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Confront the Funk, Knock on a Door

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

This Saturday, 25,000 volunteers from all 50 states will contact one million Americans and ask them to sign a petition urging the next Congress to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq within one year.

Hugh Laurie Signs Mega "House" Deal

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

He is the star of the biggest drama on television. Now Hugh Laurie is poised to become one of the highest-paid actors on TV with a new deal to continu...

MediaBizBuzz on Democrats, Republicans, Gustav and Ike

Jerry Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerry Weinstein

Click for News, Photos and all the links to major press coverage of the Republican Convention and for the Democratic reaction. This past week could ha...

The American President vs. Dave

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Controversy and conflict are the key elements to a compelling story, and nobody in the media business could have written a better script than the one that evolved last week.

Was I Wrong About FOX?

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adam Green

What other network offers viewers the chance to watch live shots of Barack Obama's speech and OJ Simpson's latest trial at the same time?

The Dem Debate on Obama's Fox Turn

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Obama's appearance on The O'Reilly Factor revived the roiling debate among Democratic strategists, Obama aides and liberal bloggers over how to handle the cable channel.

The Convention As Seen From The Couch

Paul Peete | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Peete

As I watched the speeches and the various events unfold throughout the day on C-Span, I could enjoy the event free of the inane anchor comments that endlessly fill the airwaves.

And The Talking Heads Run On, Gavel To Gavel

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Stay tuned! Rest assured there's more "election coverage" coming at you from one of the many "best political teams" on television. My advice: Switch to C-Span.

Former MN Senator Becky Lourey: Why Not Let Moral Principles Guide Governance?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

Image: Coleen Rowley, Congressman John Murtha, Becky Lourey (2006 G. Nienaber) It was late September 2006 and Minnesota was in the throws of mid-term...

Fox Streaming Sitcom Premieres In College Dorms

Variety | Michael Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

"Fringe" and season opener of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" online at the same time as they bow on TV. But there's a catch: Only computer...

The Wendy Williams Show: Another Daytime Talker Offers Chewing Gum for the Mind

Elaine Liner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elaine Liner

The New York radio DJ is finishing her test run on five Fox stations and has received a full series order. Her hour replaces the departed Montel Williams Show.

ABC, CBS, Fox See Lowest Ratings In History During NBC's Olympics Reign

Hollywood Reporter | James Hibberd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NBC is running out of ways to describe its stellar Olympics ratings. During last week's Summer Games coverage, the network enjoyed the most-watched w...

Peter Chernin, No. 2 At NewsCorp, To Face Decision Soon

Fortune.com | Richard Siklos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In addition to his broader COO duties within Murdoch's sprawling media empire, Chernin also effectively oversees the Hollywood-based Fox film and tele...

Network TV Profits Would Probably Increase With Nudity And Swear Words

AP, Epicenter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This week has been a week of confirming what analysts had expected about Rupert Murdoch: he's making money -- but not really on TV. Chairman and Chie...

Fox Renews "So You Think You Can Dance"

Variety | Michael Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox has given an early fifth-season pickup to summer sensation "So You Think You Can Dance." "Dance" regularly wins its two weekly time periods among...

CNN Anchor Slams Impeachment as "Kabuki Theatre"

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

It seemed that most of the clearly biased shows on cable news had been publicly outed as such, but viewers learned there was yet another conservative Republican show:Election Center with Campbell Brown.

Fox News: It's Eductaoinal!

Bob Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Harris

Hat tips to ThinkProgress and NewsHounds....

On Countdown Last Night I Asked: Did Fox Help Obama in Airing Jackson Tape?

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Had some fun with Rachel Maddow last night, on Fox "going nuts" and airing that Jesse Jackson tape. Why did they do it? Why did they hold it for O'Reilly instead of treating as hot news?

Fox News Finally Identifies Karl Rove As McCain Adviser

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ThinkProgress noted today that Fox News has finally identified Karl Rove as an informal adviser to the McCain Campaign, almost four months after hirin...

Television Unplugged? The Verdict on This Year's TV Upfronts

Jerry Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jerry Weinstein

Think of it as the Big Bang of Video.

"Lost" Season Finale Caps Broadcast's Strangest Year

Ed Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Martin

The strangeness surrounding the strike-compromised 2007-08 broadcast season just won't stop -- even now that the season is over.

In Defense of Hart Hanson and Why We Lose the Best TV Characters

Jamie Frevele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jamie Frevele

What made the Bones season finale so traumatizing is how the departure of a beloved regular character was executed. There was nothing leading up to it, and it was completely unfair.

Network TV Upfront Week 2008: Not So Bad After All

Ed Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Martin

We had been led to expect networks to roll over and play dead in the wake of the WGA strike and amid the recession -- but almost all the networks rallied in grand style for Upfronts 2008.

American Idol Finals: David Wins It All!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The show's producers may have told us it's been a lot closer than we believed (with only one million votes separating the Davids two weeks ago), but this is what I think: a tie goes to Archuleta.

American Idol Top 4: Jason's Last Bow

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I've preached that as long as the two best make the finals, there's no real big scandal about who goes home in what order. But if Jason Castro doesn't say "bye bye" this week, it'll be a shonda.