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Channel Surfing – July 23

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– In the wake of Walter Cronkite‘s death, who’s now America’s most trusted newsman? A poll says it’s Jon Stewart.

– Speaking of Cronkite, the Discovery Channel is airing the news legend’s eight-part documentary on the 20th century, Cronkite Remembers, this Sunday.

Nip/Tuck star Joely Richardson will play Henry VIII‘s last wife, Catherine Parr, on the upcoming final season of Showtime’s The Tudors.

– Comedy Central is planning a straight-to-DVD movie version of its politically incorrect (to put it mildly) ‘toon Drawn Together.

– What’s wrong with kiddie beauty pageants? Check out a clip from last night’s Toddlers & Tiaras season premiere, in which a four-year-old describes her mom’s talking hands as her best friends. Really, just watch it.

The Jay Leno Show will have a different director than Leno’s Tonight Show, and the new helmer is an old Conan O’Brien director. BTW, “Stuttering” John Melendez will be a part of Leno’s new primetime show, but as a writer instead of an announcer. The official Website for the comedian’s new show is up on, where fans can watch The Jay Leno Show set being constructed.

– The Bio Channel is premiering new TV-related Biography episodes in August, including installments on Family Ties, Roseanne and Three’s Company.

– TV’s complete guide to Comic Con just makes me regret not planning a trip to the San Diego event this year … so many great TV happenings there.

– There’s a great line-up for HBO’s special on the 25th anniversary celebration for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, including Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Simon and Garfunkel and Aretha Franklin. Just one quibble: Since the Rock Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, couldn’t organizers have planned the event for that city, which could certainly use the potential influx of tourist cash the concert would bring, instead of Madison Square Garden?

– And tonight in primetime:

– Sadly, it’s officially the end of the road for Samantha Who? (8PM ET, ABC), as back-to-back episodes make up the series finale
– Prepare for next week’s Real Housewives of Atlanta season premiere with a look at The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Lost Footage special on Bravo (8:30PM)
– The rumors were true, and Katie Holmes performs on the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance (9PM, Fox)
– On She’s Got the Look (9PM, TV Land), the contestants have to test their TV hostess skills
– It’s night four of the Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries (9PM, BBC America)
– Michael helps save a boy from his abusive stepfather on Burn Notice (9PM, USA)
Dr. Drew Pinsky hosts 16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor (10PM, MTV), which reunites all the teen mamas from the first season
– Hank has a patient whose serious injuries aren’t evident at first on Royal Pains (10PM, USA)
– Kat heads to NYC to promote her cosmetics line on LA Ink (10PM, TLC)
– There’s a new episode of Most Popular on WE (10PM)
– A winner is chosen on The Fashion Show season finale (10PM, Bravo)
– And Emily celebrates her move to Vegas in the season finale of Southern Belles: Louisville (10PM, SoapNet)

Walter Cronkite: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

This has just not been a good summer for TV celebs, and tonight, there’s another sad celeb death to report: CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, often called “the most trusted man in America,” has died in New York. Cronkite, who had suffered from cancer, was 92.

A few things you may not have known about the man who, for many, set the standard to which other journalists could, and should, aspire:

1 – Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 4, 1916 and was raised in Kansas City and Houston, Texas. His family’s original surname was “Krankheyt.”

2 – In 1950, Cronkite was recruited into the CBS News organization by another legendary newsman, Edward R. Murrow.

3 – Cronkite’s coverage of the 1952 Republican and Democratic National Conventions led to the phrase news “anchor.”

4 – He hosted a 1951-54 game show called It’s News to Me, which quizzed contestants about current events.

5 – Cronkite made cameo appearances on TV news-themed sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Murphy Brown.

6 – He was married to his wife, Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Maxwell Cronkite, for nearly 65 years, until her March 2005 death.

7 – Cronkite’s mother lived to be 101-years-old.

8 – As a radio announcer in Kansas City early in his career, he used the name Walter Wilcox. His station, KCMO, encouraged its announcers not to use their real names because they were afraid listeners would follow the talent if they left for a new station.

9 – Arizona State University’s journalism school is named the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the newsman’s honor.

10 – Many people learned of the assassination of John F. Kennedy from the CBS News broadcast by Cronkite and then-Dallas CBS news bureau chief Dan Rather. A collection of clips features the entire initial coverage of the assassination by Cronkite, as he broke into the live broadcast of daytime soap As the World Turns.

Channel Surfing – June 22

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– I was skeptical about Scrubs returning next season with most of the cast MIA, but the show’s radical makeover, which will shift much of the action from the hospital to the classroom as Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and Turk (Donald Faison) become medical school professors, will finally give the oh-so-Emmy-worthy McGinley a chance to get the leading man props he deserves.

– All these guessing games, but really, what else could the big Jon & Kate Plus 8 announcement be on tonight’s episode (9PM ET, TLC)? It’s gotta be a separation/divorce confirmation of some sort, doncha think?

– Here’s a story I hope is just conjecture: Legendary TV news man Walter Cronkite is reportedly “terribly ill.”

Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough will star opposite People mag’s Hottest Bachelor, Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, in the upcoming Footloose remake, though rumor has it that producers are hoping she’ll improve her acting skills before filming begins.

– In addition to the cast of Seinfeld, Meg Ryan will also guest star on the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Ryan Seacrest confirms via Twitter that he is talking to Lindsay Lohan about starring in a reality show he would produce. Seems like her best option for making some cash these days, as her personal life and professional reputation seems to continue on the downward spiral.

Simon Cowell has ‘fessed up to making some mistakes as a judge and producer in a lengthy mea culpa published in the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday.

The West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford and Malcolm in the Middle and Raising the Bar‘s Jane Kaczmarek: one of the most surprising celeb divorces in a long time.

– And free wireless Internet access in New York City is just one of Sci Fi’s promos for its campaign to rebrand itself as the Syfy network.

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