The Latest in TV with Lisa de Moraes

Jul 06, 2012

The Post's TV columnist Lisa de Moraes discussed the latest in TV news - on and off the screen.

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Your story on the apparent demise of Meet the Press has less to do with David Gregory (the master of smugness) than with the political director "Chuck" Todd. Who can take a political director named Chuck with any seriousness? On top of that, a political director with a goatee? It is kind of sad.

You make excellent points, and I'm only sorry you do not have a bigger arena for your thoughts than our little chat...

 

Who are some possible replacements for David Gregory on Meet The Press? Your article mentions Joe Scarborough, and I assume Chuck Todd would also be on the short list. But anyone else, because both of those guys make me change the channel to This Week or Face the Nation (gotta love Bob Schieffer -- he's like everyone's grandfather!).

No, Todd is definitely out -- see previous comment from chatter -- owing to "Chuck" and gautee...

Did you see the broadcast? It was terrible. No rhyme or reason to the song selections. Tribute to Gene Kelley was out of place, and they used stills for some of the visual footage and film clips for others. The Glee singer was really good and had great momentum, but they sucked that out of the show by playing America from West Side Story as the fireworks started. And the camera work for the fireworks was bad. Too many closeups of part of the Washington Monument with a little bit of firework exploding near it. Throw in a little dead air between songs, and there you have it.

What the heck was the Gene Kelly tribute doing in this show -- except to plug Time Warner's new release of the digitally restored "Singin' in the Rain"? I've always found the show a hodge podge.. Sounds like this year was no different. I confess, I was so busy playing chase Mister Birdie with Winkie, I lost track of time, missed the show and only realized how late it was in time to grab Winks and run to the highest point in the neighborhood park to see the fireworks in person, which I much prefer to watching on TV...

I am looking forward to watching the Sound Of Music that you wrote about being produced live on NBC. Approximately when should it be expected to be seen?

NBC did not say, nor did the producers, who I've known for ages -- since they did the Bette Midler remake of "Gypsy" for CBS and I was TV editor at one of the trade papers. Clearly it will be next season, and if you throw your mind back to the movie version, it seems a natural as a special for November sweep, leading in to "holiday" season. Pure guesswork on my part, based on no inside knowledge... It will be interesting to see whether they can stage it that fast..

Lisa: Will the ongoing power outages have any impact on national numbers for viewership of TV programming? Not sure how big our market is or whether big power outages are factored in some way.

Our market is No. 8 in the country so, yes, it would matter, if enough people in our market were without power. Our reporting of the storm said that, as of late Friday, 1 million people were without power. While that's an awful lot of people to be without power in this heatwave, but it's not a huge percentage of the TV-viewer population in our market. Nielsen stats have coverage of broadcast network programming on Saturday morning at 99 percent nationally, which is virtually universal coverage.

Sorry I missed the chat last week, but I just need to say that I switched over to GMA not because of Ann Curry, but because I couldn't tolerate the programming anymore. GMA is only slightly better, but I was so tired of day, after day, after day of the same stories. If I had any slack, I'd fastforward to the political coverage and then the news. Watched all 6 minutes and then grit my teeth for the substanceless next 30 minutes. While the personalities do matter (I did love Meredith Viera), the lousy programming is what pushed me away.

Interestingly, "Good Morning America" beat "Today" show last week on Friday -- the morning after Ann Curry's exit! "GMA" beat "Today" by nearly 700,000 viewers on Friday and, thanks to that big win, tied "Today" for having the most viewers for the week. This week's numbers will be very interesting...

Hi Lisa: Love your chats: I read "rumors" that David Gregory may be on the way out at NBC because of poor ratings of Meet the Press. It was also mentioned that he has no freinds at NBC, which sounds like High School. Your thoughts on his status please. Thanks,

It does sound like high school and even if he had friends, it's not about friendship, it's about ratings. Just ask Ann Curry. One rumor has the Gregory story being circulated by an agent of another bit of news on-air talent whose contract is coming up soon, to churn up the waters... now that's really like high school!

 

Pookie, Please spare a moment to relieve me of my ignorance -- How can people in DC who are out watching the fireworks, but not on the Capitol grounds, hear the accompanying concert while they're outdoors? Battery-operated TV? iPad? Is there wifi on the Mall? I'd like to be properly equipped next year, which I think all around me would prefer to hearing me hum the 1812 Overture over and over.

