Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 7, 2013
October 7, 2013
Cue rants about the destruction of the American family.
On Friday, California Governor JERRY BROWN signed into law a bill allowing children to have more than two legal parents.
The bill is mostly geared toward children of same-sex couples to allow both biological parents and a parent's same-sex partner to retain parental rights, which will in turn make such things as custody and child support easier for courts to determine. Of course, opponents are pleading for lawmakers to think of the children, claiming that the new approach will be damaging and confusing. (Maiman)
POPE FRANCIS has a perfume named after him. For real. Eau de Pope. Actually, it's called, simply, "Francis." It retails for $27 dollars. It's sold by Excelsis U-S-A. The "Francis is described as "an engaging fresh fragrance with a citrusy top note" and sandalwood. They also call it a "smooth and soothing... grand aftershave."
But if Pope Francis isn't your favorite Pope, the website offers other Catholic-themed scents. Excelsis was founded back in 2005 to produce and market "a cologne made from the original formula of Pope Pius the 9th." That's their original "The Pope's Cologne." That one smells of citrus and violets. Other perfumes, made for both men and women, include Benedictus, Antigua Lyme and Innocente.
Editor's note: Holy Pope! (C'mon, had to say it.) This is taking the whole celebrity fragrance thing entirely too far. (Bartha)
LAURYN HILL is out of jail. Billboard.com says the former FUGEES singer served a three-month sentence for federal tax evasion. Lauryn didn't pay Uncle Sam what she owed on $1.5-million dollars in earnings from 2005 to 2007. She'll be under house arrest for the next three months. Lauryn did her time at the same facility that inspired the Netflix original series, "Orange Is The New Black." (Marino)
Television programs in Norway keep getting more exciting.
Norway's public broadcasting channel says they'll dedicate five hours of air-time to live knitting on November 1st. The NRK network says the live broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour pre-recorded documentary on how to remove wool from a sheep and turn it into a sweater. It might sound kind of boring, but producer RUNE MOEKLEBUST assures viewers "they'll be knitting as fast as they can."
The programming is part of an attempt by the network to break the knitting world record. The current non-stop knitting record of four hours and 50 minutes is held by Australia. (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Congrats to DAVID LETTERMAN, whose contract was extended through 2015 Friday by CBS. Letterman said, "LES [MOONVES, CBS Chairman] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground."
This would make Dave the longest-running late-night talk-show host in television history at 31 years and counting --the last 20 at CBS. A CBS spokesperson says Dave's show had a gain of five percent over the past year.
FYI: JOHNNY CARSON hosted the "Tonight Show" from 1962-1992, 30 years.
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