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18:07 // 11 months ago
August 22, 2012

Which would you choose, reruns or Ann Romney?

maxistentialist:

New York Times:

At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband’s four-day introduction to the nation. But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.

CBS plans instead to show a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.

Misplaced priorities, or is this speech not that big a deal?

(via maxistentialist)

19:07 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2012
Supreme Court sides with ABC and Fox, rejects FCC indecency fines 
A win for the entertainment industry: The fines were a result of three separate incidents, spread across multiple years and two broadcast networks. The Court tossed three fines from two separate networks on Thursday, in a narrow decision which could have had wide implications for the entertainment industry, but probably won’t due to the way it was decided. Here are the indecency fines the networks were fighting against:
ABC The network and several of its local affiliates faced fines from the FCC totaling $1.4 million, thanks to a 2003 episode of popular, edgy-for-its-time cop drama “NYPD Blue”, which included a 7-second shot of actress Charlotte Ross’ naked buttocks. None for Dennis Franz?
FOX During an acceptance speech at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, Cher dropped an F-bomb while discussing her critics. One year later, reality TV star Nicole Richie used the same word while describing the difficulty of cleaning dog feces out of a bag. source
» But wait a second: Before you start celebrating the new era of guns and porn during prime-time television, know that the Supreme Court has not stripped the FCC of its ability to regulate broadcasters. In fact, they vacated a lower court’s decision to rule the so-called “indecency rule” unconstitutional; however, the justices did not believe that the organization provided “fair warning” to Fox and ABC that their respective broadcasts could result in fines. (Photo via Bloomberg)
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A win for the entertainment industry: The fines were a result of three separate incidents, spread across multiple years and two broadcast networks. The Court tossed three fines from two separate networks on Thursday, in a narrow decision which could have had wide implications for the entertainment industry, but probably won’t due to the way it was decided. Here are the indecency fines the networks were fighting against:

  • ABC The network and several of its local affiliates faced fines from the FCC totaling $1.4 million, thanks to a 2003 episode of popular, edgy-for-its-time cop drama “NYPD Blue”, which included a 7-second shot of actress Charlotte Ross’ naked buttocks. None for Dennis Franz?
  • FOX During an acceptance speech at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, Cher dropped an F-bomb while discussing her critics. One year later, reality TV star Nicole Richie used the same word while describing the difficulty of cleaning dog feces out of a bag. source

» But wait a second: Before you start celebrating the new era of guns and porn during prime-time television, know that the Supreme Court has not stripped the FCC of its ability to regulate broadcasters. In fact, they vacated a lower court’s decision to rule the so-called “indecency rule” unconstitutional; however, the justices did not believe that the organization provided “fair warning” to Fox and ABC that their respective broadcasts could result in fines. (Photo via Bloomberg)

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15:16 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
CBS’ awesomely-sniping press release: The network, upset about ABC’s new “Big Brother”-like show “Glass House,” put together this sniping press release suggesting they are creating a show called “Dancing on the Stars.” This is ballsy in the best way, guys. (ht Matt)

CBS’ awesomely-sniping press release: The network, upset about ABC’s new “Big Brother”-like show “Glass House,” put together this sniping press release suggesting they are creating a show called “Dancing on the Stars.” This is ballsy in the best way, guys. (ht Matt)

16:43 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2012

She’ll need a bone marrow transplant: Monday morning, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts told us all that she has MDS, a disease once known as pre-leukemia. This latest health scare comes only five years after her fight with breast cancer. During a painful bone marrow procedure, Roberts received the news that she would interview President Obama in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Roberts’ sister is a perfect match for the bone marrow transplant, which “greatly improves my chances for a cure,” Roberts said. source

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22:48 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2012
Disney puts its kids-focused advertisers on a diet
Still watch Saturday morning cartoons? Or, perhaps, The Disney Channel? In case you do, you may soon stop seeing ads for sugary cereals, candy or other unhealthy products. The company is enacting a new policy called the  ”Mickey Check” that will only allow for nutritionally-approved products to be sold on their shows, Web sites, or other branded products. On top of this, the company will cut back on sodium in the kids meals served in its theme parks and increase its efforts to promote exercise and healthy eating. Only downside: Due to currently-existing contracts, the ads won’t change over fully until 2015. Hey, Michael Bloomberg: this is how you do it.

Disney puts its kids-focused advertisers on a diet

Still watch Saturday morning cartoons? Or, perhaps, The Disney Channel? In case you do, you may soon stop seeing ads for sugary cereals, candy or other unhealthy products. The company is enacting a new policy called the  ”Mickey Check” that will only allow for nutritionally-approved products to be sold on their shows, Web sites, or other branded products. On top of this, the company will cut back on sodium in the kids meals served in its theme parks and increase its efforts to promote exercise and healthy eating. Only downside: Due to currently-existing contracts, the ads won’t change over fully until 2015. Hey, Michael Bloomberg: this is how you do it.

10:34 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2012
Time is not Newt Gingrich’s friend, because the more time he has, the more he talks.
George Will on “This Week”• Regarding the hazardous effects of Newt Gingrich’s prolonged loquacity. Will was reacting in part to Gingrich’s allegation, made earlier on the same show, that Mitt Romney is a “maniacal liar.”  Just last month, Gingrich had pledged to run “a positive campaign focused on our country’s future;” guess that’s easy to say when you’re the frontrunner.  source (viafollow)
23:09 // 2 years ago
December 13, 2011
Hey, ABC, you spelled “Jake Tapper” wrong. While Jake Tapper gets screwed yet again by his employer, George Stephanopoulos pulls double-duty and Christiane Amanpour moves back to CNN full-time, while hanging out around the ABC wheelhouse.

Hey, ABC, you spelled “Jake Tapper” wrong. While Jake Tapper gets screwed yet again by his employer, George Stephanopoulos pulls double-duty and Christiane Amanpour moves back to CNN full-time, while hanging out around the ABC wheelhouse.

18:27 // 2 years ago

Twitter gaffe of the day

Brian Stelter of The New York Times — generally one of Twitter’s best users — made a gaffe in which he claimed that Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC News’ “This Week,” where she made a high-profile move last year. However, he did so unintentionally — he meant to DM it, but instead, publicly shared it. Stelter, to his credit, kept the original tweet online. A look-back:

The initial tweet.

The reaction.

The explanation.

15:04 // 2 years ago
December 10, 2011
If I had gotten in the NFL as a kid, I would’ve been a football star all my life, too!
Mitt Romney • Getting a solid comeback on Newt’s rip on him a second ago.
21:26 // 2 years ago