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Nancy O'Dell decides to exit Access Hollywood

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 18th 2009 10:34AM
access_hollywood_nancy_odellWell, apparently Nancy O'Dell doesn't have the same ailment that has kept Mary Hart glued to the chair on Entertainment Tonight. In a shocking announcement, Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell is leaving the show, effective immediately. In fact, she may not be on today's broadcast.

The story is still be sorted out, but it seems that Nancy is walking away from the last two years on her contract for a better job somewhere else. Her PR rep said, "[She] has chosen to leave the show after 13 years. ...Even though she will be leaving for a new opportunity, this decision is based totally on Nancy's desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable. She will continue on with projects as a broadcast entertainment journalist."

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TMZ renewed for two more years ... it's all good!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 30th 2008 10:03AM
TMZ renewed for two more yearsWhen I heard that TMZ had been renewed for two more years, I thought, yeah, I get that. In my neck of the woods, the show airs at 7:30 p.m. every weeknight. Tabloid TV has gotten to the point where it's no longer relegated to a 3 a.m. timeslot. Now it airs at a respectable hour, which has somehow made the show respectable, too.

So what IS it about the rich, famous and screwed-up that we find so fascinating? Other than the fact that it's just plain fun to gawk at these folks, I've come up with a few reasons why TMZ is one of the best things to enter our lives in years:

1. TMZ shows us that even though the rest of us might be struggling out here, we're still way better off than the people on TMZ's radar. That's comforting in a weird way.

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CNN executive heads to Fox News

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 6th 2007 12:02PM

fox newsJoel Cheatwood, who helped develop programming at Headline News such as Showbiz Tonight and Glenn Beck and oversaw CNN's highest-rated series, Nancy Grace, is heading to Fox News to develop programming for both the news network and the upcoming Fox Business Channel.

According to Variety, Cheatwood has been tapped for Fox News because of his "tabloid sensibility" that he developed while working on local news in Miami, where he often led with crime stories in order to grab the attention of viewers. According to Cheatwood, news can be both "top-notch" and "fun to watch." Cheatwood used that approach to revamp Headline News, and hopes to do the same when Fox Business Channel launches.

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Chicago Tribune sues Fox's Red Eye

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 18th 2007 6:02PM
Red Eye FoxThe Chicago Tribune has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit to stop the Fox News Channel from using the name Red Eye for its late-night round table show. For those of you outside of Chicago, RedEye is a weekday offering from the Tribune aimed at readers in their 20s and 30s. The Tribune has also requested unspecified damages. You may be wondering to yourself, did the Tribune sue the film Red Eye, too? No, they didn't, but the Tribune isn't just delivering the karmic comeuppance to Fox for their own "fair and balanced" lawsuit. There's a reason why the Tribune has gone all litigious.

Because Red Eye, which features blogger Greg Gutfeld as its host, covers current events, politics and pop culture in a colloquial manner - much as the Tribune's tabloid offering does - the assumption might be made that the two are collaborating. I'm not sure who would make that assumption, but apparently, someone would. So, there you go, another day in the life of intellectual property law.

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New York freaks out over David Cross

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 3rd 2006 12:09PM
freak showIf you live in New York, you may think that the New York Post is officially off its rocker. Today's cover resembles an extreme tabloid, ala The National Enquirer. It's covered with stories about freaks of nature that are on the Pentagon payroll... but it's all fake. Comedy Central bought fake covers to advertise David Cross' new animated series, Freak Show. The previews for the show make it look like it's a band of freaks who try to be superheroes. Comedy Central is also distributing more than one million copies of a Freak Show comic book written by Cross and co-creator H. Jon Benjamin (the comic is also on the website).

Freak Show debuts tomorrow, October 4th on Comedy Central at 10:30 pm, right after the return of South Park.

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Tabloid Wars coming to Bravo

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 22nd 2006 8:58AM
tvEvery time I write about a new reality show, a part of me dies. Literally, a body part shrivels up, falls off, hits the carpet in a cloud of dust, and is immediately sucked into my Roomba vac. This post is actually being written by half-a-head on a torso. That being said, Gregory Gittrich, who is deputy metropolitan editor of the Daily News, claims the new six-part program from Bravo about the inner workings of his newspaper is not your typical reality show, so I just might give it a chance. The series will follow reporters as they try to get the scoop before the New York Post does, and the daily problems they face trying to get the story.Gittrich further asserts that the show should debunk certain myths about all tabloids being sleazy super market rags. Tabloid Wars premieres Monday on Bravo at 9 p.m.

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Courteney Cox returning to television

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 1st 2006 9:39AM
courtney dox dirtWill Courteney Cox be able to break free of Monica Geller? Eh. Probably. She's a pretty versatile actress.

Cox will star in a new drama for FX called Dirt. She'll play a tabloid editor named Lucy Spiller. Cox is the executive producer, along with her husband, David Arquette. Production begins in March.

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Tom Cruise may sue over split story -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 21st 2006 8:29AM
tom cruise lawsuitSince we reported on the alleged break-up, it's only fitting that we report on the latest in the TomKat saga. It appears that Tom may sue Life & Style magazine for its story earlier this month, declaring that the two lovebirds had parted ways. Cruise's lawyer said Tom was furious over the story, which claimed that he and fiance Katie Holmes split up but were making public appearances to look like they were still together. The magazine also reported that Tom bought Katie a house so he could be close to his child, which she is carrying.

I'd never heard of Life and Style magazine until it came out with that story. Maybe it was just a ploy on the part of the magazine to get its name in headlines. A risky ploy, since Tom Cruise has a history of lawsuits against tabloids.

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South Park won't out Tom Cruise in Britain

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 20th 2006 10:24AM
The British won't get to see the infamous episode of South Park, which outted Tom Cruise something like 13 times in 22 minutes. Cruise, who has a crazy fear about people thinking he's gay, complained about the episode to Paramount and the production company agreed not to play it again. According to The Register in the U.K., Paramount got worried that Cruise would sue them, as he has sued so many tabloids in the past whenever they 'out' him.

The episode in question aired November 16th here in the states. It featured Nicole Kidman and John Travolta characters who kept pleading for Tom to "come out of the closet." At one point, Kidman's cartoon character says, "Don't you think this has gone on long enough? You're not fooling anyone." It really was a funny episode and I'm sad that our friends in Britain won't see it but I'm sure if you scour the internet hard enough, you'll find it.

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Britney, Kevin sue US Weekly

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 20th 2005 5:37PM
britney kevinI saw the episode of Chaotic where Britney talked about having sex with Kevin, made out with Kevin, and got drunk with Kevin. So, Kevin and Britney making a sex tape doesn't sound that far-fetched to me. It didn't sound far-fetched to US Weekly, either, when it printed the story, Brit & Kev: Secret Sex Tape? New parents have a new worry: racy footage from 2004. The story cited a reliable source, saying that some of Britney's entourage threatened to release the tape to the public. It said Brit and K-Fed told their lawyers about the threat and even watched the tape with their lawyers. Britney is suing US Weekly, which ran the story in October. She says there's no X-rated tape, no threat, and no viewing with lawyers, y'all! Britney and K-Fed filed a $10 million lawsuit in Los Angeles this week. Her lawyer says she finally filed a lawsuit against the tabloid because she's fed up with all the false stories it prints about her.

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