If you ever wanted to know how decisions get made (or not) in network news, read Gabriel Sherman’s piece.
“Alec Baldwin will star in and executive produce an untitled series for Universal Television and HBO. The series will be scripted by Wells Tower, and Baldwin will play Joe Byrne, a billionaire real estate developer philanthropist, and celebrated socialite/tabloid fixture, who is unexpectedly rocketed into NYC politics when tragedy strikes the incumbent mayor and he is drafted to replace him. Cary Brokaw and Baldwin will be executive producers.”
Read more on Deadline.com: Alec Baldwin Plots TV Return As NYC Mayor In HBO Series
By AP’s Frazier Moore: “‘Conan’ [found] its host footloose and fancy-free, airing a talk show from this nearby but isolated island country for apparently the first time since Jack Paar took his own late-night show to Cuba in 1959.” Read more.
“Veep is a comedy. It is profane. It is driven forward in each episode by the buffoonery and the egos and the unbridled ambitions of its characters. For all these reasons it captures the reality of life in the nation’s capital better than any of the other shows on this list.”
Read more on ForeignPolicy.com: Ranked: A Washington Insider Grades the 10 Best TV Shows About D.C.
“MSNBC has named Michael Weisman, a storied sports producer, as the new executive in charge of its morning program. The hire comes as the show has ceded ground to CNN’s “New Day,”which has trumped “Joe” in the ratings for several months.”
Read more at variety.com: Morning-News Scramble: MSNBC Sets Sports Veteran Michael Weisman At Top of ‘Morning Joe’
The Cafe Milano team will cheer on longtime friend and former colleague, Bradley Cooper, during the Oscars this weekend. Their watch party will also benefit veterans and Dog Tag Bakery.
There’s no lack of support for the new Miss America Nina Davuluri two days after being crowned for 2014. When social media reactions were filled with racist tweets and condescending remarks, Nina found immediate support from people on YouTube and op-eds on CNN.
Roxanne Jones reminded any potential haters that the 2014 Miss New York wasn’t the first or last woman of color to be crowned Miss America:
“You are not the first woman of color to take the crown. It was 30 years ago that Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America. Seven other black women and one Asian woman have won since then. And most went on to successful careers.
But whenever this happens, those pesky bigots climb out of their caves to rant and rave and spew their ignorance about why it’s not fair. Ignore them.”
“It was exactly that sort of pushback that led to many of the most offensive tweets being deleted; there is a growing awareness that racist comments impulsively tweeted are likely to be challenged. Most people don’t enjoy being shamed, which is what happened as the worst tweets were favorited and retweeted in a bid to expose those who would flaunt their ignorance.”
Meanwhile Davuluri is already hitting the airwaves, teaching Kelly and Michael how to dance:
along with her full interview:
Navid Negahban ,who played Abu Nazir on Showtime’s “Homeland,” returns to Cafe Milano even if he didn’t realize it. Who said people don’t return to the scene of the crime? The actor known for his previous roles in the 2009 film “The Stoning of Soraya M.” Negahban was being honored at a private dinner last night featuring CNN’s Jake Tapper and wife Jen, Franco Nuschese,Eve and Peter O’Toole and Glover Park Group’s Joe Lockhart among others.
When told not only that the dinner spot was the same one that was used in the season two premiere featuring Congressman Brody (Damian Lewis) finding out his cover might be blown along with President Obama followed the second season on the campaign trail, Negahban was floored.
The ghost of D.C. and Hollywood’s last intense fling filled the Newseum at the premiere for “House of Cards.” As the press gaggle waited for series executive producer/director David Fincher (who slipped away before the red carpet) and Kevin Spacey (“Rep. Frank Underwood”) a question remained: how would this compare to “K Street,” the last premium program that brought us all together. Coincidentally, “House of Cards,” which premieres Friday on Netflix, has a great chance to surpass previous feelings for George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh‘s lobbying series because of Beau Willimon. The former Howard Dean staffer turned playwright handled adaptation duties for “House” from the original novel and 1990 BBC mini-series. Willimon previously dealt with Beltway issues and drama with 2004’s Off-Off Broadway “Farragut North,” which he would later adapt for Clooney into the Oscar-nominated Best Adapted Screenplay”The Ides of March.”
Talking to Huffington Post, Willimon commented on the nature of D.C. and how ripe it is for drama:
Check out the other video interview with actress Kate Mara below along with our slideshow of who else attended a night filled with Bobby Darin songs.