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Dateline NBC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season 27 in 2018-19?

9 October 2017 7:49 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture Watch What's the story? Has the Dateline TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 27th season on NBC in 2018-19? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Dateline NBC season 27. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? A news magazine airing on the NBC television network, Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt. Correspondents include Andrea Canning, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison, and Dennis Murphy. The series covers stories ranging from mysteries to documentaries and in-depth investigations. Read More… »

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Trump Says Rex Tillerson Is ‘Wasting His Time’ on North Korea — And More Times the President Undercut His Own Team

2 October 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

President Donald Trump has publicly called out his own secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, for “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets on Sunday, referring to his nickname for Kim Jong-un. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

“Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail, »

- Tierney McAfee

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Dateline: 2017-18 Ratings

30 September 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's no surprise that NBC's Dateline TV show has not been cancelled and is back for its 26th season. This news magazine has been a staple of the Peacock Network's news division programming since its 1992 debut. When will it be renewed for season 27? Will Lester Holt remain at the anchor desk? Stay tuned. A signature news series, Dateline NBC covers stories ranging from mysteries to documentaries and in-depth investigations. Holt is joined by NBC correspondents Andrea Canning, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison, and Dennis Murphy. Read More… »

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Dateline Turns 26! Lester, Keith and the Team Reflect on the 'Pulse-Pounding' Drama — and Why They Never Want it to End

28 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kristen Bell, rejoice accordingly: Dateline is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

In honor of the milestone, People caught up with Lester Holt, who dished on what it’s like hosting the longest-running primetime show on NBC.

“To be associated with a primetime broadcast news program that has run this long is pretty amazing — there aren’t too many shows that have had this kind of longevity,” says Holt of the series, which has amassed 45 Emmys in its 2,860 episodes.

But some of Holt’s most memorable Dateline experiences have been his “encounters on the street.”

“I always get amused, because there are »

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NBC, CBS, ABC Rework Sunday Schedules as Hurricane Irma Swirls

9 September 2017 10:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On this Sunday, at least, it’s not “Meet the Press.”

NBC News said it would make the rare move of preempting its long-running Sunday public-affairs program to accommodate “wall to wall’ coverage of Hurricane Irma’s path through Florida and the impact of its onslaught on the continental United States. CBS News said it would cut “Face the Nation” in half, while ABC News announced that it would weave its “This Week” into its overall coverage during the day and would air a special edition of “20/20” in the early evening.

The storm, bringing with it winds of 120 miles per hour or more, had begun to reach the Florida Keys Saturday night, and was expected to force one of the biggest mass evacuations in recent history. Like Hurricane Harvey, which lashed Houston and parts of Texas just days ago, its effects are predicted to be massive and far-reaching, and its impact on the region’s economy could »

- Brian Steinberg

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TV News Piles on Irma as Hurricane Approaches Continental U.S.

8 September 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The nation’s TV-news outlets plan to ramp up their coverage of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in the southeastern United States, a signal of the storm’s growing intensity and its ability to wreak havoc on millions as the nation is in the midst of recovering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

The Category 5 hurricane has been steadily swirling over islands in the Caribbean and moving toward Puerto Rico and Florida. President Trump has already  declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. At present, Irma is expected to reach Florida on Sunday, with severe flooding anticipated.

NBC News said it planned to air a special edition of its “Today” morning program on Sunday, assigning weekday hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to anchor the proceedings. Both NBC News and MSNBC plan to air rolling coverage of the storm. NBC News expects to air special reports throughout »

- Brian Steinberg

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David Muir, Lester Holt Readying Irma Coverage in Latest TV-News Scramble

6 September 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Muir and Lester Holt will both lead on-the-ground coverage in Florida this week, one of the earliest signals that the nation’s TV-news outlets are preparing for another severe cycle just days after trying to chronicle the havoc wreaked on Texas by Hurricane Harvey (above, pictured).

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The Category 5 hurricane has been steadily swirling over islands in the Caribbean and moving toward Puerto Rico and Florida. President Trump has already  declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. At present, Irma is expected to reach Florida on Sunday, with severe flooding anticipated.

The coverage can bring new attention to some of the TV journalists attempting to bring details of the weather to viewers. CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell gained some notice for her recent work on the ground in Texas covering Harvey’s aftermath, as »

- Brian Steinberg

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Lester Holt Dives Into Harvey Flood Coverage for NBC News

28 August 2017 9:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After many years as a reporter, Lester Holt knows there are no opportunities for a dry run when you’re trying to cover a flood.

Holt has been in and around flood-ravaged parts of Texas since Friday night, holding forth from places like Corpus Christi and Rockport while delivering reports on both “Today” and “NBC Nightly News” on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He is the only one of the three broadcast-network evening-news anchors to make the journey (CBS’ Norah O’Donnell is the only anchor of the three broadcast-network morning programs to travel to Texas for on-the-spot coverage. She is expected to co-anchor “CBS Evening News” on Monday evening).

