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Megyn Kelly Says She Left Fox News Because of Trump

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In an interview on “The Ellen Show” on Wednesday, Megyn Kelly said that she left Fox News because of President Donald Trump and the “snake pit” that is primetime cable news.

Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one’s life choices,” she explained after elaborating that she had never been a political person until she joined the primetime slot on Fox News. “Just as I was sort of wondering if [primetime news] was where I wanted to be and how I wanted to live, the universe came and shone a light, and it was clear to me what I wanted to do.”

Kelly added, “Bill O’Reilly, of all people, told me when I got to cable news primetime that cable news primetime is a snake pit. And that’s how it felt, and I didn’t want to be in the snake pit, I just wanted to cover the news.”

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- Erin Nyren

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Jimmy Kimmel Turns Trump-ian Weapons on Health Care Bill

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It sure can be uncomfortable when the shoe is on the other foot.

Jimmy Kimmel has gotten a lot of attention for his on-air commentaries on health care this week, and deservedly so. In laying out the stakes very plainly but cogently, and with a dash of folksy humor, his health care segments have actually recalled the work of an American icon, Jimmy Stewart.

In many of his movies, Stewart would go up against powerful forces who were pushing  around the little guy — regular citizens just trying to get by. With heartfelt sincerity and plain speech, Stewart’s characters would point out how unfair and ultimately un-American his foes were.

Of course, Stewart was not the only actor to play this kind of character over the years. The “how dare these big shots hurt my fellow Americans” speech is staple of law dramas on TV and many mainstream movies over the years. The »


- Maureen Ryan

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Fox News Sets New Late-Night Show With Anchor Shannon Bream

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Fox News will launch a new late-night news program with anchor Shannon Bream next month.

Fox News @ Night” will premiere in the 11 p.m. time period beginning Oct. 30. The move caps a reshuffling of the evening block at Fox News and an expansion of original programming into the 11 p.m. hour.

Bream has been a rising star at the cable channel, most recently serving as its Supreme Court correspondent and regular co-anchor of morning show “American Newsroom.”

“For the past decade, Shannon’s insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court and Washington has made her a major asset to our news division,” said Jay Wallace, president of news for the cable channel. “Her experience, coupled with the relationship she has with our viewers, offers a perfect fit for the anchor position at 11Pm/Et as we extend our live primetime programming.”

Fox News had been airing reruns of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 11 p.m »


- Daniel Holloway

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Matthew Broderick Cast in Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Musical

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Matthew Broderick has signed on for the role of the adult Ralphie narrator in Fox’s live staging of a musical based on the beloved 1983 film “A Christmas Story.”

A Christmas Story Live!” is set to air Dec. 17 as a three-hour telecast. Executive producer Marc Platt and much of the team behind Fox’s successful “Grease Live” production are reuniting for the tuner that revolves around a nine-year-old boy’s yearning for the perfect Christmas present: “a Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.”

Broderick will take on the voice-over work handled in the film by Jean Shepherd, the late humorist and radio host who wrote the 1966 short story that inspired in the movie.

The musical rendition of “Christmas” story had a short Broadway run in 2013 and has fielded touring productions. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, now »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Oprah Winfrey on Joining ’60 Minutes’: ‘One of the Great Honors of My Career’

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Oprah Winfrey is set to make her debut as a “60 Minutes” correspondent on Sunday with a story about America’s political divisions.

Winfrey’s first outing coincides with the show’s 50th season premiere and the launch of CBS’ yearlong retrospective tribute to the venerable newsmagazine. Winfrey spoke with “CBS This Morning” on Thursday about her new role and her long admiration for the work done by the “60 Minutes” team over many decades.

“As someone whose grown up watching ’60 Minutes; since I was a young girl, not even knowing the power, the impact, the value of the reporting, and then becoming a young reporter myself in my 20s, in Baltimore, ’60 Minutes’ was I would say for the first 20 years of my career like a religion,” Winfrey said. “Your Sunday was complete after Andy Rooney had finished his piece and you heard that clock. So to be a part of this esteemed group of story tellers is one »


- Matt Fernandez

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Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on Using Technology in a Traditional World

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Jeff Dunham is the first to admit that in the high-tech entertainment world of today, his act is a low-tech throwback to a bygone era – and part of a long tradition that’s remained virtually unchanged since the days of vaudeville and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in the ’30s.

