Home Media CBS Gets Schizo; All the News Fit to Repeat; Murdoch Melt Down

CBS is acting a little schizo now. They’ve decided to air the Daytime Emmy awards. Of course, they’ve canceled two legacy daytime dramas, “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” They only have two left, “The Young & the Restless,” and “The Bold & the Beautiful.” Is this a way to launch that new “View ” type show? And will there be a special salute to “World Turns”? A: yes. B: no…

…This week, we were appropriated from (ahem) quite a bit!

Today the New York Post trumpets an interview with Oprah’s aunt Katherine Esters as the first of its kind. Readers of this column know that isn’t true. We did the first interview with Mrs. Esters on April 14th. You can read it from the highlighted picture link next to the logo…

This week Page Six made passing mention of rumors of Gwyneth Paltrow coming to Broadway. They read it here, this week…

And Deadline Hollywood yesterday had a piece about Katherine Heigl changing publicists. That story ran more extensively right here 24 hours earlier…

Entertainment Weekly tried to debunk our “Men in Black 3D” story, suggested it was premature, and then concluded it would happen. I guess someone gave writer Nicole Sperling a dose of the neuralizer…

…And what about this weird news? On Wednesday, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Murdoch’s newspaper empire, burst into the offices of rival editor in chief of the Independent and began berating the man. Their beef was a wrapper around the Independent criticizing Rupert Murdoch for trying to manipulate the British elections. First: is there no security at The Indepedent? Can anyone just walk in? And second: a few months ago Murdoch’s son-in-law Matthew Freud gave the New York Times a rogue quote. Now Murdoch’s son is showing strange behavior? The strain seems to be getting to them. Who’s next? http://tinyurl.com/24g7f3h

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.