Mike Wallace, the Emmy-winning CBS journalist most well-known for his work on 60 Minutes, has passed away, according to CBS News. Wallace, who died at the Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., was 93 years old. Though the exact cause of death has not yet been released, Wallace had a history with heart problems, undergoing a triple bypass surgery in 2008.
Though heralded for his work in news, Wallace began his career as a game show host for programs like The Big Surprise. In the late 1950s, he moved into journalism, hosting The Mike Wallace Interview on ABC before jumping to CBS, where he became one of the first correspondents for 60 Minutes. While working for 60 Minutes, Wallace developed a reputation for his tough interviewing style, grilling some of the world's most influential leaders and taking on some of politics' biggest scandals, including Watergate. In fact, Wallace's interviews with the likes of John Erlichman helped the then-ratings challenged 60 Minutes gain traction.
Wallace's famous interviewing tactics were also seen on the big screen — Christopher Plummer portrayed the CBS newsman in the 1999 film, The Insider, which chronicled 60 Minutes' report on Brown & Williamson whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand. Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer, released the following statement about Wallace's passing: "All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn't be a 60 Minutes. There simply hasn't been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn't matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much." [CBS News]
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The journalist passed away on Friday (04Nov11) in a New York City hospital, just weeks after his last broadcast on 60 Minutes.
Rooney was hospitalised after suffering complications following a minor operation last month (Oct11) and had been fighting to recover ever since.
Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, says, "It's a sad day at 60 Minutes and for everybody here at CBS News. It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."
Rooney got his start when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and covered World War II for the Stars and Stripes newspaper.
He went on to write for CBS News and landed four Emmy Awards for his news programmes.
A CBS network executive told the Associated Press that Katie Couric will leave her job as anchor of CBS Evening News when her contract expires on June 4th. Though Couric has not confirmed the move, the executive suggested she expects to lead a syndicated talk show in 2012 and multiple companies are looking to lock her down. Her first few weeks as anchor were strong and widely viewed, and this is attributed to her interview skills and her ability to get people to watch the news who previously hadn't. Over time, however, her appeal seemed to dwindle as her broadcasts became less interesting, and the spunk that made her grind with the concrete on the Hudson Hotel when she first received the job in 2006 was leashed.
Couric's ratings never were proportionate to her $15 million salary, and she continuously trailed behind Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer on ABC in viewers. But despite her numbers, highlights in Couric's career at CBS include winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2008 and 2009, and the infamous interview where she asked Sarah Palin where she got her information from and what newspapers she read on a daily basis. On its future programming, CBS spokeswoman Sonya McNair said, "We are having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric. We have no announcements to make at this time. Until we do, we will continue to decline comment on rumor or speculation." However, Rome Hartman (who was Couric's first executive producer at CBS) admitted that despite the way Couric's role at the network wasn't as successful as it was intended to be, said "I don't think it's right to think of it as, or call it, a failure."
While Couric still has two months left on her contract, CBS has already begun discussing who will serve as her replacement. The network is reportedly considering Russ Mitchell, Scott Pelley, and Harry Smith, all of which are already members of the CBS brand. At the same time, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager is also considering roping someone in from the outside. Once she is relieved of her services, Couric is believed to establish her own talk show with either CBS, NBC, or Telepictures. NBC is the least likely choice, as the failure in launching Jane Pauley's talk show would mean Katie's chance for success there is questionable. Telepictures is looking like the best choice for her, as it produces Ellen and is responsible for the new Anderson Cooper show that will be launching in the fall.
Today marked a sunny day for The Dark Knight.
Also for a guy who grows younger as he gets older and a kid who beats all odds to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominations for best movies, documentaries and TV shows. Nods in this movie category often foreshadow what’s to come by way of Oscar later on.
The 20th Annual PGA Awards will take place Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Paladium.
The complete list of nominees is as follows. First, for theatrical movies:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
The Dark Knight
And for documenaries:
Man on Wire
Standard Operating Procedure
Julie Bilson Ahlberg
Trouble the Water
And for animation:
Kung Fu Panda
And for episodic TV/comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lori Jo Nemhauser
And for episodic TV/drama:
David E. Kelley
Mark A. Baker
Todd A. Kessler
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
And for "nonfiction" TV:
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Lisa M. Tucker
This American Life
And for "live and competition" TV:
Bertram van Munster
Hayma “Screech” Washington
The Colbert Report
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
Real Time with Bill Maher
And for "long-form" TV"
Bernard and Doris
A Raisin in the Sun
Finally, honorary awards and recipients:
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
The Stanley Kramer Award
Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
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