May 26, 2015
2:42 pm

Report: Some Major Advertisers Say They Won’t Advertise Again on TLC’s ’19 Kids and Counting’ (TMZ)

With child molestation allegations swirling around Josh Duggar, some major advertisers reportedly say they will no longer advertise in the program featuring the Duggar family, TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.”

Currently TLC is not running any reruns of the series. However, the network, part of Discovery Communications, has not said whether it will renew the show for another season, or whether it will air reruns in the future.

TMZ reports that the companies who have said they will not air in the show if it comes back on the air are General Mills, Payless ShoeSource and Choice Hotels.

The reports notes: “Several customers voiced complaints to Payless and the company responded by saying, ‘Our ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy w/ TLC. We are taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.’ Choice Hotels said, ‘We have decided to remove our advertising from the show.’

“Walgreens, another major advertiser with TLC, posted a response saying that they were continuing to monitor the situation.”

May 26, 2015
2:31 pm

Update, Now Counting Live+3 Results: ‘Mad Men’ Finale Sets a Ratings Record (TVWeek)

The final episode of AMC’s acclaimed drama series “Mad Men” got a big bump from time-shifted viewing and wound up setting a series record, the network announced.

Once the Nielsen data for live+3 was crunched, the finale came in with 4.6 million total viewers and 2.5 million in the 25-54 demo — both series highs. The figures include three days of time-shifted viewing.

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series, set in the advertising world of the 1960s, ended its seven-season run May 17. The finale drew 2 million viewers in the 18-49 demo.

Among the highlights in the live+3 numbers for the finale:

  • 4.6 million viewers, up 41% from live/same day
  • 2.5 million adults 25-54, up 46% from live/same day
  • 2.0 million adults 18-49, up 48% from live/same day

The finale also generated the most Twitter activity in series history and made “Mad Men” the No. 1 series across all broadcast and cable on Twitter that night with nearly 50 million impressions.

AMC President Charlie Collier commented: “While it’s true that AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ ended with its highest-ever live+3 ratings, we believe the most meaningful metric for this iconic series will turn out to be live+forever. We hope Matthew Weiner and the many extraordinarily talented people who helped elevate his vision over the last decade are smiling and finding peace like Don Draper at Esalen.”


May 26, 2015
2:21 pm

Showrunner Steps Down From Daytime Show (Deadline)

A daytime talk show will have someone new at the helm next season. In a report on, Nellie Andreeva reports that SallyAnn Salsano, creator of the syndicated panel show “The Real,” is stepping down as showrunner.

The program, distributed by Warner Bros. TV Distribution and produced by Telepictures and Salsano’s 495 Productions, is hosted by Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Tamar Braxton.

Salsano is exiting her day-to-day role as executive producer and showrunner to focus on her production company, but will remain with the show as a consultant for the upcoming second season. The show is looking for a new showrunner.

In a statement to Deadline, Salsano said: “’The Real’ was an incredible way for me to return to daytime TV and is absolutely one of my favorite shows that I have ever created. After ensuring it took off the way I envisioned, I have decided to return for Season 2 as a consultant so that I can focus on my very full development pipeline at 495. I wish there were more hours in a day.”


May 26, 2015
2:17 pm

Subject of Oscar-Winning Movie Dies in Car Crash (

The man who was the subject of the movie that won Best Picture at the 2002 Academy Awards has been killed, along with his wife, in a car crash. reports that mathematician John Nash, 86, who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife, Alicia Nash, 82, were killed Saturday in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

“Police said the two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the turnpike when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams,” the story reports.

Williams noted that the Nashes were ejected from the car, and that they did not appear to have been wearing seatbelts.

The taxi driver was pulled from the vehicle and treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

John Nash, who struggled with mental illness for much of his life, was a Princeton math professor and a Nobel Laureate in economics. He worked in game theory and differential geometry, among other disciplines, and his theories are used in fields including economics, computing, evolutionary biology and artificial intelligence.

The Nashes were played by Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in the film, which won a total of four Oscars — including one for Connelly and one for director Ron Howard.

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May 26, 2015
2:07 pm

Critics Name Television’s Eight ‘Most Exciting New Series’ (TVWeek)

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced today the honorees for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ Most Exciting New Series.

Here’s the list:

American Crime Story (FX)

Aquarius (NBC)

Blindspot (NBC)

Minority Report (Fox)

The Muppets (ABC)

Scream Queens (Fox)

Supergirl (CBS)

UnREAL (Lifetime)

The organization also announced that the presenters for the Critics’ Choice TV Awards, to be televised live on A&E May 31, will include Anna Faris, Johnny Galecki, Allison Janney, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Bill Paxton, Tracee Ellis Ross and Charlize Theron.

Please click here for additional details.