It's like watching with the mute button on. I watched it from the highest corner of my neighborhood park, with some neighbors, and we had no music. Instead, our audio was provided by a little boy, who was watching his first fireworks, who squealed adorably and clapped from start to finish, and another, slightly older neighbor who complained throughout that too many of the fireworks that were the color green, and not enough that were red, white and blue.  The rest of us were sharply divided on this point and it threatened to strain neighborhood relations. Fortunately, before we came to blows, a spate of red-white and blue fireworks was lit and peace was restored to our little hamlet.

 

I kind of like the idea of Meyers leaving one live show to another. I thought he was a nice guest host while I'm not that much of a fan of his comic skills (I saw his stand-up and A LOT of jokes had "You know when you're at a frat party and [fill in the blank] happens."

For me Kelly Ripa works best when she's trying to upstage some eye-rolling older guywho patronizes her. You know, like Rege.  Paired with anyone else, she starts to veer into nails-on-chalkboard territory. Except when she's co-hosting with Anderson Cooper. That's a fun pairing....Sorry it won't be Anderson.

I adore Louis C.K. as a standup comedian but just really don't like Louie. Why does this show get so much praise? It's not funny or insightful.

TV critics have decided to be in love with him.  I wish it was more complicated than that, but it's not... At some point the number of TV critics in love reaches critical mass, and then no critics is going to nick the object of their colleagues' affection, or that person's show...

Should really think about sacrificing something to the gods (like hurling an executive vp or two into a volcano). They can't seem to do anything right these days, even the once venerable news division is looking inept and ill-advised.

It will be years before NBC recovers from the Jeff Zucker years...

This White House chief News specialist was spot-on in her interview with John Boehner last Sunday July 1 -- can I start a rumor here that she will replace Bob Schieffer (who was born in 1937 -- he was 75 on Feb. 25)?

You can if you want, but evidence would seem to say otherwise...

I thought I saw that the ratings for the second week of the Newsroom fell off a cliff, but HBO already renewed it. If HBO was too quick on pulling the trigger, does that really indicate that they've gotten nothing good in the pipeline?

My guess is HBO knew the numbers before it announced the order, though they were not sent out publicly until the next day...HBO has other reasons besides sheer tonnage for keeping shows on its lineup -- remember, it's not an ad based network... HBO is definitely getting its money's worth in buzz out of the show...and the folks running HBO these days love shows set in the national political arena...

How come no one has noticed the obvious parallel between Adam Sorkin's The Newsroom and the Beeb's The Hour of 2011?

You mean in that both shows are about a "new" news program being launched? The comparison seems to sort of end there, unless I'm mis-remembering "The Hour."...

A little research might be involved. But I know Fox cancelled the results show of SYTYCD. This year they have the worst dating shows known to mankind on. I'm just wondering- how the viewer numbers of the worst dating shows known to mankind THIS year compare to the SYTYCD results show averages LAST year. Thanks Lisa!

Fox launched two dating shows this summer:  George Lopez hosted "Take Me Out," and Kat Deely hosted "The Choice." "Take Me Out" just got pulled off its night and is being shipped to Saturday NIght Burnoff Theatre."

Hey, Pookie: Regarding your column about Anderson Cooper's coming out of the closet, Isn't every day kind of like a "Take out the trash day" for TV? Do you think this was a ploy to try to boost his CNN ratings? Thank goodness I've got better things to do like finally watching the final three episodes of "The Good Wife" this week. Now, that made for great TV!

No, only the day before a major national holiday is "take outthe trash day." This week, though, both Monday and Tuesday were considered take out the trash days in the TV biz, what with July 4th falling on Wednesday...

What's your professional opinion on the upcoming new series Political Animals ... Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Thanks.

I have not decided. I like what I've seen so far, but I confess I'm a little disappointed in Ciaran Hinds -- and he is who I was most looking forward to seeing on the show because I'm a huge fan.  So far he seems miscast as Bubba, aka Not Bill Clinton...

isn't the real problem that all those shows draw from the same pool of guests (which skews old, white, male & Republican) with no effort to diversify the audience? Schieffer is is basically an old white guy who obviously goes easy on old white Republicans while little George reminds everyone of their smartass kid brother even as he grows older. There's no place for Gregory to fit in if he keeps bringing on (and softballing) the same geriatric guests as the other shows.

