Oct 24, 2016
3:39 pm

1960s Teen Idol Bobby Vee Dies (Billboard, YouTube)

A singer who was a teen idol in the pre-Beatles 1960s, scoring chart hits with “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Devil or Angel” and other huge pop songs of the period, has died. Billboard reports that Bobby Vee died today of advanced Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73.

The article describes Vee as “the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson.”

Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, and had not performed since that year.

His string of hit records began in 1959 and lasted through the ’60s, including “Run to Him,” “Rubber Ball” and ”The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.”

Oct 24, 2016
3:21 pm

‘Live With Kelly’ Names Guest Co-Hosts for Week of Oct. 31 (TVWeek)

The nationally syndicated morning talk show “Live with Kelly” today announced the lineup of guest hosts who will work alongside Kelly Ripa during the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

Jerry O’Connell, who has been considered a strong candidate for the permanent co-host’s job, continues to find his way into the rotation, and the week finds actor Christian Slater earning back-to-back spots on the show on Thursday and Friday.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, October 31 — Actor JERRY O’CONNELL

Tuesday, November 1 — TV Host CHRIS HARRISON

Wednesday, November 2 — Actor VINCE VAUGHN

Thursday, November 3 — Actor CHRISTIAN SLATER

Friday, November 4 — Actor CHRISTIAN SLATER

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Oct 24, 2016
3:17 pm

SAG-AFTRA Pickets Video Game Companies, and the Companies Respond — Key Issue Is Vocal Stress (Deadline, TVWeek)

SAG-AFTRA set up picket lines after failing to come to terms with video game makers, who responded today with an announcement saying they had met the union’s requests.

“The latest salvo between the sides comes as SAG-AFTRA kicked off its first picket line of the strike, at Electronic Arts’ headquarters in Playa Vista,” Deadline.com reports. “The companies involved in the action include EA, Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blindlight, LLC; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices, Inc.; Formosa Interactive, LLC; Insomniac Games, Inc.; Interactive Associates, Inc.; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.; and WB Games, Inc.”

In the response from the Interactive Video Game Companies, the companies released copies of the last proposals from the union and the companies, noting that the proposals “show that the Companies matched SAG-AFTRA’s requests for wages, benefits, and additional compensation before the Union called its strike. The documents also show that the Companies and the Union had reached agreement to collaboratively investigate vocal stress issues during the term of the next contract.”

Scott J. Witlin of the law firm Barnes & Thornburg, the chief negotiator for the companies, said in the announcement: “These proposals exchanged across the table prove the Companies and SAG-AFTRA have largely agreed on the significant issues before us except for the label we have placed on the ‘Additional Compensation,’ which would be paid above and beyond our proposed 9% pay increase. The documents also demonstrate that the Companies value performers and reached agreement with the Union on the issue of vocal stress.”

The release also notes: “Witlin reiterated that the Companies have been impressed by the research presented by SAG-AFTRA into the issue of vocal stress. The Companies attempted to address the concerns raised by the SAG-AFTRA bargaining committee during negotiations by offering performers innovative working arrangements including split sessions and multiple performer sessions, but those proposals were rejected by SAG-AFTRA leaders.”

Oct 24, 2016
10:44 am

Showrunner on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Is Out (Deadline)

NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” has had a big change behind the scenes, with producer and showrunner Josh Lieb exiting the program to move to a writing deal with Universal Television, Deadline.com reports.

“There will not be a direct replacement for Lieb,” the story reports. “Instead, the roles of three people, who had been with Fallon since the 2009 launch of his first NBC late-night show, are being expanded. Katie Hockmeyer will assume oversight of production, while writers Gerard Bradford and Mike DiCenzo, who have penned ‘Slow Jam The News featuring President Obama’ among other ‘Tonight Show’ signature skits, will assume oversight of the show creative.”

Lieb has been with the show since shortly before its launch almost three years ago.

Said Fallon: “Josh has been a tremendous asset and has played a key role in helping us successfully launch ‘The Tonight Show.’ We will miss him and wish him all the best with this great new opportunity. We are excited to have a great trio to fill his shoes. Katie, Mike, and Gerard, who have been with me since ‘Late Night,’ will be expanding their roles, and they and the rest of the team will help us continue to have fun and success.”

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Oct 24, 2016
10:27 am

Shakeup at MTV: Network President Headed Out (Deadline)

The president of MTV is stepping down from the position, with network owner Viacom Inc. expected to announce a successor later today. In an exclusive, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com that Sean Atkins is out after a little more than a year on the job.

