We're fairly certain this week's Top 5 TV Replay features the full gamut of human emotions: shame, unlikely heroism, redemption, anger and awkwardness.
Indeed, it was a heady week. Between the Murdoch scandal, Comic-Con and the hottest temperatures New York has ever seen, the week on TV was oddly cathartic.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the best TV clips the week had to offer. And don't forget to vote for your personal favorite in our weekly poll.
One of the things that helped push her mental state toward unhealthy was constant media interference. It may not have been as intense or immediate as what we see celebrities put up with today, but it was pretty intrusive nonetheless.
"I'm so happy to see Rupert Murdoch's stuff crumbling," Barr said. "When he came to our country, I was one of his first targets. He tapped my phones and people went through my garbage, and all that kind of stuff does kind of drive you crazy."
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.
The man who hit Murdoch with the pie has been identified as comedian and activist Jonnie Marbles. A CNN producer in the hearing room tweeted that the attacker screamed, "You're a greedy billionaire" as he hit the media mogul in the face with a pie.
As Marbles was making his move, Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng can be seen standing up from her chair and smacking Marbles with a hook as he pied her husband.
Marbles tweeted right before the incident: "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat"
Check out a clip of the craziness after the jump.
Watch Live Stream of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch Facing Questions from British Parliament Here (VIDEO)
Today, News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former senior executive Rebekah Brooks will be quizzed by British MPs on what they knew about the phone hacking allegations engulfing News International, the British arm of Murdoch's global empire, and whether there was a cover-up.
They are not the only ones facing questions today. Two former high-ranking police officers will also be appearing. Sir Paul Stephenson resigned as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sunday night, and John Yates quit his post as an Assistant Commissioner Monday.
Haven't we seen this situation before sometime in the early '90s? Hopefully we'll read more about this situation in the upcoming sequel book.
It would certainly change the whole late night landscape, but it depends on several factors that haven't yet been determined. For example, what would be Conan's start time? 11 P.M.? 11:30 P.M.? Also, it appears his Fox show would start with smaller budget from his 'Tonight Show' run, but that would likely increase in the future if the show gets good ratings.
So, assuming this deal goes through, when you watch late night you will have a choice of Letterman, Leno, O'Brien, Kimmel, Fallon, Stewart, Colbert, or Ferguson. If you're a total insomniac, you also can watch Carson Daly. Who will you be watching? Who should bow out at this stage?
During a conference call with reporters yesterday, News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch said that there are "differing opinions within the network" on whether he will come aboard and that no "real negotiations" have been made. (After it was revealed that O'Brien would leave 'The Tonight Show' last month, many had predicted that he would move to FOX.)
Still, Murdoch said that there have been "some conversations" on the matter, though to what degree we do not know.
For more on this latest chapter of late-night drama, visit PopEater.
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.
A friend of mine once suggested something like this. Basically, news would be free, but premium content online would come at a cost. Sort of like how stock quotes are delayed 20 minutes unless you pay a premium to see the prices instantly. And those with extreme political opinions, like sports fans, would pay any price to see their favorite commentators/players do their thing.
It's not only expensive and harder to do than one might think, but it also flies in the face of 24's core audience. Of course, that's not its boldest effect. These days, pissing off the right wing is more "in" than Twittering about your Snuggie.
The boldest move is the effect these new measures could have on the body of the show in ways you may not expect. You might even see Jack Bauer tie a guy to a chair and hook up his nipples to a car battery to get him to admit he doesn't put his plastics and newspapers in separate recycling bins.
Today's offer of putrefied pond water to us thirsty masses is StrikeTV.com. Wired.com is reporting that after the holidays, the striking writers will use the site to post "videos and other media supporting the strike." It's not much and, when you get right down to it, it's less "entertainment" than "snarky rhetoric," but hey, it's something.
Lost fans in the UK could soon have more to complain about than slow plot development. A halt in Virgin Media's deal renewal with British Sky Broadcasting might prevent Virgin Media customers from getting the Sky One channel, which airs Lost.
If the Virgin Media group and Sky cannot agree on a renewal price, Virgin subscribers will lose access to popular shows like 24, Lost, and The Simpsons, when the current deal ends on March 1. This means that viewers would be cut off from the show midseason. To make matters worse, customers would pay the same amount for less programming should the channels be cut.
On the plus side, a deal between the two companies has already been made for Virgin Media to offer the first two seasons of Lost on demand. Customers also have the option of subscribing to Sky's television service.
Citing sources close to OJ Simpson, Time is reporting that certain publication rights from his book, If I Did It, Here's How it Happened, could revert back to him before next Christmas. That means the book may still see the light of day, somewhere. Several European publishers have expressed an interest in the book, a "fictional" account of how Simpson would have committed the murders he was accused of had he actually done it. If the book ever gets published, here or abroad, Simpson is welcome to use this hypothetical blurb, written in the spirit of the book, based on what I would have said had I actually read it:
According to the Associated Press (by way of ESPN), the hue and cry over If I Did It, Here's How It Happened has led News Corp. chairman to cancel both the book and TV special planned for next week. In both the book and special, O.J. Simpson would describe how "in theory" he would have killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman in 1994. "In theory," by the way, is Latin for "I got away with it and now I can unburden myself for profit, suckers."
It's not yet clear how FOX will distribute the online video or how much it will cost and it probably will cost something because the deal gives the affiliates a 12.5% cut of the profits.
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