Roseanne Barr might not be heading back to primetime after all, according to the comedienne’s own Thanksgiving weekend Twitter rant. Earlier this year NBC set Barr to develop and star in a new sitcom co-written with Nurse Jackie showrunner Linda Wallem, but in a series of Tweets over the holiday Barr made her discontent with that project known. “I’m never going to work in television again. I’m never going to even attempt it,” she Tweeted. Without naming Wallem specifically, Barr wrote of a female showrunner who disappeared on her for seven weeks and turned in a script she didn’t like:
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“[The] development process went like this: show runner disappeared for 7 weeks-never returned any calls from me-I was told she ‘goes in2 a cave’. I was also told that this was ‘her process’-and that the result would be fantastic. I asked why I had been removed totally from the process. They had less than no interest in including me in the development of a show that was built on ‘my brand’. It was horrible, but I kept on bc i kept on bc I had 2 C it thru-out of a bizarre interest in the insane outcome. The script didn’t resonate with me-I tried 2 b kind about it There were hardly any jokes in the script, and I didn’t connect with the characters at all. My family told me 2 quit-I kept on trying.” READ MORE »
To the surprise of no one, CNN has re-upped Anderson Cooper through the next presidential election cycle. Ratings on his 8 PM AC 360 are up 28% in the news demo, though viewers continue … Read More »
Tapping into viewer interest that gets ginned up around the start of the broadcast network TV season, Jeff Zucker’s CNN announced this morning it’ll launch some of its most interesting new programs on Monday, September 16. … Read More »
CNN chief Jeff Zucker’s claim he’d struck the right balance with George Zimmerman trial coverage rings true with viewers, if not TV critics, this week: his network won Monday primetime among 25-54 year-olds who are … Read More »
Ratings-hungry CNN is tinkering with its primetime lineup, adding an Anderson Cooper-hosted special beginning tonight at 10 PM that wraps up each day’s George Zimmerman murder trial activities. Self-Defense Or Murder? The George Zimmerman Trial will bump … Read More »
Another week and another announcement from Jeff Zucker’s ratings-challenged CNN. As of tonight, Anderson Cooper 360 is being moved out of its 10 PM repeat slot for (Get To) The Point. The move follows the soft-rated … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin may make their popular New Year’s Eve specials a regular thing. I hear the duo filmed a pilot today at the CNN studios in the Time Warner Center in … Read More »
NBC’s Smash and CBS’ The Amazing Race were honored tonight at the 24th GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Smash was named best drama series and Amazing Race took the nod for best reality series. How To Survive A Plague, a film chronicling the rise of activism in the early years of AIDS, was named best documentary.
Dressed as a Boy Scout, Madonna presented the previously announced Vito Russo Award to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Russo, who died in 1990, was a film historian who voiced concerns about how gays and lesbians are portrayed in the media. Movie director Brett Ratner received GLAAD’s inaugural Ally Award. The award for Ratner represented a turnaround from a little over a year ago when he dropped out as producer of last year’s Academy Awards after joking at an early press conference that “rehearsing is for fags”. Ratner since worked with the group to produce a public service campaign, GLAAD Coming Out For Equality.
A list of last night’s awards follows. Read More »
Sony Pictures TV is casting a wide net in its search for a successor to Alex Trebek as host of one of the studio’s top properties, veteran game show Jeopardy!. I have learned that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Sports personality Dan Patrick are among those approached by the studio, along with embattled Today show co-host Matt Lauer and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. I hear all four have had exploratory conversations with Sony TV, though the studio is not actively pursuing anyone at the moment.
Sony TV’s succession plan for Jeopardy! became a hot topic today after the NY Post reported on Lauer and Cooper being in the mix for the job. With the exception of Patrick, who has presented at the Super Bowl and during the Summer Olympics, Jeopardy! would mark a step up in the ratings department for any of the candidates. Yesterday, Jeopardy! was the No. 1 program on any network among households in the nation’s top market, New York, where Williams, Lauer and Cooper are based. Jeopardy! averaged a 10.0 household rating, edging CBS’ primetime blockbuster The Big Bang Theory (9.1). Lauer’s Today drew less that a third of that, a 2.9 rating. Of course, hosting a syndicated game show, which often films a whole season worth of episodes in a stretch of a couple of months, could be a second job for a top anchor as proven by Meredith Vieira, who juggled hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with her duties on The View and then Today. Read More »
Always going for the shock effect, Kathy Griffin last night stooped to a new low — literally. Joining CNN‘s Anderson Cooper for another wild New Year’s Eve live show, the comedienne at one point knelt … Read More »
As one new player enters the daytime syndication marketplace for next fall — Sony Pictures TV’s The Queen Latifah Show — another one is departing. Warner Bros Domestic TV started informing the stations this morning that the company won’t seek renewal for a third season of Anderson Live. The talk show of CNN host Anderson Cooper, which will wrap production in the spring, never found traction with viewers. The producers tried a revamp after Season 1 with a new venue, new title and all-live format, but that didn’t make a difference. Facing challenging economics, producer Telepictures opted to pull the plug. The daytime marketplace has not been welcoming to newcomers, with no talk show launched in the past couple of years breaking out. Coincidentally, the news of the demise of Cooper’s daytime talk show came during a hurricane, one of the signature events he is known for covering at CNN. Here are statements from WBTVD and Cooper: Read More »
Its location is secret like MI6 itself used to be, but getting to the James Bond archive isn’t the only thing that requires special precautions. As Anderson Cooper learns when visiting for a 60 Minutes segment, nothing is shaken or stirred and you have to wear white gloves when … Read More »
Anderson Cooper rocked Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night with must-see reality TV imitations and observations (“Andy Cohen has got to get tranquilized”) – and why Wolf Blitzer is about to say he’s gay. Enjoy Parts 1 & 2:
UPDATE: CNN used information from the personal handwritten journal of the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya in newscasts against his family’s wishes — and without disclosing it to viewers. The Wall Street Journal reported today that relatives of Ambassador … Read More »
Kristin Chenoweth will kick off the second season of Anderson Live, Anderson Cooper’s daily syndicated talk show, on Monday, September 10. Other guest … Read More »
Heading into its second season, Anderson, the one-hour daily syndicated talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper, is changing its name to Anderson Live as it is adopting a new live format with rotating co-hosts. As we reported in February, the show will also move from its original setting at … Read More »
For the record, Anderson Cooper finally decided to come out publicly about being gay. The CNN anchor and syndicated talk show host told the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan via a letter to Sullivan that Sullivan … Read More »