An Ongoing Series
His campaign may be dead, but Anthony Weiner is still chugging along.
Almost a month to the day since he faced off against MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and then finished a distant fifth in the mayor’s race, Mr. Weiner challenged conservative talk show host Sean Hannity to a health care debate on Fox News and quickly found the discussion veering into absurdity.
Pop quiz time: what is more antithetical to the foundational tenets of Fox News’s ideology? That a Muslim academic would dare to write a book about Jesus, or that a commercial spot about the dangers of alcohol titled ‘Marijuana Is Safer’ almost played during NASCAR footage this weekend?
You be the judge, as Fox presenters get their panties all sorts of twisted.
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The Simpsons, the venerable Fox network animated series, made light of Karl Rove’s election night antics–attempting to un-call a decisively won election for President Obama–with an animated “chalkboard joke” at the beginning of last night’s episode. It reads “I will not concede the election till Karl Rove gives me permission”–a lesson Megyn Kelly et al. seem to have literally taken to heart for a time last Tuesday.
For all those folks in Utah who will not be able to watch Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal because their Mormon God does not approve of Andrew Rannells’s lifestyle, worry no more! NBC has posted the entire first episode, which premieres on regular television September 11, on both Hulu and NBC.com today.
Also online is the pilot for The Mindy Project, which so far has raised no objections from any major deities, but will definitely be of help to hipsters who do not own a TV set.
Well, it’s 5 p.m. here, anyway. Work is practically over. Just put on your headphones and enjoy. (Or don’t enjoy, whichever you prefer. We’re certainly not going to tell you how to watch your programs.)
From the NFL to Fox sports to Live! With Kelly–Michael Strahan must have himself a really good publicist. Rumors abounded on TMZ yesterday that the New York Giants defensive end would finally fill the empty chair left vacant by the departure of Regis Philbin last November.
This morning, WABC, a syndicate of the network that produces the morning show, announced that the 6-foot-5 Fox Sports commentator would be offcially joining the 5-foot-3 human percolator on September 4.
Which leaves just one question: Out of all the 59 hosts that ABC has used as rotating guest hosts, why Mr. Strahan, a name that carries far less cachet than say, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, Mario Lopez, Seth Meyers or Alec Baldwin?
Kevin Reilly, head of programming for Fox, has been upped to the network’s Chairman of Entertainment, the network announced via press release today. It’s a title switch that comes very shortly before the launch of the fall season. Mr. Reilly’s tenure has seen the launches of phenomena like Glee and New Girl, as well as the tepid reaction Read More
Fox News claims to have identified their mole, the “long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel” who has been slipping Gawker intel for the past two days, including unreleased video footage of pre-show banter between Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity and a picture of the office’s flawed bathroom stalls—where Bill O’Reilly defecates.
In a press release, the producers and star of Fox’s medical series House have announced that the current season (the show’s eighth) will be its last. “By April this year [we] will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004,” wrote executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and Read More
Hulu.com has expanded its space at 276 Fifth Avenue, adding 4,710 square feet on the fifth floor, the Commercial Observer has learned.
The Seventh Annual New York Television Festival wrapped up its festivities Saturday night with an awards show unlike the Emmys or Golden Globes. Sure, Damon Lindelof and Jason Sudeikis were there, but Instead of handing out statues to shows already on the air, networks like Fox, IFC, and FX offered “guaranteed deals” to winning independent scripts.
One of the night’s biggest wins came from FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, which offered a $25k prize in addition to a network development deal. The winning sitcom, Adulthood for Beginners, is the brainchild of New Yorker Robby O’Connor, who spent his former life as a book scout for Paramount and a development executive for Dimension Films. For the past two years he’s held the occasional odd job as a nanny or personal assistant to subsidize script-writing.