Where to be & what to watch…
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/26/2008 8:00:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 27
As the day celebrating witches, goblins and mini-Snickers approaches, Lifetime gets into the spooky swing of things with the season premiere of Lisa Williams: Voices From the Other Side at 11 a.m. ET. “Your favorite medium continues to surprise people with her ability to speak with the dead,” Lifetime says. Among the living, digital channel LATV airs Decision 2008, a live discussion of “political issues important to young Latinos,” at 9:30 p.m. while American Women in Radio & Television turns up at Nimitz Middle School in San Antonio to donate to its own Empowering America cause. Farther west, Digital Hollywood gets cooking at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. MTV Networks new-media guru David Gale speaks about “Fear and Loathing on the Online Campaign Trail.”
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson read from Influence, described as “a journey through their celebrated young lives, pausing to reflect on what has helped shape them into who they are today,” at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan's Union Square. The twins get into the seasonal spirit by dressing up as undernourished former child stars in shabby-chic duds. Elsewhere in Gotham, the Center for Communication gives its Frank Stanton award to BET chairman/CEO Debra Lee, while out in SoCal, the SMPTE Technical Conference is on at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Heroes creator Tim Kring sits in on the panel “Rebel Alliance: Geeks Lead Hollywood Into a New Era.” On the tube, Oxygen debuts Coolio's Rules at 10.
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Comcast starts the day with third-quarter earnings at 8:30, just as the IRTS Newsmaker Breakfast “Today's Media Marketplace: Vying for Ad Dollars in Challenging Times” kicks off at the Waldorf in New York. Wall Street whiz Tom Wolzien moderates. Back at Digital Hollywood, Sling Media president Jason Hirschhorn dishes on “Online Video: TV-Broadband Programming, Content & Advertising Innovation.” And if you haven't seen enough of that Obama guy of late, check out his half-hour infomercial on multiple networks at 8. The Rays and Phillies will wait until the senator is finished before commencing Game 6 on Fox, if needed.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Earnings madness continues. CBS Corp. President/CEO Leslie Moonves shares Q3 numbers at 8:30, while his counterparts at LIN do the same from Rhode Island. Farther up I-95, the New England chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) holds its awards gala at the Fairmont Copley in Boston, while the Seinfeld bus tour turns up at the Cincinnati-South Florida football game in Cincy.
Friday, Oct. 31
As Seinfeld once said, a child's world is entirely centered around the annual candy cascade that is Halloween. (“EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW is just giving out candy?” he famously riffed.) Indeed, the blessed day is upon us. Nickelodeon's Shocktober campaign offers Go Diego Go! episode “Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween” at noon, and PBS Kids Sprout runs A Good Night Treat at 6. For the grown-ups, G4 has the U.S. premiere of Korean monster epic The Host at 8, about a grotesque creature rising from the river to feast on innocent people like you and me. Couldn't he just pop a few fun-size Milky Ways like the rest of us?
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