“I’ve learned that Atkins opted to leave when Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, to whom he reports, informed Atkins of a plan to bring in an executive over him,” Andreeva reports. “Atkins, who will stay on as a consultant through January advising on the transition, announced his surprising departure in a note to his staff this morning.”

Speculating about a possible replacement, Andreeva calls Chris McCarthy a “logical choice.”

“No one is commenting, but Chris McCarthy has been a rising star at the company with a string of promotions over the past year, most recently to president of VH1 and Logo, after orchestrating a ratings turnaround at MTV sibling VH1 in a short period of time,” the report notes.


Oct 24, 2016
10:19 am

Britney Spears Almost Loses Her Top in Wardrobe Malfunction (TVWeek, YouTube)

Concert goers at a Britney Spears performance got more than they bargained for Saturday in Las Vegas when the pop diva busted her bra and had to hold her top in place by hand as her handlers scrambled to resolve the wardrobe malfunction.

One of her male dancers eventually saved the day, making the gallant gesture of providing Spears with his own shirt so she could continue performing “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Gimme More.”

Here you go …

Oct 24, 2016
10:07 am

Drew Barrymore Talk Show Has Key Station Group Lined Up (TVNewsCheck)

Nothing has been signed yet, but a new syndicated talk show starring Drew Barrymore is reportedly close to a deal with Hearst Television to carry the show on many of its stations. The project is in the works at Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

“Multiple sources say Hearst Television has agreed, or is close to agreeing, to carry the syndicated Drew Barrymore vehicle on ‘a large number’ of its stations,” TVNewsCheck reports. “While a syndicated weekday talk show headlined by Barrymore has been talked about for months, it has now moved closer to reality since WBDTD is out there pitching it, sources tell TVNewsCheck.”

Hearst wasn’t commenting, but the report notes: “Hearst’s interest in a Barrymore talk show could stem from her long association with Hearst as a celebrity who has been covered by — and appeared on covers of — the company’s women’s magazines, one source speculated. In addition to acting in movies, Barrymore, 41, runs her own cosmetics company, Flower Beauty.”

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Oct 24, 2016
9:44 am

Robert Redford Movie Being Adapted for NBC (THR)

NBC has a new project in the works that’s an adaptation of a popular Robert Redford movie. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network gave a script order to a reboot of the 1992 hacker feature “Sneakers.”

Walter Parkes, who co-wrote the feature, is behind the new project.

“The feature film, a comedic caper, starred Robert Redford and Ben Kingsley as college students who hack into computer networks using university equipment in a bid to redistribute conservative funds to liberal causes,” THR notes. “The movie explores their diverging paths and ultimate reunion as one goes the organized crime route while the other works with law enforcement.”

The NBC project comes from Universal Television, with Parkes and his wife and producing partner Laurie MacDonald to executive produce and Tom Szentgyorgyi on board to write the script.


Oct 24, 2016
9:37 am

Justin Bieber Storms Off the Stage in Latest Concert Meltdown (E! News)

Pop superstar Justin Bieber had another bad moment on stage Sunday, storming off the stage in the midst of a concert because his fans were screaming too much, E! News reports.

The incident took place during a stop in Manchester, England, on Bieber’s Purpose World Tour. Bieber, 22, reportedly warned the crowd not to scream while he was trying to talk to them.

The report quotes Bieber saying: “I appreciate all the support, I appreciate love, I appreciate the kind things. But the screaming in these breaks has got to stop. Please and thank you. I don’t think it’s necessary when I’m trying to say something and you guys are screaming. I feel like I wanna connect with you.”

He added: “The point of the no-screaming thing is that when I’m looking at you in the eyes you know that we’re actually having a moment and having a connection.”

When the crowd refused to stop screaming, Bieber reportedly dropped the mic and left the stage. He returned after a few minutes and got back to performing, telling the audience: “We’re just going to do the music. Obviously Manchester just can’t handle it, so let’s do the music.”

Oct 24, 2016
9:29 am

Real Trolls Swing Shovels: ‘SNL’s’ Leslie Jones Goes Off on Her Hackers — Watch the Video (TVWeek, NBC)

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones, who was victimized by a vicious hack in August, took to the “Weekend Update” desk on Saturday’s installment of the NBC sketch show to respond to her hackers — a response that regular viewers have been awaiting since the season premiere.

As we reported back in August, nude photos of Jones were released in the hack, in which a hacker also posted racist images and abusive language directed at Jones. The FBI was reportedly investigating the incident.

Here’s what Jones had to say about it on Saturday’s show …

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