Nov 26, 2014
1:48 pm

CBS Unveils Its List of Guest Hosts Who Will Fill In on ‘Late Late Show’ Until James Corden Takes Over — Is Your Name on the List? (TVWeek)

CBS has taken the wraps off its plans for “The Late Late Show” during the months between when Craig Ferguson steps down and new host James Corden steps up.

“CBS will broadcast special editions of ‘The Late Late Show’ featuring rotating guest hosts and a special late-night version of ‘The Talk,’ Monday, Jan. 5-Friday, March 6, 2015 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT),” the network said in a press release sent out today.

The list of guest hosts released by CBS — all of whom are men — consists of Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, John Mayer and Kunal Nayyar.

Ferguson is making his exit Dec. 19, with British actor Corden set to take over March 9.

“The Talk” to Produce Special Editions for Broadcast in Late Night

“Actor, host, comedian and producer Drew Carey will bookend the block of special editions when he guest hosts the first week, Monday, Jan. 5-Friday, Jan. 9, and the final week, Monday, March 2-Friday, March 6,” the release notes.

Additionally, special late-night editions of the daytime chat show “The Talk” will be produced to air in the “Late Late Show” time slot from Jan. 12-16.

Additional scheduling announcements are expected soon.

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Nov 26, 2014
1:48 pm

Pakistani Actress Sentenced to 26 Years for Blasphemy for Role in TV Wedding Scene (The Independent)

An actress known for her work in Bollywood films has been given a 26-year prison term for what a Pakistani court calls “malicious acts” of blasphemy. The British publication The Independent reports that the sentence was given to Veena Malik over a mock wedding scene that she appeared in on television.

“Her crime? Appearing in a pretend wedding scene, staged on a daytime show broadcast by Geo TV and based on the marriage of the Prophet Mohamed’s daughter,” the publication reports. “The programme sparked a wave of controversy in the Islamic country when it aired in May, despite the fact similar scenes had been aired in the past to little or no such public outrage. Some even apparently suspected that Pakistan’s military were behind the mock wedding, and that it was put on in a bid to wage a blasphemy war against the broadcaster.”

Malik has a long string of credits in the Pakistani and Indian film industries, along with a career as a model and TV host. Her husband, Asad Bashir Khan, also received a 26-year sentence, as did Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, described in the report as the chief executive of the biggest media group in Pakistan.

The court order reads in part: “The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt the feelings, which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency.”

The piece notes that the case may be headed to higher courts, and that Malik may not end up serving the sentence.

Malik, who made the decision to return to Pakistan to challenge the court order, said: “I have always been a person who faced troubles by looking it in the eye. I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong.”

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Veena Malik

Nov 26, 2014
1:47 pm

Morning Shows Borrow a Page From a Daredevil as Broadcast Ratings Wars Heat Up (Variety)

Two network morning programs are increasingly looking like a Nik Wallenda daredevil stunt as they compete for morning viewers. Variety reports that both NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” are turning to live stunts in their a.m. ratings battle.

While “Today” weatherman Al Roker recently set a Guinness World Record with a marathon weather report, his “GMA” counterpart Ginger Zee may have gone one better with a live skydive.

“On the Friday, November 7, edition of the venerable ABC morning program, Zee made a tandem jump from a plane nearly 13,000 feet over Homestead, Florida, with a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team,” Variety reports. “As ‘GMA’ co-anchor Lara Spencer brought her hands to her mouth and openly fretted — ‘Oh my gosh! Ginger, be careful!’ — Zee smiled and plummeted at 120 miles per hour, all with wireless GoPro cameras showing the action from her point of view. Once all was well, she started chatting with her co-hosts as though she were back in the studio.”

The report notes that mornings have traditionally been “one of the calmer periods of the TV day,” but it adds: “There seems to be more of an appetite for such derring-do in the mornings.”

Zee has also swum with sharks on “GMA,” while over at “Today,” newsreader Natalie Morales scaled the side of an Alaska glacier, the report points out.

“As TV personalities, Zee, Morales and Roker are expected to take part in events their viewers can only dream of: Interviews with celebrities, broadcasts that take place from remote parts of the world or during crisis events or brewing storms,” Variety reports, noting that traditionally these events have not been particularly dangerous.

“Now these new extreme-sports-like assignments add elements of risk and bodily harm to what have for decades been relatively placid programs. And they surface as TV networks are trying to do more to gather audiences around live ‘spectacles’ that seem to be one of the few things — aside from sports matches and awards shows — that can still knit a TV viewership frayed beyond repair by dozens of new ways of streaming video into the sort of mass that advertisers still covet.”

We encourage you to click on the link in the first paragraph, above, to read the Variety report in its entirety.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip of Zee’s “GMA” skydive:

Nov 26, 2014
1:01 pm

Prison-Bound Reality Star Already Has a Sweet TV Show Deal Lined Up for After Prison — to the Tune of $2 Million (Daily Mail)

A reality TV star who was recently convicted of a number of federal crimes — and is set to begin a 15-month sentence on Jan. 5 — has her own TV show waiting for her when she gets out.

The U.K. publication The Daily Mail reports that Teresa Giudice, who became famous on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” is poised for a return to the cable channel after prison as the host of a new cooking show.

Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, pleaded guilty to a total of 41 counts in a fraud case that may have netted them more than $5 million over 10 years, the report notes. Joe Giudice received a 41-month sentence.