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May 26, 2015
11:57 am

Death of B.B. King Being Investigated as a Homicide (Yahoo News)

Authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the May 14 death of blues legend B.B. King, Yahoo News reports. The move comes after King’s daughters accused the singer and guitarist’s aides of poisoning him.

As we reported previously, King died in Las Vegas at 89. He suffered from Type II diabetes for the last 20 years of his life.

The story reports: “Two of his daughters — Karen Williams and Patty King — have alleged he was poisoned by his business manager Laverne Toney and his personal assistant, Eonline reported.”

King’s daughters reportedly filed identical affidavits in which they each stated: “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administrated foreign substances to induce his premature death.” Both affidavits requested a formal investigation.

Toney is quoted on E Online saying: “They’ve been making allegations all along. What’s new?”

The coroner in Las Vegas has reportedly confirmed the homicide investigation and ordered an autopsy on King’s remains.

Here’s a clip of King playing his signature song, from Montreux 1993:

May 26, 2015
11:44 am

Reality TV Personality, Under Fire for Alleged Child Molestation, Caught on Tape Joking About the Subject (TMZ)

With a child molestation scandal swirling around a TLC reality show, a tape has surfaced that shows “19 Kids and Counting’s” Josh Duggar — the figure at the center of the scandal — joking about dating his underage siblings. posted the clip, which is from 2008 — when the show was known as “17 Kids and Counting.”

Allegations surfaced last week that indicate Duggar confessed to molesting a number of female minors, including his sisters. Authorities reportedly opened a felony investigation into the allegations back in 2006.

Duggar, now 27, would have been about 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged abuse incidents, which reportedly began in 2002, according to TMZ.

In the clip from 2008, “Josh describes a double date scenario with his then-fiancee Anna … he ended up going with 2 of his siblings,” TMZ reports. “Josh explains, ‘We chose Jana and John David. We thought why not, have a double date … We are from Arkansas!'”

Duggar laughs after making the remark. You can find the brief clip on the TMZ website by clicking on the link near the top of this story.

TLC has pulled the show off the air amid the scandal, as we reported last week. The channel released a statement in which it said: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of ’19 Kids and Counting’ currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

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May 26, 2015
11:31 am

After a Nearly 6-Year (!) Hiatus, Tonight Fox Brings Back Quiz Show (NY Post)

“After nearly six years off, Fox brings [a] one-hour game show back for a 12-episode fourth season (premiering tonight, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET/PT),” reports the New York Post. The show is “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.”

Repeating as host is Jeff Foxworthy. He told the Post, “Out of everything I’ve ever done, people would come up to me in the grocery store or Home Depot and say, ‘They need to bring that “5th Grader” show back,’ ” says Foxworthy, who made a name for himself as a stand-up on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.”

The Post adds: “Producers made some updates to the rebooted version, like adding ‘The Grade School Give Away,’ where contestants who reach the $10,000 level can compete for a school in need to win a matching amount. There’s also a new ‘cheat’ — where the child at the answer podium can confer with the rest of the classroom for help.”


May 26, 2015
11:17 am

Charter-Time Warner Cable Deal Finds Support, Opposition — What Does Comcast’s CEO Think of the Deal? (Deadline)

In the wake of news that Charter Communications is set to buy Time Warner Cable, battle lines appear to already be forming. reports that one key player, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, has voiced support for the merger.

Roberts, whose own company’s recent attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable hit regulatory hurdles and a swarm of opposition, is quoted in the story saying, “This deal makes all the sense in the world. I would like to congratulate all the parties.”

But not everyone is on board. One of the early opponents of the Charter-TWC deal is S. Derek Turner, research director for the public interest group Free Press.

Deadline quotes Turner saying: “These potential mergers won’t make Charter as massive as a merged Comcast-Time Warner Cable would have been but they raise similar public interest concerns, and the FCC should apply the lessons learned in its prior review here.”

Turner adds: “The cable platform is quickly becoming America’s local monopoly broadband infrastructure. Charter will have a tough time making a credible argument that consolidating local monopoly power on a nationwide basis will benefit consumers.”

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May 26, 2015
11:11 am

Kardashians Matriarch Kris Jenner Files for Entertainment Trademark on a Term That Has Been Applied to Her — and Not Necessarily in a Good Way (Daily Mail, TMZ)

“She’s arguably the most famous mother and manager in the industry and Kris Jenner wants to keep it that way,” the U.K. publication The Daily Mail reports, noting that Jenner has reportedly filed legal documents in an effort to own the entertainment rights to the word “momager.”

Citing a report originating on, The Daily Mail notes that Jenner, 59, who has frequently been called the Kardashians’ “momager,” has “already locked down trademarks for the term ‘momager’ for personal management services and for use in her reality show.”

The term has sometimes been used disparagingly in reference to Jenner, TMZ notes.

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