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TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
4:59 pm
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’13 Reasons Why’ Premiere Canceled (AP)

The scheduled premiere party for the second season of the drama series “13 Reasons Why” was canceled because of the school shooting this morning at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left 10 people dead.

The AP reports that Netflix pulled the plug on the West Hollywood event hours before the screening and red carpet event was scheduled to begin. Season two of the series remains available on the streaming service.

“The first season of ’13 Reasons Why’ drew criticism for its graphic depiction of a teenager’s suicide,” the AP reports. “The second season focuses on the aftermath of the girl’s death, and it includes a storyline about a student’s thwarted plans to shoot up a school dance. The student, who is heavily armed with a rifle and handguns, is talked out of the shooting by a classmate who helps him escape before police arrive.”

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
4:57 pm
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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon to Cover Royal Wedding (THR)

“Step aside, Savannah Guthrie. Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon are crossing the pond to host HBO’s coverage of the royal nuptials in character as TV personalities Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan,” The Hollywood Reporter says.

The report adds: “From Ferrell’s Funny or Die, ‘The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!’ marks the pair’s second gig after their coverage of the 2018 Rose Parade for Amazon. (‘This was the worst hosting I have ever seen,’ wrote one of many disgruntled reviewers who didn’t quite get the joke. ‘Cord was rude and even cut one of the co-hosts off and dug into an old girlfriend. He should be fired!’)”

THR also notes: “Luckily, the duo won’t face pesky online commenters when they go live May 19 at 7:30 a.m. ET. Hosenbeck, ostensibly a TV and radio host and author dedicated to physical and mental wellness, and Cattigan, a former Miss Arizona who’s apparently known for her two-episode stint as an assistant DA on ‘L.A. Law,’ also will have correspondent Tim Meadows along for the trip.”

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
4:29 pm
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D.A. to Review Sexual Assault Case Against Scott Baio (TMZ)

Sexual assault allegations against actor Scott Baio will be reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney, TMZ reports. The allegations from actress Nicole Eggert stem from their time on “Charles in Charge,” and Baio has repeatedly denied Eggert’s claims.

Eggert filed a police report claiming Baio molested her on multiple occasions, including a claim that she was as young as 14 when the alleged molestation occurred, TMZ reports.

“Baio insists he had sex with Eggert only once … when she was 18,” TMZ adds.

The report adds: “Alexander Polinsky, another star of ‘Charles in Charge,’ came out in support of Eggert, claiming that he not only witnessed Baio harassing Eggert … but, he was also a victim of Baio’s sexual misconduct. He claimed Scott called him a ‘f****t’ and pulled down his pants ‘in front of over 100 people’ on set.”

The report quotes a rep for Baio saying: “Scott Baio is grateful to LAPD for a timely investigation. They were presented many pieces of evidence and statements that contradicted and undermined Nicole Eggert’s untrue claims. Scott is now looking forward to the DA’s review and statement concluding this matter.”

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
4:21 pm
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Could ‘Cheers’ Come Back 25 Years Later? Here’s What Some of the Key Players Are Saying (Variety)

Two of the co-creators of “Cheers” and one of the long-running NBC hit’s stars got serious about the possibility of a reboot of the seminal sitcom in a report by Variety on the 25th anniversary of the show’s finale.

The publication discussed the finale, the show’s legacy and the chance for “another round” with a number of the key players, inclucing co-creators James Burrows and Glen Charles along with actress Shelley Long — who is enthusiastically in favor of bringing the show back.

“I’ve pitched a reboot ‘til I’m blue in the face,” Long told Variety. “I’d love to do it. I’m not even trying to be cool about it. The cool thing to do is to go, ‘Oh, well, you know, we had our time…’ But I do a three-minute commentary on KCRW here in L.A., and I pitched my ‘Cheers’ reboot idea on the radio, hoping that someone would hear it! I’d love to sit in a room with the funniest people I know, like I did 25 years ago, and with incredibly gifted performers onstage. I’d be happy to do that for the next 25 years!”

But Burrows and Charles appeared to hit the brakes. Said Charles: “’Will & Grace’ and ‘Roseanne’ — those people don’t seem to have aged significantly. Our people, I know, have. So it just wouldn’t be the same. And I’m not quite sure what that story would be. An aging bartender chasing women would be very strange. It wouldn’t feel right.”

Added Burrows: “There’s this whole thing about meeting your first girlfriend 30 or 40 years later. You might be inquisitive and interested, but you’ll always have in your head what she looked like when she was 18 years old, and you kind of want to preserve that. Some people don’t care. But we want to preserve what we have.”

We encourage readers to click on the link above to Variety to read the full feature looking back on “Cheers” 25 years later.

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
2:41 pm
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Co-Showrunner Exits ‘Roseanne,’ New Writers on the Way (THR)

ABC’s hit “Roseanne” reboot will have a key change behind the cameras when the show returns for its next season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that co-showrunner Whitney Cummings will not be back for the expanded 13-episode season.

Bruce Helford, who has been co-showrunner along with Cummings this season, will be the lone showrunner next season.

THR quotes Helford saying this morning: “I think Whitney is going to be too busy. Whitney is always a member of the family of the show but she’s got so much going on. I don’t know how she had time to work on the show in the first place. I don’t think she’ll be able to join us in the capacity she was joining us in this first season.”

“Set to return for season 11 — which will bow in the fall and be back for 13 episodes — are Wanda Sykes and Norm MacDonald, among other writers,” THR reports. “Helford also noted that the multicamera comedy would be bringing in new voices to expand the inclusivity of the room. Joining the writing staff are queer author, writer and comedian Ali Liebegott (Amazon’s ‘Transparent’); Emily Wilson (‘AP Bio’); comedian Jena Friedman — who has written for ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ and ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and whose stand-up set on ‘Conan’ impressed star Roseanne Barr; and Ted Jessup (‘Family Guy’).”

