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Apr 27, 2015
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TV Legends Take Spotlight at Daytime Emmys — We Have the Complete List of Nominees and Winners (TVWeek)

Soap operas shared the spotlight with a gathering of TV legends at Sunday’s 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards, televised on Pop and hosted by Tyra Banks.

The big winners included two vetean daytime soaps, with NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” tying for the ceremony’s top prize, Outstanding Drama Series.

Other top winners included Maura West and Anthony Geary, both of ABC’s “General Hospital,” as Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.

Perennial Emmy winner “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” claimed Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment, while Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host went to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan of “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”

Betty White was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, with TV legends including Regis Philbin, Marie Osmond and Charo among the presenters. The ceremony featured a tribute to the late Joan Rivers, with Rivers’ daughter Melissa sharing her thoughts on her legendary comedienne mom.

The prestigious Emmys were awarded in a range of categories honoring drama, talk, game shows, culinary programs and entertainment news. Please click here for the highlights, including the full list of nominees and winners.

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Apr 27, 2015
9:39 am
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Report: ABC Wants Raven-Symoné on ‘The View’. Last Month, as a ‘View’ Guest Host, Raven Defended the Now-Fired Univision Host Who Said Michelle Obama Looked Like a Cast Member of ‘Planet of the Apes.’ Watch Raven’s Comments Here (NY Post, YouTube)

ABC is interested in having actress-singer Raven-Symoné as a co-host on “The View,” writes Emily Smith in a scoop for the New York Post’s Page Six.

The piece says Raven was a guest host in March and ABC executives were impressed. Though the piece quotes an ABC “source,” there is no official comment from ABC or Raven in the story.

Raven-Symoné, 29, who has been on TV since she’ was 3 years old, is probably best known as the star of “That’s So Raven,” the Disney Channel hit that ran from 2003-2007.

If Raven does get a regular gig on the “The View,” judging from her appearance on the show last month, she’s not afraid of controversy. Here she’s defending Rodner Figueroa’s comments about Michelle Obama looking like a cast member of “Planet of the Apes.”

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Apr 27, 2015
9:31 am
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‘Walking Dead’ Producer Developing New Series for Bravo (Variety)

Bravo is pumping up its slate of scripted originals, and a key ingredient in the expansion will be a 1980s period drama from “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, Variety reports.

The report notes that Bravo has three new development projects in the works, including one from “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” star Paul Adelstein.

Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment and Judith Verno’s Peace Out Productions are behind “All That Glitters,” which is being developed as a miniseries, the story reports.

“Based on Thomas Maier’s book ‘Newhouse: All The Glitter, Power and Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It,’ the project is set at the heyday of the magazine business in the 1980s when editors including Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Tina Brown were ruthless in their competition to dominate the publishing world,” Variety reports.

The Adelstein project is the dark comedy “My So Called Wife,” with Adelstein on board as a co-writer with “Girlfriends’ Guide” director Adam Brooks.

Also in development at Bravo is “White Collar Wives,” written by Vanessa Reisen (”Extant,”“Weeds”).

The report notes: “The ramp-up of scripted development comes ahead of the premiere of Bravo’s second scripted series and first half-hour scripted comedy, ‘Odd Mom Out,’ which premieres this summer on June 8.”

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Apr 27, 2015
9:17 am
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Report: NBC’s Brian Williams Inquiry Expands (NY Times)

NBC’s investigation of alleged misstatements by suspended “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams has reportedly widened, with The New York Times, citing sources with inside knowledge, reporting that the probe has looked into “a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts.”

The Times adds: “The investigation includes at least one episode that was previously unreported, these people said, involving statements by Mr. Williams about events from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring.”

The Times report notes about that incident: “Speaking [on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'] of clashes between protesters seeking the overthrow of the Egyptian government, and a pro-government group on horses and camels, [Williams] said he had ‘actually made eye contact with the man on the lead horse.’ Later the Times report notes that Williams wasn’t actually in Tahrir Square, but had done his reporting “from a balcony overlooking Tahrir Square.”

The investigation of Williams was launched in response to a high-profile embellishment by Williams of an attack on a helicopter while Williams was covering the Iraq war in 2003. Williams is currently serving out a six-month suspension from his anchor chair in the wake of his Iraq account, and has been the subject of increasing speculation over whether he will return to his job.

NBC’s internal investigation is reportedly being led by Richard Esposito, the news division’s senior executive producer for investigations.

The Times report adds about the investigation, “When completed, it is expected to form the basis for a decision on whether to bring him back. It is not clear when that decision will be made.”

To read more about the Times report, please click here, which will take you to the original Times article.

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TVBIZWIRE
Apr 27, 2015
9:09 am
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HBO Targets a New Audience With ‘Millennial Missile’ (Washington Post)

HBO boss Richard Plepler hinted that the pay cabler has been missing out when it comes to younger viewers, with the channel’s previous cable-subscription-only model. But The Washington Post reports that the channel’s CEO thinks that problem has been solved by HBO Now, the company’s new streaming service.

When Plepler and others were examining whether to make the move more than a year ago, they found that “HBO was missing out on nearly 10 million households that might want to watch the premium channel but did not subscribe to cable,” the paper reports. “They were mostly younger consumers — people who have never subscribed to cable.”

Said Plepler: “We waited for the time and place of our choosing to launch our streaming service.” The time came earlier this month, when HBO launched HBO Now in partnership with Apple and Cablevision.

