Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2001 7:00:00 PM
"More of my union is unemployed than employed. So you have to ask yourself, what's the impetus for them to vote against a strike?"
-Peter Aronson, president of Regency Television and member of the Writers Guild of America, on the possibility that the looming strike will materialize, from the San Francisco Chronicle.
"We buy because we enjoy the cheap thrill. We want to escape. We escape because we have become so numbed to our own deep desires that it is just easier to watch others in phony hot pursuit."
-Monica Collins, Boston Herald, on the results of a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation finding that sex on television has increased dramatically.
"My name is often followed by 'the son of Colin Powell.' So if you're here for a State Department briefing, you're in the wrong place."
-FCC Chairman, Michael Powell, at the beginning of his first press conference as FCC chairman.
"It used to be that all you had to do to win valuable prizes was open your purse for Monty, tell Bob the right price or pick the right door. But nowadays, you're actually expected to think."
-Cathy Lubenski, (New York) Daily News, on the intelligent transformation occurring in American game shows.
"Doesn't anyone here think this sounds like a vision of hell? While we are all competing or dying, when will there be time for sex or music or books? Stop the world, I want to get off."
-Howard Stringer, chairman of Sony America, speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum on the vision for the 21st century corporation.
"Can a Kelly Ripa women's clothing line at Wal-Mart, featuring the latest fashions from Honduras sweatshops, be far behind?"
-Lisa Moraes, Washington Post, on Regis Philbin's new co-host and her striking similarities to former host Kathie Lee Gifford.
"People in this country are compartmentalized by age, financial status, upbringing, geography, education and social grouping. Puffy and I are not in the same compartment. I do like writing his name."
-Andy Rooney, writing in the Star Tribune on his lack of interest in current famous folks, including Sean Puffy Combs.
"Carol Marin had to be persuaded to do this ... to anchor a local newscast again. 'Don't worry, Carol Ann,' we said. No more of the story behind tonight's movie. No more disease-of-the-week stories: Vitamin C, coffee, fat, sugar, cholesterol, red meat, white bread, green tea. Researchers say they're good for you. No, they're bad for you. "No more lipstick, pantyhose or nail-polish tests. No more killer garage doors. No more 'Tonight's guests on Leno or Letterman.' No more cancer-screening partnerships with for-profit pharmacies or for-profit hospitals. No more 'Survive Alive' deals with the fire department. No more giggling over jelly beans or silly kickers. No more water-skiing squirrels or love-sick moose. No more empty warehouse fires. No more empty car chases. No more empty news."
Danice Kern, former assistant news director at Chicago's WBBM-TV, in a speech recalling the failed experimental "serious" newscast anchored by Carol Marin that was discontinued last October, as reported by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Feder
"At 2 o'clock you have a threesome. At 3 o'clock, you have a foursome. And at 4 o'clock, you have sex with George Clooney."
-Drew Carey antagonist Mimi, in a dream sequence, giving Carey his schedule after Carey has lapsed into a coma.
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