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Savannah Guthrie Subs On ‘NBC Nightly News’ As Lester Holt Handles Family Emergency

4 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

All eyes will be on NBC Nightly News tonight — NBC hopes — as Today co-host Savannah Guthrie fills in for Lester Holt, who in turn is the news division’s sub for suspended Brian Williams. Holt is dealing with a family medical emergency. Guthrie is pulling double duty to fill in tonight; she will be back on Today, tomorrow. It’s unclear when Holt will return. Tonight’s gig passes for big news because, as NBC News began investigating Williams’ possible puff-up-ery of his… »

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Savannah Guthrie Anchoring ‘Nightly News’ While Lester Holt Tends to Family Medical Emergency

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie will fill in for the Brian Williams-less “Nightly News” for a brief period while temporary anchor Lester Holt deals with a family medical emergency, NBC News told TheWrap Monday. Holt has been filling in for the suspended Williams and was set to continue before an unspecified family emergency presented itself. Also Read: Brian Williams-Less ‘Nightly News’ Loses Demo to David Muir’s ‘World News Tonight’ With Holt in the anchor chair, Nightly News has kept its lead in total viewers over ABC’s “World News Tonight” but it fell behind in the advertiser-coveted »

- Jordan Chariton

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Savannah Guthrie to Anchor ‘NBC Nightly News’ Monday Evening

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie is expected to anchor “NBC Nightly News” Monday evening, according to a person familiar with the situation, as Lester Holt deals with a family medical emergency.

Holt is expected to return to the program. He has taken the anchor chair of the nation’s most-watched evening-news broadcast since NBCUniversal suspended Brian Williams for six months in the wake of his admission that he falsified details about a 2003 NBC News excursion to Iraq in which he took part. Holt has maintained “Nightly’s” lead among viewers, though ABC’s “World News,” anchored by David Muir, won more viewers in the demographic favored by advertisers in news programming, people between 25 and 54, for the five days between February 16 and February 20.

Guthrie has anchored “NBC Nightly News” in the past, filling in on occasion for Williams.


- Brian Steinberg

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Outlander Video: How Caitriona Balfe Nabbed Her Role With One Line

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“Stop! Help! He’s going over!”

Caitriona Balfe didn’t know it at the time, but the way she uttered those five words during her Outlander audition guaranteed that she’d eventually make the journey through the mystical standing stones. This exclusive sneak peek at the Starz series’ casting process tells the story.

Video Outlander Trailer: Black Jack Is ‘Not Quite Finished’ With Jamie and Claire

The part of Claire, a time-traveling nurse who winds up married to an 18th-century Scot, “is the show, in a lot of ways,” executive producer Ronald D. Moore narrates. And when the Powers That »

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ABC News Names Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas ‘World News Tonight’ Weekend Anchors

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC News named Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas as its weekend “World News Tonight” anchors, network president James Goldston announced Monday. The duo has been serving in the role since David Muir became the weekday anchor of Wnt. Also Read: Brian Williams-Less ‘Nightly News’ Loses Demo to David Muir’s ‘World News Tonight’ In addition to anchoring the flagship evening news on the weekend, the pair will contribute to the network’s election coverage. Also Read: David Muir on Why He’ll Never Abandon His Reporting Roots: ‘I’m Not Some Guy in a Suit’ “From the battleground states, »

- Jordan Chariton

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Paul Rudd, John Oliver, Louis C.K. Go All Out for ‘Night of Too Many Stars’ Fundraiser

1 March 2015 9:54 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It takes a commitment to pull off a star-packed comedy benefit show that has raised $18 million and counting for autism-related education and support programs since 2003.

Nowhere was that commitment more vividly displayed than with Paul Rudd’s performance Saturday at Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” taping, emceed by Jon Stewart at New York’s Beacon Theater.

Simply put, Rudd bared his soul and other bodily cavities for the sake of the cause, namely raising money for the New York Collaborates for Autism org. Using a “Wheel of Fortune”-style spinning wheel dubbed “Wheel of Rudd,” the actor invited audience members to spin for the chance to do something to him.

One gave him a slap, one landed on “Travolta face-touching,” a reference to last Sunday’s Oscar telecast, and one landed on “baby bird,” which involved an audience member chewing up a few bites of a Zabar »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Amount of ‘Must-See TV’ Creates Event Fatigue in Entertainment

25 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Add to the growing list of modern media maladies Event Fatigue Syndrome, a viral strain that is simultaneously under-diagnosed and, like so much these days, over-reported.

