The longtime TV host and unapologetic Dodgers fan will host an hourlong talker on the LA-centric sports channel that launched Tuesday. SportsNet LA said Larry King At Bat will bow March 18, featuring interviews with baseball greats and experts, celebrities and Dodger folk. Larry King‘s premiere guest will be Orel Hershiser, who pitched the Dodgers to their most recent World Series victory in 1988 and is the newest member of the team’s announcing crew. SportsNet LA, which was announced 13 months ago, was born of the 25-year multibillion-dollar deal Time Warner Cable inked with the Dodgers for broadcast rights.
Longtime CNN personality Larry King is heading to Russia Today as host of a new political talk show, RT announced today on its website. The Russian-backed English-language TV channel will begin airing Politics With Larry King, produced by Ora.tv next month, as well as Larry King Now, which was launched on Hulu and Ora.tv last July. The programs will be recorded in RT America’s Washington, DC, studios and Ora TV’s studio in Los Angeles. RT America will be the exclusive US broadcaster for both programs. They’ll continue to stream online at Hulu.com and Ora.tv and also be available online on rt.com. Check out the promo for Larry King Now:
Larry King Now will air Monday-Thursday in the evening and looks to be more of the same from veteran CNN interviewer Larry King: chatfests with Hollywood, political, and pop culture types at a table with suspenders in tow. Hulu’s blog said the new series, backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim‘s Ora.TV, will appear on Hulu and Hulu Plus; tonight’s debut episode with Family Guy creator and Ted co-writer/director Seth MacFarlane is the lead video on the Hulu homepage right now. The New York Times reports that interviews with Meghan McCain and Matthew McConaughey will appear later this week. Slim and King are co-founders of the network, which is backed by Slim’s Latin American wireless provider America Movil. The venture was announced back in March.
With an estimated net worth of $69 billion from interests including finance, media and telecommunications, Mexican mogul Carlos Slim Helú is believed to be the world’s richest man. He’s now expanding his media reach with Ora.TV, an Internet-based on-demand network to be led by former News Corp executive Jon Housman. Slim’s Latin American wireless provider America Movil is backing the venture, although financials have not been disclosed. In a return to broadcast, Larry King is also partnering with Slim as a co-founder of the network where he will interview leaders from the worlds of politics and entertainment in a somewhat similar format to his old CNN show. The network will be ad-supported with streaming available in the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere later this year, according to The New York Times. Bloomberg recently reported that Slim was eyeing a Netflix-like online service in Mexico for movies and TV shows, but Ora appears to be a different beast given its focus on original programming. It also remains unclear if Ora will be available in Mexico where America Movil faces a government ban from delivering traditional TV over its network. Below is the full press release:
L.A. Lakers icon Magic Johnson is the latest big entertainment name to throw his hat in the ring to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers, which are currently in bankruptcy protection and could be about a month away from holding an auction to sell the franchise. The NBA Hall of Famer probably won’t be the latest high-profile star to attach himself to a potential ownership group — Johnson’s team, confirmed today, is a Santa Monica-based group of private investors known as Guggenheim Baseball Management, which includes Mark Walter, CEO of financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, and veteran baseball exec Stan Kasten — as bidders jockey for position in an auction in which the team will likely fetch more than $1 billion. (Johnson and his Magic Johnson Enterprises sold his ownership stake in the Lakers last year and also is part of the group that is trying to bring the NFL to downtown Los Angeles, so he’s definitely a serious player.) Other big names being bandied about as part of separate possible Dodgers ownership groups include Dallas Mavericks and HDNet’s billionaire owner Mark Cuban — he tried to buy the Chicago Cubs from Tribune a year ago — and former CNN host Larry King. Those kind of high-profile figures also don’t hurt in boosting the Dodgers’ profile as networks prepare to take a crack at landing the team’s lucrative local TV rights, which could mean a $3 billion windfall to the financially strapped team — if the courts can ever decide how that process will unfold.
A U.S. Bankruptcy judge today set December 7 to kick off a two-day hearing about whether the Los Angeles Dodgers can begin marketing the team’s lucrative future local TV rights, which Fox Sports holds through the end of the 2013 baseball season. Fox already has sued the Dodgers to block any early rights sale. The network claims its regional network has an exclusive window to renegotiate a new deal as part of its current contract, and that that team is using bankruptcy protection to break that agreement. (As part of that lawsuit, Fox will ask Judge Kevin Gross to dismiss the team’s bankruptcy altogether in a hearing set for December 27.) How valuable are those TV rights? Soon-to-be-ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt at one time had a $3 billion deal with Fox in place before it was rejected by Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, forcing McCourt to seek bankruptcy for the team and eventually agree to sell the franchise outright.
EXCLUSIVE.. UPDATE: Larry King has moved from WME to ICM for representation in all areas. The former CNN talk-show host of Larry King Live for 25 years as well as author and TV/radio personality is set for four CNN specials during the next few years, including an exclusive interview with the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 cast on July 10. I have a feeling that back in January/February CNN would have liked Larry back given that his replacement Piers Morgan’s ratings were in the cellar. They have since improved. King is an Emmy and Peabody Award winner with 10 CableACE Awards who has interviewed every living U.S. President and First Lady since Nixon.
