Sep 29, 2016
9:36 am

‘Live with Kelly’ Announces Co-Hosts for Week of Oct. 10 (TVWeek)

The morning talk show “Live with Kelly” today announced who will be co-hosting the show along with Kelly Ripa during the week of Oct. 10, as the program continues to carry on without a permanent co-host.

Here’s the lineup:

Monday, October 10 — Actor ZACHARY QUINTO

Tuesday, October 11 — Actor, producer, director TYLER PERRY

Wednesday, October 12 — Journalist ANDERSON COOPER

Thursday, October 13 — “Dancing with the Stars” Judge CARRIE ANN INABA

Friday, October 14 — “Dancing with the Stars” Judge CARRIE ANN INABA

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Sep 29, 2016
9:32 am

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Has an ‘Aleppo Moment’ — Here’s the Painful Clip (MSNBC, TVWeek)

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson suffered through an awkward few moments — again — on live TV when he was unable to come up with a response to questions from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during a town hall appearance with running mate William Weld.

Matthews asked Johnson to name his favorite world leader — or any world leader he admires. Johnson, who couldn’t come up with a name, said, “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” referring to another TV moment, earlier this month, when he had to ask, “What is Aleppo?” and wound up being ridiculed for his lack of knowledge about the situation in Syria.

Here’s Johnson’s latest tough spot …

Sep 29, 2016
9:07 am

HBO Comedy Renewed (THR, HBO)

A comedy series that premiered on HBO less than two weeks ago already has a renewal for season two. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the pay-cable channel picked up another season of “High Maintenance,” which debuted Sept. 16.

The marijuana comedy from Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair started out as a self-funded project running on Vimeo in 2012, the report notes.

HBO announced the renewal Wednesday. Said HBO Programming President Casey Bloys: “The response to the new episodes exceeded all of our expectations. Ben and Katja are brilliant, unconventional storytellers and we’re excited to see what they dream up for us in our second season.”

Sep 29, 2016
8:51 am

Felicity Huffman Project Lands at ABC (Deadline)

“In one of the biggest half-hour sales so far this season, ABC has landed a family comedy from ‘Black-ish’ creator/executive producer Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has Emmy winner Felicity Huffman attached to star and executive produce,” Deadline.com reports.

The single-camera project focuses on a politically divided family. Barris and Patel have overall deals at ABC Studios, which is producing.

“The big commitment, a rarity for a deal between a studio and its sister network, underscores the competitiveness of the sale,” Deadline notes.

The Untitled Political Project, which was formerly known as “Libby & Malcolm,” is written by Barris and Patel. “Barris executive produces through his Khalabo Ink Society alongside Patel, Huffman and Principato Young Entertainment’s E. Brian Dobbins,” the report adds.

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Sep 29, 2016
8:07 am

NBC Pulls Plug on Brangelina Breakup Special — But Not for the Rumored Reason (NY Post)

“NBC’s in-house production company Peacock Productions has abruptly pulled the plug on a one-hour special on the breakup of Brangelina, Page Six has exclusively learned,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports.

The report adds that the reason for the decision does not appear to be the one that was widely rumored — that NBC News wanted to avoid taking itself out of the running for a much sought-after sitdown with Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt.

“Sources close to the production said it was actually commissioned by Lifetime — which pulled the plug at the eleventh hour,” the story reports. “A source told Page Six, ‘It was Lifetime’s vice president of nonfiction programming who pulled it,’ and that they greenlighted the show, then quickly decided not to pursue it.”

The report quotes a source saying: “The special was canceled at the last minute — the show had already booked talking heads, hair and makeup, B-roll … Staffers were working to slam it all together. Now they’re all like, ‘F - - k! We just did all this work for nothing?’”

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Sep 29, 2016
7:31 am

Spotify in Talks to Acquire a Rival as Streaming Music Sector Heats Up (NY Post)

Music streamer Spotify, which is looking to take itself public as early as next year, is said to be in “advanced talks” to buy rival site SoundCloud, The New York Post reports.

“The acquisition by the Sweden-based Spotify could bolster its standing as the world’s biggest streaming service,” the story reports. “Earlier this month, Spotify said it had 40 million paying subscribers, up sharply from 30 million in March — and well ahead of the 17 million subscribers Apple Music had reported a week earlier.”

