Gabe Pressman, an intrepid, Emmy-winning journalist who still relished going to work at the age of 93, died in his sleep early Friday at a Manhattan hospital.
“This is an incredibly sad day for the WNBC family,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of the station where Pressman worked for more than 50 years. “He was truly one of a kind and represented the very best in television news reporting.”
Pressman launched his six-decade broadcast career after stints at New Jersey’s Newark Evening News and the New York World Telegram And Sun. He covered the 1956 sinking of the Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria, riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the Woodstock festival in 1969 and the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
He interviewed every New York City mayor since Robert Wagner in the 1950s and every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Other notables interviewed by Pressman included Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Malcolm X.
Although he was primarily a broadcast journalist, he “never stopped loving writing,” said his daughter Liz Pressman, who called him “an inspiration.” He wrote on Facebook every few days and enjoyed “a large audience there,” she said.
Pressman starred for years — including April of this year — at Inner Circle, a charity show that pokes fun at politics.
Embracing self-deprecating humor about his age and experience, Pressman closed the show “playing ‘Gabe Madison,’ lecturing Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and President Trump on the First Amendment,” said Inner Circle President Terry Sheridan. “As always, his just appearing on stage would bring down the house.”
Amid the laughter, “there was no greater defender of the First Amendment than Gabe Pressman,” said Steve Scott, president of the New York Press Club, who also praised Pressman as a mentor, “moral compass” and a “tenacious seeker of the truth.”
Pressman graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism. The New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame inductee started working at WRCA radio in 1954. He went to WRCA’s television side, now WNBC, in 1956.
In 1972, Pressman moved to WNEW-TV. He rejoined WNBC in 1980.
And ever since then, “Gabe was still coming to work and thinking about the next story,” Lerner said. On March 17, he covered the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Survivors include his wife, Vera, four children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
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Inside Netflix’s deluxe new office space on Sunset Boulevard, Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, the stars of the streaming service’s upcoming female wrestling comedy “GLOW” are deep in conversation about the power of women demanding to be heard. With good reason.
It’s a Wednesday — April 19 actually — and conservative cable news host Bill O’Reilly has just been forced out of Fox News following a series of sexual harassment allegations. As the blitz of tweets and breaking news alert pings proliferate outside, the greater context of the development has the actresses rapt.
“It’s a real feminist moment, again, in this country,” says Brie, best known for her roles on “Community” and “Mad Men.”
The turn of events brings an added layer of poignancy to the actual purpose of this conference room gathering: to discuss their females-shouldn’t-be-underestimated comedy.
The series, which premieres June 23, is inspired by the real Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), which produced a syndicated professional women’s wrestling TV program that ran from 1986 to 1990. Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress in L.A. at the end of her rope who finds her way to an audition for what eventually becomes a female wrestling show. Gilpin plays her friend, ex-soap star Debbie Eagan, who begrudgingly joins the misfit posse of body-slamming women.
The show embraces the inherent camp value of its subject and era with frosted lipstick, hammerlocks and even glimpses of a Thomas Guide. But adding some weight to it, too, is social commentary on the battles, pressures and inequity women faced then (and now).
The girl power theme of the series not only comes on the heels of the record-breaking box office success of “Wonder Woman,” which has brought in more than $444 million worldwide, but it also arrives at a time when female narratives — and the political and social undertones invariably linked to them — have come into sharp focus in Trump’s America.
“I feel our show is feminist junk food,” says Gilpin, whose other credits include “American Gods” and “Nurse Jackie.” “With all the stuff that’s going on in the world — after I watch the news, read the news, and listen to my podcasts, at the end of the day, am I really going to watch an episode of murder and time travel? With this, you sit down and you watch women find empowerment.”
Created by longtime friends Liz Flahive (“Homeland”) and Carly Mensch (“Orange Is the New Black”), who worked together on “Nurse Jackie,” the idea to explore the lives of women inside and outside a wrestling ring took shape after they watched “GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” a documentary that chronicled the kitschy phenomenon.
“I watch tons of strange documentaries,” Mensch says during a break from production on the Season 1 finale. “It’s like a nightly activity for me.”
