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Ann Coulter Gets Burned the Most at Rob Lowe’s Comedy Central Roast

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Rob Lowe is at the center of Comedy Central’s Roast this year, and at the taping on Saturday night, he got slammed: over his 1988 sex tape with a 16-year-old, his trend of being on so many cancelled TV shows and even his unbearable handsomeness.

But perhaps no one was burned worse that one of the actual roasters: Ann Coulter. In fact, the political commentator even addressed the amount of jokes leveled at her during her performance.

“I want to welcome everybody to the Ann Coulter roast with Rob Lowe,” she said.

Not even the audience felt bad for Coulter’s slaughtering. During her performance, she was booed when promoting her new book, “In Trump We Trust,” and roaster and “SNL” star Pete Davidson got more laughs than she did when making a sarcastic face at a joke of hers that fell flat.

Here’s just a few of the many jokes flung at Coulter:

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- Alex Stedman

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How YouTube Hits Like ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Drive Revenue for James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’

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The social-media buzz generated by Britney Spears’ “Carpool Karaoke” in the past few days illustrates how crucial digital has been to the success of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Among other benefits, the digital strategy has enabled the talkshow’s host, James Corden, and executive producer Ben Winston to spin off segments as standalone shows, as they did recently with “Drop the Mic.”

After Spears’ “Carpool Karaoke” segment aired on “The Late Late Show” Thursday, Winston stayed up until 4 o’clock in the morning as he “didn’t want to wait for the digital numbers to come in; I wanted to watch them live to see where we were trending worldwide on that,” he told an audience at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival Friday. The video has drawn 13 million views on YouTube in three days.

His response is a reflection of the importance he and Corden attach to digital in comparison with overnight ratings »


- Leo Barraclough

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Charles Osgood Will Retire From CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning’

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Charles Osgood said he would step down from his anchoring duties at CBS’ venerable “Sunday Morning,” bringing a 22-year run on that program to an end.

His final broadcast is set to take place on Sunday, September 25.

“For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it!” Osgood said during today’s broadcast of the show. “Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on ‘Sunday Morning,’ the time has come.”

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- Brian Steinberg

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The Most Outrageous Moments From MTV VMAs Past

27 August 2016 11:35 AM, PDT

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will be held this Sunday in New York City.

The show has delivered unforgettable moments since its inception in 1984, when Madonna writhed on the stage performing “Like a Virgin.”

Perhaps the most infamous Vma moment came in 2009, when an inebriated Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video by uttering the now infamous words, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’m gonna let you finish. But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”

That incident kicked off a years-long feud that is still going on strong seven years later, most recently involving West’s single “Famous,” in which namedrops Swift.

The 2016 show will mark the first time Britney Spears will perform, nine years after her critically panned performance of “Gimme More,” where she listlessly danced and lip-synced around the stage. Spears will want to impress; she has a new album “Glory »


- Lawrence Yee

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Lou Pearlman Series in Development, Following Former Boy Band Producer’s Death

26 August 2016 5:24 PM, PDT

On the one-week anniversary of his death, Lou Pearlman’s life story is getting the TV treatment.

Magnet Management and Condé Nast have acquired the rights to a recent article published this week about the former boy band producer, who launched *Nsync and Backstreet Boys, and infamously ran a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

He died one week ago on Friday, Aug. 19 in prison where he was serving a 25-year sentence.

Based on The New Yorker article titled, “We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created,” the project will tell the story of Pearlman’s life with details of his rise from blimp business owner to the music mogul and then his fall to fraud.

The TV project is being developed as a limited series. Insiders tell Variety that three or four accomplished writers and directors have expressed interest in the project. The number of episodes for the limited run will be determined once a writer is »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Julianne Hough Returning to ‘DWTS’ Season 23 as Judge, Derek Hough as Pro Dancer

26 August 2016 3:56 PM, PDT

Julianne Hough and Derek Hough are both returning to “Dancing With the Stars” Season 23, insiders confirm to Variety. Julianne will return as a judge, while Derek and be back in ballroom as a pro dancer.

Both Hough siblings took a hiatus last season, and did not appear on Season 22.

While ABC has not announced the judges for Season 23 yet, Carrie Ann InabaBruno Tonioli and Len Goodman were on the panel last season, and even with Julianne coming back, sources say there has been no talk of any of them departing. (The foursome judged together for two previous seasons.)

ABC declined to comment on the Hough’s return, and any other casting buzz.

