Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Mar. 03, 2007, 11:22 am
I don't know how true this is, but Fox News Channel reporter Steve Harrigan is currently assigned to cover the Anna Nicole Smith stuff in the Bahamas. He has recent experience doing a lot of war coverage for Fox News Channel in Iraq. He reported on Studio B Friday night that he and other credentialed press were actually prevented from shooting long shots of the funeral heading to the cemetary, or something like that, by security, and the reason? "Entertainment Tonight" had "exclusive rights" to shooting aspects of the Anna Nicole Smith funeral in Nassau, Bahamas. According to Harrigan, could be $3 million changed hands from ET to Howard K. Stern, her attorney and friend and apparently her executor, for these exclusivity rights. ET competes with other half-hour daily entertainment shows, also probably is competing with tabloid newspapers and other members of the press to get, and pay for, "exclusivity rights". So we know where all that heads, of course, and over-the-top Anna Nicole Smith just keeps fueling this adrenaline rush of coverage in death, and that just bumps other things 'til the frenzy dies down. Fox, and others, managed to get some footage from other perspectives that were not off-limits. But Harrigan was sure to report what was going on anyway.
I haven't bothered to check if that bit of news is corraborated in other media outlets. This whole thing about Anna Nicole Smith's death is blown up so much now it's got a life and larger than life momentum of it's own, and there are other shows that have done Disney Weddings that rerun quite a bit. Nice to be able to see this segment on ET, someday, but not essential if Food Network ever re-airs it's Disney Weddings special.
Keep in mind if money changes hands between ET and whoever about a celebrity death, it can change hands between ET, Brides Magazine and Disney. A segment is already shot and ready to air, just needs now to air.
Also, a segment about Elizabeth Taylor turning age 75 did finally air, and it's been bumped too. So there is hope.
When you have a DVR or TiVo this gets easy. You simply program it to look for "Disney" in the DVR or "Disney*" in TiVo. And if Entertainment Tonight, or any show, has that particular word in a title or program content, the DVR and TiVo will show it.
Entertainment Tonight and other daily entertainment news shows are interesting when they do their programming. If the keyword you are "Search"ing for is being scheduled for a segment, sometimes it will not show up on the TiVo or DVR until mere hours ahead of air time. Found this out last year when being "obsessed" about Pirates of the Caribbean 2 pre-opening movie hype, looking for Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and other cast members on publicity circuit TV shows. The shows are a daily broadcast. So the producers have to be granted the access for interviews, shoot those interviews, find all their cover video, produce it, air it, and that can be a day or two in coming, and of course get bumped in case of any huger "breaking news." Johnny Depp was supposed to be on Late Night with David Letterman pre-movie opening, the program listing said he was on, record the show... No Depp. "Sick that day". Really? Well, Depp eventually did go on the show after all, after the movie opened. Who knows why? Bottom line is it finally happened. And TiVo was there letting me know when keyword "Depp" was kicking in, too.
So with "Disney Weddings" on "Entertainment Tonight" be patient, it'll happen, very likely. Sometime.
But just don't bet the farm on seeing it on a particular day 'til you actually see it.
So far, on TVGuide.com they have content listings for ET for next week, and so far no mention of Disney wedding. That doesn't mean it will air after all, or won't air. Anything can be added/deleted at the last minute. After a point the program content has to be distributed to services such as TVGuide.com, TiVo, DVR services of cable/satellite systems, daily newspapers, etc., after which if "breaking news" happens ET can't withdraw and change the program listings. It's a deadline submission issue.
DVRs and TiVo can help with this, but it's not absolute. So far nothing is showing up, but that can change.
So hang in there.