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Discovery Communications paid $70 million for an additional 24.5% stake in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, increasing its stake from 50% to over 70%. Winfrey will continue as CEO, with her exclusivity commitment to the network extended through 2025. “Ten years ago, Oprah and I began to imagine what a network, inspired by her vision and values, could mean to viewers across the U.S.,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery. “In an increasingly crowded landscape, OWN has emerged as the leading destination for African-American women and one of the strongest superfan brands across all screens and services.” Wall Street approved – Discovery stock rose over 7% yesterday.
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The Murdoch family is considering offers to buy parts of 21st Century Fox and will make a decision one way or another by the end of the year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Among those interested in a possible deal are the Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Verizon and Sony. Reportedly left out of a sale would be Fox broadcast network, Fox’s sports programming, Fox News and Fox Business Network.
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One of the 6 women known to have reached settlements over sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly is suing O’Reilly and Fox News for defamation and breach of contract. While O’Reilly claimed the harassment allegations that eventually led to his firing were baseless, in her lawsuit Rachel Witlieb Bernstein says she was mistreated, forced out of her job and paid off because of O’Reilly’s mistreatment. “Knowing Ms. Bernstein and Mr. O’Reilly’s other victims are afraid to speak out because he and Fox forced them to sign nondisclosure agreements, O’Reilly and Fox have made false and disparaging claims,” said one of Bernstein’s lawyers, Neil Mullin, in a statement. “They should release all victims from their NDAs and let the truth out.”
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Meanwhile, at MSNBC, it appears a tasteless now-deleted tweet from 2009 might have cost contributor Sam Seder a new contract. The tweet, in which Seder joked about Roman Polanski raping his daughter, was brought to light last month by pro-Trump journalist Mike Cernovich, and according to TheWrap played into the news net’s decision to cut Seder loose. Last week on his podcast, Seder accused Cernovich of “willful misinterpretation” of a tweet that was satirical, and a smear campaign aimed at silencing his criticism of Roy Moore.
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The Wright Stuff: House of Cards will be back for a sixth and final season with Robin Wright, and without Kevin Spacey, said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference on Monday. Production has been on hiatus since October, when Spacey was accused of sexual harassment. Sarandos said filming will resume in 2018. The upcoming season will have 8 episodes, versus 13 for previous seasons.
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Also at the UBS event, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack said the broadcast business is “entering a period of growth and prosperity.” Poltrack noted that CBS and its affiliates have 1.2 trillion impressions, “and we’re not even close to monetizing that.” And overlooked, said Poltrack, is the success of OTT service CBS All Access: While people tend to focus on advertising, “If it were in isolation, you’d say, ‘Wow, this is one of the hottest businesses out there.”
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Voting for the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards will for the first time be open to the public. Viewers will be able to make their voices heard in 36 categories spanning film, TV and music, for awards presented on TV One on Monday, January 15 at 9p. In previous years, winners were selected by members of the NAACP.
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GSN has licensed seasons 14 and 15 of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The show will air weekdays at 3p and 3:30p, beginning Monday, December 18. On Sunday, December 24, fans can do last-minute gift wrapping during a stacked marathon of the game show from 9a-2p.
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Fox News contributor Gillian Turner has been upped to news correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. Turner joined the news net in 2014.
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USA renewed Shooter for season 3. Season 2 was cut to 8 episodes from 10 when star Ryan Phillippe broke his leg; the finale aired September 5. Season 3 will be loosely based on the second book in Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series.
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Something old, something new: The 90th Oscars ceremony will begin at 8p, a half-hour earlier than previous telecasts, on Sunday, March 4 on ABC. Pre-show starts at 6:30p.
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Kirsten Bell will host the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 21. It will be the first time the ceremony has had an emcee. “This has been a year in which assumptions have been challenged, stereotypes have been shattered, and precedents have been broken,” said exec producer Kathy Connell. “We decided to capture the cultural mood by casting aside one of our own traditions.” As for Bell, she’s “a little nervous,” admitted the Good Place star. Awards show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8p.
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The Nanny is coming to Cozi TV next year, starting with a 9a-8p marathon of the Fran Drescher sitcom on January 1. The show’s regular weekday slots will be 10a, 7p and 12a (check local listings).
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The 40th Annual Kennedy Centers Honors will air on CBS Tuesday, December 26 at 9p, celebrating the achievements of Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Carmen de Lavallade and Lionel Richie. The ceremony took place Sunday, December 3. President Trump was a no-show; the White House announced in August it was canceling the traditional reception and Trump would pass on the awards after Lear and Lavallade said they planned to boycott the presidential meeting. “I’m thankful he chose not to come,” said Estefan on the red carpet. “All it does is overshadow the accomplishments of people who spent a lifetime trying to do something.” Richie was just excited about the company he found himself in, saying, “I’m graduating in a class with Norman Lear, excuse me!”
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Spanish-language cable net Universo is airing one-hour special Remembering Jenni, Our Mom, focused on the life of late superstar singer Jenni Rivera. The cast of The Riveras share memorable moments and stories about their mother on Saturday, December 9 at 7p. A 4-hour marathon of I Love Jenni will precede the special.
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Kristen Wiig will go Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, December 21 at 8p on Bravo. The SNL alum recounts how she created characters like “Aunt Linda” and “Sue the Surprise Lady.”
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Docu-series The Trade will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and launch on Showtime Friday, February 2 at 9p. The 5-part follow-up to Cartel Land, directed and exec produced by Matthew Heineman and exec produced by Morgan Spurlock, focuses on the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement officers caught in the opioid epidemic.
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Food network’s live, multi-platform Cookie Party has a new time: Friday, December 8 at 10:30a. The holiday stunt kicks off with Food Network live on Facebook with Food Network Kitchen Office Hours – Cookie Edition.
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The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on Sunday delivered 15.2 million total viewers and 1.5 among A18-49 for CBS, according to Nielsen. It was the largest audience for an entertainment/non-sports special since the Oscars in February. NBC Sunday Night Football won the night with 16.2 million viewers and 5.2 in the demo.
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The season 2 finale of Univision’s El Chapo delivered 1.3 million total viewers 2+ and 611,000 among A18-49, and reached 3.6 million viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the 2-hour broadcast.
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