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An image makeover? Maybe. But she acknowledged that her 2008 campaign association with a TV leading lady besides Ms. Couric still holds strong nearly four years later: Mrs. Palin said a woman had stopped her outside NBC earlier and asked where she was headed.
” ‘I said ‘30 Rock,’ and she said, ‘Oh, honey, come here. I told you: Tina Fey is here.’ “
Dave, Craig staying put in late night through 2014
Relax, all you fans of David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. They’ll be staying put in late night awhile longer.
CBS announced Tuesday that both have re-upped to keep hosting their respective hours - “Late Show” and “The Late Late Show” - through 2014.
During the run of this agreement, Mr. Letterman will clinch his title as the longest-running late-night talk-show host in TV history (although on two networks), the network noted. He surpasses Johnny Carson’s record of a few months less than 30 years at NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Mr. Letterman, who turns 65 next week, began on NBC in 1982 with “Late Night” before switching to CBS in 1993 after Jay Leno edged him out for the “Tonight Show” crown upon Carson’s retirement.
No salary figures were disclosed. But as part of the new deal, “The Late Late Show” will be upgraded from its famously matchbox-sized studio to a larger stage at Los Angeles’ CBS Television City, the network said.
“David Letterman is a late-night legend with an iconic show, and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways,” CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in making the announcement.
The Scottish-born Mr. Ferguson, 49, had been a musician, actor, writer, director and comedian when he took over “The Late Late Show” in 2005. He has been guaranteed the earlier slot when Mr. Letterman decides to retire.
“Late Show” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EDT. “The Late Late Show” follows at 12:37 a.m. EDT. Both series are produced by Mr. Letterman’s company Worldwide Pants.
Redford returns to Watergate with TV documentary
Hollywood film star Robert Redford is returning to Watergate with a documentary on the 1970s scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
“All The President’s Men Revisited,” a two-hour look back on Watergate and its enduring legacy on American politics and media, is to air on Discovery Channel television in 2013, the newspaper reported.
The documentary marks the start of Sundance Productions, recently launched by Mr. Redford to create programming for television broadcasters and the Internet, it added.
A spokesman for Discovery Channel confirmed the project to Agence France-Presse but gave no details pending a presentation to advertisers on Thursday.
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