“And I had just had my daughter,” Flahive adds. “And we just watched it one night… We both had complicated reactions, which is always a good sign for a story that pulls you in and you’re like — ”
“Attracted and repelled,” Mensch finishes. “It was a family of women in all different shapes and sizes and colors, bonding together in this team. But it also felt kind of exploitative in how porn-adjacent it was.”
That night, they emailed Jenji Kohan, whom Mensch had worked with on “Weeds” and “Orange Is the New Black” and who is no stranger to inclusive, complicated portrayals of women.
“They emailed with great enthusiasm and I immediately watched [the documentary] and felt it was a great character piece,” Kohan says in a separate phone interview. “I love that it really walked the razor’s edge of exploitation and empowerment.”
It would be a year until they actually gave her a script. But when they did, Kohan quickly signed on as an executive producer. The real hurdle would come in securing the rights from Ursula Hayden, a former GLOW wrestler (“Babe, the Farmer’s Daughter”) who has operated the company since 2001.
“There was a bit of uneasiness because I wasn’t sure where this was going to go,” recalls Hayden, on the phone from Kernville, Calif. “I wanted to make sure it would be done GLOW-style. They assured me that it would be.”
Recalling subsequent pitch meetings with executives, Flahive and Mensch say they described it as “A League of Their Own” meets “All That Jazz.”
“I think we boomeranged between sounding like esoteric grad students who talked about exploitation and empowerment and the image of women putting on shoulder pads and equating that with women going into battle,” Mensch says. “And then just geeking out over like, all these women living together as a family, learning skills.”
They also framed it from a lens of being on the cusp of having the first female president.
“It’s taken on this kind of shadow now,” says Mensch. “It was about, ‘Now the time is perfect for women’ to ‘Now we need shows about women.’ You’ll be watching it in a different context, which may change how you see it. I don’t think it changed how we built the stories, though. It may change what stories come in the future, if there’s a future.”
Crafting the world of “GLOW” required copious research. The pair, who wanted to create entirely new characters rather than base them on the original GLOW performers, read biographies of women wrestlers from the ’40s and ’50s, such as “The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend” about pioneering female wrestler Mildred Burke.
They came up with 14 female characters. Comedian Marc Maron is the lone male — he stars as Sam Sylvia, the cantankerous director charged with turning them into wrestling stars.
The show’s wrestling trainer, Chavo Guerrero Jr., whose uncle trained the original GLOW wrestlers, also became a valuable sounding board. The writers sat with him for hours, inundating him with questions and using him — in addition to stunt coordinator Shauna Duggins — as a guide when writing the scenes where the wrestling would serve as a storytelling mechanism.
“We’d say, ‘We want her to look like she was really nervous about doing this move that maybe involves leaving the ground and then, in two hours, she figures it out,’” Mensch says. “That’s as much as we say and then they would walk us through some options.”
The show’s inherent physicality could have easily led to a land of stunt doubles. But the pair were intent on casting actresses who were willing and able to hit the mat. They started scouting gymnasts and former athletes — including Kia Stevens, a pro wrestler (“Awesome Kong”) — but didn’t limit themselves to that pool.
They admit, though, being skeptical of Brie’s abilities.
Full disclosure, and she knows this, we were like, ‘She’s too pretty, there’s no way she’s going to be right for this,’” says Mensch. “We were totally snobby,” agrees Flahive.
And totally wrong.
Under bright lights, Brie is gussied up in a metallic one-shoulder leotard, her hair twirled and teased into a fauxhawk. She’s at the center of a pink-roped ring, set up inside the Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Boulevard, where filming of the Season 1 finale is underway on a winter day. She bounces off the ropes, straddles her opponent’s neck, and rolls around the mat.
“It’s an incredible feeling when you’re in the ring,” Brie says during a break from shooting. “And it bleeds out into every aspect of life. I’ve never walked taller. It’s like I am walking around with this really cool secret, which is, ‘You have no idea what I’m capable of.’ I had never experienced that before. It’s the most invigorating thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Gilpin echoes the euphoria: “I felt like I could lift a car.”
The cast trained at a makeshift gym at Riverfront Stages in Atwater Village about a month before production began — and continued throughout the filming of the first season.
“Wrestling was the first time I thought, ‘My leg is the thing that functions in this way to do this move, to get from A to B,’” says Gilpin. “Instead of, like, ‘My body’s purpose is to suck it in so the male showrunner thinks it’s attractive.’”
