Fox eyes Conan...
Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O'Brien back to late night.
Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan and would like to finalize a deal in coming weeks so they can make a splash May 17 when the network unveils its new fall lineup. Several significant issues remain, and the Fox talks could fall apart, according to people close to the negotiations who asked not to be identified because the discussions were meant to be private.
But people close to O'Brien are cautiously optimistic.
"We'll get there," one of them said Tuesday.
Fox executives have been huddling to figure out how much it will cost to mount a late-night talk show that would be profitable for Fox stations and affiliates. Stations, hammered by the advertising recession, rely on the profits generated by syndicated reruns such as "The Simpsons" and "The Office," and it's unclear how many stations would be willing to substitute those shows for a risky venture -- even one starring a big-name host.
Reagan tapes saved...
All 208 episodes of television's "General Electric Theater," hosted by then-actor Ronald Reagan, are being delivered to former first lady Nancy Reagan on Wednesday as part of the two-year celebration of the late president's 100th birthday.
The 1954-1962 "General Electric Theater" tapes, most believed to be damaged or lost, were recently uncovered in the General Electric/NBC Universal archives. They were restored to broadcast quality for use in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Reagan traveled the nation as GE's goodwill ambassador to its plants during the 1950s.
"The opportunity to represent GE back in the 1950s, and the encouragement he received from the employees he met along the way, really launched Ronnie's career in public service," Nancy Reagan said in a statement released Wednesday. "I know he would be honored by this tribute."
A drug story...
The girlfriend of actor Michael Douglas' wayward son was freed Tuesday after spending seven months in jail for becoming embroiled in Cameron Douglas' downward spiral with drugs.
A judge in federal court in Manhattan sentenced Kelly Sott to time served for misdemeanor drug possession. She had pleaded guilty last month.
"I learned a good lesson," Sott told the judge. "I just want to leave all that behind me -- the drugs. ... Thank you for giving me a second chance."
Federal agents arrested Sott last summer after she was caught trying smuggle heroin to Cameron Douglas -- an admitted drug addict and dealer who was under house arrest at the time -- inside an electric toothbrush.
The son of the Academy Award winner was arrested July 28, 2009, at the trendy Hotel Gansevoort as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.
He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute drugs as part of a deal requiring to cooperate with an investigation of meth suppliers. He also pleaded guilty to heroin possession -- a charges stemming from the toothbrush incident.
Cameron Douglas faces sentencing on April 27.