The entertainment industry obviously has an incentive to transform everything into an event, seeking to break through clutter and make noise over the din. Yet thanks to digital-age pressures, a vast ecosystem of media regularly joins in building up the trivial and engaging in hyperbole that helps conflate minor happenings into major ones.

Nobody can really throw stones here (Variety included), since vigorous competition compels us to pounce on perceived ratings and traffic generators. The result, however, has been a proliferation of contrived showcases so dizzying and time-consuming as to threaten to obscure actual news when it happens.

Television marketers have certainly been clever about mining this trend. A small example: the subtle genius of bifurcating seasons to double the number of “premieres” and “finales” — introducing, »

- Brian Lowry

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Media Matters Launches Petition to ‘Hold Bill O’Reilly Accountable’

25 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

In light of recent reports showing Fox News host Bill O'Reilly may have lied about elements of his time spent reporting on the Falkland Islands war, as well as the JFK assassination, liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America has authored a new petition calling for him to be punished in the same way NBC News disciplined Brian Williams earlier this month. »

- Matt Wilstein

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Lester Holt -- So What Happens if Brian Williams Returns? [Video]

25 February 2015 3:15 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Lester Holt gets the game ... he answered our photog's goofy question about the whole Brian Williams thing perfectly ... with a laugh. Lester was leaving 30 Rock after anchoring "NBC Nightly News" when our photog tried projecting 6 months into the future, wondering if he would duke it out with Williams for the job. There's something about the way he handled it ... he didn't answer but he didn't scoff either ... perfect. Conventional wisdom is ... it's a long shot that Williams will return. »

- TMZ Staff

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Why Bill O’Reilly Has a Bill O’Reilly Problem

24 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mother Jones provocatively titled its investigative piece questioning Bill O’Reilly’s account of his war reporting during the Falklands War “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem.” But in its aftermath, what seems far clearer is that Bill O’Reilly has a Bill O’Reilly problem.

The combative Fox News host has been characteristically aggressive in defending his reputation, feeling he has been unfairly maligned. That included a nine-minute segment on his show Monday, after which he said: “I want to stop this now. I hope we can stop it. I really do.”

At this point, however, nobody is doing more to keep the story alive than O’Reilly, as lashing out at former CBS News colleagues has merely invited more of them to dispute his version of events, just as trying to intimidate a New York Times reporter is stoking further coverage and making him look »

- Brian Lowry

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Keith Olbermann Suspended by Espn for Penn State Tweets

24 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Espn has suspended Keith Olbermann through the remainder of this week following a heated Twitter exchange the anchor had with Penn State University students Monday night, TheWrap has learned. “We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of Espn,” the network said in a statement to TheWrap. Also Read: NBC News Suspends Brian Williams for False Iraq Helicopter Story “Espn and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday, »

- L.A. Ross

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Brian Williams-less, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Grows Week To Week In Ratings

24 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sighs of relief from the direction of 30 Rock: NBC Nightly News Minus Brian Williams posted week-to-week gains in total viewers (up 7%, translating to 673,000 viewers), the news demo (11%, or 262,000 viewers), and among 18-49 year olds (up 9%, or 147,000 viewers) the week of February 16. Sure, CBS and ABC evening newscasts also were up, across the board, week to week. But ABC and CBS newscasts didn’t have to pull their anchors while the network investigates disputed… »

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Brian Williams-Less ‘Nightly News’ Loses Demo to David Muir’s ‘World News Tonight’

24 February 2015 7:57 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir won the advertising-coveted 25-54 demo for the week of February 16th, beating “NBC Nightly News” in the second full week of Brian Williams‘ suspension. Wnt attracted 2,571,000 24-54 viewers vs. 2,554,000 for Nightly—who has Lester Holt substitute anchoring for Williams. The week before, ABC’s broadcast trailed by 50,000 demo viewers. Also Read: Brian Williams-Less ‘Nightly News’ Holds on to Shrinking Ratings Lead Even with the ABC demo victory, Nightly won in total viewers, 10,103,000 viewers vs. 9,687,000 viewers for Muir, increasing its total viewers advantage to 416,000 viewers; up from 398,000 the week before. Also Read: Nielsen’s. »

- Jordan Chariton

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ABC’s David Muir Edges NBC’s Lester Holt In Advertiser Demo

24 February 2015 7:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

More people watched Lester Holt anchor NBC’s “Nightly News” last week than any other evening-news host, but that may not be enough to satisfy the advertisers who sponsor his efforts.

