Oct 9, 2015
8:07 am

Breaking: Four People Shot at Northern Arizona University (NY Times)

Just days after a mass shooting on a college campus in Oregon, another campus has been hit by tragedy. The New York Times reports that a shooting early today at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff left one person dead and three others wounded.

The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old student at the university, was taken into custody, officials reported.

“G. T. Fowler, the chief of campus police, said that Steven Jones, a freshman, had opened fire after two groups of male students were involved in a confrontation,” The Times reports. “The police were able to take Mr. Jones into custody after he stopped firing the weapon and ‘everything calmed down for a few minutes,’ Chief Fowler said.”

Each of the three survivors had gunshot wounds, according to Fowler. They were reportedly being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center.

“A statement on the university’s website said the episode occurred just after 1 a.m. at the school, which enrolls about 20,000 students at its Flagstaff campus, 140 miles north of Phoenix,” the paper reports. “The shooting took place near Mountain View Hall. The building houses most of the school’s fraternities and sororities.”

The Times report adds: “Members of a fraternity, Delta Chi, were involved in the episode, but Mr. Jones was not a member, and it was unclear whether the person who was killed was affiliated with the fraternity, Justin P. Sherman, Delta Chi’s executive director, said in a statement. ‘At this time, we can confirm that this incident had no ties to the chapter,’ he said.”

The shootings come eight days after a mass shooting on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., left 10 people dead.

Oct 9, 2015
7:51 am

‘HBO Now’ Has Just Arrived on a Major Streaming Platform (TVWeek)

One of the major streaming platforms has announced that it is now carrying HBO Now, available for a 30-day trial period and then for $14.99 a month.

“Roku customers in the U.S. can now visit the Roku Channel Store to add the HBO NOW streaming channel to their Roku players (including the newly announced Roku 4) and Roku TV models,” says the Roku announcement.

The announcement adds: “Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at HBONOW.com and on other HBO NOW enabled devices.

Says Steve Shannon, general manager of Content and Services at Roku, in the announcement: “We applaud HBO for breaking the mold to deliver a fantastic standalone streaming service for consumers. The combination of the Roku platform and HBO NOW signifies a new era of streaming for our customers because they now have instant access to HBO and its incredible selection of entertainment, even without a traditional pay TV subscription.”

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Oct 9, 2015
7:39 am

ABC O&O Shuffles News Anchors (San Jose Mercury News)

The situation is described as “musical anchor chairs” for a major-market ABC-owned TV station. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that KGO-TV in San Francisco continues to shuffle its on-air personnel.

“Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas are reportedly being moved off the morning desk to be replaced by recent hires Natasha Zouves and Reggie Aqui,” the paper reports. “Those moves are in addition to the one made last week involving 36-year KGO veteran anchor Cheryl Jennings. She announced that she would be leaving the 5 and 11 p.m. anchor desk to devote her time to ‘long-form in-depth stories’ and continue her duties as host of KGO’s public affairs show ‘Beyond the Headlines.'”

Jennings, whose long stint at KGO is a rarity for a major-market station, said on social media that she is excited about her “new opportunity,” but the report notes that some observers have “speculated that management may have nudged her in that direction.”

The report adds: “Just last year, Carolyn Johnson, one of KGO’s most high-profile anchors, left the station after telling this publication that she was asked to take a pay cut amid budgetary trimming at KGO. Johnson had two years left on her contract but opted to move to a station in Southern California.”

Sze and Thomas have reportedly been a part of the station’s morning telecast for at least 15 years. Sze will fill co-anchor spots at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the article, after Jennings shifts to her new duties, while Thomas moves to weekends.

The San Francisco area is the nation’s sixth-largest television market.

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Oct 9, 2015
7:21 am

Legendary Announcer Vin Scully to Miss Baseball’s Postseason (AP)

It’s time for Dodger baseball, but the team’s legendary announcer won’t be around. Vin Scully, who has been calling the plays for the Dodgers for 66 years, will sit out the postseason this year even though the Dodgers are in the playoffs.

The AP reports that Scully underwent a recommended procedure Thursday and was resting comfortably. The Dodgers confirmed the news but did not specify what the procedure was.

“Doctors advised Scully to skip the playoffs in order to rest up,” the AP reports. “Scully, who turns 88 in November, said in August he expects next season will be his last in the booth. His 66 years with the Dodgers are a broadcasting record for the same big league franchise.”

Scully missed some games toward the end of the regular season, sitting out the Dodgers’ trip to San Francisco for a four-game series with the Giants for what the AP reports was a “scheduled absence” and missing the final series of the season with a cold.

The Dodgers open their National League Division Series with the Mets today.

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Oct 9, 2015
6:59 am

Fox Greenlights Jack Black-Dwight Yoakam Comedy (THR)

A new comedy is moving forward at Fox with a high-profile lineup of players on board that includes Jack Black, Dwight Yoakam and “Eastbound and Down’s” Alex McAulay. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network has given a script commitment to the project, “Belles and Whistles,” created by McAulay.

