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Monday, September 30, 2013

Bourdain Renewed for Third Season


New Eight-Episode Season Debuts in Spring 2014 and Will Include Tours of Brazil, Las Vegas, and an African Safari

CNN announced today that the multiple-Emmy award winning CNN original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been renewed for a third season, which will debut in Spring, 2014.

The eight-episode season of the popular weekend lifestyle series, hosted by the world-renowned chef, television personality, and best-selling author, includes trips to Brazil, Las Vegas, and an African safari.

“We had high expectations for this series when it launched back in April, thanks to Tony and Zero Point Zero Production’s proven track record of success,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “Yet they keep raising the bar - first with the spectacular series premiere in Myanmar, later in the season with the groundbreaking Libya episode, and then at the start of season two with a sensitive and incredibly informative tour of Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. ‘Parts Unknown’ is a consistent ratings and critical success and we are so proud to be in partnership with Tony and ZPZ.”

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandra Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has produced programs with Anthony Bourdain for more than a decade, including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Mind of a Chef, The Getaway, The Layover, A Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria. 

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Your Views on the News 9/28/13

Here's the place to put opinions and comments on the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunday Morning Programming 9/29/13

SUNDAY, September 29, 2013


Topic: Government Shutdown, GOP Infighting, and Raising the Nation’s Debt Limit
Guest: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Topic: Debating Obamacare
Guest: Sen. John Barrasso M.D. (R-WY)
Guest: Howard Dean M.D., former presidential candidate, former Vermont Governor

Topic: Politics Panel
Guest: John Podesta, former W.H. Chief of Staff; Chair, Center for American Progress
Guest: Artur Davis, former Congressman
Guest: Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist
Guest: Ben Ferguson, CNN political commentator

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: Syria and Iran Relations
Guest: Susan Rice, DPhil, U.S. National Security advisor (Barack Obama Administration)
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Exclusive

Topic: Being a Jewish Parliamentarian in Iran
Guest: Siamak Moreh Sedgh, Member of Parliament
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Exclusive

Topic: Al-Shabbab as a Major Global Threat; President Mohamud Receiving Assistance from Obama
Guest: Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Exclusive

Topic: World Community on Syria, Demonstrations in Turkey
Guest: Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Exclusive

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


Topic: News Outlets on the Potential Government Shutdown; Obamacare
Guest: Ana Marie Cox, the Guardian
Guest: Manu Raju, Senior Congressional reporter for Politico
Guest: Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, CNN commentator

Topic: Breaking Bad Season Finale
Guest: Charlie Collier, President and General Manager of AMC
Guest: James Poniewozik, TV columnist for Time Magazine
Guest: Maureen Ryan, TV Critic for Huffington Post

Topic: NBC’s Saturday Night Live Season Debut This Saturday Night, and the Evolution of “Weekend Update”
Guest: James Poniewozik, TV Columnist for Time Magazine
Guest: Maureen Ryan, TV Critic for the Huffington Post

Topic: “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network” Hits the Shelves Next Week
Guest: Allen Salkin, Author of “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network”

Guest Host: Brian Stelter, Media reporter for the New York Times
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Sunday Programming 9/22/13

SUNDAY, September 22, 2013


Topic: The House’s Short Term Spending Plan that Eliminates Obamacare
Guest: Nancy Pelosi, Rep. (D-CA): House Minority Leader

Topic: Politics
Guest: Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist, CNN political commentator
Guest: Al Cardenas, chairman, American Conservative Union
Guest: Joe Lockhart, former Clinton White House Press Secretary
Guest: Kevin Madden, Republican strategist, CNN political commentator

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM LIVE and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topic: Crisis in Syria, the Economy and Potential Government Shutdown, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Possible Run for Presidency
Guest: Bill Clinton, former U.S. president, founding chairman, CGI
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


Topic: Media Coverage of the Navy Yard Shooting
Guest: Emily Miller, Senior Editor, Washington Times Opinion pages
Guest: Andrew Lih, journalism professor, American University

Topic: Reporters’ “Gun Literacy”
Guest: David Fallis, Washington Post

Topic: Julie Chen Receives Backlash for Cosmetic Surgery
Guest: Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute

Topic: British Use of “Prior Restraint” Partnership with the New York Times
Guest: Alan Rusbridger, editor, the Guardian

Topic: Behind the Scenes of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” with Host Tony Kornheiser
Guest: Tony Kornheiser, Host, ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”

Guest Host: David Folkenflik, NPR media correspondent

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN – Replay Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM-12:00AM, and 2:00AM-3:00AM
“Jerusalem” (Sept 15) – In the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, the host and crew make their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. While the political situation is often tense between the people living in these areas, Bourdain concentrates on their rich history, food and culture, and spends time with local chefs, home cooks, writers and amateur foodies.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN – Premieres Sunday 9:00PM – 10:00PM, 12:00AM-1:00AM, and 3:00AM-4:00AM

“Spain” (Sept. 22) - Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown explores AndalucĂ­a during Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter), a time filled with great pageantry and excitement. Featured in this episode is Bourdain’s longtime Director of Photography Zach Zamboni, who lives part-time in Granada and shows the host sights off the beaten path.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

TDS Reviews CNN's Navy Shipyard Coverage

Jon Stewart talking about CNN on last night's The Daily Show, "All of yesterday's (Monday's) confusion in the reporting is not a mistake. Because sadly, the one thing in this country they (CNN) should have great practice in covering are these horrific shooting tragedies.  And there are a ton of really smart people and good journalists who work over at CNN.  And this is only 5 months after all the criticism over CNN's chaotic Boston terrorism coverage including when they announced on air an arrest that had not happened.  So my final, not initial, conclusion is this is deliberate. The chaos, the vomit onto the screen, the very thing we thought news organizations were created to clarify is a feature, not a bug.......The lesson they take from this is it doesn't matter how much they betray our trust we'll keep coming back. We're in an abusive relationship with CNN, and it's time we kicked those bastards to the curb because we have to remember this network was created by Ted Turner, not Ike Turner."

