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TV News Roundup: Bill Maher Hosting Specials on Democratic, Republican Conventions; Nick Zano Cast in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’

15 June 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.

Casting

Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.

Courtney B. VanceToby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.

Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”

Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.

Dates

Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.

MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie CraigChelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir KLyric LewisPiotr MichaelMichelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.

Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.

Acquisitions 

Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.

Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.

Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends.  Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn.  McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »

- Lamarco McClendon

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NBC Will Showcase Olympics In Different Way For Late-Night, Daytime

14 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC will offer Olympics fans a different view of its coverage than in the recent past.

Bob Costas will hold forth during the company’s primetime coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and, as usual, from the company’s main broadcast center.  During daytime and late-night coverage, however, on-air personnel – including Ryan Seacrest – will broadcast from a studio located on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach.

The beach studio will feature an indoor and an outdoor set, along with an interview area, and a news update desk. All the facility elements are set up to capture views of the beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio coast line. High-definition video monitors will help showcase highlights from the Games.

“With the beach-volleyball venue just steps away, and thousands of athletes and fans visiting Copacabana and Ipanema every day, we will be able to perfectly capture the excitement and celebration taking place in Rio during the Olympics,” said Michael Sheehan, coordinating director of NBC Olympics, in a prepared statement.

NBC and its parent, NBCUniversal, have reason to differentiate its coverage outside primetime. The company has said it will present 325.5 hours of coverage of the Olympic Games from Rio in August across cable networks USA, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC alone, with additional broadcasts on Nbcsn and Golf Channel. Including live-streaming, the company expects to transmit more than 6,000 hours of coverage.

 NBC said Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Hosts for NBC Olympics’ daytime coverage will be announced soon. Costas will serve, again, as NBC’s primetime anchor, marking his 11th time in the role.

Set up of the separate facility for coverage outside primetime marks the first time  in 24 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Games, that NBC Olympics has had a major studio outside of its usual broadcast center. NBC Olympics’ morning show for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics originated from an athletes’ residential area. NBC in 1988 featured daytime and late night coverage from pagodas located outside its broadcast center for its coverage of the Seoul Games.

Coverage kicks off August 5 with a telecast of the event’s opening ceremonies.

 

 

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- Brian Steinberg

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How Parkinson's Took Muhammad Ali's Body But Not His Spirit: 'He Was Still in There,' Says Daughter Rasheda

9 June 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali preached nonviolence outside the ring while wielding fists of fury inside it. Subscribe now for an inside look at his remarkable life, plus rare family photos, only in People.When Parkinson's Disease slowly took away Muhammad Ali's mobility and speech - the two things he'd flaunted most extravagantly as a boxer - he turned his fight inward, says Ali's daughter, Hana Ali. "He never got caught up in anything negative," she tells People. "He wasn't living life thinking, 'I have Parkinson's.' He didn't let it control him mentally. He never complained or said, »

- Kurt Pitzer @pitzerkurt

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How Parkinson's Took Muhammad Ali's Body But Not His Spirit: 'He Was Still in There,' Says Daughter Rasheda

9 June 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali preached nonviolence outside the ring while wielding fists of fury inside it. Subscribe now for an inside look at his remarkable life, plus rare family photos, only in People.When Parkinson's Disease slowly took away Muhammad Ali's mobility and speech - the two things he'd flaunted most extravagantly as a boxer - he turned his fight inward, says Ali's daughter, Hana Ali. "He never got caught up in anything negative," she tells People. "He wasn't living life thinking, 'I have Parkinson's.' He didn't let it control him mentally. He never complained or said, »

- Kurt Pitzer @pitzerkurt

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From the People Archives: At Home with Muhammad Ali

6 June 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This story originally ran in the January 13, 1997 issue of PEOPLEMuhammad Ali is up to his old tricks, and he's reeling you into his act. You're at his 81-acre place in Berrien Springs, Mich., chatting in the kitchen with his buddy, Howard Bingham, when Ali, a noted prestidigitator, drifts into the room. "Look me in the eyes," he rasps, making them as big as saucers. "People say I got powers." Suddenly you hear a whirring noise by your ear. "Hear anything?" he asks. "Yeah, sounds like a cricket," you say, though you suspect it's Bingham, who's behind you rattling a newspaper. »

- William Plummer

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Nyquist looks to go 2 for 2 in Triple Crown races at the 2016 Preakness on NBC

20 May 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Can Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist go 2 for 2? The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the 141st Preakness Stakes, takes place Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Coverage from Pimlico begins Friday on Nbcsn with the Black-Eyed Susan beginning at 3pm Et. Saturday’s coverage begins at 2:30pm Et on Nbcsn with the Preakness Saturday prerace show. Coverage shifts to NBC for the Preakness States beginning at 5pm Et. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Preakness features hosts Bob Costas and Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk; host/reporter Laffit Pincay … Continue reading →

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- Ryan Berenz

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Mike Tirico Set to Join NBC’s Olympics Coverage

9 May 2016 11:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mike Tirico is officially leaving Espn for NBC Sports. Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports, announced the move Monday in a conference call with Tirico and reporters.

