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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Conan O’Brien Says He Won’t Host ‘Tonight Show’ Following Leno

Conan's statement:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,

Conan

Friday, January 8, 2010

Artie Lange Released From Hospital

Police say self-inflicted stab wounds put Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange in a New Jersey hospital.

Hoboken Police Detective Mark Competello says Lange's mother found him on the floor of his waterfront home on Saturday.

Competello says the 42-year-old comedian was unconscious but breathing after stabbing himself with a 13-inch Wolfgang Puck kitchen knife.

Lange was taken to Jersey City Medical Center. Competello says doctors cleaned nine abdominal knife wounds and operated. He says Lange has been released.

A message was left for Lange's publicist. Stern has spoken of the suicide attempt and said his thoughts are with Lange's mother and sister.

Lange lost driving privileges after admitting he was under the influence of sleeping pills in a minor traffic accident.


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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Howard Stern discussing Artie Lange's Suicide Attempt on Sirius XM Radio January 7, 2010

From New York Post Page 6 1/7/2010

Stern sidekick in suicide try

Troubled comic Artie Lange landed in the hospital after stabbing himself nine times in an apparent suicide attempt, sources told The Post. Lange's frantic mom called 911 Saturday morning after she entered his Hoboken apartment and found the bloodied funnyman, a law-enforcement source said. Lange sustained six "hesitation wounds" and three deep plunges. A source close to Lange's management team confirmed that the Howard Stern sidekick stabbed himself, adding that his mother had come to visit him that day to drop off food. Surgeons managed to save Lange despite heavy bleeding. "We all have our demons," Stern said on-air this week, referring to Lange's past battles with addiction. "Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He's a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don't forget how great he is."

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Rock Hall May Jump Ahead Five Years to Get Stars

By: Roger Friedman // Sunday January 3, 2010
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is considering a move not unlike “Desperate Housewives.”

In fact, you might call Jann Wenner the “desperate despot” of rock.

Sources tell me that Wenner is considering doing exactly what the TV show did a couple of years ago — jump ahead five years.

Currently, the RRHOF charter says that in order to be inducted, a band or act isn’t eligible until 25 years have passed since its first record release.

But now that popular music has passed into its retirement, the number of possible new inductees has thinned considerably. This winter, the Hall will induct Genesis, the Hollies, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Jimmy Cliff and ABBA. They’ve all been the on the ballot for a long time and have finally made it mostly because the choices are diminishing.

I’m told that Wenner has looked at the next group of possible inductees, for 2011, and it’s not good: The only superstar who’s had a major career and influenced rock and roll is Sting. Otherwise, the perfectly nice but not exactly big game changers are ‘Til Tuesday, Chris Isaak, Suzanne Vega and Simply Red.

Of course, Wenner could do what many consider the right thing and induct the many missing names from Chubby Checker, Billy Preston and Mary Wells to Chicago, the Moody Blues, Todd Rundgren, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Rufus & Carla Thomas and so many more it’s hard to list them. But that’s unlikely.

The new idea is to change the charter so that it only takes 20 years to get in. That would move up a lot of acts on the ballot that are more current and carry some name value, which would be good for TV rights. Believe it or not, the following would then be eligible for the 2011 ceremony: Guns N’ Roses, Green Day, Public Enemy, Nirvana, Kid Rock and Smashing Pumpkins. Also a possibility right away: Keith Richards as a solo artist.

The fear, of course, is that with these new guidelines, the artists who’ve been snubbed previously will now never get in. Of course, one other solution would be just to shut the doors, stop inductions entirely and make the annual dinner a revisit of inductees. But TV doesn’t want Nursing Home Rock, so Wenner — who has no one to stop him — will probably not do that either.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker have lost it

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

I got a mention in this column of the best and...

