Jul 25, 2017
11:29 am

Fox News Host Says She Was Targeted in Bar Ambush (TVWeek, Twitter, NY Post)

A Fox News Channel host reported that she was a victim of a targeted attack Monday night in a Brooklyn bar. Kat Timpf, a libertarian co-host of “Fox News Specialists,” says she was doused with water by an unknown male assailant during a campaign event for her friend Ben Kissel at Union Pool.

Kissel is running for Brooklyn Borough president, and Timpf, 28, was reportedly expected to speak at the event.

Timpf described the incident in a series to Twitter posts, writing: “I’m at Union Pool in BK, about to speak at my friend @BenKissel’s campaign event, a guy walks in, dumps an entire bottle of water on me … walks in, clearly here because he knows I’m here, dumps an entire 1.5 liter bottle of water on me, first on my head and then I turn … to look and he splashes it directly on my face and runs out. I’m shocked, I’m stunned. I’m obviously upset. I end up not being able … to speak because of it. I’ve never seen a more disgusting insane cruel climate than the one we’re in now. Why? What does that … accomplish? I guess I wasn’t able to speak so that’s great and I guess he wins, but we’re just randomly assaulting people in public now?”

The New York Post reports that the incident was captured on security footage, which was reportedly turned over to police. Timpf filed a police report in connection with the incident, the story reports.

The assailant, who did not say anything during the attack, has been described as a white male in his 20s or 30s.

Kat Timpf (Twitter)


Jul 25, 2017
10:51 am

New Series on the Way From ‘The Simpsons’ Creator (TVbytheNumbers)

The creator of Fox’s animated Sunday night institution “The Simpsons” has a series order for 20 episodes of his new project, “Disenchantment.” TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the series from Matt Groening, which will be split into two 10-episode releases, is coming to Netflix.

The first 10 episodes of the new animated series are due in 2018.

“The show is set in a fantasy kingdom called Dreamland, but as you’d expect from Groening, it’s not all happy times,” the story reports. “Dreamland is down on its luck, and the main character, Bean (Abbi Jacobson of ‘Broad City’), is described as a ‘hard-drinking young princess.’ An elf named Elfo (Nat Faxon) and Bean’s personal demon Luci (Eric Andre) are always with her.”

Said Groening: “Ultimately, ‘Disenchantment’ will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

Frequent Groening collaborator Josh Weinstein will executive produce the show along with Groening.

Fans of Groening’s “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” will recognize many of the names in the voice cast, which includes John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille and David Herman.

Jul 25, 2017
10:27 am

New Dramas on NBC, ABC Open to Soft Numbers (TVWeek)

The premieres Monday night of two new prime-time broadcast series produced a collective yawn from the viewers, based on preliminary ratings data.

NBC’s ‘Midnight, Texas” and ABC’s “Somewhere Between” premiered opposite each other in the 10 p.m. slot, with the NBC drama delivering a 0.9 average rating in the key 18-49 demo along with 3.6 million total viewers, to a 0.6 demo rating and 3.07 million total viewers for the new ABC entry, based on Nielsen overnights.

In the same time slot, a repeat of CBS’s “Scorpion” had a 0.4 average in 18-49 with 3.36 million total viewers.

Earlier in the evening, ABC’s two-hour “The Bachelorette” averaged a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo with 6.32 million total viewers to lead broadcast prime for the night in both measures — ahead of NBC’s two-hour “American Ninja Warrior” with a 1.4 demo number and 5.68 million total viewers.

ABC and NBC finished the night with matching 1.3 averages in 18-49 for prime time overall, well ahead of Fox’s 0.6 and CBS’s 0.5 for an all-repeat lineup. ABC had the edge in total viewers for prime time with 5.24 million, just ahead of NBC’s 4.99 million, followed by CBS with 3.56 million and Fox with 2.26 million.

Jul 25, 2017
9:39 am

NBC Lands NASCAR Star for Broadcast Booth (AP, TVWeek)

One of the top drivers in NASCAR is headed to the broadcast booth as part of a new deal with NBC Sports. The AP reports that Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has been named the stock car racing organization’s most popular driver every year since 2003, will be a part of NBC’s racing coverage.

