Showing posts from October, 2013

More Bad News for CNN Primetime News

When it rains, it pours. Perhaps viewers are tired of CNN dumbing down the news. Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing? Related CNN's Good Thing or A Bad Thing Journalism The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Rips CNN CNN Falls To Lowest Primetime In Over A Year; Fox’s Megyn Kelly Returns To Cable News Ratings Top Spot via @deadline — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) November 1, 2013

Downton Abbey's Surprising Character Addition

What a teaser! We are looking forward to  Downton Abbey's new season. With the addition of a black character, the producers are demonstrating ways to keep this show relevant and authentic at the same time.

CNN's Good Thing or A Bad Thing Journalism

Jon Stewart starts "The Daily Show" by ripping into CNN's anchor's use of the term, "Is this a good thing or a bad thing?" Even for the most serious issues. Yikes! The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook

'Time of Death,' dying as it really is | Media Life Magazine

Just reading this review of Showtimes' documentary "Time of Death" made us feel there was a pit in our stomach. However, as Tom Conroy notes at the end of his review "everyone will have something to gain from "Time of Death",  we do believe that will be true.  We've marked our calendars.  'Time of Death,' dying as it really is | Media Life Magazine

Bob Barker Returns to The Price Is Right for #90

Bob Barker , the former host of CBS' "The Price Is Right" for 35 years, will return to the show on December 12th to mark his 90th birthday. Barker's appearance will include the "presentation of a special showcase to mark the occasion."  Who does showcases better than Bob Barker ! Anyway, we remember Barker , who always appeared trim and healthy, and can't wait to see how he looks now. Perhaps Barker proves 90 is the new 70!

Marketing and Facebook

We're not convinced that ads on Facebook work all that well either. Generally we find the advertising is too cluttered to focus on. We think there's just too much going on and you know how we feel about the marketers who have bought into E-Stalking ! Related Retailers, E-Stalking is Not the Way to Go  E-Stalking Is Facebook Failing Marketers? via @deadline — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 29, 2013

Netflix Taking it Up A Notch

We're really impressed with Netflix. It's really opening up doors to content providers and changing the way we watch TV, and now perhaps movies. Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theaters

How To Be Popular 50s Style is New Again

Movie Deals Kudos to  DreamWorks  for spotting this one! We love this story (see below) and the eventual movie should be cute and fun. The movie will be based on an 8th grader's,  Maya Van Wagenen  now fifteen,  journal, which she wrote as she followed advice from  Betty Cornell’s  "Glamour Guide For Teens." Wow, there's a name so fitting from the 50's. Who would have thought in this age of technology we would be looking to the past (let's say a time when ugly landline phones and typewriters with ribbon were the norm) for current entertainment. Perhaps we should get the book too. DreamWorks Acquires 8th Grader’s Journal On How ’50s Advice Guide Made Her Popular

FLOTUS Michelle Obama Wearing the Perfect Stand-In for Black

Fashion Forward This is what we mean by Stand-In for Black . The FLOTUS '  deep rich purple has the visual impact of black along with a toned down pop of color. The LBD has its place in our wardrobe, but it's been over used and we're looking to branch out. Is anyone else getting bored with the black theme? We know all-black and the LBD is chic and can hide a multitude of sins, but deep rich purples, burgundy and aubergine add a little excitement and make you feel just a little bit royal too!

TV Pilot Spending Increasing Among the Big 4

TELEVISION We thought Cynthia Littleton, editor-in-chief of TV at Variety, wrote a great piece last week (see below). It seems the nets are feeling the heat from cable, which in a smart move, is increasingly producing original programs. The cable and online option for producers, who probably would have never been considered for a network deal, has created more opportunities everyone and proves that competition is always healthy. We love the idea that there are so many outlets for writers and producers that never existed before.   TV Networks’ Pilot Spending Reflects Cable Competition — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 28, 2013

More House of Cards to Come

Netflix In Talks For Third Season Of ‘House Of Cards’ via @deadline — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 27, 2013

The Classy Bachelorette Party

Videos Vows: The Anti-Bachelorette Wish we'd thought of this when we were walking down the aisle. — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 27, 2013

Bill Cunningham's INKED

Fashion Forward We were so looking forward to getting away from black! This season designers did present deep burgundy, aubergine and green as an alternative to black and one of our members did invest in her first burgundy dress! However,  Bill Cunningham presents black Parisian style and notes it's the magic of Paris. Related: Stand-In For Black

Jil Sander Out Again

Just when one of our members had fallen in love with Jil Sander all over again, she's leaving her label for the third time. It seems Sander has a difficult time working creatively for someone else. Related Odd Twist to Less is More Brands We Love Jil Sander Leaves Her Label for the Third Time - The Cut via @thecut — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 24, 2013

Nikki Finke Calls Out The Hollywood Reporter!

