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NBCUniversal Bets on ‘11th Hour’ Revival for Brian Williams

19 September 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brian Williams is back in his old job of hosting a half-hour nightly news program.

Well, not quite. Williams has for two weeks been at the helm of MSNBC’s “11th Hour with Brian Williams,” a (so far) temporary 11 p.m. program the anchor has billed as a “pop up” show that aims to be “the fastest half-hour in television.” The idea, explained Patrick Burkey, the show’s executive producer and supervisor of MSNBC’s breaking-news coverage, is to wrap all the day’s election-cycle news for viewers in a quick-paced session and prep them for what might come tomorrow. “More and more news is happening later in the evening. We have big headlines. It could be a tweet from a candidate late at night that starts something. So we felt there was a need, and we certainly have not wanted for material,” he said. “To me, this is the last opportunity to put the day into »

- Brian Steinberg

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Women's Group Dissects Sexism in Matt Lauer's Questioning of Hillary Clinton, Demands More Female Moderators for Presidential Debates

9 September 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A national women's advocacy group is calling for more female moderators for the upcoming 2016 presidential debates after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced a lineup of moderators that includes only one woman. More than 42,000 members of the group, UltraViolet, have signed a petition urging the commission to announce more female anchors to moderate the three debates between major-party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the first of which takes place on Sept. 26. UltraViolet’s petition notes that while there are many women for the commission to choose from - including Gwen Ifill, Rachel Maddow, Christiane Amanpour and Tamron Hall - »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Women's Group Dissects Sexism in Matt Lauer's Questioning of Hillary Clinton, Demands More Female Moderators for Presidential Debates

9 September 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A national women's advocacy group is calling for more female moderators for the upcoming 2016 presidential debates after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced a lineup of moderators that includes only one woman. More than 42,000 members of the group, UltraViolet, have signed a petition urging the commission to announce more female anchors to moderate the three debates between major-party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the first of which takes place on Sept. 26. UltraViolet’s petition notes that while there are many women for the commission to choose from - including Gwen Ifill, Rachel Maddow, Christiane Amanpour and Tamron Hall - »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Was Major Death a Small Price to Pay? Is Suits Guilty of Fashion Crime? The Wildest Time Jump? And More TV Qs!

9 September 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Major Crimes, Mistresses, Zoo and Tyrant!

1 | Regardless of your loyalty to Killjoys‘ Pawter (R.I.P.), did you jump for joy a bit when that spunky Swiss Army knife Clara resurfaced in the finale, to accompany Johnny?

2 | Wouldn’t it have been fun for Narcos to swap in Nick Offerman for one scene as Pablo Escobar, without comment, to see if anyone noticed?

3 | On Chesapeake Shores, what was Mick thinking, telling the family »

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What to Watch When Your Brain Hurts and the World Makes You Sad

30 August 2016 5:48 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Deborah Lipp

Professor Spouse and I watch a lot of TV. This is absolutely ridiculous, because our first “OhMyGodWhoIsThisWoman” conversation was about movies. But the fact is, the Professor and I rarely watch movies in the evenings, largely because she is a Professor. She comes home from school either fried, or needing to grade, or both. These conditions aren’t conducive to paying attention to a movie, so we turn on the TV. 

Lately, we default to the news, and, while Rachel Maddow is a television hero, sometimes the vileness of the current Presidential race is too much for our brains to process.  We often watch great TV, which can be challenging and dark. What do we do when we just can’t face the challenge? The West Wing.

If you aren’t familiar with it, The West Wing was a political drama that ran on NBC from 1999 to »

- Deborah Lipp

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Megyn Kelly Returns to Crush Rachel Maddow in Ratings

24 August 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Megyn Kelly has back from vacation for two days and crushed Rachel Maddow in ratings both nights — which might seem like an act of vengeance, if you caught a misleading headline on Breitbart last week. Maddow edged “The Kelly File” in the key news demo of adults age 25-54 a few times this month… when Kelly was on vacation. Omitting that italicized fact, Breitbart ran a story with the headline: “Rachel Maddow Catches Megyn Kelly in Key Demo as MSNBC Surges.” The headline was misleading, as nobody caught Kelly: Her chair was filled last week by guests Martha MacCallum, Sandra. »

- Brian Flood

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The Jim Gaffigan Show: Ended on TV Land; No Season Three

23 August 2016 12:49 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Jim Gaffigan Show been cancelled after just two seasons on TV Land. The actor, comedian and co-creator announced on his Facebook page, today that the show was ending. Deadline reports The Jim Gaffigan Show was cancelled. Either way, it is over. Gaffigan and real-life wife Jeannie Gaffigan wrote every second season episode. She also served as showrunner, while he played a fictionalized version of himself in the family comedy series. Last night's episode, "The Mike Gaffigan Show," was the TV series finale.Ashley Williams co-starred as Jim’s wife Jeannie. The series cast also included Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black, and Tongayi Chirisa. Guest stars in the second season included: Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Lawrence O’Donnell, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Dave »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Brian Williams Will Get Temporary 11 p.m. Slot at MSNBC

15 August 2016 9:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the first time since Brian Williams left his anchoring duties at “NBC Nightly News” in 2015, viewers will know where to find Brian Williams on a regular basis.

