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Sports

A Jolt Of Joe: Joe Buck Talks About HBO’s “Joe Buck Live”

By Ryan FOX Sports’ MLB and NFL play-by-play announcer Joe Buck gets to leave the confines of the broadcast booth and stretch his legs as host of a new sports talk show this month. Joe Buck Live premieres June 15 at 9pm ET on HBO (HD), and will air quarterly. When Bob Costas left HBO earlier this year to join MLB Network, a spot opened up for Buck on HBO’s roster. But Joe Buck Live won’t be Costas Now with Buck’s name on it. “I think it would be the worst thing in the world for me to go in […]

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Comedy

“The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” … Episode 1

History was made last night, with the fourth changing of the hosts on NBC’s The Tonight Show as Conan O’Brien took over from car collector Jay Leno. First episodes of new formats, even for veterans, can be a little rusty, so let’s take a look at … What went right: The opening sequence with Conan running across the country to Los Angeles — nice touch running across Wrigley Field, as well as showing the side of Tribune Tower (Full disclosure: Tribune Company owns Wrigley Field and Tribune Tower, as well as this website), but nicer still was the use of […]

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Awards Shows

Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Announced

By RabbitEars Nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were announced yesterday. PBS led the way with 56 nominations, followed by ABC with 50, syndicated shows with 49, CBS with 30, NBC with 20, Nickelodeon with 13, Disney Channel with 10 and Food Network with 10. Several other networks followed with single-digit nominations. The awards ceremony, hosted by Vanessa Williams, will air August 30 on The CW.

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Talk Show

CNN’s “State Of The Union” Star John King Says Rush Limbaugh’s OK By Him

By Lori Acken John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of the network’s new Sunday morning news show State of the Union (which recently lured executive producer Michelle Jaconi from the time slot’s NBC titan Meet the Press) understands the appeal of the comedic news satire programs and uberopinionated prime time current events shows which have become big audience draws in recent years. Just don’t expect him to jump on the bandwagon. “Some people watch those shows because they’re provocative,” King explains. “I watch some of them, because I learn. It’s like intelligence gathering. Some people go to those shows because […]

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Music

“The Chris Isaak Hour” Takes On Chicago (The Band Not The City) Thursday Night On BIO

By ButtonKnows Couple things about Thursday night’s episode of BIO Channel’s “The Chris Isaak Hour.” First of all, Rodney’s back and I am relieved with a Capital R. In fact, I considered blaming my delinquency in blogging last week’s Michael Bublé episode on my protesting Furry Little Brother’s recent absence. But mostly I just ran out of time. The show was good. When it repeats, you should watch it — or watch it again — because even if Bublé’s uberslick crooner shtick is not for you, the combination of Chris Isaak and Michael Bublé in a single camera shot is […]

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Music

Glen Campbell (And Kids!) On BIO Channel’s “The Chris Isaak Hour” Thursday, 10pm ET

By ButtonKnows Wichita Lineman? Check. Galveston? Check. Rhinestone Cowboy? Check, check and check. Tommy Smothers saddled up on a hippopotamus? GRAVY! If it’s been a while since you’ve seen television’s original Good Time guy, Glen Campbell, on the tube, Thursday night’s episode of The Chris Isaak Hour, has everything you’re hoping for and then some. With one caveat. Because Campbell’s public appearances have been few and far between of late, you may need a few moments to adjust to the reality that the once boyish-faced Campbell is now 70-something, not above a little Burt Reynolds-esque “freshening” and sometimes a tad […]

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Music

Fleetwood Mac Fans! Stevie Nicks Guests On BIO’s “The Chris Isaak Hour” Thursday At 10pm ET

By ButtonKnows I know me some Fleetwood Mac and I love me my Stevie Nicks. So much so that my purse is crafted (by Karla of Chicago’s “Bagitude,” not me and some duct tape) of an actual Rumours album cover in homage to the multiple discs I wore out and replaced. And I still wish I would have tried a little harder to convince my only daughter’s dad to let me name her Rhiannon. A little, anyway. So fellow fanatics, let me spare you some opening-credit sweats — the Stevie Nicks that appears on Chris Isaak’s retro-cool sofa in Thursday […]

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Music

U2 On “Late Show With David Letterman”

With the economic news just getting ever more bleak and everyone and his brother looking to cut spending, I’ve been trying to encourage people to get out and spend a little of that money they’ve been saving, and looking anywhere but in the headlines for anything that might drag a bit of hope into the picture. It may not be the biggest potential cash infusion into the economy, but with a new U2 album out today, the oft-cited “biggest band in the world” is pulling a high-profile weeklong guest appearance on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” Letterman brought them […]

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Comedy

Andy Richter To Reunite With Conan O’Brien

By RabbitEars NBC has announced that Andy Richter, regular Late Night sidekick to Conan O’Brien from 1993-2000, will be the announcer for The Tonight Show when O’Brien takes over as host of the venerable franchise June 1. “Andy is one of the funniest people I know,” says O’Brien, “and we’ve maintained a close friendship since he left Late Night. We have a proven chemistry that will be an incredible asset to The Tonight Show. I’m looking forward to working with Andy on a daily basis again, particularly since he owes me $300.” In addition to announcing, Richter will participate in […]

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Talk Show

What A Wicked Show! Chris Isaak Gets His Own Chatfest on BIO

Posted by ButtonKnows Music lovers, are you in a bit of a panic now that Sundance Channel’s spectacular Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is ticking down its final episodes of the season? It’s BIO to the rescue! The net invites Chris Isaak fans, music aficionados and anyone interested in TV with a soul to become part of Isaak’s heart-shaped world via its new original series, The Chris Isaak Hour — hosted by the Wicked Gamesman himself. The hourlong show will air Thursday nights, beginning February 26 at 10pm ET/11pm PT. Isaak will interview his guests in an intimate studio setting and […]