But while the straight man/ringleader with his posse of politically incorrect alter egos still works with a simple dummy on his lap, he has also harnessed modern technology and amassed numbers that Bergen could only dream of (10 million Facebook fans, more than 530,000 Twitter followers, more than 1 million YouTube subscribers).

If Comedy Central was the launch pad, the internet was the booster rocket. “What I do is such an ancient art form, that it was even looked down on back in vaudeville days, and all the new media and technology is the thing that’s gotten me this international following,” Dunham »


- Iain Blair

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Disney Names Rebecca Campbell Its New Chief for Europe, Middle East, and Africa

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Disney has appointed veteran executive Rebecca Campbell president of its business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Staring in January, she will replace Diego Lerner, who has been Disney’s Emea chief since 2009 and is returning to his native Argentina, taking an unspecified international role at the company.

Campbell, a 20-year employee at Disney, moves from domestic to international, transitioning from her role as president of the ABC’s U.S. local station group and ABC Daytime. She will be based in London and report to Disney’s international chairman, Andy Bird.

“Rebecca’s ability to manage and lead the many disparate and geographically diverse stations across the U.S. with such incredible success makes her the best choice to lead our efforts in such a complex region,” Bird said. “Given Rebecca’s leadership role in the ever-changing media and entertainment landscape, she is uniquely positioned for success. Her combination of creative experience, leadership »


- Stewart Clarke

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Renewed for Season 5 at Netflix

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BoJack Horseman” has been renewed for Season 5, Netflix announced Thursday.

The announcement came in the form of a video posted to the show’s social media channels, which show a “clingy netflix exec” texting BoJack to share the news of the renewal. Watch the video below.

The animated series stars Will Arnett as BoJack, the failed legendary ‘90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom “Horsin’ Around,” who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.

Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also features the voices of Paul F. Tompkins and Alison Brie.

Season 4 launched globally on Netflix on Sept. 8 and received widespread critical acclaim. The season currently has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The season saw BoJack coming to grips with his identity after »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox Developing Step-Sibling Comedy With Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman Producing (Exclusive)

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Fox is developing a comedy series that hails from executive producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, Variety has learned exclusively.

Titled “Step Strangers,” the series would follow five 20-something adults who are forced to become step-siblings after their overbearing divorced mother and oblivious widower father meet on a singles cruise and fall in love. Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached.

Lauren Caltagirone will write the project and executive produce. Banks and Handelman will executive produce under their Brownstone Productions banner. Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with Brownstone.

“Step Strangers” marks the latest broadcast project this season for Brownstone Productions. ABC recently announced the order of the drama “Spirited” written by Heather Mitchell and staring Laverne Cox. “Pitch Perfect 3,” another Brownstone project, is due for release this December from Universal. The first two films collectively grossed over $400 million globally. The company also  currently has “Charlie’s Angels” at Sony »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Big Bang Theory’ New Boss on Sheldon’s Proposal, Amy’s Answer & Chuck Lorre’s Advice

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When CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” wrapped last season, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) was making some big changes — specifically proposing to his girlfriend, Amy (Mayim Bialik).

But behind the scenes, the show went through some changes as well: Steve Holland, who first joined the writers room in 2009, stepped up to take the reins as showrunner after Steve Molaro shifted to the network’s new spin-off, “Young Sheldon.”

“In taking over as showrunner, my least concern is putting my stamp on the show,” Holland tells Variety. “These characters, over 10 seasons, have honestly grown and changed and taken on a life of their own, and my job here is to honor and protect these characters.”

When Holland first talked with series co-creator Chuck Lorre about season 11, one of the things he admits to being concerned about was what stories there could be left to tell. But with Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) being new parents, as »


- Danielle Turchiano

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TV Review: ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

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The first time “Law & Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf attempted to tell the story of the Menendez brothers, it was in the first-season episode “The Serpent’s Tooth,” which aired in March 1991. In the episode, wealthy squash aficionados Greg (Stephen Mailer) and Nick (Matt Hofherr) Jarmon are held on suspicion of murdering their parents, Evelyn and Karl, after the two are shot point blank with one of the family’s shotguns. The details were sanded off, but the voyeurist rush of peering into a scandal remained.