Wow, Nikki Finke's post this morning was a cup of coffee for us! We've heard that there are powerful people in Hollywood who tremble when they think Nikki Finke , Editor in Chief of Deadline.Com an online magazine founded by Ms. Finke,  might cover them. However, most entertainment types, whether they want to admit it or not, check Deadline Hollywood  everyday! Those in the Conversation Circle with a media background are happy to see Ms. Finke calling out publications (broadcast and cable should be added to this list) for "BS" stores! The Hollywood Reporter Trafficks In Crap via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 24, 2013

More Unscripted Programming

ReelzChannel Inks Output Deal With Asylum For Unscripted Programming via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 23, 2013

Prince George is Christened

Prince George is a special baby for sure (and my has he grown), but today he and his parents looked like any other family celebrating with loved ones the joy and pride of christening of a new baby. We're happy for his lovely family.

eBay Aquires Rival Hoping for a Local Edge

We read this story (see below)  and were reminded of an experience one of our members had. In discussing the acquisition of its  rival Devon Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces, commented "People like to shop locally." We said, wait a minute, not so fast! A few years ago a frustrated member purchased a laundry cart she found on Amazon. The company that manufactured the cart was in California. She had purchased 3 carts locally over the years and they all fell apart sometimes within weeks. She vowed at that point, no more cheap carts, thus the Amazon search. Local is great when you need to try or taste before buying, but for anything else, we love the ability to buy the best product no matter where it is! eBay Now Acquires Chief Rival as It Expands Same-Day Delivery Service via @mashable — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 22, 2013

Does Spain have Its Own Period Piece that Rivals Downton Abbey?

Spanish Period Mini ‘The Time In Between’ Makes History; Is It Remake Material?: Video via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 22, 2013


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NBC cancels Ironside

"Ironside" was axed by NBC as Media Life's Toni Fitzgerald predicted. However, for now, "Sean Saves The World" has been thrown a lifeline in the form of 4 additional scripts.  Related:  The five shows most likely to be axed UPDATE: NBC Cancels ‘Welcome To The Family’ &‘Ironside’ via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 18, 2013

Kerry Washington beat Olivia Pope in our Viewing Diary

We must admit we were torn last night between watching the final half hour of Project Runway and switching to Scandal . (To be honest we tried switching during commercials, it didn't work out so well.) After all, Kerry Washington was a guest judge last night. As you know, we opted to DVR Scandal . However, judging from the ratings, Scandal is one of the hottest shows on broadcast TV right now. Scandal turned in a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49, up 6% from last week. Scandal is expected to finish the week as the top rated broadcast drama for adults 18-49 (Live+same day). We'll play catch up over the weekend. Related: Spoiler Alert: Dom Streater winner of Project Runway

'The Crazy Ones' get a Full Season Order

After ticking up in the ratings it looks like The Crazy Ones received a vote of confidence. CBS’ ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘The Millers’ & ‘Mom’ Get Full Season Orders via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 18, 2013 Related : Big Bang for 'The Crazy Ones'

SPOILER ALERT: Dom Streater winner of Project Runway Season 12!

Dom Streater This was so deserved. First we'd like to say Project Runway  was fresh his season. We really enjoyed Tim Gunn's expanded role, the designers and the drama! However, after all of the drama and contestants who seemed promising, Dom Streater, a Philadelphia native and graduate of Moore College of Art,  was crowned winner, with guest judge Kerry Washington looking on, of Project Runway Season 12. ( See video below. )  Streater was able to make prints and patterns interesting again. We thought Streater's designs made you feel happy and lifted your spirit, that's quite an  accomplishment! It's time to get out of black and into a great print! We can't wait for Streater's designs to hit the market. Related : A Redesigned Project Runway Season 12

Toy Story of Terror Played Well

As huge fans of the Toy Story movies we were a little anxious about the special, but it worked! Now some are wondering if there's a holiday special in the works. 'Toy Story of TERROR!' Premiere Delivers Big Numbers for ABC — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 18, 2013

NeNe Leakes a Fan of TV by the Numbers

We're a fan of TV by the Numbers , too. NeNe , we're sorry your show got cancelled, but you've proven there's no stopping you.  You "have arrived!" We think you deserve and can carry your own show. Just wait for the right concept! NeNe Leakes Reads TV by the Numbers Waiting For News About 'The New Normal' During 'I Dream Of NeNe: The Wedding' — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 18, 2013

Morale Boost for 2 ABC Comedies on the Skids

Although ABC has ordered more scripts, there's no guarantee they will be picked up.  Hopefully the fresh order doesn't lead to false hope. ABC Orders 3 More Scripts Of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’ via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 17, 2013

What are the Young and Wealthy Watching?

