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What Do YouTube's New Celebrity Channels Mean for Movies and TV?

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 29th 2011 2:50PM
Psst! Hey, smart guy, did you get your million-dollar advance from YouTube?

If not, why not? According to an announcement made late yesterday, hipsters (Vice magazine, Pitchfork.com), actors (Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler), rappers (Pharrell, Jay-Z), and seemingly everyone in between (Madonna, Lionsgate, Shaquille O'Neal) have signed on to provide professional content for a series of new channels the Google subsidiary is expected to launch next year, in a deal valued at upwards of $100 million. Each partner will reportedly get an advance of up to $5 million; if and when that's recouped via advertising revenue, the partners will split any additional revenues roughly evenly.

So what, if anything, does this mean for the future of movies and TV?

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Betty White Named AP Entertainer of the Year, 'Jersey Shore' Star Indicted and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 20th 2010 12:00PM
Betty WhiteCapping off a year of renewed pop culture relevance, Betty White has been named the Associated Press' entertainer of the year.

The 88-year-old beat out phenomenons like 'Glee,' Conan O'Brien and James Cameron for the title, which was voted on by the 102 news organizations that comprise the AP.

The star's time in the sun isn't up -- she was just nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award (after receiving a lifetime achievement award last year) and has two books coming out in 2011.

In other TV news ...

The legal woes continue for 'Jersey Shore' cast member Ronnie Magro. The reality star was indicted on one count of assault stemming from an incident last September where Magro knocked a man out after an altercation on the boardwalk. Magro could face up to five years in prison. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Will Smith is developing a China-set crime drama for Fox. The female-fronted action series will follow a college student in China. Chinese-born filmmaker Eva Jin is also involved in the production. [Variety]

Nicollette Sheridan dropped abuse claims from her lawsuit against 'Desperate Housewives' showrunner Marc Cherry. Sheridan claimed Cherry hit and emotionally abused her before she was let go from the show. [EW]

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Katie Couric Getting Talk Show Offers, 'Dexter' Gets a New Showrunner and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 17th 2010 11:45AM
Katie CouricIf Katie Couric decides not to re-up her CBS News contract when it expires in May, she has plenty of other options.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former 'Today' show host is being approached by multiple syndication companies to host her own daytime talk show.

"She could get in there and command a lot of money," one syndication executive said.

In other TV news ...

'Dexter' is getting a new showrunner for its sixth season. Scott Buck will take over for Chip Johannessen, who ran the show in season 5. [Deadline]

Piers Morgan said he wants the first guest on his new show to be President Barack Obama. The British journalist will take over Larry King's old time slot on CNN starting in January. [Reuters]

ABC is developing an American adaptation of the popular Canadian show 'Being Erica.' The series, about a time-traveling therapy patient, stars Erin Karpluk and currently airs on SOAPnet in the U.S. Karpluk said she would like the new version to star a male protagonist. [TV Guide]

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Kevin Bacon Plays Kevin Bacon's Biggest Fan in New Ad

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 2nd 2010 3:00PM
Kevin Bacon plays Kevin Bacon's biggest fan in a new Logitech adKevin Bacon is not one of those movie stars that's above doing TV ads for American audiences; he did a really funny "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"-themed ad for Visa in the early '00s and he got repeatedly rejected by Michael Jordan in a Hanes ad.

But there, Kevin was playing "famous actor Kevin Bacon." In this new ad for the new Google TV device from Logitech, Bacon takes it one step further, playing Kevin Bacon's biggest fan.

If this were just a random actor playing the 'Footloose' star's biggest fan, proudly displaying his needlepoint portraits of Bacon while surrounded by posters of his movies, the ad would be creepy. But because Bacon plays the guy, it feels even more creepy.

But, you know what? It's so creepy that it's circled back to being funny again. The ad and more after the jump.

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Online Viewers Haven't Abandoned Traditional TV, According to Nielsen Study

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 15th 2010 5:00PM
Coaxial cableLooks like the cable and network TV industries can breathe a small sigh of relief. Conventional wisdom may suggest that the growing number of people who stream their favorite shows from the Internet to their TVs will give up their cable TV subscriptions, but actually, that's not happening.

So says a new study from the Nielsen company, as cited by the Hollywood Reporter. According to the study, only 3 percent of viewers who stream online content to their TVs are canceling cable. Some 84 percent of such viewers say they are watching as much or more regularly scheduled TV than they did before they began Web-to-TV streaming.

And 53 percent of streaming viewers say the Internet has introduced them to shows that they then began watching on regular, scheduled TV.

In the parlance of the study, then, there are a lot more "cord keepers" than "cord cutters."

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News Roundup: Google TV Partners With HBO, NBC, NBA and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2010 12:00PM
GoogleGoogle has taken another step toward dominating the television world, and it's a big one. The Internet giant announced yesterday that Time Warner, NBC Universal and Netflix will all participate in its newest venture, Google TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Google TV will combine "the best of the web and TV worlds," according to THR. The networks are working on optimizing their websites and creating interactive features for the new service, which will soon be available on Google TV-ready sets.

Participating Time Warner networks include HBO Go, a Flash-based online video destination on Google TV for authenticated HBO subscribers, and optimized websites for CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. NBC Universal will offer financial news via a CNBC app, the NBA will offer game scores and highlights via the NBA Game Time app, and Netflix users will be able to access the company's online streaming service. Music will also be available through online music destinations like Vevo, Napster and Pandora.

In other TV news ...

NBC has ordered new comedies from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison and Ricky Blitt. 'Beverly Hills Pediatrics' from Happy Madison follows the action and eccentric characters in a doctor's office. Blitt's project follows a single 40-year-old man. [Variety]

Helena Bonham Carter and Bob Hoskins are among the nominees for the International Emmys. The awards will be given out at a Nov. 22 ceremony hosted by Jason Priestley in New York. Simon Cowell and Lorne Michaels will receive honorary awards. [LA Times]

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