As is the case with many such “Law & Order” episodes, the central moral quandary didn’t need to be solved because of a third act twist. In real life, Lyle and Erik Menendez killed their parents, confessed to the murders, alleged physical and sexual abuse at the hands of both parents and in 1996 were sent to prison without the possibility of parole. In »


- Sonia Saraiya

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TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12 Finale Hits Seven-Year High in Total Viewers

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“America’s Got Talent” closed out a powerful Season 12 with multiple highs in both key ratings measurres, according to Nielsen data.

Airing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on NBC, the season finale averaged a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.4 million total viewers. That makes it the show’s top finale in six years in adults 18-49 and in seven years in total viewers. In addition, it was up over 30% in both measures from last week’s episode on Wednesday.

After “Agt,” the Season 2 premiere of “The Good Place” averaged a 1.4 and 5.8 million viewers, airing from 10-11. That is a significant decrease from the Season 1 premiere (2.3, 8 million on Sept. 19, 2016) but an increase of 27% in the key demo and 47% in total viewers from the Season 1 finale (1.1, 3.9 million on Jan. 19, 2017).

On CBS, the Season 19 finale of “Big Brother” (2.2, 6.7 million) was up 19% in the key demo compared to last week and approximately 4% in total viewers. It »


- Joe Otterson

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Billy Eichner’s ‘Billy on the Street’ to Leave TruTV

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Billy Eichner’s comedy game show series “Billy on the Street” is leaving truTV, Variety has confirmed.

The show features Eichner asking impromptu quiz show-type questions to people on the streets of New York, often accompanied by a celebrity guest. Past celebrity guests have included: Sarah Jessica ParkerChris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, and Anna Kendrick.

“We can confirm that new episodes of ‘Billy on the Street’ will not be returning to truTV,” a truTV spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “The show is deceptively time-consuming to make and scheduling was increasingly difficult. We had a great run together capped off by the show’s Emmy nomination, and we wish Billy nothing but the best.”

Produced by Funny or Die, the show aired on Fuse from 2011-2014 for its first three seasons, moving to truTV in 2015 for Seasons 4 and 5. Season 5 concluded back in January. The »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Search Party,’ ‘The Deuce,’ ‘Swat,’ Shawn Ryan Set for New York Television Festival

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The Season 2 premiere of “Search Party,” a panel on the production of “The Deuce,” and keynotes with showrunner Shawn Ryan, Jordan Klepper and TBS programming chief Brett Weitz are among the events set for the 13th annual New York Television Festival next month.

The sophomore year of TBS’ quirky mystery-comedy “Search Party” and the premiere of TruTV’s “At Home with Amy Seders” will be the fest’s opening night showcase programs on Oct. 23. Earlier in the day, TBS’ Weitz will be featured in a conversation moderated by Nytvf founder Terence Gray. The weeklong festival runs Oct. 23-28 at various venues.

Other highlights of the event include:

Premiere of the Sony TV/CBS drama “Swat” (Oct. 24) Keynote conversation with Ryan (Oct. 24) Premiere of Starz documentary “Nude,” about fashion photog David Bellemare (Oct. 25) Keynote conversation with director Michelle MacLaren and other female creatives on “The Deuce” (Oct. 26) Fan panel with John C. McGinley and others stars of “Stan Against Evil »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Lifetime Banks on Buzzy Beauty Industry for Next Reality Competition Series

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Lifetime is home to fashion’s biggest reality show, “Project Runway,” and now the network is banking on the beauty industry for their next competition series.

American Beauty Star,” hosted by supermodel Adriana Lima, brings celebrity stylists and salon professionals head-to-head to compete in a series of hair and makeup challenges over the course of 10 episodes. The contestants are mentored by make-up artist to the stars, Sir John, who has worked with everyone from Beyonce to Karlie Kloss, and judges are Vogue’s Sarah Brown and photographer Russell James.

To celebrate the launch of “American Beauty Star,” the cast was joined by an crowd of entertainment and fashion types at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s terrace for an intimate, yet swanky, cocktails-and-conversation soirée on Tuesday night where guests were greeted with champagne and bid adieu with gift bags full of — what else? — beauty products.

