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R.I.P. ‘Three’s Company’, NFL & Grammys TV Producer Ted Bergmann

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 4:52pm PST

color-__140308004651-275x343Broadcasting veteran Ted Bergmann, who produced the first NFL and Grammy telecasts and was present to record the German surrender to the Allies for radio in 1945, has died. He was 93. Bergmann died March 2 following surgery at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. During the course of his 70-year broadcast career, Bergmann produced such shows as Three’s Company and its two spinoffs; The Arthur Godfrey Show; and Love Thy Neighbor, a 1973 ABC series about a black couple in a white neighborhood that was so controversial that Sears and Proctor & Gamble pulled their advertising. A Brooklyn native, Bergmann started his TV career as an NBC page. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army, soon earning the rank of captain and covering stories in the European theater for the NBC radio program Army Hour. On May 6, 1945, the 24-year-old Bergmann took a recording crew to a schoolhouse Reims, France, to preserve the Kapitulation-reimsGerman surrender to the Allies for radio. He was the last surviving witness to the event. Returning to the U.S., Bergmann rejoined NBC. Within five years he became a top executive with the DuMont Network, where he was the first to broadcast NFL games and live boxing and launched such notable TV personalities as Jackie Gleason and Bishop Fulton Sheen. During the 1950s, Bergmann segued to TV advertising, working with such firms as McCann-Erickson and Parkson Advertisting Agency. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST

Disney scored during tonight Grammys with a new trailer for Maleficent that featured a haunting cover of the Sleeping Beauty classic ditty “Once Upon A Dream,” crooned with a touch of menace by Lana Del Rey. The fairytale twister opens May 30 and stars Angelina Jolie as the eponymous evil sorceress who tangles with young Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) in Disney’s live-action dark fantasy:

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CBS To Salute The Beatles’ U.S. Debut In Grammy Special

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles will air from 8-10 PM February 9, on CBS –  the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first U.S. TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. No names were announced, but CBS said the special, which will be taped the day after the Grammys on January 27, will feature top artists covering the songs performed by the group during the landmark TV performance and other Beatles songs throughout the years. It also will include footage from the Sullivan Show performance and other archival material and various presenters will highlight the group’s musical, cultural and historical impact. The special is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Grammys Down From Last Year’s Whitney Houston Tragedy, But 28M Viewers Second Best In 20 Years

By | Monday February 11, 2013 @ 8:26am PST

UPDATE, 9:28 AM: In updated Nielsen numbers, last night’s Grammy Awards rose a little higher from earlier fast national results. The 55th Grammys pulled in 28.37 million viewers on Sunday. That’s up from the 28.12 million reported earlier and still the show’s second best audience since 1993. Among the key 18-49 demographic, the Grammys also went up from earlier, achieving a 10.1 as opposed to the 10.0 reported before.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:26 AM: Not unexpectedly, the Grammy Awards last night were down from last year’s near record-high. Kicking off with a performance by Taylor Swift, the 55th Grammys (10.0/24) on CBS pulled in 28.12 million viewers Sunday. Although down from the 39.91 million who watched last year and 27% in adults 18-49, Sunday’s 8-11:30 PM broadcast is the second-best audience for the music awards show since 1993. Last year’s Grammys came 24 hours after Whitney Houston died suddenly while in Los Angeles to attend the awards show. Interest in her death and how the Grammys would react in tribute fueled viewership to its second-highest ever. Last year’s results were a 50% leap over the 2011 show’s viewership, which itself had been the best the Grammys had done in a decade. The largest Grammy audience ever was in 1984 with 43.8 million.

In the key 18-49 demo, Sunday’s Grammys results pretty much matched the 2011 show’s ratings. The 2012 Grammys drew a steller 14.1/33 in 18-49.

Guess Who Defied CBS Nudity & Obscenity Memo At Grammys?
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Top Grammy Winners – ‘Glee’ Success Story

By | Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 11:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

When little-known New York indie band Fun released “We Are Young” as the lead single for their second studio album Some Nights in September 2011, it went largely unnoticed, only garnering some attention from online critics and quickly fading off the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at No. 53. But then Fox’s Glee covered the song for a pivotal scene in a December 2011 episode, sending sales for the single soaring 1,650%. The show put “We Are Young” on the map and back on the charts. The song’s subsequent use in a Chevrolet Sonic commercial during the 2012 Super Bowl pushed it to No. 1.

Tonight, “We Are Young” won a Grammy for Song of the Year, with Fun named best new artist. In their emotional acceptance speech the trio didn’t mention Glee but they probably should have. Read More »

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Guess Who Defied CBS Nudity & Obscenity Memo At Tonight’s Grammys: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Deadmau5, D’Manti, Kelly Rowland, Kimbra, Ashanti, Skylar Grey

By | Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 7:55pm PST

Previous: CBS Memo Bans Breasts, Buttocks, Genitals, Obscenity At Grammys

Jennifer Lopez Grammys Rihanna Grammys nippleUPDATED: Surely CBS didn’t really think celebs were going to obey its strict Standards & Practices memo tonight. Besides  banning breasts and buttucks and genitals on the Grammy telecast as first reported by Deadline’s Nikki Finke, it forbade obscenity on wardrobe. So Deadmau5 showed up on the Grammys Red Carpet making a slight wardrobe edit. Joel Zimmerman arrived with a hat reading “Your Shit Bums Me Out”. But within minutes he covered the ‘S’ with tape so it read only “Your Hit Bums Me Out”. Deadmau5 told E!: “It was kind of forced.” ”By me,” said his  fiancée Kat Von D. That CBS memo also forbade ”bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks”, “bare sides or under curvature of the breasts”, or exposed “puffy bare skin” around genitals. But on the Red Carpet tonight, Rihanna ignored the wardrobe restrictions with a nipple-revealing sheer dress. Katy Perry showed lotsa cleavage. And Jennifer Lopez bared her right leg all the way to the start of her crotch. ”They didn’t say anything about leg!” she told E!’s Ryan Seacrest on the Red Carpet. ”Did you read this memo?! It mentioned things that I don’t say around my house or my children. It’s crazy.” Other offenders on the … Read More »

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Breasts, Buttocks, Genitals Ban At Grammys – But Also Message-Sending Lapel Pins

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:44am PST

Isn’t it pointless for CBS Standard And Practice to issue this ‘Wardrobe Advisory’ in advance of the 55th Annual Grammys broadcast this Sunday when nudity is the norm at that awards show? (Photo is Pink at her 2010 Grammy performance upside down and nearly naked in a flesh-colored bodysuit.) “I assume that my lovely colleagues do not get this same email for the Oscars,” my source texts. “And yes, this is a real email.” But no laughing matter are the last sentences: “The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.” Does that include the American Flag, AIDS, breast cancer, and other widely accepted wardrobe embellishments? (Edited):

Date: February 5, 2013, 10:39:56 PM EST
Subject: 55th GRAMMYS: Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory

-kindly confirm receipt of s&p standards-

***GRAMMYS 2013***

CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe.

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could  possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe

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Michelle Obama & Bill Clinton Get Grammy Noms; Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, ‘Smash’ & ‘The Voice’ Coaches Too

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 10:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

They both campaigned with President Obama to help him secure a second term. Now both First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton have landed Grammy nominations. Both are up in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audio version of their books American Grown (Obama) and Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy (Clinton). Clinton won the category in 2005 for his autobiography My Life, while Obama’s husband has topped it twice — for Dreams From My Father and The Audacity Of Hope. Obama and Clinton are facing two top TV personalities in the Best Spoken Word Album field — Ellen DeGeneres (Seriously… I’m Kidding) and Rachel Maddow (Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power). Television’s presence on the Grammy nominations list announced tonight extends to the Best Song Written For Visual Media category, which features the tune “Let Me Be Your Star” from the pilot for NBC’s Smash, along with four songs from movies, including the Oscar-winning “Man Or Muppet” From The Muppets. (Nashville producer T Bone Burnett, who is behind the music on the freshman ABC drama, scored 2 noms for songs from The Hunger Games). The score soundtrack field includes Oscar winner The Artist.  Read More »

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Taylor Swift To Co-Host CBS’ Grammy Nominations Special

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 7:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will join LL Cool J as co-host of CBSGrammy Nominations Live! special, which will be carried live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, December 5, at 10 PM. This marks Swift’s return to co-hosting duties on the nominating special, which she also co-emceed with LL Cool J in its first 2008 edition. LL Cool J has hosted the special every year since its inception, as well as the Grammy Awards this year. Performers locked in for the special include Maroon 5 and Luke Bryan. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: The Case Of Disappearing Live Nielsen Viewers

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 11:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Is this week a glimpse into the near future of what broadcast TV’s fast national ratings will look like? All week, HUT (households using television) levels have been on par or even slightly higher than last week (with the exception of Valentine’s Day.) And yet, there have been massive across-the-board ratings declines every night. If the total number of people sitting in front of  TVs has been roughly the same and they were not watching broadcast shows, what were they watching? Certainly not cable series, many of which also posted declines this week. I think a footnote in the HUT definition may hold the key to the puzzle. In addition to live viewing, it also accounts for people watching pre-recorded shows on playback. Read More »

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Remembered: Jennifer Hudson To Perform Whitney Houston Tribute At The Grammys

By | Saturday February 11, 2012 @ 8:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

UPDATED: Whitney Houston’s shocking death just 24 hours before the music industry’s biggest event, the annual Grammy Awards, sent CBS, the Recording Academy and the show’s  producers scrambling to put together a fitting tribute to one of the music industry’s biggest stars. Jennifer Hudson, who like Houston came from gospel roots to enjoy a flourishing career as both a singer and actress, will perform a Houston tribute at the Grammys tomorrow night, the show’s executive producer Ken Erlich just announced. It will no doubt be a memorable moment in Grammy Awards history, just like six-time Grammy winner Houston’s performance of One Moment In Time at the 1989 show. (Watch it below). And a very highly rated Grammy Awards for CBS. Erlich said that they were in the middle of rehearsal for tomorrow’s show when the news of Houston’s death broke. “As you know she was very closely associated with the Grammys both as a performer and as a Grammy winner, and a lot of us who worked on the show worked with her a number of times, so it’s a very sad day for us, and it’s going to be tough to recover from,” he said in an interview for the CBS affiliate stations. Shortly thereafter, Erlich called Hudson, who accepted his invitation to perform. “She’s a good friend of the Grammys,” Erlich said. “She’s had some very significant appearances on the show, it felt … Read More »

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