Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 18, 2016
October 18, 2016
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Coming back from the tragic auto accident on the Jersey Turnpike in 2014, comedian TRACY MORGAN has picked up his own series on TBS.
TV Line reports the former "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star will play a guy who returns home to Brooklyn after 15 years in prison... only to find out he's got twin sons he never knew existed... and his former girlfriend is married to a nice, successful white guy who's helping raise the boys.
JORDAN PEELE (of KEY & PEELE) created the series and TBS has reportedly ordered 10 episodes.
One of the coolest videos making the rounds right now shows a baby elephant saving a man's life.
The clip was shot at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Animal activist DARRICK THOMSON is seen swimming in a river, but he momentarily gets swept up by rapids. A baby elephant named KHAM LHA is seen jumping into the water and rushing to Thomson's aide. The elephant quickly drags him to safety on the shore.
Thomson says he was never actually in danger. But, the video caption reads, "This can show us that, when we treat animal with love, they always paid love back to us."
The video has nearly four million views so far. (Still)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Doctors making housecalls --it used to be one of those things you only see in old-timey movies-- there's an app for that. But smartphone technology is working to bring doctors right to our doors once again. NBC News says some smartphone app startups are hoping to become a sort of Uber-service for on demand health care. The "Dose" app involves downloading the app, entering your address and payment information, and requesting the time you want a doctor to visit. An appointment with Dose costs a flat fee of $99. The provider can diagnose and treat you and dispense medications right at your home --even saving people time from going to the pharmacy.
On typical day, doctors going to patients home through the Dose app treat all sorts of urgent primary care problems, including urinary tract infections, colds and small lacerations. They can even provide patients with I-V fluids There are dozens of other new new medical provider on-demand apps available across the country. Services like Mend in Dallas, Heal in San Francisco and Pagerin New York City all offer at-home visits. The downsides: not all house calls are covered by insurance, and critics worry that the level of care may not be comparable to being treated at doctor's office. (Bartha)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
BOB DYLAN won the Nobel Prize for Literature, but no one knows where to send it! The UK's Telegraph newspaper says the Swedish Academy has sent emails to Bob's people; yes, he has people, but so far the man himself has not responded. There's also no word on whether or not Bob will show up to get his Nobel at the ceremony in December. Dylan hasn't said a word publically about the honor, but after Bob's Friday night set during the second weekend of Desert Trip, MICK JAGGER said (quote), "We have never shared the stage with a Nobel Prize winner before. Bob is like our own Walt Whitman." (Marino)
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