Daily Archives : May 5, 2014

‘SNL’ Personality Defends Jokes About Slavery

A show writer who made her on-screen debut over the weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is defending her material after getting fallout for jokes about slavery. TV Guide reports that Leslie Jones appeared during the "Weekend Update" segment as…

ABC and CBS Battle to a Split in Sunday Ratings

ABC and CBS each had something to crow about despite a slow Sunday prime time overall for the broadcast networks. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC won the key 18-49 demo while CBS won total viewers, based on Nielsen overnights. Fox, meanwhile,…

‘American Idol’ Winner Is a Victim of Home Invasion

An "American Idol" champion was held at gunpoint and robbed in a home invasion early today. Us Magazine reports that the Fox competition show's season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery, was a victim of a home invasion at an apartment complex…

Show Starring ‘Friends’ Actress Gets Series Order From HBO

A comedy series centered on one of the stars of the long-running hit NBC comedy "Friends" has a series order from HBO. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the Lisa Kudrow vehicle "The Comeback" will indeed come back to…

Netflix Series Picked Up for Another Season

An acclaimed Netflix original series has been renewed for another season on the streaming video service. Deadline.com reports that Netflix picked up "Orange Is the New Black" for season three. The news comes about one month before the June 6…

Report: Katie Couric in Talks to Rejoin NBC’s ‘Today’

Katie Couric is reportedly in early discussions to rejoin NBC’s “Today,” according to the New York Post. “Couric is a contender to sit in and co-host the No. 2 morning show while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, sources told…

Which Pilots Are Likely to Get Series Orders?

Which projects among the current crop of TV pilots are likely to be picked up to series? In one assessment of the latest batch of projects, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed has a rundown of the 10 pilots most likely…

Fox Responds to Reports That ‘Glee’ Star Was Fired

Fox responded to rumors that one of the stars of its musical series "Glee" has been fired, saying in a statement that actress Naya Rivera has not been fired from the show, according to EW.com’s Inside TV. The statement comes…

Just Days Before Her Retirement, Barbara Walters Scores a Big ‘Get’

Barbara Walters “showed youngsters how it’s done” by landing one last big final “get” just days before her retirement, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com. Walters interviewed V. Stiviano, the confidante of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who made racist…

Four Core ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actors Locked In to Remain With the Show

Four core cast members on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” have signed new two-year deals to remain with the medical show, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. The new contracts mean that Sara Ramirez, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers and James Pickens Jr….