Nov 26, 2014
9:01 am

CNBC’s Longest-Tenured Host Leaving the Network (TVNewser)

A veteran CNBC anchor who is a fixture on television is leaving the network for a move into daytime talk. After 14 years on CNBC, Suze Orman, whose motto “People first, then money, then things” has become engrained in the culture, is exiting to launch her own weekday show.

The last new episode of the personal finance guru’s Saturday night show will air March 28, TVNewser reported.

Orman is developing a daily program, “Suze Orman’s Money Wars,” produced by Warner Bros. Television Group’s Telepictures. It was not known whether the show would be shopped to cable channels or distributed via first-run syndication.

“‘Suze Orman’s Money Wars’ will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives,” the company said in a release. “Understanding that fights about money are never really only about the money, Suze will use her signature ability to settle these disputes and help the opposing parties resolve their issues while starting them on the road to financial responsibility.”

Orman is no stranger to daytime talk; she was a popular and frequent guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

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Nov 26, 2014
8:47 am

Vimeo Finds a Way to Make Money Off Original Web Video (THR)

A recent move by Vimeo is turning out to be a financial success, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company’s plan to charge for new episodes of one of its original Web video series, “High Maintenance,” is paying off.

For the fifth season of the popular series, Vimeo decided to charge $2 an episode, or $8 for the six-episode season.

Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor told THR that the Web service “generated more money in the first two days since charging for episodes than it would have with YouTube ad sales over the past two years,” which is how long the show has been on the Vimeo platform. The company has also seen a surge in viewership for free episodes from previous seasons, he said.

The series follows a pot dealer and his Brooklyn clients. Vimeo invested in the production of the new season, which started Nov. 11.

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Nov 26, 2014
8:29 am

Why Netflix Stock Took a Hit This Week on Wall Street (Variety)

The popular subscription-video service Netflix took a hit on Wall Street Tuesday, and analysts said it’s about a slowdown in U.S. subscriber growth.

Shares of Netflix dropped as much as 3.5% during trading Tuesday following the downgrade of the firm’s stock by the Wall Street firm Stifel, Variety reports. (Shares closed at $348.99, down 2.10%.)

Stifel analysts cited uncertainty about the U.S. growth outlook for Netflix, which missed its subscriber addition targets in its third quarter 2014 results. Stifel slapped a “hold” rating on the stock; it had been a “buy,” Variety reported.

But the firm also noted that long-term, the outlook for Netflix “remains compelling,” projecting 55 million U.S. subscribers, and a higher number internationally, by 2020.

Netflix is currently in about 41% of U.S. broadband households, the report notes, and is on track to add between 5.5 million and 6 million net subscribers during 2014, compared with 6.3 million last year.


Nov 26, 2014
8:03 am

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Veteran Leaves the Show; Two Other Regulars Set to Return (TheWrap)

A veteran of the long-running ABC competition series “Dancing With the Stars” is bowing out. reports that dance pro Cheryl Burke is headed out, after her contract expired Tuesday.

Burke has been with the show for much of its run, but when it celebrates its 10th anniversary next spring, she will no longer be in the lineup, the story reports.

The show’s executive producer Rob Wade told the website that Burke “has done a great service to the show and I think she feels that it’s time for her to move on.”

Wade also confirmed that judges Len Goodman and Julianne Hough are returning in the spring. Goodman had been absent for a few weeks this past season because of conflicts with the production of the U.K. version of the show.

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Cheryl Burke with Gilles Marini
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Nov 26, 2014
7:51 am

HBO Moves Forward With Documentary About Legendary Rocker (Variety)

HBO has a documentary in the works that focuses on the life of rock musician Kurt Cobain. Variety reports that the pay-cable channel is working on a project about the Nirvana lead singer, who died two decades ago at the age of 27.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) is profiling Cobain, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1994. The documentary is expected to air next year.

The film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” has been in the works for eight years. Morgen spent six years figuring out rights issues and lining up access to personal material, Variety said. Cobain’s family — including his widow, Courtney Love, and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain — have cooperated with the film.