It is a pretty tight circle of Talking Heads on these shows, isn't it... Gregory suffers from being The Guy Who Replaced Tim Russert, which is a thankless job....

Forget DC's ... I really wanted to be in San Diego this year after seeing that 15 second debacle on TV!

If you saw it on YouTube, you can tell it was pretty disappointing.. For those of you who have not heard, the company putting on the July 4th fireworks in San Diego had a malfunction and all 20 minutes of fireworks from I think four locations went up in about 60 seconds. But, instead of looking like some fab apocalyptic scene in a Michael Bay flick, it was just a very bright white light that came, and went very quickly....

Ryan Seacrest? He's everywhere else.

AND Ryan Seacrest has just been inducted into the NBC (News and otherwise) Family! I'm sorry to say I would watch that.. Particularly the roundtable discussion with Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian, and Kevin Jonas....

When will the next season air?

No air date yet for season 2 -- just sometime this year....

They took the week off, but how is the show doing ratings-wise. I think they made a big mistake killing off Cameron in the first episode. They should have had him be in a coma for a season or something.

The three episodes of "Bunheads" to date averaged 1.7 million, 1.6 million and 1.4 million viewers....

How do I pronounce "Ciaran Hinds"? And why would I?

I believe it's pronounced Key-ah-ran Hinds... And you would want to know how to pronounce it because he is an enormously talented actor working in American television and you are a serious student of television...

I like the three named option for a new cohost for Kelly--Seth Meyers, Josh Groban, and Michael Strahan (in that order). To be honest, I would have even taken Ann 'thismorningthismorningthismorning' Curry or dead Lenin over Mario Lopez, a rumored early choice. But what I cannot figure out is why Seth Meyers would want it. Is it viewed as a better job than SNL? And speaking of Curry--how was she a groundbreaker? By demonstrating the Peter principle? Her farewell speech just gave more credence to the fact that she does not get it.

Her farewell speech was cringe-tastic.  Lack of "getting it" frequently is behind some of the best live TV there is. I'm guessing Seth would want it because Lorne Michaels likes to churn through "SNL" cast to keep it fresh and he's been on that show a while, and he has not developed a starring movie career, which is like getting tenure on "SNL." Meanwhile, if you "click" on a syndicated daytime show, you're good to go for years and years and years... You might just as well ask why Anderson Cooper or Katie Couric would do it...

For my treatment of "Deadliest Catch: The Musical", would it be too much if the crabs had a musical number?

I'd pay good money to see that on Broadway.. Tell me more....

The concert is probably broadcast on the PBS radio stations, so you can take a radio. But on the Mall, I think the fireworks portion is also piped to several locations. (It was so much nicer when it was just a National Symphony concert, one of several different kinds of concert, without all the TV production and celebrity folderol.)

Extra points for using "folderol" -- thank you! I too was not particularly interested in Megan Hilty, Matthew Broderick and Phil2's take on this holiday....Far more entertaining was this little boy's take on his very first fireworks....

Could someone please tell the producers to stop using so many cast members that look alike. I can't tell whether they're talking about the brunettw playing the con artist to the brunette with the stolen identity and bipolar disorder! Oh, and is it renewed yet?

I've gotten several comments here today from people complaining that all the non-relic actors look so much alike they're indestinguishable... I'll suggest nametags when I see the producers at Summer TV Press Tour 2012 later this month...

No, you're spot on, Ms. DeMoraes. I liked "The Hour", but I'm a cheap date when it comes to BBC-related programming. If anything, it felt like it was more of a cash-in on "Mad Men" (roughly the same timeframe) and "Downton Abbey (posh Brits in costumes). As for "The Newsroom", the obvious parallel is with everything else Sorkin ever did- just a different setting is all (is there an appropriate emoticon for "eye roll"?).

I don't know about you guys. I enjoy a good Sorkin Show Treatment every once in a while, and am enjoying "The Newsroom" so far...

I don't have a question - just wanted to comment that I'm so happy Episodes is back!!

Showtime sent me all of this season's episodes. I'm like a pig in mud. Oink....

Wait. I thought the JOE was the political pundit Jonas??

