years of chatter and online rumors, a sequel to the 2004 cult
comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” has
finally come together. Will Ferrell has signed on to
reprise his role as 1970s news anchorman Ron Burgundy.
Ferrell appeared in
character on last night's Conan O’Brien TBS talk show.
“I want to announce this to all of our friends in the Americas,
Spain, Turkey and the U.K. — including England — that as of
0900 mountain time, Paramount Pictures and myself … have
come to terms on a sequel to ‘Anchorman,’” Ferrell
said to audience applause. “There will be a sequel.”
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will also return as
dim-witted Brick Tamland and fashionable lead field
reporter Brian Fantana. The original film grossed more than
$90 million worldwide.
“Anchorman” followed the
often surreal and outrageous adventures of Burgundy, the
top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the 1970s, and his gang of
out-of-touch buddies as they delivered the news in the then
male-dominated world of broadcasting.
film had been a DreamWorks production, but Paramount
took over the project after DreamWorks 2.0 departed the
“Anchorman 2" will be
produced by comedy king Judd Apatow, along with Ferrell,
and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay will
direct, and he and Ferrell will write the script. The two
are still “kicking around ideas” for the sequel, according
“We didn't expect a week ago that
this thing was going to get greenlit," said Ferrell.
"It’s been alive and dead so many times.”
Stay classy, sequel lovers. The
film will go into production later this year with release planned
That Couric girl will fill
in for Robin Roberts next week on ABC's "Good
Morning America." Gawker
sources say "this is a diabolical decision by an
executive Disney goon squad done to further taunt 'Today'
and its flat ratings."
That Oprah woman will appear
on "CBS This Morning" on Monday, where her pal Gayle
King now labors.
Tressler, the society reporter for the Houston Chronicle
who moonlights as a stripper and blogs about it, could parlay the
sudden swirl of attention into a career move.
“Some of the best writers of our
time have done unusual things in their lives," said
Clifford Pugh, the editor-in-chief at CultureMap
Houston. "She’s probably going to get a book deal or a Lifetime
movie. It may be the best career move she's ever made."
From the New York Daily News
to Jezebel to the United Kingdom's Daily Mail, media
from across the globe have picked up on the sensational story,
piecing together Tressler's background and postulating on
her motives based on posts from her thinly-veiled blog.
Tressler was a guest on
Thursday's "Good Morning America." "What to
wear?" she tweeted. "One of my brilliant friends
suggested clear heels."
Tressler's blog "Diary
of an Angry Stripper" has gone private and now
John Bolaris, the former
chief meteorologist at Fox-owned WTXF-29 in
Philadelphia (Market #4), who "mutually agreed" to part
ways with the station in January, has been interviewed for an upcoming
episode of ABC's "20/20." He will discuss
being drugged and fleeced by two Eastern European hotties. No air
date for the segment has been set.
Bolaris starts in two weeks
as a meteorological consultant in New Orleans on a film about Hurricane
Katrina called "Hours."
With a thickening Trayvon Martin
media storm swirling over Central Florida, the city of Sanford
yesterday politely threatened to arrest reporters for stalking.
For Immediate Release, March 28, 2012
Sanford, Fla – The City of
Sanford kindly requests that members of the media refrain from
approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in
their roles as private citizens. It has come to light that there
have been a few incidents where city staff were followed and
approached at their home or in settings outside of working
Law enforcement officials will
not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.
Cops as anchors? After the Baltimore
Police recently launched a live stream newscast with police
officers delivering department news, the Memphis Police
Department says it is considering
a daily newscast with "positive stories" and
"photos of individuals of concern or interest." We
wonder if the anchors will shed the cop-talk. Would it be called PDTV?
(far left) remains in quarantine in Grapevine, TX, after he
attacked and bit Janet
St. James, a medical reporter for WFAA-8-ABC in
Dallas (Market #5), and her border collie, Emmy (yes, Emmy).
"I was walking my 14-year-old
dog as I always do, and as we turned a corner, I saw an
un-collared pit bull run down the street," St.
recalled. "It looked like it was chasing something, then
saw us and came straight at us. My dog was screaming and I was
screaming for anyone to come help us."
A neighbor hit Jettie with a
tire iron. He retreated, but Emmy was badly injured.
Because of previous incidents, Jettie was declared
"dangerous." If a judge elects to release the dog from
custody, the owner will be required to take out a $100,000
insurance policy, house the dog in a kennel with high fences and a
combination lock, and put a muzzle on it any time it leaves the
A California judge
has rejected CNN's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought
by The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) over
the news organization's refusal to caption videos uploaded to its
disaster" morning shows, "Early Start" and
"Starting Point" (or is that "Starting
Point" and "Early Start"?), aren't the
network's only headache. "Piers Morgan Tonight" first
quarter ratings were down 40% in the target 25-54 demo and
down 36% overall from the previous year.
