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Emmy Awards Win with Jimmy Fallon

The Primetime Emmy Awards Show continues to rebound with host Jimmy Fallon. The bold and new, like Glee, were rewarded, while former favorites, like Lost, were forgotten.

An Emmy Win: It's More Than Just a Golden Statue

Prestige means a lot in Hollywood. TV companies use a show's Emmy Award to help sell commercial time, and advertisers enjoy the bragging rights of being associated with hot shows. Sometimes, an Emmy can even help a show avoid the ax.

Demand Media's Dumbest How-To Content

How much quality content can a penny buy? I trolled Demand Media's eHow.com to answer that question. Here's my collection of the dumbest articles published by the company, which recently filed for an IPO.

News Corp.'s
$1 Million to the GOP: No Big Deal

It looks terrible when company that owns some of the nation's biggest news outlets drops a wad of cash in the lap of one political party. But when you get down to it, there's no reason News Corp.'s donation to the Republican Governors Association is any worse than what happens every day.

Sumner Redstone on Warpath Over Girl Band and The Daily Beast

Sumner Redstone, the billionaire chairman of Viacom and CBS, is on the warpath over a story in The Daily Beast. The story, written by Peter Lauria, said that Redstone, 87, was forcing MTV to take a documentary about girl band the Electric Barbarellas seeking a record deal. The story cited anonymous sources as saying that Redstone was smitten with the band, and was insisting that MTV take the "unwatchable" documentary.

Appeals Court Scraps FCC's TV Indecency Rules

In a major victory for TV networks, a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy on Tuesday, calling it "unconstitutionally vague." The court also found the FCC rules posed a risk to freedom of speech.

Sumner Redstone: I'll 'Never Sell Viacom or CBS'

If there was any doubt that Sumner Redstone regards both CBS and Viacom as personal properties, he dispelled it Wednesday when he told CBS stockholders, "I will never, never sell Viacom or CBS."

Why a CBS and CNN Partnership Might Happen

CNN and CBS have unsuccessfully flirted with the idea of a partnership many times in the past. But now they're giving it another whirl. Could a recent fall in CNN's fortunes make it ready to commit?

Leno's Ratings Bump Isn't All Good News for NBC

Now that Jay Leno has returned to host NBC's Tonight Show, the show is climbing back to the top of late-night ratings. In March, Leno outdrew his main rival on CBS, The Late Show with David Letterman, averaging 4.9 million viewers compared with Letterman's 3.7 million viewers, according to Variety. But the top brass at NBC shouldn't feel vindicated in their decision to reinstall Leno in the 11:30 p.m. time slot quite yet.

1-800-Flowers' Undercover Boss Learns a Lesson

CBS's hit reality show "Undercover Boss" often features down-and-out employees whose personal stories eclipse the real problems occurring within the company. At times, these episodes seem contrived, but Sunday's episode, which featured Chris McCann, the president of 1-800 Flowers, is the exception.

No pay? Many interns say, 'No problem'

A recent article in the New York Times about the growth of unpaid internships has spurred an interesting debate among many people -- one that mirrors...

CEO Joel Manby: A Real "Undercover Boss" on a Seemingly Scripted Show

an out-of-touch executive who, while in disguise as one of his own workers, learns firsthand about the hardships his employees deal with every day. But when it came to the show's latest episode, which showcased Joel Manby the Chief Executive of theme-park operator Herschend Family Entertainment, the tables turned.

Tiger Announces His Return, and CBS Stock Roars

Almost every person or organization who benefits financially from professional golf was probably seriously miffed about Tiger Woods' infidelity scandal. But after his announcement Tuesday that he would be returning to golf at the Masters, at least one company must be doing a victory dance: CBS.

No Happy Ending to 2009 for Book Publisher Simon & Schuster

While parent company CBS ended 2009 with a modest 1% dip in sales, the same could not be said for its book publishing arm Simon & Schuster. For the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, S&S reported sales of $220 million, a 10% drop (or $25 million) from the previous year, and profits of $13.6 million, more than half as much ($28.5 million) the company earned in 2008.

Controversial Super Bowl Ad Uses Athlete to Tackle Message

It was controversial for CBS to accept an anti-abortion ad from group Focus on the Family. But long before the game started, Focus had already accomplished its goal of communicating a pro-life message through the vehicle of affable college-football star Tim Tebow and his mother.

Do Super Bowl Commercials Really Work?

Are Super Bowl commercials still worth the jaw-dropping costs of $3 million and up for 30 seconds to reach 100 million viewers? Here's why only some advertisers will come away winners in the big game.

Audi's Super Bowl Ad Has a Nazi Problem

Audi's "Green Police" ad campaign, featuring green-uniformed cops who give energy-saving tips, will have its big launch with a commercial during the Super Bowl. But in a historic faux pas, the German car maker has picked a name with some unpleasant Nazi-era connotations.

Go Daddy's 'Lola' Ad Too Hot For Super Bowl

What type of content will get an commercial banned from the Super Bowl? As domain name registrar Go Daddy discovered, one answer apparently involves mixing an effeminate ex-football player and lingerie.

Will a Gay Dating Site's Super Bowl Ad Shame CBS?

For the past week, CBS has been under fire for accepting an ad, starring college football star Tim Tebow, from the Christian-conservative group Focus on the Family opposing abortion. Now a gay dating site is taking advantage of the dust-up, asking: If them, why not us?

The Dirtiest Lunch Rooms in the Media Business

The American print-publishing industry isn't healthy -- and the food it's serving its workers may not be, either. A quick survey of cafeteria health inspection records shows some alarming results. Lunch anyone?

R.I.P. Dan Rather v. CBS, 2007-2010

Dan Rather is absolutely, positively, definitely not getting the vindication he sought from CBS. The New York Court of Appeals saw to that Tuesday,...

Why Did Hanes Take So Long to Dump Sheen?

It's no surprise that Hanesbrands has finally cut ties with actor Charlie Sheen in the wake of the domestic violence charges against him. But we're all left wondering: Why did it take them so long -- and why did they pair him with basketball legend Michael Jordan in the first place?