Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Karen Fritsche
SCHEDULE FOR AIRTALK WITH LARRY MANTLE
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Topic: Playboy wants to be go back to being your daddy’s favorite magazine: something you read for the articles: Playboy magazine is turning 60 this year. But let’s be honest, it feels much older than that, doesn’t it? The power-that-be at the magazine knows it, too and to celebrate the special occasion they are embarking on a revamp to return Playboy to its former glory. Think smart, great writing by the likes of Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe, but minus the big-haired, airbrushed bunnies. One of the goals of the redesign is to feature women who are more natural and real. "You could tell by looking at it, the carpets had gotten a little bit musty," Playboy's editorial director, Jimmy Jellinek, told the LA Times."We made a conscious decision two years ago that we needed to make some profound changes to the aesthetic and construction of the magazine." This new tastefulness pervades all other aspects of the new magazine, from art direction to content. Playboy, like all magazines, has been bleeding advertisers and readers, but unlike others in the industry, it also has to contend with free online porn.
Guest: Jimmy Jellinek, editorial director of Playboy magazine
12:06 – 12:20
Topic: Is Joe Biden testing the water for a 2016 run in Iowa? Vice President Joe Biden launched two unsuccessful White House bids in 1988 and 2008. He visited to Iowa over the weekend, delivering a keynote address at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry – a speech that many political observers say came across much like a presidential stump speech. “I don’t know how many times I’ve walked the picket line, I don’t know how many times I’ve been with you in your hometowns as factories were being padlocked and jobs were sent overseas,” Biden told Iowans on Sunday. The vice president’s Iowa stopover has generated a lot of talk about a potential run, even though the Vice President himself has stay mum on his presidential ambitions. What would a Biden campaign in 2016 look like? How does his fundraising chops compared to that of another long-rumored potential candidate, Hillary Clinton? As a voter, whom do you prefer: Clinton, Biden or someone else?
Guests: WaPo’s Dan Balz; Ken Rudin
12:20 - 12:40
Topic: Thirsty golf courses are sucking up precious Coachella Valley ground water: [Temp head]
12:40 – 1:00
Topic: 2013 Emmys preview and predictions: The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented this Sunday night on CBS, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. For the second year in a row, commercial broadcast networks have no contenders in the Best Drama field, but the competition is fierce with “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Downton Abbey”(PBS), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), “Mad Men” (AMC), and “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), all making the list again – and newcomer “House of Cards” (Netflix). In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Louie” (FX Networks), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Veep” (HBO), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “30 Rock” (NBC) and “Girls” (HBO) are all vying to win. In the lead actress in a drama series, Vera Farmiga, Claire Danes, Elisabeth Moss, Kerry Washington, Michelle Dockery, Robin Wright, Connie Britton are all hoping to take the winged statuette home. As are their comedy counterparts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Lena Dunham and Edie Falco. As for the leading men, Damian Lewis is favored by many to win for his role in “Homeland,” but Bryan Cranston could win again for “Breaking Bad.” And it’s likely to be another big year for Louis C.K. We’ll ask a couple leading critics for their predictions and open up the phones to get yours. What are your favorite shows from this year’s lineup? What should win and what should, but probably won’t?
Guest: Tom O'Neil, Editor, Gold Derby.com; has written books on the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys for Variety; and articles for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and TV Guide, among others
Guest: Mary McNamara, TV Critic, Los Angeles Times
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