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Stephen Colbert Talks Rupert Murdoch Scandal With NY Times' David Carr (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 20th 2011 4:40AM
David Carr, 'The Colbert Report'Stephen Colbert sat down with 'New York Times' columnist David Carr to get his take on the Rupert Murdoch scandal on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). Considering that the 'Times' is not owned by News Corp. or Murdoch, Colbert couldn't wait to hear Carr's opinion.

But first, a potential conflict of interest: "Shouldn't you non-Murdoch papers have to recuse yourselves from this story, because you can't be objective?" Colbert asked.

Carr agreed it's a juicy story. Ironically, it's the very kind of story many of the News Corp. media outlets would have salivated to get their paws on, if only it hadn't been about them.

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Kotex's New Tampon Ads Make Fun Of Their Old Tampon Ads

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2010 5:01PM
Even though I'm a guy, I know that there is something odd about most feminine hygiene ads. Just like everyone else, I took those health classes where the gym teachers struggled to explain our reproductive systems to us, so I have a good idea what happens when a woman's "time of the month" comes around.

So why do ads for maxi-pads and tampons always sugarcoat this process? That time of the month for most women seems to be one of great discomfort and, for some, downright pain. Then why do ads show women romping in fields, peacefully coexisting with nature while wearing white? And why do still other ads show how well their products worked by spilling blue liquid all over them?

Kotex was wondering the same thing. The ads for their new line of products agree that the old ads were pretty friggin' ridiculous. Here's one that makes fun of the "communing with nature" and "blue liquid" concepts:

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Andy Samberg Meets Rahm Emanuel at the White House

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2010 9:00PM
Part of me misses the early and some of the latter days of 'Saturday Night Live.' At least the people being poked fun of had enough humility and humor to appear with the people that were poking fun of them like Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and even Newt Gingrich.

Maybe those days are here once again.

A Washington Post gossip column item reveals that someone spotted 'SNL's' Andy Samberg walking into the White House gates, reportedly to meet President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, a meeting that was arranged by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Something tells me it had something to do with this.

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UHF Station Goes Up for Sale on eBay

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 16th 2010 8:02PM
The movie poster for Did you always want to own your own TV station but never had the drive, the ambition or the rich gambling uncle to win one in a poker game for you? Now's your chance.

WMKG Channel 38 of Western Michigan has put its airwaves up for sale to the highest bidder on eBay. The owner has put the station up for sale with an asking price of $550,000, but owner Bud Kelly has said he is willing to go lower if the price is right.

The still-analog network airs a series of live talk shows, church service broadcasts and a weekly live bingo show. But just think, under the right hands, you could transform it into a broadcasting powerhouse that can take on the majors with such imaginative hits as "Strip Solitaire," "Bowling for Burgers" and "Wheel of Fish" assuming you know a bowling alley owner, a chop-socky karate instructor and Billy Barty.

UPDATE: 3:27 a.m. - It seems that eBay has taken down the site for the station. That's eBay, crusher of dreams and destroyer of hope.

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'The Late Shift 2': Who Should Play Whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 11:06AM
News that New York Times reporter Bill Carter is working on a pseudo-sequel to his groundbreaking book The Late Shift' made a smile creep across my face. I haven't yet read the book, but the buzz it caused and the weird stories that came out of it just by word of mouth gave it an aura of mysterious wonder that made the television industry infinitely more fascinating than it already was.

It also spawned a pretty decent made-for-TV HBO movie. Now I don't know what kind of craziness "Round Two" has to offer, but the players involved are definitely going to have all sorts of wild secrets revealed from Carter's work and when it does, HBO is going to want the movie rights. So here's who should play who in this new tragic merry-go-round of television programming hilarity that shall be called 'The Late Shift 2'.

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New 'Late Shift' Book in the Works

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2010 1:26PM
The Late ShiftIf you've never read the 1994 book 'The Late Shift' by New York Times media writer Bill Carter, you've missed one of the great television books. It's a fascinating, odd, and most importantly, true (truth really is stranger than fiction when it comes to late night) look at the late night wars (the first one, not the second) that happened after Johnny Carson left 'The Tonight Show.' Now Carter says he's working on a sequel.

Carter told Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's 'Countdown' (video after the jump) that he couldn't tell him everything about what's going on in late night because he had to leave something for the book. He then said a sequel was in the works. If it's anything like the first one it will be a must-read.

'The Late Shift' was made into a goofy but entertaining film starring John Michael Higgins as Dave and Daniel Roebuck (Arzt on 'Lost') as Jay.

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Ann Curry Gets Stuck in an Elevator, Tweets About It

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:02PM
Ann Curry
I admit it, I love Twitter. I'm not a Facebook guy, but Twitter is great for so many things. Including minute by minute descriptions of what it's like to be trapped in the elevator of a large office building. 'Today's' Ann Curry and other journalists were trapped in an elevator at the New York Times building yesterday, and not only did they tweet about it, they made a video (and another one)!

There's something odd and funny about a bunch of people stuck in an elevator, frantically pecking away on their Blackberries.

Remember the scene in 'You've Got Mail' when Tom Hanks and Parker Posey are trapped in the elevator and the only way they can contact someone is via the phone in the elevator that goes to the maintenance department? Scenes like that would have to be written a whole different way in this age of video phones and Twitter.

