May 27, 2016
4:17 pm

Amber Heard Gets Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp, Claims Domestic Violence (USA Today)

“A judge has granted Amber Heard a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp,” reports USA Today.

The story continues, “Heard filed a domestic violence restraining order against Depp on Friday, arriving at court in Los Angeles with her lawyer, Samantha Spector, ‘with photos showing various bruises … she claims Depp inflicted various times during their marriage,’ according to TMZ and The Associated Press.”

The USA Today article adds, “Heard said in a sworn declaration that Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight Saturday, striking her cheek and eye. She also wrote that the actor pulled her hair, screamed at her and repeatedly hit her and violently grabbed her face. She said the actor was high and drunk when the incident occurred.

“The Los Angeles Police Department could not confirm any such domestic violence occurred after officers visited the couple’s downtown L.A. home on Saturday.”

To read more about this story please click here, which will take you to the USA Today article.

May 27, 2016
4:10 pm

Report: With Viacom on the Verge of Disarray, Could Tom Freston Return as CEO? (Variety)

“Amid growing evidence that Sumner Redstone is planning sweeping changes at Viacom, speculation in the industry has turned to who might be recruited as the successor to CEO Philippe Dauman,” reports our friend, Variety’s authoritative managing editor for television, Cynthia Littleton.

The story continues, “Much of the focus, sources have told Variety, is centering on Tom Freston, the former MTV Networks boss and Viacom CEO who was ousted by Redstone in 2006 and replaced by Dauman. Judy McGrath, Freston’s former top lieutenant at MTV Networks, has also been mentioned as a possibility.”

Littleton adds, “It’s understood that there has been some communication in recent weeks between Freston and Shari Redstone, Redstone’s daughter, vice chairman of Viacom and CBS Corp., who has become an influential figure in her father’s affairs in the past few months.”

To read more about this story, please click here, which will take you to the original Variety article.

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May 27, 2016
2:53 pm

‘Glee’ Actor Indicted On Child Porn Charges, Faces 20 Years In Prison (Deadline.com)

One of the actors who appeared regularly on “Glee” faces time in prison “after he was charged today in a federal indictment for receiving and possessing child pornography on his laptop computer and a flash memory drive,” reports Deadline.com.

The actor, Mark Salling, “best known for his role as Noah Puckerman on the Fox show, was named in a two-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury,” the story says.

The article also says, “The charge of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years. The possession charge also carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years.”

The story adds that “The images and videos in both instances depicted young girls.”

To read more about this story, please click here, which will take you to the Deadline article

May 27, 2016
2:41 pm

Donald Trump Changes Mind, Now Says He Won’t Debate Bernie Sanders (Time magazine)

Minutes after the Bernie Sanders campaign said it was about to accept offers from two broadcast networks to host a debate between Sanders and Donald Trump, Trump said he had changed his mind and would not debate Sanders.

According to the website of Time magazine, Trump issued a statement earlier today that said, ““Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

The Time article continues, “In a statement just minutes earlier, Sanders’ campaign manager said he was ready to accept offers by two broadcast networks to host the debate. Sanders suggested the debate after Clinton declined to face him before the California primary on June 7.”



May 27, 2016
7:29 am

Broadcast Group to Sell 5 TV Stations (TVNewsCheck)

Five TV stations in four markets will be sold to comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s station ownership cap rules, reports TVNewsCheck.

“Nexstar is selling WCWJ, the CW affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 47), and WSLS, the NBC affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va. (DMA 69), to Graham Media Group for $120 million,” the story says.

The article continues, “In addition, Nexstar will sell KADN (Fox) and KLAF-LD (NBC) Lafayette, La. (DMA 121), to Bayou City Broadcasting Lafayette for $40 million in cash. BCBL is a minority-led broadcaster owned by affiliates of Bain Capital Credit and Bayou City Broadcasting, the latter of which is owned by DuJuan McCoy, who serves as BCBL’s president-CEO. Nexstar also is selling KREG Denver (DMA 17) to Marquee Broadcasting.”

The reason for the station sell-offs is because Nexstar, as previously announced, is buying Media  General.

To read more details about this story, please click here, which will take you to the TVNewsCheck story.