Larry King is in conversations for a contributor gig on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Make that “conversation,” as there has been only one of them. Sources at Comedy Central confirm a New York Post report that the veteran talk-show host has been approached with the idea. Talks could go either way, but if they lead to a deal, King will be an occasional contributor to the satirical newscast along the lines of Lewis Black, Larry Wilmore and John Hodgman.
Piers Morgan brought in his predecessor Larry King on his CNN show tonight to set the record straight over King’s recent comments that Morgan “may have been oversold” to American audiences. “He was going to be dangerous. He was going to be water cooler talk,” King told BBC Radio 4 last week. “He’s good. He’s not that dangerous.”
Tonight, King didn’t backtrack. “Were you being facetious when you said you were dangerous?” King asked. “Was that an attempt at British humor?” When Morgan finally conceded that there was British humor involved, King shot back. “I don’t get it, I’m from Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, if you say you’re dangerous, you better be dangerous.” Here is the full exchange:
In an interview for BBC Radio 4 in his successor Piers Morgan’s native Britain, former CNN host said Morgan was a “fine” host but may have suffered from overhyping. “I think one of the problems (CNN) did was over sell it. He was going to be dangerous, he was going to be water cooler talk,” King said. “He’s good but not that dangerous. I think they might have been better off starting quietly and that’s not Piers’ fault, or maybe it is, I’m not inside anymore. He’s certainly not bad. He’s certainly an acceptable host. He asks good questions, maybe he interrupts a little too much at times. I think he may have been oversold.”
Are you watching this Larry King finale? What a slobber-fest! (It featured 2 presidents — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger, 4 TV news anchors, Ryan Seacrest and Bill Maher, SNL‘s Fred Armisen doing a King impersonation, Regis Philbin and Tony Bennett singing — the latter “The Best is Yet to Come” via remote from Louisiana.) Save me from all this b.s. for a man who rarely asked a hard question in his 25-year on-air career for CNN:
He may have gotten out of touch, he may have been famously unprepared for his interviews, and he may have been responsible for his show hemorrhaging viewers to average underwhelming 700,000 a night, but Larry King is still an institution. After more than 25 years and about 50,000 guests, the 77-year-old interviewer tonight will host the final installment of Larry King Live, his primetime talk show on CNN. More than a dozen guests are expected to stop by, including King’s pals Ryan Seacrest, whom he tipped as his potential successor, and Bill Maher. Here a reel with some the highlights of his tenure on the show put together by CNN. It includes the famous 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot that drew a record audience of 20 million, as well as King’s live coverage of the O.J. Simpson car chase and the Marlon Brando kiss. It doesn’t include the lowlights, like when he confused Ringo Starr with the late George Harrison in a 2007 interview with the surviving Beatles members. Or when he got ripped by Jerry Seinfeld for suggesting Seinfeld might have been canceled (above).
Here is a transcript of Conan O’Brien’s opening monologue as well as the opening video at tonight’s premiere of his late-night show on TBS. The clip features dramatizations of Conan’s telling NBC brass to “go to hell” for trying to move him to 12:05 AM and of him taking TBS’ offer for “much less” as well as a Godfather spoof and scenes with Jon Hamm as Don Draper from Mad Men and Larry King as Conan’s guardian angel.
Yes, I know what you guys are thinking, “Hey, it’s the guy from Twitter.”
Welcome to my new show, “Conan.” People ask me why I named the show “Conan.” I did it so I’d be harder to replace.
This is an exciting night. I’m glad to be on cable. The truth is, I’ve dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since I was 46.
And things are going well already. I’m happy to report that we’re already #1 in TBS’s key demographic — people who can’t afford HBO.
I’m going to be honest: It’s not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding. So that’s why I left NBC.
But the weird thing is this: I put myself and my staff through a lot because I refused
For someone who has been the face of the network for the past 25 years, you’d think CNN would have handled the departure of veteran Larry King with a little bit more dignity and respect. But a series of CNN blunders have surrounded both King’s exit from his talk show and the search for his successor. First, the network started feeling out potential replacements long before King announced on June 29th that he would be leaving the show in November. In theory, that’s not a bad idea — Larry King Live had been the cornerstone of CNN’s primetime lineup, and management had to secure a strong successor in the 9 PM slot before it let King step down. But it was also a very risky strategy as proven by the June 12th leaks in UK papers that America’ Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, a Brit, was finalizing a deal to replace King. It was a blow to Larry, who had just celebrated his 25th anniversary at CNN and deserved a proper send-off.
But there was more humiliation in store for the veteran talk-show host. Instead of organizing the announcement of King’s exit in the two weeks following the first wave of Piers Morgan/CNN stories, the network waited until June 29th, the day the Q2 ratings come out. CNN knew they wouldn’t be pretty: King already …
When Larry King steps down from his CNN gig later this year, he’ll need something to fill his downtime. Bagels will play a role. Just before he announced his exit, King closed a deal to become a financial partner in The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company, a Florida-based enterprise that claims to have developed a water treatment technology that replicates the H2O from the New York borough that is the key to churning out bagels that taste like they were made in Brooklyn. (I’m not kidding).
Frequent showbiz interviewer and newsmaker Larry King announced today he’ll exit CNN “Larry King Live” after 25 years on air. His last show will be in November but he’ll produce quarterly specials afterwards under his new contract. Here is King’s statement:
“Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. Twenty five years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live. Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids’ little league games. I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects.
“I’m incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.”