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Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Ratings Cool, Fox’s Baseball Hits Home Run

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With this year's Independence Day falling on a Saturday, it was inevitable that the annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular (0.9/6) wasn't going to be as explosive as previous celebrations. And with an 18% drop among adults 18-49 from 2014 that fizzle was exactly what happened on a much more competitive night than last year. Besides the bright lights above the NYC skyline, the 2-hour NBC show had performances from Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, the U.S. Air Force… »

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BBC Faces Billion-Dollar Bill After Gov’t Asks It To Pick Up Welfare Costs; Move Marks Latest Setback

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The BBC keeps taking hits rather than making them. Days after the iconic broadcaster announced it was cutting more than 1000 jobs to make up for a shortfall in its license fee revenues, a report in the Sunday Times today claims the BBC will also face a bill in excess of $1 billion for new welfare charges. The public broadcaster is being asked to absorb the cost of the license fee for viewers over age 75 as the government attempts to shift the cost currently covered by the… »

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Diana Douglas Dies: Actress, 92, Was Kirk Douglas’ First Wife And Mother of Michael And Joel Douglas

4 July 2015 12:46 PM, PDT

Actress Diana Douglas, mother of Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, died today at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, CA. The first wife of actor Kirk Douglas, she was 92 and died of cancer, her husband of 15 years Donald A. Webster said. Diana Douglas had a long career in movies, TV and in theater. She appeared in 22 films. Her final feature film was the Fred Schepisi-directed It Runs in the Family, which also starred Kirk, Michael, Joel and grandson… »

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Is Chicago’s “Netflix Tax” A Web Scourge Or One Way To Level The Playing Field?

3 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT

This week the City of Chicago amended its amusement tax rules among others to include a 9% “cloud tax” on digital entertainment streaming services. Taking effect September 1, it will include everything from rentals of shows, movies, videos, music and games to e-commerce transactions to online gambling. That of course means services like movie and TV hub Netflix and music services like Spotify will be officially taxed inside the Windy City’s limits. The city would collect… »

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‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ Over: There Will Be No Season 2 On NBC

3 July 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision. Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing… »

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‘Big Brother’ Ratings Top Night Of Holiday Declines, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Rookie Blue’ Even

3 July 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

With most of America getting ready for the long Fourth of July weekend, primetime television took a bit of a backseat last night. Almost everyone was down and so was overall usage among adults 18-49, which took an 8% decline from last week. Let's actually give shout-outs where shout-outs are due: the still cancelled Hannibal (0.4/1), the second week of the sixth season of Rookie Blue (0.6/2), and Beauty And The Beast (0.2/1) all bucked the trend to stay even with their… »

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‘Humans’ Series Premiere Ratings Grow To 2.5M In L+3

3 July 2015 10:29 AM, PDT

AMC’s sci-fi drama Humans clocked 2.5 million total viewers in Live+3 for its June 28 series premiere, up 43% from Live+Same Day. In the key demos, it scored 1.2 million adults 25-54, up 50% from Live+Sd, and 1.0 million adults 18-49, up 52% from L+Sd, according to Nielsen stats. As noted previously, the debut of Humans was just over 30% of what it got in the UK when the Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley-written series launched there on June 14. The first showing of the… »

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Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer Out And Replaced By Maxime Saada

3 July 2015 9:17 AM, PDT

Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer has been ousted from his post following a meeting today by the French pay TV giant’s Supervisory Board, on the recommendation of Bertrand Méheut, chairman of Canal Plus' management board. Belmer will be replaced by Maxime Saada, who joined Canal Plus in 2001 and previously served as Evp of the Canal Plus Group and and head of Pay-tv. The board also appointed Grégoire Castaing, Canal Plus CFO, to Canal Plus' management board. It promises to… »

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‘Hello Kitty’ To Be Turned Into Film For 2019 Release

3 July 2015 8:52 AM, PDT

Iconic Japanese brand Hello Kitty, famous globally for the red-bowed cat with six symmetrical whiskers, is getting her own film adaptation. Japanese lifestyle company Sanrio is planning to finance and produce a feature based on the character and release it globally in 2019. The film will go through Sanrio’s recently established U.S. subsidiary. The project will have an expected budget of anywhere from $160 million-$240 million, including P&A, according to Sanrio… »

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Jon Stewart Leads Donald Trump Sing-Along

3 July 2015 5:36 AM, PDT

Many people have weighed in at great length on Donald Trump and his Mexican Rapists Candidacy Announcement, since the real-estate mogul delivered the headline-making speech in the gold-plated halls of Trump Towers a couple weeks ago. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has not been one of them. His relative restraint in the days following the speech has surprised Stewart fans; it was as if raw meat has been thrown to a piranha and the fish had turned up its nose. This finally… »

