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Craig Ferguson Wakes Up in Bed With Drew Carey on Final ‘Late Late Show’ (Video)

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Stephen Colbert wasn’t the only late-night TV talk show host to say goodbye on Thursday night.

Craig Ferguson, the longest-tenured host of “The Late Late Show,” bid his staff and studio audience adieu at the Thursday taping, which aired on Friday night (technically Saturday morning, if you’re a stickler). TheWrap was at the taping, but one special moment was held back from both Ferguson’s final crowd and the press — until now, of course.

Also Read: 14 Late Night TV Hosts Ranked by Popularity (Photos)

At the end of the final Ferguson show, after the Scottish comedian revealed TV »


- Tony Maglio

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NBCUniversal Digital President on Radius: ‘It’s a Netflix for Fitness’

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NBCUniversal launched “Radius” earlier this month, its new fitness brand available across all digital platforms.

“Radius is really a fully convergent fitness media brand,” said NBCUniversal Digital president Nick Lehman. “The core of the experience is a digital platform… It’s a Netflix for fitness, then what we’re doing is we’ve built a layer of personalization technology.”

The on-demand service is likened to a virtual trainer. Subscribers can select workouts and programs in order to meet their individual goals. With each log-in, Radius tracks workouts, progress and calories burned. Badges are built into the program for achievements. Radius »


- Alicia Banks

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‘The Amazing Race’ Has a New Twist: Blind Date Couples (Video)

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CBS’s 10-time Emmy winning “The Amazing Race” is changing formats for its 26th season.

When the franchise returns in February, there will be no parent-children teams, no siblings, and no best friends lugging backpacks and passports.

Instead, the new season is all dating couples, five of whom are on a blind date race around the world.

See photos: ‘The Amazing Race’ Celebrates 25 Seasons, 10 Emmys and a Football-Free Timeslot

That makes it not just a shotgun start to the race, but a shotgun start to five romances. CBS made the announcement on Friday night at the tail end of the »


- Mikey Glazer

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New Video of Ray Rice Assault Shows Couple Kissing, Cuffed After Elevator Attack (Video)

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Video of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancee from an elevator sparked a domestic abuse crisis in the NFL, and new footage released on Friday shows the emotional aftermath of the attack.

According to ABC, nearly 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage shows Janay Palmer (now Rice) looking clearly distraught and refusing to talk to the NFL star who had allegedly violently beaten her in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino in February.

See photos: Shootings, Stabbings, Dog Fighting: 11 NFL Scandals That Rocked the League (Photos)

In the black-and-white surveillance video, Palmer pushes Rice away as he tries to calm her, »


- Debbie Emery

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TLC to Air ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ Special in January (Video)

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TLC will air a special in January called “My Husband’s Not Gay” that follows four men living in Salt Lake City, Utah, who don’t identify themselves as homosexual despite having an attraction to men.

The show focuses on three married couples: Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera. Joining the cast is 35-year-old Tom, the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball andserved as a missionary in Long Beach.

Also Watch: ’90 Day Fiance’s’ Ryan Fears His Sister-In-Law Is After a Green Card (Exclusive Video)

All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to »


- Alicia Banks

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TheWrap Screening: ‘Selma’ Tackles ‘Timely’ Race Issues Say Cast, Director (Video)

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British actor David Oyelowo, who plays Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Golden Globe Best Picture-nominee “Selma,” was the “rainmaker” and “champion” of the film, director Ava DuVernay told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Thursday.

The film, nominated in four Golden Globe categories — for best picture, director, actor in a motion picture drama, and song — was screened at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles as the final 2014 installment in TheWrap Screening Series. “Selma” tells the story of three tumultuous months in 1965 Selma, Alabama, when King led activists and locals in protests against insidious efforts on the part of Gov. »


- Deborah Day

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New York Post Writer Agrees With Bill Cosby: ‘Black Media’ Comments Are Being ‘Totally Misconstrued’

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Stacy Brown, the freelance reporter who got Bill Cosby to break his silence says the comedian’s comments are being “totally misconstrued.”

