Bill O’Reilly would be the first person to admit he’s somewhat of a sensationalist. In fact, he did so in his Sunday 60 Minutes interview about his new book, Killing Jesus, which is part of the Fox News host’s Killing series (along with Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy), which has already netted him something like $10 million. But did you know he only wrote these controversial titles because the Holy Spirit demanded it of him?
Broad is beautiful
Given his experience on some of television’s best and most critically lauded comedies, including Arrested Development and 30 Rock, it’s easy to imagine Will Arnett sitting at his first table read for the new CBS sitcom, The Millers, and wondering how the hell he got there.
No, we never thought we’d write the above headline either. But in case you missed Claudia Dreyfus’s brilliant interview with the CBS award-winning sitcom’s EP and script writers Eric Kaplan in The New York Times the other day, you really need to know that he is not trying to make the show about stereotypes. “Listen, it’s a story, not a thesis about how everyone is,” said Mr. Kaplan, in just about the most perfect excuse for a show ever given.
And then there was some Chuck Lorre-loving, which makes the whole interview sound like foreshadowing for a Charlie Sheen-level implosion on the production pretty soon.
Just in time for football season, CBS and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal, the companies announced on Labor Day evening. Starting at 6 p.m. tonight, the blackout is over and Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas will once again be able to watch How I Met Your Mother and Showtime.
Negotiations between the two companies broke down on August 2, so for a full month Time Warner did not show CBS or Showtime.
One could say that Time Warner subscribers have been living ~under the dome~ since early August, when the cable provider cut off access to CBS. In an effort to justify that $150 monthly bill, Time Warner is offering a gift bag of goodies to shut your complaint-filled face.
At a critical point during the Cold War, when it looked as though mutually assured destruction was just a crisis away, President Kennedy had his staff read Barbara Tuchman’s great book about the beginnings of World War I, The Guns of August. The book showed how the nations of Europe mobilized and went to Read More
Around the town
CBS went off the air last night for Time Warner subscribers, after the network and cable company failed to agree on a new contract. But the network was back on Time Warner within the hour and the contract deadline has been extended until 5 pm on Friday. (New York Times)
After NBC announced it will create a Hilary Clinton miniseries, CNN announced a made-for-TV movie about the former secretary of state. (Politico)
The Daily Beast asks the important question: Is Diane Lane too sexy to play Hilary Clinton in NBC’s miniseries? (Daily Beast)
If anyone missed Lesley Stahl’s segment this weekend on 60 Minutes (though come on, how unlikely is that?), you might not have noticed that her profile of Taylor Swift, “A Young Singer’s Meteoric Rise,” was actually just a re-aired interview from 2011.
Which is fine–Ms. Stahl tells the audience that “we first met Taylor Swift in 2011, during her Speak Now tour,” and on the 60 Minutes website, they disclose “The following is a script of “Taylor Swift” which originally aired on Nov. 20, 2011 and was rebroadcast on May 19, 2013″–except that it says something about Taylor Swift’s “meteoric rise” that most people would have no idea that this interview was two years old. Or that on Twitter, 60 Minutes gave no clue that this would be a rebroadcast episode.
Celebrities and religion
Angus T. Jones, the 19-year-old currently starring as the former adorable pudgester Jake Harper on CBS’s Two and a Half Men has turned out, unsurprisngly, to have a pretty weird vision of how the world works.
On the vlog of religious website Forerunner Chronicles, Mr. Jones today released a video in which he calls the show that has made him and his co-stars a truckload of money “filth.”
Mergers and Acquisitions
HarperCollins’s parent company News Corp. is interested in acquiring Simon & Schuster from CBS, according to The Wall Street Journal, which is also owned by News Corp.
The prospect of a merger between Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins doesn’t come as a surprise to publishing insiders.