The single-camera half-hour country music project is set in Nashville and is described as a family comedy. McAulay is writing the script and will co-executive produce.

The project “centers on an unfulfilled father who, after being fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional family to Nashville in order to pursue his lifelong dream of music stardom,” THR notes.

Black and Yoakam are executive producing along with Spencer Berman, who heads Black’s Electric Dynamite banner. The project is being produced by Electric Dynamite and 20th Century Fox TV.

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Oct 9, 2015
6:37 am

Is Amazon About to Open Its First Brick and Mortar Bookstore? (Seattle Times)

“Rumors are flying,” writes the Seattle Times, “mostly sparked by a Thursday article in the online book newsletter Shelf Awareness” that Amazon may be opening its “first retail-bookstore location” in Seattle’s University Village shopping center.

The article reports: “A nearby construction worker, taking apart a cabinet for another U Village project, said workers on the corner site call the project the “mystery store” because no one knows what’s going into the former Blue C Sushi space. The one thing he knows is there are bookshelves inside.”

The story notes: “Amazon has opened a few staffed pickup locations on or near college campuses in recent months, including an upcoming location in Cincinnati uncovered Thursday. U Village’s proximity to the University of Washington has added to rumors of Amazon’s possible entrance.

“Local bookstore owners aren’t concerned yet. Rumors have flown for years that Amazon would open a physical store, and none has come to fruition.”

Amazon is based in Seattle.



Oct 9, 2015
6:01 am

HBO Fills Key Programming Post (Variety)

HBO made a key addition to its programming team, adding a film producer in a top executive position. Variety reports that the pay-cable network hired Nora Skinner as a senior VP for drama series.

“Skinner, who previously worked for Scott Rudin Prods. and for Tribeca Theatrical Prods., will oversee development of new and current drama series, reporting to Michael Ellenberg, exec VP of HBO Programming,” Variety reports.

Skinner’s credits include working as an executive producer on the films “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

Ellenberg commented: “Nora brings a wealth of experience working with some of the finest talents in the business, in addition to her exceptional skills with story and a great eye for talent and material. We are fortunate to have Nora joining the company and look forward to her contributions in the years to come.”


Oct 9, 2015
5:44 am

What Do the Co-Hosts of ‘Morning Joe,’ TiVo’s Tom Rogers, Cox’s Pat Esser and Arris CEO Bob Stanzione Have in Common? (TVWeek)

Here’s s hint. What they all have in common — along with John Evans, the CEO of Evans Telecommunications, and Dubby Wynne, the retired CEO of Landmark Communications — will happen in May in Boston.

That’s when all seven will be inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. The co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” are Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Longtime cable veteran Michael Willner, who is on The Cable Center’s board of directors, said in a statement: “I am thrilled to welcome these seven industry leaders into the Cable Hall of Fame. This year’s class members represent so many different aspects of our industry — from programming to operators, to technology and equipment. Each one of them has had a unique and immense impact on the growth of the cable industry and its influence on today’s society.”

The induction ceremony will take place May 16, 2016, at the Westin Boston Waterfront. As usual, it happens in conjunction with the annual national convention of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, which next year runs from May 16-18 in Boston.

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for many years, is one of seven new inductees into the Cable Hall of Fame

Oct 8, 2015
12:59 pm

Celebrity Chef Dead at 75 (CNN)

A chef who was celebrated for his cooking well before the current crop of TV chefs became known as celebrities has died. CNN reports that Paul Prudhomme died today in New Orleans following a brief illness. He was 75

His death was announced by K-Paul’s, the restaurant he owned in New Orleans.

Prudhomme is widely associated with Cajun and Creole cooking, and is credited with popularizing the Louisiana-based cuisines.

The report quotes Poppy Tooker, host of the “Louisiana Eats!” radio program, saying: “Paul was the one who not only put Louisiana food, our food, Cajun and Creole food, on the map, but he was also the one who started the American food revolution that flourishes today.”

CNN adds: “Prudhomme was one of the nation’s first celebrity chefs, and his restaurants attracted huge crowds and widespread acclaim. He hosted several cooking shows and authored nine cookbooks, some of them bestsellers.”

Prudhomme was a part of five cooking shows produced by the PBS New Orleans affiliate WYES, including “Fork in the Road” in 1995, “Fiery Foods” in 1996 and “Always Cooking” in 2007. His books included “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen” (1984), “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seasoned America” (1991) and “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Tastes” (2000).

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Oct 8, 2015
12:44 pm

James Corden Posts Funny Outtake Video From His ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Drive With Stevie Wonder — Here It Is (CBS, YouTube)

Following up on a well-received video clip in which CBS late-night host James Corden and music legend Stevie Wonder drove around filming a “Carpool Karaoke” session for “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” the show posted an outtake video that may be even better than the original.

See for yourself:

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