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Host, Bravo TV's Better Half
Bravo takes on love and work with its latest reality show, launching October 3. Essman, best known for her role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, will watch over two professionals as they train their better halves to take over their own jobs; the trainees then duke it out in a final challenge. Can Essman's charming abrasiveness sell this convoluted premise?
Senior VP & Managing Editor, FOX News
The blustery business anchor, 49, will oversee content for the new Fox Business Network, launching October 15. The channel has promised to be more business-friendly than rival CNBC. But how friendly will viewers be? The last biz-news contender, CNNfn, vanished in 2004. And the new channel starts with just a third of CNBC's distribution.
Enders, 48, who started his job in August, will surely be delighted when the first mega-jumbo A380 finally rolls off the line October 15. (Tune in to the Fox Business Network for flattering coverage!) The A380's two-year delay lost the company $6 billion and gave formerly floundering rival
When Russo, 54, reports third-quarter results October 31, it will be a crucial checkup on the health of last year's megamerger between U.S.-based Lucent and France's Alcatel. In July, the communications-equipment giant reported a dismal $800 million second-quarter loss. Investors can only hope that Russo, who championed the $13.4 billion merger, will ladle out more treats than tricks this time.
A version of this article appeared in the October 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.