“He was not asking for any favors, he was asking for fairness,” Brown told TheWrap. “He knew he was talking to an African-American reporter who writes for African-American newspapers. It’s a shame that all those in the black press were so quick to take insult when there was no reason to be insulted.”

In a surprising move, the embattled comedian talked to Brown on December 14, after Brown picked up the phone and called Cosby’s house.

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- Itay Hod

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David Schwimmer to Play Robert Kardashian on FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

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David Schwimmer will play, ironically, the least famous Kardashian.

The “Friends” actor will play Robert Kardashian, friend and attorney to O.J. Simpson, on the FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Best known for playing Ross on NBC’s “Friends” from 1994-2004, Schwimmer has since appeared in a recurring roles on Showtime’s “Web Therapy” and HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He has also guest starred on an episode of NBC’s “30 Rock.”

See photos: 18 Real-Life Scandals That TV Ripped From the Headlines (Photos)

His film credits include the voice role for »


- Jethro Nededog

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Current Cybersecurity Disaster Is an Industry Call to Action (Guest Blog)

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The latest Hollywood disaster epic has pushed cybersecurity and piracy issues to the top of the entertainment industry’s agenda.

The massive cybersecurity attack (or is it terrorism?) is a powerful call to action for the industry’s leadership to develop strategic initiatives against a common foe. The breach — the second to rock Hollywood in the past six months — has forced us to focus as never before on effective methods to mitigate the risks posed to our most valuable resources: our people and our intellectual property.

In the face of these extraordinary, headline-grabbing circumstances, now is the time to come »


- Nil Shah

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‘The Interview’ Intervention: Pulling Film Sends Wrong Message (Guest Blog)

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What currently is happening in Hollywood is incredible, utterly engaging and fantastically insane. Personally, I don’t care about Amy and Scott’s emails. If anyone cared what the lot of you have written and said in texts and emails, I’m sure all your off-color and probably poorly worded jokes wouldn’t paint you in the best light. They were personal conversations, and I find it hard to believe that anyone would use that information to make them out to be anything other than flawed human beings like the rest of us. The worst part about the Sony hack »


- Ari Sturm

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10 Most Culturally Relevant TV Shows of 2014 (Guest Blog)

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Ask any network exec and he or she will tell you, unequivocally and un-ironically, that all they need is the ever-elusive “one hit show.” But in today’s new world of television, defining a hit isn’t just about ratings anymore. In fact, in order for new shows to hit the Holy Grail of numbers they need to cultivate a new kind of success first: cultural success.

What exactly is cultural success in the television industry? It can be described as the “relevance” and “authenticity” everyone is clamoring for. But loosely defined, it’s a combination of social media, critical acclaim, »


- Linda Ong

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Sarah Jessica Parker Nears HBO Return With New Comedy

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HBO and actress Sarah Jessica Parker are nearing a deal for a starring role on a new comedy called “Divorce,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The series would focus on a middle-aged woman, who’s teetering on the idea of divorce from her husband and is being nudged by her two single friends to do it. But, she doesn’t go through with it. That changes, though, when her husband learns of her affair and calls off the marriage.

See photos: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Iconic Style: 11 Hottest Red Carpet Moments (Photos)

Parker is slated to »


- Alicia Banks

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‘Colbert Report’ Finale Scores Series High in Viewers

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Stephen Colbert officially got a proper send-off — at least per the Nielsen sheets.

Also Read: Emmy Winners: Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Aaron Paul, Allison Janney (Photos)

The finale of “The Colbert Report” set a series record high with 2.5 million total viewers on Thursday. The goodbye show, which was heavily star-studded, appeared to have nearly as many people singing along on stage as it apparently did watching along at home.

