Larry King’s plummeting ratings are dragging down Silver Fox Anderson Cooper’s numbers too, according to The New York Times.
CNN had a slightly worse quarter in the fourth quarter of 2009, but the last three months have included compelling news events, like the earthquake in Haiti (where Anderson’s tight T-shirts made a big splash) and the battle over health care.
The losses at CNN continued a pattern in place for much of the last year with the network trailing its competitors in every prime-time hour.
King, the network’s longest-running host, has always been regarded at CNN as the centerpiece of prime time because he drew the biggest audiences at 9 p.m. had his worst quarter ever. His audience dropped 43 percent for the quarter and 52 percent in March.
He dropped to 771,000 viewers for the quarter from 1.34 million in 2009 and has been eclipsed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, almost quadrupled by Sean Hannity’s show on Fox, and he was beaten by The Joy Behar Show on HLN 21 times.
Anderson has long been regarded as the strongest host at CNN, but his show has suffered badly as well. For the quarter, his show dropped 42 percent in viewers and 46 percent among the 25-to-54-year-old audience that the news channels use for their sales to advertisers. In the past, CNN relied on big audiences for King’s show to deliver viewers to Cooper.
The gorgeous Reichen Lehmkuhl posted some new pics on Facebook last week and I’ve been dying to share them with you.
Reichen, winner of The Amazing Race back in 2003 with Chip Arndt, was a regular on Dante’s Cove and has had small roles in several movies and on television shows. In May, he will headline the Off-Broadway play My Big Italian Gay Wedding at St. Luke’s Theater.
If you can’t make it to New York to see Reichen up close on stage, here are some nice close-ups.
Let’s face it, Greg In Hollywood fave Tim Urban is never going to be the judge’s fave on American Idol. But he’s so adorable that even Simon Cowell had to admit that it doesn’t matter what the judges say, Tim is going to smile and be back next week.
I sure hope so!
Tim is not the best or even top five, but Didi Benami is so off-base in her song choice (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted) and becoming so painful to watch that she is the one who should be voted off this week.
I’m loving Casey James and this week he was outstanding and confident on Hold On, I’m Comin. Ellen and Kara wanted him to be more daring or something but Randy and Simon rightly said he was terrific. Lee Dewyze had a breakthrough performance with a powerful Treat Her Like a Lady. It was a beautiful thing to see him step up and take things to a new level and show that he is top five material. Andrew Garcia finally picked an ideal song (Forever) and was so good that maybe now the judges will stop referring to that damned performance of Straight Up.
Then there is the outstanding Crystal Bowersox who made Midnight Train to Georgia her own. I was tense when she played the piano because she had to focus too much on it but halfway through, she abandoned the piano and knocked it out of the park.
WE unveiled a programming slate of seven new shows today including a docusoap starring Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Rivers duo will star in Mother Knows Best, which will have Joan and Melissa living together under one roof with Melissa’s son and new live-in boyfriend.
WE has ordered eight episodes of the show, which is targeted to debut during fourth quarter 2010.
Melissa has a new book out called Red Carpet Ready: Secrets for Making the Most of Any Moment You’re in the Spotlight and I talked to her about it for Fancast.com.
Joan has always been such a workhorse whether she’s doing stand-up, hawking stuff on QVC, or telling someone off on The Celebrity Apprentice. She hosted the TV Land series How’d You Get So Rich last year and recently returned to E! for a series of post-awards show fashion specials.
Joan’s career has had many, many incarnations including being the first permanent guest host of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, winning an Emmy for her old daytime talk show, being nominated for a Tony Award, writing two best selling memoirs and even being the permanent center square on Hollywood Squares for several seasons.
I haven’t been watching The Real World: DC this year but fortunately, the folks at AfterElton.com have been.
Sunday’s episode featured a painful coming out episode involving cast member Mike Manning and his boyfriend Tanner. After a visit to DC, the boyfriend went home and came out to his parents. It did not go well at all.
Mike offered moral support to Tanner and at the end of the episode, he turned to the camera and said: “If your kid comes out to you and has the courage to tell you who they truly are, then you better damn well love ‘em all the same!”
The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, who was born a girl named Chastity, has asked a judge to legally change his name and gender to reflect the sex-change operation he had last year.
A hearing for his request is scheduled for May 6.
