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April 1, 2013
Clockwise from upper left: Craig Ferguson on "The Tonight Show"; J.R's funeral on "Dallas"; Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman, Howard Stern; Barbara Walters, Ted Danson on "CSI"; Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and the "View" mess; Kim Kardashian on "The Tonight Show." (Photos: NBC, TNT, Getty, CBS, ABC)

Clockwise from upper left: Craig Ferguson on “The Tonight Show”; J.R’s funeral on “Dallas”; Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman, Howard Stern; Barbara Walters, Ted Danson on “CSI”; Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and the “View” mess; Kim Kardashian on “The Tonight Show.” (Photos: NBC, TNT, Getty, CBS, ABC)

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, April 1, 2013 — Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of television — that’s our mission, whether it be here on TVHowl.com or here, at Xfinity.Comcast.net.

And while we’ve been focusing rather narrowly on the Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon story here on TV Howl for the last week or so, we’ve ranged a bit wider on the Xfinity site — just in case you haven’t yet formed the habit of checking out the work there.

So, in case you missed ’em, please take a moment to check out these Xfinity posts: Leno, Ferguson Discuss Late-Night TV as Tensions Rise at NBC; TNT’s Mourning Glory: Stars Turn Out for J.R.’s ‘Dallas’ Funeral; Lindsay Lohan To Keep Date With Dave, Despite Rehab; Howard Stern Says He’s ‘Insulted’ By Talk He’ll Replace Fallon; Barbara Walters ‘Denies’ Retirement Rumors; CBS Renews ‘CSI’ for Season 14; Entire Cast Returning; TV’s Top Two Battlegrounds: What’s Next for Leno, ‘The View’; Kim Tells Leno: Media, Chelsea Handler are Bullying Her.

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

A couple of things you may have missed

March 6, 2013
And the beat goes on: Recent story subjects have included (clockwise from upper left) Howard Stern, Dennis Rodman and Omarosa, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Edwards, Seth MacFarlane (with William Shatner, inset), Heidi Klum and Bill O'Reilly (with Michelle Obama, inset) (Photos: Getty, NBC, ABC)

And the beat goes on: Recent story subjects have included (clockwise from upper left) Howard Stern, Dennis Rodman and Omarosa, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Edwards, Seth MacFarlane (with William Shatner, inset), Heidi Klum and Bill O’Reilly (with Michelle Obama, inset) (Photos: Getty, NBC, ABC)

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, March 6, 2013 — Just because there have been no new posts here on TVHowl in a while doesn’t mean I’m not blazing the usual trail on the TV beat.

It all depends on where you look: When I’m not contriving posts to enlighten and entertain here on TVHowl, I’m working my day job for the Comcast Xfinity Web site.   My entire Xfinity archive can be found here — a treasure trove of nearly 2,400 stories and columns about TV written and produced by yours truly since June 2010.

Among the many recent stories over the last few weeks: Assessing Howard Stern’s chances of hosting NBC’s “Late Night,” previewing “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” with Dennis Rodman and Omarosa, Jimmy Kimmel emerging as the likely host of next year’s Oscars, Jimmy Fallon preparing to replace Jay Leno, Bill O’Reilly commenting on Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Oscars, Heidi Klum joining “America’s Got Talent” as the show’s fourth judge, Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, and a new Anthony Edwards series on ABC getting cancelled after three weeks.

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Here comes the judge: Howard Stern on ‘AGT’

December 15, 2011

Howard Stern on NBC? Yes, it’s happening.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2011 — NBC finally made it official Thursday morning: Howard Stern’s been hired as the third judge on “America’s Got Talent,” replacing the departed Piers Morgan.  Stern will be seen on the show starting next summer.

There are likely many people who are scratching their heads over this hire, people who don’t see how on earth Howard Stern, the notorious radio personality whose conversations with guests on his Sirius XM radio show are often X-rated, will now be seen on one of our biggest TV networks in a show that, if nothing else, is suitable for the whole family.

Sure, on the face of it, he doesn’t seem compatible with this show at all.  But, in fact, he’s a great choice.  Here’s why and how it happened:

1) Stern’s adaptable: One thing many people other than his most ardent fans fail to realize — Howard Stern is a very gifted broadcaster.  Whether you enjoy the subject matter of his conversations on the radio or not, he is still one of the best there is at talking, which, believe it or not, is a skill that only a few have.  And among his skills is this: Putting the potty talk on hold when it’s necessary to do so — on late-night shows, for example, and also when he used to voice commercials for sponsors of his radio show; those commercials were second-to-none.  On “AGT,” Stern will clean up his act accordingly because, while I know this is difficult for many to believe, the guy is a consummate professional.  Yes, it’s true.

2) NBC needed him: How badly?  Enough to move heaven and earth — and the show from L.A. to New York — to get him.  And it will be worth it too — Stern will not only be very entertaining week after week, but the man is an electro-magnet for media attention.  His utterings on the show will be widely covered, at least initially, and “AGT” will reap the benefits in publicity.  In fact, with Stern on board, there’s little reason, other than timing, why this show shouldn’t air during the regular season on NBC, instead of the summer.  It would certainly do better than “The Sing-Off” or “The Biggest Loser,” competition shows that NBC had on its fall lineup this season that performed terribly in the ratings.

3) Stern “needed” this gig: Not in the sense that one “needs” a job in order to make money to support his family.  Stern’s rich enough to never have to work, but I suspect that an offer like this was irresistible to Stern, if it could be arranged.  Ever since he left terrestrial radio for Sirius, Stern has not been nearly the center of attention he once was in the heyday of his national morning show on old-fashioned broadcast radio.  With this “AGT” gig, he gets an opportunity for exposure in what is probably the most mainstream environment of his career — a G-rated talent show on one of our major TV networks.  Plus, he gets to feel relevant again, a media personality who still has the clout to get a network to roll out the red carpet for him, even though his history on television is mixed at best, and at worst, dismal.

Howard Stern on “America’s Got Talent”?  Our prediction: “AGT” is now poised to become the most talked-about TV show of 2012.

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com


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