Ah, but he does not have a Seacrest-produced reality show.. (and really, is there a political pundit Jonas? Isn't he the one on the pick-a-babe Fox series "The Choice" ? Oh, and speaking of all the non-relic "Dynasty" actors looking alike, am I the only one who wonders if someone will do a drama series starring Larry Hagman's eyebrows?

Obviously, there wasn't time to schedule a special tribute over the July 4 holiday, but will any of the channels have some sort of Matlock marathon or something like that one some weekend soon?

Turner Classic Movies will air an Andy Griffith tribute on July 18 and the lineup is a good one. Do not miss "A Face in the Crowd" if you've never seen it. It's a whole different side of Griffith -- directed by Elia Kazan. It's at 8 that night. They're also showing "No Time for Sergeants," etc...

Meanwhile, TV Land has scheduled an "Andy Griffith Show" marathon this weekend.

Pookie -- why does The Good Wife keep adding characters? Don't they realize that the current cast is very good? If Nathan Lane and Kristen Chenoweth sing, I will be disappointed. Then again, I would be happy to see Stephen Root return as the folksy judge any time.

The cast is good -- the ratings aren't... This is an effort to get more people to sample the show and, if you're a fan of the show, you should support it, or at least tolerate it...

So Rules will be a mid season replacement unless something bombs in the Fall on CBS, is that correct?

"Rules" is CBS's perennial bench warmer, isn't it?

I have a weird crush on him even though he's old enough to be my father. He was amazing in "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day".

He's been great in everything I've ever seen him in. You may like him in "Political Animals" too. Me -- not so much...

I actually switched to CBS because they have more news and dialouge with their guests than Today and GMA. But I'm now 35, so I'm in a undesired demographic.

The news demographic is 25-54, so you've still got quite a few "good" years... Did I just make your day?

I think Bob Shieffer is the best. Tim Russert really was irreplaceble but David Gregory doesn't even come close and I personally can't think of anyone who would. Haven't watched ABC's program in awhile but what brought George S. back? Were the ratings bad under Christine (whose name I can't spell but whom I admired as a reporter? Of the four, including Fox, which of the Sunday morning news shows has the best ratings? Which has the best and the worst credibility?

Meet the Press still has the best ratings -- it's just a very close race now... Kind of like the situation NBC's 'Today" is in, in the morning infotainment show ratings war....ABC brought George Stephanopoulos back because the ratings with Christine Amanpour were not good...she was a bad fit, though I applaud them for trying something "different" -- you know: female, trying to broaden show to discuss international news, etc...

Pookie: I can see NBC larding a show with second-rate stars whose shows it wants to promote, but I am perfectly baffled by the odd line up of a PBS show that had Matthew Broderick sleeping through his number, a buncha "stars" I've never heard of, including the one from Smash who can actually sing and dance--was the purpose of that array just to make the pledge week shows look good?

My guess is they were filed under "product placement"....Matthew Broderick sleep-walked through his performance on the "Tony Awards" broadcast too. Was it the same number? Was he still wearing that clown costume?

The crabs MUST have a musical number. It's the only way it'll succeed on Broadway. Look what Sebastian the Crab did to the Little Mermaid!

And it must be a Busby Berkeley number!

Best recent year had Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin and the original cast of JERSEY BOYS. *That* was a lineup. I will never forget watching the Pointer Sisters carry on in a downpour. Rain blew across the stage but they kept going. As they walked off, one of them started singing - what else - "Singing in the Rain."

Sorry I missed that one...

Pookie, my choices for lunch today were a) go out in this awful heat or b) stay in and read your chat. You win, hands down.

I wish I could say "thank you!" but I'd rather do housework than go out in this heat.... so, "thank you I think?"

Saw one of those annoying behind the scene sneak peeks of this show before a movie this week, but have to admit it got me curious. Any word on whether it is going to be any good, though?

I've only seen the pilot and I was surprised that I enjoyed it. Particularly Jonny Lee Miller who plays Holmes. I've not been a big fan in the past... 

But probably not for the reasons that Sorkin wants me to. I love Drunk Sam Watterson. I love trying to picture what a Sorkineese Cadence Boot Camp must be like - there is no way those actors didn't have to undergo serious training to pick up the almost musical cadence that Sorkin prefers. And finally, I love how Dev Patel spends at least half an episode sitting awkwardly in the background.

