Parkland School ShootingLatest News and Opinion
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 Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
ESPY Awards to pay tribute to the coaches who died in the Parkland school shooting
The Best Coach Award will be presented posthumously to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon at the July 18 ceremony.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban were perfect hosts for the Tonys with their infectious energy
"Bareilles and Groban were great anchors throughout the evening, popping up every so often to provide a sense of continuity without eating up too much screentime," says Caroline Siede. "They made fun of their particular musical niches (music you’d hear in a Starbucks, songs you’d put on a mixtape labeled 'emotional'), and delightfully underplayed the visual gag of appearing in each other’s most recent Broadway costumes. Not everything they did worked (their Sia-themed lament about Broadway’s grueling schedule felt a little undercooked), but kudos to Bareilles for earning one of the biggest laughs of the night just by acknowledging a technical timing snafu."
- Bareilles and Groban were just the right palette cleanser after Kevin Spacey hosted last year
- Barreilles and Groban kicked off the ceremony with an ode to the "losers"
- Watch the Parkland school shooting survivors give an emotional performance of "Season of Love"
- Tina Fey was perhaps the night's biggest snub of the night after CBS moved her category to primetime
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Jimmy Fallon surprised Parkland high school students' as their commencement speaker
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School doesn't normally have guest graduation speakers, but a teacher lobbied to get Fallon to visit -- and keep it a secret. The Tonight Show host, who is in the middle of a two-week hiatus from his show, thanked the students for leading the movement for gun control in the wake of their Feb. 14 massacre. “The first thing is this: when something feels hard, remember that it gets better," said Fallon, who encouraged his viewers in March to participate in March for Our Lives. "Choose to move forward. Don’t let anything stop you.”
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 Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Tony Awards to honor Parkland high school drama teacher who hid with 65 of her students
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld will be honored by the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theatre Education at the June 10 ceremony. She will receive $10,000 and tickets to the Tonys after guiding her students to a performance of the song "Shine" during CNN's town hall on the Parkland shooting.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Kelly Clarkson opened the Billboard Music Awards with a "moment of action" for the Santa Fe High shooting victims
“I’m so sick of moments of silence, it’s not working, obviously,” she said in a cold open to the official show. “Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible.”
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Nightline is trying to establish itself as a brand, not just as a late-night news program
Nightline's brand will be showcased in primetime tonight with a Parkland school shooting documentary on Freeform, titled For Our Lives: Parkland. “Nightline is more than just a time slot,” says executive producer Steven Baker. “This is a brand that tells stories, no matter where it is seen.”
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 Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Fox News says Laura Ingraham will return next Monday after losing advertisers in Parkland teen controversy
"We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts," Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy said as The Ingraham Angle host takes this week off following the backlash and advertiser boycott over her tweet mocking Parkland teenager David Hogg. "We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children." ALSO: Ingraham lost five of her Top 20 advertisers last week.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
After threats of an advertiser boycott, Laura Ingraham apologizes for taunting a Parkland shooting survivor
The Fox News host tweeted "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it" after Hogg revealed he was rejected by four University of California schools. Hogg later responded by urging his followers to boycott her advertisers. On Thursday, Ingraham tweeted: “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland." ALSO: Some advertisers began pulling ads from The Ingraham Angle.
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 Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Kids' Choice Awards got political, but that shouldn't be surprising
This year's ceremony got political by honoring participants in March for Our Lives. "While that might surprise adults who don’t pay attention to kid-centric programming," says Emily Yahr, "Nickelodeon’s parent company Viacom (other channels include MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, Comedy Central and TV Land) has made an effort to emphasize politics since MTV’s early Rock the Vote days, and particularly in the last month since the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Two weeks ago, multiple Viacom channels went dark during the national school walkout over gun violence. This weekend, MTV joined with the NAACP to pay for buses to take teens to the march in Washington."