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May 21, 2015
2:01 pm
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E! Takes Wraps Off Summer Schedule — Including Bruce Jenner Series (TVWeek)

E! Entertainment has rolled out plans for a number of new series, with premiere dates set for the summer programming.

New Series Include “Hollywood Cycle” (premiering July 7), “Sex With Brody” (July 10), “Stewarts & Hamiltons” (July 26), Bruce Jenner Documentary Series (title to be announced later) (July 26), “The Comment Section” (August 7) and “WAGS” (August 18).

Premiere dates were also announced for returning series “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” (May 24), “Botched” (June 7), “Total Divas” (July 7) and “House of DVF” (August 31).

Please click here for full details on the E! summer programming.

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May 21, 2015
1:47 pm
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‘Letterman’ Tops Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings (Nielsen Social)

The finale of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” topped the Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for May 20, 2015, with 201,000 event-related Tweets seen by a unique audience of 4.8 million, according to Nielsen Social.

Here’s the Daily Top Five for May 20:

Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for May 20, 2015

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TVBIZWIRE
May 21, 2015
1:31 pm
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Epix Orders Its First Original Series — With a Familiar Face From the Movies on Board (Deadline)

The premium TV network and VOD service Epix, which is a joint venture backed by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM, is taking the plunge into original scripted series with orders for “Graves,” starring Nick Nolte, and “Berlin Station,” from executive producer Michael Roskam, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com.

The network placed a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes of “Graves,” a half-hour sitcom in which Nolte plays a former U.S. president.

Epix also placed a 10-episode order for the spy show “Berlin Station,” with a third original program also in the works. The new shows will be distributed on Epix On Demand, Epix.com and TV Everywhere platforms, the report notes.

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May 21, 2015
1:09 pm
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TV Station in DMA 29 Sold for $4 Million (TVNewsCheck)

A TV station in the country’s 29th-largest designated market area has been sold for $4 million. TVNewsCheck reports that Bryant Broadcasting is selling WJFB-TV in Nashville to Dove Broadcasting.

WJFB is a religious-formatted station broadcasting on Channel 44. The JFB in the call letters are the initials of station founder Joe F. Bryant.

WJFB has been on the air since 1988.

Dove also owns WGGS-TV in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., the report notes.

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May 21, 2015
9:41 am
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Comcast Opens Up Access to HBO Go, Showtime Anytime on Amazon Fire TV (Digital Trends)

Comcast has ended its holdout and made HBO Go and Showtime Anytime available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers via Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Digital Trends reports.

“The new availability for subscribers of Comcast Xfinity on Amazon’s streaming video devices follows a similar deal which allowed Comcast customers to watch HBO Go and Showtime Anytime through Roku media streamers in December,” the report notes.

In a company blog post, Comcast Cable Executive Vice President Matt Strauss said: “Both the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick join platforms like Roku, AppleTV, Xbox One and Google’s Chromecast where subscribers can download the network’s app, sign in with their Xfinity TV credentials, and immediately start watching the channel’s shows and movies.”

The report adds: “It’s a long-awaited concession for Comcast, which is perpetually one of the last holdouts among pay-TV providers to allow access to popular streaming apps that require authentication from a cable or satellite subscription. As the largest cable and Internet provider in the country — one which is often the only available option for consumers in many regions — the service has been notoriously slow to allow subscribers to access content from third-party hardware.”

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May 21, 2015
9:01 am
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NBC’s Brian Williams Pulls Out of Hosting Gig (AP)

Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams has withdrawn from a hosting job he had scheduled. The AP reports that Williams opted out of the PBS presentation of the inaugural Lincoln Awards, which is set to air Friday.

First lady Michelle Obama will reportedly step in with a filmed introduction. The program honors those who support U.S. veterans and military families.

The event taped in January and features appearances by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw and Jerry Lewis, the report notes.

“Lincoln Awards co-founder Cappy McGarr says Williams asked to be removed from the PBS broadcast because he didn’t want to be a distraction,” the AP reports.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen and Segway inventor and bionic arm creator Dean Kamen are among the honorees.

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TVBIZWIRE
May 21, 2015
8:57 am
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Conan O’Brien’s Emotional Sendoff to David Letterman (YouTube)

Conan O’Brien paid an emotional tribute to David Letterman on his TBS talk show “Conan” Wednesday night, the same night Letterman aired his final installment of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Here’s Conan’s tribute:

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May 21, 2015
8:47 am
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Letterman Hits a 10-Year Ratings High With Final Episode (Variety)

Wednesday night’s final installment of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” is expected to be among the long-running show’s three or four most-watched episodes ever when the final numbers are in, Variety reports.

The early figures, based on Nielsen ovenights for metered markets, have the show averaging a 9.3 household rating and 24 share, the report notes, making it the top turnout since a December 2005 appearance by Oprah Winfrey delivered a 10.1/24.

“Nielsen won’t issue total-viewer estimates until later today, but early indications are that the show drew its largest audience in more than nine years,” Variety notes.

The report adds: “Driving the strong performance last night was a big 11.8 rating/29 share in New York. The nearly 90-minute finale also did a 6.4/22 in Los Angeles and a 12.2/27 in Chicago.”

The report notes that Letterman’s 9.3 national overnight rating “is on par with the 9.2 generated for Jay Leno’s sendoff from NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ in February 2014. That translated into 14.64 million viewers in the nationals.”

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May 21, 2015
8:44 am
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Bill Cosby Is Sued as Sparring Continues Over Rape Allegations (BBC News)

Veteran comedian Bill Cosby has been sued by a former model who claims Cosby drugged and raped her 33 years ago. BBC News reports that Janice Dickinson, who was one of the most successful models of the 1970s and 1980s and has been called the first supermodel, filed the suit this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The lawsuit “seeks unspecified damages for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” the story reports.

The suit comes in response to Cosby’s alleged accusations that Dickinson is lying when she says he raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel in 1982. Dickinson first made the accusation back in November on “Entertainment Tonight,” joining a number of women who have accused the comedian of a string of sexual assaults.

Dickinson’s suit alleges that Cosby falsely labeled her a liar.

“In her defamation complaint, Dickinson claims Cosby chose ‘to vilify and publicly attack’ her in his denials,” the story reports, adding: “More than 40 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. He has never been charged for any of the alleged crimes.”

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May 21, 2015
8:31 am
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Local News Anchor Signs Off After 38 Years — Here’s the Video (Florida News Center)

A veteran TV news anchor and reporter signed off Wednesday night after a 38-year run at her station. Florida News Center reports that Gayle Sierens received an emotional sendoff from her co-workers at Tampa station WFLA-TV.

Former anchor Bob Hite, who retired from the Media General-owned NBC affiliate in 2007, returned for the festivities.

The station aired a 30-minute special Wednesday night as a tribute to Sierens.

Here’s a clip:

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