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Fox News Launches New ‘Specialists’ Show at 5 Pm

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Fox News Channel, working its way to build a new lineup in the wake of the departure of veteran Bill O’Reilly, said it would launch a new program at 5 p.m. featuring three anchors from different backgrounds.

Eric Bolling, Katherine Timpf and Eboni K. Williams will host “The Fox News Specialists,” which will air at 5 p.m. starting May 1. The show fills a slot that had previously housed “The Five,” a panel program that has been moved up to 9 p.m. as part of the changes related to the cancellation of the long-running “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m.

Each night, Bolling, Timpf and Williams will tap two guest experts to talk about the top stories and headlines of the day. .  The daily “specialists” will join the co-hosts to provide unique and unpredictable analysis on the stories trending in America.

“Eric, Katherine and Eboni’s diverse opinions and backgrounds will provide our audience with an »


- Brian Steinberg

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Fox News’ Bill Shine Comes Under Pressure Following Sean Hannity Tweets

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Bill Shine has long been given credit as being a driving force behind Fox News Channel. He was a longtime guiding hand behind veteran anchors like Sean Hannity and Greta van Susteren, and is said to be a key determinant of how the network’s anchors present the issues on air each broadcast day.

But now a series of press stories and fiery tweets from Hannity himself have put Shine in a spotlight he would probably like to avoid.

Sean Hannity, the only remaining Fox News primetime anchor who has ties back to the network’s earliest days, on Thursday used Twitter to vent his frustration about a New York magazine report suggesting that Shine, currently a co-president of Fox News, had sought public support from the Murdoch family, the controlling shareholders of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox. “Somebody High Up And Inside Fnc is trying to get an innocent person fired,” Hannity »


- Brian Steinberg

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MSNBC Sets Nicolle Wallace At 4 Pm Hour

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Nicolle Wallace has made a name for herself at MSNBC as a political analyst who comes with chops hard-won from the George W. Bush administration and the John McCain presidential campaign. Now, she will try to stand out hosting the cable-news outlet’s 4 p.m. hour.

The NBCUniversal-owned outlet said Wallace will help to expand a late-day block that focuses on politics. Her hour is followed by Chuck Todd’s “Mtp Daily,” Greta van Susteren’s “For the Record” and Chris Matthews’ “Hardball.” Wallace is expected to cover political developments and deliver interviews with newsmakers. MSNBC said Steve Kornacki will have presence in the hour, where he has recently held forth.

MSNBC said Wallace will continue to appear frequently on NBC News’ “Today” as a political analyst, and will contribute special reports to the show. She will also serve as a fill-in host for MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.”

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- Brian Steinberg

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‘Vice News Tonight’ Offers Voters’ View of President Trump’s First 100 Days

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When “Vice News Tonight” launches a special 50-minute show at 7:30 this evening dedicated to President Trump’s first 100 days in office, viewers might be surprised to find that the nation’s Commander-in-Chief doesn’t figure very prominently in it.

“You may hear a few of his words. You may see him in the background shot, but you are not going to see a lot of him at all,” says Josh Tyrangiel, executive vice president of content, news at Vice Media and the overseer of its weekday HBO evening news program, “Vice News Tonight,” in an interview. “Our show is about the impact of all that he’s done on people around the world.”

When Vice launched “Vice News Tonight” in October of last year, the company hoped to devise a product that gave a generation that laps up news headlines via social media on a second-by-second basis a good reason to sit down for a daily »


- Brian Steinberg

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Chaos at Fox News: One Week In, Culture Change Is on the Rocks (Column)

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Is this what implosion looks like?

In the week since Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News, the cable news network has struggled to stay on message. The Murdoch family has stated firmly that it is seeking a culture change. But the culture of Fox News seems quite resistant to changing — and the allegations keep piling up. In addition to a network-wide culture of sexual harassment that ended the Fox News careers of both Roger Ailes and O’Reilly, a racial-discrimination lawsuit against comptroller Judith Slater is gaining complainants and is similarly sordid in its details of harassment and employee exploitation. (Among other complaints, the black employees of Fox News allege that they were subjected to arm wrestling white employees for Slater’s amusement.)

