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Aug 16, 2017
3:59 pm
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Fox News Anchor Says She Feels Threatened by Angry Response to Her Trump Comments (AP, YouTube)

“A Fox News Channel anchor whose reaction to President Donald Trump’s comments on Charlottesville spread widely says she feels threatened but not deterred after a flood of angry responses from viewers to her words,” the AP reports. “Kat Timpf, of the show ‘The Fox News Specialists,’ said that she’s blocked part of her Twitter feed and stopped looking at emails. A day earlier, Timpf called Trump’s news conference disgusting and said ‘I have too much eye makeup on to cry right now.'”

Timpf’s comments on Trump even received some airplay on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, the report notes..

“That left her vulnerable to attack by Trump supporters, who seem to take particular affront when the president is criticized on Fox,” the AP reports. “Both Timpf and Eboni K. Williams, a co-host who blistered Trump in a commentary on Monday’s show, inspired Twitter hashtags calling for their firing.”

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
3:44 pm
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Meet the New Bond (Same as the Old Bond) (TVWeek, AP, CBS)

After months of rumors and denials, we finally got confirmation Tuesday night on who the “new” James Bond will be. Daniel Craig — the old James Bond — confirmed on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he will return for another movie as 007.

The movie, which does not yet have a title, is coming out in November of 2019.

“Craig’s time as Bond has been distinguished,” the AP notes. “His ‘Skyfall’ remains a high-point in both dollars and quality for the 55-year-old franchise. His last one, 2015’s ‘Spectre,’ grossed $880 million worldwide. Most consider him a terrific Bond who has raised the bar for the franchise, and his official return was greeted warmly on Wednesday.”

The next movie marks Craig’s fifth time out as Bond.

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
3:31 pm
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A New Name Tops the List of the World’s Highest-Paid Actresses (Forbes)

The Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid actresses came out today, and in the top spot is Emma Stone, who replaces Jennifer Lawrence in the No. 1 spot.

The “La La Land” star earned $26 million before taxes during the 12-month period to lead the way.

“Stone has her earnings from the movie-musical to thank for the bulk of her payday, which also won her a Best Actress Oscar,” Forbes notes. “Her portrayal of Mia, an aspiring actress and barista, garnered rave reviews and goosed the film to $445.3 million at the global box office.”

Jennifer Aniston claimed the No. 2 spot with $25.5 million, while Lawrence slipped to No. 3 with $24 million — an amount that Forbes notes is a little more than half of her total for the previous year.

Rounding out the top five are Melissa McCarthy at No. 4 with $18 million and Mila Kunis at No. 5 with $15.5 million.

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
3:09 pm
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Drama Series From Oscar-Winning Writer-Producer Gets Green Light (TVWeek)

A new TV drama series is in the works from the co-writer and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Moonlight.” OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network today announced the green light for an untitled series from Tarell Alvin McCraney.

“Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (‘Revenge’/’Swingtown’) serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner alongside Michael B. Jordan (‘Creed’) who is also joining as executive producer via his Outlier Productions,” the announcement notes.

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” Winfrey said. “I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

Please click here for additional details and quotes in the full announcement.

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
12:31 pm
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Did ABC Just Fill the Void Left by the Departure of Shonda Rhimes? (TVWeek)

Just days after losing one of its major suppliers of hit programming, ABC may have filled the void. The network today announced the return of Carlton Cuse, who rejoins ABC Studios with a multiyear overall deal.

The news comes on the heels of Netflix’s signing of Shonda Rhimes, who has brought ABC a string of hit dramas including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Cuse previously was co-showrunner on ABC Studios’ “Lost” for six years.

“Cuse’s company, Genre Arts, will create and produce content across all network, cable and streaming platforms,” the announcement notes. “Under the Genre Arts banner, Cuse will develop projects and collaborate with other writers to bring their visions to the screen under the new agreement.”

