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Local TV Notes: Roland Martin Threatens To Not Go Away

Because it's on.

1. Roland Martin Really Likes Roland Martin.

But he's out at CNN.


Martin, of course, worked in Chicago for a time as the editor of the Defender. But he really was working as the editor of Roland Martin. That's who he is.


I've never been much of a Martin fan - his schtick often outruns the facts - but I was quite a fan of this classic exchange he had with Neil Steinberg in 2006.


Steinberg: "I'm trying to change the subject. Because it's getting dull for me. It must be getting dull for whatever listeners you have."

It was WVON!

But black listeners don't count.


When Martin later got hired by CNN, Steinberg just couldn't comprehend it.


Then again, neither could God.


2. Lou Grant + Marion Cunningham Mashup.

"A new situation comedy being pitched to television networks will be filmed next month at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in River North," Marina City Online reports.

"TV legends Ed Asner and Marion Ross are among cast members who will perform I've Got a Life in Kalamazoo before a live audience in mid-April."

In the show, the daughter of Asner and Ross is a professional singer trying to move to Chicago who instead gets stuck in Kalamazoo. See: LifeInKzoo.


3. Simple Semple Sample.

Former Arrested Development writer Maria Semple is scheduled to appear at a Printers Row event at Tribune Tower on April 4.

"Meet novelist and screenwriter Maria Semple, who will discuss her second novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, a satirical look at modern parenting, teen angst and technology. Semple, whose first book, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, has set her new novel in her adopted city of Seattle. Semple will meet Printers Row members at a special reception at 6:30 p.m. Printers Row Members: Enter the promotional code "FreeTicket" and use your membership number to redeem your free member ticket."

For all others, it's $15 and a 7 p.m. start.


Semple's writing credits also include Beverly Hills, 90210; Mad About You; Saturday Night Live; Suddenly Susan and Ellen.

So she's batting about one-and-a-half out of six.


Comments welcome.


Posted on March 27, 2013

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