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TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special

TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special
In today’s roundup, Conan O’Brien is taking “Conan” to Israel, and NBC helms a new special on Princess Diana.

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TBS is taking “Conan” internationally for the seventh time in two years as host Conan O’Brien travels to Israel. “Conan Without Boarders: Israel” will be a primetime special airing Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. O’Brien plans to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, among other locations yet to be announced. “Conan” airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

“Diana, 7 Days,” a two-hour documentary capturing the week following the 1997 death of Princess Diana, will air on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The film documents the time between Princess Diana’s tragic death and her funeral, and the effect it had on the United Kingdom and the world. This marks the first time her two sons, Prince William
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Cannes Film Review: ‘April’s Daughter’

Cannes Film Review: ‘April’s Daughter’
If April and her daughter Valeria were guests on “The Jerry Springer Show” — or the trashy talk show’s south-of-the-border equivalent, José Luis — the episode might conceivably be called, “First my mom stole my kid, then she took my baby daddy!” Such outrageous tabloid behavior is almost too extreme to be believed, and yet “April’s Daughter” director Michel Franco displays an almost maddening sense of restraint when reenacting exactly that kind of family dysfunction, repeating (without necessarily advancing) the style of his 2012 success “After Lucia,” which also premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

Although the Mexican director’s odd, arm’s-length approach may be celebrated in a festival context (“April’s Daughter” won this year’s Ucr Jury Prize), it’s too cold and disengaged for most moviegoers, which severely limits the audience for a story that, if told in more conventional terms, would have no trouble attracting interest.
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Jerry Springer on the Secret Behind His Talk Show’s Success: ‘First, It’s Stupid’

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Jerry Springer on the Secret Behind His Talk Show’s Success: ‘First, It’s Stupid’
The Jerry Springer Show has been bringing its unique brand of trainwreck TV to sets across the culture for 26 seasons now, cementing its place in history as one of daytime’s biggest success stories.

But if you ask Springer himself, the secret to the show’s longevity is very simple.

“First, it’s stupid,” he told Today in an interview on Wednesday.

The 73-year-old former Mayor of Cincinnati and former news anchor stared his talk show in 1991, where he spent its first two seasons focusing on more serious issues. But by season 3, the more outrageous and salacious guests had proven
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Today: Talk Show Hosts from the Past; Where Are They Now?

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Today is venturing away from the present and into the past. Today, NBC announced the morning show will launch a new series, Where Are They Now: Talk Show Titans, on February 13th.The program "will check in with five 90’s talk titans to see what they’ve been up to since their time on the daytime airwaves." Subjects include Sally Jessy Raphael, Montel Williams, Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, and Geraldo Rivera.Read More…
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‘Howbow Dah!’ The ‘Cash Me Outside’ Teen Will Return To Dr. Phil Next Week

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‘Howbow Dah!’ The ‘Cash Me Outside’ Teen Will Return To Dr. Phil Next Week
One of Dr. Phil‘s most notorious guests is coming back for a return visit.

In September 2016, Dr. Phil aired an episode with 13-year-old Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli — where she was confronted by her mother, Barbra Ann, for her out of control behavior.

The episode was billed as “I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime” — with mom Barbara Ann telling Dr. Phil that she would rather hand Danielle over to authorities than try to control her. (To prove just how rebellious she is, Danielle even stole a car from
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What You Need to Know About the Donald Trump Rape Lawsuit — and the Accuser Who Claims He Raped Her When She Was 13

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What You Need to Know About the Donald Trump Rape Lawsuit — and the Accuser Who Claims He Raped Her When She Was 13
An attorney helping an anonymous California woman accusing Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit of raping her in the ’90s when she was 13 announced that the woman would go public for the first time Wednesday.

But as the press conference was about to begin in the California offices of attorney Lisa Bloom, Bloom called it off, citing threats to the plaintiff, known in court papers as Jane Doe.

“Jane Doe has received numerous threats today … She has decided she is too afraid to show her face,” Bloom said, according to the tweets of MSNBC/NBC reporter Irin Carmon. “We’re going to have to reschedule.
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Exclusive: Jerry Springer Reflects on 25 Years of His Iconic Show and Reveals What He Wants on His Tombstone

Exclusive: Jerry Springer Reflects on 25 Years of His Iconic Show and Reveals What He Wants on His Tombstone
For 25 years, Jerry Springer has captivated America by showcasing the craziest parts of humanity, but he insists his role in changing the TV landscape isn't as tough as it looks.

"Anybody can be a talk show host," Springer tells Et during an exclusive visit to The Jerry Springer Show set. "You do three things to be a talk show host. You have to be able to say, 'You did what? Come on out! We'll be right back.' If you can do those three lines, you've got a career."

