CHEF MARIO BATALI FIRED FROM ABC’S THE CHEW

December 15, 2017

CHEF MARIO BATALI FIRED FROM ABC’S THE CHEW
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/14/chef-mario-batali-fired-from-abcs-chew-after-allegations/

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RUSSELL SIMMONS BEING INVESTIGATED BY NYPD OVER RAPE ALLEGATIONS

December 15, 2017

RUSSELL SIMMONS BEING INVESTIGATED BY NYPD OVER RAPE ALLEGATIONS
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/14/russell-simmons-investigated-nypd-rape-allegations/

RUSSELL SIMMONS TAKES POLYGRAPH AFTER ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS

December 15, 2017

RUSSELL SIMMONS TAKES POLYGRAPH AFTER ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/14/russell-simmons-takes-polygraph-test-sexual-assault-allegations/

MORGAN SPURLOCK STEPPING DOWN FROM PRODUCTION COMPANY AFTER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

December 15, 2017

MORGAN SPURLOCK STEPPING DOWN FROM PRODUCTION COMPANY AFTER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/14/morgan-spurlock-steps-down-production-company-sexual-misconduct/

HARVEY WEINSTEIN SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS ARE FAIR GAME FOR LAPD

December 15, 2017

HARVEY WEINSTEIN SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS ARE FAIR GAME FOR LAPD
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/14/harvey-weinstein-sexual-assault-allegations-lapd-investigation-prosecution/

TAVIS SMILEY VOWS TO FIGHT PBS OVER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS, SUSPENSION

December 15, 2017

TAVIS SMILEY VOWS TO FIGHT PBS OVER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS, SUSPENSION
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/14/tavis-smiley-pbs-sexual-misconduct-fighting-back/

50 CENT SIGNS 8-FIGURE DEAL WITH STARZ TO EXTEND PARTNERSHIP TO 2019

December 15, 2017

50 CENT SIGNS 8-FIGURE DEAL WITH STARZ TO EXTEND PARTNERSHIP TO 2019
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/13/50-cent-inks-8-figure-deal-with-starz/

NELLY’S RAPE CASE DROPPED BY PROSECUTORS

December 15, 2017

NELLY’S RAPE CASE DROPPED BY PROSECUTORS
http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/13/nelly-alleged-rape-case-dropped-washington-state-tour-bus/

CELEBRITY NEWS: DECEMBER 14, 2017

December 15, 2017

CELEBRITY NEWS: DECEMBER 14, 2017
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

Reign Disick (Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick’s son) – 3 year old
Mason Disick (Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick’s son) – 8 years old
Tori Kelly (Pop Singer) – 25 years old
Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) – 29 years old
Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight” movies) – 33 years old
Tammy Blanchard (“Moneyball”) – 41 years old
Kadee Strickland (Private Practice) – 42 years old
Michaela Watkins (“The Back-Up Plan”/formerly of Saturday Night Live) – 46 years old
Natasha McElhone (ABC’s Designated Survivor) – 48 years old
Dee Wallace-Stone (“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”) – 69 years old

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

December 14, 2017

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/14/17)
ABC: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: Disney Prep & Landing at 8:30pm
COOKING CHANNEL: Gooey (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (Premiere) at 9pm
FYI: Prefab Nation (Premiere) at 11pm
NAT. GEO. WILD: Safari Live (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Vintage Flip (Finale) at 11pm
ID: Blood Relatives (Finale) at 9pm 

