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Mar 27, 2017
5:21 pm
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Abby Lee Miller Quits ‘Dance Moms,’ Has Harsh Words for Producers (TVWeek, Instagram)

Abby Lee Miller, the volatile centerpiece of Lifetime’s long-running reality show “Dance Moms,” has quit the show, taking to social media to lash out at its producers.

Miller, who is currently facing sentencing in a bankruptcy fraud case in which she has pleaded guilty, accused the “Dance Moms” producers of treating women “like dirt.”

Miller heads up the Pittsburgh-based Abby Lee Dance Company that has been the focus of the reality show since 2011.

Miller posted on Instagram: “The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL! TODAY, I WAS SO PROUD THAT I WENT AGAINST THE PRODUCER’S IDEA (ONCE AGAIN) TO ENTER A COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NUMBERS… “WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?” ALONG WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL SOLOS! I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful! I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!”

Abby Lee Miller Instagram post

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
4:51 pm
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Here’s a Chance for ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans in L.A. and New York to Dine at the Fictional Chicken Restaurant Featured on the Show (TVWeek)

The fast-food chain “Los Pollos Hermanos” that played a critical role on the AMC series “Breaking Bad” will be setting up shop for limited engagements in Los Angeles and New York.

AMC today announced plans for the special events, which take place March 29-30 in L.A. and April 9-10 in New York. The events will be featuring Gus Fring’s famed curly fries, and take place as AMC prepares to premiere season three of “Better Call Saul” on Monday, April 10.

The events are being put on as part of a partnership between AMC and Citizens Parking, with the pop-up restaurants to be set up in outdoor parking lot locations. “Los Pollos Hermanos” debuted recently at SXSW.

Here’s the schedule for the L.A. and New York events:

LOS ANGELES- 1345 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles CA 90021

  • Wednesday, March 29th from 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Thursday, March 30th from 12:00pm-10:00pm

NEW YORK CITY- 243 Pearl Street, New York, NY, 10038

  • Saturday, April 9th, from 11am – 8pm
  • Monday, April 10th, from 10am – 8pm

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
4:44 pm
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Hannity Lashes Out at CBS Over Koppel Tape (AP)

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity is angry about CBS’s handling of his interview with veteran newsman Ted Koppel, which was incorporated into a report by “CBS Sunday Morning” about America’s political polarization.

The full 10-minute-plus report from the CBS show can be seen by clicking here. CBS included only two brief segments from the interview in the report, which aired Sunday.

The AP reports that Hannity wants CBS to release the full tape of the interview, which Hannity says runs about 45 minutes.

“Hannity, in a series of tweets, criticized the report as ‘fake edited news. I did about a 45-minute interview with CBS. They ran less than two. Why did Ted cut out my many examples of media bias?’ He called on CBS to release the unedited interview so people could see the ‘games’ being played by editors,” the AP reports.

“Hannity didn’t indicate that his words were edited to make them appear misleading; he just seemed upset that so much got left on the cutting-room floor,” the AP story adds. “CBS News didn’t respond to Hannity’s request Monday. Koppel said he was content to let the story speak for itself.”

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
4:26 pm
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Sarah Silverman Project Gets Straight-to-Series Order (TVWeek)

A new show starring comedian Sarah Silverman has received a straight-to-series order. The show — working title “I Love You, America” — was picked up for 10 episodes by Hulu.

The series is a weekly half-hour topical talk show from Funny or Die. Executive producers are Silverman, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Amy Zvi.

Here’s the logline, according to Hulu:

“From inciting treason to telling poop jokes, Sarah Silverman has created her fair share of online chatter, but with this show she’s looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others, and not taking herself too seriously. While it’s great to connect with like-minded people, Silverman feels it’s crucial, now more than ever, to connect with un-like-minded people. She is teaming up with producers Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Funny Or Die, in creating a show setting out to expose the fact that we are all the same. Oh, and it will be funny too.”

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
1:19 pm
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Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s Bad for America — Here’s the Video (CBS)

A confrontation between veteran newsman Ted Koppel and Fox News host Sean Hannity, which was part of a piece on the country’s political polarization presented by “CBS Sunday Morning,” has been getting a lot of attention.

Here’s the full report, posted by CBS, with the Hannity segments at 3:30 and 5:50 …

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
1:11 pm
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Why Cher Backed Out of TV Project (Deadline)

Singer and actress Cher has dropped out of a TV project, saying she would not be able to travel to Toronto, where the production is set to film. Deadline.com reports that Cher cited a family issue that would prevent her participation in the Lifetime TV movie “Flint,” about the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

“The movie, executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric, has been in the process of casting the other roles,” Deadline notes. “The Sony TV-produced film remains on track to start filming in April as scheduled. It is unclear whether the part, which was written for Cher, would be recast.”

Cher issued a statement saying: “This has been a project so near and dear to my heart, and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story. Unfortunately, I will be unable to leave Los Angeles during the scheduled filming as I am dealing with a serious family issue that prevents me from going on location for the April filming. I’m so glad that Craig and Neil plan to move ahead, and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”

Cher has been active in raising awareness of the crisis in Flint, and had reached out to the producers of “Flint” to express her interest in being a part of the movie. She was to play a Flint resident whose family was impacted by the crisis.

