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Archives: September 2010

Playboy Makes An Offer To Ines Sainz

Apparently Hugh Hefner is a fan of Ines Sainz.

The TV Azteca reporter reportedly received an offer to appear nude in Playboy, according to TMZ.com:

Sources involved in the negotiations confirm Hugh Hefner’s people reached out with a “pretty big offer” involving a huge payday and the cover — as long as the Mexican reporter strips down to her traje de cumpleaños.

Before you rush out to the newsstands, Sainz’s contract reportedly prevents her from appearing nude.

Plus, that’s not very journalistic, right?

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Suggs And Cribbs Make Acting Debut On The League

Terrell Suggs and Josh Cribbs will make their acting debuts Thursday night on The League, FX’s comedy on a fictional fantasy football league.

“I had a great time on set and I’m a big fan of the show, so I was excited to learn that I would be showcasing my comedic skills in front of the camera alongside such a hysterical and talented cast,” the Baltimore Ravens linebacker said.

Cribbs, the feared Cleveland Browns special teams star, approached his acting debut much like he would preparing for a new opponent.

“I prepared for my role by watching episodes from the first season and memorizing my script, but when I stepped on the set, it was like seeing a blitz for the first time. The actors were so talented and funny, so a lot of my lines were improvised.”

The League airs at 10:30 PM EST/PST.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Sept. 20

NBC’s “Today” show continued to lead its nearest morning show competitor, “Good Morning America” by a wide margin last week. The program drew more than 1 million more viewers than its chief competitior.

All three morning shows saw a ratings bump, with “GMA” delivering its best demo delivery since June.

“GMA” also narrowed the total viewing gap with “Today” by 18% when compared to the same week last year.

The averages for the week of September 20:

Total Viewers: NBC: 5.09M / ABC: 3.96M / CBS: 2.58M
A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.42M / ABC: 1.63M / CBS: 1.03M

Jay Mariotti Pleads No Contest To Domestic Violence Charge

Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence on Thursday as part of a plea deal with the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

Los Angeles County Court Commissioner John Green dismissed Mariotti’s other six misdemeanor charges and he will be placed on three years probation and required to perform 40 days of community labor, according to Frank Mateljian, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

Along with probation and community labor, Mariotti must complete a 52-week domestic violence course and is ordered to stay away from the victim.

“Jay is very pleased to have this matter behind him and is anxious to get back to work,” said Mariotti’s attorney Nick Hanna. “While we are confident he would have prevailed at trial, the process would have been long and expensive. Today’s resolution — a no contest plea to a low-level misdemeanor with all of the other charges dismissed — ends the matter once and for all.”

Anxious to get back to work, eh?

ESPN and Aol would be taking a huge gamble by bringing back Mariotti, who has made a career chastising the mistakes of athletes.

He’s been absent from Around the Horn and from Fanhouse.com since his arrest on Aug. 21.

And it should continue to be that way.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, September 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 361 | MSNBC: 145 | CNN: 138 | HLN: 116
  • Primetime: FNC: 623 | MSNBC: 272 | CNN: 231 | HLN: 147

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
Fox News Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
625 386 326 766 572 530 508 311
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: O’Donnell: Olbermann: Maddow:
134 192 195 323 259 234 230 178
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: Rick’sList: King: Cooper: Cooper: King:
97 95 127 230 186 278 160 76
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz: Behar:
45 44 95 217 98 137 116 91

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CNN’s John King Weighs in on ‘Destructive’ Members of the Media

CNN’s 7 PM anchor John King weighed in yesterday on the war of words between President Obama, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC:

What did you think of the segment? Was it worth getting into, or should CNN have stayed above the fray? Let us know in the comments.

CBS News London Bureau Cuts Staff

In another example of international downsizing by American networks, TVNewser has learned CBS News is letting go four longtime camera/sound crews from the London bureau.

CBS News EVP Paul Friedman made the trip to London earlier this week — to a CBS News operation once headed by Edward R. Murrow — to deliver the bad news.

Gone are cameraman Siphiwo Ralo, a South African who, in the early ’90′s, helped the network get access to the ghettos as apartheid was coming to an end. He’d been with CBS since 1985. Also gone, Nick Turner, who learned of the changes via phone. He is undergoing cancer treatment and not working at the moment. Cameraman Massimo Mariani and sound man Andy Stevenson are also being let go. The men have covered war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and beyond.

While two photographers will remain on staff, London producers will be doing more shooting for correspondents Mark Phillips and Elizabeth Palmer. Separate from this week’s news, correspondent Richard Roth, who has been in CBS’ London bureau since 1998, is leaving the network.

The CBS News London bureau was shaken to the core on Memorial Day 2006 when camerman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were killed in Baghdad while on assignment with former CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

The crews are being given a year’s salary and could freelance for CBS in the future, but sources tell us they don’t expect much work.

And CBS is not alone when it comes to international downsizing.

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Gallup: Distrust in the Media Reaches Record High

A new poll released by Gallup shows that American distrust in the mass media has reached a record high. This is the fourth straight year that a  majority of respondents have said that they have little or no trust in the media, but the 57% who say that this year is a new record for the poll.

According to the poll, 48% of respondents say the media is too liberal, 15% say it is too conservative and 33% say it is “just right.”

You can see how the responses have changed over the years here:

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Sunday Show Ratings: September 26

Once again, “Meet the Press with David Gregory” topped the Sunday shows last weekend with 2.78M total viewers and 1M in the demo. While beating ABC for the eleventh time in twelve weeks in A25-54, CBS’ “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer was down in total viewers by 1.51M and in the demo by 104K compared to last week. It was a better Sunday for ABC’s “This Week,” which almost tied for second in A25-54 viewers and went up 20% in the demo compared to last week.

Replays of “Fox News Sunday” on FNC added 1.479M total viewers, giving the show a total of 2.819M viewers on broadcast and cable. This is the show’s highest ratings in 25-54A viewers since November of 2009.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.78M 1M
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.35M 750K
ABC “This Week” 2.16M 730K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.34M 590K

LeBron: The Decision Backlash Was Due To Race

Maverick Carter, LeBron James‘ BFF and LRMR Marketing CEO, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he could have handled The Decision better.

“The execution could have been a little better and I take some of the blame for that,” Carter said in a story that aired Wednesday on CNN’s Rick’s List.

The Decision did great ratings for ESPN, but sparked a backlash that has damaged James’ reputation heading into the upcoming NBA season.

Carter thinks race played a factor in the negative reaction generated towards James when he decided to take his talents to South Beach to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

“It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure,” Carter said.

James chimed in as well with a similar stance as Carter.

“I think so at times,” James said. “It’s always, you know, a race factor.”

Whether race was a factor or not, his comments will only fuel the media as we approach the start of the NBA season on Oct. 26.

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