Where to be and what to watch...
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/1/2006 8:00:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 2
Crazy like a Fox! No, we're not talking about the old CBS private-eye drama, but Tony Fox, executive VP of corporate communications at Comedy Central. Fox speaks at USC's Marshall School of Business on marketing, public relations, and how the two built Comedy Central into the pesky little juggernaut it is today. It's part of the Cable Center's Mavericks Lecture Series. Speaking of mavericks, the funereal Fisher clan turns up on Bravo. See Six Feet Under with commercials at 9 p.m. ET. Also premiering is Hook Me Up, an interactive reality show on CBS Web channel Innertube. Hook is hosted by Sarah Kruger from The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Used to be, getting a red letter was a bad thing. Just ask that Hester Prynne chick. But now, apparently, it's good! The Atlanta chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) hands out its Red Letter Awards at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead. Weather Channel President Debora Wilson and Turner Broadcasting System V.P. of New Products Rhonda Lowry get major awards...but you didn't hear it from us. Talk about your multimedia! It was a book. It was a movie. Now it's a series! Friday Night Lights, Peter Berg's depiction of high school football in the heartland, debuts on NBC at 8. Minka Kelly plays the ace cheerleader and girlfriend of the star quarterback.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Fox News Channel turns 10! The Foxies are celebrating in style, with a party under the tent at News Corp. headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Look for Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and talent like Bill O'Reilly. Hey, Olbermann—don't even think about showing your mug. And down in the Village, New York Times scribe Bill Carter discusses his book, Desperate Networks—and the future of television—as B&C Editor in Chief Max Robins moderates. It's presented by the Center for Communication at NYU's Abbe Bogen Board Room. Out in San Francisco, execs from AT&T Project Lightspeed and Verizon share their broadband video expertise at IPTV World at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Thursday, Oct. 5
The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) holds its West Coast Creative Summit at the Beverly Hilton in California. Speakers include Reginald Hudlin, president of entertainment at BET, and Peter Liguori, president of Fox Entertainment Group. And game-show giant Jeopardy!, hosted by highly intelligent Canadian Alex Trebek, is taping its celeb version (Bring back Cheech Marin!) at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Jeopardy! has reached 5,000 ep's, so Potent Potables are sure to follow.
Friday, Oct. 6
What do President Bill Clinton, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Survivor creator Mark Burnett and biker dude Lance Armstrong have in common? Well, yes, all have been at the center of controversy in the not-too-distant past. And all will be under the same roof today at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. The event is called The Power Within, and it focuses on “exceptional leaders who will transform your business, professional and personal performance.” Such intellectual capital can be yours for just $195. For a cheaper look at stellar personal performance, tune in to the Food Network. Iron Chef America begins production today, as Mario Batali and Bobby Flay step into Kitchen Stadium with knives drawn. Allez cuisine!—Michael Malone
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