Even the wedgies — and there were many — became symbols of fortitude.
“The costume folks would say, ‘Do you want us to tape your leotard to your butt?’ and I’d be like, ‘I want the wedgie!’” Brie recalls with pride. “‘I want the wedgie to show! Show it!’ I never felt prouder of my body or cared less about people seeing my body.”
Times staff writer Meredith Blake contributed to this report.
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Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Monday. In theory, the fans that cannot attend the game at Dodger Stadium can gather ‘round their television sets and enjoy another performance by the ace of the team and the face of a generation. Kershaw might well become the franchise’s first Hall of Fame player since Don Sutton, who last played for the team 29 years ago.
Alas, the Dodgers’ broadcasts go unseen by the majority of their fans. So do Kershaw’s heroics, including the Dodgers’ last no-hitter.
This is the fourth season of the Dodgers’ television blackout. The team has won the National League West in each of the previous three seasons. Meanwhile the team-owned SportsNet LA channel that carries the games has been unavailable in millions of homes in Southern California that don’t have Spectrum.
That does not mean that viewers in all those homes would tune in to the Dodgers’ games even if they could, of course. However, we can get an idea of the effect of the blackout by checking the ratings for the 10 games Charter and the Dodgers aired free on KTLA in April and May as simulcasts of the SportsNet LA broadcasts.
Has the blackout killed interest among a significant number of fans, or do people still want to watch the Dodgers?
They still want to watch. The average SportsNet LA broadcast this season has attracted 79,000 households. The 10-game KTLA package averaged 378,000 households, including the SportsNet LA viewers — an audience almost five times as large as the one for games aired only on the Dodgers’ channel.
How much of their cable television audience have the Dodgers lost since launching SportsNet LA?
About half, even counting recent improvement. In 2013, their last year on Prime Ticket — a channel available on all major cable and satellite systems in Southern California — the Dodgers averaged 154,000 households per game. The average this year reflects a 49% drop, but that’s up from the average of 57,000 households two years ago, when Charter bought Time Warner Cable and added SportsNet LA so customers of both cable companies could watch the channel.
How does that compare to other teams?
Cable and satellite ratings for every team this season are not available, but the Dodgers — in the second-largest market in the United States — ranked 15th among the 29 U.S. teams in the number of households that viewed games last season, directly behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, teams that play in much smaller markets. The two New York teams led the way, each with an average audience close to three times larger than what the Dodgers had.
And the Angels? Have their ratings soared as the Dodgers’ blackout lingers?
Not any more. They have the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, and, unlike Kershaw, he plays every day. (He would, at least, if he were not on the disabled list now.) The Angels’ games air on Fox Sports West, a channel carried by every major cable and satellite system in town. And they still attract fewer viewers than the Dodgers’ games.
In 2014, the first season of the Dodgers’ blackout, the Angels averaged 107,000 households. That number has fallen every year since, to an average of 47,000 households this year. The Angels last made the playoffs in 2014. (Fox Sports West says the Orange County audience — measured as a part of the Los Angeles media market — is five times larger for the Angels this season than for the Dodgers.)
As long as the blackout remains in effect, why not put a few more Dodgers games on KTLA?
KTLA is interested in airing more games, but at this time Charter has no plans for additional simulcasts. The 10-game KTLA package was something of a free trial, intended to persuade fans to switch to Spectrum, hopefully in numbers significant enough to get DirecTV to strike a deal to carry SportsNet LA.
How many fans switched to Spectrum in April and May after the 10-game KTLA package?
Charter won’t say.
Charter is pitching Spectrum as the only place to see the Dodgers — “No Spectrum? No Dodgers!” — in its advertising. Are there a lot of Dodgers fans that have not switched?
Yes. The KTLA broadcasts were seen in an average of 105,000 DirecTV households and another 20,000 AT&T U-Verse households — in sum, half again as many households as see an average SportsNet LA broadcast. (AT&T is the parent company of DirecTV.)
Until DirecTV loses a critical mass of subscribers because it does not air the Dodgers, industry analysts say, there is little incentive for the company to pay Charter for the right to carry SportsNet LA.
So none of those Dodgers fans have complained to DirecTV about missing their team on TV?
