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Larry King thinking a lot about his final gig

larry-king-nytmag-grab.jpg Over the quarter-century that he hosted ‘‘Larry King Live,’’ King was always asking his guests, ‘‘What do you think happens when we die?’’

News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia*

parker-ward-wdbj.jpg WDBJ photographer Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24, were interviewing a chamber of commerce official at a strip mall this morning. The shooter was a former reporter at the Roanoke station.

Fox 11 veteran fired for bombing live shot over labor talks

cheryl-bacon-fired.jpg Local 53 plans a rally outside the Bundy Drive studios on Thursday in support of Cheryl Bacon, who has been at KTTV for 39 years.

LA Times adds another TV writer: Libby Hill

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Hill will report and comment on TV in the paper, for the web and on Twitter.

Sam Rubin goes to bat for Garth Kemp* (video)

sam-rubin-grab-garth-kemp.jpg "Viewers deserve more than having someone on the air for 17 years just disappear," Rubin says, chiding KABC-TV. Plus: Kemp's new Twitter feed.

Garth Kemp out as KABC Channel 7 weather guy

garth-kemp-dog-fb.jpg Station announces resignation on his official social media accounts. Later in the day his bio dropped off the ABC 7 site.

CBS LA gets a new VP and news director

Bill-Dallman-cbsla.jpg Veteran news executive Bill Dallman was named Vice President and News Director of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, the CBS-owned duopoly in Los Angeles.

Hey Fox 11, how are those contract talks going?

fox-11-protest.jpg Channel 11 gets a new general manager but its live-shot gets bombed by a sign about unfair practices at—Fox 11!

Coming New Yorker story making TMZ nervous

harvey-levin-twitter.jpg Sources tell THR the magazine is close on an "aggressive exposé — more than a year in the works — about the unorthodox reporting tactics" of TMZ and Harvey Levin.

Spanish-language KMEX and KVEA lead the local Emmys

local-emmy-winners-2015.jpg It wasn't even close. The top LA newscasts last year were all in Spanish, the judges said.

Norman Lear lip-synchs for his 93rd birthday (video)

norman-lear-at-93-grab.jpg As for getting old, he sings, isn't that the goal?

Kaj Goldberg moves to KTLA's green screen

kaj-goldberg-ktla.jpg KCBS and KCAL weatherman has left the duopoly for rival Channel 5.

Alessandra Stanley leaves TV beat to cover the .01%

alessandra-stanley-640.jpg Stanley is shifting to a newly created beat that will be part of the NYT's gathering coverage of income inequality in the U.S.

Scott Diener leaving as KCBS-KCAL news director

scott-diener-kcbs.jpg Diener has been the Vice President and News Director of the KCBS-KCAL duopoly stations since January 2010.

Emmys reporters can now sleep in

aduba-stamos.jpg The Emmy Award nominations will no longer be held at a ridiculous hour of the morning in Los Angeles (well, North Hollywood.)

Bob Schieffer's sign-off from 'Face the Nation' (video)

schieffer-signs-off.jpg He brought out the staff to take a bow on camera. Nice touch.

KTLA news copter test run in 1958 (video)

ktla-copter-grab.jpg Channel 5 was the first Los Angeles television station to deploy a news helicopter. Watch.

Charter to add Dodgers channel before TWC takeover

dodger-stadium-fans.jpg The CEO of Charter Communications says the company will start to offer Sports Net LA within a few weeks, while its $56 billion deal for Time Warner Cable proceeds.
kimmel-re-letterman.jpg Jimmy Kimmel will air a re-run of his show tonight so that his fans can switch over to CBS and watch Letterman's final show.

Amazing visual tornado explainer

tornado-genesis-grab.jpg Tornado genesis from Jim Cantore at the Weather Channel.

'Mad Men' finale ratings just third-best for the show

don-draper-esalen.jpg Previous season openers did better in the ratings than the series finale, according to first-night numbers from Nielsen.

'Mad Men' jerk is just as bad to BuzzFeed journalist

ferg-donnelly-buzzfeed.jpg This is what Hollywood's acceptance of sexism looks like in real life, writes BuzzFeed LA's Susan Cheng -- despite a lawyer letter trying to dissuade her.

'Mad Men' finale at the Ace Hotel

mad-men-ace-stage-iris.jpg Creator Matthew Weiner thanked the audience for their loyalty and they cheered, laughed and cried through the final episode.

Greatest jokes that never made it on Letterman

obama-on-letterman-2015.jpg With David Letterman's TV run coming near the end, his writers of the past reveal the jokes they wish they had been allowed to put on the air.

Suzanne Marques shames on-camera crasher

suzanne-marques-live-spoile.jpg Good for Marques. After a dude invaded her shot and began talking dirty, she put his pic on Facebook. "Do you know this face?"

NBC4 investigates food poisoning at LA restaurants

nb4-food-poisoning-map.jpg County health inspections are spotty even at restaurants with confirmed cases of poisoning, says report by Joel Grover.
For your consideration
bessie-still.jpgTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
TV news oops
kcal-presip-oops.jpgDoes Rich Fields seem perplexed by KCAL's spelling of precipitation?
Stuck in the mud
miguel-almaguer-in-mud.jpgNBC News correspondent Miguel Almaguer had to be extricated from the mud in Azusa. Story
Jay Leno, great car guy
49-plymouth-vdt.jpg When Leno helped Veronique de Turenne with her beloved 1949 Plymouth. Here in Malibu
Baldwin Hills dam disaster
baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpgIn the formative years of TV news in Los Angeles, KTLA had the helicopter and the breaking news audience. Read more
What were they smoking?
ktla-cannabis.jpgKCAL misspells cannabis in screen graphic. Oops
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