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Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 4:06PM EDT
BET cancels The Rundown with Robin Thede after one season
Thede, the former head writer for Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show, received rave reviews with the launch of her BET late-night show last October. "But the lack of renewal news after the show wrapped its initial 24-episode run in April was a sign that BET was wavering on a second season," reports Variety. Thede, the only black late-night talk show host, said of BET's decision: “I’m thankful that BET took a chance on me and the show,” Thede told Variety. “I’m already in development on several other projects and I’m looking forward to hosting the TCA Awards on August 4.” ALSO: Thede tweets thanks to "all of YOU. Except Ben Carson."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Jerry O'Connell to host an Andy Cohen-produced Bravo late-night talk show: Real Men Watch Bravo
Source: Entertainment Weekly
O'Connell and a panel of male celebrities will discuss pop-culture and the latest Bravo moments when it premieres this fall. Bravo says Real Men Watch Bravo will “offer unprecedented access to the male point of view pertaining to all things Bravo and entertainment." O'Connell got to test his talk show-hosting abilities earlier this year when he filled in for an ailing Wendy Williams on The Wendy Williams Show. He was also a contender to join Kelly Ripa as permanent co-host on Live last year.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins and Mekhi Phifer join Apple's Are You Sleeping
The Octavia Spencer-starring Apple drama about true-crime podcasts, which recently added Lizzy Caplan, has tapped former Breaking Bad star Paul to play a convicted murderer whose guilt or innocence has been debated by the public. Perkins will play his mom, while Phifer will take on the role of the longtime friend of Spencer's podcast host character. ALSO: This Is Us' actor Ron Cephas Jones has also joined Are You Sleeping, but will continue to recur on the NBC series.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Smithsonian's "Watching Oprah" exhibit looks like a (deserving) reward for her $21 million donation
Source: The Washington Post
The exhibit honoring Oprah Winfrey at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Friday. And according to Sebastian Smee, the exhibit is "a testament — to Oprah, obviously, and her extraordinary story. But also to the rest of us, black and white, American and otherwise. It’s a testament to our culture’s transformation, to who we have become. Is it strange, perhaps even a little concerning, that a woman who is the biggest single donor to this museum should be treated to an exhibition exclusively about her, and so soon after its opening? You bet it is. It’s not a good look. Yet in the end, it’s hard to argue that Winfrey is undeserving of such an exhibition. She had the highest-rated talk show of all time. It aired all over the world for 25 years. No African American woman — you could persuasively argue no man or woman of any race — has had a bigger effect on the culture at large over the past 30 years."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Scandal's Tony Goldwyn to co-star with Uma Thurman on Netflix's Chambers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In his follow-up role to ABC's Scandal, Goldwyn will play the husband of Thurman's character on the 10-episode Netflix supernatural drama about the recipient of a heart transplant who becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding her new organ -- and begins taking on the sometimes sinister characteristics of her donor. Goldwyn and Thurman will play the parents of the deceased daughter and heart donor. The casting marks a big change for Goldwyn, who will now be working with a 10-episode season instead of the 22-episode broadcast season on Scandal.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Broad City will end with Season 5, as Abbi and Ilana sign a new Comedy Central deal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's final season of Broad City will air in early 2019, more than a year after Season 4. The duo have already signed a first-look deal with Comedy Central, with three projects already in development. Neither Abbi nor Ilana are attached to star in the three potential series. "Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series," they said in a statement. "It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. Broad City’s always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways."
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Showtime to make opioid docuseries The Trade available for free
All five episodes will be available in full on YouTube and Showtime's websites.
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Gov't shutdown takes American Forces Network off air, prompting NFL to scramble to bring Sunday’s games to U.S. troops abroad (UPDATED)
Source: The Washington Post
UPDATE: With six hours to go before kick-off, the Dept of Defense has deemed AFN broadcasts an "essential activity," enabling the airing of the games to servicemembers despite the government shutdown.
(Original story follows below.)
The American Forces Network, the U.S. military’s TV and radio broadcasting service, is usually the only way for American military stationed abroad to watch American television. The shutdown of the AFN means that troops can’t watch Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games on the armed services network. The NFL responded to the shutdown, saying it would provide free access to its streaming service, NFL Game Pass, at USO facilities around the world. "However, not all USO locations – such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan – have high-speed internet needed for the NFL’s steaming service,” reports Stars and Stripes. “Also, servicemembers assigned to ships may not have access to a USO facility.” According to ProFootballTalk, the NFL “has been working on finding ways” for those members of the military who don’t have access to a USO facility. “The NFL is working on alternatives for service members in the event Armed Forces Network is not operational before the start of tomorrow’s championship games,” tweeted NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy.