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New York Cablevision Customers Will Miss World Series Opener Tonight, Jeff Bridges to Host 'SNL' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 27th 2010 6:45PM
Cablevision logoNew York-area Cablevision customers will not be able to watch the first game of the World Series tonight due to the cable company's ongoing dispute with Fox.

Fox and Cablevision's feud has caused a now-11-day-long Fox blackout among the cable company's 3 million households. Cablevision publicly offered this morning to carry several -- but not all -- of Fox's channels for a discounted rate. "We agree to pay the rate Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of WNYW-Fox 5 New York and WTXF-Fox 29 Philadelphia for a period of one year," the company said in a statement.

However, Fox called the offer "incomplete" and did not accept, the Washington Post reports. "Cablevision's offer -- sent to the press just as it was provided to us -- is yet another in a long line of publicity stunts," Fox said in a statement.

Cablevision is calling for the FCC to intervene.

In other TV news ...

Jeff Bridges will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Dec. 18. The actor, who hasn't appeared on the show since 1983, will promote his new film, 'TRON: Legacy.' [Vulture]

Showtime will launch a video streaming website called Showtime Anytime. The site will be free for subscribers via a secure password, and users will be able to access more than 400 hours of Showtime's programming, including series, movies and sports. [Variety]

The memoir Roger Sterling wrote this season on 'Mad Men' is now a real book. 'Sterling's Gold' will be released on Nov. 16. [Gawker]

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'NCIS' Cast in Contract Dispute

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 29th 2010 10:30AM
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Trouble may be afoot behind the scenes of CBS' ratings juggernaut 'NCIS.'

According to Deadline, four of its stars -- Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Sean Murray -- are still not signed beyond the end of this season, leaving the future of the cast in limbo.

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Eric Braeden Marks 30 Years on 'The Young and the Restless'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 9th 2010 8:30PM
Eric_Braeden_Peter_Bergman_The_Young_and_the_restlessWell, as Victor Newman might say: "That's a hell of a thing." Eric Braeden celebrated his 30th anniversary on 'The Young and the Restless.' It's not just three decades that makes it a memorable mark, it's that it has come after a very rough year in which Braeden quit the soap in a contract dispute and was brought back into the fold in part thanks to the influence of the head of the network, Les Moonves.

In honor of Braeden's tenure on the soap, there was a big party to commemorate the anniversary. As this picture reveals, Peter Bergman was in attendance and posed with Eric. True, on screen as Jack Abbott and Victor Newman, the two men would like to rip each other to bits, but off screen they're very civil and appreciative of each other's talents. They have had occasional dust-ups, but generally, they get along well.

After all, their characters' on screen feud has been the stuff of soap legend. Victor and Jack have shared wives, corporations, but mostly, unabashed hatred. They despise each other.

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Peter Bergman celebrates 20 years on The Young and the Restless

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 1st 2009 1:03PM
Peter_bergman_CBSWhere has the time gone? Is it really 20 years that Peter Bergman's played Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless? Amazing, but true. Not only has Bergman been tearing it up as Jack for two decades, he's pretty much eradicated the memory of his tenure on All My Children where he was nice guy, Dr. Cliff Warner. Say what you will about Jack, he's not a nice guy. He can have his good moments, but this character is too complicated, too selfish, too diabolical ever to be confused with a noble man like Cliff.

Which is what has made Peter Bergman's time on Y&R so remarkable! The character had been so sharply defined by Terry Lester that it was going to be tough for any actor to take over the part.

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Victor's Greatest Hits on The Young and the Restless

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2009 9:02AM
Eric_Braeden_Victor_mugshotIt's been a tumultuous six weeks for Eric Braeden and The Young and the Restless. For a while, it looked like he was on his way out of the soap when contract talks broke down between the star and Sony. Then there was a story in the trades about other actors being contacted to possibly replace him, including William Devane, Paul Michael Glaser and Peter Strauss. Before you could say Jabot Cosmetics, Bob posted the news that Eric and Sony had reached an agreement and Victor Newman would continue to be played by Eric Braeden. Crisis averted.

Well, while he was still in exit mode, the show wrote Victor out. In the storyline, Victor is recovering from a heart transplant and has decided to go to a clinic in Belgium to rehabilitate. This week he's been tying up loose ends before leaving.

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