May 28, 2015
1:21 pm

’19 Kids and Counting’ Loses a Key Distribution Outlet — but TLC Has Yet to Comment on the Show’s Fate (LA Times)

While TLC remains mum about the fate of its beleaguered reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” another distributor that has been a key venue for the program, Hulu, has severed ties with the show, the Los Angeles Times reports.

As we have been reporting, the show is in the midst of a child molestation scandal surrounding one of its stars, Josh Duggar.

“The website, which is co-owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal, Disney’s ABC Television Group and 21st Century Fox’s Fox Broadcasting Co., confirmed Thursday that the reality show is no longer available on its platform,” the Times reports. “Now, when users go to, an error message shows up that reads ‘the page you’re looking for doesn’t exist.’ Though the streaming website currently still has ’19 Kids and Counting’ content, if users click on it they are redirected to TLC’s website.”

Since the child molestation scandal surfaced, advertisers have been bailing out on the show in steady numbers. Meanwhile, the show has become a focus of anger on social media, where hashtags including “#CancelTheDuggars,” “DitchTheDuggars” and “#BoycottTLC” have gained momentum, the Times report notes.

TLC has pulled reruns of the show from its programming lineup, but has yet to announce the show’s cancellation and has declined to comment on the situation.

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May 28, 2015
1:17 pm

Reality TV Personality Arrested in Domestic Violence Case — With a Camera Crew in Tow (CBS News, TMZ)

The star of a popular reality TV show was taken into custody today by authorities in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after she turned herself in to law enforcement in connection with a domestic violence case. CBS News reports that Jenelle Evans, the star of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2,” is accused of assaulting her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Griffith.

The alleged incident took place just after midnight Tuesday, when Evans reportedly went to Griffith’s home and lured him outside by saying she was damaging his car.

Citing a police report, the story says: “Once Griffith went outside, Evans said ‘now I know where you live,’ the report said. Griffith told police that Evans assaulted him and began to try to choke him while digging her fingernails into his neck.”

Police reportedly indicated that Griffith appeared to have scratches in his neck area a long with a torn T-shirt.

TMZ is reporting that Evans had a camera crew with her when she turned herself in.

“Teen Mom 2″ has been airing for five seasons on MTV, starting in 2011, following the lives of four women who first appeared on the cable channel’s “16 and Pregnant.” The program is part of MTV’s successful “Teen Mom” franchise that also includes “Teen Mom” — recently retitled “Teen Mom OG” — and “Teen Mom 3.”


May 28, 2015
1:11 pm

Comedy Central Locks In Premiere Date for ‘Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ — and Rolls Out a ‘New and Sexy’ Trailer; Here It Is … (Comedy Central)

Comedy Central has set the premiere date and released a trailer for the upcoming “Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” which will premiere Sept. 28. Noah is replacing longtime “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.

Here’s the clip, which comes with the warning that it includes a mild expletive:

May 28, 2015
1:01 pm

NBCUniversal Fills Key Executive Post (TVWeek)

NBCUniversal today announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer. The company gave the position to Anand Kini, who has been serving as interim CFO since February. Kini has been the company’s executive vice president, Strategy and Business.

“Kini helped shape NBCUniversal’s long-term strategic direction, led the data-driven consumer and business insights division and the Information Technology group,” the company said in its announcement. “In addition to his role as CFO, he will maintain responsibility for these other areas. He remains a member of the Executive Committee and reports to Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal.”

Said Burke: “Anand is a very important member of our executive team and his contributions have played a key role in our success. His business sense and his strategic vision have been invaluable. I know that he will bring that same focus and commitment to this new position.”

The announcement notes: “Prior to joining NBCUniversal in July 2011, Kini was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis for Comcast Cable Communications, LLC. In that role he managed Comcast Cable’s forecasting, annual budget, and three-year planning process, and served as a key analytical resource to help the cable businesses identify emerging market trends, evaluate competitive positioning and determine attractive growth strategies to drive strong financial returns.”


May 28, 2015
9:41 am

NBC Launches New Unit to Focus on an Increasingly Popular Form of Programming (Variety)

NBC is looking to push deeper into a content area that is reportedly growing in popularity: documentary programming. Variety reports that the company has launched a new unit, NBC Sports Films, with an eye on gaining broader distribution for sport-focused documentaries.

The new programming is expected to be centered on sports with which NBC already has an association, such as hockey and NASCAR, the report notes.

Said Mark Levy, senior VP of original production and creative for NBC Sports Group: “Our goal is to produce one a quarter.”