According to Nielsen's ratings the  fifteen shows that are popular with this upscale bunch include "Modern Family" "Big Bang Theory" and "Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D". Why does this matter? These young adults are a key demo, 18-49 with an annual income of $100, 000 or more. These two components equal money to burn in an advertiser's mind (and probably in reality), and ABC is leading with this group. The fact that Modern Family is number one with this demo, says something positive about this group of young adults. Check out this Los Angeles Times piece. Comments: ABC Leads In Ratings Among Upscale 18-49s |

Kerry Washington to SNL NOV 2

We're not sure if the timing of Kerry Washington's  appearance is more uncomfortable for her or the suits at NBC's SNL. Washington's booking announcement comes in the middle of a  "no black female cast member" controversy for SNL. Awkward, to say the least! Washington , who portrays Olivia Pope, a crisis management consultant on the highly rated Scandal, may have to show up "in character". UPDA TE: Kerry Washington To Host ‘SNL’ On Nov. 2 As New-Cast Kerfuffle Continues via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 16, 2013

The five shows most likely to be axed | Media Life Magazine

We were checking out Toni Fitzgerald's piece in Media Life Magazine. It's a good read. The shows Fitzgerald puts on the likely chopping block include, shows with terrible and anemic ratings, the interesting and well produced and a show with a fresh order (if it's cancelled, what a letdown for the producers)... The five shows most likely to be axed | Media Life Magazine

Bravo Media to Reinforce Reality

Bravo has promoted Christy Dees to VP Development. In addition to developing original new series for Bravo, Dees will serve as executive producer on a new (wait for it) reality series, Thicker Than Water , that centers on a former pro-basketball player now gospel singer/recording artist Ben Tankard and his blended family. Bravo sites, "Christy’s impeccable understanding of the Bravo brand coupled with her infectious passion for reality television...."  While members of the Conversation Circle do watch Bravo, we're just waiting for Bravo to create a program that excites us again! Related: More Unscripted Programming from Bravo

Miley Cyrus is a Show Business Diva!

For all those who questioned Miley Cyrus'   twerking and tonguing perhaps it was all marketing genius. Cyrus made a big dent in her Hannah Montana image and now moves on to new territory. Cyrus had no intention of being typecast, a sometimes daunting task some artists are never able to achieve, but  Cyrus has succeeded. Miley on SNL was funny and there is no denying she has talent and longevity. There's no business like show business! Related Piling on Miley Cyrus Justified? Miley Cyrus Not in Vogue?  Bruce Willis & Katy Perry No Match For Miley On ‘SNL’ via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 14, 2013

Ed Helms Producing Comedy Written By Aisha Muharrar

Ed Helms ', star of "The Office," is producing a new comedy project for NBC that's written by Aisha Muharrar. Universal TV, where Helms has a first-look deal, is producing. Most television viewers probably don't know who Muharrar is, but we think she may be the Shonda Rhimes of comedy one day. Muharrar's project centers on a gifted teen that wants to be the next Oprah, but lacks the skills and experience, so she uses her family and friends as case studies. (Sounds like fun if the show can nail down the essence of what made Oprah, Oprah!)   Muharrar is currently a producer on "Parks and Recreation." She was also a staff writer for Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated comedy.

Alaïa Retrospective Opens in Paris; Fashion Insiders Gush

Fashion Forward  Vintage.

Two Original Series for Bounce TV

Bounce TV will air its first original scripted sitcom " My Crazy Roommate ," described as a modern-day Odd Couple , on October 14 at 10pm. The new sitcom will be followed by the debut of BRKDWN , a half-hour series, hosted by YouTube sensations Cynthia LuCiette and Jon Scarlet, featuring what is described as "the hottest gossip, freshest beats and need-to-know-now pop culture news each week with an urban swagger."


We realize this video is utterly sophomoric, but it was funny! We needed a good laugh today. Now it's your turn.

Nicolas Ghesquière Goes To Louis Vuitton

Fashion Forward There had been an old saying in Hollywood in which people who were let go from prominent positions were offered equally prominent positions at another company. It was called "failing up!" It seems that goes for the fashion industry too, as Ghesquière , who was fired from Balenciaga  takes over for the omnipresent Marc Jacobs , as creative director at  Louis Vuitton . Non followers of the fashion industry may not have known Marc Jacobs' connection to  Louis Vuitton  (which we think has come a long way under his leadership). However in most retail stores, high and low, the Marc Jacobs brand is difficult to escape.  Nicolas Ghesquière Named Louis Vuitton Creative Director - The Cut via @thecut — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 10, 2013

Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West Sit Down

We're not sure if Kanye West did himself any good with this Jimmy Kimmel sit down. The background  for this awkward appearance is a comedy bit Kimmel aired about West based on an interview with BBC Radio 1. The Conversation Circle thinks if you can't laugh at yourself, then you're taking yourself way too seriously . We find it odd when those who seek fame and celebrity are then bothered by the unpleasant side dishes that come with the main dish. In watching how intense West looks, we're reminded of the television commercials that run selling The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast  on DVD. (Oddly, one of our kids was drawn to the roast and Dean Martin's Variety Show commercials.) Talk about touching a nerve, but they are funny as hell! Anyway, we don't think a celebrity roast is in Kanye's future! You be the judge: Jimmy Kimmel Apologized But Kanye West Did Most Of The Talking As They Settled Their Feud via @nikkifinke — ConversationC

Freshman 'We Are Men' Canceled

Media sources began predicting " We Are Men "  would be on the chopping block since last week. Well, it's here. CBS pulled the Monday night comedy, about four bachelors, from its schedule. The show was reportedly the lowest rated in-season sitcom premiere for CBS , ever! Wow, that's some record. Considering all of CBS ' testing, why was the show picked up and who was their demo? (Single women touching up their mani/pedis on a Monday night?) So much for networks waiting for DVR, Online and VOD data to come in before moving or canceling new programming. Related : Fall TV Gets Proving Ground

What's Screwed Up About Your State?

Wow, this was surprising and funny at the same time. — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 7, 2013

Bill Cunningham Talks Orange

FRONTLINE | "League of Denial" Trailer | PBS

Another important documentary on sports. This may be uncomfortable for fans of football, but we think it is a must-see.

Making of Rihanna's 'Pour It Up' (Photos) | Billboard

We are not sure of what it takes to get exposure in the music business or if Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are in some kind of competition, but now it seems they literally show their *ss to get attention.  What's next?  Making of Rihanna's 'Pour It Up' (Photos) | Billboard

Important College Sports Documentary

Schooled: The Price of College Sports is a must-see documentary for anyone who plays, watches or attends the games. Premieres October 16, 8pm.   Related : School: The Price of College Sports. 

Does Netflix Represent a Fundamental Change in the TV Business?

We're not sure if cable operators understand that Netflix subscribers see Netflix as an alternative to cable. Don’t Count On Cable Operators To Cozy Up To Netflix: Analyst via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 4, 2013

WHAT TO SEE 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'

"The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete"is a tremendously moving film about transformation and salvation through friendship. Opens October 11.

Kevin James Inks Deal with Lionsgate

Okay writers. Any bright ideas? Kevin James Inks Film & TV Deal With Lionsgate via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 2, 2013

CBS Wins Big At News and Documentary Emmy Awards

We hope more news organizations will take notice. Just the facts, please! CBS Big Winner At News And Documentary Emmy Awards via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 2, 2013

OMG! What's Happened to the YSL Brand?

Does the woman who can afford YSL (Saint Laurent) want to be associated with this brand when they are putting out a Spring 2014 collection that looks like this? (See The Cut's tweet below.) Will their expensive handbags retain their value for upscale women for whom appearances are everything? One might be embarrassed to be seen with the label considering this spring offering. Interested in sophistication?  Nothing to see here! Givhan: Hedi Slimane’s Assault on Luxury and Beauty at Saint Laurent - The Cut via @thecut — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 1, 2013

Boardwalk Empire holding its own

We can't say we were watching, you know where our eyes were! However, now that Breaking Bad is  done, it's all Boardwalk for us. HBO’s ‘Boardwalk’ Holds Up Against Stiff Sunday Competition via @nikkifinke — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) October 1, 2013 Related Boardwalk Empire Renewed 

Will 'Up Late with Alec Baldwin' Stop us From Going to Jail

MSNBC's new talker with Alec Baldwin will at least be an improvement over the rerun laden  Lockup ( pick the state, doesn't matter ) . Previously, as a viewer you knew not to tune into MSNBC, in what will be Baldwin's time-slot, unless you wanted to be depressed or just zone out!  This will be a big improvement.  "Up Late With Alec Baldwin" premieres October 11. Here's a promo: Visit for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy

Retailers, E-Stalking is Not the Way to Go

One again one of our members is being stalked on Facebook by a favored retailer using her favorite brand. The member happened to look at a  pair of shoes (of course) yesterday on their site, then went through the usual cookie deleting. Then, sure enough, the shoes showed up on her FB Home page anyway! She is frustrated, annoyed and feels her privacy is being invaded. She does't want to see her browsing history on Facebook. She has made the painful decision not to buy (other retailers carry that brand) from that retailer again. We're left wondering when will retailers realize E-Stalking is a turnoff .   Related:  E-Stalking