The well-known newscaster will get what for now is being billed as a temporary half-hour program at 11 p.m. at MSNBC, according to a network executive, starting on Labor Day and lasting through at least Election Day. He will use the roost to deliver wrap-ups of the day’s political news, this executive said. The programming maneuver was reported previously by CNN. Once Williams’ program starts, MSNBC would delay the airing of repeats of its primetime schedule until 11:30 p.m., instead of the current 11 p.m. norm, this executive said.

For a few months at least, Williams will square off often against Don Lemon, who more often than not these days anchors CNN’s late-night coverage, as MSNBC uses an increased reliance on breaking news and political coverage »

- Brian Steinberg

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Mindy Newell’s Coming Attractions

1 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

In the spring of 1971, I met a girl. The first time I saw her, we were, appropriately enough, in a class on political and civil rights. She had thick blond hair, big glasses. Wore no makeup. And she exuded this strength of self-possession I found magnetic. –President Bill Clinton, 2016 Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lock Her Up!!! – Rallying Cry at 2016 Republican National Convention

In my not so humble opinion, the Wonder Woman trailer definitely shows a lot of promise.

But I’m not talking about Princess Diana of Themiscrya. I mean that other Wonder WomanHillary Rodham Clinton.

You may be thinking “What trailer? I mean the one starring Mrs. Clinton for the last 50 or so years of her life, during much of which she has been in the public eye – or bull’s-eye – and not just as Flotus, New York Senator, and Secretary of State. Hillary’s extensive involvement »

- Mindy Newell

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Bernie Sanders Delegate Says She’s Mad Bernie Sanders Had to Speak Last

26 July 2016 5:21 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked the million dollar question Monday when she wondered just what it is that Bernie Sanders supporters have left to be angry at, and she got her answer Monday night. While Sanders tried to tell supporters earlier on Monday that "this is the real world," that's apparently not the case for at least one of his delegates. In an interview with Hallie Jackson following Senator Sanders' rousing headline speech, Vermont delegate Ashley Andreas said she was still disappointed because, among other things, the stupid Democrats made Bernie wait to go last. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Fox News Ads Suggest TV Strategy Remains Same After Roger Ailes’ Departure

25 July 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox News Channel is working its way through internal troubles, but that hasn’t kept the cable-news outlet from putting its best foot forward to the outside world.

In print ads that appeared Monday in The New York Times and New York Post, Fox News Channel touted the winning ratings performance from its broadcasts of the Republican National Convention, noting that its primetime viewership during the event trumped that of NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS or MSNBC. Copy lines at the bottom of the ad reminded readers that Fox News is “America’s Election HQ” and strives to be “Fair, Balanced & Unafraid” – a slogan that typically runs at the end of Bret Baier’s “Special Report” every evening. The ads have appeared in other print outlets as well.

Behind the scenes, Fox News is grappling with allegations of sexual harassment made against its former leader, Roger Ailes, as well as recent press reports suggesting other women at the »

- Brian Steinberg

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Donald Trump Says He Knew Ted Cruz Was Not Going to Endorse Him at Rnc

21 July 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ted Cruz's lack of support for Donald Trump didn't come as a surprise for the Republican nominee, says Trump. Trump, 70, announced in a tweet Wednesday night that he allowed his former rival to speak at the Republican National Convention despite knowing that Cruz, his toughest opponent during the primary, refused to endorse him. The speech resulted in the crowd turning on the Texas senator. His wife, Heidi Cruz, had to be escorted out of the arena. "Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge!" Trump wrote, referring to a pledge Gop presidential candidates took early »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Donald Trump Jr.: 5 Things to Know About the Gop Nominee's Oldest Son

20 July 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Every member of Donald Trump's family is playing a role in his presidential campaign, and on Tuesday night it was Donald Trump Jr.'s turn. The Gop nominee's namesake son delivered a speech that has been both praised as "the best speech of the convention" so far - by Rachel Maddow, no less - and criticized as the second of two plagiarism controversies the family is facing this week. Accusations aside, the New York Post wrote that Donald Jr. delivered "the speech his dad never could," and Politico declared that "a political star may have been born." So what »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Donald Trump Jr.: 5 Things to Know About the Gop Nominee's Oldest Son