Julianne got her start on “Dancing with the Stars” as a pro dancer in Season 4 during which she became the show’s youngest winner. She continued as a dancer through Season 8 and departed before the ninth season, before »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV News Roundup: Creative Arts Emmys Announce Presenters; ‘Fashion Police’ to Return for VMAs

26 August 2016 2:51 PM, PDT

Freeform has added guest stars to the cast of comedy pilot “Alone Together,” including Chris D’Elia and Jim O’Heir;  E!’s “Fashion Police” will return for MTV’s Video Music Awards coverage, and the TV Academy has announced presenters for the Creative Arts Emmys.

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The Television Academy announcedthe first batch of presenters for this year’s Creative Arts Emmys. On the first of two consecutive nights, Sept. 10 presenters will include Bob Newhart, Rachel Bloom, Allison Janney, Michael Kelly and Bradley Whitford. The second night, Sept. 11, will feature Morgan Freeman, RuPaul, Vanessa Hudgens, Carrie Ann Inaba, Heidi Klum and Derek Hough. Bruce Rosenblum, the Television Academy CEO, will present the Governors Award to “American Idol” on night two. This year’s Creative Arts Emmys will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, starting at 5 p.m. each evening. The show will air on September 17 starting at 8 p.m »


- Maria Cavassuto

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‘Making a Murderer’: Steven Avery’s Lawyer Seeks More Evidence Testing

26 August 2016 2:31 PM, PDT

Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner has filed a motion seeking further scientific testing of evidence from the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Zellner argued that this level of testing wasn’t available during the 2007 trial.

“The most reassuring thing is that we are going to get to the bottom of who killed Teresa Halbach,” Zellner told reporters outside Manitowoc County courthouse on Friday. “And we firmly believe that we will establish it was not Steven Avery.”

Zellner wants to date blood and DNA found at the scene to verify whether it was planted or not. Although she told reporters the results will indicate that Avery is in fact not guilty, she declined to point out who might be responsible. In the motion, Zellner says “Mr. Avery has already completed a series of tests that will conclusively establish his innocence” and that she will be revealing her theory on the presumed killer once »


- Maria Cavassuto

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams on Shorter Season 7: ‘Good Things Must Come to an End’

26 August 2016 2:22 PM, PDT

Game of Thrones” has one of the strongest ensembles on television, but until now, its accolades have generally been reserved for its older cast members. This year, 19-year-old Maisie Williams has broken into the Emmy race for her harrowing turn as the embattled Arya Stark, rising from a blind beggar to the equivalent of “a Stark CIA agent,” as Williams describes her character at the end of Season 6.

Below, the British thesp tells Variety how she tackled Arya’s unorthodox underdog story, and what she hopes to see in the show’s shortened Season 7.

What was the most challenging aspect of Season 6?

The contact lenses, for sure – last season they were really exciting to use and I only had them for one scene and it was a cool thing to be doing on set. I wasn’t really too worried about this year, I didn’t really think it through, I »


- Laura Prudom

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Fire Causes ‘Significant’ Damage on Set of History’s ‘Knightfall’ in Prague

26 August 2016 1:16 PM, PDT

A fire has broken out on the Prague set of History Channel’s “Knightfall,” produced by A&E Studios.

Czech television network CT24 tweeted photos of the blaze, which reportedly erupted on one of the exterior sets for the series, centered around the mysterious Knights Templar. The show is filming at Prague’s Barrandov Studios, with photos from CT24 showing a constructed Medieval castle ablaze, in addition to other exteriors.

DOPLNĚNÍ: Na Barrandově hoří kulisy k historickému seriálu https://t.co/fSrN4PUtEz #Praha pic.twitter.com/cRNwuQZNp5

— ČT24 (@CT24zive) August 26, 2016

DOPLNĚNÍ: Kvůli požáru kulis zasahují hasiči v areálu filmových studií na Barrandově https://t.co/s7EVXPNapc pic.twitter.com/XCl52g6ner

— ČT24 (@CT24zive) August 26, 2016

A source tells Variety that the fire only impacted exterior sets, and while the full extent of the damage is unknown, it’s believed to be “significant,” with firefighters, ambulances and a helicopter onsite to help control the »


- Laura Prudom

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Marcia Clark Lands NBC Put Pilot for Series Based on Her Personal Experiences

26 August 2016 12:51 PM, PDT

Marcia Clark has landed a put pilot agreement for an untitled NBC series based on her own experiences, Variety has confirmed.

The potential show is based on Clark’s novel “Blood Defense,” and centers on Samantha Brinkman, a relentless criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles whose world is turned upside down when she is hired to defend a police detective in a high-profile homicide, thrusting her into the public spotlight and exposing dark secrets from her past.

