STAY TUNED: Craig Wolf maintains wrongful termination, but no answers yet

BILL GREEN
Craig Wolf

Craig Wolf

It’s been a while since I’ve included reader comments and questions. So that’s where we’ll start this week.

Cynthia writes: “I’m confused as to why the TV viewer hasn’t heard more about Craig Wolf and his firing from NBC-2. I know that the powers that be have no obligation to say why he was fired but doesn’t the public who liked Wolf deserve some semblance of an explanation? I’m amazed the reason for his firing hasn’t leaked out from some staff member at NBC-2. This can only lead to speculation that Craig did something unforgiveable. I read he was getting a lawyer to fight his firing and then I read no more. What are your thoughts? Shouldn’t the TV viewer know about the personalities they watch, good or bad?”

Cynthia, first off, thank you for your question. I’m being honest with you, and I think speculation on our part is a complete waste of time.

I, too, feel as though we are owned an explanation. Why? Because these folks come into our living rooms. We are asked, even encouraged, to trust them. So when something like this happens, we can’t help but wonder: Was our trust misplaced?

But let’s also imagine how Wolf feels. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that he did nary a thing wrong. All this speculation to the contrary is bound to hurt.

There’s no reason why Waterman Broadcasting (the folks who operate NBC-2 and ABC-7) should tell us. For them, it’s an internal matter. If they have good cause, privacy issues would prevent the company from sharing them with us. And if they didn’t have good cause, well, who’d want to admit that?

Speaking to Wolf on Wednesday, exactly one hour and 51 minutes -- but who’s counting – before his contract with NBC-2 was set to expire, the former anchor, who has been off the air since March 3, maintains he was wrongfully terminated. He also confirms he still has an attorney.

“Today was my last day,” says Wolf, bringing a close to “17 years and 11 months” of employment with the company.

Beyond that, until his case is settled, you won’t hear more from him. Any good attorney will tell you to keep your mouth shut when it comes to the media.

So does that mean once their dispute is settled, we’ll know the answers? Not likely. Depending on the nature of the disagreement, either side could insist on a confidentiality clause.

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Soap news

“All My Children” is getting a big sendoff. As we previously reported, the last episode airs Sept. 23. But before the final bow, get ready for two days of “AMC” all the time.

On Sept. 17 SOAPnet will broadcast an “I Love Lucci” marathon that includes five episodes, including one from 1979, centered on the life-changing moments of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).

Then on Sept. 18, it’s “All My Children: Last Chance for Romance” which will include seven episodes celebrating AMC’s best couples.

In other soap news, the amazing Tamara Tunie of “Law & Order: SVU” will play a judge in an upcoming, albeit, short-lived role. Tunie is no stranger to the soap world; having once been a regular on “As The World Turns.”

Also, fans of former “Days of Our Lives” actress Krista Allen, rejoice. She will guest-star on the freshman season of TNT’s new drama “Perception,” TVGuide.com reports.

“Perception” stars Eric McCormack, of “Will & Grace,” as Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist and university professor who helps the FBI solve complex criminal cases. Allen will play Allison Bannister, a wealthy alumna/widow who is a fan of Pierce’s work.

Besides her work on Days, Allen is known for her roles in “Baywatch Hawaii,” “The Starter Wife,” “What About Brian?”, “Liar Liar” and “Anger Management.”

In sort-of-soap news, “Desperate Housewives,” which begins its eighth and final season on ABC Sept. 25, may have another time jump in mind for residents of Wisteria Lane. As you’ll recall, at the end of season 4 the show jumped five years.

TV Line reports that the finale may jump ahead few decades.

Simon Cowell arrives at the 'American Idol' finale on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Simon Cowell arrives at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Color bars or static

Color bars to Simon Cowell, who says he wants to be frozen when he dies in a process known as cryonics. The idea is that he’ll thaw in the future when medical technology is available to bring him back to life and treat whatever it is that ends the life of “The X Factor” head honcho.

“It’s an insurance policy,” Cowell tells GQ in the magazine’s September issue.

Sign me up. Oh, wait. I’m broke.

“If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. If it does work, I’ll be happy. If it’s possible, and I think it will be, why not have a second crack? Does that sound crazy? I think it’s a good idea.”

Cowell’s “X Factor” premieres Sept. 21.

More color bars: These should make TV-watching little monsters happy: Lady Gaga has recorded a guest spot for an episode of “The Simpsons”! In “Lisa Goes Gaga,” the singer makes a pit stop in Springfield after learning that it’s teeming with low self-esteem, and winds up trying to cheer up a dejected Lisa through the power of speech, song, and a flash mob. Don’t think we’re dissing TV watchers; Lady GG affectionately calls her fans “little monsters.”

Static: This is to all the cable channels out there that must rerun every special that they have ever produced on 9/11. Call me supersensitive, but while I may watch “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” every Christmas, I think reliving this for a month or two prior to the anniversary is just downright painful. So count me out.

Have a question for me? Want to award your own colors bars or static? Send them all to bgreen@naplesnews.com.

Until next time, stay tuned – mostly to local news ...

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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