So they came and left. Los Angeles is recovering this morning from last night’s Oscars event. I fortunately got out of town like I always do when Hollywood is a mess during this event. An Italian dinner, a walk in the hills of Agoura way, way outside of the glitz and glamour of the Oscars but with the flat screen showing some of the content.
The Oscars went very well last night. Take away some of the Seth McFarlane whatever he did and it was a really good show. Check out some of the video content we found online.
One news name gets a big extension of his contract, Jeff Zucker is continuing his implosion of on air talent over at CNN.
Yes David Gregory, after four years of taking over for Tim Russert on NBC’s perennial Sunday morning show Meet The Press, was given his full props by the network with a long term extension that will keep him hosting the program for a long time. And with new CNN boss Jeff Zucker purging on air talent from just about every competitive network this really is a smart move for NBC.
David Gregory host of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’
David Gregory never passed a mirror without looking at himself for a few minutes but has done a great job hosting Meet The Press. Originally I thought he was weak and afraid to take a solid stand against any of his guests but after four year David Gregory seems to have found his stride in the moderator chair for Meet The Press.
In what’s been described as a “long term commitment” to David Gregory, NBC locks in the news hound as the 10th host of the long running show on the air since 1947.
Now let’s head on over to CNN.
“I will not miss getting up that early,” says Soledad O’Brien of her release from Starting Point, the early morning show over at CNN. Soledad O’Brien becomes another casualty of the news war changes at hand over at CNN. The network which has lost any consistent audience impact unless it’s election related is going through a massive restructuring at the hands of former NBC top exec Jeff Zucker. Who uses the philosophy that if it’s broke in half like CNN well you’d better come in and blow up the place.
Soledad O’Brien will continue to do specials for CNN but expect that she will move on when her full contract with CNN expires.
Minnie Driver is headed to television. Yes television. The Oscar nominated actress for one of my favorite movies of all time Good Will Hunting will now co-star in the television version of About a Boy on NBC’s television network.
Minnie Driver will play Fiona, the mother of a young boy named Marcus in the TV project and is a woman just getting out oa a divorce looking to find her new way in life. She and Marcus move to San Francisco in that quest to take her life to the next level.
What a sad day for country music fans. After a terrible life, after a country music career that was short and sweet, Mindy McCready’s horrible trek through 37 years of life on this earth have come to an end. Country music singer Mindy McCready died of a self inflicted gunshot wound, committing suicide and ending one of the entertainment world’s most tragic lives imaginable.
Country Music Singer Mindy McCready
Her husband, David Wilson, committed the same act last month and Mindy McCready was under significant scrutiny after being suspected of killing him after a turbulent relationship with her music producer husband. Mindy McCready leaves behind two children one who is only 10 months old.
Her issues with addiction to drugs is no secret to any of her fans who followed Mindy McCready. Right after the death of her husband Mindy McCready appeared on NBC’s Today Show to talk about her life and her innocence in the death of her husband.
Seems the pressure of every day life really got to Mindy McCready. A life, once again, lost and gone too soon.
Have we reached such a level in network news, in our growing minority base of women, Latinos, African Americans and everybody else that Brian Williams of NBC’s Nightly News had to say it. The last two Secretary of State leaders were women. The incredible Hilary Clinton who just left the job will go down in history as one of the most respected Secretary of State persons ever.
Brian Williams and Brad PItt
Let’s be fair. Condoleeza Rice was fantastic. She was huge. One of the best as well. She will run for President one day, maybe take on Hilary Clinton which would be one hell of a battle. But despite my liberalism I kinda like Condi. She’s simply awesome.
Prior to that there was the best of the best, Colin Powell as Secretary of State. He ticks off a lot of conservatives, is a true moderate Republican that you can actually like and was great in the position.
But John Kerry is a white dude. The first white dude in 16 years that has held the position of Secretary of State. And NBC’s Brian Williams, host of Nightly News made a big deal about it during tonight’s broadcast.
Wow! Hearing Paul Harvey again from an old school radio guy almost brought tears to the eyes. The Ram Trucks God Made a Farmer commercial in the SuperBowl was special for me. Being a radio guy for all my life, since I was 17 years old and when AM radio was King and Paul Harvey was the King of All Media, well this commercial does it.
Well the lights are back, the SuperBowl, if that’s what you want to call it, is back in action and it looks like the San Francisco 49ers have become pretenders instead of contenders. Can’t wait for Elementary to come on after the broadcast of this boring game so I’m just surfing through some of my broadcast trade magazines via email to read so of the interesting content on the web.
Here’s one you’ll like. And why you don’t follow some dude in to his business because after watching this video you’ll see why that practice is not a good idea.
Half the power popped out at the Mercedes Benz SuperBowl went dark and now half the stadium is lit up for the big game. Wow! And Baltimore is crushing the 49ers so it only prolongs the most one-sided SuperBowl (for now) in history.
Give the world a break. Give these white boys with Jamaican accents a break as well but this SuperBowl ad from VolksWagen is no where near as bad as seen from McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Anyway judge for yourself.