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Craig Ferguson steps down as host of “The Late Late Show”

Another big change is coming to late night TV. After  nearly 10 years, Craig Ferguson is stepping down as host of “The Late Late Show.” Ferguson announced today he will bid farewell to that hosting gig in December, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For some time, rumors have been swirling around about CBS plans to make changes on the late night talker. So now the chatter begins again over who would be the right choice to join the late night hosting ranks. A lot of... Read More →

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JLo backed company buys Fuse network

Entertainer Jennifer Lopez is known for her work as a singer and actress. Lopez is also getting noticed for her behind the scenes business savvy. Lopez is the chief creative officer for Glendale-based company,  NUVOtv, which announced last Friday it will buy music-oriented Fuse network for $226 million. NUVOtv, an English language network aimed at Latinos, is seen in 23 million households. The purchase of Fuse will increase that number to 96 million households across the country, according to CNN Money. Not just the face of NUVOtv,... Read More →

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David Letterman announces surprise retirement from “Late Show”

The late night TV talk show landscape is about to change again. In a surprise announcement today, veteran talker, David Letterman, says he’s calling it quits in 2015 when his contract expires. Letterman announced  his retirement today in front of a studio audience before Thursday’s taping of  the CBS “Late Show” in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City’s Times Square. After more than 20 years, Letterman will be moving on next year. He didn’t give an exact date. In true Letterman style, he made the announcement... Read More →

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Conventional TV pretty much dead for majority of teenagers

That old argument between parents and their teenagers over the TV remote is not happening a lot these days, according to a new study out by professional services and consulting firm, Deloitte.  Surveying the 14-24 group, the so-called “training millennials,” found 56 percent of them catch their “… favorite shows on computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices rather than a television,” according to Engadget. In the millennials group, 25-30 year olds, 53 percent are still into TV watching. The biggest TV audience is in the... Read More →

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Time Warner in trouble with city of Los Angeles and Dodger fans

Time Warner Cable is in deep, deep trouble in the Southland. Today L.A. City Attorney, Mike Feuer, announced the filing of a multi-million-lawsuit against the area’s largest cable provider. The suit alleges the cable giant has “stiffed” the city of Los Angeles $10  million in franchise fees at a time when it was raking in billions from its customers. “That money would have funded 100 police officers and miles of sidewalk repair,”  Feuer is quoted on Deadline as saying during a news conference today. Apparently, the dispute... Read More →

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Script sales and deals from “American Crime” to “Winter’s Knight”

Despite all that chatter on the Internet about a feud between “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter, John Ridley, and the picture’s director, Steve McQueen,” Ridley is moving forward with a high-profile T.V. project. Apparently McQueen is ticked off with Ridley for not wanting to share his screenwriting credit. Ridley won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards last Sunday. McQueen did not leave the ceremony empty-handed. He picked up a gold statuette when the brutal historical drama about slavery in America won Best Picture.... Read More →

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2014 Oscars hit high ratings as “12 Years a Slave” wins Best Picture

A lot of viewers tuned into see the Ellen Degeneres hosted 86th Academy Awards ceremony last night. The ratings are out today and they show 43 million watched the kudocast. It got a 12.9 rating among the most valued 18-to-49 demographic. This Oscar broadcast drew three million more viewers than the last time Degeneres handled the hosting duties in 2007, according to Variety. A lot of chatter today about the pizza giveaway, the celebrity group selfie, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” dance,  and Pink’s wonderful rendition of “Somewhere Over the... Read More →

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TV producer Lena Dunham writing Archie comic book series

TV actress/producer and creator of the HBO comedy-drama, “Girls,” Lena Dunham, is branching out into comics. Dunham has signed on to write a four-part series for the Archie Comics. The 27-year-old Dunham talked about being a long-time time fan of the comics, in a quote from a statement, which appeared on Galleycat:”I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Thursday February 20, 2014

Want to be a T.V. director? Warner Bros.Television is accepting submissions for a new directors workshop to help talented folks, for example, those with “…an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials” break into primetime television. The 12-week master class will be taught on the Warner Bros Studios lot in Burbank beginning in May. The deadline to submit is February 28. More on The Wrap. A lot of reports on local news and the Internet about the arrest of former Southland T.V.... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Friday February 14, 2014

   What do bananas have to do with Valentine’s Day? They are on a short list of little known aphrodisiacs along with honey, almonds, watermelon and sushi, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Daily Dish. Instead of telling your guy to eat his Wheaties, this article suggests asparagus. Interesting. Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing the father on TV series “The Waltons,” has died. Waite appeared in a number of other TV series and daytime soaps including most recently “Days of Our Lives.” Also,... Read More →

