Michael Jackson Remembered

The Hollywood Reporter Remembers Michael Jackson

Bluewater To Release Michael Jackson Tribute

Press Release

To millions he was the King of Pop; one of the world’s most cherished entertainers and a celebrated international icon. With his untimely passing, Michael Jackson left an extraordinary and tragic legacy. Bluewater Productions is paying tribute in October to his memory and legacy with a special collectors edition biography comic.

The newest addition to the publisher’s critically acclaimed biography library will trace Jackson’s rise as a musical prodigy with the “Jackson 5” through last Thursdays sad end. The book will feature highlights from his storied career and cover his enigmatic private life.

“Michael Jackson’s music served as the soundtrack to countless lives…including mine,” said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis, “His influence on our culture has been profound.”

“TRIBUTE: Michael Jackson, King of Pop,” features a wraparound cover and foreword by “The Official Michael Jackson Fan Club’s” Giuseppe Mazzola. Mazzola was also Jackson’s personal friend. The issue is being written by Wey-Yuih Loh, (Political Power: Colin Powell” and “Political Power: Joe Biden) and illustrated by Giovanni Timpano (Vincent Price Presents). Noted cover artist Vinnie Tartamella will also provide an alternate wraparound cover.

“This is a celebration of his life and what he meant to a legion of fans,” Davis said. “Although the book won’t shy away from some of his personal troubles, we try to tell a balanced story that shows Jackson as a musical genius, an unparalleled superstar and as a complex person.”

Davis noted that he initially waffled at producing a tribute comic, but after receiving dozens of emails and phone calls he knew it was the proper way to show respect and give fans a lasting remembrance.

In recent months, Bluewater has become one of the leading producers of biography comics. Launched earlier this year, Bluewater’s “Female Force” has featured influential women such as Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Princess Diana, Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey. A follow-up series, “Political Power” launching in July is set to turn the spotlight on politicians like Colin Powell, Barack Obama, and Al Gore.

Bluewater’s biography titles have drawn considerable media attention, including features on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” It has also been featured in such periodicals as People Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of blogs and other media outlets.

Soaps Plan For 4th Of July Weekend

With many America’s expected to celebrate a long 4th of July weekend as the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, the networks have planned the following programming for the afternoon of Friday, July 3rd.

Days of our Lives
will be pre-empted for NBC Sports coverage of Wimbledon on Thursday and Friday, July 2nd and 3rd. The network carries live coverage of the event every year.

The ABC network will air repeat episodes of all of their soap operas on July 3rd:

Here is the line-up schedule:

All My Children
(original airdate 5/15/09): Adam’s enemies want him to pay for his sins; Angie and Jake work to save Ian’s life; and Annie makes her move. SOAPNet and ABC have hinted that during the repeat airing of the episode, viewers should look for new clues to the Chandler Murder Mystery whodunit as there way be clues that weren’t seen the first time around.

General Hospital
(original airdate 5/18/09): Carly gets the news she’s been praying for; Ethan drops a bomb on Lulu; and Rebecca makes a deal with Alexis.

One Life to Live
(original airdate 3/18/09): Nora and Marty swap insults as their tempers flare; Todd makes plans to fight for his kids; and Bo and Rex share sob stories over their sons medical issues.

The CBS network will air all new episodes on Friday July 3 of Young & The Restless, As The world Turns, Guiding Light, and The Bold & The Beautiful.

Original episodes of all your favorite soaps will resume to regular programming on Monday July 6.

Michael Jackson: A Life In Pictures

Michael Jackson will never be forgotten. Check out this wonderful tribute to him.

