- Last Updated: 12:10 AM, May 30, 2012
- Posted: 10:57 PM, May 29, 2012
“Rizzoli & Isles” star Angie Harmon is also the Stand Up to Cancer Ambassador — and will appear in a new prostate cancer campaign on behalf of the organization and The Safeway Foundation.
The campaign, which will debut in June, coincides with Safeway’s annual in-store Prostate Cancer Awareness fundraiser, held nationwide through the entire month of June.
Harmon returns this summer for the third season of TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” with co-star Sasha Alexander.
Harmon, meanwhile, tells the June 11th issue of People magazine, out on newsstands today in New York and LA, that she’s a huge cable TV fan — especially of one particular show
“OMG. ‘The Deadliest Catch.’ I watched a full-day marathon, and then I had to leave right as [‘Deadliest Catch co-star] Chris [Scambler] got medevaced off the boat. I still don’t know what happened to him.”
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Kenny Plotnik is leaving as Ch. 7’s news director after 25 years at the station. His last day will be this Friday.
“25 years is a long time at one place and I’ve given a lot of thought to what lies ahead during the next 25 years of my life,” Plotnik wrote in an internal e-mail sent to staffers. He called his decision a “very difficult choice” and mentioned his wife’s retirement from nursing — which “sparked my interest in looking elsewhere for career challenges, as we both move forward in our lives.”
Ch. 7 GM Dave Davis did not return a call seeking comment.
(Ch. 7 hasn’t had a dedicated station publicist in something like 20 years — extremely strange for a high-profile station in the nation’s top TV market. Once-in-a-very-sporadic while, station officials deign to send out a press release touting sweeps numbers — but other than that, nada. It’s like dealing with the Cold War-era Kremlin over there.)
And speaking of local news . . . you may be surprised to learn that Ch. 41’s 6 p.m. Spanish-language newscast, “Noticias Univision 41” (Rafael Pineda, Adriana Vargas) has been winning the local news race, at that hour, for over a year now in adults 18-49 (regardless of language) — for 14 consecutive sweeps periods, to be exact. You also may be surprised that Ch. 41’s 6:30 p.m. newscast (Jorge Ramos, Maria Elena Salinas) ranked first this month in adults 18-49 (regardless of language), averaging 103,000 viewers.
At 11 p.m., “Noticias Univision 41” (Pineda, Vargas) finished second in adults 18-49 (170,000 viewers).
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One interesting note on the ratings success of History’s “Hatfields & McCoys,” which premiered to 13.9 million viewers Monday night — a new basic-cable viewership record (for a non-sports telecast).
The three-part miniseries — which concludes tonight with stars Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham — also picked up another 3 million viewers in its encore telecast.
History’s previous record-high? That would be 7.7 million viewers for an episode of “Pawn Stars.”
You can read more about “Hatfields & McCoys” in the TV section of today’s Post.
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Sad news: word broke late yesterday about the death of well-respected talk-show producer (and former TV executive) Jim Paratore, who passed away in France after suffering a heart attack while cycling. He was 58.
Paratore’s long, distinguished resume included a 14-year stint as president of Telepictures Productions and executive VP of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. In 2006, Jim left to start his full-service TV production company, paraMedia inc.
Paratore also served as executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show” and “Lopez Tonight.”
He leaves behind a wife, Jill Wickert, and his daughter, Martinique Paratore.
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Sundance Channel will begin airing a series of 20-second interstitials called “Who What Where,” profiling everyday people (each 20-second segment is sponsored). Produced by Anthony Karkosza, the “branded entertainment” segments will include, among others, jewelry designer Alicia Shulman — whose collection has been worn by the likes of Kelly Ripa, Tyra Banks, Laila Ali and Vivica A. Fox, among many, many others.
The segments are expected to begin airing a few days from now.