“Once I began to actually deal with [my identity issues], everything in my life got easier,” he told People in December. “I’m a better version of myself. I’m much more present now and more engaged. … It’s hard for me to articulate how this feels – when you’ve lived your whole life and have everyone relate to you as something you don’t feel. When that finally gets righted, it’s amazing. I finally get to live my life the way I’ve always wanted to.”
Valene’s mother Lllie Mae (the great Julie Harris) literally scolds her horrible son Joshua (the young and oh-so-hot Alec Baldwin) off a rooftop where he falls to death. (Pictured with Alec is gorgeous Lisa Hartman who played his wife Cathy.)
This is one of the most memorable scenes in the awesome prime-time soap’s 14-year history and really put Baldwin in the map. His character was an evangelist also happened to be a loathsome control freak.
There’s all kinds of wacko stuff going on as Kyle and Oliver’s days on One Life to Live wind down to a close.
The crazy baby plot is not something I’ve got any interest in but since Oliver is involved, here it is. Kyle and Roxy begin this episode tied up and held hostage by some nut job named Allison who takes off with Sierra Rose.
Before Oliver goes out to find them, he opens the paternity results and we all know what happens. He’s a daddy. Today’s episode will deal with the aftermath.
When I rented the film Redwoods the other day, it was to watch Matthew Montgomery who I’m a big fan of. He was, as usual, wonderful in the movie.
But I was just as impressed with the film’s other leading man: Brendan Bradley.
I had seen him in a few years back in a brilliant short film, Kali Ma, and he was terrific as a high school jock who bullies an Indian student who is infactuated with him. The twist comes when the kid’s mom comes over and kicks the crap out of the bully – nearly drowns him in the swimming pool!
Anyway, it was great to be able to watch Brendan in a full-length feature in which he’s a lover, not a fighter. He and Matthew share a beautiful chemistry in Redwoods – and some hot love scenes.
Brendan has some serious theatrical chops graduating with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He began building a name for himself in New York’s downtown indie theater scene but it wasn’t long before the independent film scene lured him away from the stage.
His film credits include Friends (With Benefits), Weak Species, Love Conquers Paul, and September 12th.
Brendan next appears in the mystery-thriller The Last Harbor and stars in Squatters, a web series he also created. Squatters is set in present day Manhattan, this comedy follows the absurd lives of two 20-somethings who becoming fed up with the hiked-up cost of living, vow to squat for an entire year. Here is a LINK to the show’s homepage.
I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this talented young actor in the future!
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The news of Ricky Martin’s coming out has spread like wildfire and I must say, it just makes my day.
An hour before he made the announcement on RickyMartin.com, the singer posted this on his Twitter page: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. M.L.K. Jr.
It was a decade ago that Martin – at the peak of his Livin’ la Vida Loca fame – was asked by ABC’s Barbara Walters about his sexuality and he declined to confirm or deny rumors about him being gay. Walters recently said that one of her biggest regrets about any of her celebrity interview specials was when she put Martin on the spot that way.
Now 39 and the father of twin boys, the Puerto Rican native decided that now was finally the right time.
Ricky joins a growing a growing list of celebs who have come out publicly in the past eight months alone. They include: Sean Hayes, Meredith Baxter, Clay Aiken, Michael Urie, Adam Lambert, Scott Evans, Nick Rodriguez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Chris Colfer.
Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had this to say about it: “When someone like Ricky Martin comes out, hundreds of millions of people now have a cultural connection with an artist, a celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, a father who happens to be gay. His decision to model this kind of openness and honesty can lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in U.S., in Latin America and worldwide.”
It’s not a surprise, of course, but it’s still such a wonderful thing.
Ricky Martin has announced on his Web site that he is a gay man and details some of the process he went through to get to the point where he finally felt comfortable enough to share this with the world.
I feel so happy for him that he’s gotten to this place and that he is publicly acknowledging his sexuality on his own terms. I think he’ll find himself even more embraced by fans gay and straight in a way he never could have been before.
Here is his statement in its entirety:
A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating.
For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that’s the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It’s my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don’t ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I’m at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I’m feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.
Many people told me: “Ricky it’s not important”, “it’s not worth it”, “all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse”, “many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature”. Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.
If someone asked me today, “Ricky, what are you afraid of?” I would answer “the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war…child slavery, terrorism…the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.” But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.
These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.
What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter. I can only focus on what’s happening to me in this moment. The word “happiness” takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.
I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.
I’m loving the growing rapport between Luke and Dr. Oliver – it’s got great energy and excitement to it. Them working together on the new neurology wing is the perfect way for them to have to spend time together and interact.
