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Seth Meyers Has a Newfound Appreciation for Pockets

NPRFreshAirLogoThe Web headline for today’s NPR Fresh Air interview with Seth Meyers is a good example of click-baiting with integrity. Because listening to the conversation titled “Seth Meyers’ Late Night Challenge: What To Do With His Hands?” does indeed address and answer one of the first bits of self-conscious business for the incoming talk show host:

“The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands. I think one of the great discoveries I made at the show was the memory of pockets. I was like, ‘OK, I can put one of these away.’”

“I as a person in conversation tend to use my hands a great deal and I think my first couple of monologues I looked like someone on a desert island trying to signal for a passing plane.”

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Jersey Shore Creator Rolls Out New MTV Series

The premise of MTV’s The Ex and the Why, debuting tonight at 6 p.m. ET, is diabolically simple. A former boyfriend or girlfriend is brought in under false pretenses and then, with cameras rolling, reunited with a former mate seeking “closure.”

The program is the latest bit of reality TV business from hte prolific SallyAnn Salsano, creator of Jersey Shore and principal of 495 Productions, named after the Long Island Expressway exit closest to where she grew up. Ahead of tonight’s debut, Salsano spoke with cupidspulse.com about the populist nature of the reality business:

“People always ask us what’s next in terms of reality television, and I tell them that it’s not up to the producer or the network; it’s up to the audience,” Salsano said.

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News Segment Features Extremely Accurate Caption [Updated]

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Someone at BBC News is either not a fan of Declan Curry or simply trying their best to be as accurate as possible.

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Update (1:12 pm):
Apparently Curry wrote the caption himself. Not nearly as fun.

Suey Park Vows to Continue Fighting the Colbert Fight

As news broke yesterday of Stephen Colbert‘s ascension to the David Letterman throne, there was another wave of mockery directed on Twitter at Suey Park, the Asian woman who spearheaded #CancelColbert.

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Nevertheless, per a Thursday Time op-ed co-authored by Park with partner-in-media-representation-protest Eunsong Kim, the pair state that this is just the beginning, not the end:

The main thing we’ve learned from #CancelColbert, and the outcome we now see as Colbert is elevated once again, is that the belittling the voices, activism and writing of women of color is a profitable venture.

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TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Tonight

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James Goldston Named President of ABC News

James Goldston has been tapped as the next president of ABC News. Goldston has been with ABC News since 2004, when he joined as a senior producer. He most recently served as senior VP for content and development, since 2012.

Goldston will now oversee all editorial and business decisions in ABC’s News Division, which includes all ABC News programs on ABC, ABC News Radio and abcnews.com. He succeeds Ben Sherwood, who was recently promoted to co-president of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

In a note to staffers announcing the move, Sherwood described Goldston as “An award-winning journalist, masterful programmer, and innovative businessman.”

Sherwood’s full memo is below.

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Study: Fox News Climate Coverage Mostly Misleading

Fox NewsAccording to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists, if you want to learn something about climate science, don’t watch Fox News. Last year, the cable channel covered climate science 50 times, and 72 percent of the time those features included misleading statements.

Don’t feel too bad for the folks at Fox News, they’re trying. That number is actually an improvement from 2012, when the network’s climate coverage was incorrect 93 percent of the time. Ninety-three percent! How does that even happen? “Exclusive: The sun is made entirely of nougat. Here’s Bill O’Reilly, on why this is President Obama’s fault.”

MSNBC, meanwhile, was at the opposite end. The network covered climate science 132 times in 2013, with 92 percent of those features including correct statements.

The union’s report also included CNN (Fox News, MSNBC and CNN are the nation’s most watched cable news channels), which struck a happy medium between Fox News and MSNBC. CNN’s climate coverage was accurate 70 percent of the time.

David Letterman: Late Night’s Version of a Super-Charged Volvo Station Wagon

DavidLettermanComediansinCarsIf you never saw the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode featuring David Letterman, now is the time to cue it up. There will be many tributes, even more articles and a few showcase interviews before Dave finally hangs it up in 2015. But for our money, all of these artifacts will have a hard time matching the entertainment value of the Crackle series.

Part of the reason the Letterman episode is so memorable is that host Jerry Seinfeld, for one of the very few series times, drives not one of his own car-collection vehicles but rather two sets of wheels belonging to the guest. And what a car the marquee vehicle is – a Volvo 960 station wagon, stealth-souped with a race car engine for Dave by late, great pal Paul Newman.

The other principal reason this Coffee klatch is worth watching now is that it is a career retrospective, but without any of the forthcoming pomp and circumstance that will no doubt drive Letterman crazy. During the conversation with Jerry, Dave slips in a sly little Jay Leno dig (“Get a little something for yourself…”), breaks down one of his all-time great ad lib moments (“Have you ever had the hump of a camel?…”) and remembers the challenges of opening in Denver for Leslie Uggams.

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J. Lo Outbids Diddy for Fuse TV

NuvoTV, the cable channel backed by Jennifer Lopez, has won the bidding war for Fuse Network. Lopez was going head-to-head with her former boyfriend, Diddy, for MSG owned Fuse.

Diddy was the first to make an offer, but his $200 million bid wasn’t enough. The New York Post reports that J.Lo’s slightly higher bid of what has only been described as “more than $200 million” won. By adding Fuse Network, NuvoTV will now reach over 100 million homes across the country. Diddy had wanted to do the same for his network, Revolt TV.

Eric Sherman, the former president of Fuse, told the Post that Diddy losing to J.Lo was “a real blow.”

We’re not so sure. People still like Sean John, right? Right?

AM New York Pays Tribute to CBS Sitcom’s ‘Most NYC Moments’

HIMYM_JasonSegelWith the final hour of How I Met Your Mother fast approaching, do yourself a favor and peruse AM New York news editor Caroline Linton‘s wonderfully angled look-back. She runs down what have been, in her opinion over the course of nine seasons, the program’s “most NYC moments.”

Highlighted episodes encompass Woody Allen, public transit, Regis Philbin and the dangerous prism of late night:

How I Met Your Mother taught us an important lesson way back in Season One: Nothing good happens after 2 a.m. In the episode with that title, Robin drunkenly calls (kids, back in 2006, before there was Tinder, single people made their drunken mistakes via phone) Ted to come over at 2 a.m.

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