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Newsies Make Noise at Mip
Cannes — International TV news channels have been flexing their muscles on the beach in Cannes this week as the market becomes ever more competitive.
Euronews, which reaches 400 million homes in 155 countries, said at MipTV Wednesday that it had inked a deal with Bloomberg Television to exchange content in its coverage of the business world.
Bloomberg will contribute to Euronews’ “Business Weekly” program, a round-up of the week’s business events, hosted by Oleksandra Vakulina. Jonathan Ferro, Bloomberg’s markets reporter, will join Vakulina in analyzing the world’s top business stories.
The show will air on all of Euronews’ 12 language services, which include English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.
On Tuesday, Euronews said it was reupping its deal with YouTube and adding a premium channel devoted to science, “Euronews Knowledge,” which will feature contributions from leading science blogger Michael Stevens, who founded Vsauce.
“Euronews Knowledge” would be “fun and accessible, »
- Leo Barraclough
'Breaking Bad': Bob Odenkirk is ready for a Saul spinoff
The man who would be at the center of a potential "Breaking Bad" spinoff is ready for the job.
"Oh yeah, we've talked about it," Odenkirk tells Vulture about his discussions with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan concerning a spinoff. "Vince is still really busy with the show so we haven't talked very in-depth about it, but he clearly thinks it's a possibility. And I've certainly told him that if there was some way to see more of Saul then I would be happy to do it. It would be fun."
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Odenkirk shot his final "Breaking Bad" scene recently and says Saul goes out much the way he came in. "The last »
Kevin Bacon apology over 'The Following' spoiler: 'My bad'
Kevin Bacon got himself in a bit of trouble with international and slow-viewing fans of "The Following" when he retweeted a major plot point from the show's most recent episode, "The Curse." Be warned, the spoiler lies ahead.
It all started when TV executive producer Jodi Gomes tweeted at Bacon following the episode's airing, "@kevinbacon is a murderer too! Nice twist @kevwilliamson @thefollowingfox #JoeCarol." Seeing this as a compliment, Bacon retweeted it, upsetting fans who had not yet had a chance to see "The Curse" and have the major plot point revealed to them in the show. Bacon has 234,000 Twitter followers.
Following the backlash to his retweet, Bacon took to Twitter to issue his apology. "To all the fans abroad and late watchers I'm truly sorry I retweeted a spoiler. I just wasn't thinking. Won't happen again. #MyBad," he wrote. It just goes to show that you need to be careful about what you retweet. »
'Cult' pulled from CW schedule
Cult just hasn’t had the following they expected, so it’s being pulled from the CW schedule, EW confirms.
The show — starring Vampire Diaries actor Matt David and Supernatural’s Alona Tal — has most recently aired on Fridays, but it’s next scheduled airing has been pulled to make room for an encore of the Carrie Diaries finale. Subsequent scheduled airings are being replaced by encores of Oh Sit, the network’s musical chairs competition show. (Ouch.)
No one can blame the CW, though. From the starting line, Cult failed to garner buzz. After starting its run on Tuesdays, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
U.N. Delegation Brings Education Campaign to Mip
Cannes – Organizers of a U.N.-backed campaign for universal education called on TV execs at MipTV Wednesday to get behind a series of initiatives over the next 1,000 days, including a June 1 concert in London to be headlined by Beyonce.
Former U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown, who is the U.N.’s special envoy for global education, hosted a discussion at the mart on the U.N.’s Global Education First Initiative, which highlighted the fact that 61 million children in the world — mostly girls — do not have access to education and seeks to remedy that by the end of 2015.
“I believe this is the one audience in the world that can make a huge difference in the next 2½ years as we move to this deadline,” Brown said. “If we could bring the television companies of the world together to take a huge interest — as some of you already do — in global education, »
- Leo Barraclough
NBC Renews Last Call with Carson Daly
Better luck next time, Alec Baldwin!
NBC has renewed Last Call with Carson Daly for a 13th season, just a day after The New York Times reported that the 30 Rock star was in talks with to host a late-night show that would air during Last Call's timeslot.