But that’s just the legal mess. On-air and in public, the network’s image problem is also a mess. The promised culture change isn’t evident in what the network’s »


- Sonia Saraiya

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NBCUniversal Marketing Machine Starts Its Engine for 2018 Olympics

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It’s only 287 days until the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but nearly 100 of the U.S. team’s top athletes have come together this week, from gold-medalist skier Lindsey Vonn to ice-skating phenom Ashley Wagner to snowboarding legend Shaun White.

But they’re not at the site of the 2018 Games, Pyeongchang, South Korea; they’ve assembled at a Los Angeles production facility. And though it’s a sunny spring day, they are surrounded indoors by snow, albeit the kind of faux flakes made of paper that are pumped into the air in order to evoke the winter wonderland in which they’ll assemble again less than 10 months from now.

Though this is not the actual Olympics, think of what NBCUniversal and the U.S. Olympic Committee have assembled here as a decathlon of a different kind: a gauntlet of 20 different promotional shoots primarily intended to service the vast array of programs and platforms where these »


- Andrew Wallenstein

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Netflix to Unleash Second German Original Production ‘Dogs of Berlin’

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Netflix has commissioned its second German production with “Dogs of Berlin,” created by writer-director Christian Alvart. The 10-part show will see Alvart serve as showrunner as well as writing, directing and producing all episodes through his Berlin-based production company Syrreal Entertainment.

Described by Netflix as an edgy modern crime drama, “Dogs of Berlin” sees two contrasting police detectives forced to team-up against their will. Finding themselves caught up in a territorial battle with the Berlin underworld, which makes them confront their own corruption and weaknesses, the pair must decide which side of the law they are really on. Syrreal CEO Siegfried Kamml will also produce.

“To develop a 10-episode show that combines innovative storytelling with complex and unique characters is incredibly exciting for me as an author and director,” Alvart said of his biggest project to date. “I wanted to tell the story of these ‘Dogs’ for quite some time and am very much looking forward to »


- Robert Mitchell

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‘Scandal’: Mellie Is Now President, but There’s Another Shake-Up in the White House

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Scandal” Season 6, episode 12, which aired on Thursday, April 27.

Last week’s episode bid adieu to Elizabeth North, but this week’s wasn’t a somber funeral of any sort. “Scandal” raced ahead with more chaos at the hands of none other than Liz North’s killer, the Mystery Woman (Zoe Perry).

The Mystery Woman continued to threaten and frame just about everyone, and she confronted new president-elect Mellie (Bellamy Young) to demand that she wants the vice president spot vacated. But for who? Peus (David Warshofsky), of course.

Peus showed up at Opa to finally meet Olivia (Kerry Washington), who was in top form this episode. He told her that he wants to be vice president and she laughed in his face and kept up a tough front, but she later realized that if Jake (Scott Foley) doesn’t step down from his veep post, he »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon

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Z: The Beginning of Everything” has been renewed for Season 2 at Amazon, Variety has confirmed.

The series stars Christina Ricci as a young Zelda Sayre, a Southern socialite who yearned to break free from her monotonous life in Montgomery. She gets her chance when she meets a young soldier named F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin), setting off one of the most famous romances of the twentieth century. It is based on the novel “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” by Therese Anne Fowler.

The series also stars Jamie Anne Allman, David Strathairn, Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind, and Holly CurranDawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin created the series and serve as executive producers. Ricci, Pamela Koffler, and Christine Vachon also executive produce, with Fowler producing.

The show received mix reviews upon its release back in January. It currently holds a 69% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s Maureen Ryan wrote in her review »


- Joe Otterson

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Writer and ‘Philbert’ Actor Trustin Howard Dies at 93

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Writer and actor Trustin Howard, also known as Slick Slavin, died on April 20 after complications from a fall. He was 93.

Born to poverty-stricken teenage parents in the slums of Chicago, Howard helped support his family from the age of 9 by performing on stage. By 15 years old, Howard’s career took off when he regularly performed at the Chicago Theatre, where he was introduced to the scene by his stage name Slick Slavin. He went on to perform at a variety of well-known nightclubs and theaters around the world, where he sang, played instruments, and did impersonations.

After serving in the Army, Howard returned to pursue a career as an actor, appearing in films such as “Philbert,” “Speed Crazy,” and “King Creole” alongside Elvis Presley.