20 July 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Every member of Donald Trump's family is playing a role in his presidential campaign, and on Tuesday night it was Donald Trump Jr.'s turn. The Gop nominee's namesake son delivered a speech that has been both praised as "the best speech of the convention" so far - by Rachel Maddow, no less - and criticized as the second of two plagiarism controversies the family is facing this week. Accusations aside, the New York Post wrote that Donald Jr. delivered "the speech his dad never could," and Politico declared that "a political star may have been born." So what »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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CNN, ABC Bet Big on TV-News ‘Town Hall’ Shows

14 July 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Some of the nation’s biggest TV-news outlets seem obsessed with capturing the feel of a small town.

TV-news junkies seeking to get the opinion of the average citizen on the day’s top issues  have been in luck this week. On Fox News Channel Monday, Megyn Kelly hosted a panel of about 30 people  –   activists, religious leaders, gun advocates and law enforcement authorities – to discuss the issues of police and race in America. CNN has for two days pre-empted regular programming: on Tuesday, it let people talk to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; and last night, Don Lemon convened an emotional assemblage of families of victims, government officials and others in the wake of the shootings of several police officers in Dallas. The shows are “town halls,” programs that mix traditional news anchors with the average citizens they deliver information to each day.

Walt Disney will take the concept to new levels this evening. A »

- Brian Steinberg

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News Outlets Prep for Surprises at This Year’s Unpredictable Political Conventions

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

On the penultimate night of the Republican National Convention in 2012, TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” drew an audience greater than any individual network’s coverage of the Gop gathering.

This embarrassing testament to voter apathy was hardly a surprise: Political conventions have long been carefully stage-managed coronations — choreographed infomercials at which crowd reaction is about as spontaneous as a sitcom’s in-studio audience.

But this year’s gatherings promise a twist: There’s sure to be news, particularly at the Republican National Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland, and likely at the Democratic gathering the following week, July 25-28 in Philadelphia.

As they always have, the cable news networks will air nonstop coverage of the proceedings, this year hoping to replicate the record interest drummed up by some of the current cycle’s debates and forums.

ABC, CBS and NBC each will spend an hour of primetime on each night of both parties’ conventions — an hour »

- Ted Johnson

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Bill Maher Pushes Limits By Stretching ‘Real Time’ To Political Conventions

13 July 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Maher grew up with news headlines ringing in his ears. His father was in radio news, and the events of the day made for natural conversation in his house. “I was born into a family of people who talked about the news,” he said. Other talk-show hosts “are not looking to talk about Brexit and its implications, but it’s second nature to me.”

Maher will have a lot to chat about over the next few weeks. He will keep doing his hour-long “Real Time” show on Friday nights on HBO in the weeks ahead, but as the Republican and Democratic conventions break out and occupy the national interest, Maher and his team will do the same, offering live half-hour shows that examine the Republican event on July 20 and 21 and the Democratic confab on July 27 and 28. That means news aficionados can opt for Maher and his often-lacerating analysis of the political landscape (this is a host »

- Brian Steinberg

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Here’s The Good News About Donald Trump’s Post-Orlando Polling Bump

15 June 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

On Tuesday, we reported that despite recent polls showing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton widening her national lead over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, there are disturbing early signs that Trump might enjoy a polling spike following the Orlando mass shooting this past weekend. On Tuesday night's The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow dug into a different poll that reinforces that notion, and spoke a very uncomfortable truth about its possible ramifications. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Hillary Clinton Projected Winner In Barely Covered D.C. Primary

14 June 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Hillary Clinton is the projected winner over Bernie Sanders in the final Democratic primary of the season, handily taking the 20 delegates in the Washington D.C. contest that was all but ignored by news stations still focused on Sunday’s horror in Orlando. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, before turning her show’s focus tonight to the private meeting between Clinton and Sanders today, called Clinton the projected winner, with 79 percent of the votes cast in 99 percent of precincts… »

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'The Ultimate Dream Ticket' for 2016? Hillary Clinton Huddles with Elizabeth Warren, Fueling VP Talk

10 June 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For about an hour, somewhere behind Hillary Clinton's firmly shut front door, the Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren talked late Friday morning about God-knows-what. While they did, most of Washington and the political press talked about one thing: the possibility that Warren - the progressive firebrand from Massachusetts - a favorite of Bernie Sanders supporters - would be Clinton's pick for vice president. "The ultimate dream ticket," veteran Democratic strategist Donna Brazile told People of Warren - a former Harvard Law School professor who specializes in bankruptcy law and has a history of fighting big banks. "Elizabeth Warren »

- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, @sswestfall

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