ABC’s “World News,” anchored by David Muir, trumped NBC’s “Nightly News” among the viewers advertisers covet most, people between the ages of 25 and 54. NBC’s program remains the most-watched evening newscast in TV, even without anchor Brian Williams,  but advertisers don’t judge the program by that standard. Muir’s victory could serve as a signal that NBC’s newscast  faces challenges in the absence of Williams, who has been suspended for six months following a disclosure he falsified an account of a 2003 reporting excursion in Iraq.  Holt is anchoring the newscast, and Williams’ name has been removed from the title of the program.

ABC’s “World News” snared about 2.571 million viewers between the ages of 25 and »

- Brian Steinberg

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Liar Liar: Watch terrible Jim Carrey impersonator fool Czech film awards

24 February 2015 1:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It can't be easy landing celebrities for an awards show the night before the Oscars, so the Czech Lion Awards must not have believed its luck when a representative for Jim Carrey got in touch to ask if the actor could attend.

However, if you look really, really closely, you might be able to tell there was something a bit dodgy about this particular 'Jim Carrey' when he took to the ceremony's stage.

The impostor made an awkward entrance, briefly waving to the nonplussed crowd before firing a confetti cannon and wandering off.

Despite initially insisting to baffled viewers that the individual on stage definitely was the Truman Show actor, members of the Czech Film and Television Academy (Cfta) eventually admitted that they had been fooled.

"Nothing indicated it was a ruse and we did not pay any money to the false actor," a spokesperson said.

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Seth Meyers Defends ‘Great Storyteller’ Brian Williams on Howard Stern

23 February 2015 10:10 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Seth Meyers dropped by Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Monday to discuss SNL40, his new late night competition and, of course, Brian Williams. The suspended NBC Nightly News anchor was one of his first guests on Late Night and just last week Meyers was the first to get Allison Williams to comment on her father's situation, so Stern wanted to know how his guest was feeling about the whole thing. »

- Matt Wilstein

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What Brian Williams Could Learn From Bill O’Reilly

22 February 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The evidence is mounting that Bill O’Reilly fudged the truth of his coverage of the Falklands War, much the way Brian Williams did same regarding his time in Iraq.

Debate all you want whether one man’s words were more inaccurate than the other’s. But how they chose to react to their respective controversies is quite different, and perhaps will make all the difference in determining their fates.

Since Mother Jones first made the allegations, the Fox anchor has persistently defended his actions to anyone who would listen, whether responding directly to the the magazine article’s author, David Corn, or from the air on Fox News Channel.

As of Sunday, O’Reilly wasn’t showing any signs of backing down as more of his former CBS News colleagues continued to question his characterization of events that took place in 1982. He went on Fnc’s “Mediabuzz” to fire »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Mother Jones Chief David Corn ‘Flummoxed’ by Bill O’Reilly’s Non-Answers

20 February 2015 3:06 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

David Corn’s explosive article examining Bill O’Reilly‘s tales of reporting in the 1982 war zone of the Falklands War between Argentina and the U.K. has solicited a strong defense from O’Reilly, mostly discrediting Corn without getting into specifics about the Mother Jones bureau chief’s claims. “I don’t think he’s answered any of the questions,” Corn told TheWrap in an interview Friday. “He insists that he never said that he was in the Falklands when he made several of these statements that we examined … but, it’s exactly what he said. See photos: The »

- Jordan Chariton

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Bill O’Reilly to Address Mother Jones Controversy on ‘O’Reilly Factor’

20 February 2015 1:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill O’Reilly will throw himself into the “no-spin zone” of his popular Fox News program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” Friday evening as he continues to push back against claims made by Mother Jones magazine about his wartime reporting.

O’Reilly is expected to use his “Talking Points” segment to debate the investigative magazine’s findings. “Mother Jones and the far-left websites couldn’t care less about the truth,” he is expected to say, according to a transcript of his remarks published by the Nation. “They are in business to injure. This is a political hit job.”

Much of the story claims that, as was the case with Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor who was suspended last week for six months without pay, O’Reilly exaggerated his experiences in the years that have passed since he was working in the field for CBS News. In an interview with Variety on Thursday night, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Allison Williams Postpones Wedding

20 February 2015 9:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Family comes first for Girls star Allison Williams these days. As her father, veteran NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, struggles to salvage his career following revelations that he fudged details of his coverage of the Iraq war - he's since been suspended by the network - the actress says her plans to wed longtime love Ricky Van Veen are on the back burner. "It's been tough," Williams told Seth Meyers during a conversation at New York City's 92nd Street Y on Wednesday. "Obviously [it's] toughest on my dad, who bears the full burden of responsibility for it." When it comes to her wedding, »

- Janine Rayford Rubenstein, @JanineRayford

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