I had completely forgotten that Sam Waterston is a fine actor -- that's the effect of watching him do years of "Law & Order: Whichever One He was On"... it's a revelation and I like Sorkin's new show, if for no other reason than giving us back Waterston...

Larry Hagman's eyebrows could be their own show. Like how they wave in the wind.

I'd like to see a show that starred Larry Hagman's eyebrows and the monkey in NBC's new "Animal Practice." But I think I got heat stroke this morning walking Winkie, and so will refuse to be held accountable for anything I say in this chat...

Does he really want to leave SNL before the November election? Would Kelly be willing to wait for him till the next week?

Yes, there are a lot of big holes in this rumor....

He was awesome in Rome....another HBO show that ended way too soon. I'm still bitter over Deadwood and Rome being canceled.

Personally I'm thrilled "Deadwood" is gone....meanwhile, Hinds' credits include "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (but don't hold that against him), "Rome," one of PBS's adaptations of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge,"...I could go on and on...

Why are those scruffy people walking by a decrepit Wrigley Stadium in the promos?

Because they have not had power for a while -- like a decade or something.. and yet, they all have really good hair....

What new show will they hype the hardest during the Olympics? Also, will Ann Curry have a role at all in the coverage, or does that fall into her new bailiwick as foreign correspondent in the Bermuda Triangle, or whatever she is?

I'm told she will participate in Olympics coverage and my guess is they will promote the heck out of all their new shows and the first-ever fall edition of "The Voice" which is key to NBC's attempt to resuscitate itself next season...

Our power was out. I'd have gladly watched an uneven "Capitol 4th" TWICE in a row if it had meant having electricity! Besides, Tom Bergeron must have been a redeeming factor.

Hope it returned quickly. It was soooo hot that night....

The rehearsal is sometimes better than the show, especially since they have to be creative to fill in for "stars" who can't be bothered to rehearse. Mike Love and his faux Beach Boys didn't come to rehearsal some years ago, so the stage hands pulled together a Beach Boys cover band to fill the spot (I think that was the year when a Very Very White Regular Person was introduced as "General Powell," too). Compared with the "real" Beach Boys on the broadcast, the stagehands were much better. Another good one was Brian Denehey rehearsing for the Memorial Day concert; after stumbling through his dramatic reading he had a discussion that I imagine went "I'm 80 years old. Can you enlarge the print on the teleprompter, or do I need to memorize this thing?" Either way, he was flawless on the broadcast the next night.

What a fun report -- thanks! I used to attend the rehearsal for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at around 3 in the morning -- it was a hoot... And I lived near where they blew up the balloons, which was so much fun to watch... I think I'm digressing....

The Newsroom (2012) was a fictional TV newsroom. The Hour (2011) recounted a real story about the 1956 Suez Crisis taking place in a real newsroom, BBC. The Newsroom was preachy. The drama of the The Hour is built into an inside story of a real event in a real studio.

...and that too...

What would be a good number for them? And how would NBC even start a live version of "The Sound of Music" compared to Julie Andrews in the Austrian Alps?

They made a point of saying their version would be based not on the flick but on the original Bway play. Which I have not seen but I hear had some additional songs that were lovely but got cut. If they cut lovely songs so they could keep the treacle-fest "Doe a Deer" in the flick,  the studio that did the flick is going to have a lot of explaining to do..

What's up with that?

The acting required in those flicks was not exactly heavy lifting....

Don't pick on Bob Shieffer! Remember that the CBS Evening News' Ratings went up when he was anchor in the interregnum between Dan Rather and Katie Couric.

I wouldn't dream of it.. I'm a fan....

The drama series would need to star other actor's physical attibutes: 1) Kiefer Sutherland's Ears 2) Gene Shallot's curly mustache and hair 3) Michael Emmerson's creepy voice 4) Katy Perry's budging Eyes 5) Anderon Cooper's Silver Hair 6) Al Roker's Gut (before his lap-band surgery)

I was thinking more of a one man show... or a two-eyebrow show... First his left eyebrow would have a soliloquoy about the "I Dream of Jeannie" years, then his right eyebrow could discuss the "Dallas" years, etc...

Next season is Seth's 12th with SNL -- the 2nd-longest tenure in SNL history after Darrell Hammond's 14 seasons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live_cast_members#Longest_tenures Fred Armisen will be in his 11th season, which will put him tied in 2nd place for longest tenure. And Keenan Thompson will be in his 10th season, which will tie him for 3rd place.

