Jul 27, 2015
8:45 pm

Sherri Shepherd Is Returning to ‘The View’ According to a Number of Media Reports (Deadline; Mediaite)

“I have learned that Sherri Shepherd has closed a deal to return to ‘The View’ as a lead contributor for the upcoming 19th season,” reports our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

Andreeva adds, “I hear she is expected to appear in about 50 episodes….Shepherd was among the most popular ‘View’ co-hosts of the past decade. She spent seven seasons on the show, sharing a hosting Emmy Award. She left last August after failing to agree on contract terms with ABC.”

Writes Josh Feldman at Mediaite, “‘The View’ has undergone a lot of changes in the past two years. Here’s a brief summation: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters all left, while Jenny McCarthy and Rosie O’Donnell came and went, and now newcomers Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez are out the door too.

“On top of all that, the daytime show has picked four new people as co-hosts in the past few weeks (two of those have yet to be confirmed). And now, we have multiple reports that one of the women who left [Shepherd] is coming back in a slightly different role.”

As we have previously reported, Whoopi Goldberg is staying with the show, and she is expected to be joined by co-hosts Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Raven-Symone.

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Jul 27, 2015
1:51 pm

It’s a Wrap for Popular Comedy Series (Variety)

A series that has earned a strong fan base on cable is coming to an end. Variety reports that Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” will wrap at the end of season five.

The sketch comedy show, which stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, debuted in 2012. Season five rolled out earlier this month and will wrap up in September.

The program “received seven Emmy nominations this year, including noms for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nod for Key,” Variety notes. “The pair’s contributions helped Comedy Central rack up 25 Emmy noms for the upcoming ceremony.”

The show’s stars, and not Comedy Central, reportedly pulled the plug on the series, as both Key and Peele have plans to pursue other projects.


Jul 27, 2015
1:44 pm

Grateful Dead vs. Backstreet Boys in Battle of the Ages (Deadline)

It was a battle of the ages as one band whose members are, well, industry veterans, to put it mildly, took on another band whose members were young enough to be called Boys. But in the end, it was no contest, as the old guys — the Grateful Dead — spanked the boy band the Backstreet Boys.

Deadline.com reports that the Dead topped the record set by the Backstreet Boys back in 1999 for live music shows on pay-per-view — by a lot. The Grateful Dead reportedly delivered 400,000-plus pay-per-view TV orders for its five-night concert sendoff in California and Chicago, obliterating the previous mark of 160,000 set by the Backstreet Boys in 1999. The Backstreet Boys, the report notes, were the first musical group to reach 100,000 paid views.

“The Dead shows, available on YouTube, the Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon Fios and AT&T Uverse, ranged in single-show prices from $19.95 to $29.95, with a package deal available at $109.95,” Deadline notes.

The Dead shows remain available through Aug. 2, the report notes.

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Jul 27, 2015
1:31 pm

Title Change for NBC Series (THR)

An upcoming NBC series has received a change of title in advance of its scheduled fall premiere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network changed the title of the freshman comedy “People Are Talking,” which will now be called “Truth Be Told.”

The show, which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tone Bell, is set to premiere Oct. 16.

“Sources say the title change was an effort to provide a better example of how the series will explore contemporary topics in an honest and truthful fashion,” THR reports.

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Jul 27, 2015
1:17 pm

Comedy Central Takes Wraps Off Fall Schedule, Including Premieres of ‘Moonbeam City’ and ‘Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ (TVWeek)

Comedy Central today rolled out plans for its fall programming slate, locking in a number of season premiere dates along with series premieres and specials.

Among the highlights, Trevor Noah steps into the seat long filled by Jon Stewart on Monday, Sept. 28, when “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” premieres, and the new animated series “Moonbeam City” debuts Wednesday, Sept. 16.

New seasons of “Nathan For You,” “South Park” and “TripTank” are also slated, along with original stand-up specials and other programming.

Please click here for all the details.

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Jul 27, 2015
11:44 am

There Have Been No New Episodes in Five Years. Still, Cable Network Will Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of This Fan Favorite Series (TVWeek)

We are fast approaching the 25th Anniversary of one of the most popular TV series ever. No new episodes have been made since 2010, and none of the main characters stayed on the show for its entire 20-year run … though with 17 years, S. Epatha Merkerson came close.

