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Smithsonian, a joint venture of CBS Corp.’s Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution, will repeat each week’s episode starting at 2 p.m. Et, after it has premiered on CBS affils in all time zones. The cabler will rerun the 90-minute program as many as four times later in the week.
“CBS Sunday Morning” is highly regarded for its long-form storytelling format and deep-dive reporting on a range of topics. The show’s focus is a natural fit with Smithsonian audience.
“In this era of the rapid-fire and never-ending news cycle, ‘Sunday Morning’ continues to be a home for remarkable storytelling, and that’s something our loyal viewers can no doubt appreciate,” said Smithsonian Channel prexy Tom Hayden.
- Variety Staff
Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (image: Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. late 1950s) (See previous article: "Polly Bergen Movies: First U.S. Woman President.") As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise — the first United States woman president as a palpable reality — Kisses for My President, written by veteran Paramount screenwriter Claude Binyon (Search for Beauty, The Gilded Lily) and newcomer Robert G. Kane (whose sole other movie credit was the poorly received Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Western Villain), was an unabashedly reactionary, "traditional family values" effort. Ironically, Polly Bergen, for her part, was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat. At around the time Kisses for My President was released, Bergen, along with Gregory Peck, James Garner, and other Hollywood personalities, publicly came out against California's Proposition 14, a 1964 ballot initiative that would have nullified the Rumford Fair Housing Act, thus paving the way for »
- Andre Soares
Jane Pauley will spend much of August in familiar territory: morning television. The former longtime “Today” show host will have a run on CBS’ morning news shows in August. See video: Matt Lauer Celebrates 56th Birthday With Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley, Meredith Vieira Pauley's guest run will begin on Aug. 10, filling in for a vacationing Charles Osgood on “CBS News Sunday Morning.” The next day, she'll take up a week-long stint on “CBS This Morning,” filling in for Gayle King during her vacation. Pauley, who co-hosted NBC morning show “Today” from 1976 to 1989, signed on in April as an occasional contributor. »
- Tim Kenneally
Earlier today, I published an item on foley artists (read/watch here). Continuing with the series highlighting those behind-the-camera positions that rarely, if ever, get much *love* for the work that they do, even though it's very important work (if only to inform and maybe even inspire), here's a profile of another *thankless* but crucial behind-the-camera job - the location scout. First, in the video that immediately follows, "CBS News Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood, sheds some light on those who do that specific work. And below it, NPR does the same in an unrelated piece. As I did with the foley artists piece, I post this in part because I think location »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Composer John Cacavas, who scored hundreds of television episodes, telepics and feature films – died at his home in Beverly Hills on January 28. He was 83 and had been suffering from multiple health problems. Among the TV shows for which he wrote music were “Hawaii Five-o,” “Matlock” and “Quincy.”
Cacavas was also a noted composer, arranger and conductor of orchestral music and served as a member of Ascap’s board of directors from 1993 to 2001.
Cacavas was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and began leading a touring band at 14. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Composition and Theory. He joined the Army after completing college and was chosen to be chief arranger for the U.S. Army Band. During that time, he co-wrote an oratorio with lyricist and future CBS news correspondent Charles Osgood called “The Conversion of Paul.” An NBC telecast of the oratorio was the first of many television successes for Cacavas. »
- Variety Staff
Apparently, Snoop Lion is the "Susan Lucci" of the Grammys. That, is, according to the "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks" rapper himself. Considering Snoop has racked up a total of 13 Grammy nominations and has never won one though…he might just have a point. "Crown me Susan Lucci. Give me my award! Before I go Kanye West on ya'll and just take the (expletive deleted) thing!, " he said jokingly in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. Lucci was nominated a whopping 19 times before she won the Daytime Emmy in 1999, so perhaps this is the hip hopper's year? Snoop Dogg, who changed his name to Snoop Lion in July 2012, is nominated for a »
Hopefully Alec Baldwin is taking a cue from his wife’s attitude. The “30 Rock” actor, who’s developed a reputation as a bit of a hot-head in recent years, appears with his yoga-instructor wife Hilaria on “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” this weekend, telling interviewer Rita Braver that her outlook on life improved immensely once she learned to lighten up a little. Also read: Alec Baldwin Defends Martin Bashir Over MSNBC Resignation, Slams Network “I just stopped taking things so seriously, which was really the key to being much happier,” Hilaria tells Braver in the interview. During the sitdown, »
- Tim Kenneally
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