Aug 25, 2016
2:52 pm

Cable News Channel Pulls Plug on Prime-Time Show (LA Times)

One of the cable news networks has quietly dropped a program from its prime-time lineup. The Los Angeles Times reports that HLN is dropping “Dr. Drew.”

The show, starring addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, will air its final installment Sept. 22. Pinsky, whose contract with HLN is up, will continue to contribute to CNN.

“The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots,” the Times notes. “HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, canceled Nancy Grace’s legal show earlier this year.”

CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz announced the move in a memo to staffers, saying the program was being ended by mutual agreement. The news comes just days after the announcement that CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield is moving to HLN this fall.

Pinsky commented on the end of his show’s run in a statement, saying: “It has been a privilege working at HLN. My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

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Aug 25, 2016
10:59 am

‘Live with Kelly’ Unveils Fall Launch Plans (TVWeek)

While it stopped short of revealing who will be Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, the daytime show “Live with Kelly” revealed what will be happening on the show during its fall launch, including the guest host lineup for the first two weeks of the season.

The show, which enters its 29th season in national syndication Sept. 5, “will feature a lineup of fall’s hottest celebrity guests, plus the latest talent stopping by the Host Chat desk to act as guest co-hosts with Kelly Ripa,” the program announced.

“As the exciting search for Kelly’s new on-air partner continues, a diverse group of personalities will join her on the show,” the announcement notes. “The new season will kick off with ‘Mr. Robot’ actor Christian Slater (Sept. 5) and ‘Rosewood’ star Morris Chestnut (Sept. 6-7), followed by journalist Anderson Cooper (Sept. 8-9).

“Host extraordinaire from ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Chris Harrison will kick off the following week on Sept. 12, followed by ‘Bull’ star Michael Weatherly (Sept. 13) and the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris (Sept. 14-16).”

Guests during the month of September will include Meg Ryan, Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Kevin James, Denzel Washington, Sophia Loren, Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Kiefer Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman.

“Live” will also feature performances by Martina McBride, Kristin Chenoweth, Jacob Whitesides and Ingrid Michaelson.

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Aug 25, 2016
10:44 am

Here Are 10 Locations Where Macy’s Will Likely Be Closing Stores (Ad Age)

Macy’s announced plans this month to close 100 stores — about 14% of its total of 728 outlets — and a new reports lists the 10 most likely store closures.

Ad Age reports that the company is keeping quiet thus far about which stores are on the chopping block. The closures are expected in 2017.

“In the age of omnichannel shopping, almost all retailers are rethinking their brick-and-mortar strategy by trimming stores and allocating more assets to e-commerce,” the report notes.

Ad Age cites a study by data analytics firm 1010data, which came up with the top 10.

“The Midwest-heavy list includes Milwaukee, Wisc., where 1010data found Macy’s has lost 14% of its market share between 2014 and 2015 to retail rivals; Pittsburgh, Penn., where Macy’s has lost 12% of share; Hartford, Conn., where the brand lost 9.4% share; Philadelphia, Penn., where it lost 9.1%; and Detroit, Mich., where it lost 8.2%,” Ad Age reports. “Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio; Daytona Beach, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio round out the list.”


Aug 25, 2016
10:11 am

Forbes Reveals World’s Highest-Paid Actors — One Actor More Than Doubled His Earnings in the Past Year to Take Over No. 1 (Forbes)

There’s a new No. 1 at the top of the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid actors, which was released today. Dwayne Johnson — aka The Rock — picked up $64.5 million to muscle out Robert Downey Jr., last year’s highest-paid actor.

“Johnson’s $64.5 million payday more than doubled his 2015 earnings, making him this year’s biggest dollar gainer,” Forbes reports. “The erstwhile wrestler’s millions and millions came from upfront fees for movies including ‘Central Intelligence’ and ‘Fast 8,’ as well as the forthcoming ‘Baywatch,’ in which he’s set to play Mitch Buchannon. A staple of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, the stellar box office performance of his recent films (including 2015’s hit ‘San Andreas’) have seen his quotes skyrocket.”

The list was released on the heels of Forbes’ publication of the annual list of the highest-paid actresses, which was topped for the second consecutive year by Jennifer Lawrence.

On the actors’ list, Jackie Chan, who remains big box office in China, came in at No. 2 with $61 million, followed by Matt Damon at No. 3 with $55 million, fueled largely by the success of “The Martian.”

Tom Cruise came in at No. 4 with $53 million, ahead of Johnny Depp at No. 5 with $48 million.

Click on the link to Forbes near the top of this story to see the publication’s full list.

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Aug 25, 2016
10:01 am

Hollywood Offers Outpouring of Support for ‘SNL’ Star Leslie Jones After Vicious Hack (Deadline, TVWeek, Twitter)

The entertainment industry is rallying behind Leslie Jones after the “SNL” and “Ghostbusters” star was the victim of a vicious hacking attack.

