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Jan 24, 2017
12:16 pm
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Sportscaster Reveals Cancer Diagnosis (Sports Illustrated)

A popular TV sportscaster revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. Erin Andrews kept working after her diagnosis back in September, and remained on the job even as she underwent surgery in October.

Five days after surgery she was on the sidelines for an NFL showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. Andrews was declared to be free of cancer in November.

Andrews, who also hosts “Dancing with the Stars” and was taping that show at the time, kept the diagnosis secret while she dealt with her medical situation.

Andrews works as a sideline reporter for Fox NFL, following a long stint with ESPN and a role as a contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

In the interview piece, Emily Kaplan writes: “She refused to miss football. Before she was wheeled into the operating room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Andrews gave strict orders to her oncologist: ‘I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.’”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
11:14 am
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Fox News Channel’s New Show Is a Hit With Viewers (Deadline)

The newest addition to the prime-time lineup on Fox News Channel appears to be a home run for the cable news segment leader.

Deadline.com reports that after two full weeks, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is averaging 3.7 million viewers in its 9 p.m. time slot, with 775,000 in the key news demo of viewers 25-54. In both metrics, the show is beating its competition on CNN and MSNBC. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow averaged 2.01 million total viewers and 417,000 in the news demo over the two weeks in the 9 p.m. hour, while CNN aired various programs in the slot and averaged 2 million and 633,000.

“‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’s’ numbers also are 37% higher in viewers and up 50% in the news demo compared with the 2016 average of Megyn Kelly’s ‘The Kelly File’ in the 9 p.m. slot,” Deadline notes. “Compared with Kelly’s performance in the same two weeks last year, Carlson is up 95% in the demo and 46% in overall audience.”

The report notes that the year-ago figures did not benefit from Donald Trump’s inauguration. “But Carlson’s numbers seem to make the point that FNC has managed to transition the timeslot after Kelly’s very dramatic tenure and departure for NBC News without seeming to miss a beat,” Deadline adds.

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
10:46 am
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Feud Erupts Between Ewan McGregor and Piers Morgan — Here’s What It’s About
(Daily Mail, TVWeek, Twitter)

Actor Ewan McGregor and talk host Piers Morgan are exchanging harsh words, and like most things these days, it’s political. In a beef that flared up in a highly public way this week, McGregor refused to do a scheduled interview with Morgan on his U.K. show “Good Morning Britain,” after which Morgan wrote an essay in the British publication The Daily Mail ripping McGregor.

McGregor’s anti-Morgan sentiments were fueled by a previous Daily Mail essay from Morgan — the two essays were published one day apart, Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 — in which Morgan sharply criticized the Women’s Marches held around the world over the weekend. In that piece, Morgan saved some of his harshest words for Madonna.

As we reported previously, Madonna has been taking heat over her appearance at the Women’s March on Washington, where she dropped F-bombs on live TV and quipped about “blowing up the White House.”

In his essay Monday, Morgan took Madonna to task over the comment, writing: “How does threatening to assassinate Donald Trump, and all his White House staff for that matter, play into the narrative of ‘End the hate!’ or ‘Love Trumps hate!’ It doesn’t.”

He added: “In fact, it’s the complete opposite message. One that tells the world’s women the only way to stop a man you don’t agree with is by killing them. In one short, disgraceful sentence, Madonna wrecked the Women’s March because she lifted the lid on the more repellent side of feminism: the vile, crude, man-hating, violent, nasty side.”

McGregor, who had been scheduled to do an interview, backed out when he learned Morgan would be conducting it. McGregor sent out a tweet to his followers, writing: “Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host. Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch.”

By that point, McGregor had become a cause celebre for Morgan, who responded on his Twitter account, writing: “Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan – you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You’re just an actor after all.”

Morgan also tweeted: “He’s an actor, not the Dalai bloody Lama.”

In his essay published today, Morgan lit into McGregor even more harshly, writing: “By refusing to be interviewed by me simply because I have a different opinion about a political march, McGregor revealed himself to be a narrow-minded, stupendously self-aggrandising, anti-democratic little twerp. Perhaps everyone who voted Trump or Brexit should now boycott his movies?”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
9:04 am
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Fallout From Attacks on Barron Trump: ‘SNL’ Writer Is Suspended, Public Apologies … and Another Presidential Kid Comes to the Rescue (TVGuide.com, The Hill, Washington Times, Twitter, The Hill)

The backlash continues after a number of observers seized the moment on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration to launch attacks on his youngest son, 10-year-old Barron.

The most high-profile attack may have come from “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich, as we reported Monday. Now TVGuide.com is reporting that Rich has been suspended from the show by NBC.

Rich’s tweet suggesting Barron would become “this country’s first homeschool shooter” prompted a torrent of outrage online and was quickly deleted. NBC wasn’t commenting, but TVGuide cites a source who’s familiar with the situation who says Rich was immediately placed on indefinite suspension.

The report notes that Rich’s name was missing from the credits for Saturday’s show.

Rich took to Twitter Monday to do damage control, writing: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”

The Hill reported Monday evening that more than 79,000 people had signed a Change.org petition seeking to get Rich fired.

Another presidential offspring who suffered her own verbal abuse while in the White House added her voice to the fray. The Washington Times reports that Chelsea Clinton wrote about the incident on Facebook, commenting: “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”

A commenter on Rich’s Twitter account noted that Chelsea Clinton was called the “White House dog” by Rush Limbaugh back in 1992, when Chelsea was 12.

