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February 15, 2005

Blog Scoops Gossip Column

by Ron Hogan

If you were here yesterday, you already know about Kyle Smith's novel, Love Monkey, getting picked up for a television pilot. Page Six readers didn't find out until today--and though the paper does add the detail that the show will take place at a record label rather than a New York tabloid, they follow it up with a lame attempt at snappy patter. "The boob-tube suits are dead wrong with this switch," somebody insists; "just because there's never been a successful TV show set in a newspaper doesn't mean that newspaper people are unlikable."

Now, granted, Kolchak: The Night Stalker didn't last long enough to be successful, no matter how good it was, and it would be a technicality to say that The Adventures of Superman and Lois and Clark were "set in a newspaper," but I'm wondering if the Post is actually refusing to acknowledge the existence of Lou Grant simply because Ed Asner's a big honking liberal. Oh, and it's worth noting that this is twice in as many weeks that I've beaten them to a story.

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