Aug 31, 2015
12:51 pm

Shakeup at ‘The View': Executive Producer Is Out (Variety)

The shakeup continues for the ABC daytime talk staple “The View,” with the latest casualty being executive producer Bill Wolff.

Variety notes that Wolff’s departure marks another milestone in a turbulent period for the show that goes back about two years.

“ABC has yet to line up a permanent replacement for Wolff, who will remain at the helm through the end of September to see the show through the launch of its 19th season with a revamped panel of hosts,” Variety reports. “Candi Carter, an ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ alum who recently joined as a consulting producer, will serve as interim showrunner until a successor is named.”

Wolff has been with “The View” since last summer, after previously working on MSBNC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

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Aug 31, 2015
12:39 pm

What One Billionaire Is Willing to Do to Get People to Watch His Reality Show (THR)

A billionaire who is a star on a reality show made an unusual offer in an effort to generate viewership for the show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Tim Draper, who appears on the ABC Family series “Startup U,” has offered to make a $1 million charity donation if the show can attract 1 million viewers.

Draper, the founder of Draper University, reportedly wrote on his Facebook page: “Tell all your friends to watch Startup U Tuesday at 10:00 on ABC Family. I will give away $1 million to charities if we get 1 million viewers this week.”

The freshman show, which was picked up back in April and premiered Aug. 11, “follows a group of entrepreneurial millennials as they embark on a semester at Draper University in Silicon Valley,” THR notes. “Led by billionaire founder/venture capitalist Draper, the seven-week program teaches the fundamentals of launching a startup company under the mentorship of America’s business leaders.”

Draper may not have to reach into his wallet anytime soon. THR notes that the most recent episode of the series attracted just 47,000 viewers.

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Aug 31, 2015
12:27 pm

Tom Selleck Books Return to Iconic Detective Role (TVWeek)

Tom Selleck has a date with some TV detective work, returning in the role of iconic detective Jesse Stone as the star of “Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise.” The two-hour original TV movie premieres Sunday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. CT) on Hallmark Channel.

The movie will also air Sunday, Oct. 25, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Selleck received an Emmy nomination for a previous entry in the series, “Jesse Stone: Sea Change.”

Along with Selleck, the cast includes William Devane, Gloria Reuben, Leslie Hope and Luke Perry.

“Based on the bestselling books by Robert B. Parker, the 10th anniversary installment of the iconic detective franchise Jesse Stone is the first ‘Jesse Stone’ original produced by Sony Pictures Television exclusively for Crown Media Family Networks,” the company said in its announcemtn. “With things running smoothly in Paradise, Police Chief Stone (Selleck) agrees to serve as a consultant on an unsolved murder case in Boston. Local police suspect ‘The Boston Ripper,’ a killer who is already behind bars, but Stone believes the murderer is a bit closer to home — setting him off on an investigation filled with surprises and grave danger.”

Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks., said in the announcement: “Tom Selleck is a TV legend and ’Jesse Stone’ is a cornerstone franchise on our very successful Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. While unprecedented to debut a program across our networks, we want Tom’s millions of fans to see one of TV’s greatest actors reprise one of his best roles ever.”

“Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise” is produced by Brandman Productions, Inc., Jesse Stone Productions Inc. and TWS Productions II in association with Sony Pictures Television. Michael Brandman and Tom Selleck are the executive producers. Steven Brandman is the producer. Robert Harmon directs from a script by Michael Brandman and Tom Selleck based on characters created by Robert B. Parker.

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Aug 31, 2015
12:07 pm

What’s the Most Tweeted TV Program in History? We Have the Answer (TVWeek)

The most tweeted television program of all time — or in as long as these things have been tracked — is Sunday’s telecast of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nielsen reports that the program generated the most tweets — 21.4 million — of any show since Nielsen Social began tracking Twitter’s TV-related activity back in October 2011.

The measure excludes sports events.

The tweets were sent by 2.2 million people, and almost 11.8 million people saw them, creating a total of 676 million impressions.

The total number of tweets represents a 69% increase over the 2014 ceremony, which sparked 12.6 million tweets.

Across all programming for both 2014 and 2015, only the Super Bowl generated more tweets.

The biggest minute, in terms of tweets, occurred at 10:49 p.m., when Kanye West’s announcement that he’s running for president triggered 247,525 tweets.


