In the April 21 New York Times Sunday Magazine, reporter Brian Stelter refashioned his book about the morning-show wars, Top of the Morning, into a juicy article detailing “Operation Bambi” — NBC’s plan to dump Ann Curry as host of Today before the 2012 Olympics. Go read it. It’s terrific. The problem with Morning is the other 275 pages. READ FULL STORY
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Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor may not have ended up together on The Office — but next year, you’ll get the chance to reunite them on your bookshelf.
Former Office writer, co-executive producer, and star B.J. Novak has signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Knopf. But unlike his ex Office-mate Mindy Kaling — who released her own bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2011 — Novak has eschewed essays for fiction. His agent, Richard Abate, describes the book as a collection of stories — “The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Abate told the New York Times. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”
Abate knows what he’s talking about; he previously represented Tina Fey (Bossypants), Tracy Morgan (I Am the New Black), and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander (How to Beat Up Anybody). Novak’s first book, which he wrote over the past year, is expected to be published in 2014.
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Author Philip Roth is famous for exploiting his private life for material in his writing, but the upcoming PBS documentary American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked (airing Mar. 29, 9 p.m.) will reveal the iconic writer’s thoughts on many subjects without the veil of fiction. In honor of Roth’s 80th birthday, admirers such as Jonathan Franzen and Mia Farrow also weigh in on his work and influence. Below is a clip in which Roth talks about the confessional nature of Portnoy’s Complaint — watch until the end to see his sharp sense of humor on display. READ FULL STORY
'Clarissa' meets 'Girls'? 'Clarissa Explains It All' continues with 'Things I Can't Explain' -- EXCLUSIVE
Watching repeats of Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All is like opening a neon-colored ’90s time capsule, where 15-year-old Clarissa Darling could explain absolutely anything with the help of quippy monologues, her best friend Sam, and rudimentary computer games. Now, almost 19 years after the series finale, Clarissa creator Mitchell Kriegman is letting our fashion-forward heroine enter uncharted territory with a new book, Things I Can’t Explain, tentatively slated for Fall 2014.
Acquired by Thomas Dunne Books editor and Macmillan Films head Brendan Deneen, the novel will follow 23-year-old Clarissa as she tries to carve out a career as a journalist and deals with the obstacles toward becoming a real adult: finding and keeping a job in a turbulent economy, the luxury of a first apartment without roommates, figuring out how to deal with parents all over again, and unexpected feelings for a really cute guy who — of course — has an on-and-off again girlfriend.
The premise sounds a lot like Clarissa Now, the 1995 CBS pilot that never made it to series but I would have given my right pinky toe to see. Will Ferguson be as dorky as always? (I could picture him as a business major at NYU). Will Sam climb up Clarissa’s New York fire escape like a terrifying intruder? Will Things I Can’t Explain ever get adapted for the CW or ABC Family? What are your hopes for 20-something Clarissa?
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Ready your tissues, Sookie Stackhouse fans! Though True Blood is still going strong (hey, Billith!), Charlaine Harris’ long-running book series chronicling the adventures of a mind-reading barmaid and her (many) supernatural lovers is finally coming to an end this May with Dead Ever After. We spoke to Harris about her future plans, saying goodbye to Sookie, and, most importantly (for this reporter anyways), what’s been going on with the Viking Vampire God known as Eric. But before you read our interview, check out an exclusive trailer for Sookie’s 13th and final outing, narrated by Ms. Harris herself! READ FULL STORY
As the title of her first book of funny essays, Mindy Kaling wondered, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. But since the publication of her book in late 2011, Kaling has had much bigger concerns, and her next book will reflect the major recent shifts in her life.
Between running and starring in Fox’s The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling hasn’t had much time to do much else, but she told a crowd at PaleyFest that she’ll write her second book in the downtime before production on the second season of her show.
Back in January, Kaling told EW a bit more about her plans for her follow-up book. “In the past year my life has changed so much — so, so much,” she said. “Personal things, like with my mom passing away and with the show getting picked up in the most roller-coastery way with all these unexpected turns, and becoming number 14 on the call sheet on The Office to becoming the star of a show.”
Kaling may be writing the new book while traveling abroad. “Instagram has made me feel like the least-traveled person in the world,” she said. “I’ve been watching my friends going on all these international vacations, so during the break I might want to take 10 days to travel.”
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Jack Gray on 'Pigeon in a Crosswalk', his boss Anderson Cooper, and downing donuts with Kathy Griffin
Jack Gray went from local news guy to hotshot producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Now he hangs out with the likes of Larry King and Kathy Griffin and has more than a million followers on Twitter. He chronicles all of that and much more in his hilarious and poignant collection of essays Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour (out now), which calls to mind other humor essayists like David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley. He took the time to talk to EW about his famous silver-haired boss, his love for the Olive Garden, and his coming out story. READ FULL STORY
You might know her from FX’s animated show Archer as the voice of Cheryl, or if you’re an Arrested Development fan, she’ll always be Kitty Sanchez, but with the upcoming publication of her first book, Judy Greer is proving that in addition to being a comedic actress, she is also a comedic author. Doubleday has recently acquired the rights to Greer’s humorous essay collection, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star.
Greer’s essays cover a variety of topics, from growing up in the Midwest to her career in film and television (often playing a “best friend”) as well as other predicaments, such as a solo trip she once took to Spain. READ FULL STORY
The music biz memoir has become one of the hottest trends over the past couple of years — and the boys in the (record label) boardroom are not getting left behind. Today, Grand Central is publishing Tommy Mottola’s autobiography, Hitmaker: The Man and his Music, which he co-penned with Cal Fussman. Formerly the Chairman CEO of Sony Music, Mottola developed an amazing array of talent, including Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, and Mariah Carey. Mottola thought Carey was so amazing that in 1993 he married her, despite being both more than two decades older and the songbird’s technical boss.
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