May 27, 2016
7:17 am

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Ends in a Tie for the First Time in a Decade — Puzzle-Off Ensues (Here’s the Video) (ET Online, Wheel of Fortune)

A rare event occurred this week on the syndicated game show “Wheel of Fortune” when the game ended in a tie for the first time in more than 10 years, ET Online reports.

Contestant Danielle Gilseth came up with the final puzzle answer to equal the $24,000 total of fellow contestant LaToya Williams, setting up a “toss-up playoff” tiebreaker — which was over in the blink of an eye.

Here’s the video …

May 27, 2016
7:09 am

Report: Two Companies That May Be Interested in Buying Gawker Are Univision and Penske Media, Which Owns Variety and Deadline.com (NY Post)

Two companies that may be interested in acquiring Gawker Media are Univision and Penske Media, reports our good friend Claire Atkinson in The New York Post.

Writes Atkinson, “Several media owners have been contacted about their potential interest [in Gawker Media], sources said.

“Meanwhile, at least one, Univision, exchanged e-mails about a potential ticket price, sources confirmed to The Post. Univision raised the prospect of an acquisition in the course of talks about creating Spanish-language versions of Gizmodo and Lifehacker, sources said.”

Gizmodo and Lifehacker are part of Gawker Media, as are Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel and the flagship site, Gawker.com.

The Post story adds, “Jay Penske’s Penske Media [Corp.] and Vox Media are kicking the tires — looking over Gawker’s books, sources said.

“Gawker has hired Houlihan Lokey media banker Mark Patricof to explore a possible sale in the event owner Nick Denton loses his appeal of the $140 million judgment won earlier this year by Hulk Hogan.”

Penske Media owns Variety and Deadline.com, among other publications. Penske Media told Atkinson, “At this time PMC has only been contacted by Gawker’s banker.”

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May 27, 2016
6:57 am

Khloe Kardashian Files for Divorce From Lamar Odom — Again (E! News)

The on-again, off-again Khloe Kardashian-Lamar Odom divorce is on again, with a new filing citing “irreconcilable differences.” E! News reports that Kardashian, 31, submitted the filing Thursday.

The report quotes a source saying: “Khloe is looking forward to moving on.”

The couple originally began divorce proceedings in December 2013, but Kardashian called it off in October of last year after Odom, a former NBA star, was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. Kardashian explained at the time that calling off the divorce did not mean the couple was rekindling its romance, but rather was a show of support during Odom’s recovery.

May 27, 2016
6:44 am

In This Wildest of All Political Years, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Consider Debating Each Other. Idea Brokered by … Jimmy Kimmel (Reuters)

“Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional U.S. presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and create a television spectacle that could attract huge ratings,” reports Reuters.

Asked about a possible Trump-Sanders debate by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Clinton said she doubted it would happen.

Says the Reuters story, “The idea was hatched during an appearance by Trump on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ late on Wednesday. Kimmel said he asked Trump about the debate at the suggestion of Sanders.

“‘Game on,’ Sanders tweeted. ‘I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.’

“Sanders himself appeared on Thursday night on [Kimmel’s] talk show, where he said Kimmel made it possible for a ‘very interesting debate’ between ‘two guys who look at the world very, very differently.’”

Trump has said for the debate to happen that $10 million to $15 million would have to be paid to some charity or charities that would benefit women.

Given that the debate would likely draw big ratings, Trump suggested that the money be paid by a TV outlet that would televise the debate.


May 27, 2016
6:31 am

Potent Guest Lineup Announced for First Installment of NBC’s New Variety Show (TVWeek)

The new NBC prime-time variety show “Maya & Marty,” which debuts next week, announced the guest lineup for the premiere episode. The show, which stars Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, will feature guests Miley Cyrus, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon and Tom Hanks.

The program premieres Tuesday, May 31, for a six-episode run. The premiere leads out from the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent.”

The project has strong ties to the network’s successful “Saturday Night Live,” with botth Rudolph and Short having been “SNL” cast members and “SNL” mastermind Lorne Michaels executive producing “Maya & Marty.” Also in the cast for “Maya & Marty” is “SNL” veteran Kenan Thompson.

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