Worst songs of 2009:


5. Michael Jackson, “This Is It”: After the build-up, such a letdown. I’ll let my friend DSS828 share his opinion on why they song makes the year’s worst list…”because it was released under another title and because the grave robbers handling his finances found a song (from ‘91) that had an opening line that matched the title of what was to be MJ’s residency at the O2 arena in London. With the world celebrating all of the greatness of Michael’s music, from his childhood years through Thriller and beyond to ‘Man In The Mirror’ (which was the top selling download some days on iTunes) this leftover tune, which omitted Paul Anka as a songwriter was simply a reason to sell a 2 CD set of previously released music from his concert film. The song didn’t chart on the Top 100.”

http://www.mytimesdispatch.com/index.php/popculture/best_and_worst_of_music_in_2009/10374

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits (Blame It On The Pop)

NirGaga: Nirvana 'Come As You Are' + Lady Gaga 'Poker Face" mashup

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Most popular video so far: The Hangover... both the rated and unrated versions are available. Star Trek is a popular choice, as is Julie & Julia. Now available: Jennifer's Body starring Megan Fox.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Free Movies

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Most popular video so far:  The Hangover... both the rated and unrated versions are available.

Friday, December 25, 2009

This week's #1 song: Ke$ha Tik Tok



Ke$ha - TiK ToK - Single  Download from iTunes

Merry Christmas

Hope you have a happy and safe holiday-

Dave

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The free movie promo rolls on Amazon...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This afternoon...

Listening to day two of The History Of Howard Stern, Act III.  Great stuff, though I must admit the end end of the year always meant a "Stern-less" 2-3 weeks; felt like I could accomplish something important... like clearing the TiVo.  This is 50+ hours of can't-miss material on Sirius XM.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Playoff Status - cool website

Find out the complete NFL playoff picture and the status of your favorite team here:                   http://www.playoffstatus.com/

Rams fans... you can skip this... but enjoy the #1 draft pick. 

Listening to...

The History Of Howard Stern, Act III on Sirius.  Trying to blog and tweet while listening.

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Actress Brittany Murphy dead at 32

Brittany Murphy died Sunday morning, sources confirm after reports surfaced on gossip website TMZ.com. She was 32.

The report cites multiple sources claiming that she went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Murphy was best known for her roles in "Clueless," "8 Mile" and "Don't Say A Word."

In an eerie coincidence, Brittany was parodied on the 12/5/09 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tweeting Today...

*Vh1 to air John Mayer edition of Storytellers in January.
*Glee to return with more music and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) gets to sing.
*American Idol is still the show to beat; networks are getting their winter schedules ready.
*At 13-0, and facing the Cowboys tonight, are the New Orleans Saints now "America's Team?"
*Year end and decade lists will be prominent the next two weeks; posted The Big Lead's top TV of 2009 and Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum's Top 10 (and 5 worst) films of year.

Check it out at www.twitter.com/dss828

Friday, December 18, 2009

Follow Friday

Tweeting today:  Lots of Follow Friday mentions to catch up on.  I appreciate those that sent the #FFs my way.  Thank you.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

24's Jack Bauer interrogates Santa Claus

American Idol and The X Factor

Lots of talk about this being Simon Cowell's last year under contract to Fox's Idol; rumors go as far as to say that the Simon owned X Factor could even REPLACE Idol in the U.S.  Here's a clip from the U.K.'s "Factor" finale.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iksr3PO0ZKM

Twenty-Seven Things We Learned

from Tiger Woods story that won't go away:   http://is.gd/5qJny

from guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hot tonight...

The Golden Globes nominations are out and the new inductees for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced with ABBA, Genesis and The Hollies leading the way.  PLUS:  The latest news on Twitter and the world of social media; news, sports, and pop culture.  Check it out at: http://twitter.com/dss828

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tweeting tonight...

Lots of baseball... Hideki Matsui leaves the Yankees for the Angels; Former Angel John Lackey signs with the Red Sox for five years and more than $80M; and in a three team deal, Cliff Lee goes from Philadelphia to Seattle, Roy Halladay from Toronto to the Phillies, and the Blue Jays will pick up prospects. Two former Cy Young Award winners in one deal.

PLUS: Howard Stern, Glee, Modern Family, Twitter, Facebook, Social Media, Radio, the Dexter season finale and much more at http://twitter.com/dss828

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