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Daily Archives : Nov 3, 2017

Bad Blood Between Disney and the L.A. Times

The Walt Disney Co. appears to have it in for the Los Angeles Times because of a negative story the newspaper ran about Disneyland. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the newspaper’s reporters and critics have been shut out…

ABC Extends Final Season for Long-Running Series

An ABC series that’s on the way out received a morale boost from the network in the form of a two-episode extension. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network bumped up the season nine order for “The Middle”…

Casting Director Quits Guild Amid Investigation

A casting director suddenly resigned from the Casting Society of America after the guild reportedly notified him that his membership was under review. Deadline cites a knowledgeable source saying Billy DaMota was under scrutiny for controversial remarks and tweets about…

Country Music Firestorm: CMA Awards Walk Back Restrictions on Sensitive Questions After Stirring Up a Hornet’s Nest

The Country Music Association found itself buried in an avalanche of criticism after it issued an edict restricting members of the press covering next week’s CMA Awards from asking the artists questions about sensitive topics such as guns, politics and…

Tragic End for TV Actor Who Commits Suicide by Jumping Off Building

An actor who had a TV career going back to “Roseanne” in 1995 and became best known for his role on the teen mystery series “Veronica Mars” was found dead early Wednesday after committing suicide. Brad Bufanda, who also had…

Why Jimmy Fallon Suddenly Canceled Today’s Taping of NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’

NBC pulled the plug on tonight’s planned original episode of its “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” after the host suddenly pulled out of the taping, citing a private family matter. Deadline cites “an informed source” saying Fallon’s mother had been…

The Measure of a Man: The Passing of Bob Silberberg

The death last week of TV advertising industry fixture Bob Silberberg left those who knew him, including TVWeek Open Mic writer Chuck Ross, lamenting the passing of one of the industry’s truly great guys. Silberberg died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017,…

Authorities Launch Sexual Assault Investigation Into Kevin Spacey

“House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey is now the focus of a sexual assault investigation by authorities in London, Business Insider reports. “Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s child abuse and sexual offenses opened the probe after an allegation was made…

Report: Media Agency Mediabrands Wins $1 Billion Account

The Mediabrands agency, the media management arm of Interpublic Group, has landed the massive account of e-commerce giant Amazon, MediaPost reports, citing unnamed sources. The move represents a consolidation by Amazon of its global media agency assignment following a review…

Weinstein Faces Possible Arrest Over Latest Allegations

New allegations by a well-known actress against Harvey Weinstein give authorities “the strongest case we’ve had that fits within the statute of limitations,” according to an NYPD source quoted by CNN, which reports that allegations by actress Paz de la…