12 items from 2013
Former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue spoke candidly before the Downtown Women’s Center’s fifth annual spring luncheon on Tuesday, discussing her 15-year battle with alcoholism that ended only six years ago. During her eight-year tenure with Fox News, Dhue hosted the Fox Report's weekend edition and made frequent appearances on The O'Reilly Factor, Geraldo at Large, and On the Record. She left the network in 2008, one year after seeking treatment for her alcoholism. »
- Andrew Kirell
Karl Rove stopped by The O'Reilly Factor tonight to talk about getting heckled during a speech he gave at Umass-Amherst this week by people calling him a "murderer" and a "terrorist." Guest host Greg Gutfeld talked with Rove about how liberals on college campuses promote ideas like tolerance and equality but don't really have respect for people who hold different political opinions. He asked the hecklers, "What are you afraid of?" »
- Josh Feldman
Monday night, Bill O'Reilly invited liberal Fox News contributor Sally Kohn on on The O'Reilly Factor to debate a story coming out of George Washington University that has conservatives up in arms. O'Reilly introduced the "controversy" by saying, "two students, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, who say they are homosexual, are demanding that the Catholic chaplain at the school be thrown off campus." »
- Matt Wilstein
Oh, TLC, you've found a way to overwhelm my sense of taste.
The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob sings the praises of Chopped, the Ted Allen-hosted cooking competition, noting how it manages to mix the thrill of competition while also teaching viewers a little about food, something the Food Network has mostly left behind.
Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad has nabbed a pilot role and it's one that keeps her in the SNL family. Pedrad has joined the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy pilot created by and starring SNL writer John Mulaney (he co-created Stefon).
Production on Sullivan & Son has been suspended as series star Steve Byrne heals from an injury to his face. We wish Byrne a speedy recovery.
Considering how it continues to be one of the biggest shows on TV, it's not a surprise that HBO has already renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season. »
"Caution," former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown declared in lackluster fashion on Monday night, stepping into Bill O'Reilly's shoes. "You are now entering the no-spin zone." And thus his first night hosting The O'Reilly Factor (not an April Fools' joke) began. After a "Talking Points Memo" asserting the "joke's on us" (if we think the country's problems are close to being resolved), Brown turned to his panel to discuss. »
- Meenal Vamburkar
Stephen Colbert opened Wednesday's "Colbert Report" with a declaration of something that disturbed him even more than what appears to be the imminent embrace of gay marriage by the Supreme Court: Bill O'Reilly's flip-flop on the issue, which he announced on his show Tuesday.
"I am shaken to the core," the faux conservative pundit said. "Last night, even Papa Bear let me down."
Colbert, who modeled his blustery "Colbert Report" character on O'Reilly, blasted the Fox News host for changing his mind about something he formerly denounced. "On gay marriage, Bill O'Reilly has flip-flopped. The gayest of all footwear."
But he was particularly offended that O'Reilly took a noncommittal stance about gay marriage, saying on "The O'Reilly Factor" that he does not "feel that strongly about it one way or the other."
- The Huffington Post
It's been nearly a week since Bill O'Reilly shouted down Alan Colmes for "lying" about President Obama's willingness to cut spending, but Monday night the showdown was still the top story on The O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly continued to explain the confrontation in his Talking Points Memo segment, this time chalking it up to "righteous anger" on his part, all part of a larger plan to draw attention to the issue or spending. »
- Matt Wilstein
On Friday evening, Fox's The Five finished first overall in the key 25-54 demo, beating all other cable news shows for the night. Racking up 340k in the demo, The Five placed ahead of The O'Reilly Factor, which garnered 321k in the demo while guest-hosted by Laura Ingraham. In total viewership, however, the Factor placed #1 overall, with its 2.38M total beating a second-place Five at 2.02M. »
- Mediaite Staff
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly flipped out on liberal colleague Alan Colmes on The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday night, and launched eight Mediaite articles, a handful of MSNBC segments, and a drum circle of Fox News navel-gazing. Just when this observer was about to start throwing stuff at his laptop, though, The Ed Show host Ed Schultz pulled the baller move of booking Bill O'Reilly's own body language expert, Tonya Reiman, to dissect his tantrum, and hopefully closing the loop on this angst-fest. »
- Tommy Christopher
The cable channel has ordered a script for "Lucas Stand," which is based on an idea by Sutter. It follows the "salvation quest" of a former special-ops soldier who is put to work hunting and killing demons who have broken out of hell. It will have both standalone and serialized story lines.
Shiban is coming off AMC's "Hell on Wheels," where he served as executive producer and showrunner last season.
Other news from around the TV world:
- TBS has ordered a trial run of a late-night series starring comedian Pete Holmes. The show, »
On a sultry summer day in Richmond, Va. -- the Confederate capital during the Civil War -- a film crew has gathered at an historic building refitted to look like a telegraph office. The scene being shot features Abraham Lincoln (Billy Campbell) receiving a message and then discussing it with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Graham Beckel).
Despite the sweltering heat, the bearded men wear waistcoats and jackets, and the women are decked out in period dresses, with corsets. The only person who seems comfortable is local actor Benjamin Perkinson, with his little suit and slicked-back hair, as Lincoln's young son, Tad.
In production is "Killing Lincoln," set to air Sunday, Feb. 17, on National Geographic Channel, a two-hour mix of drama and documentary based on the best-selling "historical thriller" of the same name by Fox News Channel anchor Bill O'Reilly ("The O'Reilly Factor") and historian/researcher Martin Dugard. Tom Hanks narrates. »
Jimmy McMillan, onetime New York gubernatorial candidate on the platform that the "Rent Is Too Damn High," made an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday night and had a shocking revelation to share: "I'm a former stripper." McMillan and host Bill O'Reilly were discussing the recent news that many welfare recipients have been withdrawing funds from strip clubs. "Why would you go in a strip club when there are ATMs everywhere?" O'Reilly asked. »
- Anjali Sareen
12 items from 2013
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