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JACKSON DOCUMENTARY IS NO RATINGS KILLER

November 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spike Lee’s documentary Michael Jackson: Bad25 was no match for NFL football on Thanksgiving night. It drew just 4.2 million viewers on ABC versus 15.9 million for NBC’s telecast of the New England Patriots-New York Jets game. Fox’s The X Factor, delayed by an NFL overrun in much of the country, placed second for the […]

OSCAR STATUETTES FETCH $3 MILLION AT ONLINE AUCTION

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The largest sale of Oscar statuettes in history fetched a total of more than $3 million on Tuesday, auctioneers Nate D. Sanders said Wednesday, with Herman Mankiewicz’s Oscar for his Citizen Kane screenplay going for $588,455. The Oscar to cowriter Orson Welles sold last December for $861,542. (Mankiewicz had maintained throughout his life that he […]

MORE OSCARS TO FIND NEW HOMES ON TUESDAY

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two days after this year’s Oscars are handed out, 14 additional Oscars will be awarded to the winning bidders of a Hollywood memorabilia auction — believed to be twice the total number of Oscar trophies that have been sold to date. The sale, being featured online by the Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders, […]

TV’S MAD SCRAMBLE AT MURRAY TRIAL

November 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Delivery of the involuntary-manslaughter verdict in the Conrad Murray trial was broadcast by virtually every television network, cable news channel, and Los Angeles station on Monday, most devoting at least an hour to discussions about it and others treating it as if they were calling the play-by-play after a winning play at the World Series. […]

A BEVY OF COMEDY WRITERS ASSEMBLED FOR OSCARCAST

November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Call it the Academy Awards Comedy Show, because that is what it will apparently amount to, judging from a Los Angeles Times report today (Monday) that describes how co-producer Brett Ratner has brought on board a host of comedy writers for the February telecast — from those working on such TV shows as Saturday Night […]

CNN WRESTLES WITH SHOWING JACKSON AUTOPSY PHOTO

October 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A graphic autopsy photograph of the nude body of Michael Jackson that was introduced as evidence at the Conrad Murray trial on Tuesday was not initially displayed on CNN. The cable news network’s decision not to show the photo was praised by celebrity criminal attorney Mark Geragos, who had acted as Jackson’s attorney at the […]

CONRAD MURRAY TRIAL APP RACKS UP BIG SALES

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ordinarily trial coverage by local television stations does not usually generate much ad revenue — if any at all. Advertisers generally don’t regard such coverage as a fitting environment for sales pitches. And then there’s the problem of where and when to run such ads. But KTTV, the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles that is […]

PEPSI TO SPEND $60 MILLION ON X FACTOR

March 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s not on the air yet and therefore there are no ratings to indicate how many viewers will watch, but Pepsi-Cola is so confident that Simon Cowell’s The X Factor will become a hit that it has agreed to spend $60 million on it in its first season, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). […]

GRAMMYS DRAW BIGGEST CROWD SINCE 2001

February 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunday night’s CBS telecast of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards drew an average of 27.56 million viewers, peaking in the 9:00 p.m. half hour with 29.30 million — the biggest audience to watch the music awards show in at least a decade and up 7 percent from a year ago, when 25.87 million tuned in. […]

TV SHOW ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON’S AUTOPSY POSTPONED

January 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Plans by Britain’s incarnation of the Discovery Channel to air a reenactment of the Michael Jackson autopsy have angered Jackson’s fans and family, who have launched a petition campaign urging the cable channel to cancel it. In a letter sent to Discovery chief David Zaslav on Wednesday, John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the […]

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