A Life In Pictures

Black Music Month Artist of the Day – Day 26: Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson was one of the founding members and artists of Motown along with Barry Gordy. His songs with The Miracles and as a solo artists were really influential in helping to define the modern pop and R & B love song. He had many hits and has composed some of the greatest songs ever written. Bob Dylan once referred to him as “America’s greatest living poet”. He was responsible for the Motown sound having composed and or produced some of the label’s biggest hits from The Temptation’s “My Girl” and “Get Ready” to Mary Well’s “My Guy” just to name a few. Today Robinson will be honored by ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) with the Rhythm and Blues Award for his work as a songwriter. That makes him the best choice for artist of the day. Here he is with The Miracles singing the incredible, “OOO, Baby Baby”!

Michael Jackson Passes Away

Photo: mjjpictures.com

Photo: mjjpictures.com

There is sad news in the world of music today. Michael Jackson known around the world as the King Of Pop had died. Performing since the age of 5, Michael garnered fame as a child performer with his brothers as Motown artists the Jackson 5, became a teen idol as he and his brothers evolved in the 80s as The Jacksons and them grew to world wide superstar status as a solo artist. His album Thriller remains the best selling album to this day with his Dangerous album being the best selling album.

In his later years Jackson became a constant tabloid newspaper headline for his ever changing physical appearance and for his legal troubles.
Jackson was set to make a comeback to music with a series of concerts in London. He was 50 years old.

Michael Jackson, one of a kind.

Michael Jackson was modern music’s most famous world entertainer and in later years was perhaps the most notorious. His albums Thriller and Dangerous remain the best selling albums to this day.

Michael is survived by his three children, his parents and a host of family and friends.

ABC is air a special on the life and career of Michael Jackson tonight at 9pm eastern.

A Look Ahead: The Bold And The Beautiful

Photo of Lesley-Anne Down as Jackie (CBS)

Photo of Lesley-Anne Down as Jackie (CBS)

Owen goes to extremes to avoid being around Nick.

Stephanie urges Taylor not to give up on Ridge.

Brooke and Stephanie make peace.

Jackie and Owen marry in Hawaii.

Nick works to expose Owen.

Eric loses more both personally and professionally.

(From Soap Opera Weekly)

Public Enemies Premiere With Johnny Depp

The Los Angeles Film Festival hosted the Public Enemies premiere. The Michael Mann film stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard.

Photo: Johnny Depp (Wire Image/Lester Cohen)

Photo: Johnny Depp (Wire Image/Lester Cohen)

 Photo of Marion Cotillard, Michael Mann and Christian Bale (Wire Image/Cohen)

Photo of Marion Cotillard, Michael Mann and Christian Bale (Wire Image/Lester Cohen)

Television Panels Rumored To Appear At The 40th Anniversary of Comic Con

ComicConThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the Comic Con convention. This annual event will be held in San Diego on July 23- 26.

Comic-Con International is a convention that celebrates comics and related popular art forms.

