Showbiz Sandbox 95: The Media Is Charlie Sheen’s Worst Enabler

March 7, 2011


It’s hard to believe that we’re writing headlines about Charlie Sheen for the second week in a row. Alas, the actor went on a whirlwind media campaign let the world know he was ready to go back to work on his hit sitcom. Mainstream media reveled in an endless supply of Sheen’s erratic and manic behavior, portraying him as a deluded, drugged out narcissist.

Eric Deggans, the television and media critic for the St. Petersburg Times, stops by to discuss his NPR commentary piece on how mixed-race couples are portrayed on network television. However, we get sidetracked when news arrives that Sheen has been fired from “Two And A Half Men”.

During Inside Baseball we are joined by Andrew Wallenstein of PaidContent (and soon Variety) who explains why movie studios should start a war over premium video-on-demand.

We also cover all the week’s top entertainment news including Google’s rumored music service, “American Idol’s” ratings dominance, Courtney Love’s Twitter lawsuit and Oprah’s struggling cable network.


Box Office Woes Continued In February

Elton John Upset Disney Believed “Gnomeo & Juliet” Wouldn’t Succeed

Adele’s ’21’ Takes No. 1 On The Billboard 200 With More Than 300,000 Copies….

Google Music Service Nowhere Near Ready

Recording Academy Responds To A Critic….

Charlie Sheen Unleashes Attorney Marty Singer on Warner Bros. and CBS….

Charlie Sheen Ustream Show Attracts More Than 100K Viewers….

Charlie Sheen Sets New Guinness Twitter Record

Charlie Sheen To Start Tweeting Endorsements….

Nicer “Idol” Still On Top

On TV, Interracial Couples In A Too-Perfect World….

Weinstein Co. Sued for $50 Million….

Alcon Eyeing ‘Blade Runner’ Reboot….

Oprah’s New Channel Struggles To Pull In The Viewers

‘Star Wars: Episode I’ 3D Gets Theatrical Release Date From Lucasfilm, Fox

Thumbplay Sold To Clear Channel For Peanuts

Clear Channel’s Purchase Of Thumbplay All About Forthcoming Personalized Radio Service….

Courtney Love Settles Twitter Defamation Case….

Phil Collins Calls Time On Music Career….

AMC, Regal to Launch New Distribution Company: Open Road….

No Longer Tangled Up, Dylan Concerts Are Planned In China….

DirecTV Poised To Launch Premium Video-On-Demand As Theater Executives Voice Outrage….

Why Studios Should Spark A Premium VOD War

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