“The agreement with NBCUniversal will allow Earnhardt to pursue ‘a wide range of opportunities in the company’s media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas.’ The agreement was announced Monday by NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus and NBC Sports Executive Producer and President of Production Sam Flood,” the AP reports.

Said Lazarus: “We are excited to welcome Dale Jr. to our team — both on and off the track. As a company, NBCUniversal allows for talent to stretch themselves across not just their field of expertise, but across other areas of their interests in the media world.”

Earnhardt recently announced that he will retire from racing at the end of the current season.

“Two big crashes last summer forced him out of the final 18 races, and he missed two races during the 2012 playoffs also because of concussion-related symptoms,” the AP reports. “The 42-year-old Earnhardt intends to compete in two Xfinity Series races next season and plans to be involved in the sport in other ways — when his broadcasting duties allow it.”

Jul 25, 2017
7:56 am

Nielsen to Count Viewers of Live TV Services From Hulu, YouTube (AP)

As the number of people who watch TV via streaming services continues to surge, Nielsen will begin to track how many viewers are getting their live TV from Hulu and YouTube, the AP reports.

Both Hulu and YouTube launched live TV services in the spring, with both services priced just under $40 a month. The companies have not provided information on how many people are subscribed, the AP notes.

“Subscribers can stream channels live on laptops, smartphones and elsewhere,” the story reports. “They can also record shows digitally or watch them on demand.”

Jul 25, 2017
7:44 am

Why Disney Gave the Boot to Sitcom Star (KTLA, TVWeek, Twitter)

Disney parted ways with one of the stars of a Disney Channel sitcom on the heels of a report about the young actor and social media personality’s disruptive antics in his neighborhood in the Beverly Grove section of Los Angeles.

Jake Paul, one of the stars of “Bizaardvark,” confirmed the news of his break with Disney in a Twitter post, which you can read below. Paul has been described as a social media megastar, with more than 8.5 million followers on platforms including Instagram and YouTube.

In his Twitter post the 20-year-old Paul frames the move as partly his own decision, writing, “I have outgrown the channel and feel its time to move forward in my career. At this point in time I am wanting to focus more on my personal brand, my YouTube channel, business ventures, growing Team 10 and working on more adult acting roles.”

Disney has confirmed the split, calling it a mutual decision. But the move comes in the aftermath of a report last week by KTLA-TV saying Paul’s neighbors are fed up with his attention-grabbing antics, which reportedly included setting fire to furniture in an empty swimming pool.

Neighbors have complained about the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Paul’s rented home, where crowds of his followers have been gathering since his address went public.

Paul and the owner of the home could be hit with a class-action public nuisance lawsuit, KTLA reports.

Jul 25, 2017
7:08 am

HBO Sets Comedian’s Fourth Live Stand-Up Special on the Pay-Cable Net (TVWeek)

HBO has set Saturday, Aug. 5, as the premiere date for the pay-cable channel’s fourth live stand-up special by George Lopez.

Lopez will headline Washington’s Kennedy Center for the first time in “George Lopez: The Wall, Live From Washington, D.C.

Lopez’s previous HBO credits include 2015’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” 2009’s Grammy-nominated “Tall, Dark & Chicano” and 2007’s “America’s Mexican,” his first live HBO special. He also performed on “Comic Relief 2006,” appeared in the HBO Films presentation “Real Women Have Curves,” was a guest commentator on HBO Sports’ “Inside the NFL” and performed on 2009’s “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.”

Click here to read the full announcement from HBO.

Jul 24, 2017
3:41 pm

ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates (TVWeek)

ABC today unveiled a fall 2017 schedule with premiere dates for five new series along with a slate of returning shows.

“The new season kicks off with the premiere of the milestone 25th installment of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on Monday, September 18,” the network announced. “New dramas debuting are ‘The Good Doctor,’ from executive producer David Shore (‘House’) and starring Freddie Highmore as a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome; ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ (formerly ‘The Gospel of Kevin’), featuring Jason Ritter as a self-absorbed person on a downward spiral who’s presented with a mission to save the world; the epic adventure ‘Marvel’s Inhumans,’ based on the legendary comic book characters; and ‘Ten Days in the Valley,’ starring Kyra Sedgwick as a TV producer whose young daughter goes missing.”

