Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:23PM EST
ABC shakeup: Entertainment president Channing Dungey is leaving
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dungey, who became the first African American to lead a broadcast network in February 2016 but is most famous for firing Roseanne Barr earlier this year, is exiting her job amid an influx of Fox executives from the Disney-Fox merger. Dungey will be replaced by Freeform head of originals Karey Burke. Dungey has been working for ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment for 14 years. Dungey became ABC Entertainment president after developing hits like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder as ABC's head of drama development. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Dungey "leaves ABC in better standing than when she took the reins, care of added hits including The Good Doctor. Still, the last few months haven’t exactly been great for the network. The Barr-free follow-up to Roseanne, The Conners, is pulling a fraction of the original series’ ratings, and after the seismic blow of (Shonda) Rhimes leaving ABC Studios for Netflix in 2017, fellow network darling (Kenya) Barris followed suit over the summer. Both showrunners maintain affection for and close ties to Dungey." Burke has overseen breakout shows at Freeform including The Bold Type, Grown-ish and Marvel's Cloak and Dagger. "I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed," Dungey said in a statement. "This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges." As TVLine notes, "the move means that four of TV’s broadcast networks have replaced their top executives just in the past three months: NBC’s Robert Greenblatt stepped down in September, Fox named Charlie Collier to replace Gary Newman last month, and CBS’ Les Moonves was fired after a series of sexual harassment allegations."
President Trump has a warning for Jim Acosta: "If he misbehaves, we'll throw him out"
Source: The Daily Beast
“It’s fine, it’s not a big deal,” the president said at first when Chris Wallace asked about a federal judge ruling in favor of CNN in their Fox News Sunday interview, airing Sunday. But in his next breath, the president seemed to threaten Acosta, saying: “If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out. Or we’ll stop the news conference.”
Fox developing an animated comedy about "immigrant refugee" birds
Buffalo Wings revolves around two Canadian brother birds who do not fly south with the rest of their flock. Per The Wrap, "when their hypothesis proves wrong and they almost freeze to death, they must take refuge in Buffalo, New York, where they begin to live life as immigrant refugees. The series explores what it is to be a refugee and to fall in love with this country while pursuing the 'American Dream' from every possible angle."
The Criterion Channel to succeed Filmstruck
Source: The A.V. Club
It's not clear how similar The Criterion Channel streaming service, launching next year, will be to Filmstruck, which was a partnership between Turner Classic Movies and Criterion. According to a press release, "the Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries."
Young Justice gets a Season 3 premiere date
DC Universe announced, via a teaser, that after five long years, Young Justice will return with its Outsiders season on Jan. 4.
Susan Boyle will be back for America's Got Talent: The Champions
Source: USA Today
The golden-voiced Scottish singer, who went viral when she wowed judges with her 2009 Britain's Got Talent performance, is one of the 50 fan-favorite Got Talent acts from around the world competing on the America's Got Talent spinoff.
FX developing cult crime drama Piety from Noah Hawley
The Fargo creator is teaming with writer Wes Brown on a "character-driven crime story set in and around a cult in the American West."
- ABC shakeup: Entertainment president Channing Dungey is leaving