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After the grotesque scandals in the director's life, Mia Farrow's suggestion that 'their' child, Ronan Farrow, could have been fathered by Sinatra at least has the merit of a decent storyline
"You gotta love livin', baby," Frank Sinatra famously observed, "because dyin' is a pain in the ass."
Gingerly, then, to Vanity Fair's forthcoming interview with Mia Farrow and eight of her children, which sounds almost designed to make Woody Allen wonder if death were quite the terrifying pain in the ass the director has always held it to be. I'm afraid that old cliche "uncomfortable reading" wouldn't really appear to cover this one. On the very off-chance that Woody reads it, it may momentarily throw dying into hugely sympathetic relief.
The interview-cum-profile appears in the November issue of the magazine, and runs the gamut from the merely grotesque – the pair's daughter wonders how Woody has the gall to »
- Marina Hyde
Oxygen kicks off its modeling competition The Face tonight,
to keep things simple, it's airing on the same night and time as Face Off.
G4 will soon be gone from your cable line-up, replaced by The Esquire Network which aims to be "an upscale Bravo for men." The new channel's first show will be Knife Fight a cooking competition show hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, who absolutely no one was demanding to see on TV again. The network will also heavily feature Adam Scott with reruns of Parks & Recreation and Party Down. I have little interest in any show that brings back anyone from that awful second season of Top Chef (because I watched it once and Never Again), but I can suport putting plenty of Adam Scott on TV.
Fox's comedy pilot about a New York police prescient just picked its police captain casting Andre Braugher »
Trisha Goddard joins NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution‘s other freshman daily syndicated talk show, Steve Harvey, with a renewal for a second season in national syndication. Unlike Steve Harvey, which has been a breakout hit, Trisha Goddard has been the lowest-rated among the new syndicated talk shows this season, partly because the show started in far-less-trafficked time slots. Since its debut, the one-hour talk show has been upgraded in major markets including Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, Las Vegas and more. That has helped Trisha grow in the ratings since its debut while also improving its time periods. In the November 2012 sweep, the show’s viewership increased 23% vs. its premiere week. The conflict talk show, executive produced by Paul Faulhaber and hosted by TV personality Goddard, has been renewed in more than 85% of the country. Trisha Goddard is distributed in national syndication by NBCU and produced by Stamford Media Center Prods, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Barry Wallach has stepped down as President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, a position he has held since May 2004. He is leaving the company, citing personal reasons (read his note to the company’s staff below). There will be no immediate replacement for Wallach, with Ted Harbert, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting, who oversees NBCU’s syndication arm, evaluating the future. “Barry has led our syndication business with great distinction,” Harbert said. “He has been a valued partner and colleague and I will deeply miss his wise counsel. We thank him for all that he has done for NBCUniversal and wish him nothing but continued success in the future.” Wallach oversaw the development, production and distribution of first-run programming, along with the sales of off-network content. NBCU Domestic TV Distribution recently renewed breakout new syndicated talk show Steve Harvey, which the company distributes, along with fellow freshman Trisha Goddard. Other first-run nationally »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
4 items from 2013
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