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Oct 24, 2014
11:07 pm
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First Series Cancellation of the New Season is Made By ABC (THR)

ABC announced toward the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 that it has made the first cancellation of the 2014-2015 fall television season.

“ABC has pulled the plug on freshman comedy ‘Manhattan Love Story,’” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The story says that ABC “will replace the comedy with back-to-back original episodes of fellow rookie ‘Selfie’ on Tuesdays starting Nov. 4. ABC already planned to preempt ["Manhattan"] next week.”

THR notes that the show started with 4.3 million total viewers and “a 1.3 in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic, down from its ‘Selfie’ lead-in. Week two of the rom-com slipped to 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 in the demo. Its most recent airing slipped to a 0.7 in the key demo, a series low — and led to a series low for Marvel’s ‘Agents of SHIELD.’”

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
3:21 pm
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Victim of ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Child Molester Goes Public (TMZ)

The 8-year-old victim of a convicted sex offender whose involvement with “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s” Mama June prompted TLC to cancel the show has gone public. TMZ.com reports that the victim is Anna Cardwell, the daughter of Mama June.

Anna, who’s now 20 years old and married, and has a child of her own, is known as “Chickadee” on the reality show.

“June is dating her ex, Mark McDaniel, who was released in March after serving 10 years in prison for forcing a girl to perform oral sex on him,” the TMZ report notes. “June has been dating McDaniel since his release — something she denies despite photos and other evidence — and that’s why TLC canceled ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’”

Cardwell reportedly believed her mom’s denial that she was dating the man who molested Cardwell when she was 8, but changed her opinion after receiving additional details.

“We’re told Anna has now received a lot more info, and is now convinced June betrayed her by seeing McDaniel again,” TMZ reports. “Anna … wants it known she’s the victim because it makes what her mom is doing all the more egregious. We’re told Anna feels her relationship with her mom has been destroyed, and the only way June can see her granddaughter is if McDaniel is nowhere to be seen.”

The network has reportedly reached out to Cardwell to offer counseling.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
3:17 pm
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Breaking News: President of Professional Golfers Association Forced to Resign After Sending ‘Sexist Tweet’ (AP)

The President of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Ted Bishop, “has been removed as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet directed at [English golfer] Ian Poulter,” reports the Associated Press.

Bishop was unhappy about comments Poulter made in his book about the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last month. Bishop said Faldo’s record stands by itself. Comparing it with Poulter’s achievements, he referred to Poulter as a “Lil Girl.”

The exact tweet Bishop sent out on Thursday read:

@IanJamesPoulter -Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl. @NickFaldo006 @pgaofamerica

 

TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
3:01 pm
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‘Thursday Night Football’ Surges on CBS (TVbytheNumbers)

CBS’s prime-time coverage of “Thursday Night Football” was way up from the game a week ago, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the game, in which Denver’s Peyton Manning padded his new all-time touchdown pass record by completing three more as the Broncos dispatched the San Diego Chargers 35-21, delivered a preliminary 4.8 average in viewers 18-49, up from an equivalent 3.9 a week earlier.

CBS wound up with an easy win for the night, both in the 18-49 demo and in total viewers. Second-place ABC had all three of the top-rated non-football programs on broadcast prime in “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” (both with 3.0 averages) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.5).

Both NBC and Fox finished behind Univision on the night, with Fox trying out a “Bones” repeat (0.9 average in 18-49) along with a fresh “Gracepoint” (0.8, equaling last week).

NBC’s entire prime-time lineup was down a little from a week ago. “The Biggest Loser” ticked down one-tenth to a 1.2 in 18-49, “Bad Judge” dropped two-tenths to a 1.0, “A to Z” slipped one-tenth to a 0.9 and “Parenthood” was also off one-tenth, registering a 1.2.

For prime time overall, CBS led the way in adults 18-49 with a 4.5 average, followed by ABC (2.8 average), Univision (1.2), NBC (1.1), Fox (0.8) and CW (0.6). CBS also led total viewers with 14.6 million, ahead of ABC (9.5 million), NBC (4.2 million), Fox (3.9 million), Univision (3.0 million) and CW (1.5 million).

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
2:45 pm
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CBS News About to Unveil CBSN Digital Network (Capital News)

CBS News appears to be less than two weeks away from the launch of CBSN, its new 24-hour digital channel, Capital News reports, with a marketing campaign set to roll out featuring the tagline “CBS News. Always On.”

“The network is in the final stages of developing the project but an exact launch date for the network has not yet been set, though TVNewser reports that it is aiming to launch by election day, Nov. 4,” the story reports.

The new channel will be streamed live to television setc, PCs and mobile devices and will offer a less formal, albeit similar, appearance to that of the cable news channels.

“CBS News correspondents Jeff Glor and Elaine Quijano are among the anchors for the service, which will also feature original reporting from all of CBS’s reporters. CBS has been hiring production staff for the service over the last few months,” the report notes.

The service, which will feature stories that are trending on CBSNews.com along with traditional segments featuring correspondents, will have a look that’s reminiscent of CNN’s CNNgo, the article notes.

“A large video box takes up most of the screen, and a lineup of subjects is situated on the left, letting users go back in time to see segments they missed, or letting them know what is coming up next,” the report says. “Users can also go full-screen with the video if they want to focus on that particular story. The look of the service is still described as preliminary, so it will likely end up changing before the final product launches.”

The launch is expected to follow the rollout of the new CBS All Access paid subscription service. CBSN will be available for free through CBSNews.com and via mobile apps.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
2:31 pm
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‘Breaking Bad’ Star Sounds Off About Toys R Us Move (ABC News)

After Toys R Us pulled a line of “Breaking Bad” action figures off its shelves, Aaron Paul, one of the stars of the AMC drama series, is letting the toy retailer hear about it, ABC News reports.