Read: 'The Jerry Springer Show's 9 Most Bizarre Guests

Springer, 72, has made his job look effortless over the past two decades, and Et has been with him every step of the way. When we first interviewed the TV host in 1994, the program took on a more high-brow approach.

"Our talk show tends to deal more with news subjects or political subjects, because of my background
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Sally Jessy Raphael "Hated" Doing the Last Few Years of Her Talk Show

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Sally Jessy Raphael has some regrets about the way her long-running syndicated talk show, Sally, ended. Now 81, Raphael appears on Oprah Winfrey's show, Oprah: Where Are They Now?, and talks about how she would have changed the direction in which the show went prior to its 2002 cancellation. With other talk shows like Jerry Springer's and Maury Povich's coming up in the ratings due to their shock value, producers on Sally chose to cover those types of stories instead of hard news and human interest ones. "The last years of doing those Maury Povich/Jerry Spring shows? I hated them," she says. "I was betrayed by some of the producers into doing that. Come to think of it, I should have fought...
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Sally Jessy Raphael ‘Hated’ Doing the Last Few Years of Her Talk Show

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Sally Jessy Raphael ‘Hated’ Doing the Last Few Years of Her Talk Show
Sally Jessy Raphael spent nearly two decades on air as host of the syndicated talk show Sally. But the 81-year-old says she “hated” working on her show during its last years — and blames her producers to driving her into the tabloid subject matter so often associated with Maury Povich and Jerry Springer.

Raphael talked candidly in an exclusive clip from Saturday’s Oprah: Where Are They Now? about the end of her show — which was cancelled in 2002.

Raphael was the first female to host an audience-participation, issue-drive talk show — predating Oprah by nearly three years.

The show began in
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High times: why TV is getting blazed on cannabis comedies

With HBO’s High Maintenance proving to be a breakout hit and Netflix planning their own pot-com, what’s behind the surge in small screen stoners?

Television loves a good zeitgeist to latch onto – but, as trends go, marijuana is hardly new, with the first recorded use of it dating way back into the BC era. So why are small screen execs suddenly obsessed with it? Breakout hit High Maintenance has just been commissioned for a second season on HBO, while at least four other major shows are in development. The legalisation of the drug in Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon is clearly having an influence, but is that all it is? Or have attitudes to cannabis on TV been changing for longer than that?

Related: High Maintenance: a cult favorite makes it to the mainstream

Related: The Jerry Springer Show turns 25: the 10 most outrageous moments

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Jerry Springer Uncorks on Donald Trump After His Viral Debate Tweet: "There Could Be a Personality Issue"

Jerry Springer Uncorks on Donald Trump After His Viral Debate Tweet:
The most viral tweet to came out of Monday night’s presidential debate came from a seemingly unlikely source: Jerry Springer. The legendary tabloid talk show host lit up social media with two brief sentences — “Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House. Donald Trump belongs on my show.” — that have since been retweeted more than 153,000 times. Grabbing the public’s attention is nothing new to the 72 year old, who will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Jerry Springer Show this Friday. But despite the tawdry reputation of his show, Springer is a man with a serious

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‘London Road’ Review: True-Crime Musical Overstays Its Welcome

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‘London Road’ Review: True-Crime Musical Overstays Its Welcome
The last few decades has seen operas being created out of everything from Robert Altman‘s cult favorite “A Wedding” to the outrageous shenanigans of “The Jerry Springer Show,” so it was perhaps inevitable that something like “London Road” — which sets transcripts of eyewitness accounts regarding the serial killing of prostitutes — would come along to marry the ever-popular genres of musical and true-crime. As ideas go, it’s certainly an interesting one, with cast members singing testimony verbatim, down to the last “um,” and it calls to mind “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a movie where merchants and mechanics sang every line.
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NBCUniversal TV Distribution Taps Betsy Bergman as Marketing Exec

NBCUniversal has named Betsy Bergman as senior VP of marketing and brand strategy for its TV distribution division.

Bergman will guide all marketing and brand strategy efforts for the TV and new media distribution group as well as the domestic TV distribution group. Based in New York, she’ll report to NBCU TV execs Frances Manfredi and Valerie Schaer.

“Betsy is a consummate industry professional with the leadership skills, creativity and experience to keep driving NBCUniversal’s distribution business forward,” said Manfredi, the president of NBCU’s TV and new media distribution, in a statement. “Betsy has a proven track record of results and success and we’re excited to have her back at NBCUniversal.”

Bergman returns to NBCU from an executive post at Sony Pictures Television, where she served as VP of marketing, overseeing sales and consumer marketing initiatives for shows including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Shark Tank” and “Seinfeld.
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In Defence Of... The Jeremy Kyle Show after 10 years: ITV's high-octane guilty pleasure

It was only ever meant to be a temporary stop-gap while Trisha was off-air, but fast-forward 10 years and The Jeremy Kyle Show remains a staple of ITV's daytime schedule.

