On face, everything about “Weatherman” looks like the usual made-for-tv competition, with the candidates vying for cash and a shot on CNN, and two veterans of the Los Angeles TV market, Johnny Mountain and Jillian Barberie, on hand to assess their work. That’s playfully undermined, however, by
It’s a major blow for the network, as Williams drew in 9.3 million viewers a night and made Nightly News the top rated evening news program. Below is NBC News President Deborah Turness’ statement on his suspension:
We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.
Our review, which is being led by Richard Esposito working closely with NBCUniversal General Counsel Kim Harris,
Starting Jan. 20, the pair’s Los Angeles radio talk show “Mid-Day La with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips” will move from its current 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. timeslot to the higher profile 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. period.
“Jillian and John have achieved demonstrative growth in the middle of the day,” a spokesperson for station owner Cumulus said in a statement issued to TheWrap. “They are a news-of-the-day smashing into pop culture juggernaut. It’s a whole different take that’s very current.
Kmex landed 20 noms, including bids for hard news reporting (for reporter Antonio Valverde), investigative reporting (for reporter Leon Krauze) and reporting on crime/social issues. Knbc-tv was second with 16 mentions, followed by Ktla (14), Kabc (13) and Telemundo’s Kvea (10). Time Warner Cable Deportes was the top cabler with 9 noms, tied with indie pubcaster Kcet.
Kmex is a contender in two of the top newscast races, for morning newscast (airing between 4 a.m.-11 a.m.), and daytime newscast (11 a.m.-7 p.m.). There are no nominations in the top three newscast categories, which include the category of late newscasts (7 p.m.-midnight); all stations that choose to enter in any of the three categories are considered in the final judging.
Knbc’s noms included a bid for its news special on
After months of waiting for a decision on the drama’s fate, ABC Family has cancelled Bunheads. I’m disappointed but at least now there’s no chance of the show wearing out its welcome. On the bright side, Deadline says this means the channel is free to go ahead and renew its freshmen series Twisted and The Fosters.
Something something, last chance for a Waiting for Godot pun.
After announcing guest roles for James Franco and Adam Pally, TV Guide reports that The Mindy Project has booked Kris Humphries for a guest-spot. I guess they can’t all be great news.
Over at The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum defends the legacy of Sex and the City. The movies and that series finale may have worked to make us forget, but at its peak, it was a show that helped HBO find its voice and challenged the static romantic comedy.
The daily half-hour news show will premiere June 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the La market. Zap2it readers will see a few familiar faces when our bloggers visit with Barberie on the set to talk shop about our favorite subjects - TV and celebrities.
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On March 15, the former Good Day La host filed for divorce from husband Grant Reynolds in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. She is also seeking physical custody of the couple's two children, but states that they'll share legal custody and that Reynolds will be granted visitation. The pair has a 5-year-old daughter, Ruby, and 3-year-old son, Rocco.
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"It is with great regret that my marriage to Grant is ending after more than six years," she says. The couple has two children together, 5-year-old daughter Ruby, and 3-year-old son Rocco. "We are committed to our children," Barberie says, "and will work together to ensure their happy and healthy upbringing."
This is the second marriage for Jillian, after being married to baseball player Bret Barberie from 1996-2002. Jillian married Marine sniper turned actor Grant in 2006, during a ceremony in her backyard. They appeared together on 2009's "Househusbands of Hollywood."
"It is with great regret that my marriage to Grant is ending after more than six years. He is a special man and we have two amazing children together Ruby, 5, and son Rocco, 3," Jillian said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
Adding," This was a mutual decision that was not taken lightly and we are committed to our children and will work together to ensure their happy and healthy upbringing."
The TV host and the actor wed in July ...
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