Here are a couple of new warps in the ever-expanding universe of media and entertainment:
Couric apparently will bow out of her three-year, multimillion-dollar contract with
If ABC is interested in replacing Couric with a younger woman who has the knack for grabbing attention, the network could run its own experiment and craft a show for Cyrus. Yes, I’m joking -- mostly -- but it is not that far-fetched to think the former Hannah Montana might one day find a new slot on TV. She’s a sly comedian, as her appearances on
A few weeks ago, she was all anyone talked about after her notorious twerking display at the
Many entertainment media commentators appeared flummoxed by the space kitty. They could not figure out what it meant, just as they cannot quite plug Cyrus into a conventional celebrity slot. If
Quite a few of the TV chatterboxes come off sounding terribly conventional when they talk about Cyrus. Why the space kitty? Why is her tongue always sticking out? Why can't she wear a dress? Is she high? Is she bound for rehab? Is this all a plea for help?
Several writers described what she wore onstage at the AMAs as a bikini, even though anyone who watched could see it was a lot closer to a workout outfit. Sure, she was showing a lot of leg, but no more than the night’s three-time award-winning female singer,
Cyrus drives some people a little crazy, which may be her intent. She's toying with the conventions of celebrity and seems to be having fun doing it. Her act may not wear well over time, but, for now, she has mastered a key precept of the entertainment biz: Be the one people talk about after the show.