- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 13, 2008

New ‘Day’ on TV Land

TV Land has ordered a hidden-camera series, “Make My Day,” from producer Michael Davies and Sony Pictures Television.

According to Variety, “Make My Day” revolves around people who unwittingly are put through a series of “weird and wonderful” surprises and coincidences set up by friends and family members. TV Land has ordered six segments of the hourlong series, based on a successful format from the British production company Monkey Kingdom that aired on the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 from 2001 to 2003.

Tape delay for ‘Joe’

MSNBC has instituted a seven-second delay for the show “Morning Joe,” a spokeswoman for that show tells Broadcastingcable.com.

Alana Russo, a spokeswoman for the basic cable network, confirmed that the delay was instituted after a slip Monday morning when show host Joe Scarborough accidentally dropped an f-bomb, then apologized, seemingly unaware that it had slipped out until other on-air guests and hosts mentioned it.

Miss Russo had no further comment about the delay beyond acknowledging that it was prompted by the four-letter word.

Cable operators are not bound by the same FCC indecency enforcement regulations as broadcasters, and even broadcasters get more leeway on a live news program.

However, Miss Russo also said it would not be the first tape delay for the cable news network, pointing out that radio jock Don Imus’ simulcast had been on a delay before MSNBC dropped his show in April 2007. Mr. Imus was dropped after his disparaging remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team made it onto the airwaves.

The Parents Television Council, which has complained to the FCC about on-air profanities and wrote to NBC Universal executive Jeff Zucker to call for a delay, praised MSNBC’s decision and called on other networks to do the same for their live morning shows.

“We applaud MSNBC for taking the necessary steps to prevent other mishaps like this in the future,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “Although this is a cable network that is not subject to the same decency standards as broadcast networks, millions of families are grateful for MSNBC’s decision to try to prevent inappropriate language from airing.”

“If a several-second tape delay is good enough for MSNBC, then NBC should follow suit with the ‘Today’ show and its other live programming,” Mr. Winter said of MSNBC’s corporate cousin, NBC.

He was referring to a c-word uttered by actress Jane Fonda that aired in a “Today” show interview earlier this year, as well as Tiki Barber’s use of the same word during the Olympics.

Boss’s song on NFL

A new Bruce Springsteen song, “Workin’ on a Dream,” will premiere Sunday on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The track will be set to a package of highlights during halftime.

“Workin’ on a Dream” will appear on Mr. Springsteen’s next album, which will be released in late January via Columbia, according to Backstreets.com. The Boss first played the song acoustically during a rally in Columbus, Ohio, during President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign.

— Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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