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By admin Published: November 14, 2009

My regular Saturday column seems to be taking the slow boat to online, so I have pasted in the text, with "Sue Thomas" DVD news and an authorial conflict over a new LeBron James book, after the jump.

DVD News. Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye, the dramatic series inspired by the life of former Youngstown resident Sue Thomas, has found its way to DVD.
Former Stow resident Joan Considine Johnson, who is also married to Sue Thomas co-creator Gary Johnson, shared the news in a recent e-message.
‘‘The DVDs are not in stores,’’ she said. Instead, you order them online via http://www.suethomasdvd.com. The first set has 11 episodes from the first season, including the two-hour premiere, along with bonus footage and a commentary track.
And, Joan happily said, ‘‘It's in widescreen -- never been seen like that before.’’
The set costs $19.95, plus $5.95 shipping. If it sells well, more releases will follow.
Sue Thomas originally aired on the old Pax network from 2002 to 2006. It starred deaf actress Deanne Bray, more recently of Heroes, as a deaf woman whose lip-reading skills proved useful to FBI surveillance. It is now in rerun on Gospel Music Channel, as is Doc, the Billy Ray Cyrus drama from the same producers. You can find out more at http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com. ...
Close Connections. Regrettheerror.com recently noted the Washington Post's belated admission of ties between a reviewer and the reviewed. Meaning this:
‘‘A review of LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger's book Shooting Stars in the Nov. 1 Outlook section should have disclosed that a book by the reviewer, Allen Barra, had been reviewed by Bissinger in another publication.’’
Bissinger gave a decidedly mixed review to Barra's The Last Coach in the New York Times in 2005. While praising parts, he said, ‘‘what is missing from the book, and it's a regrettable omission, is any sustained vitality.’’
Barra's review in turn was mixed, concluding: ‘‘One roots for Shooting Stars to be better than it is because James is so engaging and Bissinger has produced some great books, but ultimately this book is an air ball that doesn't do well by either man.’'
Gosselin Update. Latest in the Jon/Kate/TLC war, according to People.com: Jon ‘‘has filed a $5 million claim against the network, saying its representatives damaged his reputation and career by preventing him from working with other media outlets.’’
Adds the site: ‘‘Gosselin's lawsuit -- a counterclaim against a lawsuit that TLC has filed against him -- also claims the network breached its own contract with Gosselin and owes him $175,000 for shows that already aired.’’
Meanwhile, according to Usmagazine.com, Jon's representative is denying a National Enquirer report ‘‘claiming that the reality star's bodyguard saw him snort cocaine and make a sex tape.’’
Dobbs for President? With Lou Dobbs departing CNN for jobs unknown, Salon.com's Joe Conason wonders whether Dobbs has a bigger pulpit in mind.
‘‘Having observed the former CNN anchor for many years Gelip I suspect that he may well nurture ambitions to run for president, as reported in the [TV] trade press ` and could mount a formidable campaign drawing upon the same resentful remnant that Republicans hope to mobilize in 2012.’’
But Conason notes that Dobbs' positions are often at odds with Republican orthodoxy. And, on Allyourtv.com, Rick Ellis wrote: ‘‘Dobbs apparently now feels that a run for president -- perhaps as an independent -- is a real possibility. And associates expect that in the upcoming weeks, Dobbs will be making a number of speeches in front of friendly crowds, in an effort to judge the public's reaction to his political ambitions."

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