If television is a mirror for the culture that watches it, then New York dreams about money more than other places and it’s more obsessed by the legal system than the rest of the country. Surprisingly, New Yorkers are less enthralled with its onetime hometown hero, David Letterman, than viewers elsewhere, and they would rather Read More
By Jim Rutenberg 11/22/99 12:00am
The week after the Walt Disney Company’s Touchstone Pictures released The Insider , Disney chief executive Michael Eisner called 60 Minutes executive producer Don Hewitt to discuss the film that has embroiled both men’s organizations for the past few months, according to sources at CBS.
The discussion was brief, and neither man will talk about Read More
Wednesday, Dec. 1
NBC plans to open its own comedy club in SoHo.
We repeat: NBC plans to open its own comedy club in SoHo.
Located at Sixth Avenue and Spring Street, it will be called PS NBC. It’s scheduled to open in January.
“The talent pool in New York was really Read More
Wednesday, Nov. 3
CBS’s new Early Show debuted with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson on Monday, Nov. 1. Mr. Gumbel looked a little rusty. But NYTV decided to check in with the show’s executive producer, Steve Friedman, to see what he thought of his first outing.
“I think the overall tone of the show Read More
Daniel Kellison, executive producer of The Man Show , pointed to the stacks of boxes filled with baby toys and furniture. “The great emasculation has begun,” he said.
By his wife’s command, the poker room in the Kellisons’ newly refurbished Greenwich Village town house is being dismantled to make way for a playroom for his Read More
By Jim Rutenberg 10/04/99 12:00am
If the Internet is like the TV business, then we are now in 1945 or so. That was when TV began to look like a legitimate medium-but most people working in radio did not believe it would ever become dominant.
Meet Jon Klein. At 41 years old, Mr. Klein, the No. 2 guy in the Read More
By Jim Rutenberg 9/13/99 12:00am
ABC has ordered the producers of its prime-time programs to trim their shows by at least 30 seconds per episode. The order will immediately create more advertising space and should give ABC’s corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company, an additional $50 million.
Walt Disney’s chief executive, Michael Eisner, has made it clear he wants to Read More
By Jim Rutenberg 8/09/99 12:00am
Wednesday, August 4
ABC is giving Norm Macdonald’s sitcom another chance. Wouldn’t you? Even though it was slammed by critics when it debuted last spring, it still did well in the ratings–pulling in an average 11.6 million viewers per episode.
So Mr. Macdonald and co-executive producer Bruce Helford ( Roseanne , The Drew Carey Read More
By Jim Rutenberg 7/26/99 12:00am
For years, CBS has employed two men who have been powerhouses in the potentially very profitable business of morning television–former Today show producer Steve Friedman, who runs WCBS, the New York affiliate, and former Today show host Bryant Gumbel, who has been pulling down $6 million a year from the network while doing, well, not Read More
By Jim Rutenberg 6/21/99 12:00am
Lou Dobbs stood atop an overgrown foothill on his 300-plusacre,Sussex County, N.J., estate and looked out at all that is his: the 30 horses and three dogs, the man-made pond, the 80-year-old mansion, the small white cottages where the stablehands live. He was talking to a stranger about his latest obsession: a yet-to-launch Web site Read More