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Local TV Notes: WGN's Dean Richards Made Selena Gomez Cry*

*Well, not quite cry, but . . .

1. "Selena Gomez abruptly terminated an interview [Monday] when she became frustrated at being asked questions about Justin Bieber," the Daily Telegraph reports.

"The singer-and-actress spoke to for Chicago's WGN Entertainment reporter Dean Richards via satellite, but soon cut off the line after staying silent during his questioning.

"You're, you know, probably as close a friend to Justin Bieber as they come. Is there something about him that we don't get or we don't understand?" Richards asked the star.

"I mean, there is one story after another of, you know, pretty outrageous behaviour that we're reading about."

"The questions were referring to the 19-year-old's recent stunts, which include urinating into a club restaurant's mop bucket and allegedly spitting in a man's face on a night out.

"But Gomez seemed completely dumbstruck by the questions and merely looked around in confusion as her face was portrayed on a large screen.

"What don't we get about him or what is it that he's not getting out there?" Dean persisted.

"But the reporter never received an answer, as the star simply smiled awkwardly before cutting off the line."

Here it is:

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(Blame WGN: Autoplay Means You Hate Your Readers.)

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2. Devin Hester: As Ridiculous As A Cheetah?

"And now a story about the time Chris Johnson and Devin Hester raced a cheetah on basic cable.

"The Tennessee Titans running back and Chicago Bears return specialist raced the great cat during a Nat Geo Wild special that will air in November during Big Cat Week, which in no way is attempting to co-opt the success of Discovery Channel's Shark Week."

Click here to see what appears to be a photo of how they did it.

Here's Usain Bolt, generally considered the fastest human ever, against a cheetah, sort of:

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3. Six TV Shows Filming In Chicago This Summer.

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4. TV-Over-Internet Coming To Chicago.

"Aereo, a startup that is trying to challenge cable and satellite TV packages with an $8-a-month offering over the Internet, says it will expand to Chicago in September," AP reports.

"The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring. Service in the Chicago area will begin Sept. 13 and will come with several Chicago-area broadcast stations plus Bloomberg TV. Eligibility is limited to 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

"Aereo converts television signals into computer data and sends them over the Internet to subscribers' computers and mobile devices. Subscribers can watch channels live or record them with an Internet-based digital video recorder. Viewers can pause and rewind live television."

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"Aereo leases tiny antennas to its subscribers," Boston Business Journal reports.

"Each antenna receives broadcast TV signals and converts them to a digital transmission that can be watched online as live TV or DVRed for later viewing.

"The company won a court battle with major broadcasters ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univision and PBS, earlier this month. Now, that case may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Meanwhile, Hearst Television, owner of Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, has sued Aereo separately."

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on July 23, 2013


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