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August 1, 2014
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Fox Business Network Executive Steps Down

With the management structure at Fox Business Network reportedly under review, a top executive at the cable channel is exiting his position. TVNewser reports that Kevin Magee, the executive vice president of the network, is stepping down.

Magee has served as EVP of the business network since it debuted seven years ago, and has also served as EVP of Fox News Radio since 2005.

“It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business,” Magee wrote in a memo.

TVNewser notes, “The management structure of Fox Business is under review, we hear, and an announcement on the new team will be made in the coming weeks.”

Magee joined Fox News Channel in 2001, shifting from CNBC.

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Kevin Magee

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August 1, 2014
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How the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Midnight Screening Went Horribly Wrong

Movie goers who turned out last night to be among the first to see one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated movies, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” came away disappointed at a number of theaters as they reportedly rolled the wrong movie.

ABC News reports that the problem became apparent once theater patrons had already sat through a round of previews. Audience members began tweeting the unpleasant news, and it soon became apparent that it was happening at multiple theaters.

One tweet reads: “omg they started playing rise of the guardians instead of guardians of the galaxy EVERYONE IN THE THEATRE IS CRYING”

“Then it happened again … and again, apparently in more than one location, judging by the tweets,” ABC News reports. “Regal Cinemas, the theater chain cited in some tweets, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for an explanation or other comment.”

Instead of the Marvel comics-inspired “Guardians of the Galaxy,” expected to be one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, the theaters rolled the 2012 Dreamworks animated movie “Rise of the Guardians,” which features Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny battling the Boogeyman.

“Here’s the synopsis of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ from the Marvel film’s official website: ‘Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe,’” the story reports. “Different movie, see?”

In at least some theaters, a second attempt, and even a third, was made to show the right movie, with the same results each time. The Twitter users responded in kind, for example:

“Oh god. They restarted it all, and after a couple repeat previews, it’s Rise of the Guardians AGAIN.”

And: “YOU HAD ONE JOB. (Then it happened AGAIN.) @RegalMovies #rva #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy”

After a third failed attempt at one theater, a disappointed movie goer tweeted: “THIRD TIME FAIL#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy became #riseoftheguardians AGAIN. Ruined evening complete. #rva @RegalMovies”

For what it’s worth, the theaters reportedly gave out refunds after the fiasco.

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August 1, 2014
10:57 am
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‘The Fugitive’ Producer Dies at 95 — He Wrote for a Number of Classic TV Hits

The co-producer of the final season of the ABC drama “The Fugitive” has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilton Schiller died Sunday at 95.

His wife, Patricia Payne Schiller, told the publication he died peacefully at home.

Schiller also wrote episodes of “The Fugitive,” as well as series including “Leave It to Beaver” and “Lassie,” among other shows. The final installment of “The Fugitive” drew a then-record 78 million viewers, who tuned in to watch the episode “The Judgment Part II,” when accused murderer Richard Kimble clears his name as he finds the one-armed man who killed his wife.

“The episode was at the time the most-watched series episode in TV history, viewed in 25.7 million households as 45.9 percent of American households with a set tuned in. The viewership record was held until the Nov. 21, 1980, episode of ‘Dallas’ that revealed who shot J.R. Ewing,” the story reports.

Schiller also was executive story consultant for “The Six Million Dollar Man” and produced for “Ben Casey” and “Mannix.”

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August 1, 2014
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‘Mad Men’ Actor Among Latest Cast Additions to ‘Homeland’

“Homeland” is adding to its fourth-season cast, tapping two actors for heavily recurring roles and one new guest actor, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

Mark Moses of “Mad Men” and Indian actress Nimrat Kaur will join the show for several episodes, while Art Malik will be featured in at least one episode, the story notes.

Moses, who played Duck Phillips on “Mad Men,” will portray what the piece calls “something of a debauched expat” on the Showtime drama. Kaur will portray a high-level operative working for a Pakistan intelligence agency, while Malik will play a retired Pakistani general and an old friend of Saul’s.

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August 1, 2014
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CNN Anchor Calls Fox Nation ‘Willfully Ignorant F***sticks’

A CNN anchor has a term for Fox Nation: It’s a bunch of “willfully ignorant F***sticks,” according to TheWrap.com, which reports that the description came from CNN’s Bill Weir.

Weir was responding on Twitter to a post on Fox Nation, the opinion and aggregation site for Fox News, the story notes. The piece had a headline that read, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.” The story was from the Washington Times and noted that Gore, who has linked climate change to hotter weather, was greeted with 58 degree weather.