Also wading into the Barron Trump controversy was Comedy Central contributor Stephen Spinola, who was retreating Monday after sending out a tweet calling Barron Trump “a very handsome date rapist-to-be.”

Spinola said Monday on Twitter: “I believe in Math and the stats are saying I made a bad joke. I truly apologize if it hurt Barron Trump’s feelings.”

The Washington Times notes that Julie Bowen, who appears on ABC’s “Modern Family,” got fallout from her Instagram posts showing pictures of Barron during the inaugural program with captions including, “Barron, a voting majority shares your horror.”

Bowen later offered clarification, posting a message that said: “I love that Barron is a kid being a kid. My kids would be a horror show at a public event! Just trying to keep it light.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
8:44 am
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Oscar Nominations Announced — ‘La La Land’ Ties Record for Most Nods; Did the Academy Move Past the ‘Oscars So White’ Issue? We Have the Full List of Nominees (TVWeek)

This morning’s announcement of the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards produced the widely anticipated avalanche of nods for the musical “La La Land” — 14 total nominations, tying “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in the history of the awards.

The nominations also appeared to help move the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences past the “Oscars so white” controversy that plagued the awards for the past couple of years, with a record six black actors nominated this year and a number of diverse films — notably “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” — in the running for Best Picture.

A total of nine movies are nominated in the Best Picture category, including “La La Land” with its 14 total nominations, “Moonlight” with eight nods, “Fences” with four and “Hidden Figures” with three. The other Best Picture nominees are “Arrival,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”

The awards will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, with the ceremony to be televised live on ABC. Please click here to see the full list of nominees.

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
8:31 am
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ABC Apologizes for Listing the Wrong Oscar Nominees (TVWeek, Deadline)

ABC issued an apology today after listing some Oscar “nominees” who weren’t in fact nominated. The network released a statement saying: “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the Oscar.com website. The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologize to the Academy, press and fans for any confusion.”

The incorrect information was quickly removed from the site.

Deadline.com notes that the erroneous information showed Tom Hanks nominated for Best Actor for “Sully,” Amy Adams nominated for Best Actress for “Arrival” and Annette Bening nominated for “20th Century Women.” None of them actually received nominations.

You can see the complete — and correct — list of Oscar nominees by clicking here.

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
7:17 am
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‘Live With Kelly’ Unveils All-Female Lineup of Guest Hosts (TVWeek)

Kelly Ripa continues to carry on without a permanent co-host on the daytime talker “Live with Kelly” since the departure of co-host Michael Strahan last spring, and the show just released an all-female lineup of guest co-hosts for the week of Jan. 30.

Here’s the rotation:

Monday, January 30 – Actress LESLIE MANN

Tuesday, January 31 – Actress BUSY PHILIPPS

Wednesday, February 1 – Actress BUSY PHILIPPS

Thursday, February 2 – “Dancing with the Stars” Judge CARRIE ANN INABA

Friday, February 3 – “Dancing with the Stars” Judge CARRIE ANN INABA

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
7:01 am
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Actor to Make His 17th Appearance as Guest Host on ‘SNL’ — a Record for the Show; Who’s No. 2 on That List? (TVWeek)

The guest host who was just announced for the Feb. 11 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” will be hosting the show for a record 17th time. With the appearance, Alec Baldwin will put a little distance between himself and the man who’s second on that list — Steve Martin, who has hosted the show 15 times.

Of course, Baldwin has been a fixture on the show lately anyway, even when he’s not guest hosting. His Donald Trump impression has been seen regularly in the show’s cold opens throughout much of the election cycle and beyond — often provoking Twitter attacks from Trump.

John Goodman has also chalked up an impressive portfolio of “SNL” appearances, hosting the show 13 times to stand at No. 3 on the list.

Among women, the leader in “SNL” hosting gigs is Drew Barrymore with six appearances, topping Candice Bergen and Tina Fey with five apiece.

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 24, 2017
6:44 am
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Walmart to Start Selling Cars — It’s a Business Costco’s Been In for Years (Motor Trend, Automotive News)

Walmart is getting into the car business, part of a trend that finds an increasing number of consumers making their car purchases outside the dealership, Motor Trend reports.

The retail giant has formed partnerships with dealership groups to offer cars through a program that launches April 1.

“Through the CarSaver program, buyers can select their desired new or used vehicle and apply for financing and insurance,” the story reports. “Walmart will host CarSaver kiosks inside 25 of its Supercenters at launch, although customers can also go through the process on their own online or by calling an 800 number. After this initial stage, CarSaver links the customer to a local dealership so they can complete the transaction.”

The move by Walmart follows a successful entry into the space by Costco, which has become a big player in haggle-free car buying, the report notes. Automotive News reports that Costco sells an average of more than 1,000 new vehicles per store annually, with Walmart targeting a similar number, counting both new and used cars.

“In April, CarSaver will be in Walmart Supercenters in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City,” Motor Trend notes. “If everything goes as planned, CarSaver will be represented in Walmart Supercenters nationwide within two years.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 23, 2017
4:41 pm
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Host Named for 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (TVWeek)

The host of this year’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sunday, Sept. 17, will be Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” CBS and the Television Academy made the announcement today.

It will be Colbert’s first time as host of the event.

CBS will televise the ceremony live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (8-11 p.m. ET, 5-8 p.m. PT).

Said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment: “We’re excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys. Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”

Colbert recently hosted the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS.

Nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 13, from the Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center.

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