Many TV biz types tell me that Bill Carter’s new book, Desperate Networks, is riddled with factual inaccuracies. I’ve learned some of those major and minor players mentioned in it got their hands on the galleys — which were everywhere — and have been writing Carter and the publisher to pinpoint each error. This is not to say the book isn’t true; just factually wrong in too many places, if you understand the difference. I’ll defend Carter by noting this: so much of reporting on Hollywood, whether movies or TV, consists of oral history. And in this town especially, memories are damn convenient. That said, I’ll raise what I consider the real issue behind the book: Is Les Moonves gonna get any royalties? Because, just as Bill wrote The Late Shift heavily from Mike Ovitz’s POV, this new tome has the CBS chief’s fingerprints on every page. Oh, and speaking of Les, no one could be deriving more pleasure than him from Tom Freston’s Brad Grey/Pellicano pickle.
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