[via Romenesko]

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Meet Ernie Anastos, the "Keep @*$&ing That Chicken" Anchor

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 1st 2010 8:03PM
Way back when, a news anchor in New York said something rather unfortunate on the air. Well, unfortunate to him, but hilarious to anyone else with a working central nervous system.

Ernie Anastos, the Fox news anchor in New York, accidentally uttered the now-immortal phrase "keep $&%^ing that chicken" during a throwback on an evening news cast. Anastos told The New York Times in a recent profile that he didn't realize he had said anything bad until after that night's broadcast and insists he was trying to say "plucking."

Despite the reputation of the infamous moment, Anastos said he's done denying that the infamous word fell from his mouth because "If you keep saying, 'I didn't really say that,' it doesn't sound right. This is New York. That particular word is practically 'hello,' the way it is used."

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Will the iPad change how we watch TV? Maybe

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 28th 2010 11:03AM
steve_jobs_slates_mosesWill Apple's new iPad really change the way we watch TV? That was one of the big questions that we were asking before Steve Jobs' presentation yesterday in San Francisco. I thought that since he was conferring with network execs to slash iTunes prices for TV episodes, that the iPad would have a major TV viewing component.

Now that we've seen the device and watched it demonstrated, the answer isn't crystal clear. But yes, it should have some impact on TV viewing.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I agree with those that call the iPad just a bigger version of the iTouch or iPhone. On the surface, it is. However, while it's true that someone might prefer a one-hand device like the smaller iTouch or iPhone to watch a show on a commuter train, you have to imagine a different setting for the iPad.

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Meet Lolita McAuley, the Wheel of Fortune "self-potato" lady

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 7th 2010 7:02PM
Remember that "self-potato" contestant in the Wheel of Fortune clip we posted the other day? Remember how we all laughed and laughed at her unfortunate brain fart on national syndicated television?

Well, who's laughing now? Technically, still some of us since it's pretty funny.

Nevertheless, the contestant, Lolita McAuley, has become an Internet meme of her own thanks to that memorable clip. She talked to the New York Times about how she scored a spot on the show, her reaction to the momentary loss of her cognitive abilities and the wave of funny it has created on the Internet.

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Are you done with the TV remakes? The networks aren't

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2010 7:00PM
Do you ever wonder why TV networks spend so much time and money updating old TV shows for the modern times, even though they are almost always doomed to fail? No, it's not due to some clinical mental illness.

It's simple: they attract attention, according to an article by The New York Times' Bill Carter.

The nostalgia angle alone makes it a self-marketing giant. It's no wonder that CBS has a Hawaii Five-O rehash, NBC has a new Rockford Files and ABC is bringing Charlie's Angels back from the dead. The only problem? They usually suck.

So is there a chance any of the aforementioned might work?

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New York Times looks at the spoilers of the decade

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 29th 2009 8:00PM
It should go without saying that we here at TV Squad are infinitely familiar with spoilers, so naturally this New York Times article caught my eye. Even if it did spoil the end of The Sopranos for me. Thanks, Grey Lady!

The paper's ArtsBeat blog has declared an official moratorium on spoiler complaints and given "amnesty" for their readers to talk about the best surprise endings in the last decade. What are your favorite TV endings that you now have the right to spoil the hell out of for people too lazy to get up and discover them for themselves?

And it should go without saying: don't complain about how any of the comments below have spoiled anything for you. The only way I could make the spoiler warning any bigger is by typing the word "SPOILER" in all caps and pasting over and over in this post.

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Lou Dobbs quits CNN

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 8:55PM
If you thought CNN's ratings could not sink any lower, here comes a gaping hole in the ocean floor.

CNN's one man Minuteman force, Lou Dobbs, announced he's leaving CNN as of tonight. He's stepping away from his contract with the news network two years early and leaving television...for now.

He hasn't announced if he's leaving for another network or even another job in or outside of television, even though he was seen getting cozy with Fox's Roger Ailes two months ago. But neither Dobbs nor the network have confirmed if he's going to be hired by the Fox News Channel. Translation? He's going to be hired by the Fox News Channel.

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New At The Movies promo introduces new hosts, dumps on the old ones

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 3rd 2009 3:27PM
I'm glad that At The Movies has new hosts. The two Bens just didn't work out. The new hosts in the reviewing chairs are A.O. Scott from The New York Times and Michael Phillips from The Chicago Tribune, both of whom filled in for Roger Ebert several times. Here's a preview where the two critics tell us about themselves.

Funny how the announcer says that there will be "serious reviews" by "serious journalists." I'm taking that as a dig at Ben and Ben. It premieres this weekend.

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Olbermann, O'Reilly told to end personal feud, which just creates another feud

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 11th 2009 9:03AM
Keith Olbermann hiding behind Bill O'Reilly's giant puppet headIt seems the never-ending feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly has become a kangaroo boxing match. The worst thing you can do is get in the middle of it.

That's exactly what the parent owners of Fox News and MSNBC tried to do when they arranged a "cease-fire" between them and their top-tier shows' "lieutenants."

The cease-fire, however, didn't last long. It's another case of the ol' Rufus T. Firefly conundrum for peace. Either side might be willing to do whatever it takes to end this war, but they've already paid two months' rent on the battlefield.

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