“This is what I do,” said Holt during a phone interview while on the ground in a Houston neighborhood, noting that he seeks “any chance I can get to get away from the set during a big story.” For Holt, it »

- Brian Steinberg

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Solar Eclipse Coverage: TV Goes Totally Looney for Lunar Moment

18 August 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Major TV networks are gearing up to cover Monday’s solar eclipse as if it were a sporting event — the Super Bowl of the scientific world.

The first total solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1917 and the first to be visible from the mainland since 1979 is set to begin around 1:15 p.m. Et. The eclipse will be visible for another 90 minutes in varying degrees around the country. The total blackout of the sun will be visible for a few minutes along the 73-mile-wide “path of totality” that runs along a diagonal stretch of the country, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina.

The event has taken on a life of its own, with festivals and even cruises organized around a celebration of the rare moment when the moon steals the spotlight from the sun because the two celestial bodies are in perfect alignment from the perspective of those on Earth. Similar »

- Erin Nyren

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PBS, CBS Each Receive More Than 40 Nominations for News & Documentary Emmys

25 July 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and CBS each received more than 40 nominations for the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which were announced Tuesday by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The awards will be presented on Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Complex at Columbus Circle in New York City. More than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists are expected to attend the event,where awards will be presented in 49 categories.

NBC News, CNN, The Washington Post, and ABC News were nominated in the “Outstanding Breaking News Coverage,” with CNN getting two entries in the category.

MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” “All in With Chris Hayes,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” and ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” were all nominated in the “Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis” category, with »

- Variety Staff

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TV News Anchors Question O.J. Simpson’s Sincerity at Parole Hearing

20 July 2017 1:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Four members of a Nevada parole board agreed to grant freedom to former football great O.J. Simpson on Thursday, but the controversial figure known as “The Juice” might be thankful they weren’t watching any of the TV news coverage of the hearing. Anchors and analysts ranging from George Stephanopoulos to Lester Holt to Geraldo Rivera openly questioned whether Simpson sounded contrite enough, or was overly combative.

Both Stephanopoulos, who was anchoring a special report for ABC News, and Holt, who anchored a report for NBC News, wondered aloud whether Simpson was attempting to, as Stephanopoulos said, “re-litigate” the case, based on a 2008 sentence for robbery of sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson appeared “unprepared,” noted Stephanopouolos. On NBC, Holt wondered if Simpson’s combativeness early on in attempting to explain the circumstances of the case to parole board members, would be mitigated by an air of contrition that only appeared during some of »

- Brian Steinberg

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O.J. Simpson Hearing: News Outlets Jump in Early on Coverage

20 July 2017 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most TV news aficionados were prepared to tune in to the day’s seemingly ubiquitous coverage of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing at 1 p.m. eastern — the exact time the event was slated to start in Las Vegas. But NBCUniversal’s news outlets jumped in early.

Andrea Mitchell told viewers of her regularly scheduled 12 p.m. eastern program Thursday that she was handing things over to anchor Craig Melvin at 12:45 — three-quarters of the way through her program. Melvin hosted a quick preview of the hearing and what it meant, interviewing former Simpson prosecutor Craig Melvin. CNN stayed with John King’s “Inside Politics” and Fox News Channel kept on with “Outnumbered,” the programs that normally appear at noon on their schedules.

NBC had been expected to break into regularly scheduled programming at 1 p.m., but NBC News started a “Special Report” anchored by Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie at 12:58 p.m »

- Brian Steinberg

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NBC News Moves to Snapchat with ‘Stay Tuned,’ A Daily Newscast

19 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lester Holt gets 20-plus minutes to bring his viewers the latest headlines on “NBC Nightly News.” The NBC News anchor team delivering a new broadcast via Snapchat will get only a fraction of that.

Savannah Sellers and Gadi Schwartz (pictured, above) will, starting today, help deliver “Stay Tuned,” a new two-to-three-minute newscast that is slated to run twice each weekday and once a day on weekends on the social-media outlet. Its the medium’s first daily program, and the first to guarantee to viewers that it will add special editions when breaking news warrants. Its debut is the latest effort by traditional TV-news outlets to make sure their chief product – video news reports  – remain relevant to a rising generation that is more prone than ever to seek out information and entertainment from non-traditional screens.

