Shaw ’nuff: … Bernie was the guy my mom figured I should model myself after when I first decided on journalism as a career. I think she’s still a little mad that I didn’t want to be on television. Reese Schonfeld remembers a Bernie story. (via Romenesko)
What was No. 1 the day you were born?: … Go find out. For me here, it was Carole King’s “It’s Too Late.” In the U.K., it was the Middle of the Road’s “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.”
On Thursday, March 1, participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to support the work of San Francisco Women Against Rape, a grassroots, majority women of color rape crisis center committed to anti-oppression as an integral part of our work.
Hey, hey, hey!: … OK, OK, I just had to get it out of my system. *naah, naah, naah, gonna have a good time … *
Comedian Bill Cosby, whose popularity never stretched to the big screen, will resurrect his “Fat Albert” personality for a live-action feature.
The Twentieth Century Fox project will be based on Cosby’s standup comedy monologues about his childhood in Philadelphia. It will blend hip-hop music, humor and topical social and personal issues.
“Bill Cosby and Fat Albert are national treasures, though Bill’s the thinner of the two,” mused Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.
Cosby, who co-wrote the script with Charles Kipps, and will executive produce with his wife, Camille Cosby, has been pursued for feature rights for years by a bevy of studios, but only now decided to proceed.
While “Albert” will be a new screen entity, the character has already enjoyed a long run in a TV toon. Show, dubbed “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” and later “The New Fat Albert Show,” was a CBS Saturday morning staple from 1972-84.
A spot for African-American news and views: … is After 7.
Autonomous Post-Materialist: … thy name is George, or so says the survey.
ABC News rOOlz!: … because my favorite anchorman ever gets his props. (I used to listen to him on the radio and see on TV when I was growing up in D.C. Roll over Peter Jennings, and tell Sam Donaldson the news …
NEW YORK (Variety) – ABC News has named Derek McGinty anchor of its overnight newscast “World News Now.”
McGinty, who will co-anchor with Alison Stewart, replaces Anderson Cooper, who ankled in October to host ABC’s reality series “The Mole.” He will also report for other ABC News programs.
McGinty joins ABC News from WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., where he has been co-host of “Capital Sunday,” a weekly news interview program that he’ll continue to host. He is also a regular substitute anchor on WJLA’s newscast. In addition to his duties for ABC and WJLA, McGinty serves as a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports.”
Prior to joining WJLA, McGinty was a correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine “Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel.” He was also the host of “Straight Talk With Derek McGinty” on PBS.