Fox is airing a live ad for 20 Century Fox film The Greatest Showman during Sunday’s A Christmas Story Live!. In the 2 ½ -minute spot, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Keala Settle will perform a song from the P.T. Barnum biopic, accompanied by 150 dancers, on a soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot adjacent to the soundstage housing A Christmas Story. “We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement,” said Michelle Marks, SVP of marketing and global media promotions for 20th Century Fox Film. “The first-ever live commercial for a feature film is one that P.T. Barnum would have been proud of.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix nabbed the most SAG Award nominations yesterday, racking up19. Among shows, the leaders were HBO’s Big Little Lies, and Netflix’s GLOW and Stranger Things, which each collected 4 noms. Comedy Series Ensemble nominees included ABC’s black-ish, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep, and Netflix’s GLOW and Orange Is the New Black. Up for Drama Ensemble are Netflix’s The Crown and Stranger Things, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and NBC’s This Is Us. For a complete list of TV nominees, go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sean Hayes, the only actor nominated from NBC’s Will & Grace, had this to say about being named alongside black-ish’s Anthony Anderson, Master of None’s Aziz Ansari, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, ShamelessWilliam Macy and GLOW’s Marc Maron, for Male Actor in a Comedy Series: “I am so honored to be recognized in this category with these extraordinary actors. I love acting because I love actors. I also like to bake sometimes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Neil Cavuto will host a 2-hour Saturday news program, Cavuto Live, debuting January 20 at 10a on Fox News. The show will feature a breakdown of the major business and politics headlines, with a rotating panel of industry experts. With his added role, Cavuto will be helming 17 hours of live programming across FNC and Fox Business Network. Which is fine by him. “During the week, I live for live,” says Cavuto. “It only seems fitting in these fast-moving times, I make weekend coverage the same. The news demands it, and viewers deserve it.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Omarosa Manigault Newman, who met President Trump as a troublemaking contestant on The Apprentice in 2004, and later became the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, is out. While White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters yesterday that Manigault Newman resigned “to pursue other opportunities” effective January 20, American Urban Radio Networks reporter and CNN contributor April Ryan tweeted a different story. “Okay the White House still contends Omarosa signed a resignation letter,” said Ryan. “But Gen Kelly Kicked her out with high drama with the Minister offering vulgarities and curse words as she was escorted out of the building and off campus.” The Wall Street Journal reported she was “physically dragged and escorted off campus.” But New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor tweeted that a White House source said Manigault Newman will be on staff as she finishes up her work, and “that person disputes that she was escorted out.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new TiVo survey shows the pace of customers cutting the cable cord is slowing. “The number of those cutting cable within the preceding year has been trending upward with an increase of nearly 3 percentage points y/y; however this quarter’s survey results mark the first quarter since Q3 2016 to see a slight decrease,” says the report. When asked if they planned to change pay TV providers in the next 6 months, 5.4% of respondents said they planned to cut their pay TV service, 7.7% planned to change providers, 5.8% intended to switch to an online service or app, and 27.5% said … “maybe.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central acquired all 9 seasons of The Office from NBCUniversal, and will launch the Dundler Mifflin crew with an all-day marathon on Monday, January 15. Select episodes will be available to stream on cc.com and the CC app.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA renewed Mr. Robot for season 4. Series creator Sam Esmail shared the good news in Instagram yesterday, saying, “Calm down, everyone. #MrRobot season_4.0 writers’ room is officially open for business.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC tops the list of broadcast networks when it comes to employing Asian-Americans on primetime network TV, scoring an overall grade of “B” from the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition. CBS received a B-, NBC a C+, and Fox an incomplete, for lack of data. “This past season and the current 2017-2018 season are setting new standards for representation, although there were many missed opportunities for inclusion,” said APAMC chairman Daniel Mayeda. “We look forward to working with the networks to continue to elevate the presence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in all categories, with a particular emphasis on shows on which we are able to tell our own stories by having leading roles.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Network and mitu, the digital brand for Latino millennials, are teaming to develop a sketch comedy series, Browntown.  Mitu co-founders Doug Greiff and Beatriz Acevedo will exec produce the series, based on a format Greiff created featuring a multicultural cast of emerging comics, improv actors, influencers and celebrity cameos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of Animal Planet’s The Vet Life bows Saturday, January 13 at 10p. The premiere follows the Cy-Fair Animal Hospital reopening after Hurricane Harvey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cody Harris and Chris “Booger” Brown are back in the saddle for season 2 of INSP reality show The Cowboy Way: Alabama, launching Thursday, January 4 at 8p. And this time around, their wives are along for the ride.