The store chain said it was putting the toy line on an “indefinite sabbatical” after a Florida mom led a petition drive to get the toys removed from the stores. The petition reportedly has gathered more than 9,000 signatures.

Paul, an Emmy winner for his role as Jesse Pinkman on the show, took to Twitter Thursday to sound off about both the petition and the retail giant.

Paul tweeted: “Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm…I wonder what is more damaging? And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs ? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone.”

ABC News reports: “The mother he’s referring to is Susan Schrivjer, who argued in a Change.org petition that the action figures were ‘a dangerous deviation’ from the toy store’s ‘family friendly values.’ The figures of drug dealers Pinkman and Walter White, Bryan Cranston’s character, come with a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.”

The report quotes the petition saying: “While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters. Parents and grandparents around the world shop at Toys R Us, online and in stories, with their children and should not be forced to explain why a certain toy comes with a bag of highly dangerous and illegal drugs or why someone who sells those drugs deserves to be made into an action figure.”

The action figures reportedly are priced at $17.99 retail and come labeled “Ages 15+.”

“Paul, 35, tweeted a new Change.org petition that called on Toys R Us to keep selling the action figures, which are manufactured by Toys R Us and Sony Pictures Television, a production company behind the show,” the report adds.

Paul reportedly said on Twitter: “This would be so fun to show the Florida mom,” then added a Jesse Pinkman catchphrase, “Yeah B****.”

The story reports that Paul’s petition has accumulated more than 30,000 signatures. Earlier today the actor reportedly tweeted: “Dear @ToysRUs, We have close to 30,000 signed on the petition, that is 3 times the amount that caused you to remove the toys. Talk to me.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
2:27 pm
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Star NBA Player Is Behind New ABC Comedy Project (Variety)

A new comedy project in the pipeline at ABC is based on the life of real-world NBA star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Variety reports.

“Paul has teamed with comedy scribe Warren Lieberstein and producers Eric Tannanbaum and Kim Tannenbaum to develop a family comedy for CBS TV Studios that is inspired by his experiences growing up in North Carolina with his older brother,” the story reports. “The untitled project revolves around two brothers who work at a service station owned by their grandfather, who champions old-school values in contrast to the attitude of their guarded, politically correct mother.”

Paul and his brother, CJ Paul, are executive producing along with Lieberstein and the Tannenbaums, the report notes.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
7:47 am
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Sears Giving 5,000-6,000 Lumps of Coal for Christmas as Retailer Is Closing 77 Sears and Kmart Stores. It’s Our Non-TV Story of the Day (NY Post, CNN Money)

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert “is preparing to deliver more lumps of coal this Christmas,” reports the New York Post.

That means more layoffs and store closings for the retailer. Reports CNN Money, “Sears is closing 77 Sears and Kmart stores and cutting 5,300 jobs. And that’s not even the worst news.

“The fact that most of these stores will close before Christmas is akin to raising a white flag, since holiday sales are the lynchpin for any retailer’s entire year.

“ ‘They’re not giving anybody confidence that they’re going to be around long-term,’ said Allan Ellinger, senior managing partner at MMG Advisors, an investment bank that specializes in fashion and retailing. “It’s sad — these were once among the industry’s leading brands.’ ”

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
7:31 am
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NBCU Agrees to Pay Millions to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Interns in Settlement (LA Times)

A group of former “Saturday Night Live” interns and NBCUniversal have settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged the interns should have been paid, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town.

The $6.4 million settlement will be shared with thousands of “SNL” interns who worked in both New York and California, with the agreement still subject to court approval, the story says.

“In documents filed with New York’s Southern District Court, lawyers for the plaintiffs said Comcast-owned NBCUniversal had agreed to special bonuses for the litigants who led the class-action lawsuit, first filed in July 2013,” the piece notes.

Those litigants could receive from $5,000 to $10,000 each, while other interns may receive amounts as small as $500 each, the article says.

The lawsuit alleged that the internships included work that would have otherwise been handled by paid workers, and that the work they were asked to do was appropriate for earning wages, the piece adds.

“The ‘SNL’ interns lawsuit is one of several that have roiled the entertainment industry in New York and Los Angeles, where unpaid internships have long been a cost-saver for TV networks, movie studios, production companies, music labels and talent agencies — and also a foot-in-the-door opportunity for ambitious Hollywood hopefuls,” the report notes.

NBC declined to comment.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 24, 2014
7:27 am
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Fox News Host Says Young, Attractive Women Shouldn’t Vote (NY Daily News, THR)

One of the regulars on Fox News said on the air that young, attractive women shouldn’t vote and instead should devote their time to online dating, reports the New York Daily News.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of the co-hosts of “The Five,” made the comments Tuesday during an episode of the show. The report notes that Guilfoyle, 45, who helped pay for law school by modeling, said young, attractive women don’t have the right “life experiences” to decide who should be in office.

“It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it!” she said, according to the report.

Attractive young women should only be given the right to vote after they have earned experience through paying bills, handling a mortgage or having kids, she said. “They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world,” Guilfoyle added.

Co-host Bob Beckel commented during the exchange that young women have “every right in the world” to sit on a jury.

On Thursday, Guilfoyle said her comments were made in jest.

“I made a joke,” she said. “If I wanted to excuse someone from jury service that is the language you use in the courtroom. I take the right to vote very seriously. I take the right to serve on a jury very seriously and I think you should be informed when you do both things.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, her comments attracted criticism from prominent figures, including “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy, who tweeted, “Kimberly Guilfoyle on Fox telling young people not to vote? Unbelievable !!”

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