Say the name 'Jeremy Kyle' to most people and they'll probably look back at you with some sense of disgust, a feeling which grows stronger when you try and explain that it's actually brilliant television. Yes, technically it's awful, but that doesn't stop it being bizarrely great.

The show is a strange relic of daytime TV. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, chatshows like Kilroy, Trisha, The Jerry Springer Show and Ricki Lake were all the rage in Britain, but nowadays Kyle easily rules the roost. So much so in fact that no-one really bothers to try and emulate him.

Despite it sticking out like a sore thumb in between Lorraine and This Morning, the show regularly brings
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Jerry Springer, Real Housewives and Golf: Most Embarrassing Shows on TV Stars' DVRs

Jerry Springer, Real Housewives and Golf: Most Embarrassing Shows on TV Stars' DVRs
They may have supporting roles on some of television's greatest current programming, but these actors have a guilty pleasure or two in what they watch, just like the rest of us. Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) falls for The Jerry Springer Show and The Bill Cunningham Show, claiming, "Ratchet TV is where it's at." The Real Housewives franchise ranks high on many lists in addition to Love & Hip-Hop. "But I'm proud of it," boasts Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), "but yet also, deeply embarrassed." Sex Sent Me to the ER, a favorite of Big Bang

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Jerry Springer Producer Jill Blackstone Arrested in Connection with Sister's Murder

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TV producer Jill Blackstone was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder on Monday in connection with the death of her deaf sister. She was released from custody on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reports. No charges have been filed against her. Blackstone's sister, Wendy, 49, was found unconscious in Jill's San Fernando, California, garage, which was filled with carbon monoxide, according to the Times. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. A suicide note was found in the home, but investigators believe it was penned by Jill and not Wendy, TMZ reports. The cause
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Jerry Springer Producer Jill Blackstone Arrested in Connection with Sister's Murder

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TV producer Jill Blackstone was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder on Monday in connection with the death of her deaf sister. She was released from custody on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reports. No charges have been filed against her. Blackstone's sister, Wendy, 49, was found unconscious in Jill's San Fernando garage, which was filled with carbon monoxide, according to the Times. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. A suicide note was found in the home, but investigators believe it was penned by Jill and not Wendy, TMZ reports. The cause of
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‘Jerry Springer’ Producer Murder Investigation: Sister’s Death Scene May Have Been Staged (Report)

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The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the possibility that the death scene of Wendy Blackstone, sister of television producer Jill Blackstone, may have been staged. Wendy Blackstone initially seemed to have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a barbecue grill in the garage of the San Fernando Valley residence that the sisters shared. A suicide note was found in Wendy’s hand, but police are now questioning the situation, TMZ reports. As reported by TheWrap yesterday, Jill Blackstone, whose producing credits include “The Jerry Springer Show,” “Divorce Court” and “Family Court With Judge Penny,” was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Finders Keepers’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Finders Keepers’
If Flannery O’Connor had ever abandoned writing to try her hand at Southern-fried reality TV, the result would probably look something like Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s “Finders Keepers.” At times gleefully indulging in the absurdities of one of the decade’s weirdest man-bites-dog news stories — involving a pitched legal battle over ownership of a severed leg — and at others halting the laughter in its tracks to dig deep into the pain and struggles of the real people involved, this hysterical, insightful and genuinely empathetic documentary could easily prove a specialty hit with the right handling.

Finders Keepers” is not the first doc to attempt to restore three-dimensional humanity to someone who had essentially become a human meme — Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man” is a worthy predecessor — but it’s unusually skillful in balancing its rubberneck entertainment value with warm, wise perspective. As one interviewee notes, “It’s a funny story,
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Outrageous Moments from ’80s and ’90s Daytime Talk Shows

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In the ’80s, soap operas ruled the airways. But a shift occurred late in the decade — when everyone started noticing that talk shows hosted by Phil Donahue and Geraldo Rivera were becoming more and more deliciously controversial (anything to drag eyeballs away from the marital affairs and amnesia plotlines of soaps). With sensational story topics like midget-tossing, paternity suits, neo-Nazi nonsense, brawling transvestites, and grisly murders, several talk shows followed their lead. Enter “Trash TV,” which featured the likes of Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Maury Povich, and Jerry Springer.

Each series tried to be more outlandish than the next; but we believe Maury, with his baby-daddy DNA test reveals (and morbidly obese children, natch), wins the battle. From a dude marrying his horse on The Jerry Springer Show to Geraldo getting his nose busted on-air, check out the most amazing moments from ’90s talk shows.

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