Said Cuse: “It is with great pleasure that I am returning to ABC Studios, my happy home for six years during ‘Lost.’ I am very excited to be working alongside wonderful and iconic Disney brands like Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm to create and bring entertaining and compelling stories to the screen. The very best part of my job is working with other writers to come up with cool ideas, solve story problems and get stories made.”

Please click here for additional details in the full announcement.

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
12:21 pm
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Whoa! Apple Set to Spend Serious Money on Original Programming (WSJ, Variety)

Apple appears to be poised to become a major player in Hollywood, with a budget reported at about $1 billion for original TV and film content over the next year.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story today, citing anonymous sources. The Journal story is behind a pay wall, but Variety and others have picked up the story.

The Journal report suggests that Apple could pick up as many as 10 high-end TV series, noting that Apple execs have already begun the process of shopping the agencies for content.

Variety notes that Apple’s hefty budget still falls well short of some of the competition.

“Netflix, the subscription streaming-video leader, plans to spend $7 billion on content next year (up from $6 billion in 2016), while analysts peg Amazon’s spending on programming for Prime Video at around $4.5 billion for 2017,” Variety reports. “Time Warner’s HBO spends around $2 billion per year on content.”

Variety also notes: “Already, Apple has signaled its aims to become a significant Hollywood player with the hiring of Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht — longtime presidents at Sony Pictures Television — in June. The duo behind such hits as ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘The Goldbergs,’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ are tasked with building a slate of world-class content for Apple. And this week the company revealed that it has tapped Matt Cherniss, ex-G.M. of WGN America and Tribune Studios, to head development for the original entertainment group.”

 

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
12:03 pm
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Silent Track Becomes an iTunes Hit, for a Reason (AP)

An unusual track has made the top 50 on the iTunes charts. The track, titled “A a a a a Very Good Song,” costs the usual 99 cents but provides a little less than 10 minutes of dead air.

The AP reports that there’s a reason the track has become a hit.

“While the musical quality of the track is debatable, its popularity is due to its simple role: When people plug smartphones into a car, usually the first song alphabetically plays by default,” the story reports. “‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ offers users several minutes of respite.”

The report notes that the track, released last week, is the brainchild of Samir Mezrahi. “While high on iTunes, the song hasn’t made much of a stir on Google Play,” the AP reports.

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
11:44 am
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Here’s the Most Liked Tweet in Twitter History (NY Times, Twitter)

A Twitter post that went out a few days ago has become the most liked tweet of all time, according to the social media site. The tweet, which you can see below, was posted by Barack Obama in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

“The former president’s tweet, sent out Saturday evening, paired a quote from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography, ‘Long Walk to Freedom,’ with a picture of Mr. Obama smiling up at a diverse group of young children,” The New York Times reports. “It broke the record at about 10:07 Tuesday evening, a Twitter spokesman said, surpassing a tweet from Ariana Grande earlier this year reacting to a terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England.”

The photo was reportedly taken in 2011 by Pete Souza, who was the White House photographer at the time. It was taken at a day care facility in Bethesda, Md., the report notes.

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
11:31 am
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Late-Night Hosts Process Trump’s Reaction to Charlottesville Violence (Washington Post)

Some of the hosts of the major late-night talk shows have been among the most outspoken critics of Donald Trump’s reactions to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The Washington Post notes that the tone on Monday night was more serious than usual as television processed the grim developments over the weekend. But by Tuesday night, the focus had shifted to Trump’s series of responses, including his apparent reluctance to criticize the white nationalists and neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville.

The Post compiled some of the reactions from CBS’s Stephen Colbert, NBC’s Seth Meyers, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and TBS’s Conan O’Brien. Here’s the clip …

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 16, 2017
11:09 am
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Speaking Truth to Power (TVWeek)

In response to the violence over the past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and the reaction to those events by President Trump, TVWeek Open Mic writer Chuck Ross recalls the words of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor who died in July 2016. The piece also examines how some in television have addressed demagoguery — both this week and more than a half-century ago.

Please click here to read Chuck’s piece.

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