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- Kate Stanhope
The CW Pulls ‘Cult’ From Schedule; Remaining Episodes Could End Up Online
The CW already unofficially cancelled low-rated Cult when it sent the mystery drama from Tuesdays to Fridays after its first two episodes drew a miniscule 0.3 rating in 18-49. Today the network made it official by yanking Cult from its schedule, marking the end of the short-lived midseason series. Sources tell me that while the show will definitely not be back, there is discussion at the network if the remaining six episodes will end up being shown online. In Cult’s place, the CW will air repeats of The Carrie Diaries starting this Friday, and an encore of the reality series Oh Sit! will air in the slot April 19. While the CW did not officially say the struggling freshman thriller series was done, its creator basically did. “#Cult Sadly true. CW Execs once called the last 5 episodes “outstanding”. I guess too outstanding. You are great, Smart fans. Thx to u all! »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Israel’s Keshet Extends to China
Cannes — Boasting a larger-than-ever presence at Cannes-set MipTV, Keshet Intl., the sales arm of Israeli powerhouse Keshet Media Group, has closed a flurry of format deals across its slate of factual programming.
Shingle, which recently set up an office in London and started repping third-party content, inked a major deal with China’s Shixi Media covering six Keshet formats: Hit children’s music talent show “Master Class”; dating reality show “Girlfriends” (pictured), which was reupped by U.K.’s ITV2 for a second season; newly launched reversed-makeover docu reality “Remember Me”; entertainment show “Big Ten”; second-screen game show “50 Things You Have to Know”; and satirical show “What a Wonderful Country,” an Israeli twist on “Saturday Night Live.”
A popular Chinese comedy troupe will star in the adaptation of “What a Wonderful Country,” according to Keren Shahar, Keshet Intl. head of sales and distribution.
Xichen Liu’s Shixi Media is a »
- Elsa Keslassy
Drop Dead Diva Scoop: Carter MacIntyre Poised to Exit as a New Angel Looms
The actor, who plays Jane’s heavenly guardian Luke, will not return to the resurrected Lifetime drama as a series regular, TVLine has learned.
While MacIntyre will appear in a limited capacity during Season 5, a gorgeous new angel named Paul will take over his role in Jane’s life.
Paul is described as having an Abercrombie-ad body and the carefree attitude of a Zen surfer. He doesn’t »
- Vlada Gelman
Boxee Cozies Up to Broadcasters With Rebranded DVR
Las Vegas – Boxee CEO Avner Ronen took the stage at the Nab Show Wednesday to explain why his company revamped and rebranded the Boxee TV just months after launch.
Boxee rebranded its box from Boxee TV to Boxee Cloud DVR and changed the services it offers. The device manufacturer is aiming to cooperate with broadcasters by trying a fresh approach to DVR, said Ronen.
“Our pitch to them is if we move the DVR to the cloud, we can do dynamic ad insertion, so instead of losing the ability to monetize that audience if they’re watching a week later or binge viewing if they’ve recorded the entire season, if you could serve fresh ads whenever somebody is watching it … that is a better way to monetize DVR.”
Ronen said he’s sympathetic to News Corp. COO Chase Carey’s Monday statement that if Aereo triumphs legally and politically, »
- David S. Cohen
Wizards From Oz: What’s Up With Aussie Actors’ Proliferation Of Pilot Season?
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney Yesterday, Deadline posted a Funny Or Die video made by American actor Brian Guest in response to the proliferation of Australian actors being cast in broadcast pilots this season. His “agent” tells him at one point in the video, “You’re doing great work, you’re just not Australian.” As Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva pointed out, this has been a sore topic for Hollywood talent agents and their American-born clients this season as the nets bet heavily on actors from Down Under. So what’s all the hubbub about? At least 23 Aussies have been cast in pilots this season, an unprecedented number. Some are unfamiliar commodoties Stateside like Luke Mitchell, Bob Morley, Chris Egan, Lincoln Lewis, Rick Donald and Luke Bracey, who were all regulars on the Seven network’s long-running TV soap Home And Away. Others are established names like Miranda Otto, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Michelle Williams Sports Edgy New Haircut
It looks like Michelle Williams won't be growing her hair out anytime soon.
Despite saying she was "ready" to grow out her short 'do in February, the Oz The Great and Powerful actress debuted a slightly shorter — and much edgier — haircut in New York on Tuesday.
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As seen in the photo, Williams has gone with a severe asymmetrical cut, with a close crop on the right side of her head and long, dramatic side-swept bangs on the left. The look is...