Yes, as I said, Seth's been there a long time...

Is "Chuck" any worse than "Tim"? Is a goatee any worse than a paunch?

touche!

Has anyone asked Matt Lauer what Ann Curry's hair taste like? ;-)

No, but if they bring him to the press tour, I will ask.. Promise...

Hinds with a short I or a long I?

long 'i'....

As a former coworker of his, may I just say I'm experiencing some schadenfreude over recent developments?

Would you care to identify yourself? No, I guess not....

Conspiracy? Or was the show truly that horrendous?

The ratings were that bad... It's been moved to late night...

I live in the DC area and faithfully watched the kitschy concert because I was looking forward to the fireworks -- then there were just five or ten minutes. I later discovered that the whole, wonderful fireworks show was broadcast on DC PBS stations, so I didn't miss it... but why have a big build-up to the fireworks, then just do one or two musical numbers (with the fireworks) and walk away? Include the whole thing, please!

So who cut off the fireworks?

I wonder how many fans of "Poltergeist" started walking into the liiiight.....

None because, the press reported, no one was hurt....

Lisa, I am appalled that my satellite provider dropped AMC. I have problems with the owner of Direct TV and its obscene pricing. Is there a chance the channel will be restored when Breaking Bad returns? I know you've tired of the show but it's the final season.

It's people like you Dish is counting on to register your unhappiness with AMC over the situation. These two companies are squabbling over things that have nothing to do with customers, but, of course, customers must pay the price...

Yesterday, a cable news host said she would never vote for an atheist for President because she doesn't think someone who thinks 90% of the population they are governing are crazy can effectively govern them (paraphrased, but I think she did say crazy). This news host is a self described atheist, so I guess she feels that gives her a pass. Should the network issue a statement? I can't believe this would be an acceptable comment if other words were used instead of "atheist." Thanks for your insight!

That is a very odd statement. Who made this remark?

I read that as "rapetastic", which made me wonder if they'd invited Lawrence Taylor back.

The chatter clearly meant "craptastic" -- that typo must have given pause to several people -- thanks for noting...

Presidentially speaking, Hines gives off more of a "Nixon" vibe than "Clinton". Not my first choice for a merry schmoozer.

Yes, he's not well cast in the role, based on what I've seen so far... But I'll give it a few more episodes

Well, the actual show begins with quite a lot of nun singing, which is quite lovely and complicated, but I'm not sure how well that translates to TV. And the baroness sings in the musical!

What fun! I hope they will restore that.. But who do you want to see cast in this show. If the producers give the Maria role to Kristin Chenoweth, I'll scream....

Their big production number would be Jimmy Buffet's "A White Sports Coat and a Pink Crustacean".

Never heard of it, but I like it!

Don't worry, they have a perfectly fine, Alp-less opening for the Bway version. And one of the cuts is a duet between the Captain and the Countess about "Poor little rich people" or something - pretty song, but cut-able (in my opinion).

I'm still curious to see it....

They ALWAYS cut them off.

well then, they are always wrong....

If I recall correctly (based on the soundtrack), Maria sings the Lonely Goatherd song to the kids during the storm instead of My Favorite Things. I would hate to see My Favorite Things get cut. I know it's overexposed, but I like it.

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...." right about at that point, I stuff paper into my ears.....

"The acting required in those flicks was not exactly heavy lifting...." Fair enough. But there were so many parts to be filled in that series that just about every British theatre and film star showed up at one time or another, whether it was an easy paycheck, a matter of national pride, or a prerequisite to further employment. I started to look askance at any British actor who _wasn't_ in one of them.

Correct Answer: easy paycheck....

I'm out of time. Thank you for joining me.....

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Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree -- Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry's executive suites. de Moraes worked for a decade as the television editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry trade paper, where she was routinely on the receiving end of more shouting phone calls from TV suits than Paula Abdul's manager.

When she upgraded to The Washington Post in 1998, a well-known executive producer called to suggest she have someone else start her car, but her trenchant writing (and refusal to use words like "trenchant") earned her the following praise from the brilliant, handsome media observer at Slate: "She writes like a wicked bitch." Wikipedia has called her "a noted television columnist," but they're often unreliable. It's pronounced "deh more ICE."

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