Clark was the head prosecutor for the famed O.J. Simpson case, and her story recently re-gained recognition with Ryan Murphy’s FX series “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” in which Sarah Paulson portrayed Clark.

Clark will serve as a writer and executive producer on the pilot, which was first reported by Deadline, along with Elizabeth Craft and Sara Fain. Other executive produces are David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie ZaksABC Studios »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘7th Heaven’ 20th Anniversary: Where the Stars Are Now

26 August 2016 12:19 PM, PDT

“7th Heaven” debuted on The WB exactly 20 years ago today.

The hour-long drama was the cornerstone of the now-defunct network, spanning 11 seasons and 243 episodes (its final season aired on The CW).

“7th Heaven” chronicled the lives of the Reverend Eric Camden, his wife Annie, and their seven children. Despite it’s faith-based theme, the show tackled controversial subjects including drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and racism.

Jessica Biel, who played eldest daughter Mary Camden, is widely considered the breakout star of the show. The actress went onto star in teen and horror fodder including “Summer Catch,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Blade: Trinity,” before taking on dramas such as “The Illusionist” and “Home of the Brave.”

Biel began a high profile relationship with pop star Justin Timberlake in 2007, and the two wed in 2012. The couple welcomed a son, Silas, in 2015.

Stephen Collins, the veteran actor who played patriarch Eric Camden, shockingly »


- Lawrence Yee

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Nielsen: Number of U.S. TV Households Grows in 2016-17 Season

26 August 2016 11:47 AM, PDT

The number of U.S. television households has increased for the fourth consecutive year.

According to an estimate by Nielsen, the 2016-17 season will have 118.4 million U.S. television homes. That number represents a 1.7% increase from the previous year. The number of TV households has been on the rise since 2013, following two consecutive years of decline. The increase from 2015-16 to the upcoming season is the largest over the four-year period of growth.

Released Friday, Nielsen’s National Television Household Universe Estimates also peg the total number of persons ages two and older in U.S. TV households at 301.7 million, up 1.6% from last season. The company also notes significant increases in U.S. Hispanic, black and Asian households.

Nielsen found that the percentage of total U.S. homes receiving traditional TV signals via broadcast, cable, Dbs or Telco, or receiving a broadband internet connection, grew to 96% — up 0.8% from last year.

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- Daniel Holloway

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‘Killjoys’ Sneak Peek: The Team Reunites to Save Old Town

26 August 2016 10:49 AM, PDT

The penultimate episode of “Killjoys” Season 2 is upon us, and the stakes couldn’t be higher leading into next week’s finale, with Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) and Pawter (Sarah Power) trapped behind the Company’s Wall in Old Town, where the inhabitants are being mind-controlled into blissful complacency and secretly poisoned in order to thin the herd.

Johnny has been keeping more than his fair share of secrets from Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) in recent episodes, but it’ll take more than a few fibs to keep our intrepid bounty hunters from rescuing one of their own, and in Variety’s exclusive sneak peek, we find the team reunited and focused on their task of taking down the Wall and freeing Old Town for good.

And then there’s the matter of Dutch’s mysterious doppelganger, Aneela, who was revealed to be Khlyen’s daughter in last week’s installment. With »


- Laura Prudom

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Barbra Streisand and ‘Donald Trump’ Perform Together on ‘The Tonight Show’

26 August 2016 10:47 AM, PDT

Barbra Streisand appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night, where she performed a duet with “Donald Trump,” or rather Fallon dressed as Trump, and also settled the score with Siri on the pronunciation of her name.

As Trump, Fallon began the bit saying, “We’re going to make duets great again.”

The pair performed “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” with modified lyrics poking fun at Trump. Streisand, who has been a critical opponent of the Trump campaign, took no remorse in shaming the Republican presidential nominee.

“Any wall you can build, I can build taller, I can building any wall taller than you,” Fallon sang.

“I’m not building any wall,” Streisand replied, flatly.

While also on the show, Streisand discussed the much talked-about pronunciation of her name, specifically regarding the the way iPhone’s Siri says it. She »


- Arya Roshanian

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SAG-aftra Blasts Telemundo’s ‘Double Standard’ Treatment of Talent in TV Spot

26 August 2016 9:22 AM, PDT

SAG-aftra is amping up its six-month-old campaign against NBCUniversal in its battle for unionization of Spanish-language performers on Telemundo productions.

The latest volley came Thursday as it aired a 30-second commercial highlighting the “double standard” that exists between English-language and Spanish-language talent at the network’s parent company, NBCUniversal. Telemundo and Comcast refused to air the Spanish-language spot during the network’s live broadcast of the Premios Tu Mundo awards, but other Spanish-language stations in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles ran the ad.