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- Kate Stanhope
‘Carson Daly’ Renewed for 13th Season
With all of the hubbub on the Peacock’s latenight lineup in recent weeks, one show is holding steady. NBC announced today that “Last Call with Carson Daly” has been renewed, offering the 1:35 a.m. program a 13th season.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Carson who has broken the mold, creating his own unique latenight show format with ‘Last Call,’” said Paul Telegdy, topper of alternative and latenight programming at NBC. “The show has become a platform for emerging artists — and Carson’s engaging interview style has made it the place for insightful conversations with an eclectic group of new stars as well as established icons and news makers.”
The news comes a day after speculation spread about an Alec Baldwin-hosted talker coming to NBC in latenight (eventually but not imminently) and a week after the future of the 12:35 a.m. slot became unclear, »
- AJ Marechal
'Being Human' renewed for season 4, more Syfy programming news
Get ready for more adventures of your favorite ghost/vampire/werewolf trio. Syfy has renewed Being Human for a fourth season.
The announcement is particularly welcome news for fans of the supernatural drama who were left with some tantalizing cliffhangers when Being Human’s third season aired its finale earlier this week. The show is based on the British series of the same name, which recently aired its series finale on BBC Three.
Syfy had several announcements about upcoming programming today surrounding the cable network’s New York upfront presentation. Check out more Syfy news below.
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- Emily Rome
'Dallas': Julie Gonzalo on Pamela's surprise wedding (and return to Southfork?)
It takes a lot to shock Dallas fans, but seeing Pamela Barnes (Julie Gonzalo) and John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson) wed in Vegas this week — binding them and their respective shares in Barnes Global and Ewing Energies — did it. “I was sitting on a comfortable couch, and I was reading the episode,” Gonzalo says, “and I literally yelled, ‘What? They’re marrying them already? No way!’ At first, I was like, ‘That’s so soon,’ but now I’m like, ‘That’s awesome. They’re brilliant.’ They’re a great duo and really complement each other. I don’t think »
- Mandi Bierly
'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Glee,' 'Following': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room
Get ready to read the word “finale” a lot. But ’tis the season, folks!
And as our favorite shows begin signing off (Go On) and others film their final installments before summer vacay, make sure you send in your burning questions! (SpoilerRoom@ew.com is still the best way. I can’t always comb the comments!)
Also (shameless self promotion time): Please make sure you pick up this amazing issue of EW, featuring Scandal on the cover. There’s lots of great scoop on the season to come — and I wrote it!
- Sandra Gonzalez
NBC Renews Last Call With Carson Daly
At least one NBC late-night host is staying exactly where he is.
The Peacock Net announced Wednesday that it has renewed Last Call With Carson Daly for a 13th season.
The renewal comes amid reports that 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin is in talks with the network for a late-night show of his own.
- Kimberly Roots
'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau once walked in on George Clooney in the bathroom
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might not play the most likable character on "Game of Thrones," but he is a sweet, funny guy in real life. The man known on the HBO fantasy series as Jaime Lannister got to show off his real self on "Conan," where he told a hilarious anecdote about his recent trip to the American Film Institute award luncheon.
"Every year there's a lunch where they pick out the 10 best movies, and this year as well 10 best television shows. We were there and it was really cool and it's a lunch, they serve you drinks and food and it was one of those places where whenever you put your glass down there's someone there to fill it up," Coster-Waldau says.
He continues, "At the end, I was just dying. I had to go to the restroom. Finally it's over and I'm just running out there and it's packed with people. »
NBC renews Carson Daly's late-night show
Here’s one veteran NBC talk-show host whose job is apparently safe: Carson Daly will return for a 13th season hosting Last Call, the network announced Wednesday.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Carson who has broken the mold, creating his own unique late-night show format with Last Call,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late night at NBC. “The show has become a platform for emerging artists – and Carson’s engaging interview style has made it the place for insightful conversations with an eclectic group of new stars as well as established icons and news makers.”
- James Hibberd
NBC Renews ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’
The addition of a 13th season of NBC‘s 1:35 Am show comes amid speculation of big changes in the network’s late-night lineup that started with official word that Jimmy Fallon is taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2014. Yesterday there were reports that NBC was in talks with Alec Baldwin about taking on the slot now occupied by Last Call With Carson Daly. That appears to be off the front burner now — at least for this year. Here’s NBC’s release: Universal City, Calif. — April 10, 2013 — NBC has renewed its innovative late-night series “Last Call with Carson Daly,” acclaimed as TV’s unofficial music tastemaker, for a 13th season, it was announced by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Carson who has broken the mold, creating his own unique late-night show format with ‘Last Call, »
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