The sector appears to be heating up, with iHeartMedia readying a paid streaming service, soon after Pandora launched a new, $5-a-month option.

“The music streaming sector could get further crowded by Amazon, which is rumored to be launching a stand-alone service of its own in early 2017 that could get paired with Echo, its sleeper-hit home speaker,” the report adds.

Recent reports indicated SoundCloud was seeking to sell itself for more than $1 billion.

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Sep 29, 2016
6:57 am

New Service Allows Advertisers to Buy Ad Time on 200 TV Stations Programmatically (MediaPost)

A new platform launching today gives advertisers and agencies the ability to buy local broadcast TV inventory programmatically. MediaPost reports that the “supply-side” TV sales platform, Videa, was incubated by Cox Media Group.

“The platform, which was beta tested late last year, enables buyers to plan and buy full local TV schedules on a forward reserve basis, leveraging the same kind of consumer segmentation data they use to buy, analyze and optimize digital programmatic media,” MediaPost reports.

The report adds: “The platform, which was officially unveiled at the Television Bureau of Advertising’s Forward Conference in New York City Thursday morning, already is working with about a dozen agencies and a similar number of DSPs, or demand-side platforms, used by agencies, advertisers and trading desks to buy programmatic media.”

The service has reportedly already signed more than 200 stations that will make their inventory available directly through the service. “The company cited deals to represent inventory from Graham Media Group, Gray, Hearst Television, Raycom, E.W. Scripps Company, TEGNA, Media General, as well as Cox Media,” MediaPost notes.


Sep 28, 2016
2:17 pm

‘NCIS’ Showrunner Dead at 50 (Variety, TV Guide)

The longtime showrunner on the CBS drama series “NCIS,” who was also the creator of the spinoff series “NCIS: New Orleans,” has died. Variety reports that Gary Glasberg died in his sleep today in Los Angeles. He was 50.

The “NCIS” cast released a statement saying: “Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. ‘NCIS’ will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”

Glasberg joined “NCIS” in 2009, being promoted to executive producer in 2010 and taking over as showrunner in 2011.

Variety notes: “On Glasberg’s watch, ‘NCIS’ has maintained its status as TV’s most-watched drama series for the past seven years. Now in its 14th season, ‘NCIS’ last season averaged 20.4 million viewers and 3.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49.”

CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller said: “Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg. We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him.”

Here’s a clip posted in 2014 by TV Guide in which Glasberg takes viewers on a tour of the set of “NCIS: New Orleans” …

Sep 28, 2016
1:51 pm

Bruce Willis Forced to Suspend Construction of Private Airstrip (Idaho Mountain Express)

The construction of a private airstrip for actor Bruce Willis was apparently moving along nicely until he had to put a halt to it due to zoning issues. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the airstrip, known as Soldier Field Airport, was being built near Fairfield, Idaho.

“Work on the 8,500-foot-long and 100-foot-wide airstrip was halted after Ketchum attorney Ben Worst notified Camas County Planning and Zoning Administrator Dwight Butlin that the airstrip site is on land zoned for agricultural use and that the airstrip would have negative impacts on adjacent neighbors, agriculture and wildlife habitat,” the paper reports. Worst is representing neighbor Dave Konrad.

“Under the current Camas County zoning ordinance, only feedlots, employee housing, stockyards, nurseries and roadside stands can be built on land zoned for agricultural use,” the report notes. “Butlin issued a stop-work notice at the airstrip site Sept. 21, writing that ‘airports are not listed in the zoning ordinance as approved use in the Agricultural District.’”

Sep 28, 2016
1:44 pm

‘SNL’ Taps Frequent Guest Host as Its New Donald Trump (AP)

A frequent guest on “Saturday Night Live” will return to the show to debut his Donald Trump impersonation. The AP reports that the NBC sketch show will bring aboard Alec Baldwin to portray Trump opposite Kate McKinnon, who has been playing Hillary Clinton.

“NBC announced this deal Wednesday with a promo on social media, just days before ‘SNL’ begins its 42nd season and little more than a month before voters choose between Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton,” the AP notes.

Trump was previously played on the show by announcer Darrell Hammond and by Taran Killam, who has left the show.

As previously announced, Margot Robbie will be the guest host for Saturday’s season premiere, with The Weeknd as the musical guest.


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