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The Biz: The True Story Behind Lifetime's Return to Zero

Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein

Television commercial director Sean Hanish had good reason to believe he was living the dream in July 2005. His career was on the rise as he had written, directed, and produced an ad campaign for supermodel Cindy Crawford's home furnishing line. At home, his wife was close to the due date for the birth of their first child. "The next time I see you you're going to be a daddy," Crawford told him after he presented the spots to her at her home.

"I felt pretty on top of the world that day," Hanish recalls. "And as I'm coming out of Cindy Crawford's driveway, my wife calls me." She gave him the devastating news that ... read more

The Biz: George Stephanopoulos Signs New Deal with Good Morning America

George Stephanopoulos

The churn at Good Morning America is over. ABC News confirmed April 24 that co-host George Stephanopoulos has a new long-term deal which will keep him in his role on the number-one rated morning show and as the moderator of the Sunday roundtable show, This Week.

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The Biz: PBS Celebrates Music's Hall of FAME With Muscle Shoals

Rick Hall, Clarence Carter

The small Alabama town of Muscle Shoals and record producer Rick Hall don't have the same familiar cachet; as the renowned 1960s soul music labels Motown or Stax. But the hits Hall turned out at his legendary FAME Recording Studios are well into their fifth decade of being a beloved part of American pop culture. The familiar riffs heard... read more

Four Big Questions About Josh Elliott's Departure From GMA

Josh Elliot

Another member of morning television's top rated family is leaving home. Josh Elliott, who joined ABC's Good Morning America in 2011 and helped ride it ahead of NBC's Today, is leaving for a high profile role at NBC Sports. He'll be replaced as news anchor by Amy Robach. But is it the last we'll see of Elliott in the morning? It's one of several questions TV news people are asking.... read more

The Biz: Jimmy Kimmel on Letterman, Fallon, and Late-Night Booking Wars

Jimmy Kimmel

David Letterman is Jimmy Kimmel 's comedy hero. So what would happen if Letterman called and told Kimmel he's the guy who should succeed him on The Late Show?

"I'd definitely consider it," the ABC late-night host told TV Guide Magazine as he prepared to do a week of shows in Austin, Texas while South By Southwest is in session. "I am... read more

The Biz: Inside the CNN Documentary Chicagoland

Chicagoland

In the 1976 movie All the President's Men, Robert Redford played Bob Woodward, one of the Washington Post reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal, the greatest newspaper exposé in history. So he tends to get passionate when talking about the state of journalism.

"Entertainment has... read more

The Biz: Maria Bartiromo Previews Her New Fox Business Network Show

Maria Bartiromo

Where have you gone, Maria Bartiromo? Financial news viewers no longer have to wonder. The veteran anchor and correspondent, who became a star reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC, is back today on Fox Business Network. She has a new daily two-hour show, Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo (weekdays at 9am/8c). By the end of March, she'll also be anchoring her own Sunday morning program on Fox News Channel, where politicos will get grilled on economic issues. Bartiromo tells TV Guide Magazine how financial TV news has to change — and why she still loves Brooklyn.

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The Biz: Tamron Hall Joins Today's Third Hour

Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall has officially joined the third hour of NBC's Today as a co-host.

Hall, a frequent substitute during the 7 to 9 a.m. hours of the morning program, became an official member of the family on Monday. read more

The Biz: The Paley Center Gets in the Olympic Spirit

Jim Craig and Mike Ramsey

If NBC's saturated coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi on multiple TV channels and online isn't enough for you after 18 days, it may be time to visit the Paley Center for Media.

The Paley is now the home of 1,300 hours of televised Olympics programming going back to the first Winter Games...

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The Biz: Chicago: The Polar Vortex Hits Primetime

Chicago Fire

Baby, it's cold outside — especially if you're filming TV shows during the worst Chicago winter in nearly 20 years.

The polar vortex is making it a tough season across the U.S., but it's especially brutal in the Windy City, where in January temperatures averaged 15.1 degrees and 33.5 inches of snow fell (the city's third-highest total on record). "It's even taken the die-hard producers who live here by surprise," says Peter Jankowski, the president of Wolf Films, which makes NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. "When our fire consultants, who work for the department here, have to run inside between takes, you know it's cold."

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