The series, which debuts Thursday night at 10:30 p.m »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Watch the Foo Fighters’ Raucous ‘Carpool Karaoke’ With James Corden

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It’s hard not to get the feeling that a big part of the Foo Fighters’ ongoing popularity is the fact that it looks like it’d be so much fun to hang out with them, and their “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden does nothing to dispel that notion. As usual, the host and the artist drive around L.A. singing songs like “The Best of You” and “Learn to Fly” at top volume — in this case you get the added bonus of seeing both Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins air-drumming — along with entertaining stories about life on the road, being in a band, and, oh yeah, that time Grohl broke his leg and dislocated his ankle onstage in Germany. But wait there’s more! The group makes a stop at the Guitar Center on Sunset and not only gives Corden a drum audition — okay, you try to sound good next to Grohl and Hawkins — and later »


- Jem Aswad

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Nielsen Unveils New Ad Yardstick for Madison Avenue (Exclusive)

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Nielsen, which for years has backed a system under which advertisers paid for TV commercials based on the number of people of a particular age or gender who saw them, now wants to be able to offer Madison Avenue a different kind of yardstick.

The media-measurement concern, whose ratings provide the bedrock of TV-industry economics, has come up with a way to help advertisers buy based on different criteria. Under current norms, marketers ranging from Apple to Zyrtec use Nielsen to determine how many men or women between the ages of 18 and 49 saw a commercial – and pay based on those measures. With new Nielsen technology in place, advertisers like General Motors or Mondelez International might instead count the number of first-time car buyers or likely purchasers of lunchbox snacks they reach, part of a burgeoning technique that is known in the industry as “audience buying” that’s gaining favor as rival digital outlets allow for more precise »


- Brian Steinberg

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NBC Touts Megyn Kelly’s Softer Side in Bid to Launch New Morning Show

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Megyn Kelly is best known as the hard-edged news anchor who wasn’t afraid to push back on conservative orthodoxy at Fox News Channel. Her new employer, NBC Universal, is trying to trot out a softer side.

As NBC prepares to launch a new morning show led by the much-scrutinized Kelly, it has unleashed a promotional salvo that speaks less about her news chops and instead tries to unveil other facets of her personality. One recent promo shows Kelly shaking hands with people in a supermarket and at a baseball stadium, and suggests her program, “Megyn Kelly Today,” is “not about us versus them. It’s about us for everyone.” She’s sharing space on an NBCU billboard in Times Square that depicts her offering up a hot cup of coffee. In a video posted on her new show’s Twitter feed, she reveals a fondness for “Overboard,” the 1987 comedy featuring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

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- Brian Steinberg

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Vice Ramps Up Original French Content With Three New Shows

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Paris – A year after launching Viceland in France, Vice is ramping up its original French content with three new productions: “Rum Diaries with Joey Starr,” “Instagraille” and “Hometown.”

“Rum Diaries with Joey Starr” follows the rapper-turned-actor-producer Joey Starr (pictured) on a journey to rum distilleries across the world, including in Martinique, his homeland, Guadeloupe, Cuba and Jamaica. Through his travelogue, Starr sheds light on the history of colonialism, slavery and the essence of Creole identity. Starr, whose hip hop band Ntm was hugely popular in the ’90s, remains one of France’s best known musicians and has become a prominent actor since his breakthrough role in Maiwenn’s “Polisse.”

Vice will also bank on France’s renown for cuisine and fashion with “Instagraille” and “Hometown.”

“Instagraille” follows France’s top-ranked chefs and their entourages to their favorite restaurants and hangout spots. “Hometown” delivers intimate portraits of several high-profile designers. In each episode, a »


- Elsa Keslassy

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HBO España Orders Up ‘Patria,’ an Original Series on the Basque Conflict (Exclusive)

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Madrid — In the first confirmation of its production plans, HBO España has commissioned Alea Media to develop an original adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s bestselling novel “Patria,” with Alea Media founder Aitor Gabilondo, one of Spain’s best-known showrunners, both writing and producing.

Confirmation of the project comes after months of speculation over HBO’s Spanish production plans. Last November, HBO España launched a standalone streaming service in Spain and hired Miguel Salvat, a highly respected former director of content at Canal Plus and of premium channels at Movistar, as its commissioning editor of original programming.

Patria” studies the impact of the Basque conflict on ordinary people on either side of the divide, such as the widow of a man shot dead by the armed separatist group Eta who returns to her home village after the 2011 ceasefire, and the mother of an incarcerated terrorist. The novel, published last year, runs to 646 pages.

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- John Hopewell

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