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Super Bowl XLV111 redux: Record ratings, fab halftime, and Time Warner blackout make good

It was not the showdown many had hoped for, still it turned into the highest rated event  ever on American TV . The Seattle Seahawks ran all over the Denver Broncos in a one-sided game  — final score 43-8. However, 115 million viewers hung around to watch that blowout on Fox, according to the all  important Nielsen ratings yesterday. The Broncos were flat and cold — but not the halftime performance of Bruno Mars and company. Mars and his special guests, including The Red Hot Chili... Read More →

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WGA top screenplay awards go to “Her” and “Captain Phillips”

The Writers Guild of America has added to the Oscar drama with its awards for the best of 2013, handed out last night. The 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards were held at ceremonies on both coasts — here in Los Angeles and New York. The top winners were somewhat surprising. Best original feature screenplay went to Spike Jonze for “Her,” the story of a guy who falls for the female voice/personality of a computer operation system. Jonze beat out the writers of  “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Dallas Buyers Club,”... Read More →

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Grammys: Daft Punk, high ratings, and bloated commercial breaks

The French helmet-wearing duo, Daft Punk, are probably feeling pretty lucky today and for good reason. They walked away with some the biggest awards at the Grammys last night, including, Record of the Year for “Get Lucky,” Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories,” and for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. I have not heard their entire album, but  the song “Get Lucky” has been playing on local radio stations for months. The electronic pop beat of “Get Lucky” is catchy, but the lyrics are so... Read More →

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Around the Southland: “Dexter” star sells Hollywood Hills home

While waiting for that next role, “Dexter” star, Michael C. Hall, is joining a number of other celebrities in wheeling and dealing in the hot real estate market. Hall just sold a 1920’s Spanish estate in the Hollywood Hills for $2.1 million according to the Zillow blog. The actor bought the property with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathroom, media room, library, and guest cottage for $1.95 million back in 2012. I don’t know if you would call this flipping, but Hall has been selling and buying homes... Read More →

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Jay Leno talks about being dumped from the “Tonight Show”

  Jay Leno’s days behind the desk of  the “Tonight Show” are number. His last day is February 6. This Sunday on CBS, Leno speaks out about how it feels to be kicked to the curb by NBC. As you might remember,  the veteran talk show host was booted from the “Tonight Show” previously in 2009. Despite being pushed aside once again, Leno gives props to in-coming “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. More on The Wrap, including a video teaser for Leno’s appearance on... Read More →

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon to publish book together

Entertainers, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, have a new project together. The happily married twosome have signed on with Scholastic to published a children’s picture book, “Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas,” featuring the couple’s twins Roc (Moroccan) and Roe (Monroe). “We are so excited to work with the Scholastic team on our Roc and Roe picture book and we can’t wait until this holiday season!” said Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey said in a news release. In the book, the twins put their own special spin on... Read More →

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Super Bowl 2014: $4 million TV ads and opera singer Renee Fleming

Now that the playoffs are over and the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are headed to Super Bowl 2014, there is a lot of chatter on the Internet about other aspects of that big game. Those Super Bowl commercials are always popular and are costing more than ever. Fox is televising the event and  has sold out all the TV ads at $4 million for a 30-second commercial. However, Disney, who bought at that price, reportedly is shopping for more commercial time in the Super Bowl. More on... Read More →

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UPDATED:”Tonight Show” promo trailer for new host Jimmy Fallon

The new year kicked off with a reminder that Jay Leno’s days as host of  the “Tonight Show” are number. Does Leno have another job lined up? If the veteran host has made some future plans he’s not made them public. A lot of talk about the problem Leno could pose for NBC if he takes a gig to create a show to challenge the “Tonight Show.” Meanwhile, over the weekend, NBC released a promotion trailer for the new host Jimmy Fallon. It includes video clips... Read More →

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Will Smith remembers fellow “Prince of Bel-Air” actor, James Avery

  “Prince of Bel-Air” actor James Avery died last month, on New Year’s Eve. Avery reportedly passed away in a nearby Glendale hospital, following open heart surgery. He was only 68. Avery appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, but is best known for playing the stern, but loving Uncle Phil to Will Smith’s leading role character in the sitcom”The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” On his Facebook page yesterday, Smith posted some touching words about Avery: “Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in... Read More →

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2014 Writers Guild Awards nominations for television announced today

Scribes for some of television’s most popular shows topped the list of nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards. The guild’s outstanding achievement in TV nominees were announced today, along with those in the radio, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation categories for the 2013 season. Here are the nominees in some of the major TV categories: DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill,... Read More →

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