Dec 17, 2014
9:54 am

Longtime CNN Correspondent Leaving the Network (TVNewser)

A correspondent who has worked at CNN for more than two decades has announced that he’s leaving the network. TVNewser reports that David Mattingly, who has been with CNN since 1992, broke the news on Facebook.

Mattingly wrote that he will be “walking out of the building a better journalist and better person than when I walked in.”

He noted that he’s leaving CNN “to try my hand at something new.” He didn’t disclose what he will be working on next.

Mattingly noted that during his 23 years at CNN, he has worked in 30 countries, 50 states and 6 continents.

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David Mattingly

Dec 17, 2014
9:48 am

Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Premiere After Threats From Hackers; Theater Chain Says It Won’t Show the Movie (Bloomberg)

After the hackers behind an attack on Sony Pictures threatened violence at theaters, the studio has canceled the New York premiere of “The Interview,” Bloomberg reports.

As previously reported, the hacker group believed to be behind the recent Sony attack threatened a 9/11-style attack on movie theaters showing the movie, which is a fictional story about a U.S. TV crew hired to assassinate North Korea’s leader.

Sony canceled the Dec. 18 premiere at New York’s Sunshine Cinema, Bloomberg notes.

Following the threat, Sony told exhibitors that they may pull the film from theaters. Carmike Cinemas, which owns stakes in more than 2,000 screens, said it won’t show the film, according to the report.

The hackers are trying to prevent distribution of the film, Sony’s attorneys said. Sony will still release the film and will support whatever decision movie theaters make regarding the film, the story adds.

“We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time,” the hackers wrote, referring to movie theaters showing the film. “(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”

Bloomberg adds: “The threats against cinemas have broader implications because they typically are located inside or near shopping malls.”

Representatives from Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Holdings didn’t respond to requests for comment, the article notes.

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Dec 17, 2014
9:41 am

President of National Association of Black Journalists Rebuffs Bill Cosby’s Comment That Only the Black Media Will Be Fair to Him (Huffington Post, NY Post, TMZ)

Bob Butler, the president of the National Association of Black Journalists, told The Huffington Post about the Bill Cosby coverage in the press: “I believe reporters have to be neutral and have an open mind when covering a story like this, but being neutral doesn’t mean telling one side of the story. Being neutral means telling both sides. And as far as I can see, reporters have been doing that.”

Butler was responding to a remark Cosby had made to a reporter from the New York Post, when Cosby said: “I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

According to The Huffington Post, Butler had previously told TMZ, “You don’t go easier on a person [of] color. [It's] wrong for journalism period. This is not a color issue, this is a journalism issue … black people happen to be reporters.”

Dec 17, 2014
9:02 am

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star to Host New Fox Show (EW)

One of the stars of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has landed a new gig as the host of an upcoming Fox show.’s Inside TV reports that Terry Crews will host Fox’s new viral video show “World’s Funniest Fails.”

The unscripted comedy show will feature “epic fail” videos that will be discussed by a panel of celebrities and comedians, who have yet to be named, the piece adds. The show is based on the YouTube channel FailArmy, and will debut Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

Crews also hosts the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

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Terry Crews

Dec 17, 2014
8:18 am

Starz Series to Return for Second Season (THR)

The premium cable network Starz has picked up one of its series for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the net will bring back the limited series “The Missing” for a second season of eight episodes.

The first season focused on a man who was wrecked by the abduction of his young son, unable to accept that the boy may be dead, the story notes. The second season will feature a new case, with new characters and a new location, the piece adds.

While casting hasn’t been announced, the second season will again be written and executive produced by brothers Harry and Jack Williams. The series earned critical acclaim, as well as Golden Globe nominations for best miniseries and lead actress for Frances O’Connor.

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Dec 17, 2014
7:53 am

Does Larry David Want to Wrap Up ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’? The Show’s Creator Answers That Question — and Places Odds on Whether We Might See More of the Series (Grantland)

Asked by Grantland whether it’s likely that there will be another season of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” creator Larry David said it’s unlikely.

“I guess the odds would be against it. I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1,” David said.

Asked whether he would consider a 90-minute special to wrap up the show, David was skeptical, pointing to the finale of “Seinfeld,” the wildly successful comedy series he co-created with Jerry Seinfeld.

“Well, you know, I got so much grief from the ‘Seinfeld’ finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up,” David said. He added, “It taught me a lesson that if I ever did another show, I wasn’t going to wrap it up.”

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Dec 17, 2014
7:46 am

Now We Know Where the ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Will Be Set (Variety)

The location where the new spinoff of “The Walking Dead” has been revealed, but not where the series will be taped. Variety reports that the new AMC show will be set in Los Angeles.

The popular zombie drama is currently filmed in Atlanta. AMC declined to comment.

The pilot will be taped in early 2015, with “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert serving as executive producers along with showrunner David Erickson.

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Dec 17, 2014
6:47 am

A&E to Roll Out Dick Wolf Series Next Month (Variety)

A&E has scheduled Dick Wolf’s latest series for a January debut. Variety reports that the program, “Nightwatch,” an hour-long docuseries, will premiere Jan. 22.

It tracks emergency teams who work the overnight shift in New Orleans, and is from executive producers Wolf, Tom Thayer and Rasha Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Productions.

“’Nightwatch’ focuses on first responders, working the graveyard shift, in one of the world’s most notorious night cities — New Orleans,” Wolf told the publication. “We take the viewer behind the scenes in real time as EMS, police and fire respond to every kind of call possible, many of which are stranger than fiction.”


Dec 17, 2014
6:41 am

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Creator Norman Bridwell Dies (CNN)

The creator of “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Norman Bridwell, has died. CNN reports that Bridwell died Dec. 12 in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He was 86.

The “Clifford” books have sold millions of copies in 13 languages, and formed the basis of a popular PBS Kids series of the same name, the story notes. The books and TV show feature a giant dog whose curiosity sometimes sparks trouble for him and his friend Emily Elizabeth.

“Norman Bridwell’s books about Clifford, childhood’s most lovable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor,” Scholastic Chairman and CEO Dick Robinson said.

The original story, about a tiny dog who grows into a giant after Emily Elizabeth cares for him, was rejected by nine publishers before Scholastic bought it, the article notes. Bridwell is survived by his wife, Norma, his daughter Emily Elizabeth (for whom the books’ character was named), his son Timothy and three grandchildren.

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Norman Bridwell and Clifford

Dec 17, 2014
5:33 am

BET Names New Programming President (Deadline)

The cable channel BET has appointed a new president of programming, giving the duties to Stephen Hill, the network’s president of music programming and specials, reports

That will fill the vacancy left with the departure of Loretha Jones in September, the story notes. Hill will continue to work in New York and report to Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks.

“I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET brand has been apparent from the very beginning,” Lee said.

Hill was previously responsible for BET’s music shows and specials, including the BET Awards.

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Stephen Hill

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