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Former NBC chairman-ceo Grant Tinker, a revered producer and executive who founded Mtm Enterprises with Mary Tyler Moore and later rose to the challenge of taking NBC from last place to first, has died. He was 90.
Tinker died Monday at his home in California, according to a report Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”
“Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
The poised, avuncular Tinker’s television career spanned almost half a century, from its inception through the 1990s. He usually took the high road on most of his projects »
- Richard Natale
Exclusive: Several years ago, after the death of his father, Corbin Bernsen — well-known for his role in L.A. Law — wrote, directed and starred in Rust, a feature that he created to explore his own faith. The 2010 film follows a man of the cloth who loses his faith but eventually finds his way back. Bernsen has continued to produce faith-based films, most recently partnering with Pat Robertson’s Regent University on his latest — a romantic comedy, In-Lawfully Yours. With… »
What do you think about when you think about conventions?
If you’re a pedant like me, you might think a convention is a social norm.
If you’re a corporate type (sometimes like me), you think a convention is a trade show where industry insiders get together to discuss current developments in their field, while a variety of vendors try to interest potential new customers in their products.
If you’re a political junkie (also like me), you might think a convention is an event at which a political party nominates its candidates.
And if you’re a geek (again, I self-identify), you think a convention is a long weekend of panels, exhibits, cosplay and shopping.
As it happens, I enjoy all but the first of these conventions. My dad took me to a few shopping center conventions and I loved walking through the exhibit halls, considering new kinds »
- Martha Thomases
Toward the end of Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a new doc about the TV visionary and political activist, Amy Poehler attempts to sum up Lear's impact. "Do you know how fucking hard it is to make people laugh, to tackle big issues and get big ratings?" she tells an audience at an event honoring Lear. "It's so hard that people don't even do it anymore."
The audience claps, and Lear smiles, but the TV game-changer says now that he doesn't quite agree with the assessment. There's hope, »
Televangelist Pat Robertson not only says that gay people getting what they deserved with the Orlando Shooting on Sunday, but he seemed delighted that it puts defenders of Islam and Lgbt rights in a quagmire. »
- Ken Meyer
Since its inception in the 70s, the network now known as Freeform has been bought and sold several times, and been re-named even more. With the exception of “The 700 Club,” the network today bears little resemblance to its earliest days. Cbn Satellite Service (1977) The network now known as Freeform was got its start in 1977 as part of televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, airing a mix of religious programming, family-friendly syndicated TV shows and classic westerns. “The 700 Club” (1966) Cbn’s flagship talk show “The 700 Club” helped launch the network among Robertson’s followers, and continues to air to this day. »
- Reid Nakamura
ABC Family rebrands itself as Freeform today, in the hopes that its new name will be a better fit with its edgy, younger-skewing shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Recovery Road,” about a young addict. But one, weird thing will remain the same about the network: It will continue to air 85-year-old televangelist Pat Robertson’s “700 Club,” a love-in for Christian conservatives. If that doesn’t seem on-brand with Freeform’s ideology — appealing to young “Becomers” who want honest looks at their teen and twentysomething lives — it’s not the network’s fault. It’s contractually bound to Robertson. Also Read: 'The Path' Creator on. »
- Tim Molloy
ABC Family will change its name to Freeform Tuesday. But though the network is shedding pat of its family-friendly legacy, one piece of its past is sticking around. The network will continue to broadcast televangelist Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” after the rebranding is complete. ABC Family began life as part of Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network before being sold to Fox and, later, Disney. The network is contractually obligated to continue to broadcast the the show. “Nothing about our name change affects our relationship with ‘The 700 Club,'” network preside Tom Ascheim said at a TCA panel Saturday. »
- Daniel Holloway
Yes, Pat Robertson's Christian talk show The 700 Club will continue to air even when ABC Family becomes known as Freeform. “The 700 Club will continue to air on Freeform,” the network said in a statement. “It was part of a longstanding agreement that was made when Disney first acquired the network." As a result, TV Insider went into the history of the deal: The network originally began as the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1977, which aired Robertson's show. There was a series of name-changes and deals throughout the years, with Disney/ABC buying the network in 2001, but throughout it all, the main stipulation was that The 700 Club would remain on air with a good time slot. According to an unnamed source, the network tried to buy out Robertson, but the price quoted was "astronomical." The 700 Club is valuable property for Robertson: Cbn’s most recent tax audit »
- E. Alex Jung
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