Book takes readers 'Beyond the Red Carpet'

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

beyond_the_red_carpetWhen colleague Francine Brokaw approached me about contributing stories from the trenches to her book, "Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists" ($14.99, Sourced Media Books), I wasn't sure exactly how it would turn out.

But I was pleasantly pleased with the final product, which offers some amusing anecdotes about covering the entertainment business.

Brokaw asked an array of journalists about their strangest interview moments, about competition for stories, reporters' blunders and other anecdotes.

The book is currently available for pre-order on the author's website and will be for sale on on Sept. 5 18.

Read more after the jump. ...


For a chapter on "Twilight Zone" moments, I shared with Brokaw my experience with an actress who opted to renegotiate in the press. Here's an excerpt:


It was back when UPN still existed. UPN on their TCA Press
Tour day had some round robins. They had the actors move from
table to table, and I was at a table and Kate Mulgrew who played
Captain Janeway sits down and somebody asks her, “What do you
think should happen for the cliffhanger at the end of this season?”
And at the time her contract was up and she was in negotiations,
and she said, “Well, I think they should kill off Janeway.” And so
everybody leans in a little closer. “What is it you think they should
do?” “I think they should kill off Janeway. I think it would be great
for the show if they killed off Janeway.” So then we ran to, I believe
it was Paul McGuire, who was in charge of UPN publicity at the
time, and said, “Kate Mulgrew thinks they should kill off Janeway.
Does the network have any comment on this?” And within a few
hours, Kate Mulgrew was calling all of the critics who had been at
that particular table to clarify her comments and make it clear that
she did not want to leave the show. So her attempt to negotiate
through the press, I suspect, ended with a strong reprimand from
the network.
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