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Feed the monster: Et tu, Rachel Maddow?

A number of years back, a friend who produces cable TV shows introduced me to the phrase, “Feed the Monster.” That saying refers to a bedrock reality: that content– something to put on– is TV’s primary need. Something always has to be showing, in other words. Gone is the era…

NBC shuts down ‘Playboy Club’ after three episodes

LOS ANGELES — NBC pulled the plug on “The Playboy Club” on Tuesday after just three episodes in the face of poor ratings and an outcry from parents who thought the 1960s-themed drama was too hot for prime time. “That is true,” an NBC spokesman told AFP when asked to…

CIA worker linked to Pakistan deaths held in U.S. after fight

The CIA contractor released from prison in Pakistan in January after shooting dead two people and paying blood money to their families has been arrested in Colorado, ABC television reported. Raymond Davis was arrested early Saturday outside a bagel shop in the town of Highlands Ranch “after he allegedly fought…

Debate rages: Is Christie’s weight a valid campaign issue?

(Reuters) – Speculation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will enter the presidential race has led to a feverish debate about the possibility of having the fattest man in the White House since the corpulent William Howard Taft squeezed behind the big desk in the Oval Office. Of course Taft,…

Nestle designs TV ad to appeal directly to dogs

GENEVA — The world’s biggest food company Nestle is seeking to conquer the dog food market with special advertising targeted at men’s best friend. “Nestle Purina has created the first-ever television commercial especially for dogs,” it said in a statement. “The TV commercial to be screened on Austrian television uses…

Attractive candidates have an advantage among some voters: study

Though then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was chastised for spending campaign money on high heels and tight suits in 2008, and John Edwards was mocked for being caught fussing over his hair before a television appearance, they may have been onto something in trying to look their best. Results of…

Yemen’s Saleh says dialogue needed to end crisis

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called for “peaceful dialogue,” saying that is the way to end the country’s long-running political crisis, in an editorial published on Monday. “We have never ceased to emphasise the necessity of a peaceful dialogue to find a solution to all these problems,” Saleh wrote in…

Dead and injured in blasts at Cyprus naval base

Huge blasts rocked the main Greek Cypriot naval base at Zygi in the south of the Mediterranean island early on Monday leaving dead and injured, state television reported. The early morning blasts caused extensive damage to property in the area and sparked wildfires in nearby scrubland in the tinder-dry summer…

New dinosaur exhibit probes their mysteries

Dinosaurs have captivated the public for decades, but a new US exhibit aims to show that there is still much about the giant reptiles that baffles experts and amateurs alike. The 1,300 square meter (14,000 square foot) gallery at the Los Angeles natural history museum is set to open on…

Chavez makes first TV appearance after surgery

HAVANA — Hugo Chavez appeared on Cuban state television, with revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, for the first time since the Venezuelan president underwent emergency surgery in Cuba. The 56-year-old appeared to have lost weight, but was animated in speech as usual as he stood alongside Castro, 84, the footage showed.…

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