“Plepler said that so far, HBO Now subscriptions have exceeded expectations,” the article reports. “He said the service is a ‘millennial missile’ for its appeal to younger consumers.”

Many observers believe HBO has some catching up to do in the streaming space, where services including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have established a strong foothold — including with original programming. Additionally, concerns have been raised that streaming might cut into HBO’s own business from its traditional cable model. Plepler disagrees, the report notes.

Said Plepler: “This is a multilateral approach to creating new ways for different consumers to watch us. This is not a zero-sum game.”

Please click on the link near the top of this story to read the Post’s in-depth report.

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Apr 27, 2015
9:01 am
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Emmy-Winning Series Picked Up for 12th Season (TVWeek)

A series that has racked up 13 Primetime Emmy Awards during its run will be back for another season. Discovery Channel announced that it has renewed “Deadliest Catch” for season 12.

The reality series, which has been airing since 2005, has been a staple on awards shows, including taking home three Primetime Emmys last year — for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program along with Outstanding Cinematography and Picture Editing for Reality Programming. It was named Outstanding Reality Program in 2011.

The series follows the exploits of crab fishermen on the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska. Along with its accolades, the show has pulled in strong ratings.

“In its most recent season premiere, which aired April 14, ‘Deadliest Catch’ placed first among all cable shows in key demos and led Discovery to finish as the #1 cable network in Prime delivering a 2.51 P25-54 AA% and averaged 4.03 million total viewers P2+, up +7% in both categories versus last season’s average,” Discovery noted in its announcement.

The network adds: “‘Deadliest Catch’ is also pulling in top ratings among women. The premiere was a top 10 cable program on Tuesday night with women (coming in at #7), beating Lifetime’s ‘Dance Moms,’ Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ E!’s ‘Botched’ and A&E’s ‘Married at First Sight.’ In addition, the series is growing it’s younger demo and posted a +16% increase from last season’s premiere in P12-17 rating.”

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Apr 27, 2015
7:06 am
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‘Bruce Jenner — The Interview’ Hits a 15-Year High for ’20/20′ (TVWeek)

Friday’s special installment of ABC’s “20/20,” featuring Diane Sawyer’s highly anticipated interview with Bruce Jenner about his gender transition, delivered 16.9 million viewers, the largest audience for the program in 15 years, the network announced.

ABC reported that the two-hour show, which aired from 9-11 p.m., delivered a 5.2 average rating / 17 share in the key demo of adults 18-49, with strong numbers in adults 18-34 (4.2/17) and adults 25-54 (6.4/18).

“’20/20′ shot up by triple digits week to week to new season highs and the newsmagazine’s strongest numbers on the night in over 15 years among viewers and key adults (AD18-49/AD25-54) since 3/17/00,” ABC reported.

The network adds: “Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Bruce Jenner turned in TV’s biggest Friday non-sports broadcast since 2003 in viewers and young adults and since 2005 in the key news demo — since 3/14/03, 4/18/03 and 1/28/05, respectively.”

The program also became “the most social Friday telecast of all time excluding sporting events,” ABC reported, with the show drawing 972,000 tweets from 403,000 unique authors, according to Nielsen Social.

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Apr 27, 2015
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New E! Series to Follow Bruce Jenner’s Journey (TVWeek)

E! Entertainment revealed plans for a TV series tracking former Olympian Bruce Jenner’s life as a woman. The untitled documentary series is set to premiere July 26.

Eight one-hour episodes are planned.

Said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, E!: “Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story. This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”

Please click here for more details in the E! announcement.

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Apr 24, 2015
10:47 am
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CNN Names New Host for Political Talk Show (Variety)

CNN has named a new host for a politically oriented talk show. Variety reports that Jake Tapper will be the new host of the Sunday program “State of the Union.”

Tapper, who replaces Candy Crowley, reportedly confirmed the news this morning on Twitter. Since Crowley left CNN late in 2014, a rotating lineup of hosts have filled in.

Tapper, who is due to take over the show in June, will keep his other job as anchor of the weekday show “The Lead.”

The report notes that a number of changes are in the works for Sunday morning news shows, including CBS’s Face the Nation,” where John Dickerson will take over for Bob Schieffer this summer.

Variety adds: “Chuck Todd was named last year to anchor NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ Chris Wallace has anchored ‘Fox News Sunday’ since 2003, while George Stephanopoulos is in his second tenure of moderating ‘This Week’ on ABC, which he first led in 2002.”

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Apr 24, 2015
10:39 am
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Cablevision Rolls Out New Service Aimed at Cord Cutters (TVWeek)

Cablevision has set its sights on cord cutters with its latest product offering. The company released details Thursday on its new line of Internet-focused Optimum services that the company says “provide greater choice and flexibility for the ‘cord cutter’ and ‘cord never’ generation of connectivity-minded consumers.”

The new offers include access to over-the-air broadcast television through digital antennas at no cost, the company noted.

Said Kristin Dolan, chief operating officer of Cablevision: “As a connectivity company, Cablevision is reimagining its relationship with its customers. Our new ‘cord cutter’ packages take a modern approach to traditional triple-product bundles and provide real alternatives that fit new consumer lifestyles.”

Optimum Online Ultra 50 is offered as a “cord cutter” package at a promotional first-year price of $44.90 a month, while Optimum Online Internet Basics, offered as an “everyday low price” package, carries a standard price of $34.90.

Additional details can be found here.

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