May 26, 2016
9:13 am

Cable Channel to Unspool New Lineup in June, Including Four New Original Series (TVWeek)

A new programming lineup, including four new original series and three returning shows, unspools next month at Investigation Discovery. The cable channel unveiled details and premiere dates for the new shows “American Monster” (June 1), “The Vanishing Women” (June 6), “I Am Homicide” (June 14) and “Your Number’s Up” (June 18).

Also on tap are new seasons of “The Perfect Murder” (Season 3, premiering June 1), “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” (Season 4, June 12) and “Deadly Sins” (Season 5, June 30).

Please click here for details on all of the new and returning shows.

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May 26, 2016
8:49 am

Turmoil at ‘The View’: Is Another Co-Host Headed Out the Door? (NY Post, TVWeek)

Another co-host on “The View” may be on the verge of becoming the next casualty. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Michelle Collins appears to be on the chopping block.

The report quotes an unnamed source saying: “It’s no secret. They’re so disrespectful, they were even auditioning people for her job while she’s there.”

Collins, who became a permanent panelist on “The View” back in July, reportedly plans to announce her departure this summer. Reports also surfaced this month that Whoopi Goldberg, who has been on the show since 2007, is ready to leave the show.

Raven-Symone, meanwhile, is also believed to be headed out, after joining the show full time in June 2015.

Sunny Hostin, who has been a guest panelist and joined ABC News this year, is likely to move into a full-time slot on “The View” next season, the Post reports.

A rep for the show downplayed speculation about the lineup, telling the publication: “What else is new? People love to speculate about the co-hosts. … We’re lucky to have terrific guest co-hosts fill in when our talented co-hosts are busy with other projects.”

The rep also said: “Reports that Whoopi signed a new deal are false.”


May 26, 2016
8:23 am

One Dead, Three Wounded in Shooting at Hip Hop Concert; Rapper Injured (USA Today, TVWeek)

A concert by a well-known hip hop artist turned deadly Wednesday night when shooting erupted inside the concert venue. USA Today reports that one person was killed and three others were injured in the shooting at at T.I. concert in New York.

Among those injured in the shooting at Irving Plaza was New York rapper Troy Ave, who was taken to a hospital after being shot in the leg, according to media reports.

The shooting broke out in a green room area at about 10:15 p.m., shortly before T.I. was expected to take the stage.

“One of the victims was in critical but stable condition on Thursday. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the shooting is unclear,” USA Today reports.

Witnesses indicated that an argument broke out between two groups of people shortly before the shooting.

“Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry said a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach and died at a hospital,” USA Today reports. “A 34-year-old man was in critical but stable condition with a chest wound. A 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man with leg wounds were expected to survive.”

Performers Maino and Uncle Murda were reportedly on stage when the shooting broke out.

May 26, 2016
7:42 am

Amazon Announces a Slew of New Pilots, With Viewers to Decide Which Ones Get Picked Up — Lineup of Stars Includes Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Ambrose and David Arquette (TVWeek)

Amazon today took the wraps off the lineup of programs for its new pilot season, announcing the hour programs “The Last Tycoon” and “The Interestings,” along with six new children’s shows.

The kids lineup includes two shows aimed at preschoolers — “Jazz Duck” and “The Curious Kitty and Friends” — and four shows targeting kids 6-11: “Little Big Awesome,” “Morris and the Cow” and “Toasty Tales,” all of which are animated, along with the live-action “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”

Talent featured in the new programs includes Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Ambrose, David Krumholtz, Jessica Pare, David Arquette, Thomas Lennon, Zoe Kravitz, Michael Pena and Erik Griffin.

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May 25, 2016
8:20 pm

CBS Officially Cancels Drama (THR's Live Feed blog)

Despite having delayed-viewing numbers that were strong, CBS has canceled one of its dramas.

Writes Lesley Goldberg for The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog, “Days after CBS president Glenn Geller told reporters that producers were trying to find a home for the second season of [‘Limitless’], showrunner Craig Sweeny took to Twitter to announce the fate of his series: ‘I’m truly sad to report that #Limitless will not continue on any platform. Thanks so much to everyone who watched,’ he wrote.’