Sure they have. They might even threaten to switch to Spectrum. But, whether the fans do not actually want to deal with the hassle of changing providers, or whether DirecTV persuades them to stay by giving them free NFL Sunday Ticket or other goodies, the bottom line is that too few have switched to affect DirecTV’s bottom line.
DirecTV has said it is interested in carrying SportsNet LA but Charter’s asking price is too high. When was the last time DirecTV had a negotiating session with Charter about SportsNet LA?
DirecTV won’t say.
Didn’t the Department of Justice sue DirecTV for collusion in keeping SportsNet LA off the air in as much of Southern California as possible?
Yes, but nothing much came out of it. The case was settled out of court. DirecTV was essentially put on five years’ probation, with no fine, and no requirement to carry SportsNet LA.
When the blackout first started, the asking price for SportsNet LA was about $5 per month per subscriber. So, if I get DirecTV, why can’t I just pay another $5 per month and get SportsNet LA?
The secret of cable television is that only a small percentage of viewers watches any particular channel. Charter had about 1.6 million households in the Los Angeles market last December, the most recent figure available.
That means that about 5% of Charter customers watched Dodgers games. If a similar ratio were to hold true for DirecTV, you’d have to pay $100 per month – not $5 – for Charter to make the same amount of money from DirecTV.
Major League Baseball is streaming selected games this season on Twitter and Facebook. Can I see the Dodgers that way?
The Dodgers played last Tuesday on Twitter, but you can’t catch the Dodgers on Twitter if you live in the Los Angeles area. That’s not the Dodgers’ fault; the league’s deal with Twitter is limited to “out-of-market live streaming.”
At this time, the Dodgers are not scheduled for any Facebook streaming, which is not allowed without the approval of the team and its local television partner. The “No Spectrum? No Dodgers!” strategy would be muddied by a “No Spectrum? No Dodgers, save for the occasional Facebook game” exception.
How did the Dodgers get into this mess?
Time Warner Cable agreed to pay the Dodgers a record $8.35 billion over 25 years in exchange for the exclusive right to sell SportsNet LA to other cable and satellite providers. But no carrier besides TWC and Charter agreed to carry SportsNet LA, with DirecTV the most prominent outlet to just say no.
Are the fans stuck with this contract for the next 21 years? Are the Dodgers exploring how they can modify the deal, or walk away from it in search of a deal that would end the blackout?
The Dodgers say it’s premature to conclude this deal doesn’t work if DirecTV won’t negotiate in what the team considers good faith.
If DirecTV and Charter ever do make a deal, would that satisfy all of the audience?
No. The games on KTLA were watched by an average of 44,000 households that do not subscribe to cable or satellite services.
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Freaky Friday (2003) 10 a.m. WE
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Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC
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CBS News Sunday Morning Dick Gregory; Lang Lang; Jim Gaffigan. (N) 6:30 a.m. KCBS
Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace Shooting at a Congressional baseball practice: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.). The need for political unity: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Investigation of President Trump: Jay Sekulow, President Donald Trump’s legal team. Panel: Brit Hume; Julie Pace, Associated Press; Lisa Boothe; Juan Williams; Robert Scheer, Comfort Cases. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV; 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and FNC
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Face the Nation Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s Legal Team. Panel: Jamelle Bouie; Nancy Cordes; Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review; Philip Rucker, the Washington Post. (N) 8 a.m. KCBS
Meet the Press Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s legal team. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). Panel: David Brooks, the New York Times; Danielle Pletka, the American Enterprise Institute; Eugene Robinson, the Washington Post; Amy Walter, the Cook Political Report. (N) 8 a.m. KNBC; 11 a.m., 4 p.m. MSNBC
This Week With George Stephanopoulos (N) 8 a.m. KABC
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MediaBuzz Coverage of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice; the special counsel’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice; Megyn Kelly’s interview with Infowars founder Alex Jones; the controversy over the Shakespeare in the Park “Julius Caesar” production: Erin McPike, Independent Journal Review; Guy Benson; Michael Tomasky, the Daily Beast; Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner; Rich Lowry; Dan Abrams; Carley Shimkus. (N) 8 a.m. FNC
60 Minutes The first responders who rescue civilians in Syria; countries selling passports and citizenship. (N) 7 p.m. KCBS
Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly Alex Jones, Infowars. (N) 7 p.m. KNBC