News of Tirico’s move leaked last month. In confirming, Flood said that Tirico will officially join NBC Sports July 1.

Though Flood said that NBC Sports would not yet specify a role for the broadcaster, Tirico did indicate that he will be involved in coverage of soccer and golf, as well as coverage of the upcoming Summer Olympics. Asked how the opportunity to cover the Olympics factored into his decision to jump to NBC, Tirico said, “Top of the list. Watching the Olympics as a kid was one of the reasons I wanted to do this.”

Tirico is also expected to be involved in NBC’s football coverage. In addition to its “Sunday Night Football” package, NBC will broadcast five “Thursday Night »

- Daniel Holloway

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2016 Kentucky Derby TV schedule on NBC Sports

7 May 2016 12:19 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

The 142nd Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday, May 7, from Churchill Downs in Louisville, for the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown (sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). American Pharoah won last year’s race en route to winning the first Triple Crown since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. Nbcsn airs prerace coverage beginning at 12pm Et on Saturday, with race coverage on NBC beginning at 4pm Et. Race coverage is also available online and on mobile devices through NBC Sports Live Extra. Bob Costas and Tom Hammond host the coverage with analysts Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, … Continue reading →

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- Ryan Berenz

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Mike Tirico Leaves Espn for NBC

25 April 2016 4:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monday Night Football” play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico will leave Espn to join NBC, according to multiple media reports.

Tirico, whose current contract runs through this summer, has been with Espn and served as the play-by-play announcer on its “Monday Night Football” broadcast since 1996.

It is not yet known what role Tirico will take on at NBC. Al Michaels, who is 71 years old, currently is the play-by-play announcer on the network’s flagship “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. NBC veteran Bob Costas is set to serve as the lead anchor on the network’s coverage of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil.

NBC did recently pick up rights to split “Thursday Night Football” NFL games with CBS for the upcoming season — a privilege that the network paid a reported price of $225 million for. That package will give NBC five Thursday-night games over each of the next two seasons.

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- Daniel Holloway

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DirecTV to Carry Mlb Network Games in 4K Ultra HD

12 April 2016 7:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At&T’s DirecTV continues to double down on high-end features and programming, in a bid to lure new customers and counter the ongoing threat of cord-cutting.

The satellite broadcaster announced a deal to deliver up to 25 Mlb Network games live in 4K Ultra Uhd this season — the first time Major League Baseball games will be available to U.S. viewers in the format, which offers about four times the resolution of 1080p HD. The telecasts will not be available in high dynamic range (Hdr), which offers a richer palette of colors and contrast.

Ultra HD is beginning to take root, but it’s still relatively small. About 6.3 million Uhd sets shipping in North America last year, forecast to double this year to 12 million units, according to research firm Ihs.

DirecTV’s 4K baseball coverage will begin Friday, April 15, with the Mlb Network Showcase game between the L.A. Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. »

- Todd Spangler

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Bob Costas To Anchor NBC’s Olympics In Primetime For Record 11th Time

10 February 2016 12:46 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bob Costas will host NBC's primetime Olympic coverage for a U.S. television record 11th time with the Games of the Xxxi Olympiad, running August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Costas has served as primetime host for every Olympics on NBC since 1992. That includes the 2012 London Games, which is the most-watched television event in U.S. history, reaching 217 million viewers. The Rio assignment is Costas' seventh as primetime host of a Summer Games – also the most in U.S… »

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Recreating the Infamous ‘Run of His Life’

9 February 2016 8:02 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched episode two of “People v. O.J. Simpson,” titled “The Run of His Life.”

Two moments from the O.J. Simpson saga stand out for those who remember it: the verdict and the Bronco chase. It’s been said that while the Bronco chase brought us together as a country, the verdict divided us.

Yet for a moment so seared into our collective consciousness, the episode — as directed by Ryan Murphy — effectively manages to find drama and suspense as it careens towards its inevitable conclusion.

The hour opens with Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) praying for his friend and now murder suspect, O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) — who’s Mia in a Bronco being driven by A.C. Cowlings (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). He left behind a suicide note, and Kardashian’s heartbroken, believing his friend to have done the unthinkable. As the first few hours pass without any word, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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