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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
David and Lauren Hogg recall the Parkland school shooting on The Tonight Show
The siblings visited Jimmy Fallon two weeks after he delivered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School commencement speech to promote their new book #NeverAgain, described as a manifesto of their movement to change gun laws. They said all proceeds of their book will go to charity and taxes.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
Parkland high activists David Hogg and Lauren Hogg to visit The Tonight Show
The siblings' visit on Tuesday comes two weeks after Jimmy Fallon gave the commencement address at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's graduation ceremony. They are promoting their new book #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line, which will be released on Tuesday.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Paramount Network pulls the plug on the Heathers reboot before its premiere
One month ago today, Paramount Network announced a new July 10 premiere date for Heathers after its original premiere was delayed due to the Parkland school shooting. But in wake of the Santa Fe high school shooting, Paramount Network decided to scrap that premiere date. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Network has decided not to air the controversial high school series altogether -- even though Season 2, which would've featured a whole new cast, is almost completely written. Viacom decided that after going dark on its cable channels for 17 minutes in support of Parkland school shooting victims and survivors, airing Heathers would've been contradictory to its values. "This is a high school show, we're blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it's a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It's hitting on so many hot topics," said Keith Cox, Paramount Network president of development and production. "This company can't be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we've done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we're putting on a show that we're not comfortable with." There are plans to shop the series elsewhere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast and crew was notified of the decision today and that "multiple cast members are relieved that the series will not currently air."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood pioneered speaking to kids about gun violence 50 years ago
Fred Rogers helped kids cope with the death of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968. Rogers' public television show was only four months old at the time.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel addresses the Santa Fe High School shooting in a cold open to his show
Kimmel somberly addressed the Santa Fe shooting separately from his show in a three-minute cold open Friday night, airing before his usual Jimmy Kimmel Live! opening credits and possibly filmed without his studio audience. Kimmel later referenced the Santa Fe shooting in his monologue, so Friday's show wasn't pre-taped before the tragedy. (Kimmel doesn't usually tape on Fridays, but he did a special Friday show because he was away for ABC's upfronts in New York City on Monday and Tuesday.) “Once again our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers,” said Kimmel said. “President Trump said he is ‘with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever’ — except for when it comes time to do something, then he will not be with them — and neither will any of the Congresspeople or governors who don’t ever do anything because they’re fearful that it will hurt them politically.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Santa Fe High School shooting showed how TV news has become accustomed to covering mass shootings
"The increase in the number of mass shootings has resulted in a kind of template for covering such a horrifying tragedy," says Cynthia Littleton. "Interviews with shaken students and grieving parents, a rush to find biographical details about the suspected shooter and discussions with angry activists railing about the lack of curbs on the availability of guns and ammunition have become a chilling staple of TV."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 6:17PM EDT
Netflix cancels 13 Reasons Why premiere event after Santa Fe High School shooting
Season 2 of the teen Netflix series, which premiered today, includes a storyline on a thwarted school shooting. Netflix decided to cancel an event tonight celebrating the Season 2 premiere after a 17-year-old allegedly opened fire this morning at a high school in southeast Texas, killing nine students and one teacher. "Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence. In light of today's tragedy, we are canceling the 13 Reasons Why S2 premiere event tonight," said Netflix in a statement. Season 1 of the controversial series set up a few threads revolving around gun violence that were to be continued in Season 2.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
Christina Grimmie's family releases a new song of hers in honor of Mother's Day
The late alum of The Voice, who was shot and killed in June 2016, recorded the song "Little Girl" in honor of her mother.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
CBS NFL analyst regrets posting a photo of him holding a gun with his daughter and her prom date
Retired longtime NFL kicker Jay Feely, who works as an NFL sideline reporter and color analyst for CBS Sports, tweeted "I was joking." But in wake of the Florida school shooting, the joke was seen as being in poor taste.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Freeform to air a documentary on the Parkland school shooting's aftermath
ABC's Nightline and Freeform are teaming on For Our Lives: Parkland, a documentary on the student survivors of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School school shooting. The one-hour special airs on Freeform on April 30.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Apple CEO Tim Cook defends NRA TV's availablility on Apple TV
“I don’t even think they represent their members well, right, from the people that I know from my heritage in the South and so forth,” the Alabama-born Cook said of the NRA during an MSNBC forum. “But their point of view, along with the alternate point of view, I think it’s actually important for the public to hear that, and I wish it could be done in a not vitriolic tone and the – all of the accusation and personal attack that is on there. I don’t subscribe to any of that at all.”
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Two gun violence TV documentaries inspired by the Parkland are in the works
Blumhouse Television is partnering with Time magazine on The Walkout and Enough. The Walkout will look at the student activism following the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, while Enough will examine the past 20 years of gun violence in schools.
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Millie Bobby Brown and John Cena salute March for Our Lives at Kids' Choice Awards
Stranger Things star Brown honored Saturday's march against gun violence by wearing a jean jacket displaying the names of the Parkland victims. “The March for Our Lives demonstrations that took place all over the world today have inspired me and it impacted us all in one way or another," she said while accepting the award for Favorite TV Actress. "I’m fortunate to be here tonight to receive an award as an actor. I’m so very grateful and I appreciate the love and support of my fans and the opportunity that our show, Stranger Things, has created for me. More than anything, I get to be up here and I’m privileged to have a voice that can be heard, one that I can hopefully use to make a positive difference, and help influence change." In his opening monologue, John Cena also expressed support for March for Our Lives. “Kids everywhere have already made it an amazing day,” Cena said in his opening monologue. “So I just want to take a moment to celebrate what kids across the nation accomplished today. From Washington DC, Florida, even here in Los Angeles, all over the country, all over the world, kids made their voice heard with the incredible March for our Lives. And it all happened because you want to make the world a better place.
# TOPICS: March For Our Lives, Nickelodeon, NRATV, Kids’ Choice Awards, Parks and Recreation, Stranger Things, Chris Matthews, Jimmy Fallon, John Cena, Millie Bobby Brown, Award Shows, Gun Violence, Parkland School Shooting
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Buffy's Joss Whedon and Degrassi creators talk about how they'd portray gun violence in schools following Parkland
Whedon, who's attending March for Our Lives on Saturday, recalls Buffy the Vampire Slayer being pulled in wake of the Columbine shooting. If he was doing a school shooting story today, he says he'd emphasize respect for the gravity of the situation. “If you're in the head of a person who's trapped in a classroom, if you don't let genre tropes outweigh the physical and mental experience of the people you're filming, then you have a shot at saying something useful," he says. Adds DeGrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler, who has depicted school shootings, most famously with Drake: “We do not want to glorify things, and we don't want to sensationalize them."
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Samantha Bee is repurposing her Women's March bus for March for Our Lives
"Feel free to take whatever we left on the bus when we went to the Women's March: lightly used p*ssy hats, old pizza, two writers, take it," Bee joked on Full Frontal. She then asked teens to promise not to tell their parents she used the word "p*ssy."