Haley Harrison, a reporter
at WJLA-7-ABC in DC (Market #8) for a little more than a
year, starts soon as a reporter at Hearst Television's
KMBC-9-ABC in Kansas City (Market #31). She's just five years
out of the University of Kansas and got her start at crappy
little WHSV-3-ABC in Harrisonburg, VA (Market #178).
station has also hired Stephanie Ramos, a morning
anchor and reporter WIBW-13-CBS in Topeka (Market #136). Ramos
is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed to
Baghdad in 2008.
Like Tim Tebow, KMBC News
Director Sherrie Brown is excited. “We’re excited
to add Haley and Stephanie to our team,” she said.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
is taking steps to start a national cable sports network aimed at
challenging Disney’s ESPN, according
to people with knowledge of the situation.
BOOTED FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
told you yesterday that Larry McCarren, the longtime sports
director of Nexstar's WFRV-5-CBS in Green Bay (Market #69),
will sign off tomorrow, ending 24 years with the station. We
reported that his contract wasn't being renewed.
General Manager Joe Denk offered a slightly different
spin. "Larry declined an offer to stay," said Denk.
"It was our intention to have him stay on board. While we
certainly respect his wishes and wish him well, we had hoped that
he would stay on board and made every effort to do that, but he
Station insiders claim McCarren
was asked to take a significant pay cut, a subject Denk
declined to discuss. "I'm not going to go into details,"
In the meantime, "Larry
McCarren's Locker Room" is being rebranded as
Dawn Jones, a former
reporter and anchor at WJRT-12-ABC in Flint-Saginaw (Market
#69), who quit in 2009 to become communications director for city
been hired back as the noon and 4:00 p.m. news anchor. She'll
help fill the gap left by Karen Gatlin, who is retiring.
After a little more than a year on
the job, Herbie
Smith is out as a reporter at KATC-3-ABC in
Lafayette, LA (Market #124), according to a tipster. She was hired
a year ago January from crappy little WOAY-50-ABC in Oak
Hill, WV (Market #156).
The deal to sell WMFE-24-PBS
in Orlando (Market #19) to a group affiliated with a Texas
evangelist collapsed when the FCC received more
than 530 letters and submissions protesting the sale.
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN
Nelson was a broadcasting pioneer in more ways than she
In the mid-1970s, she was the first
female primary news anchor in Orlando, sitting opposite
then-co-anchor Bob Jordan at WFTV-9-ABC, as the
station went from last to first place in less than a year. For
more than a decade, she was one of the most visible faces on local
television, well-respected and well-paid.
Then, in 1989, at age 50, the
station dropped her. No one explained why she was fired, but she
suspects it was because consultants found her persona abrasive and
too dominant for her male co-anchors.
In the ensuing years, the divorced
mother of three lost her house and car and declared bankruptcy.
She moved in with her mother and collected unemployment. "I
was now the poster woman for a new word: 'downsizing,'" she
said. "I wanted to get out of town. I was tired of Carole
One of her sons had a home in
Bremerton, an hour west of Seattle. "I went from a gorgeous
home in Florida to living in my son's computer room with a sheet
for a door," she
tells the Orlando Sentinel.
struggle to redefine herself in the world outside television is a
cautionary tale that should be required reading for beginning
broadcasters who expect long careers in front of a camera.
Now 74, Nelson says TV
turned her inside out. "I was constantly trying new hairdos,
new this, new that. You can forget who you are."
These days, she teaches writing at Daytona
State College and says she's never been happier. "I
remember thinking, 'This is Carole talking,'" she
said. "I'm not looking at a script. I don't have to please
anybody. This is the person I am. That's why I'll always be
grateful for the adventure."
BLUEZETTE'S GRAMMAR YAMMER
"A PBS mind in an MTV world."
As promised, Mrs. B has another
list of soundalikes for you to save and refer to.
And Mrs. B leaves you with
encouragement in your grammar lessons.
- a matter of principle
- rack (not wrack)
- to give free rein (not rain/reign)
- to pay rapt (not rapped/wrapped)
- with reckless (not wreckless)
- to wreak (not
- rite (not right)
- a shoo-in (not shoe-)
- to sic (not sick)
the dog on someone
- sleight (not slight)
- dire straits (not straights)
- a tough row (not road)
- a tow-headed (not toe-)
- to toe (not tow)
- to swear like a trooper
- to whet (not wet)
- to wit (not whit)
- Learning is like rowing
upstream: not to advance is to drop back.--Chinese proverb