Today Is Good For Meredith – “Today” co-host Meredith Vieira has signed a new deal with NBC that keeps her in the co-anchor seat alongside Matt Lauer until the end of 2011. The fact that Vieira re-upped with ‘Today’ isn’t surprising (she has settled in quite nicely over there), though it is a little surprising that she only signed on for one more year. I don’t know what type of contract Lauer has with the show. (TVS)
NBC removes Conan O’Brien Messages on Leno Board – . The Conan fans not only posted messages about Conan (that they wanted Jay “to see”), they also posted pictures of Conan like the one on the right (both bearded and clean-shaven versions). I’m going to side with NBC here. Hey, you’re bound to see that stuff online and there’s a history of people doing things like this to get their point across, but it’s their forum and they can do whatever they want with it, especially if it’s overrun with messages and photos from fans of someone who doesn’t even have a show on the network anymore. Of course, this doesn’t excuse NBC from the other “let’s delete Conan” stuff they pulled, including taking down all of his ‘Tonight Show’ clips from the site and the dumping of Conan Collectibles from the NBC online store. (TVS).
Marie’s Back - Singer Marie Osmond is preparing to return to the spotlight in Las Vegas- just one day after she lays her tragic son to rest. Osmond was left devastated when her 18-year-old adopted son Michael Blosil was found dead outside his Los Angeles apartment building in an apparent suicide last month. She and her brother Donny subsequently called off a string of concert dates as part of their Donny & Marie in Las Vegas residency to be with family after the tragedy.
Apple’s Astounding App - Those fine folks at Apple are now offering an app that causes your text messages to disappear. If Tiger Woods had this last year he’d still be married and shaving with Gillette. Ironically, the app is called TigerText. It allows users to set a time limit on how long their text messages remain. This can be anywhere from days to sixty seconds. (Ken Levine)
Seven & Eight Are The New Six – More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek “funeral” hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado. Google Docs and Google Sites discontinued support for the browser Monday, and YouTube will follow suit March 13.
Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1959:
Passing - Lou Costello (left) (52) of a heart attack – three days before his 53rd birthday. His former partner, Bud Abbot said of his friend: “My heart is broken. I’ve lost the best pal anyone ever had. I’m not making sense. But, I’m trying to compose myself.”
Verve Records demands a judicial order be nullified, ordering them to pay singer Ricky Nelson $31,064.47 in royalties for three records he made in 1957. Verve says it was taken by surprise and didn’t have time to object to the approval order. Nelson had already jumped to rival Imperial Records by the end of 1957. Under the settlement, Imperial Records and MCA Artists are to pay Verve $22 thousand for termination of services.
Perry Como signs a television contract for $25 million over two years – the largest in TV history. Under the deal, Como will star in 66 color-TV shows sponsored by Kraft Foods Co. The shows will be produced by Como’s production company Roncom. The sum includes all productions costs plus paying guest stars. It was not disclosed just how much Como will get out of the contract.
Golden Globe awards go to Rock Hudson and Deborah Kerr as film favorites. Best acting (for movies) went to David Niven, Susan Hayward, Danny Kay, Rosalind Russell, Burl Ives and Hermione Gigold. Best acting TV – Ann Southern, Loretta Young, Paul Coates, Red Skelton, William Orr and Ed Sullivan. Picture of the year: “The Defiant Ones” … Best Musical – “Gigi” … Best Comedy – “Auntie Mame.”
Comedian Bob Hope flies to New York to consult a doctor in order to save his right eye. Hope has a blood clot in the eye vein and clouding of the cornea. The situation became serious the first week of February when he had to cancel a Miami benefit appearance. Hope will visit with Dr Algernon Reese of Columbia