The article adds, “The freshman drama averaged a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 with impressive DVR numbers factored in, but its live-plus-same-day stats (1.4) placed it well behind that of Tuesday night counterparts ‘NCIS’ (2.2) and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ (1.8). With all three ‘NCIS’ shows returning as well as cop dramas ‘Training Day’ and ‘MacGyver,’ CBS has opted to see if it can improve on ‘Limitless’’ performance.

“Limitless” was based on the 2011 feature film of the same name.




May 25, 2016
8:10 pm

Amber Heard Files For Divorce 15 Months After Marrying Johnny Depp (TMZ)

“Amber Heard has filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, shockingly 3 days after Johnny’s mom died,” reports TMZ.

The story continues “Amber filed her divorce petition Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple married [15 months ago] in February of last year, yet Amber is asking for spousal support.

Later TMZ added this to the story: “Johnny has filed his response through his lawyer, Laura Wasser. He is asking the judge to reject Amber’s claim for spousal support.”


May 25, 2016
3:14 pm

Cable Channels Lay Off Staffers (Deadline)

Layoffs are taking place at two cable channels, according to a new report. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the NBCUniversal networks USA and Syfy are cutting their workforces.

“The headcount reduction, which I hear affects less than 10% of the employees at the two networks, or about 25 people, stems from the February executive restructuring in NBCU’s cable division, which led to the consolidation of USA and Syfy into the Entertainment Networks Group under Chris McCumber,” Andreeva reports.

The moves follow similar cutbacks at E! and Esquire after NBCU consolidated its lifestyle cable networks and merged the two networks’ marketing operations, the report notes. Andreeva adds: “I hear contributing to the staff reduction to a smaller degree is the recent consolidation of the scripted operations of USA, Syfy, Bravo and E! under Bill McGoldrick.”

McCumber detailed the moves in a memo to staff, which announced the creation of two new departments: Content Strategy, whose head is yet to be named, and Original Co-Productions, to be overseen by Chris Regina, senior VP of Original Co-Productions.


May 25, 2016
2:59 pm

Nothing Is Off the Table in Rap Battle Between Anne Hathaway and James Corden — Watch It Now (CBS)

CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden” featured a rap battle between the host and actress Anne Hathaway, and nothing was off the table, according to the show.

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May 25, 2016
2:41 pm

Producer on HBO Show Arrested in Woman’s Death (AP)

A producer on an HBO show was one of two men arrested today on charges stemming from the overdose death of a dermatologist in 2015. The AP reports that Marc Henry Johnson, who was a producer on the HBO pilot “The Deuce,” was arrested along with James Holder by federal agents.

A spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Agency said the men were arrested on conspiracy charges in connection with the death of Dr. Kiersten Cerveny. A dermatologist in Long Island, Cerveny was found dead Oct. 4 in the lobby of Holder’s apartment building, the story reports.

“Authorities believe Cerveny had snorted cocaine all night as she shared drinks with Johnson at a Lower East Side nightspot. She rode back in a taxi to Holder’s apartment building in Chelsea and overdosed in Holder’s apartment, according to court papers,” the story reports.

The report adds: “Johnson, who is also charged with attempted narcotics distribution and being an accessory after the fact, was seen on the building’s surveillance cameras dragging her down to the lobby, authorities said. He called 911 and waited until emergency crews arrived but then took off, police said at the time.”

May 25, 2016
2:09 pm

‘Live With Kelly’ Announces Co-Hosts for Week of June 6-10 (TVWeek)

The daytime talk show “Live with Kelly,” which continues without a permanent co-host following the recent departure of Michael Strahan, announced the lineup of guest co-hosts who will join Kelly Ripa during the week of June 6-10.

Here’s the lineup:

Monday, June 6, 2016 — Comedian D.L. Hughley

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 — Actor Joel McHale

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 — Actor Joel McHale

Thursday, June 9, 2016 — TV producer, host and radio personality Ryan Seacrest

Friday, June 10, 2016 — Actor Alec Baldwin

Produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, the syndicated program is distributed by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution.

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