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NFL Football Fanatic kicks off with back-to-back episodes on USA Network Monday, January 1 at 11p. Eight-parter follows Scottish-born Darren McMullen as he crosses the country delving into the culture of the NFL fan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vibrant TV renewed World of Freesports with German producer/distributor quattro media. Series offers action sports like surfing, snowboarding, climbing and kayaking.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network will start the new year with the series premiere of Unikitty! on Monday, January 1 at 6a; 6 episodes will rotate throughout the day. New episodes then air Fridays at 6:30p, after premiere episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball and We Bare Bears at 6p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s Murder Is Forever, a 6-part true crime series based on upcoming paperbacks from best-selling author James Patterson, makes its debut Monday, January 22 at 10p. “My goal for both the books and television show was to create a groundbreaking series that shatters the true crime mold and attracts the widest possible audience,” said Patterson. “These stories won’t disappoint readers or viewers – and they’ll be shocked that they actually happened.” Henry Schleiff, group president of ID, AHC and Destination America, said readers and viewers “will no doubt agree that truth is stranger than fiction.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lip Sync Battle is going live on Thursday, January 18 at 9p, for a one-hour special event celebrating some of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. Show will air on Paramount Network (by then formerly Spike TV).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Romantic adventure film The Rendezvous, starring Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) makes its TV debut on Showtime Saturday, December 16 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of Nat Geo’s The Long Road Home airs Tuesday, December 19 at 10p, followed by a companion documentary spotlighting Jorge Diaz, who plays Spc. Israel Garza in the event series based on the Martha Raddatz best-seller. The Long Road Home relives a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War, when the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ambushed in Baghdad on what came to be known as “Black Sunday.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Red Nose Day is returning to NBC with a special night of programming on Thursday, May 24, with partners Walgreens, M&M’s and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation onboard. Since its launch in 2015, Red Nose Day in the U.S. has raised over $100 million to help children in need.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Designated Survivor makes its midseason 2 return on Wednesday, February 28 at 10p. Winter finale aired last night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Colton Haynes will reprise his role on CW’s Arrow as Roy Harper for a short arc… Abby Miller (The Sinners) will recur and Bruce Davison (The Fosters) guest star on season 2 of Bravo’s Imposters….SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210) will guest on CBS NCIS as the mother of a high school student who witnessed a crime….Jon Fletcher (Genius) landed a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming thriller Reverie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Megyn Kelly’s 9a hour of Today on Monday had its fourth-best rated day since premiering in June, despite a pre-emption in New York for the subway bombing. Kelly’s show featured 3 of the women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment or assault.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National TV news keeps growing, up 5% in Nielsen Live+SD viewing among total viewers versus year-ago. According to Pivotal Research Group, the boost is driven by cable’s Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, which account for 15% of the rise. The big three broadcast nets are down 8% – pretty impressive considering 2016 was a (very news-worthy) election year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among cable news nets, Fox News averaged 2.4 million viewers in primetime and 1.5 million in total day, earning its highest-rated year in network history on a 24-hour basis in total viewers, topping the field in primetime in viewers and A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network delivered its highest-rated year since launch, up 27% in Business Day total viewers (to 195,000) and 14% among A25-54 (25,000), versus 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Soon-to-be Alabama Senator Doug Jones wasn’t the only big winner Tuesday night. CNN delivered 1.15 million viewers among A25-54 from 8-10p, versus 809,000 for Fox News and 808,000 for MSNBC. In total viewers Fox News was on top, drawing 3.55 million viewers opposite MSNBC (3.15 million) and CNN (2.76 million).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sweet news for Food Network: The net’s Holiday Baking Championship posted a .8 A25-54 rating on Monday night, while its Candy Cane Sugar House video generated another 980,000 views on Monday, for a total of 5.7 million views.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
M. Butterfly with Clive Owen is closing on Sunday December 17, 2017
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/M-Butterfly/