Apr 23, 2018
4:57 pm

Journalist Who Battled Fox News Returns to TV (TVWeek)

A former Fox News personality who waged a high-profile legal battle with the cable channel after her departure in 2016 is returning to television.

Gretchen Carlson, a longtime “Fox & Friends” co-host who also fronted FNC’s “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson,” signed an overall deal with A+E Networks that will launch with the new Lifetime special “The Brave with Gretchen Carlson” (working title), focusing on sexual harassment.

Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit in 2016 against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes triggered a flood of similar complaints against Fox News and is credited with helping to bring down Ailes. She reportedly ended up settling with Fox News parent 21st Century Fox for $20 million.

“It has now been confirmed that our voices are amplified and actually get heard when we stand together, and I am proud to partner with Lifetime to make change happen by presenting the heartbreaking, but previously untold, stories of everyday working women,” Carlson commented in the A+E Networks announcement of her new agreement and new show. “We need to shine a light on the predators and their enablers, rather than ostracizing and blacklisting the innocent victims whose dreams and careers have been destroyed. I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with A+E Networks on this important project.”

Other specials are also in the works. Please click here to read the full announcement.

Gretchen Carlson


Apr 23, 2018
4:44 pm

Picasso According to ‘Genius’: TV to Be Provoked By (TVWeek)

National Geographic’s acclaimed series “Genius” premieres its second season this week, with the focus shifting to artist Pablo Picasso after season one focused on Albert Einstein.

For an inside look at both the show and the artist, TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin talked with “Genius” co-creator Kenneth Biller. Please click here to read the full interview and watch a trailer for the season.

Apr 23, 2018
4:31 pm

New Management Team at ComScore; Rob Norman, Former GroupM Executive, Joins Board (MediaPost)

ComScore has just named a new management team, with Madison Avenue veteran and 360i founder Bryan Wiener named as CEO, MediaPost’s MediaDailyNews reports. Additionally, former GroupM digital chief Rob Norman was named to the company’s board.

“The moves follow a protracted period of disarray for comScore, which had been the dominant supplier of digital media audience ratings, but has lost steam and share — and some would say, market leadership — to Nielsen,” the story reports. “Wiener, who has served as executive chairman of 360i since turning the CEO role over to Sarah Hoftstetter, fills a CEO slot at comScore that has been vacant since Gian Fulgoni retired in November 2017.”

MediaPost adds: “In a related move, Bill Livek is moving from executive vice chairman and president of comScore to become vice chairman and a special advisor to Wiener.”

Current comScore board member Brent Rosenthal was named non-executive chair.

The report notes that the new roles become effective May 30.

Apr 23, 2018
3:49 pm

Academy Awards Dates Unveiled (TVWeek)

The Motion Picture Academy and ABC rolled out the key dates for the Oscars today, culminating in the 91st Oscars ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, which was previously announced. The ceremony will be broadcast live by ABC.

Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Here are the key dates:

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018                 Governors Awards

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019Nominations voting opens

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019                 Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019                Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019                  Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019                 Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019               Finals voting opens

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019               Finals voting closes

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019                 91st Oscars

The 91st Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Apr 23, 2018
2:21 pm

Imagine CEO Exits Company (THR)

The CEO of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment production company has exited the firm and plans to start his own media company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Charlie Corwin departs after joining the company as CEO a little more than a year ago.

“Corwin, who previously served as co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America, was brought aboard Imagine in January 2017 in the newly created position of CEO, reporting to Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard,” THR notes. “The exec had worked at Endemol Shine since 2007 and exited in fall 2016.”

Imagine co-Chair Michael Rosenberg said Corwin made the decision to step down in December. In a statement, Rosenberg said: “We think Charlie is smart and talented, and we want to be in business with him going forward and so we’ve made an investment in the company he is putting together.”

Apr 23, 2018
2:09 pm

Bizarre Selfie Video by Anthony Hopkins Goes Viral (TVWeek, Twitter)

A 32-second video clip posted by Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins went viral, with more than 6 million views on it since he posted it on his Twitter account Sunday.

The clip appears to be a selfie showing Hopkins dancing. Along with the clip, the actor posted the message, “This is what happens when you’re all work and no play…”

You can watch the clip by clicking here to go to Hopkins’ Twitter page.

Anthony Hopkins, as he appears
in his new clip

Apr 23, 2018
12:49 pm

ABC News Names New ’20/20′ Anchor (TVWeek)

ABC has named a new anchor for its venerable “20/20” newsmagazine series. Co-anchoring along with David Muir will be Amy Robach.

ABC News President James Goldston made the announcement in a memo to the news division. Here’s his note, in full:


I’m delighted to announce that Amy Robach will join David Muir as co-anchor of 20/20 starting at the end of May.  In addition to her new duties she’ll continue to report frequently for Good Morning America and across ABC News when major news breaks.

Amy, as we know so well, is a brilliant journalist and a skilled interviewer.  She has covered the biggest news events around the world, from the deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium and Manchester and the Pulse nightclub shooting to the poaching epidemic in Tanzania and the Olympic games in PyeongChang, Rio and Sochi.

Amy’s already well-known to our 20/20 audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work.  She’s proved uniquely capable of connecting with a diverse and fascinating group of people to tell their stories, including Tonya Harding, Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, former UVA dean Nicole Eramo, and Monica Lewinsky for her first network interview in over a decade.

Her tenacity as a reporter has been matched by her passion to help others after her breast cancer diagnosis.  Three years ago she wrote about her unexpected battle with cancer after an on-air mammogram on GMA.  Her book, “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,” became a New York Times bestseller.  By sharing her diagnosis and its aftermath publicly and candidly, she offers hope to millions across this country.

Amy joins David, Deborah Roberts and the 20/20 team at an exciting time.  The newsmagazine continues to innovate 40 years after its launch, but great journalism and distinctive storytelling are always at the heart of what we do, and Amy will help make an outstanding team even better.

Please join me in congratulating Amy on her new role.


Amy Robach (ABC)

Apr 23, 2018
12:31 pm

‘American Idol’ About to Make History With TV Event (TVWeek)

“For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as ‘American Idol’ is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting Sunday, April 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT),” ABC announced.

The announcement notes that viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the “American Idol” app. The results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones.

Please click here for additional details in the ABC announcement.

Apr 23, 2018
12:31 pm

TBS Renews Two Shows (TVWeek, TBS)

TBS has just given renewals two of its series, announcing that it will bring back the comedies “The Last O.G.” and “Search Party.”

“The Last O.G.,” starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, will return for a second season, with “Search Party” to return for season three.

Additionally, “Search Party” creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers signed an overall deal with TBS to develop programming for TV and digital.

Please click here to read details in today’s announcement and see the new promo clip for “Search Party.”

Apr 23, 2018
10:29 am

Big Summer Concert Kickoff to Be Televised for the First Time (TVWeek)

A big summer concert that is considered the unofficial kickoff event for the summer concert season will be televised for the first time. Freeform announced plans to televise “iHeartRadio Wango Tango” on Sunday, June 3.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello, with a special guest performance by Logic. Additional artists are still to be announced.

The concert takes place at the all-new Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 2. The annual event has been going since 1998.

“Fans will have the opportunity to catch all the action, including performances and behind-the-scenes fun, the following evening on Freeform at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT,” the network announced.

Said Karey Burke, executive vice president of Programming and Development at Freeform: “Our commitment to bringing unique and compelling programming to young adult audiences is at the core of our brand. To be able to partner with iHeartRadio and bring this iconic annual summer concert to television for the first time in its 20-year history is remarkable.”

“iHeartRadio Wango Tango” is produced John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia and Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions.

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