Rumored and expected events in the field of television are as follows according the the press release from Fox:
Friday, July 24:
2:15-3:00 P.M. Coming off its most critically acclaimed season in years, 24 stars Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub and new cast members Anil Kapoor , Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Katee Sackhoff join showrunnner Howard Gordon and the producers of the Emmy-winning series for a special sneak peek at the heart-stopping premiere episode of Season 8. Ballroom 20.
3-3:45 P.M. Bones showrunner Hart Hanson and stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel are on hand for a discussion of what’s on deck for Booth and Brennan, hot on the heels of this year’s much talked-about season finale in which the pair finally wound up between the sheets. Ballroom 20.
4 P.M-6 P.M. Join Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon and star/producer Eliza Dushku for a no-holds-barred Q & A about what they have planned for season 2, after they unveil a special screening of the NEVER BEFORE SEEN “Epitaph One” episode of the Fox hit which releases on DVD just four days later. Ballroom 20.
Saturday, July 25:
11:15 A.M.-12 P.M Join Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Seth Green and the brilliant creative minds behind Family Guy for a raucous discussion of what goes on behind the scenes of tv’s most subversive animated hit. They’ll also be offering a not-to-be-missed sneak peek at “Something, Something Dark Side,” the Empire Strikes Back parody follow-up to Star Wars: Blue Harvest. Giggity! Ballroom 20.
12-12:45 P.M. Con fans will get the FIRST LOOK at The Cleveland Show, the wickedly funny new spin-off of Family Guy starring America’s favorite beleaguered animated African American, Cleveland Brown. Co-creators Seth=2 0MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Rich Appel and voice cast Sana’a Lathan and Kevin Michael Richardson will all be on hand to discuss this new series premiering on Fox in the fall. Ballroom 20.
1-1:45 P.M. Futurama: Life or Death?! BE A PART OF SCI-FI HISTORY! Join Executive Producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche for high-stakes thrills as a top-ranking Fox executive decides live, on stage, whether Futurama will make yet another triumphant return, or whether it is gone forever! The very fate of Futurama hangs in the balance! Paramedics will be standing by in case the intense excitement causes any panelists to collapse. Raucous celebration or abject despair to follow the news. Ballroom 20.
1:45-2:30 P.M. Now entering its record-breaking 21st season on the air, The Simpsons is the longest-running series in the history of American television, and a household name around the world. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what’s coming up in the Simpsonverse, including never-before-seen highlights from the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror XX”, with a panel including Simpsons Creator Matt Groening, Showrunner Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman and Supervising Director Mike Anderson. Ballroom 20.
1:30-3 P.M. When Fox aired a special preview of its subversive new comedy musical series Glee after the American Idol finale, the response was through the roof and fans have hungered for another episode ev er since. The wait is over! Join stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith and the producers of the Fox hit for a sneak preview screening of a never-before-broadcast episode with panel discussion to follow. Don’t Stop Believin’, Con fans! Glee is here! Indigo Room.
Sunday, July 26:
11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. American Dad showrunners Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman and stars Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schall and Dee Bradley Baker are back to regale the fans with an insider’s look at how an episode of the hilarious Fox animated comedy is made, from table read to animatic to color. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Comic-con event. Ballroom 20.

Flashforward– An new ABC series starring Joseph Fiennes where a mysterious global event causes everyone to black out simultaneously for two minutes and seventeen seconds, and each person sees a glimpse of their lives six months from now. When they wake up, everyone is left wondering what happened. The series is rumored to appear sometime during the weekend.

Comic Con is currently sold out.

Daytime Television Ratings

Daytime Drama Network Ratings for the week June 15-19, 2009

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,769,000 (-5,000/-82,000)
2. B&B 3,142,000 (+116,000/-481,000)
3. DAYS 2,590,000 (-226,000/+56,000)
4. OLTL 2,534,000 (-61,000/-113,000)
5. AMC 2,429,000 (-90,000/-124,000)
6. GH 2,425,000 (-209,000/-381,000)
7. ATWT 2,232,000 (+23,000/419,000)
8. GL 1,822,000 (+12,000/-466,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (same/same) <— ties low (Last time: June 8-12, 2009)
2. B&B 2.3/7 (+.1/-.2)
3. DAYS 2.0/6 (-.1/+.1)
4. AMC 1.8/6 (same/-.2) <—– ties low (Last time: June 8-12, 2009)
4. OLTL 1.8/6 (same/-.3) <—- ties low (Last time: June 8-12, 2009)
4. GH 1.8/5 (-.1/-.4) <——- ties low (Last time: April 20-24, 2009)
7. ATWT 1.6/5 (same/-.3) <—- ties low (Last time: June 8-12, 2009)
8. GL 1.3/4 (same/-.3) <—— ties low (Last time: June 8-12, 2009)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,023,000 (-63,000/-40,000)
2. DAYS 754,000 (-95,000/+56,000)
2. GH 754,000 (-127,000/-174,000)
4. OLTL 749,000 (-59,000/-118,000)
5. AMC 668,000 (-34,000/-102,000)
6. B&B 639,000 (-25,000/-144,000)
7. ATWT 500,000 (+5,000/-241,000)
8. GL 400,000 (-10,000/-225,000)

Ratings by SON