Along with the cooking show, Teresa Giudice will reportedly appear part time on “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

The report, which cites inside sources at Bravo, adds that the cable channel will be attempting to tape calls with Giudice while she’s in prison and hopes to conduct a jailhouse interview. A big media event is also reportedly in the works for when she is released.

Giudice has penned three cookbooks that have made the New York Times Best Seller list, the report notes.

“According to network insiders, Bravo knows Teresa has always been a ratings winner for them ever since she flipped a table in the first season of the popular reality series. So it was a no-brainer to have a show ready to go when she gets out of the slammer,” the story reports. “And a cooking show was a natural choice for the Housewife. She could earn about $2 million a year.”

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Nov 26, 2014
9:01 am

CNBC’s Longest-Tenured Host Leaving the Network (TVNewser)

A veteran CNBC anchor who is a fixture on television is leaving the network for a move into daytime talk. After 14 years on CNBC, Suze Orman, whose motto “People first, then money, then things” has become engrained in the culture, is exiting to launch her own weekday show.

The last new episode of the personal finance guru’s Saturday night show will air March 28, TVNewser reported.

Orman is developing a daily program, “Suze Orman’s Money Wars,” produced by Warner Bros. Television Group’s Telepictures. It was not known whether the show would be shopped to cable channels or distributed via first-run syndication.

“‘Suze Orman’s Money Wars’ will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives,” the company said in a release. “Understanding that fights about money are never really only about the money, Suze will use her signature ability to settle these disputes and help the opposing parties resolve their issues while starting them on the road to financial responsibility.”

Orman is no stranger to daytime talk; she was a popular and frequent guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

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Nov 26, 2014
8:57 am

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Veteran Leaves the Show; Two Other Regulars Set to Return (TheWrap)

A veteran of the long-running ABC competition series “Dancing With the Stars” is bowing out. reports that dance pro Cheryl Burke is headed out, after her contract expired Tuesday.

Burke has been with the show for much of its run, but when it celebrates its 10th anniversary next spring, she will no longer be in the lineup, the story reports.

The show’s executive producer Rob Wade told the website that Burke “has done a great service to the show and I think she feels that it’s time for her to move on.”

Wade also confirmed that judges Len Goodman and Julianne Hough are returning in the spring. Goodman had been absent for a few weeks this past season because of conflicts with the production of the U.K. version of the show.

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Nov 26, 2014
8:44 am

TVWeek Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule (TVWeek)

After today, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, TVWeek will be closed tor the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

We will be back on our regular schedule on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

In the interim, we will continue to send out TVWeek EXTRAs to keep readers informed about breaking news.

From our family to yours, have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Nov 26, 2014
8:37 am

Just How Far Has Bill Cosby Fallen in the Public’s Eyes? Here Are Some Numbers (The Independent)

It is no surprise that public trust in comedian Bill Cosby has plummeted in the wake of mounting allegations that he sexually assaulted a number of women in the past. But the swiftness and depth of his decline have been remarkable, the British publication The Independent reports.

Last year, Cosby was No. 3 on the list of Most Trusted Celebrities alongside Tom Hanks and Kate Middleton; now he’s at 2,615, according to the publication, which cites the Marketing Arm, an Omnicom Group unit. The company told the paper that such a decline in public opinion is rare.

“Cosby’s social media popularity has also been significantly marred,” the report adds. “Networked Insights, which analyzes social media, has found that of nearly 700,000 comments made about Cosby in the first 20 days of November, a third of those were negative.”

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Bill Cosby

Nov 26, 2014
8:29 am

Why Netflix Stock Took a Hit This Week on Wall Street (Variety)

The popular subscription-video service Netflix took a hit on Wall Street Tuesday, and analysts said it’s about a slowdown in U.S. subscriber growth.

Shares of Netflix dropped as much as 3.5% during trading Tuesday following the downgrade of the firm’s stock by the Wall Street firm Stifel, Variety reports. (Shares closed at $348.99, down 2.10%.)

Stifel analysts cited uncertainty about the U.S. growth outlook for Netflix, which missed its subscriber addition targets in its third quarter 2014 results. Stifel slapped a “hold” rating on the stock; it had been a “buy,” Variety reported.

But the firm also noted that long-term, the outlook for Netflix “remains compelling,” projecting 55 million U.S. subscribers, and a higher number internationally, by 2020.

Netflix is currently in about 41% of U.S. broadband households, the report notes, and is on track to add between 5.5 million and 6 million net subscribers during 2014, compared with 6.3 million last year.


Nov 26, 2014
7:51 am

HBO Moves Forward With Documentary About Legendary Rocker (Variety)

HBO has a documentary in the works that focuses on the life of rock musician Kurt Cobain. Variety reports that the pay-cable channel is working on a project about the Nirvana lead singer, who died two decades ago at the age of 27.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) is profiling Cobain, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1994. The documentary is expected to air next year.

The film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” has been in the works for eight years. Morgen spent six years figuring out rights issues and lining up access to personal material, Variety said. Cobain’s family — including his widow, Courtney Love, and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain — have cooperated with the film.

Morgen told Variety that, in addition to looking at Cobain’s music, the film will include his Super-8 movies, poetry, sculptures, photography and other artistic works that were little known.

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Kurt Cobain

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