Weir wrote, “Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant f***sticks.”

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Bill Weir

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August 1, 2014
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Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Named as Showrunner on Hallmark Series

An Academy Award-nominated screenwriter has been named as the executive producer and showrunner of Hallmark Channel’s original scripted show “The Good Witch.” Deadline.com reports that Daniel Petrie Jr. is getting the job.

The series is based on the network’s telefilm franchise, and is slated to premiere in early 2015. The show stars Catherine Bell as the witch Cassie Nightingale. The series’ debut will come after Hallmark airs the seventh installment in the movie franchise, “The Good Witch’s Wonder,” which will be televised Oct. 25.

Petrie was nominated for an Oscar for writing on 1985’s “Beverly Hills Cop.”

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August 1, 2014
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Fox News Pundit Under Fire for Calling ‘The Bachelorette’ Star a ‘Slut’

A Fox News pundit is the target of backlash after he called “The Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman a “slut” on the air. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Bob Beckel made the remark during his show “The Five.”

According to Beckel, Dorfman’s offense was revealed in the season 10 finale, when runner-up Nick Viall said that she had slept with him before breaking up with him. She ended up picking Josh Murray, accepting his proposal.

“She’s a slut,” Beckel said. “I’m not kidding you — when she sleeps with someone else and doesn’t tell the guy about it.”

Some of his co-hosts took issue with his remarks, including Andrea Tantaros, who said, “Excuse me, Bob, you probably sleep with a different woman every night.”

Novelist and “Bachelorette” fan Jennifer Weiner wrote in a column for “Today” that Beckel’s comments were “churlish and ungentlemanly at best, slut-shaming and sloppy-seconding at worst, a way of slapping a scarlet ‘S’ on a woman’s chest with the whole world — including her newly announced fiance and, presumably, her parents — looking on.”

Time magazine called Beckel’s comment “demeaning and infuriating.” Beckel made the remark after Viall “broke an unspoken rule” on the ABC reality show by talking about sex, the publication notes.

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Bob Beckel

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August 1, 2014
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NBC Renews Comedy Series

NBC has placed an order for another season of a comedy series. Deadline.com reports that the Peacock Network gave a 10-episode order for season two of “Undateable.”

The show transformed itself during its first season from what the article calls a summer burn-off to a solid performer that earned a sophomore season.

“Airing back-to-back originals, ‘Undateable’ premiered with a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49, almost doubling the debut of NBC’s 2013 comedy series ‘Save Me’ to post the highest-rated summer comedy premiere on the Big 4 networks in five years (since ABC’s toon ‘The Goode Family’ on 5/27/2009),” the story notes

“Overexcited to do 2nd season of ‘Undateable’ on NBC,” executive producer Bill Lawrence tweeted.

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August 1, 2014
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CBS TV Studios Beefs Up Its Drama Development Team

CBS Television Studios has made some new hires to beef up its drama development team. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company hired Meghan Lyvers from Management 360 and Brianna Bennett from Fox.

At Management 360, Lyvers worked in its TV unit and oversaw the department’s development and production slate, which included shows such as “The Terror” and “Heartland Trucking,” the story notes.

At Fox, Bennett worked as director of drama development, where she was involved with shows including “Sleepy Hollow” and “Almost Human.”

Said Julie McNamara, CBS TV Studios executive VP for drama development, broadcast and cable: “We are thrilled to have Meghan and Brianna as new additions to our drama team. They are both passionate, talented executives who bring unique perspectives to the table; Meghan having produced film and television in addition to working in talent management, and Brianna having spent most of her career on the network side.”

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August 1, 2014
8:03 am
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Reality Show Cast Member Cleared of Rape Allegation

A cast member of a TV reality show is off the hook after police investigated a rape allegation against him. TMZ.com reports that Ryan “Daddy” Richards, a cast member on CMT’s “Party Down South,”  was cleared in the case.

The report says police viewed 20 hours of videotape as part of the investigation.

“A woman partied with the cast in Athens, Ga., in April … first in a local bar and then in a house the show rented,” the story notes. “She reportedly told police someone gave her an already opened beer and that’s all she remembered. She says the next thing she knew she was naked under a bed sheet with a camera in her face.”

The police report listed Richards as a suspect, although authorities concluded as a result of their investigation that the allegation was unfounded, the piece adds.

“Show sources tell us after reviewing 20 hours of footage — along with interviewing cast and crew — cops determined she was conscious and partying along with everyone else,” the story notes.

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Ryan “Daddy” Richards

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