Howard later made the transition from acting to writing, eventually becoming head writer of the talk show “The Joey Bishop Show.” He went on to write and produce several television specials, including »


- Sarah Ahern

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Federal Probe Into Fox News Channel May Be Widening (Report)

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A federal investigation into corporate practices at Fox News Channel may be widening, according to a report by CNN.

Federal prosecutors have for weeks been looking into whether or not past payments made to former female employees fox Fox News were properly disclosed or accounted for by the unit and its parent corporation,  21st Century Fox.. Now, according to the CNN report,  personnel from the United States Postal Inspection Service are now involved in the matter. CNN cited four people familiar with the matter.

The Financial Times previously reported similar details.

A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox said he could not comment on the investigation. The company in February issued a statement noting that it had not received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office, but that  it had “been in communication with the U.S. attorney’s office for months.” The company also said it “will continue to cooperate on all inquiries with any »


- Variety Staff

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TV News Roundup: Nasim Pedrad Joins TBS Comedy ‘People of Earth’ as Series Regular

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In today’s TV news roundup, “Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad joins TBS’ “People of Earth,” PBS greenlights new docu-series “Chasing the Moon” that follows the space race from the lunar landing to the present day, and more. 

Casting 

Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad has joined TBS’s comedy “People of Earth” as a series regular, beginning this summer with the show’s second season. Executive produced by Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, the series follows a group of alien abductees, also known as “experiencers,” living in the small town of Beacon, N.Y.

MTV has tapped Asia Kate Dillon as the presenter of the first award of the night — Best Actor in a Movie — at the 2017 MTV Music Awards, which airs Sunday, May 7 at 8 P.M. Et. MTV has done away with gender-specific categories for the upcoming ceremony, and the “Billions” actress is also the first gender non-binary identifying actor to be cast »


- Sarah Ahern

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Bet Greenlights Bobby Brown Miniseries, ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Specials

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Bet has greenlit new projects that will tell the stories of Grammy winner Bobby Brown and legendary hip hop label Death Row Records in addition to two new “Lip Sync Battle” specials, the network announced Thursday at their upfront presentation in New York.

The Viacom-owned network is looking to capitalize on the success of “The New Edition Story,” the three-part miniseries which drew over 29 million total viewers and was the number one cable biopic of all time in the ratings. As such, “New Edition Story” writer Abdul Williams and executive producer Jesse Collins have signed on to “The Bobby Brown Story,” which will chart the singer’s career from the founding of New Edition to his success as a solo artist. It will air across two nights, with each part being two hours long. Collins will executive produce through Jce Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Death Row Chronicles” will be a six-part documentary series, exploring »


- Joe Otterson

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Bet Sets New Comedies, Rebrands Centric and Nabs ‘The Breaks,’ ‘Hit the Floor’ From VH1

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Bet has ordered a slew of new series for the coming year, including scriped and unscripted comedies from Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Wanda Sykes and “The Nightly Show” alum Robin Thede.

The Viacom cabler also confirmed it will pick up the second season of hip-hop drama “The Breaks,” which is moving from sibling channel VH1, and produce new episodes of VH1’s dance-set drama “Hit the Floor.”

Bet Networks chairman-ceo Debra Lee was scheduled to unveil the programming news Thursday at the cabler’s upfront presentation in New York. Bet also confirmed that its struggling spinoff channel Centric will be rebranded Bet Her.

“Bet’s global influence is stronger than ever and we are continuing to expand beyond the television screen to impact our audience – and the world – across multiple platforms,” Lee said. “Some networks offer reach and some engagement, but no other network offers reach, engagement, culture, lifestyle and influence.”

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- Cynthia Littleton

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‘American Gods’: Faith and Fantasy Mix in Starz’s New Series

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Bryan Fuller was watching a key moment from the “American Gods” finale the day after the presidential election. Like many of his fellow citizens, he felt angry, stunned and at a loss. He tweeted. He stewed.

Eventually, he says, “I got a little bored with being angry.”

Working on “American Gods,” which arrives April 30 on Starz, became “sort of a salve,” Fuller says. “The powerlessness that I felt after the election is offset in some small way by being able to work on this show and have a multicultural, multi-faith exploration of what it is to be an American citizen at a time when we’re in huge conflict with ourselves.”

As it happens, “American Gods” is the work of an immigrant: British author Neil Gaiman wrote it after he moved to America.