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Odds & Ends 9/18/13


CNN’s Chief International correspondent Christiane Amanpour has secured the first interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his historic trip to the United States later this month. President Rouhani will be in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. It will be his first speech to the world community as the new President of Iran and will likely represent a change in tone and substance. A moderate candidate, Rohani won the Islamic republic's presidential election in June after campaigning on a "hope and prudence" platform in which he appealed to traditional conservatives and reform-minded voters alike. In a speech after his election, Rouhani said he would seek a “constructive interaction with the world.”


CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” ranked #1 among cable news networks in total viewers and P25-54 during its season 2 premiere on Sunday, September 15 (9-10 p.m. ET) with the episode “Jerusalem.”

Also on Sunday, “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” won two 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming (“Myanmar”).

Below is the breakdown for the 9-10pm ET hour: 

CNN Collaborates With Tom Hanks' & Gary Goetzman’s PLAYTONE
Original docuseries co-produced with Herzog & Company bows with a special presentation of

“The Assassination of JFK” in November 2013
CNN, Playtone, and Herzog & Company are co-producing a provocative, sweeping 10-part documentary series that will explore perhaps the most transformative decade of the modern era.  The non-scripted series will be executive produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), as a CNN original series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today.   
“From protests to war, to human rights, the Beatles, innovative technologies, and politics, the 1960s were an extraordinary era of consequential cultural and global change,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.  “We are so pleased to partner with Tom, Gary, and HCO to bring this very special series to our audience.  Projects like this are emblematic of exactly the type of programming that we need more of, signifying a new direction and expanded sensibility at CNN.”
THE SIXTIES will launch with a 90-minute special episode, “The Assassination of JFK (1963),” broadcast on CNN/U.S. in November 2013, and timed with the observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The inaugural episode will explore the key conclusions of the controversial Warren Commission, as well as the shocking impact of the assassination upon the nation, and upon American politics. 
The series will resume in April 2014 with episodes about the events and people that shaped our history and character as a nation.  Episodes will focus on the indelible impact of music and technology of the era, drugs, “free love”, and rock and roll.
Key moments of the era will be revealed and explored through archival newsreel footage, personal movies, and interviews with eyewitnesses to history.  Expert commentary from historians, including David McCullough, Robert Dallek, and Robert Caro, as well as recollections from people whose lives intersected with destiny, such as Dan Rather, Robert MacNeil, and others, will infuse new relevance to the cultural touchstones at the center of each episode. 


Leading television and film executive Albie Hecht has been named Executive Vice President and GM of HLN, effective September 30. Hecht, who founded Spike TV and was the president of Nickelodeon Entertainment prior to that, is currently the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio. As HLN’s new leader, Hecht will oversee all aspects of HLN’s programming, management, day-to-day operations, as well as He will be based in New York and report to Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide, who made today’s announcement.

“Albie is one of the most creative executives in our industry. His diverse experiences at Viacom gave him a keen understanding of cable television, where he created some of media’s most well known brands and franchises. All of that, coupled with his lifelong passion for news and information, makes him the perfect fit for HLN,” said Zucker. “I wanted someone who could build off the strength that currently exists at HLN, which is enjoying one of its highest rated years ever, and evolve the network and its fast-growing digital properties even more.”

"Three key factors made the decision to join HLN easy: the opportunity to further evolve a noted brand, reinvent news in a digital age and work for Jeff, an industry giant," said Hecht.  "Creating engaging and buzzed about content across multiple platforms is in my DNA, and I am excited to make magic with the talented team at HLN."  

A veteran of MTV Networks, Hecht led the transition and rebranding of the former Nashville Network to its current men's network franchise, Spike TV. During his tenure as creator and president of Spike, he was responsible for signing the network's ratings juggernaut Ultimate Fighting Championship. Prior, Hecht was president of Nickelodeon Entertainment and oversaw the development of the network's hit series and films including SpongeBob SquarepantsDora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, the live action show All ThatThe Rugrats Movie (the first non-Disney animated movie to earn more than $100 million domestically) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the latter which received an Oscar nomination.  A founding principal and executive producer for Chauncy Street Productions, Hecht also co-created Nickelodeon's  highly successful Kids Choice Awards, a long running franchise which attracts A-list Hollywood talent.

Hecht's  extensive career also includes a wide range of successful documentary and nonfiction projects through his non-profit Shine Global including producing this year's Academy Award® winning short documentary Inocente, and War/Dance (2007) which was nominated for an Academy Award® and won an Emmy for Best Documentary.   Hecht most recently served as chief executive officer of Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio creating original IP for young adults and the digital family and was named to "Hollywood Reporter's" Top 50 Digital Power Innovators in 2008.  Earlier in his career, Hecht was a manager of pop music acts and was an executive at Lifesong records. 

In 2013, Hecht lent his skills to academia as the founding director of the New Media Lab at CUNY's Macauley Honors College, the first public undergraduate media lab for the study and production of transmedia content.  On September 25, he will be inducted into the CableFAX 2013 Program Hall of Fame which honors those who create excellent content. 

Hecht has a newly married daughter, Kay and a newly Stanford graduate son, Alex.  He resides in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Susan MacLaury, his dog Jackson and his collection of antique technology.  

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