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Lifetime Nixes Serena Williams Nail Salon Reality Show

In a devastating development for people who wanted to watch a reality show about Serena Williams‘ second love, nail treatment, Lifetime has decided to pull the plug on the proposed series starring the tennis great. The pilot reportedly featured footage of Williams giving Oprah Winfrey a pedicure, an image that might cause some people to dip their eyeballs in hydrogen peroxide. The Daily News (N.Y.) says Lifetime programmers “felt the audience wouldn’t think Serena was being authentic” in the show, even though Williams has studied professional nail care. The Daily News asked Winfrey’s OWN channel if there was interest in developing Williams’ show, but a spokeswoman said, “OWN has no plans for a reality series with Serena Williams.”

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Flames Fire Play-by-Play Announcer Loubardias

Calgary Flames play-by-play announcer Peter Loubardias, whose style seemed to grate on certain fans, has been fired by Rogers Sportsnet after three years, a move that left the 45-year-old “devastated,” “heartbroken” and “hurt.”

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald spoke to Loubardias as he traveled from Calgary to Saskatchewan.

“There’s probably not going to be any answers waiting for me in the Queen City,” Loubardias said. “But I need to get away from Calgary to clear my head.

“I’m devastated. Heartbroken. Hurt.”

Rogers Sportsnet has not announced a reason for the termination of Loubardias, who was also the voice of the Memorial Cup.

“We work in a business that is unbelievably subjective,” Loubardias said. “I have great respect for people in business and the people in the top positions. It’s a business, and they have to make the decisions they feel are going to make their network better going forward.”

“I have treasured the opportunity to cover eight Memorial Cups,” he said. “That’s hard for me to even talk about. I have been so lucky to be involved with the national broadcast of that tournament. To think next year in Shawinigan that’s going to be somebody else, that one really hurts. That one really stings.”

Baltimore Sun Writer Says O's Announcers Too Easy on Team

David Zuwarik of The Baltimore Sun can deal with the Orioles’ losing. After all, he’s used to it. But as the media critic for the newspaper, he says he’d fed up with the media members who cover the team and sugarcoat its failures.

I find myself yelling at the TV when Rick Dempsey or one of the other post-game folks starts pulling punches about how awful this team is.

It was pathetic to hear analysts telling me Friday night that we should be proud of Kevin Gregg, the Orioles’ so-called closer, for throwing in and in and in on David Ortiz. According to MASN, this was a sign of life and determination on the part of the Orioles — showing just the kind of toughness they needed to play in the AL East. Heck, maybe, it would even be the spark to get them going.

Zuwarik feels the reason players like Vladimir Guerrero come to Baltimore is because the media gives under-performing players a free pass. He says the Orioles beat writer for The Sun, Jeff Zrebiec, is excluded from this group because he does call out the team.

If Baltimore talk shows hosts and analysts went after ball players here when they are lazy or stupid or fail in the clutch the way our media counterparts in New York or Boston do, I bet we’d get a much better effort out of them.

Mainly, what it appears that guys like Guerrero do when they come to Baltimore is put on weight. Maybe less buffet and more pressure to perform is what we need. And a media that at least tried to demand accountability from these high-priced, under-performing athletes could help with that.

The Orioles don’t need more media critics. They need more pitching. The Orioles are 10th in the majors in team batting average, but dead last in team ERA. That said, Guerrero has seemingly hit the wall at age 36, slugging a paltry .385 with just seven home runs in the first half.

Pro Football Writers Of America Hands Out Awards

The Pro Football Writers of America announced its award winners for 2011, honoring New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Ryan won the Horrigan Award as the non-player who most helped the media do their job in 2010. At the rate Ryan is going, this award will be renamed in his honor by the time he retires from coaching.

Rodgers won the Good Guy Award, given to the player that best helped the media do their job.

The Baltimore Ravens won the Rozelle Award for the public relations staff that strived for excellence in dealing with the media.

Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger won the Halas Award for overcoming the most adversity. Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer last November and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Lastly, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn won the McCann Award for the reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution towards coverage of the NFL. McGinn has covered the Packers for 32 years.

 

TNT Earns 3.3 Overnight Rating For Sunday NBA Playoff Coverage

Two of TNT’s three 2011 NBA playoff games were up from last year, helping the network earn a 3.3 overnight rating for their Sunday basketball coverage – - up 32 percent from comparable coverage (2.5) last year.

Knicks-Celtics earned a 4.3 overnight rating Sunday night, up 48 percent from last year’s comparable game (San Antonio vs. Dallas: 2.9). Locally, the game did a 6.2 rating in Boston and 5.4 in New York.

Denver vs. Oklahoma City scored a 3.4 overnight rating, up 55 percent from last year’s Game 1 (2.2) between Portland and Phoenix.

In the afternoon game, Memphis’ upset win over the San Antonio Spurs earned a 2.3 overnight and drew particularly well in the local markets (10.6 in San Antonio and 8.0 in Memphis).