The series is “Law and Order,” and WE tv has announced its “Birthday Bash” kicks off with “Law & Order 25th Anniversary Binge-A-Thon,” a two-night marathon with fan-favorite episodes July 28 and 29

“WE tv is getting a jump start on the milestone 25th anniversary of ‘Law & Order,’ the popular criminal procedural that paved the way for the drama genre with a month-long celebration in August,” the network announced. “The festivities begin with a two-night marathon on Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, beginning at 8 pm ET, featuring the best episodes from the series, including never-before-seen bonus footage, behind-the-scenes extras and more. The party continues all month with ‘Law & Order’ blocks three nights a week — Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays — from 5 pm-11 pm.”

In addition, fans of the hit series can indulge in their guilty pleasure online at www.WETV.com for an immersive experience with themed quizzes and articles — from the “Top 25 Law & Order Moments” to “Which Law & Order Cast Member Are You?”

Please click here to read the complete press release from WE tv, including details about the fan-favorite episodes that will be shown July 28 and 29.

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Jul 27, 2015
10:57 am

Death of Bobbi Kristina Brown Being Investigated as a Homicide (TMZ)

Authorities are investigating the death Sunday of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, as a homicide, TMZ.com reports. The 22-year-old died after months of hospitalization, as we reported previously.

“TMZ has learned it’s now officially a homicide investigation,” the website reports. “Law enforcement sources tell us, both the D.A. and the cops are treating the mystery as foul play, and Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, continues to be a person of interest.”

Law enforcement officials have suspected foul play from the beginning, according to TMZ, which notes that it reported back in February that an active criminal investigation was under way.

The website says first responders spotted injuries on Brown’s body back on Jan. 31 when they responded to a call after Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub. She was hospitalized at that time and remained in hospitals and rehab centers for the rest of her life, including being in a medically induced coma for some time.

Jul 27, 2015
10:31 am

Shots Fired Near TV News Crew — Here’s the Video (KOMO-TV)

As many as 10 shots rang out as a news crew was shooting video on location in the Mount Vernon area of Washington state over the weekend.

The incident took place Saturday evening as KOMO-TV reporter Kara Kostanich and her photographer were preparing to report a story on an earlier drive-by shooting in the neighborhood.

“In the raw footage, you can hear the sound of a horn honking, followed moments later by a silver late model Honda Accord sedan and a dark green late model Dodge or Chrysler minivan speeding by the camera,” KOMO reports.

Kostanich later said: “So the shots were fired and of course my immediate reaction was just to get down. And so within a few seconds of that, I ran around the front of the Explorer, got in the passenger seat and ducked under the dashboard.”

The photographer took cover inside a nearby home, the station reported. Nobody fom the station was hurt in the incident.

Here’s a clip posted by KOMO:

Jul 27, 2015
10:19 am

NBC Delays Start of New Series (THR)

NBC has made some tweaks to its prime-time plans, including delaying the start of the new series “The Carmichael Show.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the program will now premiere Aug. 26, instead of its previously planned Aug. 5 rollout.

The show stars stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael, who is also the creator of the series.

“The rookie entry was slated to follow fellow first-year sitcom ‘Mr. Robinson,’ which premieres Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. Instead, NBC will air back-to-back episodes of ‘Mr. Robinson,’ starring ‘Office’ alum Craig Robinson, at 9 p.m. for three weeks, and then air three weeks of back-to-back episodes of ‘The Carmichael Show’ in the same time slot,” THR reports.

Both shows have six-episode orders for their initial seasons. The strategy appears designed to give both shows the maximum benefit of leading out from strong performer “America’s Got Talent.”

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Jul 27, 2015
10:11 am

TV Special Examines an Event 70 Years Ago That’s Still Making Headlines (TVWeek)

The 70th anniversary of a turning point in human history is at the center of the new PBS special “The Bomb,” which premieres Tuesday, July 28.

The documentary examines the story behind the detonation of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, bringing to mind the challenges that have accompanied living with the bomb in the years since — including challenges that are evident today in recent headlines about the nuclear deal with Iran.

TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin interviewed the movie’s writer and director, Rushmore DeNooyer, and got the story behind “The Bomb.” Please click here to read her full report.

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