CBS is considering creating a second night of 60 Minutes for its prime-time schedule, but the show's creator and his star correspondents are strongly opposed to the idea. "Certain broadcasts come along once in a lifetime _ they don't come along twice in a lifetime," creator and executive producer Don Hewitt said Thursday. "We're all opposed to it," echoed 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney. "It's a terrible idea." Leslie Moonves, the CBS programing chief who recently was named chief executive officer of the entire network, strongly favors the idea of trying to clone the success of the venerable newsmagazine with a 60 Minutes II. The new program likely would feature Bryant Gumbel in a prominent role, along with other CBS News correspondents.
Reports: Kilborn to succeed Snyder
CBS reportedly has recruited Craig Kilborn, the popular host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, to take over The Late Late Show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. A CBS spokesman would not comment.
Kilborn, 34, is considered by some as the ideal replacement for Tom Snyder, who has told the network that he wants to leave the late-night talk program before his contract expires in September 1999. Kilborn's sarcastic yet comic demeanor could provide a strong lead-out from David Letterman.
Yet Kilborn _ who sharpened his wit as an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter _ is not without his share of controversy. In December, he was suspended without pay by Comedy Central for sexually insensitive and "inappropriate comments" he made in an Esquire magazine story.
Springer: Show to be rowdy as ever
CHICAGO _ Jerry Springer said Friday that he's not about to tone down his raucous daytime talk show and said he doesn't know why his producer-distributor announced an agreement to eliminate physical violence.
"I'm not going to buckle," Springer told Howard Stern during the shock jock's show.
Springer said he did not attend a meeting between his producer-distributor and a religious group and said he did not sign off on the agreement announced Thursday.
The agreement came exactly a week after Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Chicago station picked up the show when the local NBC affiliate dropped it because of its increasingly tawdry content.