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Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
The Opposition's Jordan Klepper to host his Thursday show from a living room with gun-control activists
The Comedy Central host will do his show from a private residence in Bethesda, Maryland, where gun-control activists will be gathered for Saturday's March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
60 Minutes to focus on Parkland students
Sunday's edition of the CBS newsmagazine will devote two segments to the Florida school shooting, focusing on the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their parents.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom networks went dark for 17 minutes to support of National Walkout Day against gun violence
Both MTV and Comedy Central changed their logos to orange, the color that connotes gun violence awareness in support of the student walkouts.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Heathers movie screenwriter: It was a mistake to delay the Heathers TV series due to Parkland
“I think they made a mistake pushing the show back because of the Parkland shooting,” said Daniel Waters, who wrote the 1988 cult film but has no involvement on the Paramount Network TV series. “When it comes to dark comedy, you just have to throw it out there and have people chew on it and argue about it.”
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
Parents Television Council wants President Trump to push broadcast TV networks to cut down on violent content
The president pointed the finger at video games and movies in a meeting about gun violence in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting, but the conservative Parents TV Council wants that conversation expanded to network television. “Every single broadcast TV network rate shows with graphic violence and gun violence as appropriate for children – clear evidence that the entertainment industry contributes to marketing a culture of violence to children," said PTC president Tim Winter.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
Modern Family cast members film a video supporting Parkland high school students and slamming the NRA
Watch the video the cast made to promote March For Our Lives on March 24.
Posted Sunday 3/04/18 at 2:12PM EST
SNL usually shies away from parodying tragedy, but not when it came to President Trump and Parkland
"Saturday Night Live usually responds to a national tragedy by eschewing comedy. Usually, it has no choice," says Avi Selk. "...But when SNL returned to the air this weekend after a month-long hiatus during which the country’s worst high school shooting massacre occurred, the show used President Trump to bridge the gap between the tragic and the ridiculous."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Why postponing Heathers is a mistake: "There will always be another mass shooting"
The Florida school shooting that Paramount Network cited today in delaying the Heathers TV series from its March 7 premiere didn't stop the cable channel from releasing the pilot online one week after the massacre. Still, subsequent episodes plan to tackle gun violence. "But even if we take the network’s statement at face value," says Marissa Martinelli, "it is still making a mistake to postpone the series, because the way things stand, there will never be a right time to air an episode about gun violence. Networks have been doing this dance for ages—Buffy the Vampire Slayer put off an episode involving a 'schoolyard massacre' a week after Columbine in 1999—but it’s a very silly dance to do. Guns kill more than 15,000 Americans each year, and in 2018 alone, there have been 35 mass shootings. It’s not even March yet. At that rate, unless lawmakers take meaningful, drastic action, there is simply no reason to believe that there won’t be another mass shooting, and another reason to postpone Heathers again, in April or June or December or whenever they decide the time is right. "
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Heathers TV series delayed in wake of the Florida school shooting
The pitch-black comedy based on the 1988 cult film was originally scheduled to premiere March 7, three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting. A new premiere date hasn't been announced. “Paramount Network’s original series Heather is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence,” Paramount Network said in a statement. “While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year.” The show's pilot episode was made available on iTunes and on demand last week.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Bill Maher to welcome two Parkland high school students
David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, two of the highest-profile Florida school shooting survivors, are scheduled to appear on Real Time on Friday.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 12:25AM EST
Amazon children's show creator: I was told to tone down my politics on Twitter
Danger & Eggs creator Shadi Petosky brought up Amazon's warning in recently trying to get the company to drop the National Rifle Association's NRATV from its streaming service. "They said that I needed to tone it down, that I needed to watch it," she said. "It wasn't becoming of someone running one of their shows." Amazon Studios declined comment.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 12:25AM EST
Father of Florida school shooting survivor admits to altering CNN email exchange
Glenn Haab and his son Colton accused CNN of scripting a proposed question for last week's town hall. But an email he supplied differed from CNN's email, and metadata showed that he was the last person to edit the exchange. The father's admission prompted CNN's biggest critics at Fox News, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, to issue a correction.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
Jimmy Fallon says he'll march with Florida school shooting survivors in Washington, D.C.
The normally apolitical Tonight Show host praised the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in his first full show back since the Feb. 14 massacre, saying he, his wife and two daughters will march with them to advocate for school safety and gun control. "They are speaking out with more guts, passion, conviction and common sense than most adults," Fallon said. "They are high school students. It's beyond impressive. That strength that they have is inspiring. They are angry, and they're doing something about it, and creating change. This is a real revolution."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
CNN's town hall format is the cable news network at its best -- and worst
"There’s a reason CNN has latched onto the town hall format in the wake of Trump’s victory: They allow the network to continue to portray itself as the fundamentally rational center of American politics," says By Todd VanDerWerff. "And, honestly, if that’s how CNN sees itself, then it could do worse than setting up town hall events. Sometimes, they’re riveting, and they’re always at least interesting. They also allow for a wider variety of political viewpoints than you might hear on other news programs, which stack their rosters with talking point-enabled pundits." But VanDerWerrff adds that "I sometimes wonder if CNN hasn’t ultimately outwitted itself with these town halls" because they make it easy for Fox News to question whether the participants are actually genuine, like the mini-scandal over "scripted" questions -- which CNN blamed a "doctored" email for helping fuel.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
The Blacklist's Megan Boone vows that her FBI character will "never carry an assault rifle again"
The NBC star's tweet this morning drew mixed responses, with some saying she should separate real-life from her fictional FBI character. Boone, who grew up in Florida, tweeted: "Liz Keen will never carry an assault rifle again and I am deeply sorry for participating in glorifying them in the past. Yours, girl from Florida." As TV Line's Andy Swift notes, Boone's character usually uses a handgun, though she has "on occasion" used more firepower, including an AK-47.