Aug 31, 2015
10:01 am

Drama Series Canceled (EW)

A drama series that never quite gained traction apparently won’t be getting any more chances to do so. Entertainment Weekly reports that USA Network has canceled “Complications” after its 10-episode freshman season.

Season one opened on a promising note with 1.91 million total viewers, but the audience numbers drifted lower, hitting a low of 1.07 million for the show’s third episode. The finale, which aired Aug. 13, delivered 1.40 million.

The show starred Jason O’Mara as a disillusioned ER doctor whose life changes after he kills a street gang member.

EW notes: “USA has four pilots in the pipeline to potentially replace the show, plus has two promising forthcoming drama series — sci-fi thriller ‘Colony’ and drug-running drama ‘Queen of the South.'”


Aug 31, 2015
9:47 am

How This Rocker, With the Help of Facebook, Managed to Unseat Paul McCartney as the World’s Richest Pop Star (NY Post, The Mirror)

It’s the story of how a well-known rock star, thanks to an early investment in Facebook, has managed to top former Beatle Paul McCartney as the world’s richest pop star.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, “Back in 2009, U2’s Bono bought a 2.3 percent share of Facebook for nearly $76 million through Elevation Partners, an investment company he cofounded.”

Says the U.K. tabloid The Mirror — the source of the Post story: “Today that share is worth a whopping £940 million [$1.4 billion], according to reports. That means that Bono’s venture has earned him more in the last six years than the whole of his incredible music career.”

The Mirror says that runner-up McCartney is worth $1.1 billion, and Madonna, in third place among pop stars, is worth $797 million.


Aug 31, 2015
9:39 am

‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds New Cast Member (THR)

The NBC late-night sketch institution “Saturday Night Live” is bringing aboard a new player for its upcoming 41st season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the show will add stand-up comedian Jon Rudnitsky as a featured player.

“Rudnitsky is a 25-year-old stand-up comic who was born in Harrington, N.J., and graduated from USC. He won the 2012 Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl college comedy contest and was a participant in 2015 New Faces at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival,” THR reports.

The show has been undergoing significant lineup changes in the past few seasons, the report notes, including bringing aboard eight new players in the course of season 39 and adding three featured players in season 40.

The new season premieres Oct. 3, with Miley Cyrus set to host.

Here’s a sample of Rudnitsky’s stand-up:

Aug 31, 2015
9:01 am

Miley Cyrus’ Bare Nipple Steals Spotlight at VMAs (AP)

Even with Kanye West going off on an epic rant, and with a splashy haul of heavy hardware finding its way once again to Taylor Swift, host Miley Cyrus found a way to steal the spotlight at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The AP reports: “Miley Cyrus’ various costumes for Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards were for the most part nearly naked — and then she took it a step farther and flashed her nipple during a costume change.”

The report adds: “As the camera panned backstage, Cyrus failed to cover up and the broadcast quickly cut away to the crowd while she continued to talk. She then said, ‘What’s happening? Oh, sorry.'”

Cyrus also made numerous drug references during the telecast and finished off the appearance with a song about smoking pot, the report notes.

A rep for MTV said the shot of Cyrus’ nipple would be removed from rebroadcasts of the show, the AP report notes.

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Aug 31, 2015
8:39 am

One Artist Has a Huge Night at the MTV Video Music Awards — and It’s Hardly a Surprise (TVWeek)

An artist who has been a dominant force in popular music for most of the past decade extended that domination Sunday night, claiming more hardware at the MTV Music Video Awards. Taylor Swift snared four of the coveted Moonman statues, including the big prize, Video of the Year, for her sci-feminist epic “Bad Blood.”

Swift also won Best Female Video for “Blank Space,” Best Pop Video for “Blank Space” and Best Collaboration, for “Bad Blood,” which features Kendrick Lamar.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars claimed the prize for Best Male Video for their hit “Uptown Funk.”

Please click here to see the full list of winners from this year’s Video Music Awards.

Click here to read a full report on the ceremony and the performances.

Click here to see Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which has gone viral.


Aug 31, 2015
7:44 am

Kanye West Makes Surprise Announcement at MTV Video Music Awards (TVWeek)

Kanye West accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, delivering a 13-minute speech that concluded with West’s announcement that he will run for president in 2020.

West and his speech immediately blew up on the Internet.

Please click here for details about the performances and awards.

Click here to see a full list of the winners from Sunday’s VMAs.

Here’s West’s acceptance speech:

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