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May 26, 2017
9:20 am
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One of the Stars of NBC’s ‘Chicago P.D.’ Is Leaving the Show (Deadline, TVWeek)

“Chicago P.D.,” one of the three NBC “Chicago” dramas that have been renewed, will have to carry on without series star Sophia Bush. Nellie Andreeva reports in an exclusive on Deadline.com that Bush, who has played Det. Erin Lindsay on the series for four seasons, is exiting the cop show.

Bush’s departure follows that of co-creator and showrunner Matt Olmstead, who left the show in March.

“I hear Bush is leaving on her own accord,” Andreeva notes. “A possible exit for the actress was hinted in the recent Season 4 finale of ‘Chicago P.D.,’ which saw her character, Detective Erin Lindsay, on the verge of accepting a job with the FBI in New York. The episode ended with a cliffhanger, with Lindsay standing on a bridge, ignoring Jay’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) call.”

Bush, who is also well-known for her long run as Brooke Davis on “One Tree Hill,” may return to “Chicago P.D.” in a guest role to wrap up her character’s story, Andreeva adds. The report notes that the series is contemplating bringing aboard another prominent female cast member.

As we reported this week, “Chicago Justice” was canceled after its recent freshman season, while the other three shows in the Dick Wolf franchise, “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med,” have all been renewed.

TVBIZWIRE
May 26, 2017
9:17 am
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Jay Leno’s CNBC Show Rounds Up Guests for the New Season — Including a Former President (TVWeek, CNBC)

Jay Leno may have left his high-profile job as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” but he’s still on TV and still in the NBCUniversal corporate family. His car-centric CNBC show “Jay Leno’s Garage” is ready to launch season three on Wednesday, June 28.

The show, which will roll out the season with back-to-back episodes airing at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, announced some of the celebrity guests who will come along for the ride during the season — a list that includes President George W. Bush and Laura Bush.

The show has also lined up Ted Koppel, Wanda Sykes, Michael Strahan, Brad Garrett, Josh Duhamel and others.

Click here to see all the details in the announcement from CNBC.

TVBIZWIRE
May 26, 2017
8:57 am
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Almost All Viewing in U.S. by People 18 and Older Is Still Done on the TV Screen — Nielsen Crunches the Numbers (Nielsen)

A new analysis by The Nielsen Company may surprise people who think video consumption is rapidly shifting to mobile devices and computers. Nielsen’s examination of data in its Comparable Metrics Report for the fourth quarter of 2016 determined that more than 92% of all viewing by U.S. adults — age 18 and up — takes place on the TV screen.

The total share of gross minutes spent viewing directly on a television set was 82.1%, with another 10.3% allotted to TV-connected devices. Combining those figures, the total share for TV screens was 92.4%.

In contrast, the so-called “digital revolution” appears to have barely gotten off the ground. The analysis found that 5.1% of viewing took place on computers, with another 1.8% on smartphones and just 0.7% on tablets.

Peter Katsingris, senior VP of Audience Insights for Nielsen, commented: “What we found was that contrary to the popular narrative that smaller screens were taking away time from the TV glass, when we looked deeper we found that overall time spent viewing on the TV had the most minutes among every age or ethnic demographic looked at. In some cases the share of viewing was as much as 97%.”

TVBIZWIRE
May 26, 2017
8:40 am
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Montana Republican Greg Gianforte Wins House Seat, Apologizes to Reporter — See the Video Now (CNN)

GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte, who was charged with assaulting reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of the Montana special election, apologized for his actions as he gave his victory speech.

Here’s the video, posted by CNN …

TVBIZWIRE
May 26, 2017
7:19 am
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TVWeek Memorial Day Holiday Schedule (TVWeek)

TVWeek is taking off Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday, and will not publish our newsletters that day. We will return with all of our newsletters on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Meanwhile, if news breaks, we’ll send out a TVWeek EXTRA.

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

TVBIZWIRE
May 25, 2017
4:44 pm
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More Advertisers Pull Out of Hannity’s Fox News Show (THR, TVWeek)

The situation surrounding the Fox News Channel show “Hannity,” where a number of advertisers have dropped the show, is beginning to look something like the Bill O’Reilly exodus that recently brought down FNC’s ratings leader.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, more advertisers announced today that they are pulling their ads from Sean Hannity’s show. By midday today, THR was reporting that the list now includes Crowne Plaza Hotels, Cars.com, Ring.com, Leesa Mattress, USAA, Peloton and Casper.

As we reported previously, the bone of contention is Hannity’s reporting on the slaying of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

“While authorities have called the murder a robbery gone wrong, Hannity has been suggesting that the DNC worker might have been killed because he leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks,” THR reports.

The report notes that conservatives have launched a counter-boycott targeting advertisers who pull their spots from Hannity’s show.

TVBIZWIRE
May 25, 2017
3:57 pm
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‘Get Shorty,’ the TV Series — Check It Out (TVWeek, Epix)

Based in part on the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel of the same name, “Get Shorty” is now a 10-episode original series coming to Epix in August.

The series follows Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd), a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood to leave his criminal past behind and win back his estranged family. There, he meets Rick Moreweather (Ray Romano), a washed-up producer of low-quality films who is desperately hanging on to the rungs of Hollywood relevancy and begrudgingly becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of show business.

The series also stars Sean Bridgers, Lidia Porto, Megan Stevenson, Carolyn Dodd, Goya Robles and Lucy Walters. Created for television by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), “Get Shorty” is executive produced by Holmes and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos,” “Damages”), who also directs the first episode. Adam Arkin (“The Americans,” “Billions”) directed three episodes of the series and is also a co-executive producer.

The series is produced by MGM Television.

Here’s the trailer, released today by Epix …

TVBIZWIRE
May 25, 2017
3:09 pm
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Series Regular to Exit ‘Silicon Valley’ (THR)

The HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” will be missing one of its key players when season five rolls around, with The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reporting that T.J. Miller is leaving the show.

HBO confirmed the news today, saying in a statement: “The producers of ‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5. In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”

THR adds: “News of Miller’s departure comes mere hours after HBO renewed the tech-spoofing comedy for another season and halfway through the show’s fourth season run. Created by Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the series been a critical hit since its debut in 2014, winning two Emmy Awards along the way.”

TVBIZWIRE
May 25, 2017
3:01 pm
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Former Presidential Candidate Launching Talk Show (AP, TVWeek)

A politician who has made a couple of runs for president will try his hand at a TV talk show — something he did on the Fox News Channel from 2008-2015. This time around, Mike Huckabee will be appearing on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and 2016, is the former governor of Arkansas. The Republican politician is also a Christian minister, an author and a musician.

“The show will follow a format similar to the weekend show that the former Arkansas governor hosted on Fox News Channel from 2008 to 2015,” the AP reports. “TBN said on Thursday that the show will be filmed before a live audience in Nashville, Tennessee.”

Huckabee’s new weekly show is due to premiere this fall.

TVBIZWIRE
May 25, 2017
2:19 pm
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HBO Renews Two Series (TVWeek)

HBO announced today that it has renewed two shows that have become fixtures of the pay-cable channel’s comedy lineup. The network will bring back “Veep” for a seventh season and “Silicon Valley” for a fifth season.

Both series will return in 2018.

HBO also confirmed that T.J. Miller will leave “Silicon Valley” after season four, as we reported separately. The show will wrap up its 10-episode fourth season on Sunday, June 25.

“Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, also wraps up a 10-episode season on June 25.

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