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Bill Cosby dual-coast tribute begins this week in earnest

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Daybreak Daily’s afternoon detour onto the pop-culture road comes across an avowed fan of Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Desperate situation, many other things, and the mystery music video.

HONORING A FUNNY MAN: On both the East Coast and the West Coast, the Paley Center for Media begins a two-month celebration this week directly relating to Bill Cosby’s 50 years in show business, and New York Times television critic Neil Genzlinger has a truly great read today about the American icon. Herewith a tease:

“I’m going to do a little commemorating of my own. Since I’m a television critic, I’ll not dwell on his films, some of which were pretty bad, or his off-screen personality, or his occasional controversy-generating comments. Just his TV work. And no, I don’t count those pudding commercials as TV work.” http://nyti.ms/x4c2rg

DESPERATE DESPERATION: After “Housewives” ends its eight-season run on ABC this spring, fans hoping for a movie-style sequel may be left wanting, per the AP, “Creator Marc Cherry (is) very satisfied with where the series stands, Cherry told the Television Critics Association on Tuesday, the actors alongside him. “ http://apne.ws/xy8lYh

SPEAKING OF ABC: It’s new series, ‘The River,” will make its debut not on television but in movie theatres, per the Wall Street Journal, “Talking to reporters at a briefing at the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour here on Tuesday, Paul Lee, president of Disney's ABC Entertainment Group, said he wants to build buzz leading up to the show's premiere.” http://on.wsj.com/wIfRu4

OF PHONE HACKING: Rebekah Brooks is the subject of a riveting Vanity Fair piece about her life and her clandestine work for Rupert Murdoch’s empire. “Brooks was the woman almost everybody had heard of, but about whom almost nothing was known. She rarely spoke in public or gave interviews, and when she did, she revealed nothing about herself.” http://vnty.fr/zElc9t

REPORT OF THE COLBERT: Certain is straight-man comedian Stephen Colbert that Mitt Romney, with only one little speed bump to negotiate, and that is (per this funny read from the Los Angeles Times about last night’s show): "The years he spent as a heartless corporate raider at Bain Capital, extracting millions from troubled companies by taking them over, firing their workforce, then chopping them up to sell the pieces to the highest bidder with no regard for the lives destroyed." http://lat.ms/xo7th2

CHILI HIATUS: The Red Hots postpone their winter concert tour until March 31 because lead man Anthony Kiedis has a bum foot, per Rolling Stone, “According to a statement from the band, Kiedis "recently underwent surgery to removed a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot." http://bit.ly/zURWsL

THE KHLOE THING: Sister Kim is quick to rebuke claims that her sister is not truly a Kardashian, per TMZ, “Sources close to Kim tell TMZ ... the family is fuming at Robert's ex-wives ... who both told the tabloids Robert privately revealed that Khloe was fathered by another man.” http://bit.ly/zlOfSC

PARENTAL ALERT: One of the more clicked-on pieces this week in the Huffington Post pertains to Star Wars being re-released in a decidedly different version from the original – as an adult video. http://huff.to/y9LWL4

GNOME: The highly self-aware Jim Rome is bolting ESPN for CBS, per Variety, “Rome will contribute interviews and features to CBS Sports' broadcast coverage of the NFL, college basketball, U.S. Open tennis and other events, while also hosting a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime set to debut in the fall.” http://bit.ly/z2boyw

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/aIIHdb

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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