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
2:29 pm
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Local TV Stations Get Caught Up in Internet Freakout (TVWeek, YouTube)

A debate that has caused the Internet to “go crazy” has had pretty much the same effect on local TV stations, which have become caught up in the “Yanny or Laurel” audio confusion in much the same way that everyone freaked out over the “what color is the dress” debate a while back.

Here’s a clip that delves into the madness …

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
2:21 pm
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Death Toll Climbs in Third School Shooting in Eight Days; Suspect Identified as 17-Year-Old Boy (CNN, TVWeek)

In what’s being reported as the third gun-related incident at a U.S. school in recent days, at least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured this morning at Santa Fe High School in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe.

CNN reports that two people were detained in connection with the shooting spree, with the suspected shooter identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. The suspect was in jail, accused of capital murder, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott briefed the media on the shooting, telling reporters that the alleged shooter used a shotgun and a .38 revolver that were legally owned by his father, CNN reports, adding: “Two school resource officers were on the campus and confronted the shooter ‘early on in the process,’ Abbott said.”

Nine students and one teacher were killed, according to media reports. The shooter also reportedly had explosive devices.

The shooting followed two other recent incidents. “On Wednesday, an Illinois school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who fired a weapon near a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School, authorities said. The suspected gunman faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm,” CNN reports. “On May 11, a 14-year-old boy in Palmdale, California, went to Highland High, his former school, and began shooting a semiautomatic rifle shortly before classes began, authorities said. He was taken into custody and is accused of attempted murder. One person was wounded.”

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
1:27 pm
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What CBS Is Offering Advertisers Instead of Reduced Commercial Loads (MediaPost)

“Unlike TV rivals, CBS isn’t joining the crowd in cutting back on advertising inventory this season,” MediaPost reports. “Instead, during its upfront presentation, CBS offered a new data product for advertisers.”

The new product is called DnA, for Data and Audience. The tool “intends to offer more specific TV-related data for marketers, no matter what their campaign objectives are,” MediaPost reports.

Said Jo Ann Ross, president and chief advertising revenue officer for CBS Corp., during the company’s upfront presentation: “DnA allows us to use data to better understand our audience, to activate your campaigns, and provide the analytics and attribution you seek.”

She says DnA will work for all advertisers including those buying mass-reach demographics, specific audience targets and “one to one” addressability, the report notes. “And we guarantee it,” she adds.

“While NBCUniversal, Fox and Turner networks have touted efforts to trim commercial loads, CBS has no advertising reduction plans,” MediaPost notes.

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
12:11 pm
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Jennifer Aniston to Play First Female U.S. President — With a Twist (TVWeek)

Netflix announced plans today for a new project starring Jennifer Aniston as the first female president of the U.S. — with Tig Notaro to play her wife. “First Ladies” is being written by Notaro and Stephanie Allynne based on their original pitch.

Here’s the log line released by Netflix: “‘First Ladies’ is a political comedy about America’s first female president and her wife, the first lady. When Beverly and Kasey Nicholson move into the White House, they’ll prove that behind every great woman … is another great woman.”

Producers are listed as Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allynne, Jennifer Aniston, and Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Betsy Koch for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Executive producer is Chris Henchy.

“First Ladies” expands Notaro’s relationship with Netflix. Her original comedy special “Tig Notaro Happy to Be Here” premieres May 22 on Netflix. Notaro will also direct Ellen DeGeneres’ upcoming Netflix original comedy special.

TVBIZWIRE
May 18, 2018
11:31 am
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Actor Jeffrey Tambor a Hot Topic at ‘Arrested Development’ Premiere (AP, TVWeek)

With Jeffrey Tambor making one of his first public appearances in months at Thursday’s Los Angeles premiere for the Netflix cult comedy “Arrested Development,” much of the talk was about the decision to keep the actor as part of the show following his firing by “Transparent” over sexual harassment allegations.

The AP reports that Tambor “posed for photos with his wife, Kasia Ostlun, but didn’t do interviews with the press.” The report adds that the show’s cast “unanimously supported the 73-year-old actor.”

“Arrested Development” creator and executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz acknowledged that the decision to stick with Tambor won’t please everyone.

“Good people will find this offensive,” Hurwitz said. “I, too, get worked up when I hear about Harvey Weinstein and other people who have taken advantage of people. But I also believe very strongly that we don’t want to live in a world where accusations ruin people’s lives. We have tried that as a human race and it doesn’t always, doesn’t work out great, you know? So accusations are very different than proof and, you know, we obviously are going to support people that haven’t done, that haven’t been proved guilty.”

Tambor has denied the allegations of misconduct on the set of “Transparent.”

Before Thursday’s screening, Tambor’s co-star Jason Bateman said: “All I know about is ‘Arrested Development’ and he’s always just been incredible with us and I’m really looking forward to seeing him tonight.”

Added Portia de Rossi: “Love Jeffrey! I’ve always loved Jeffrey and we support him and adore him and, yeah, he’s terrific.”

Alia Shawkat offered a more nuanced take. “Well, it’s a very complicated issue, obviously,” she said. “I’m very close to Jeffrey and I care about him a lot. I just don’t think it has to completely be so one way or the other. It’s a complicated time, but I’m hoping that as this revolution progresses that we get more involved in the specifics of things and, you know, I support him being on the show, but I also support the voices of the victims at the same time.”

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