“Telemundo’s decision to censor 30 seconds of truthful commentary about its working conditions shows just how averse it is to having a transparent discussion about its refusal to fairly compensate Spanish-speaking performers. SAG-aftra’s goal is to ensure all talent, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or language, have fair wages and certain protections,” the performers union said.

“As a leading voice for the Hispanic-American community, this should be Telemundo’s priority as well »


- Dave McNary

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TV Ratings: Preseason Football Helps NBC Score Another Win

26 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT

NBC’s preseason coverage of the NFL’s match-up between the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins helped the Peacock score another win on August 25, earning an average 1.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and and 5.7 million viewers for the night.

CBS and Fox also aired some local coverage of NFL games, so numbers for all three networks are subject to time-zone adjustments, but aside from CBS’ new episode of “Big Brother” at 9 (which notched a 1.9 rating and 6.1 million viewers), the two nets offered repeats.

CBS averaged a 1.4 rating and 5.7 million viewers for the night, while ABC earned a 0.8 score and 3.4 million viewers behind a new episode of “Battlebots” and repeats of “The $100,000 Pyramid”  and “Match Game.” Fox also nabbed a 0.8 rating and 3.2 million viewers, while The CW posted a 0.2 rating and 0.8 million viewers with a repeat of “Legends of Tomorrow” and a new episode of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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- Laura Prudom

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‘The Walking Dead’: Negan to Be ‘Gamechanger’ in Season 7, Exec Producer Gale Anne Hurd Says

26 August 2016 7:02 AM, PDT

Edinburgh, Scotland – Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer on “The Walking Dead,” sees Negan, the character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as a “gamechanger” in season seven.

Speaking at a masterclass at the Edinburgh Intl. TV Festival, Hurd spoke about the infamous scene in the season six finale when Negan arrives with a baseball-bat wrapped in barbed-wire — dubbed “Lucille” — and kills one of the key characters. “In this new season Negan is the gamechanger, and whatever we did someone was going to be unhappy… so we promised we will be picking up where that left off; we are not going to draw it out,” Hurd said.

Hurd was accompanied on stage in Edinburgh by actor Michael Cudlitz, who joined the show in Season 4 as Sgt. Abraham Ford. Cudlitz described the Season 6 finale as “intense,” especially for Morgan, who had just come off “The Good Wife.” “As an actor every [show] you start in the middle is like the first »


- Leo Barraclough

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Watch Britney Spears Join James Corden for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

26 August 2016 6:59 AM, PDT

She did it again!

Britney Spears became the latest superstar to ride shotgun with James Corden on “The Late Late Show’s” newest edition of “Carpool Karaoke.” The songstress took a trip down memory lane, revisiting such hits as “Womanizer,” “Make Me,” “Toxic,” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” during her “Carpool” debut on Thursday.

And if you think you’re the only who doesn’t understand the lyrics to the famous tune “Oops,” think again. Not even Brit Brit knew the meaning of the song. “I really don’t know,” she told Corden. “I think it’s just a song.”

The highlight of the ride came when the dynamic duo recreated the music video for the iconic “… Baby One More Time,” wearing schoolgirl uniforms. Aside from rocking a gray cardigan and white knot-tied button-down, Corden one-upped Spears herself with a pair of pigtails.

Spears didn’t do much singing on the segment, as »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Vivendi Stock Drops 4% After Cost-Cutting Plan Announcement, Second-Quarter Results

26 August 2016 6:45 AM, PDT

Stock at Vivendi, the French media conglomerate, plunged 4% in morning trading Friday as investors failed to buy into either Vivendi’s plans to slash costs by €300 million ($338.6 million) at its loss-making Canal Plus channels in France or Vivendi’s argument that its April deal with Mediaset could soon be declared void.

Vivendi’s cost-cutting program was announced Thursday evening after close of trading as Vivendi unveiled lower-than-expected second quarter results. Total second-quarter revenues dipped 1.9% to €2.55 billion ($2.9 billion), while earnings before interest, tax and amortization (Ebita), the hardest hit of Vivendi indicators, plummeted 41.6% to €174 million ($196.4 million) vs. second quarter 2015.

The best news came from upbeat results for the Universal Music Group, thanks largely to streaming, up 65%, and from Canal Plus’ international pay TV subscription base, up 7.7% in revenues as, for the first time ever, Canal Plus Group’s international individual subscribers (5.7 million) proved higher than in mainland France (5.5 million).

Accounting for French and international activities, including »


- John Hopewell

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