The program is “crucial,” says Nick Ascheim, senior vice president of digital at NBC News and MSNBC, in »

- Brian Steinberg

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Paul Ryan’s Attempt to Be Cool on World Emoji Day Backfires

18 July 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

House Speaker Paul Ryan is getting trolled with emojis on Twitter after trying to join in on #WorldEmojiDay Monday with a video explaining his emoji usage. “Because my kids don’t think of me as an emoji guy, I go crazy on emojis whenever we text,” Ryan tweeted, followed by a string of emoji including the American Flag, thumbs up, laughing tears and “100” emoji and the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag. Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Channels Nixon in Lester Holt Interview (Video) Because my kids don’t think of me as an emoji guy, I go crazy on emojis whenever we text. »

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As Trump News Cycle Swirls, TV News Bets on Interest in O.J. Simpson

18 July 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ashleigh Banfield, the veteran TV-news reporter, has been wandering around this week in the 110-degree heat of Las Vegas. By the time Thursday rolls around, things in that rollicking city are likely to get even hotter.

Banfield is hoofing around Nevada to cover the July 20th parole hearing of O.J. Simpson, the one-time NFL great whose acquittal in the 1994 murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, and subsequent sentencing in 2008 for robbery of sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room have captivated a nation for decades.

The country’s TV-news outlets believe Simpson’s plight will do so again. He became eligible for parole after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence.

Two high-profile TV series – Espn’s 2016 documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and FX’s 2016 series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” – returned Simpson’s legal travails to the national conversation. Now, the prospect that he may be freed at a »

- Brian Steinberg

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Lester Holt’s ‘NBC Nightly News’ Gets Studio Update – and a Glass Peacock

14 July 2017 1:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most people who watch “NBC Nightly News” expect to see Lester Holt holding forth on his own. Starting tonight, he has a silent guest: a glass peacock sculpture that will be suspended from the studio ceiling above him.

The transparent avian is one facet of a new setting for the NBC newscast, which has been locked in a months-long ratings battle with ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

The updated Studio 3A, which is housed in NBCUniversal’s New York corporate headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center, will feature 632 square feet of Led video tiles as well as set-ups for different anchor, correspondent and guest positions. The studio will be a shared, working space with MSNBC – in keeping with its past function. The open studio also provides a look into the active NBC News and MSNBC newsroom.

CBS’ “CBS Evening News” got a similar tweaking at the end of 2016. That program was moved to the same space as the network »

- Brian Steinberg

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Gabe Pressman, TV Reporter Who Covered New York for 60 Years, Dies at 93

23 June 2017 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gabe Pressman, a New York TV news icon whose career spanned the evolution of the medium, died Friday in the city he covered for more than 60 years. He was 93.

Pressman spent nearly half a century at NBC’s flagship New York station, Wnbc-tv. He began his TV career anchoring a five-minute daily news report for what was then Wrca-tv in 1956. He continue to cover events for Wnbc until his final months. His last on-air report for the station was coverage of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, but he remained a presence in the newsroom and posted reports »

- Variety Staff

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Trump Lawyer Denies President Is Under Investigation, Despite Tweet

18 June 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A lawyer for Donald Trump said on Sunday that the president is not under investigation for firing former FBI director James Comey, contradicting a tweet that Trump sent on Friday that seemed to confirm a report from the Washington Post

Attorney Jay Sekulow spoke with Jake Tapper on CNN to attempt to clear up any miscommunication caused by Trump’s tweet.

“Let me be clear — the president’s not under investigation, as James Comey said in his testimony, that the president was not the target of investigation on three different occasions,” Sekulow said. “The president is not a subject or target of an investigation. That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources — without identifying the agencies they represented — saying that the special council had brought down his investigation to include the president. We’ve had no indication of that.”

When asked why Trump would verify false reports, Sekulow »

- JD Knapp

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Scott Pelley Signs Off ‘CBS Evening News’: ‘Goodbye, and — Good Luck’

16 June 2017 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scott Pelley could have spent his last stint behind the anchor desk on “The CBS Evening News” looking back. Instead, he chose to set his gaze forward.

Pelley, who succeeded Katie Couric in the role in 2011, spent little time talking to viewers about the decision to have him step down Friday evening as he delivered headlines about a collision involving a U.S. ship near Japan and introduced segments featuring correspondents like Nancy Cordes, David Martin, and Erin Moriarty. But the venerable evening newscast devoted a good chunk of its 20-plus on-air minutes to a report showing Pelley in Syria working on behalf of “60 Minutes,” where he will now be spending the bulk of his time. And Pelley tipped his cap to CBS News staffers around the world who supplied so much of the reportage that filled the program — and who would continue to contribute to the show after he was gone.

The »

- Brian Steinberg

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Late-Night Hosts Take Aim at Trump's Obstruction of Justice "Witch Hunt" Comments

16 June 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

President Donald Trump is being personally investigated for obstruction of justice and TV's late-night hosts were armed with jokes about both the investigation and Trump's defensive response.

Stephen Colbert remarked that it's a "historic moment " that the president is presently under criminal investigation. When the movie comes out, this will definitely be in it, Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show, adding that Colbert thinks he should be be played by Hugh Jackman.

Colbert played a clip of Trump telling NBC's Lester Holt that he fired former FBI director James Comey because of how he dealt with Russia, »

- Lorena O'Neil

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