improvement, up 18 percent year to year, with Fox News also up by double digits, 11 percent. CNN continued to struggle, down 3 percent. Deadline Hollywood With almost 11.5 million viewers on Oct. 22, Fox News hit an all-time network viewership high with coverage of the third debate between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. With The O'Reilly Factor on top in both viewers and the 25-54 demo, Fox News had the top 11 shows on cable news in overall viewership and eight of the top 10 in the demo. THR / The Live Feed Standout shows include MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who saw her highest-ever scores in total viewers and the demo, and FNC's Fox and Friends and Red Eye, both of which saw new highs in total viewers.

And the Winner of Time's Person of the Year Reader Poll is... (Time)
Kim Jong Un is having a good year. After taking over the leadership of North Korea from his late father Kim Jong Il, at the end of 2011, he's solidified his control over the country, appeared on Time's cover and he was even named Sexiest Man Alive. (OK, that honor was actually bestowed as a spoof in the satirical newspaper The Onion, but a Chinese news service mistook the Onion piece for real news and the story went global.) HuffPost Time, while acknowledging that the results of its reader poll were "completely unscientific," touted the news on Thursday, saying that Kim had received 5.6 million votes. The magazine also said that it had been the target of campaigns by sites like 4Chan, which pushed Kim's vote total up. Gizmodo It's not the first time the group has hijacked the vote either -- in 2009, they made sure the honor went to Christopher Poole, aka moot. But manipulated or not, you have to admit that Kim Jong Un as Person of the Year is pretty damn hilarious. And the North Korean people must be very proud that their Supreme Leader closed out 2012 as both Sexiest Man Alive and Most Important Person. FishbowlNY We're sure Kim is off somewhere popping bottles and/or shooting rockets over the news, but remember he didn't win the official Time Person of The Year award. That'll be announced Dec. 19 on the Today show.

NYT to Publish eBooks with Byliner & Vook (GalleyCat)
The New York Times has opened two publishing programs, turning its massive collection of reporting into short eBooks that will be published with Byliner and Vook. The Wrap / Media Alley Byliner, which collects and aggregates long-form narratives from the archives of leading publications including the New Yorker, will co-publish up to a dozen original eBooks in the next year featuring Times reporting, called Originals. The stories will range in length from 10,000 to 20,000 words. paidContent Through the partnership with Vook, The New York Times will publish TimesFiles -- "curated selections of articles" from the paper's archives "assembled into compelling narratives about a particular topic or event." Twenty-five of them will be available on Dec. 17 through Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore and They start at $1.99 and include The Rise of Apple, The Fall of the Berlin Wall and The Life and Films of John Hughes.

ABC News Hit with Another 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit (TVNewser)
A worker who was laid off from Beef Products, Inc. is suing ABC News, claiming the network's use of the "pink slime" phrase to describe BPI's products led to him losing his job. New York Daily News / AP Bruce Smith, 58, is among about 750 people who were laid off at Beef Products Inc. in the wake of what the company called a misinformation campaign in social media and news reports about the product: lean, finely textured beef. In May, Beef Products Inc. closed three plants -- one each in Texas, Kansas and Iowa -- and laid off workers at its corporate headquarters in South Dakota. Smith, of Dakota Dunes, was the company's senior counsel and director of Environmental, Health & Safety. He filed a civil suit Tuesday in Dakota County District Court in Nebraska seeking $70,000 in damages. LA Times / Money & Co. The product, known in the industry as lean, finely textured beef, was treated with ammonia to eliminate foodborne pathogens with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's blessing, according to the suit. But Smith accused ABC, Diane Sawyer, Jamie Oliver and food blogger Bettina Siegel, along with several other defendants, of spreading the "pink slime" moniker to suggest that the beef trimmings were dangerous to consume.

On Cable News, 'Torture' is a Dirty Word (TVNewser)
When George Carlin revealed his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," the word "Torture" was not on the list. In a post-9/11 cable news world however, it may as well have been one. A survey of media coverage from the organization Covering Torture suggests that cable news channels are far more likely to avoid the word torture in their coverage of world events, and instead use less offensive euphemisms for the practice, at least when applied to the U.S. government. HuffPost Generally, the Covering Torture study found that print media is better than television at not using euphemisms. While The New York Times used "torture" 60 percent of the time, Fox News used it just 21 percent of the time, and CNN used it 22 percent of the time. (MSNBC, the study said, was evenly split in its approach.) Overall, cable news leaned very heavily towards euphemisms, using them nearly 73 percent of the time, while print outlets used them 48 percent of the time.