Levy added: “People are not coming to us for that content. If you came to us to watch a hockey game and you are being served a great hour right after that game, you are going to stay with us longer. We like to engage our viewers for longer periods of time. That is anyone’s goal.”

The unit’s first project is “Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson.”

Variety reports: “The one-hour documentary will look at the up-and-down life of former NHL star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Derek Sanderson, who went from being a sports superstar to spending time homeless to, later, becoming a financial adviser to athletes.”

Narrated by “Mad Men’s” John Slattery, the doc is set to premiere Monday, June 8, leading out from Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final on NBCSN.

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May 28, 2015
9:33 am

Why McDonald’s Is Changing the Way It Makes Hamburgers (NY Times)

Fast-food giant McDonald’s has revealed that it will change the way it cooks hamburgers, The New York Times reports. The company’s outlets will now toast the burger buns longer to help keep the hamburgers warmer.

McDonald’s will also “change the way it sears and grills its beef so that the patties are juicier,” the story reports.

The idea is to win back customers, with business having fallen off recently.

The report quotes the company’s CEO, Steve Easterbrook, speaking at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, saying the company is recommitting to “tastier food across the menu.”

Easterbrook, who took over the CEO job March 1, added: “It’s these little things that add up to big differences for our customers.”

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May 28, 2015
9:27 am

Former First Daughter May Get Talk Show (NY Post)

The daughter of a former president of the United States is reportedly in the running for a talk show from NBCUniversal. The New York Post reports that Jenna Bush Hager is being eyed for a daytime panel show that might end up taking the place of “The Meredith Vieira Show.”

Hager, the daughter of George W. Bush, is already a part of the NBC family, working as a special correspondent to the network’s “Today” show and serving as a contributor to “NBC Nightly News.” She is also an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.

“Hager, 33, was spotted out in Los Angeles last week testing for the potential pilot, which we hear would include both male and female hosts,” the Post reports. “We hear that ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ actress Tatyana Ali was also among those testing for a host seat.”

Hager began working on “Today” in 2009, and has filled in for a number of co-anchors in the 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. hours.

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May 28, 2015
9:21 am

Emmy-Winning Anchor Exits Major Market Station — and Just When She ‘Made It Big’ in This Letterman Blooper Clip (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

An anchor and reporter for a major market station has announced that she’s leaving the station. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Friday will be the last day at CBS affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta for Jocelyn Connell.

Connell, who has been with the station since 2010, announced on her Facebook page that she is moving with her husband to Italy. WGCL, known locally as CBS46, is a Meredith-owned station in the No. 9 DMA.

Connell, who has been an anchor on the station’s noon news program, wrote on Facebook: “The station is going in a new direction with both the noon and morning shows.”

Connell, who recently announced that she’s pregnant, added: “We are so incredibly blessed and can’t wait to get started on this new journey. Thank you for being the best viewers I could ever ask for.”

The news comes on the heels of Connell’s “making it big” by finding her way into a blooper reel aired on the second-to-last installment of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” Here it is:

May 28, 2015
9:17 am

Why Fans Want Iggy Azalea’s Billboard Award Taken Away (

Music fans are up in arms about a Billboard Award that was awarded to singer Iggy Azalea. More than 21,000 people signed a petition on demanding that the award be rescinded.

The reason for the uproar, according to the people behind the petition, is that Azalea’s song “Fancy,” which was honored recently as Top Rap Song, should not have been eligible, based on Billboard’s guidelines.

The petition reads: “Iggy Azalea’s 2015 Billboard Award for Best Song has been proven invalid. The eligibility time period for nominations is March 10th, 2014 through March 2015. ‘Fancy’ was released on February 17th, 2014, nearly a month before the eligibility starting. This is unfair to the other nominees in these category, especially to ‘Anaconda’ by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would’ve won. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have to recalculate these nominations without ‘Fancy’ as a nominee.”

But despite the strong turnout in support of the petition, it appears that it has been rejected. A post on the petition site, under the headline “Thank you for the support, but unfortunately this is the end of the road,” reads in part: “To everyon who signed the petition to retract Iggy’s Billboard Music Award, thank you first and foremost; however, a spokesperson for Dick Clark Productions, who produces the award show, has said that the award is still Iggy’s unfortunately.”

May 28, 2015
9:09 am

Video: Jon Stewart Takes On the FIFA Scandal on ‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart has offered his take on the FIFA bribery scandal that has rocked the soccer world, devoting a segment to the story on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show.”

Here’s the clip:


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