The Starz series and the 2001 book both depicts a quintessentially American rite of passage: the road trip. An »


- Maureen Ryan

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Warner Bros. TV Names Peter Girardi Exec VP of Blue Ribbon Content, Alternative Programming

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Warner Bros. Television has named creative executive Peter Girardi to the newly established position of executive vice president of Blue Ribbon Content (Brc) and alternative programming at Warner Bros. Animation (Wba), Variety has learned.

“Peter has done an outstanding job leading the creative team at Blue Ribbon Content, developing distinctive original programming as well as innovative and compelling series based on existing Studio properties,” said president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register, to whom Girardi will report. “Whether working closely with our producers already under deals here at Warner Bros. Television Group or establishing relationships with new creative voices, Peter has been instrumental in quickly ramping up Brc’s development slate over the past two years, and he will now be charged with playing a key role in the Television Group’s efforts to grow Brc’s digital series business further in the future.”

In his new role at Brc, Warner Bros. »


- Joe Otterson

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Sean Hannity Defends Fox News Co-President Bill Shine, Warns of ‘End of Fnc as We Know It’

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Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to defend embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine following a report that suggested Shine’s future with the network could be on unsteady ground.

“Gäbe i pray this is Not true because if it is, that’s the total end of the Fnc as we know it. Done. Best Sean,” Hannity tweeted, with a link to Gabe Sherman’s New York magazine story citing unnamed sources who claimed that Shine has become worried about what he perceives as lack of public support for him from 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Hannity then apologized for inserting a diaeresis into Sherman’s name, writing, “Ha. Gabe sorry about the 2 dots. I couldn’t do that again if I tried. Best Sean.”

Hannity and Shine have a long history at the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet. Hannity recommended that Fox News hire Shine early in the network’s history, and »


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Former ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules Lawyers Up After Fatal Car Accident

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Two days after Chris Soules was involved in a fatal car accident, leaving one dead, the former star of “The Bachelor” has obtained a legal team to represent him in the tragic case, Variety has learned.

Soules, who starred on the ABC dating series in 2015, has retained attorneys Alfredo Parrish, Brandon Brown, and Gina Messamer of the Des Moines, Iowa, law firm Parrish Kruidenier to represent him.

In a letter from his legal team, obtained by Variety, Soules’ attorneys say they have recognized the heightened level of interest in the case because of their client’s “celebrity status,” but have asked that members of the public “do not prejudge this case based on media coverage.” His attorneys are considering a gag order to “prevent further misinformation from prejudicing Soules’ right to a fair trial.”

On Tuesday, TMZ broke the news that Soules was involved in a fatal car accident and fled the scene, putting »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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AFL-CIO Strongly Supports Writers Guild in Negotiations With Strike Looming

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With a possible writers strike coming May 2, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations has strongly backed the Writers Guild of America.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the statement Thursday while negotiators were meeting behind closed doors for a third straight day. He cited WGA estimates that the major entertainment conglomerates made $51 billion in profits last year.

“The AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with the members of Writers Guild of America, East, and Writers Guild of America, West, as they negotiate an industrywide collective bargaining agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, a trade group consisting of the major film and television companies,” Trumka said. “The members of the Writers Guilds deserve a fair return on their work at an incredibly profitable time for their industry.”

“The top six companies made $51 billion in profits in 2016,” he added. “Yet, the average television writer’s pay decreased by 23% over the last two years. Additionally »


- Dave McNary

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Watch Carrie Fisher in Her Final Role on Season 3 of Amazon Sitcom ‘Catastrophe’

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Shortly after Carrie Fisher wrapped Season 3 of the sitcom “Catastrophe” in late December of last year, she boarded a flight from London to Los Angeles.

After suffering a major heart attack on the flight, she died a few days later at the age of 60, making her performance in the latest season of the U.K.-based series her final role.

In an interview with People, “Catastrophe” co-creator and Fisher’s co-star, Sharon Horgan, reminisced about a scene she shared with Fisher on the show.

“She and I are together in the sitting room, and she starts talking about a TV show that she’s watching called ‘My Children Are Schizophrenic,’ and that whole little ramble about the show was off the top of her head,” Horgan explains of the scene. “And every time she did it, we’d call cut and the whole place would crack up laughing.”

In the first two seasons of the show, Fisher »


- Sarah Ahern

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