Nude photos of Jones were released along with her driver’s license and passport, and a video of a gorilla was posted on her website in what was apparently a racially motivated attack, as we reported previously.

Deadline.com reports that “friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack.”

“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig jumped on Twitter Wednesday morning, posting a message that read: “What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, ‘comedians,’ whoever the fuck you all are, you’re just sad.”

“Jones’ current and former ‘SNL’ castmates also came to her defense, among them Aidy Bryant, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah,” Deadline reports. “The Twitter hashtag #loveforlesliej also began trending throughout the day as fans joined in the near-universal condemnation of the attack.”

Deadline notes that the hack “was the second such attack on Jones, following a campaign of harassment in July that saw Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos banned permanently from Twitter due to his perceived role in encouraging the harassment.”

Among the many tweets that came out in the wake of the attack, Jay Pharoah wrote: “Yo real talk though..LEAVE LESLIE JONES ALONE!!! She has done nothing to deserve the treatment these BUTT holes are giving her! @Lesdoggg”

Pop singer Katy Perry tweeted: “Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie”

And actress Lena Dunham commented: “Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this bullshit.”

Aug 25, 2016
9:57 am

FBI Investigating Leslie Jones Hack Attack (TMZ)

The FBI is investigating a hacking attack in which the website of “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones was breached and sensitive personal material was exposed, TMZ.com reports.

“Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the FBI is developing a strategy for tracking down the person or people who hacked into her iCloud and cell phone and posted nude photos and personal information on her website,” the story reports. “It’s unclear whether agents from the West Coast or East Coast will launch the investigation … Leslie lives in both New York and L.A.”

The FBI is reportedly conducting the probe exclusively, with both the NYPD and the LAPD indicating they were not involved in the investigation.

Aug 25, 2016
9:44 am

Video: Showdown Between Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on the Muslim Ban (MSNBC)

Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway ventured into the unfriendly confines of Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show Wednesday and got into a discussion with the host about Trump’s apparent shift on his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

The showdown resembled an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, but it’s not clear which was which — and it probably depends on who’s watching.

Here’s a clip posted by MSNBC …

Aug 25, 2016
9:31 am

Whaat? Reality Show’s Season 7 Premiere Tops the Most-Watched Minutes of the Rio Olympics in Ratings on the BBC (Deadline, BBC)

A reality show is setting viewership records and receiving critical praise as it launches its seventh season on the U.K.’s BBC One. The show is “The Great British Bake Off,” which premiered Wednesday night.

“Watched by an average 10.4M viewers in the 8PM slot, it drew a 47.5 share,” Deadline.com reports. “The peak audience for the cooking competition that has risen to phenomenon status in the UK was 11.2M last night. That tops the network’s most-watched moments of the Rio Olympics, which peaked at 11.1M viewers.”

The report quotes the U.K. publication The Telegraph saying the show returned “in the nick of time to haul the nation out of its post-Olympic slump.”

Mary Berry, a cookbook author, and baker Paul Hollywood are judges on the show, which is hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. The 12 contestants compete for the coveted engraved cake plate.

“Each year brings more viewers to ‘Bake Off’; the Love Productions series set a record launch in 2015 with an average 9.3M viewers and a 43 share,” Deadline notes. “Last year’s finale became the most-watched television program of 2015 with 13.4M viewers.”

The show airs in the U.S. on PBS, where it has reportedly been picking up momentum. Deadline notes that both CBS and ABC have tried American variations on the format, with limited success.

Aug 25, 2016
8:41 am

NBC Continues to Own Prime Time, Equals Win Streak Record (TVWeek)

NBC has maintained its prime-time edge in the wake of the Olympics, tying the record for most consecutive nights at No. 1 in total viewers by notching its 20th win in a row Wednesday night.

The network announced that it won the night both in total viewers and in the key 18-49 demo, pushing both streaks to 20 nights. The Wednesday results are based on Nielsen overnights.

The streak in total viewers ties the longest in people meter history. The two previous 20-night streaks also belong to NBC and are tied to its Olympics coverage, with the network accomplishing the feat from Aug. 8-27, 2008, and July 18-Aug. 6, 1996.

NBC averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 Wednesday night to top No. 2 Fox’s 1.3 average.

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Aug 25, 2016
8:31 am

History Unveils Special Programming to Commemorate 9/11 (TVWeek)

History is commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack with a week of original prime-time specials.

The new special “15 Septembers Later” will premiere on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. The production features recently declassified material along with new interviews with President George W. Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other officials and journalists.

Premiering Sept. 11 are “America’s 9/11 Flag: Rise From the Ashes,” featuring Brad Meltzer, which details the disappearance of the famous Ground Zero flag, and “102 Minutes that Changed America: 15th Anniversary,” an updated version of the Emmy-winning documentary.

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Here’s a clip posted by History in which New Yorkers remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, and how their lives were impacted by the terrorist attack …

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