Rounding out the slate of new shows is the comedy “The Mayor,” starring Brandon Micheal Hall as a rapper who runs for office as a publicity stunt — and ends up winning. “The Mayor” follows “black-ish” on its new night and time, Tuesdays (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET).

Other returning shows with new time slots are “American Housewife” (Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m. ET), “Fresh Off the Boat” (Tuesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET), “Once Upon a Time” (Fridays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), “The Toy Box” (Sundays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET), “To Tell the Truth” (Sundays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET); and “Shark Tank” (two-hour season premiere Sunday, October 1, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET; then Sundays, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, beginning October 8).

Here’s the lineup of premiere dates released today, with all times ET:

Monday, September 18

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 25 premiere)

Monday, September 25

10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor” (Series premiere)

Wednesday, September 27

8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs” (Season 5 premiere)

8:30-9:00 p.m. “Speechless” (Season 2 premiere)

9:00-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family” (Season 9 premiere)

9:30-10:00 p.m. “American Housewife” (Season 2 premiere; new day and time)

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor” (Season 2 premiere)

Thursday, September 28

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (two-hour Season 14 premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder” (Season 4 premiere)

Friday, September 29

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Inhumans” (two-hour series premiere)

Sunday, October 1

7:00-8:00 p.m. “The Toy Box” (Season 2 premiere; new day and time)

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (two-hour Season 9 premiere; new day and time)

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Ten Days in the Valley” (Series premiere)

Tuesday, October 3

8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Middle” (Season 9 premiere)

8:30-9:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (Season 4 premiere; new time)

9:00-9:30 p.m. “black-ish” (Season 4 premiere; new day and time)

9:30-10:00 p.m. “The Mayor” (Series premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (formerly “The Gospel of Kevin”) (Series premiere)

Thursday, October 5

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Scandal” (Season 7 premiere)

Friday, October 6

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (Season 7 premiere; new day and time)

Sunday, October 8

8:00-9:00 p.m. “To Tell the Truth” (Season 3 premiere; new day and time)

Sunday, November 26

7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Season 28 premiere)

Jul 24, 2017
3:29 pm

Dwayne Johnson’s Siri Spot Goes Viral (TVWeek, Apple)

A new spot for Apple’s digital assistant Siri featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — showing the action star keeping a series of high-production-value appointments — is getting a lot of attention online.

Released Sunday, the clip, which clocks in at a little under four minutes, quickly chalked up more than 3 million views on YouTube.

Check it out …

Jul 24, 2017
3:21 pm

Fox News Channel Offers Clarification in War of Words With New York Times (AP)

“Fox News Channel on Monday clarified, but didn’t apologize for, a weekend segment that The New York Times said falsely accused the newspaper of revealing intelligence information that enabled Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to elude capture by U.S. forces two years ago,” the AP reports.

The report quotes Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha saying Fox is guilty of “sheer hypocrisy” because the cable net had also reported on a U.S. raid that netted valuable intelligence soon after it took place.

“The dispute between the two news outlets was magnified by White House attention,” the AP reports. “A ‘Fox & Friends’ report Saturday was headlined, ‘NYT foils U.S. attempt to take out al-Baghdadi.’ President Donald Trump was apparently watching, because less than a half-hour later he tweeted that the Times ‘foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security.'”

The AP report adds: “The issue surfaced following a Friday interview of Gen. Tony Thomas, head of the U.S. special operations command, by Fox correspondent Catherine Herridge. They talked about a May 16, 2015, raid in Syria where U.S. forces killed a top al-Baghdadi aide and captured his wife. Thomas said the raid garnered a valuable lead that could have led the U.S. to al-Baghdadi, but it went cold after it was leaked ‘in a prominent U.S. newspaper’ about a week later. Herridge, writing for Fox’s web site, tied it to the Times.”

“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy aired some of Thomas’ remarks today, noting that The Times had described its findings to the Pentagon at the time and that the story had drawn no complaints, the AP reports.

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