I kind of stumbled onto a new combination of meds. I thought, ‘There’s no reason not to work.’ And so I started to accept more work.Michael J. Fox, in an interview with Diane Sawyer earlier this year. Fox, 51, has been out of the show business limelight for many years, after going public with his diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in 1998 and leaving behind TV to focus on his health, and helping the effort to discover a cure. Now, fourteen years later, Fox’s drug regimen has improved to the point that he feels it’s time to return to the screen with a regular gig — an NBC sitcom. We couldn’t be happier for him – and he was great on Curb Your Enthusiasm last year, too.
It’s undeniable we hurt our ratings by doing that. We have to balance what we’re trying to do for viewers across the country and our business model.NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus • Discussing whether or not NBC should have tape-delayed some events which ran live; specifically noting the men’s basketball finals between the U.S. and Spain, and men’s tennis finals between Andy Murray and Roger Federer. The London Olympics became the most-watched television event in U.S. history, surpassing the 2008 games in Beijing, and drew a total audience of 219.4 million viewers. The network may even turn a profit on the coverage, after initially forecasting a $200 million loss, and is now wondering if additional tape delays during future Olympics might be in their best interest. source (via • follow)
Specific or general, a tribute to the missing seems like precisely the most sensitive section of a ceremony to edit out. And besides that, given the stranglehold NBC maintains on content for an event its audience has a massive interest in, why edit anything out? It may have been a long ceremony, as they always are, but there was plenty of time to air the song rather than have Ryan Seacrest interview athletes (which NBC has the rest of the games to do, over and over and over).James Poniewozik, Time Magazine television critic, on NBC’s edit of yesterday’s Olympics opening ceremony. NBC set off a bit of a hullabaloo over the exclusion of a sequence officially billed as a tribute for “loved ones who couldn’t be with us,” which was widely interpreted and reported as a remembrance of victims of the 7/7 London metro bombings. Instead of airing the sequence, they played an interview (panned as “bland” by the UK’s Daily Mail) with swimmer Michael Phelps. The July 7th terrorist attacks occurred all the way back in 2005, within a day of the announcement that London would host this year’s games.
It’s “going to be a bit of a tough day,” she told USA TODAY in a 40-minute phone interview Wednesday, sounding as though she were fighting back tears. “I’m going to have to tell our viewers. That’s what makes me more emotional than anything. I don’t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.‘Today’ co-host Ann Curry will bid farewell today – USATODAY.com (via apsies)
I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped. There are many that I didn’t have — I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.Jerry Sandusky • In unaired footage from his interview with Bob Costas for NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams”, which prosecutors may show to members of the jury in his child molestation trial. Costas had questioned whether Sandusky fit the modus operandi of most pedophiles, considering his heavily-cited work with a number of youth throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Many believe Sandusky’s comments will be end any hopes he may have had for coming out of this ordeal without jail time. source (via • follow)
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