This and that: Mark your calendar

The fall season is well underway and so is the fall leg of panel-confab-Q&A madness. The Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s annual network chiefs sesh outta be lively this year, what with ABC’s Steve McPherson, NBC’s Ben Silverman and Fox’s Kevin Reilly on the same stage. (Quick quiz: Which net prexy said “Be a man” during the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour about which prexy in regards to the firing of another prexy?) All I can say is, CBSNina Tassler and CW’s Dawn Ostroff probably shouldn’t wear anything they really love to the luncheon, set for Oct. 16 at the Bev Hilton Hotel…

The night before the HRTS soiree, a group of industry vets who remember a time when a panel of entertainment chiefs featured only three male execs, will gather at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences HQ in North Hollywood to celebrate the release of an industry memoir from Ralph Baruch, founder of Viacom. Event will include a “how-to” Q&A with Baruch, who telegraphs just how much he’s seen in his many years in the biz with the title of his tome: “Television Tightrope: How I Escaped Hitler, Survived CBS and Fathered Viacom”…

And for further schooling in smallscreen history, head on over to the Fine Arts Theater in Bev Hills for a conversation among TV publicists who’ve been through the wars (and then some). The Entertainment Publicists Professional Society panel dubbed “Legends of Television Publicity” will include network and studio vets Cliff Dektar (who was always a gentleman and a friend to me during his days with the Lippin Group), Michael Casey, Doug Duitsman, Hank Reiger, Gene Walsh and Murray Weissman

OK, this one’s kind of a stretch in terms of a TV connection, but I’ve always loved Raymond Chandler and Raymondchandler_2 this event sounds like fun. (And come to think of it there was a “Philip Marlowe” gumshoe skein on ABC in  1959-60. Powers Boothe also played the tough-talking sleuth in a mid-1980s HBO series.) Hollywood Heritage cultural org is offering a three-hour guided tour of “Raymond Chandler’s Hollywood on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. (Think “The Big Sleep,” “Murder, My Sweet,” Dick Powell and Humphrey Bogart in really great suits.) Tour promises to take the curious to various homes, apartment buildings, streets, hotels and dives where Chandler (pictured right) and his lit alter ego Philip Marlowe hung out in the 1930s and ’40s. Hard to tell where the line between fact and fiction is drawn here but it still sounds like good, clean, noir-y fun. For more info high-tail it to

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