NBC Launches Maya Rudolph Variety Special

Posted on: April 16, 2014

NBC set a date for its Maya Rudolph variety special/pilot. Revisiting the variety-show format, The Maya Rudolph Show special will air at 10 PM Monday, May 19. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Janelle Monae will appear; Raphael Saadiq serves as bandleader.

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MTV Movie Awards Down 27%

Posted on: April 16, 2014

About 2.8 million people tuned in to Sunday’s Conan O’Brien-hosted MTV Movie Awards, a million fewer viewers (-27%) than last year’s show. The 2013 trophy show clocked 3.8 million total viewers — up compared to previous year’s 3.2 million even though big winner Jennifer Lawrence didn’t show up, and Parks And Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza got thrown out.

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FX Pulling Out Of Late-Night For Now

Posted on: April 16, 2014

At FX‘s upfront presentation last spring, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a central piece as the late-night show was envisioned as a potential cornerstone for the new comedy-centric network FXX. But, facing stiff competition from broadcast and cable, the Chris Rock-produced show didn’t transition well to the new network after its solid original run on FX, leading to its...

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Past And Present Co-Stars Reunite To Bid Farewell To Barbara Walters

Posted on: April 16, 2014

As part of The View's weeklong farewell to Barbara Walters, the ABC daytime show will reunite all 11 of its past and present co-hosts on Thursday, May 15. This will be the first time ever all 11 women will share the same stage and could include some fireworks, given that it will involve the reunion of former adversaries Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Other former co-hosts attending...

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Bill O'Reilly: "Very, Very Tough" For Colbert To Compete With Kimmel, Fallon

Posted on: April 16, 2014

Bill O'Reilly thinks Stephen Colbert has his work cut out for him when he takes over for David Letterman in 2015. 'Late Show' Successor Stephen Colbert to Visit LettermanStephen Colbert: 'I Won't Be Doing the New Show in Character'Rush Limbaugh Rails Against Stephen Colbert 'Late Show' Hire The Fox News host, who's recently called Colbert "a deceiver," said on Wednesday's The View that the...

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Glenn Beck Moves Into Hollywood Production

Posted on: April 16, 2014

Glenn Beck is going Hollywood. Nearly three years after leaving Fox News, the controversial conservative radio host and media entrepreneur is ramping up a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his popular radio show and digital media operation TheBlaze.  Beck says he is developing three original stories as theatrical films -- one set in ancient history, one in modern...

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Adam Carolla's "Catch A Contractor" Renewed For Supersized New Season

Posted on: April 16, 2014

Spike TV is building up Adam Carolla's Catch a Contractor. The male-leaning network has renewed the unscripted series for a second season, and expanding the series to 10 hourlong episodes. The Eyeworks USA series debuted in March and after seven original episodes, the series is averaging 1.2 million total viewers. Its series premiere marks the most-watched debut of a Spike original series in...

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Participant Media Announces 4 New Series and 11 Projects

Posted on: April 16, 2014

The younger-skewing network from Participant Media announced at its upfront Wednesday that it will add four new original series and 11 projects in development as part of its push for more than 300 hours of original programming his year. As it looks to grow its portfolio of series, talent and producers, millennial-focused Pivot has tapped Embassy Row (Watch What Happens Live) to produce a new...

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Lawrence O' Donnel Will Be Off MSNBC "For Several Weeks" After Car Accident

Posted on: April 15, 2014

The Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell will be off the air as he recovers from a weekend car accident. MSNBC confirmed the news today in a statement: “Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the US — Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of...

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Michael Strahan Debuts on GMA

Posted on: April 15, 2014

Live With Kelly And Michael co-host Michael Strahan stopped by Good Morning America this morning to talk about his gig with the show, making sure to say “couple days a week” several times to calm Live! fans’ fears. Expect to see Strahan mostly in GMA’s  first hour, so he can continue to co-host Live!, at 9 AM in many markets. In addition to the NFL...

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