Ben Silverman: ‘Quarterlife’ Was ‘So Worth a Try’
Plus: The Beatles!
Plus: The Beatles!
Have crazy fans rescued yet another critically loved, ratings-deficient series from the jaws of cancellation? Maybe!
Ben Silverman will be riding to work on the back of an enormous white tiger.
MEDIA • NBC golden boy Ben Silverman sells his production company, Reveille, to Rupert Murdoch's daughter, Elizabeth. [LAT] • CNN producer Chez Pazienza is forced to pack his bags after blogging for the Huffington Post. [TVNewser/Mediabistro] • Us Weekly reports that OK! magazine "sensationalized" Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane's battle with cancer in a cover story. (Actually, he only had some malignant cells on his lip frozen off in a doctor's office.) "This isn't the first time OK! has been wrong," they note. But is Us really crusading against yellow journalism? Or are they just annoyed they didn't get the scoop? [Us Weekly]
"I would hate me if I were them, but I'm not, so I love me!"
We got it from the mouths of various horses!
American Gladiators? Knight Rider? It's the eighties all over again!
Then he high-fived an assistant.
Plus: What's wrong with Nikki Finke's computer?
Plus: Michael Cera!
After a failed start with an unpopular batch of new shows, and an ongoing WGA strike that, in all likelihood, will never be resolved, it looked as though all was lost for the networks — until Sunday night when NBC's writerless American Gladiators reboot became the highest-rated show of the new season!
A masterpiece of betrayed audience expectations right up there with Psycho.
A tribute to the savior and destroyer of television.
No, not to viewers like you.
MEDIA • The New Republic pulled back on its long-embattled "Baghdad Diarist" series, admitting they could no longer stand behind the author, an army private serving in Iraq. Meanwhile, The National Review suffered its own Middle Eastern credibility scandal and struck back in a novel way: "As one of our sources put it: 'The Arab tendency to lie and exaggerate about enemies is alive and well among pro-American Lebanese Christians as much as it is with the likes of Hamas.'" Yikes. [NYT Mixed Media/Portfolio] • Big layoffs ahead at NBC News? "There are going to be firings very soon — everybody is terrified," according to a "former network insider," who claims tens of millions in cuts will happen in the next two weeks. [Jossip] • New NBC programming honcho Ben Silverman is looking to clear up a conflict of interest and cash in on his old production company, which Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter to Rupe, is buying for around $200 million. Not bad for a guy who built his career on stealing foreign shows like The Office and Ugly Betty and then repackaging them for the U.S. [NYP]
Ben Silverman, master of the conflict of interest!
Plus: News about Cloverfield and Star Trek!
In a new Esquire profile, the always charming Silverman — in rare moments between partying with supermodels and white tigers and dodging mandatory company drug tests — talks candidly about his competition at the other networks.