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
12:57 pm
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CBS Announces Airdates for Upcoming Season Finales (TVWeek)

CBS today released the airdates for all of its upcoming prime-time season finales, from the closer for season one of “MacGyver” on Friday, April 14, through the season 29 finale of “The Amazing Race” on Thursday, June 1.

Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, April 14

8:00-9:00 PM              MACGYVER (1st Season Finale)

Saturday, April 15

8:00-9:00 PM              RANSOM (1st Season Finale)

Monday, April 17

9:30-10:00 PM            2 BROKE GIRLS (6th Season Finale)

Friday, May 5

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS (7th Season Finale)

Monday, May 8

8:00-8:30 PM              KEVIN CAN WAIT (1st Season Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM              SUPERIOR DONUTS (1st Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 10

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS (12th Season Finale)

Thursday, May 11

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (10th Season Finale)

8:30-9:00 PM              THE GREAT INDOORS (1st Season Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM              MOM (4th Season Finale)

9:30-10:00 PM            LIFE IN PIECES (2nd Season Finale)

Friday, May 12

9:00-10:00 PM            HAWAII FIVE-0 (7th Season Finale)

Sunday, May 14

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8th Season Finale)

Monday, May 15

8:30-9:00 PM              MAN WITH A PLAN (1st Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          SCORPION (3rd Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 16

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS (14th Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (3rd Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 17

9:00-11:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (2nd Season Finale)

Friday, May 19

8:00-9:00 PM              UNDERCOVER BOSS (8th Season Finale)

Saturday, May 20

9:00-10:00 PM            TRAINING DAY (1st Season Finale)

Sunday, May 21

9:00-10:00 PM            MADAM SECRETARY (3rd Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (5th Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 23

9:00-10:00 PM            BULL (1st Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 24

8:00-10:00 PM            SURVIVOR (34th Season Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          SURVIVOR LIVE REUNION SHOW

Thursday, June 1

10:00-11:00 PM          THE AMAZING RACE (29th Season Finale)

“Ransom” (CBS)

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
12:44 pm
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Really? Read What Jon Gosselin (‘Jon & Kate Plus Eight’) Plans to Do Next (NY Post)

Even with a number of odd jobs under his belt since “Jon & Kate Plus Eight,” Jon Gosselin’s next gig still comes as a surprise. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the 39-year-old former reality star is about to begin working as a stripper.

Gosselin’s first “adult dance number” is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 — and the story notes that it’s not an April Fool’s joke — at Dusk nightclub’s “Untamed Male Revue” show in Atlantic City, N.J.

Gosselin made headlines in July of last year when it was revealed that he was working as a cook at T.G.I. Fridays. But lately he has apparently been working at the Dusk club.

He reportedly told “Entertainment Tonight”: “I’m a member of the Senate DJ group and I also help with promotion. I DJ at the club sometimes, but I find promotion is more rewarding both financially and emotionally. I like taking care of people and making others feel welcome.”

Gosselin reportedly said his routine will be an “integral” part of the evening.

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
12:29 pm
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NCAA Tournament Surges in TV Viewing, Sets Records Across Digital and Social Platforms (TVWeek)

The 2017 “March Madness” NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is pulling in big viewer numbers for games airing across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The networks announced today that through Sunday’s Regional Finals, coverage is averaging 9.8 million viewers across the networks, up 10% from a year ago and the third-most-watched tournament in 24 years.

The NCAA Tournament is also averaging a 6.0/13 rating/share, up 9% from 2016 (5.5/12).

“This weekend’s Regional Finals on TBS (Saturday) and CBS (Sunday) averaged 10.2 million viewers and a 6.0/13 rating/share, both up +11% respectively from last year (9.2 million viewers and 5.4/11 rating/share),” the announcement notes. “Sunday’s Regional Final thriller between North Carolina and Kentucky was watched by an average of 15.5 million viewers, making it the second-most-watched Regional Final game (Saturday or Sunday) since 2005 (17.9 million viewers). The game peaked with 22.1 million viewers from 7:15-7:30 PM, ET. The Kentucky vs. North Carolina game is up +5% from the comparable game window on CBS in 2015 (Duke-Gonzaga).”

Meanwhile, NCAA March Madness Live has generated 88 million live streams to date, up 31% from last year and an all-time record.

“Engagement across official March Madness social media handles continues to increase, garnering 53.5 million engagements through Sunday for an increase of 75% over last year,” the announcement adds.

 

TVBIZWIRE
Mar 27, 2017
12:07 pm
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Paramount Network’s Big Event Series Staffs Up (TVWeek)

A number of casting announcements were made today for the Paramount Network’s high-profile event series “Waco,” from Weinstein Television.

Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Paul Sparks and Shea Whigham have all been added to the cast. The six-part series is due to air on Paramount Network in 2018.

Spike TV is being rebranded as the Paramount Network as part of changes that are in the works at Viacom, as we reported last month.

Please click here for all the details announced today.

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