CHEWING THE FAT
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Wednesday’s lighting signals Christmas is definitely here.
- One Direction. British boy band — SNL‘s musical act this week — earns its place in chart history as the first group to have its first three albums debut at No. 1. The lads’ latest, Midnight Memories, sold 546,000 copies in its first week.
- Billy Crystal. HBO will tape Crystal’s Broadway hit 700 Sundays to air in 2014.
- Martin Bashir. The MSNBC host resigns, nearly three weeks after making graphic remarks on his show about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
- Ripper Street. BBC axes period crime drama after two seasons “to make room for creative renewal.”
- Newsweek. Start the presses. The news magazine will resume printing paper copies next year.
- “A lot of people don’t want to look behind the curtain and see the strings and levers and pulleys that are going on to manipulate careers and keep them going. After a while I was just like, ‘I don’t want to wash in that anymore.’ ” — Former Entertainment Tonight anchor Mark Steines, who left celebrity news for a job at the Hallmark Channel.