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Daily Archives : Jun 5, 2015

NBC Tweaks Fall Lineup — And You Probably Won’t Guess Why

NBC is making changes to its fall prime-time lineup — for an unusual reason. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network is moving its new medical drama “Heartbreaker,” starring Melissa George, to midseason. The show, which had been…

Duggar Family Finds a High-Profile Defender — And She’s Calling Lena Dunham a Pedophile

With the reality TV family the Duggars mired in a child molestation controversy, one prominent national figure has come out in defense of the family. USA Today reports that Sarah Palin appears to be firmly on the Duggars’ side, although…

HBO Developing New Comedy Series

Pay cable channel HBO is developing a new comedy series. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that HBO is working on “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” based on the novel of the same name by David Shafer. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment…

Growth in the Forecast for U.S. Advertising Market

The market for advertising is expected to grow in the U.S., according to the latest forecast. But MediaPost reports that growth in the television sector will be slower than in the overall market. The overall trend will see the market…

CBS’s Venerable ‘Face the Nation’ Gets a New Host — Three Decades Younger Than His Predecessor — With a Family Connection That Goes Back to the Program’s First Broadcast

CBS’s Sunday morning political show “Face the Nation” — one of the longest-running news programs in the history of TV — will have a new host in place when it airs this weekend, and The Washington Post makes the point…

Tired of Forgetting Your Password? A New Replacement for Passwords Is in the Works — and You May Be Surprised to Learn What It Is

Researchers at Binghamton University in New York are developing what may be the replacement for passwords. CNBC reports that the research is focused on the use of brainwaves. “The scientists looked at the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they…

If You Are a Movie Lover, Starting Today It’s Christmas in June. A Love Letter to Lawrence Tierney, Ann Sheridan, Claire Trevor, and All of Those In Front of the Camera and Behind It Who Put the Noir in Film

To read this insightful essay by TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross, please click here.  

Fox News Channel Show Gets New Host

A Fox News Channel program has a new host. The cable channel announced that its late-night comedic talk show “Red Eye” will be hosted by Tom Shillue. Mediaite reports that the network confirmed the comedian will be the replacement for…

Survey: Which Network Has the Best Lineup for Fall?

The broadcast TV network with the strongest lineup of programs for the fall season is the same one that just won its second consecutive May sweeps period, based on the annual Media Life readers survey. The publication reports that its…

‘Downton Abbey’ Star to Play Serial Killer

In a bit of casting news that may seem at least a little surprising to fans of “Downton Abbey,” Joanne Froggatt has been cast as a serial killer. Froggatt plays lady’s maid Anna Bates on the British period drama. Variety…