Laura Ingraham Joins Courtside (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham will return to radio on Jan. 2, having signed a new agreement Thursday with Courtside Entertainment Group. Ingraham recently left Talk Radio Network after more than nine years with the distributor, citing the need to move on. Her show, which is broadcast on more than 300 stations nationwide, has recently been among the most popular in conservative talk radio. Talkers Here are the details: Ingraham's program will emanate from flagship WTNT, Washington, D.C. Her three-hour talk radio show will return to the air on Jan. 2, presumably in the same 9 a.m. to noon ET time slot. She will also distribute content digitally via Pattiz's Launchpad Digital Media, a division of Courtside Entertainment Group.

Nan Graham Named Publisher of Scribner Imprint (GalleyCat)
Stephen King's longtime editor Nan Graham has been promoted to publisher and senior vice president of Simon & Schuster's Scribner imprint. Graham has spent 18 years at the imprint, working with authors that included Don DeLillo, Miranda July, Frank McCourt, Annie Proulx, and Colm Toibin. Publishers Weekly Graham was the 2011 recipient of The Center for Fiction's Maxwell E. Perkins Award. She has edited numerous books, including The Emperor of All Maladies and M.L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans.

The Newsonomics of College News Innovation (Nieman Journalism Lab)
On May 29, the news of the death of daily newsprint swept two ends of the country. In New Orleans, the rumors were verified: The Times-Picayune would be going to three days a week of printing. In Eugene, Oregon, one of the country's oldest college papers, the Oregon Daily Emerald announced it would print only on Mondays and Thursdays. Both institutions implemented their plans this fall. While the newspaper world is still awaiting fragmentary signs of success or failure out of New Orleans, we can begin to learn a few lessons from the Daily Emerald's first-quarter experience. Those lessons, importantly, apply to all newspapers; colleges, here, are really a new kind of lab for the press overall.

Hispanic Television in America: Lights, Camera, Acción! (The Economist)
Entertaining America's Hispanics has become a big business. Once, Spanish-language programming was dominated by a few specialized firms, like Univision and NBC's Telemundo. But lately the field has become more crowded. Ten years ago there were around 14 broadcast and cable networks catering to Hispanics; today there are around 100 on air or in the works, says César Conde, the president of Univision. Big players are piling in.

Is Warren Buffett Eyeing the Allentown Morning Call? (The Morning Call)
Tribune Co.'s imminent emergence from an epic bankruptcy has fueled a flurry of speculation about the future of one of the country's largest diversified news media empires. Weighing in on the matter Thursday was one of the world's richest men, Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha, as he is known for his legendary financial prowess, expressed interest in one of Tribune's newspapers. Which one? You are reading it.

This is What Newsweek's Digital Future Will Look Like (Adweek)
While the coming weeks will no doubt be rife with equal parts reflection on the magazine's print past and speculation as to its pixel-bound future, Newsweek's digital core has been working deftly and somewhat under the radar to fortify the foundations for the magazine's next chapter.

The Most Hated Blogger in America (CJR / Full-Court Press)
USA Today senior sports blog editor Chris Chase's posts, covering the lighter side of sports culture, are typical fare; aggregated news with opinion and commentary. Yet they have acquired a rampant following, generating millions of pageviews and thousands of comments -- most of which are about Chase himself rather than a given post. There are Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, at least two Tumblrs, and countless discussion forums dedicated to Chase. Only problem is, they're all resoundingly negative. Chase may be the most hated blogger in America.

Duchess Hoax Call: Australian DJs Receive Death Threats (The Telegraph)
The Australian radio hosts behind the prank call to the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital have received death threats and the station's staff has been moved to safe houses and given 24-hour protection. Police are investigating the threats and have seized a letter to one of the hosts, Michael Christian, which warned there were "bullets out there with your name on it."

Machinima Taps Exec to Drive TV Partnerships (Variety)
Machinima has tapped Debbie Menin as vice president of partner development with broadcast nets and cablers. In the new post, Menin will focus on marketing and distribution opportunities for the videogame-centric broadband channel with broadcast and cable nets. She will report to Jay Sampson, Machinima's exec vice president of global sales, marketing and advertising operations.

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