Morgen told Variety that, in addition to looking at Cobain’s music, the film will include his Super-8 movies, poetry, sculptures, photography and other artistic works that were little known.

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Kurt Cobain

Nov 26, 2014
7:33 am

11th-Hour Agreement Saves Thanksgiving Football for Some Viewers (LA Times)

An agreement reached late Tuesday has saved Thanksgiving football viewing for some TV viewers. The Los Angeles Times reports that CBS Corp. and Dish Network agreed on another short-term extension of the deadline for their contract negotiations, ensuring that Dish subscribers who want to watch the Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving won’t miss out.

It was the second contract extension since last Thursday, when the contract expired. CBS stations in 14 markets, including Los Angeles and Detroit, would be affected if CBS goes dark on Dish.

The new extension “suggests the two sides are making slow but steady progress at the bargaining table,” the Times reported.

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Nov 26, 2014
7:27 am

TVWeek Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule (TVWeek)

After today, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, TVWeek will be closed tor the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

We will be back on our regular schedule on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

In the interim, we will continue to send out TVWeek EXTRAs to keep readers informed about breaking news.

From our family to yours, have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Nov 26, 2014
7:21 am

Just How Far Has Bill Cosby Fallen in the Public’s Eyes? Here Are Some Numbers (The Independent)

It is no surprise that public trust in comedian Bill Cosby has plummeted in the wake of mounting allegations that he sexually assaulted a number of women in the past. But the swiftness and depth of his decline have been remarkable, the British publication The Independent reports.

Last year, Cosby was No. 3 on the list of Most Trusted Celebrities alongside Tom Hanks and Kate Middleton; now he’s at 2,615, according to the publication, which cites the Marketing Arm, an Omnicom Group unit. The company told the paper that such a decline in public opinion is rare.

“Cosby’s social media popularity has also been significantly marred,” the report adds. “Networked Insights, which analyzes social media, has found that of nearly 700,000 comments made about Cosby in the first 20 days of November, a third of those were negative.”

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Bill Cosby

Nov 26, 2014
7:01 am

Drama Series Gets a Renewal Even Before It Airs (Deadline)

A drama series that will debut soon in the U.S. has already been picked up for another season. reports that “Grantchester,” a British period drama set to launch in January on PBS, was picked up for a second season in the U.K. by ITV.

In the U.S., the program will air in the coveted time slot following the popular “Downton Abbey” on PBS. But in the U.K. “Grantchester” is already a hit, and ITV ordered a second six-week season, the story reports.

The show is set in the 1950s and stars James Norton as a vicar who investigates a suicide that he suspects is really a murder. Robson Green co-stars as a skeptical police inspector. The show is based on books by James Runcie.


Nov 25, 2014
1:47 pm

New David E. Kelley Series to Star Two A-List Actresses Known for Their Big-Screen Exploits (THR)

Two Oscar-winning actresses who do most of their work in feature films are on board for a new TV series from David E. Kelley. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in the project, a limited series that will be shopped to premium cable nets and streaming services.

The series, written by Kelley, is based on the book “Big Little Lies,” by Liane Moriarty, the report notes.

“Kidman and her Blossom Films banner as well as Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard shingle optioned the rights to the No. 1 New York Times best-seller as a potential starring feature film in August,” THR reports. “The novel centers on three mothers to kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to a murder-mystery that takes place during a disastrous parents’ night at an elementary school fundraiser.”

Kelley has a long track record of TV success, and is known as the creator of “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Public,” “The Practice” and other shows. He was recently a showrunner on the Robin Williams comedy series “The Crazy Ones” at CBS.

“Kidman and Witherspoon will both exec produce alongside Kelley, who currently is exploring the marketplace free of a studio-based overall deal,” the report notes.

Both Witherspoon and Kidman are Oscar winners. Witherspoon received an Academy Award in 2006 for “Walk the Line,” while Kidman, who has been nominated three times, picked up a trophy in 2003 for “The Hours.”

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