While on the way to a meeting, the elevator gets stuck with just the two of them in it. I was hoping they’d start making out but not a chance because Reid was having a bit of a panic attack – he’s claustrophobic! Luke at first is totally amused and teases the doc who remarks: “This will make great water cooler talk: evil neurosurgeon cracks up in confined spaces.”
Luke gets him to calm down by thinking of a safe place. Reid thinks of the brain and all the things it is responsible for creating. He mentions chocolate and Godfather and Godfather II (“I’m not so sure about [Godfather] III,” Reid says.
Here is the elevator scene plus Luke bumping into Noah at the hospital but that was too boring to even write about. Give us more Luke and Reid!
As if I wasn’t already excited enough about next month’s GLAAD Media Awards next month in LA, it’s just been announced that Adam Lambert will be performing.
Bring it on!
“GLAAD has advocated for out music artists, including myself, and I am proud to be part of the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards this year,” Adam said in a statement. “GLAAD’s work to share stories that grow acceptance and understanding about the gay and transgender community is so important in our culture today.”
Lambert’s debut album, For Your Entertainment, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. He is nominated this year for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist.
What’s also really cool is that Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager whose high school canceled the prom rather than allow Constance and her girlfriend to attend, will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Wanda Sykes at the April 17 show.
During an appearance on The Wanda Sykes Show, Sykes asked McMillen to present the award to her.
With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, McMillen filed suit against her school, asking them to reinstate the prom for everyone, without discrimination. This week, a federal judge in Mississippi ruled that while he wouldn’t force the school to hold a prom but agreed that McMillen’s First Amendment rights had been violated.
The GLAAD Media Awards elevate and promote fair, accurate and inclusive stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, people and allies that have increased awareness, understanding and respect for the lives of LGBT people. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.
GLAAD previously announced that Golden Globe®-winning actress Drew Barrymore will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles ceremony. Past recipients of the Vanguard Award include Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Janet Jackson, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Kathy Griffin and Whoopi Goldberg.
Candis Cayne and Wilson Cruz will host the event. Other guests and presenters scheduled to attend include cast members from Glee, Tom Ford (A Single Man), Eric Dane (Valentine’s Day, Grey’s Anatomy), Jason Lewis (Sex & the City), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Chaz Bono, Benjamin Bratt (La Mission), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Elizabeth Keener, Clementine Ford (The L Word) and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York City). More names to be announced. For more information: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards.
It was so very sad to hear of the death of LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner last fall. He had famously transitioned into a woman named Christine Daniels but for the last year of his life, he returned to being Mike.
In late April 2007, Mike Penner published an article unlike any of the thousands he had written for the Los Angeles Times. It was brief, just 823 words, and placed without fanfare on the second page of the Sports section that had been his home for 23 years.
Under the headline “Old Mike, new Christine,” Penner explained that he would soon assume a female identity and byline, a decision that followed “a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy.”
It was “heartache and unbearable discomfort” to remain a man, he explained. Being a woman promised “joy and fulfillment.” The article ended on a hopeful note: “This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.”
Gone was quiet, circumspect Mike Penner, replaced by ebullient, outgoing — and instantly famous — Christine Daniels. Celebrity meant a megaphone, and Daniels vowed to use it as an advocate. She told her story at transsexual conferences across the country, becoming a symbol of courage to a transgender community inspired by the most visible coming-out in decades.
A year after the essay, the Daniels byline vanished from the newspaper, and within months Penner was back at work, living as a man and writing under his male name. Once so voluble about the reasons for becoming Christine, Penner was silent about the reasons for abandoning the identity.
This time, there was no essay, no explanation. But friends saw a person in torment. Last November, in the parking garage of the apartment complex where he lived alone, Penner killed himself. He was 52.
As the year wore on, Daniels grew estranged from the Los Angeles transsexual community, complaining that she had become a fundraising tool. At one gathering, she spoke of how supportive the Los Angeles Times had been, only to be confronted by someone who insisted that this didn’t reflect the experience of most transsexuals.
In October 2007, Daniels showed up at a Los Angeles studio to pose for photographs to accompany a profile in Vanity Fair magazine. The photographer, Robert Maxwell, said Daniels wore simple, elegant dresses in what was intended as a “conservative, classy-type look.”
Maxwell said he sensed Daniels’ brittleness and tried to deal with her sensitively. On seeing the photos, she dissolved into tears, saying: “I’m ugly.”
