WOR'S LEN BERMAN AND TODD SCHNITT IN THE MORNING
THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING
|Len Berman And Todd Schnitt|
BERMAN BACK --- News-Talker in Manhattan, WOR has finally settled on a new morning show –and, it’s a winner- with veteran sportscaster Len Berman paired with syndicated talker Todd Schnitt, for a new local program, starting January 26th. Len Berman and Todd Schnitt In the Morning will air 6:00 AM -10:00 AM (ET) weekdays.
Berman, known for his many years anchoring sports on WNBC’s WNBC-TV, said, "I've been fortunate to broadcast for some historic stations and am thrilled to add the iconic WOR to that list. Todd Schnitt has made his mark as a fresh creative voice in many markets and I'm confident he'll do the same in New York."
Berman left WNBC when his contract wasn’t renewed. Sources said at the time that his was one of the last big contracts of the day. He did show up occasionally on The Today Show and even returned to WNBC, but not full-time.
WOR said, "Len is a well-known sports reporter and this opportunity will also showcase his other skills and personality. Listeners will immediately engage with Todd's quick wit and creative take on the things that impact New Yorkers."
PR-pasha David Salidor, said, “Len Berman is without a doubt one of the classiest guys around; a class act all the way. I first met him years ago at an Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS event with several clients and he could not have been more supportive and funny. To tell you the truth, most of the guests there were more excited to meet him than anyone else.”
Our WOR pal Tom Cuddy pulled a winner here for sure!
X FILES TO FLY AGAIN? --- First Twin Peaks, now, The X Files? Confirming some prior reports, the Fox Network says they are seriously chasing a reboot of The X-Files and are possibly interested in bringing back Prison Break too and possibly another edition of24 as well …. but, without star Keifer Sutherland?
On The X-Files front, Fox say they have been in talks with series creator Chris Carter about reviving the supernatural procedural, which was a major hit for the network from 1993 to 2002. The executives also revealed they hope to have original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles on the show.
“It’s true that we've had some conversations on X-Files,” Fox said, “We're hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”
Chairman Dana Walden added: “ I worked through the entire run of The X Files. It was a great experience. We've maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We're very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.”
Amazon recently declined to make Carter’s new post-apocalyptic series project The After, so the writer-producer may be more open to revisiting his past. More problematic is that Duchovny has an upcoming NBC event series, Aquarius, while Anderson has a recurring role on NBC’s Hannibal. Both actors would presumably have to get contractually clear of their commitments to Fox’s rival before signing onto an X-Files re-launch.
As for Prison Break (whose stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell guest stared on last night’s The Flash-and, we're terrific!), the Fox team sounded more skeptical of a reboot coming together, but also very interested. “There is some speculation in the press about Prison Break, which honestly was slightly news to us,” Fox’s Gary Newman said. “Although we've made it clear over the years to the studio that we would bring Prison Break back in a heartbeat. It’s probably the perfect event series. If our old partners in that show are interested, that would be great.” Stay tuned.
And, as for 24, Fox said they'd love to continue with Sutherland, though they might be open to doing a cycle without him! But, is that even possible as they've killed off almost everyone else who could fill Keifer’s spot. More on this one for sure.
EYES HAVE IT --- We finally got a moment to see Tim Burton’s Big Eyes last weekend and just loved it. For some reason, the true story of the woman who devised those big eye-paintings didn't interest me all that much, but once I settled in, I couldn't take my eyes (!!!) from the screen.
In a way it’s unlike any other Tim Burton movie I'd ever seen …. it was almost normal, save for one scene when the main character Margaret Keane (Adams) begins to hallucinate that everyone in her local market has the big eyes … she looks at them and their eyes morph. A typical, yet stellar Burton moment.
Adams and Christoph Waltz (Walter Keane) are just terrific with Waltz never better. The Vienna-born actor just keeps delivering stellar performances and this one as a confidence man, claiming to be the artist behind these paintings, just spot on.
Ultimately, the two meet in court and have to defend their supposed talents, with each one being ordered to paint. I won't reveal what happens, but it is a stunning moment.
The music by Lana Del Rey beautiful as well. Out of this stellar Oscar-season, Birdman, Boyhood and all, this is a special one indeed. Don’t miss it.
CLOSING NOTES --- Singer Frank Shiner was asked, How do you follow up your Top 5 AC single? (which was Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home") . Said, Shiner, You follow it up with the title track of my album The Real Me. The record just tied for #1 Most Added Song of The Week! Congrats …
Micky Dolenz presents, along with Kenny Loggins and Gavin Rossdale at tonight's 5th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards at Mack Sennett Studios in L. A. Manager Ken Levy will be on hand as well ...
Donnie Kehr, late of the terrifically under looked movie version of Jersey Boys (directed by Clint Eastwood), is at 42West Thursday, with a new show, Rockin' Dueling Pianos; a high energy, all request, rock 'n roll experience ...
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