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.
tv talk shows
Canadian-born bandleader Paul Shaffer has broken his silence to TV Guide Canada about the possible end of David Letterman’s CBS Late Show–or at least the end of his role in it. The TV star and “It’s Rainin’ Men” writer (yes, really) told the publication:
“We’ve been on 30 years so now we’ve got another two years… Read More
CBS has made the first of what will surely be many painful cuts among the major networks–setting free the creative powers, such as they are, behind law procedural Made in Jersey. The legal drama about a sassy Garden State barrister trying to make her way in the big city aired–until now–on Friday nights. Kyle McLachlan Read More
Last season, television’s most anodyne evening got a shot of hipness in the form of Sex and the City executive producer Michael Patrick King’s new series, 2 Broke Girls. The CBS comedy about young ladies in Brooklyn was an instant hit, kicking off a season-long discussion about girl-women on TV (viz. Girls, New Girl) and Read More
While we were holding our breath for HBO’s dark and gritty adaptation of Angry Birds (starring James Gandolfini as Head Pig, Lauren Ambrose as Yellow Bird, and Paz de la Huerta as an egg), CBS was busy acquiring Zynga’s breakout app Draw Something for a new game show. You can even audition on the network’s website!
Broadway star and Tony winner, Kristin Chenoweth was badly injured on the set of popular primetime CBS show The Good Wife in July. The petite star told the LA Times in September that she “had a skull fracture, rib issue and neck issue and a hip issue,” and had to be carried off in a stretcher after a lighting rig fell on her.
But this week, she has back in action for the first time, attending several runway shows in New York.
“This is my big night out after seven weeks,” the giddy and tenacious Ms. Chenoweth told The Observer at the DL 1961 fashion show last week in West Chelsea.
Annals of PR
In the wake of a judge’s ruling that ABC can go ahead with its voyeur reality show The Glass House despite its similarities to CBS’s Big Brother, CBS’s press department published a mock press release today announcing a new “ground-breaking and completely original new reality program”: Dancing on the Stars.
“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”
You know, they say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but in this case we’re pretty sure that the charred shell speaks for itself. Patricia Krentcil of New Jersey stands accused of putting her 6-year-old daughter, Anna, into a tanning bed after teachers at her school discovered burn marks on the child’s body. Ms. Krentcil, who faces charges of child endangerment, says that the burns come from her daughter playing around in natural sunlight, something which the 44-year-old obviously know a lot about.