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Leno spoke with The Knoxville News-Sentinel and says that he's completely fine and that the internet rumors that he was secretly dead aren't true. Hmmm...as someone who writes for a TV blog I can honestly say I hadn't heard any of those types of rumors - maybe I should read more of the crazy blogs. There's still no official comment on why Leno checked himself into the hospital.
O'Donnell says she has stopped blogging because it "wasn't providing the joy that it used to." Or the Whoopi, the Sherri, the Barbara or the Elizabeth. Definitely not the Elizabeth. This all is perfectly reasonable though. Nothing Rosie has done lately (*cough* live show on NBC *cough*) has given any joy to TV viewers either, so it's only fair that this stop bringing joy to her. But she's not shutting down her web site. She'll just post other things besides her opinions and thoughts and personal videos. Rosie.com now forwards to RosiesBroadwayKids.org, which is a worthwhile endeavor, so kudos to her for that.
My favorite quote from Rosie about the blogging stoppage is this: "when I started to blog, no one knew what a blog was." Uhhhh, yeah. OK.
[via TV Tattle]
My friends, if you thought the coverage that's been going on since the day after the 2006 Congressional election has been overwhelming, you ain't seen nothing yet. Come sunrise on November 4th the television airwaves will be inundated with election coverage, comment, pontification, and general BS. Red states will become blue, blue states will become red, graphs will be drawn on easel boards with black marker and someone will predict the winner of the entire Presidential election at 7:00:01 p.m.
So, if you are wholly disinterested in the old way that the elections are covered you may want to tune into Current TV, or its website if you don't have the channel on your digital box, for an alternative to get the results you need. In this case, it's you, the couch potato that you are, who will be providing the coverage. It's called "Current Diggs the Election" and the way it works will be unique.
That's the question that will be debated tonight at 10:30 pm on the second season opener of Comedy Central's Root of All Evil. Arguing that ultimate fighting is worse is Andy Daly, while Patton Oswalt argues that blogs and the people who comment on them (cough) are the true evil in this world.
You know, even though I blog all day long I can see Oswalt's point, especially about the comments left on some blogs. I mean, at least with ultimate fighting, if you don't like it, you can ignore it completely. It's a niche thing. But if you're the type of person who reads blogs and reads the comments section of many blogs or you work on the web, it's hard to get away from, and many comments are just...ugh. It's easy to do when you're anonymous. You can really put forth the hate and vitriol (but not here, because TV Squad readers are absolute saints).
Oswalt has a blog too. Not sure if he reads the comments. After the jump, the opening arguments from tonight's show.
Yup, the crime-solving (or crime-preventing) canine takes his paws and taps out blog entries for the kids to read, handing out advice about safety, health, and life in general. You can also read stories on how McGruff became a crime dog (he used to hang out at the local police station and listen to cop stories and asked cops how he could help - the cops said "what's a dog going to do to fight crime?" - I guess a talking dog was OK but a talking dog that fought crime was completely unrealistic) and play McGruff games.
At 4 PM, we all shuffled into the gymnasium to speak to the assembled cast. This was fun because bloggers and podcasters (from places like Cinemablend and the That's What She Said podcast) got to sit in the same room and rub shoulders with actual reporters from actual newspapers and magazines. I'll tell you, there's no greater thrill for me than receiving the same press pass and sitting in the same room as one of the feature writers from The New York Times. Take your journalism degree and years of apprenticeship at one of the world's finest papers and shove it, pal, cause I'm a blogger. Yeah!
During the press conference, I also got to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams: I got to stand up and say, just like reporters do on The West Wing, "Uh, yes, I'm Jay Black, from TV Squad," and then ask a question. The only thing missing was Allison Janney...
I've been to a handful of comedy shows in my life, and I can't say I've ever seen a bona fide heckler. I have seen people who want to converse with the comedian during their set, which is probably just as annoying.
However, hecklers aren't only found in the back of comedy clubs. They've gotten under the skin of everyone from movie directors to sports figures to politicians, and the anonymity of the Web has allowed for even more of them to pop up on messageboards and forums to let everyone know just who sucks and who sucks even more. If there were a way to make money from telling creative people you don't like them and that they should die, we'd have a lot more millionaires.
I know, you might be thinking, who is Stephen Talbot and why should I care what he thinks of the TV news biz? Well, Talbot is a producer and writer for PBS' Frontline (his new episode, News War, debuted earlier this week), but that's not why I'm posting this. I'll explain that after the jump. In the meantime, go read the chat he has at The Washington Post's site and look at his picture closely. Where have you seen him before?
Talbot has a lot of interesting things to say about the news industry. He likes local news, but doesn't like it when they focus on just local stories, fears that people will just wake up one day and wonder why the only news they get is stuff about Anna Nicole and Britney, and he explains why Connie Chung gave up her great reporting career to do...well, whatever the hell she's doing now.
Oh, where have you seen him before?
You can read about why Dasit skipped out of the Egotrip White Rapper Show's 16-bar challenge ("...had to step before it got too corny...") or what Beauty and the Geek's Neils Hoven thinks of the show's editing ("...if anything, people's personalities have been rather understated so far..."). Despite the wealth of competition, the hands-down best blog entry by a reality show competitor on a currently airing program has to be this Tuesday's screed from I'm from Rolling Stone's Krishtine de Leon.
You don't have to repeat those bitter journalists' mistakes. You can choose a path somewhere in between. I'm from Rolling Stone has started an online writing contest.
Oh, aren't there more important stories to worry about in these times?
There's a scandal brewing in the TV news and donut-loving communities (I guess it's no surprise that those two different communities would overlap some day). It seems that CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric mentioned how much she likes the Munchkins over at Dunkin' Donuts on her blog, and then Dunkin Donuts sent her "a gazillion of them...boxes...along with crates of piping hot coffee." Of course, this sent bloggers and people who comment on blogs over the edge, accusing Couric of breaking ethical rules and getting paid off.
Calm down, breathe, and think about this rationally. Do you think Couric wrote this so she could get free donuts? Do you really, really think that getting some free food from a local business is going to sway the way Couric covers the company or, um, donuts in general? Alarm clock catastrophe!
At this point I'd just like to say I love the new Lexus.
Weird story out of Minneapolis. Katie Couric made an appearance in the city recently as part of her "Eye on America" campaign to introduce herself as the new anchor of the CBS Evening News (she starts in September).
Here's the weird part: Matt Bartel, who does the MNSpeak blog, was given an invitation to one of the events as a journalist. But at the last minute he was pulled out of the crowd by organizers because they found out he was a blogger! They told him "we don't want you to participate," and asked him for his notebook. When he refused, they decided he could stay if he gave them his pen.
Yeah, because there's no way that he could report on what happened by memory or a digital recorder or a second pen or something. But Bartel says there really wasn't that much to report.
But there is some shocking news to report: Bartel told Couric he doesn't own a television. Doesn't own a television?! What's up with that?
- Remember the classic M*A*S*H episode told entirely from the point of view of a wounded soldier? Ken Levin co-wrote that episode, and writes about it on his addictive blog.
- TV Barn's Aaron Barnhart talks to Harry Shearer about Dan Rather, the media, and more.
- This is what's great about the web: every day, you learn someone you didn't know had a blog actuallyone. Like Time TV critic James Poniewozik.
- Remember when MTV used to show music videos all day long? EW's PopWatch blog talks about Pitchfork Media's list of 100 Awesome Music Videos.
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