“I told her, ‘No, you’re beautiful,’ ” Maxwell said. “I was trying to say all the right things. How do you tell someone who looks like a man, ‘You’re a beautiful woman’? I don’t know.” As he tried to console her, Maxwell recalled, she pushed him away. The photo shoot was “a total debacle, probably the worst experience of my transition,” Daniels wrote in an e-mail to a friend.
The photographer “apparently wanted to portray me as a man in a dress — my worst fear,” Daniels wrote. “I felt betrayed, totally abused, and very very vulnerable and exposed and alone in the world.”
The profile writer, Evan Wright, said that to write an honest article, he would have to observe that the sportswriter did not pass as a woman. “I thought, ‘Bottom line, she has a fantasy conception. She doesn’t accept who she is.’ ”
Wright said that after the photo shoot, he was so afraid Daniels would commit suicide that he asked his editor to cancel the story. It was never written.
The episode seemed to mark a turning point, a retreat. By year’s end, Daniels had cut off many of her transsexual friends.
This has got to be frustrating for All My Children fans and especially fans of the character of Bianca Montgomery and the actress who played her, Eden Riegel.
The soap tells TV Guide mag that they plan to recast the lesbian heroine who married Reese (Tamara Braun) in a high-profile wedding that made soap history. But soon after, Bianca and Riegel were gone. Now the actress has been hired by CBS soap The Young and the Restless to play D.A. Heather Stevens. Her first episodes will air in mid-April.
“Bianca is so important we want her back on the canvass,” says an AMC rep. “We will spend time finding the right actress, then create a story.”
In an interview with TV Guide, Eden says of her new gig: “I’m excited to be at a place that’s really excited about me.”
Q. Meaning AMC wasn’t excited? When the show relocated to LA, where you now live, we just assumed you guys would work out a deal since it was so geographically convenient.
A. I understand the timing for this is a little odd, what with AMC moving here. And I do love that show! I grew up there and had an amazing experience but I’m an actress. I like playing different characters, especially somebody who’s a D.A. and sexy and conniving. I’m excited to look at those parts of myself and express them through this character. I couldn’t turn it down.
Q. Did AMC at least make an effort to get you back? Weren’t there conversations?
A. Oh, we’ve had endless conversations. I was actually speaking with them just six weeks ago and it kept not working out. And I was so very tempted by Y&R and the idea of a whole new experience.
Q. So no regrets about leaving Bianca behind?
A. I’ve played her for 10 years now and it really hurt me when I felt like I didn’t know my character anymore. I’m a really emotional person and maybe I care too much, you know? I let my emotions get the best of me. It was really difficult to feel like I was losing sight of who Bianca is. She was getting lost in the shuffle.
Q. But they fired the wacko head writer, Chuck Pratt, who did all that shuffling.
A. [Laughs] Yes, I understand they did. But there are just no guarantees. And at a certain point, it just worries me too much. It just really hurts. There is a lot of hurt. Y&R is a blank slate and a fresh start and there’s so much potential. I love my memories of Bianca, and I want to keep those intact. So that’s where I am. I’m really grateful AMC left the door open for me for so long. I guess I felt they weren’t as dedicated as they once were to seeing the character through. I hate to be so brutally honest about this. My fans have always been the greatest and incredibly supportive no matter what I do
I think I’m still in shock about Oliver Fish and Kyle Lewis being written out of One Life to Live.
It seems so wrong.
Their remaining episodes have already been shot so it’s just a matter of watching it play out. An ABC rep tells TV Guide Magazine that the last scheduled appearance for Kish is set for April 12. Viewers will see Kyle (Brett Claywell) one more time after that in a hospital scene airing April 16.
On today’s episode, Fish (Scott Evans) will find out he’s the father of baby Sierra Rose, via his boozy tryst with nutcase stripper Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt). Even though Stacy’s dead and Fish suspects he might be the kid’s only living parent, he’s been refusing to look at the DNA test to know for certain.
“There are a lot of angry fans saying, ‘Why doesn’t Fish just man up and be responsible?‘ But they’re missing the bigger picture,” Evans tells the mag. “This is a scary thing Fish isn’t ready for. He’s just out of the closet. He’s just started a new relationship. People take nine months to prepare to welcome a child into their lives. Fish isn’t mentally prepared to take this next step forward.” Adds the openly gay actor: “I can relate in a way. If I suddenly found out today that I was going to be a father, I don’t know what I’d do!”