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Conan Crashes ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Girls Night

2 July 2015 11:12 PM, PDT

Conan O’Brien always is at his best when he gets out of the studio. Remember when Conan secretly flew to Cuba to shoot Conan In Cuba, becoming the first American late-night host to do a show in that island nation in more than 50 years, learning the importance of the Cuban clave beat, wowing a band with his 8th grade Spanish skills, and visiting the famous waterfront promenade where Cuban youth shared with him their rum in a box and cigarettes, which Conan speculated had… »

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SAG-aftra Seeks Protection For TV News Teams After San Francisco Attacks

2 July 2015 7:57 PM, PDT

In the aftermath of attacks on two TV news teams that were covering a shooting death in San Fransisco today, SAG-aftra said its local in the Bay Area “met with all major news stations and requested security measures for the protection of reporting teams.” Ktvu reporter Cara Liu was reporting live from Pier 14 (video below) on a Wednesday night homicide when a mugger ran up to Kntv’s team nearby and stole camera equipment and Kntv camera operator Alan Waples was… »

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Reelz CEO: Trump’s Comments “Ridiculous” But Miss USA Pageant A Tradition – And Cheap

2 July 2015 6:06 PM, PDT

“I agree with everything NBC, Univision, Macy’s are saying – I think those comments are ridiculous, We couldn’t disagree with them more,” Reelz CEO Stan Hubbard said this afternoon of Donald Trump’s “rapists” immigration position, hours after announcing his network will televise Trump’s Miss USA Pageant on July 12 after it was dumped by NBC and Univision. “Our carriage of this event should not be construed as anything political. It is anything but – it is television, it… »

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Daniel Sauli Joins HBO Movie ‘Confirmation'; Jonathan Whitesell In ABC Family Pilot ‘Beyond’

2 July 2015 2:49 PM, PDT

Daniel Sauli has landed a role in HBO Films’ upcoming movie Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington. The film details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Washington), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern race relations. Cesd-repped Sauli will play Mark Paoletta, a lawyer with the… »

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Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

2 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT

Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!” After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15… »

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Wins 2Q In Demo, CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ Takes Total Viewers

2 July 2015 1:18 PM, PDT

ABC’s Sunday Beltway show This Week won the second quarter of 2015 in the news demo with 875,000 viewers  – its first demo win during a second quarter in 21 years. CBS’ Face The Nation, meanwhile, won the quarter in overall audience with 3.212 million viewers, while This Week clocked 2.683 million. And what of “sleepy eyes Chuck Todd, who does Meet the Press, which is failing in the ratings,” as former NBC star/current Gop presidential candidate Donald Trump recently… »

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Marisa Tomei Joins ‘Empire’ As Recurring

2 July 2015 12:23 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Fox smash Empire is adding to the list of high-profile guest star/recurring players for Season 2. Marisa Tomei, whose Oscar-winning role as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Viinny can rival Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie in the sass department, has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the hip-hop series. She will play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music… »

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America Ferrera Says “Thank You” Donald Trump For Sending “More Latino Voters To The Polls”

2 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

America Ferrera has penned an open letter to Donald Trump, sarcastically “thanking’ him for his “incredibly ignorant and racist” remarks he made during his speech announcing his candidacy for president. Trump has sparked a universal firestorm with his comments about building a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out Mexican “rapists”, drug dealers, etc. “I’m writing to say thank you,” writes the actress in the letter posted on Huffington Post Latino Voices. “You… »

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Emmys 2015: Louis J Horvitz Back To Direct Fox Telecast

2 July 2015 10:54 AM, PDT

Louis J. Horvitz will return to direct his 17th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, the TV Academy said today in announcing the production staff for the Fox broadcast. Danette Herman is also back for a 26th year with the Emmy telecast as co-producer for Don Mischer Productions, which has set Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare as executive producers. Bob Dickinson (Peter Pan Live!) is also returning as lighting designer for the live telecast. Newcomer Baz Halpin… »

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Trevor Noah To Jerry Seinfeld: Jon Stewart Leaving ‘Daily Show’ At Just “Right” Time

2 July 2015 10:16 AM, PDT

“Let’s talk about when you became new host of The Daily Show,” Jerry Seinfeld says to Trevor Noah on this week's episode of  Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. As Seinfeld and Jon Stewart’s replacement cruise the streets of New York in a 1985 white Ferrari 308 GTBi, Noah says, “I was, like, ‘Who’s going to get the show?’ It was crazy. Jon announcing he’s leaving the show…throws everybody off, because Jon does what no one seems to do, and that’s leave when the… »

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