The trick to co-anchoring CBS’ morning show, contributing to 60 Minutes, and anchoring two programs for PBS is to “not read the book twice” – and two naps a day, Charlie Rose said this morning. “I’m worried about you, Charlie. I’m worried about your health and you’re doing too much,” one TV critic said during his Q&A for PBS. “I’m flattered you worry about me and I would like you to continue to worry about me,” Rose responded to her. His PBS exec producer calls him “an intellectual athlete.”
Back in May, PBS, home of Rose’s syndicated Charlie Rose program since 1993, announced Rose also would host a new Friday night primetime show (Fridays at 8:30 PM) titled Charlie Rose Weekend, debuting in July. It replaced the net’s Need To Know newsmag. The program combines highlights from the 71-year-old host’s late-night program with new interviews and discussions of topics in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports.
Charlie Rose will be paying out more that $207,900 to interns who worked on his PBS show to settle a class action suit. The settlement, reported by The New York Times, was reached this week and will see Rose and his production company Charlie Rose Inc paying $1,100 each to a class of about 189 interns. This stems from an initial class action suit filed in the New York State Supreme Court by former Rose intern Lucy Bickerton on March 1. In that filing Bickerton, who interned on the Rose Show in 2007, said that despite New York law requiring unpaid internships to only be allowed in an educational context, the Charlie Rose Show “did not provide academic or vocational training.” From Bickerton’s descriptions, the interns essentially performed the duties of research assistants and production assistants, working up to 25 hours a week. The suit sought to get minimum wage for all of the Rose Show interns ”in an amount that cannot currently be ascertained but that readily exceeds $150,000.”
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes showed tonight on PBS’ Charlie Rose that he and Rupert Murdoch may be the only Big Media moguls who can talk about the business without sounding like they were manufactured by IBM. Bewkes even had some interesting things to say, although most of his observations came from his greatest hits collection — and you could go dizzy trying to follow a train of thought from Charlie Rose’s zig-zag questioning. For example, Bewkes says that while the prospects for the movie business are bright, the days of having releases appear in theaters a few months before they’re available on home video are numbered. “Everyone in the business, including theater owners, has an interest” in getting to a point where films will be available everywhere early on, he says. Acknowledging that “this is a dangerous question,” Bewkes says that execs will work together and “be as thoughtful as we can to do it in a way that doesn’t undermine the theater experience.” But he doesn’t see how the industry can continue to wait months before offering a movie to home viewers. ”You create a gap for piracy,” and consumers “have to get what they want.”
That’s the central allegation in a class action suit filed today at the New York State Supreme Court. Former intern Lucy Bickerton — who worked at PBS‘ The Charlie Rose Show in summer 2007 – says the program “operates on an annual budget of approximately $3.5 million, which is low for a television program airing five nights per week.” Interns allegedly pick up the slack. They “perform background research from print and online sources to prepare Mr. Rose for guest interviews, escort guests through the studio and set, and break down the set and clean up the ‘green room’ ” after tapings. The problem: Under New York law, the suit says, “an unpaid internship is only lawful in the context of an educational training program, when the interns do not perform productive work and the employer derives no benefit.” But the suit says that Rose “did not provide academic or vocational training” to interns including Bickerton, who’s said to have regularly worked two to three days a week for a total of about 25 hours a week. As a result, Rose “denied them the benefits
The show may come from CBS News, and recall the legacy of Edward R. Murrow, but it looks like there’s a lot of fluff ahead for the first Person To Person with co-hosts Lara Logan and Charlie Rose. Next week’s special will go inside the homes of George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, and Warren Buffett. Here’s the release:
CBS News’ iconic PERSON TO PERSON will air as a television special on Wednesday, Feb. 8 (8:00 PM, ET/PT). Meet today’s legends and newsmakers, not in public, but in private – inside their homes, inside their lives. George Clooney gives Logan and Rose a tour of his Los Angeles home, while Warren Buffett opens the door to his Omaha office, and Jon Bon Jovi welcomes PERSON TO PERSON to his magnificent home on the Navesink River in New Jersey, including his private recording studio. Actor George Clooney, billionaire Warren Buffett and rocker Jon Bon Jovi share their most prized possessions and the unforgettable stories behind them.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Change in the weather at CBS: At today’s CBS This Morning TCA panel, executive producer Chris Licht talked about why the new morning competitor has eliminated that longtime staple of morning TV: national weather reports. While the show builds four local weather segments into each program, Licht, also VP of news programming, said local audiences identify with their local news personalities. He said the show does not want to introduce a “cliché weather guy.” However, “when weather is news on a national level, we will absolutely cover it,” the executive said, Appearing via satellite with the program’s co-hosts — Charlie Rose, Erica Hill and Gayle King — Licht also fielded questions about why CBS continues to try to compete in the morning talk program arena when the network has found little success against NBC’s behemoth Today and ABC’s Good Morning America. “It is the daypart that has the most upside, the most opportunity to make a lot of money,” Licht said. “To not try would be very foolish.” The question was asked: How much money? “A lot. I mean, not ’60 Minutes’ money, but a lot,” Licht replied.
You can forget the cigarette. But we’ll see whether Charlie Rose or Lara Logan pay homage to Edward R. Murrow’s famous interview series by showing up in Seville Row tailored suits — and ending each broadcast with “Good night, and good luck.” CBS says that the new show will hearken back to the original by taking viewers into the homes of notable people, and frequently letting them lead the discussion. Here’s the release:
CBS News will revive its iconic franchise, PERSON TO PERSON, it was announced today by CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. The broadcast, based on the ground-breaking interview series created by news legend Edward R. Murrow, will begin Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 (8:00 PM ET/PT). CBS THIS MORNING co-host Charlie Rose and CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and 60 MINUTES Correspondent Lara Logan have been named co-hosts of the series. In addition to her duties as Executive Producer of 48 HOURS MYSTERY and Special Projects, Susan Zirinsky will serve as Executive Producer, as will Judy Tygard, Senior Producer of 48 HOURS and Special Projects.
CBS made it official today that it will launch a new morning program hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and current Early Show co-host Erica Hill. It will debut January 9, 2012 and run weekdays from 7-9 AM. CBS News’ VP Programming Chris Licht will executive produce. There’s still no word on whether it is keeping its The Early Show name, but the new incarnation is departing its current digs at the General Motors Building for a new studio on the ground floor of the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan.
CBS News will redefine the morning landscape with the debut of a new morning program, announced CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. The broadcast, which will launch on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, will air from 7:00-9:00 AM and will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. Chris Licht has been named Executive Producer of the new broadcast. He will continue as Vice President, Programming, overseeing CBS News broadcasts and the development of new opportunities across all platforms. John Miller will join the broadcast as Senior Correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis will serve as Business and Economics Correspondent and Jeff Glor will serve as Special Correspondent.
This sounds like a must-see for any Hollywood filmmaker about to shoot overseas: Special Edition of Charlie Rose tonight from the State Department in Washington DC: ”The Secretaries: Conversations on Diplomacy with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton & former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.”
Hollywood is jetting to the annual Allen & Co investment conference in Sun Valley starting today. I’ve just been emailed the in-room schedule by a participant, and this year showbiz is back in favor because of an “Entertainment Panel” consisting of Barry Diller, Peter …