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Monday, August 08, 2005

Peter Jennings: 1938-2005

Peter Jennings passed away Sunday.

Jennings, the Canadian-born newsman who announced in April that he had lung cancer, died at his New York home, according ABC News President David Westin.

The anchor sprung the shocking news on viewers four months ago when he told America he'd begin treatment for lung cancer.

"I will continue to do the broadcast," he said, his voice husky, in a taped message that night. But although Jennings would occasionally come to the newsroom between chemotherapy treatments, he never again appeared on the air.

He was 67.

Reaction to the Death of Peter Jennings

"He always had the courage to ask the tough questions and demand answers. He set a high standard for TV journalists and his influence will be felt for generations to come." New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

"No one could ad lib like Peter... You would think that it was all scripted, he was so poetic, but it wasn't." Barbara Walters

"He was a student for the rest of his life even though he had dropped out (of school) so early, not even, because he had dropped out so early. I think if there was one message he would like to leave with young people today it is, 'Don't do what I did.'" Ted Koppel

"He really did make us raise our sights." Diane Sawyer

"Kayce (Jennings' wife) told me earlier this evening that 'Peter died with his family around him, without pain and in peace. He knew he'd lived a good life.'" ABC President David Westin

NBC's Las Vegas May Roll Snake Eyes On NFL Deal

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas- especially when the NFL is involved.

It seems the football league may ban NBC from airing promos for their hit show Las Vegas next year, citing its ban on advertising related to the nation's gambling capital.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league won't rule out extending the ban to include the fictional series, which stars James Caan as a casino big shot. Of course, that's absurd. But the NFL is very touchy and rulkes with an iron fist. (Just ask ESPN how easy it was to keep Playmakers on the air.)

Such a ban would surely piss off NBC, which is paying $600 million a year for NFL rights, and is counting on promoting its shows during the games to help turn a profit.

Tonight's Tube

Tonight, MSNBC will debut its latest attempt to get somebody- anybody- to watch.

Former Fox News Channel reporter Rita Cosby hits the air tonight at 9 with Live and Direct, which has exiled the still wet-behind-the-ears The Situation with Tucker Carlson directly out of primetime.

Brats Will Be Brats

Two stars of ABC's reality series Brat Camp have clearly not benefitted much from their incarceration.

17-year-old inmate Isaiah Alarcon was charged for allegedly spray-painting racial slurs in front of a home.

Alarcon, one of nine teenagers featured on the ABC reality hit (which the network has insisted is NOT exploitative), is accused of writing slurs on the street outside a black preschool teacher's home. We don't condone the racist part, but he could at least have defaced the home of the evil ABC programming exec who greenlighted this fiasco.

And in a separate incident, 15 year old troublemaker Jada Chabot, described on the show as a "compulsive liar who is always making excuses," is accused of seriously injuring a Boston family in a speedboat accident. Chabot was driving the boat when it slammed into an inflatable craft on a lake, sending two sisters to the hospital.

She was dragging her boyfriend behind the boat on a knee board at the time, and wasn't paying attention to where she's going. Police charged Chabot with, among other things, negligent operation of a boat.

The show documents the progress (or apparently, lack thereof) of nine teenage malcontents going through a 50-day wilderness school to mimprove their destructive behavior.

Time for some summer school, people.

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Bravo Likes Being Bobby Brown

Bravo has added two episodes to its hit summer reality series Being Bobby Brown, which follows the lives of the felonious R&B singer, his crackhead wife, and three kids.

Oh, joy.

Murphy: Stick a Fork In Chappelle, Bitch!


In news that will surprise almost nobody- but not necessarily thrill Comedy Central- Chappelle’s Show isn’t coming back, says one of its stars.

Chappelle’s Show is over, man. Done,” comic Charlie Murphy told TV Guide. “It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now, because it’s the truth.”

Always optimistic execs at Comedy Central have always said the door is open for Chappelle to return. Network chief Doug Herzog met with Chappelle on June 3, but haven't spoken since.

Chappelle’s Show clearly put Murphy, the older brother of comic Eddie Murphy, on the map. Who even knew he had a brother two years ago?

The show, which was Comedy Central's highest rated show, has also made the network huge bucks in DVD sales.

New Alias Hottie

Now that J-Gar has bad-decisioned herself into Affleck-non-grata territory- i.e., marrying Ben and carrying his demon seed- we plan to focus our vaguely juvenile and somewhat uncomfortable tubey lusts towards sizzlin' hott Mia Maestro and this new broad, Elodie Bouchez.

Even if she is French.

Oui, oui!

Tube Nuggets

A study shows broadband Internet surfers in North America watch two fewer hours of television per week than viewers without Internet access. Those using a dial-up connection watch 1.5 fewer hours of TV... Fox has picked up a second season of Hell's Kitchen," with potty-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay. No word yet on when the season two will premiere... Legendary hothead and college basketball coach Bobby Knight will host Knight School on ESPN. The reality show, which goes into production next month, gives one lucky (?) contestant the opportunity to compete for a walk-on position with his team, Texas Tech... Wolf Blitzer's three hour The Situation Room debuts today on CNN.

99 Words Under: "All Alone"



Here's our 99 word review of this week's cyanide pill-popping episode of Six Feet Under.

Nate's dead. Everyone's mopey, flipping out and shitting on each other. And it's depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, depressing, and fucking depressing.

Luckily, there are only two episodes of Six Feet Under left. The Geek In Chief will continue to write recaps between intense therapy sessions.