The half-hour series closer topped Colbert’s previous high from Oct. 29, 2008, when he pulled in 2.4 million total viewers. That show was boosted by lead-in “The Daily Show,” which welcomed President Barack Obama as guest. »


- Tony Maglio

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TV News Praises President Obama After He Calls Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Cancellation a ‘Mistake’

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TV news was abuzz following President Obama’s year-end press conference, in which he called Sony’s decision to cancel “The Interview” a mistake.

Also Read: President Obama: Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ in Canceling ‘The Interview

On CNN, Brian Stelter broke news Friday morning about North Korea sending a new threatening to Sony Thursday.

“He certainly surprised me,” Jake Tapper said to Wolf Blitzer. “Before the press conference, if you asked me what I thought, I thought he’d be more cautious, and talk more about how he understood where Sony was coming from as a business.”

“They were outraged, »


- Jordan Chariton

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See Sony CEO Michael Lynton’s Full Interview About Hack, Cancelling ‘Interview’

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Sony CEO Michael Lynton made his first public remarks on Friday about being hacked by North Korea and deciding to pull his upcoming movie, “The Interview.”

Here is the full conversation with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria:

Fareed Zakaria: The President says Sony made a mistake in pulling the film. Did you make a mistake?

Also Read: President Obama: Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ in Canceling ‘The Interview’

Michael Lynton: No. I–I think actually the unfortunate part is. in this instance. the President, the Press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. »


- Sharon Waxman

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Sony’s Michael Lynton Says No VOD Distributor Will Show ‘The Interview’

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Video on demand companies are declining to show “The Interview” after movie theaters pulled the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy from its original Dec. 25 release, Sony CEO Michael Lynton said on Friday.

“There has not been one major VOD or one major ecommerce site that has said they are willing to step forward and distribute this movie,” Lynton told CNN, presumably referring to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Also Read: Sony Hack Attack Timeline: From First Cyberbreach and Leaks to ‘The Interview’ Dropped (Photos)

Lynton struck a defiant tone while speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria after »


- Linda Ge

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FCC Opens Door to Cable Competition Delivered by the Web

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The FCC on Friday took the first step toward making the delivery of cable TV packages over the Web an alternative to traditional cable, a move that could revive Aereo and vastly increase competition for traditional cable and satellite providers.

In a long awaited move, the FCC proposed to redefine the term “multichannel programming distributor” and asked for public comment about the change. The notice asked for help in determining how it should redefine its traditional definition of cable systems for the Internet age in a way that would provide deliverers of online video programming some of the same rights »


- Ira Teinowitz

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HBO Movie ‘The Normal Heart’ Wins Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award

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The HBO movie “The Normal Heart” will receive the 2015 Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Friday.

The film, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Brad Pitt, was based on Larry Kramer’s play chronicling the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

Also read: Why Mark Ruffalo Didn’t Want to Play Larry Kramer in ‘The Normal Heart’ at First

The Stanley Kramer Award was established by the PGA in 2002 to honor films or »


- Steve Pond

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Sony Blames Movie Theaters for ‘The Interview’ Decision: ‘We Had No Choice’

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Sony Pictures placed the blame on movie theaters for “The Interview” being pulled.

“The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of ‘The Interview’ was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film,” said the studio in a statement to TheWrap. “This was their decision.”

The studio also reiterated that pulling the film was not caving into censorship. “Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment,” they continued. “For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, »


- Linda Ge

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Sony Security Still Slacking – ‘Leviathan’ Audience Avoids ID Check on Lot

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In the midst of a crippling cyberattack, Sony allowed at least two dozen people on the studio lot on Thursday night without asking them for identification, including this reporter.

Members of the media and Hollywood guilds were invited to see Russia’s critically acclaimed foreign language contender “Leviathan,” which Sony Pictures Classics opens in Los Angeles on Dec. 31. I brought my friend, independent filmmaker Matt Silverman, and arranged drive-ons for each of us, though we wound up riding together. The screening was to be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 23 of the Jimmy Stewart building.

At 7:15 p.m. »


- Jeff Sneider

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