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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Clifford the Big Red Dog is being rebooted
Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids are launching a "reimagined" version of the animated kids' show in 2019. The new version will feature a new design and new location, with a strong emphasis on social-emotional skills such as empathy.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
PBS' Little Women takes its time to be worth watching
Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson and Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's 19-year-old daughter Maya Hawke star in the two-part Masterpiece adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, premiering Sunday. Little Women, says Hank Stuever, "feels a little weak at the outset, with the story streamlined by Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas’s screenplay and arranged by director Vanessa Caswill in such a prettified way that it looks more like a Little Women Instagram feed than a timely interpretation. It’s gorgeous in high-def — the camera lingers over fuzzy kittens, frozen ponds, blooming flowers and billowing linens in the sunshine — but also empty and perfunctory. The performances, however, rise to the novel’s reputation." ALSO: Angela Lansbury towers over the solid cast.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Christiane Amanpour will host a new PBS late-night show, Amanpour & Company, to replace Charlie Rose
Premiering in July, Amanpour & Company will replace PBS' simulcast of Amanpour's CNN International program, Amanpour, which had been running as interim replacement since Rose was fired from PBS following his sexual harassment scandal late last year. Amanpour & Company will be hosted by Amanpour in London with a rotating group of contributors. Amanpour will continue hosting her CNN International show.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CBS and Charlie Rose sued by three former staffers for sexual harassment
Former CBS News broadcast associate Katherine Brooks Harris, ex-news associate Yuqing "Chelsea" Wei and Rose's former executive assistant Sydney McNeal -- who were all cited in Thursday's Washington Post story on Rose -- have filed a lawsuit against CBS News and the disgraced former CBS This Morning anchor. All three women allege that Rose berated and intimidated them, boasted about his sexual conquests and encouraged them to share their sexual experiences, according to TMZ. They all say that Rose would repeatedly caress and touch their bodies. Wei said Rose would refer to her as "China Doll" and that he once called her a "f*cking idiot." Harris and McNeal say Rose fired them after The Washington Post's bombshell story last November that resulted in his firing. ALSO: Former Charlie Rose intern writes in detail of his "narcissism, temper, and licentiousness."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
A Charlie Rose #MeToo redemption show sounds absurd, but don't be shocked if it ever does happen
The overwhelming response to last week's Page Six story is that "this would NEVER, EVER happen," says Matthew Gilbert. But he says in an era where O.J. Simpson's If I Did It is a possibility, anything can happen. "I can just see some producer putting together a low-budget affair starring Rose and streaming it through Rose’s website, perhaps, or a site with a less obvious stigma," says Gilbert. "I can see people watching it, especially those who find the #MeToo movement to be an expression of liberal political correctness, those who feel that women shouldn’t be so sensitive and difficult. I can see the show developing a loyal following, just as off-kilter sites such as Alex Jones’s InfoWars have. It’s hard to believe Charlie Rose’s Bathrobe Confessions would ever come into existence. But I remember the disbelief I felt in the late 1990s, when I first heard about an upcoming TV series where — oh my God — they actually leave a group of people in the wild to see if they can survive."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Charlie Rose's alleged sexual misconduct was widespread at CBS News; 27 new women come forward
The Washington Post, which reported first reported on Rose's sexual harassment allegations at PBS last November, has learned that the former CBS This Morning co-anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent also allegedly sexually harassed many female staffers at CBS News. CBS News managers received complaints about Rose's behavior as early as 1986 and as late as April 2017. The Post spoke to 14 CBS News employees who accuse Rose of sexual harassment and 13 women who worked with him elsewhere. The new allegations date back to 1976, when a former research assistant at NBC News' Washington bureau says Rose exposed his penis to her and touched her breasts. Meanwhile, at CBS News, "some women who said they were harassed said they feared reporting the violations to executives, whom they viewed as prioritizing the careers of male stars," report Amy Brittain and Irin Carmon, who broke the first Charlie Rose story. In all, three CBS managers were warned over a 30-year period of Rose's behavior. When asked to respond to the new allegations, Rose sent a one-sentence email: “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.” CBS News issued a statement in response to The Post's article: “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work. Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior. That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.” ALSO: Gayle King responds on CBS This Morning: "I have a very bad case of deja vu, I have to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I don't know what to say about this."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
BBC picks up Poldark for Season 5
Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson announced the pickup of the historical drama that airs on PBS' Masterpiece in a video on the show's official Twitter account.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
PBS' Civilizations is an epic art history lesson
The nine-episode BBC-produced follow-up to David Attenborough's 1969 documentary series Civilisation kicks off tonight asking the question: “Why did humans develop the urge to make art?”
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Charlie Rose described as "broken" and "desperately lonely" since his sexual harassment scandal
The Hollywood Reporter describes how Rose was completely ignored last week and had to keep his head down while visiting a popular New York City restaurant. "Dressed in a dark suit, Rose projected dishevelment: his hair messy, his notebook's pages askew, his gait shuffling," writes James Oliver Cury. A source says of Rose's current state: "He's a broken, powerful, old man surrounded by people who love him, but the truth is, he is desperately lonely." ALSO: The Hollywood Reporter criticized for giving Rose the "sob stories" treatment.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Grantchester renewed for Season 4 -- James Norton's final season
The actor will exit his PBS and ITV role starring as a jazz-loving, crime-solving vicar as he turns his attention to McMafia. Norton is also said to be a contender to be the next James Bond.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will host NBC's Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan
The one-hour documentary special, airing May 16, will "lift the curtain on the most talked-about nuptials of the year." ALSO: PBS announces a five-night Royal Wedding Watch.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
PBS' P.O.V.'s 31st season will kick off with a documentary on Bill Nye: The Science Guy
The PBS documentary series will also tackle Dark Money and give voice to the workers behind the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
John Stamos to return as host of A Capitol Fourth
The Fuller House star will host the PBS Fourth of July special for the second year in a row.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Report: CBS executives are "freaking out" over an upcoming Charlie Rose bombshell story
Page Six reports that The Washington Post, which broke the story of Rose's PBS sexual harassment scandal, has been spending months on a new story about Rose's alleged sexual misconduct at CBS. It was The Washington Post's story that resulted in Rose's immediate ouster from both his PBS and CBS jobs. "CBS has been using NDAs to try and suppress potential sources for an upcoming exposé about Charlie Rose’s sexual misconduct," reports Page Six. "And top network execs who worked on Rose’s shows are panicking that they’ll be accused of turning a blind eye to his sexual misconduct." Page Six notes that Late Show with Stephen Colbert executive producer Chris Licht is among the execs who are "terrified" over the looming report. Licht was previously CBS This Morning's executive producer. CBS News is also being accused of hypocrisy for using non-disclosure agreements to try to silence potential sources, while framing Stormy Daniels as brave for attempting to break her NDA on 60 Minutes.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Sesame Street theme park is the first to receive a certification for autism and awareness training
Sesame Place staffers have been trained to interact with children with autism. The park also has quiet rooms for kids with sensory processing disorders.