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Jill Soloway on ‘Transparent’ Season 3, Future of Feminism and Confronting Privilege

23 September 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[Spoiler alert: This interview contains plot details of “Transparent’s” Season 3, which was just released on Amazon.]

Transparent” creator, writer, and director Jill Soloway just nabbed her second Emmy in a row for directing the Amazon Studios original, which was inspired by her own parent’s experience of gender transition. At the end of her speech, the director cried out “topple the patriarchy!” Soloway is unabashedly saturated with the jargon of academic, progressive feminism, regularly invoking concepts like “the female gaze” and “intersectionality” when discussing her work and its theoretical underpinnings.

As the creator of a program that has become a vital example both of the transgender rights movement’s growing steam and of streaming television’s revolutionary power, Soloway has become something of a lightning rod, too. As beloved as “Transparent” is, the show has also received criticism for the casting of a cisgender man (Jeffrey Tambor) as a transgender woman.

Variety spoke to Soloway about finding the balance between art and politics, and between critique and creation, as »

- Sonia Saraiya

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11 Game Show Fails: From ‘Family Feud’ to ‘Wheel of Fortune’ (Videos)

13 September 2016 5:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In April 2014, Julian from Indiana was on “Wheel of Fortune” and lost the round by mispronouncing the winning phrase. It wouldn’t have been so bad if he didn’t blow the next two rounds too. In the fast money round of “Family Feud,” two family members need to get 200 points by answering a series of survey questions. In this episode, the first member scored a whopping 182 points, meaning the second member only needed 18 points to win–which she didn’t get. The first question on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” is generally the easiest, but this sleep deprived college student. »

- Rasha Ali

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CBS TV Distribution PR Chief John Wentworth to Retire

13 September 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Wentworth, head of public relations for CBS Television Distribution, will retire from the company in 2017. He announced his departure in an email Tuesday.

A longtime CBS veteran, Wentworth joined Paramount Television — predecessor to CBS Television Studios — in 1983. From 1993 to 1999 he served as senior vice president, then executive vice president, media relations and marketing for the studio. He later moved to CBS TV Distribution, serving as executive vice president, communications. Among the series Wentworth oversees publicity for are “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” “Rachael Ray,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “Inside Edition,” “Judge Judy,” “Hot Bench,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Jeopardy!”; as well as off-network series such as “CSI,” “The Good Wife,” “NCIS,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Blue Bloods.”

Wentworth will remain with CBS through March of next year, assisting with the transition process for his replacement.

“I have been thinking about this for many months so I’m ready and excited to move into the next chapter of my »

- Daniel Holloway

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Paul Franklin to Head CBS Television Distribution, Armando Nunez Returns Focus to International

6 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is shaking up its distribution operations, recruiting former Twentieth Television sales chief Paul Franklin to oversee domestic syndication for CBS Television Distribution.

With Franklin’s hire, CBS veteran Armando Nunez will return his focus to international distribution as president of CBS Studios International. Nunez had overseen domestic and international distribution as president of CBS Global Distribution Group for the past four years, since previous domestic topper John Nogawski exited the Eye in 2012.

Franklin was among the hundreds of Fox executives who recently took a voluntary employee buyout. Franklin spent 28 years at Fox, rising to exec VP and general sales manager for its Twentieth TV syndication arm and MyNetwork TV service.

Franklin will oversee all operations for Ctd, reporting to Moonves. The division is home to “Judge Judy,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” and other top-rated first-run syndicated series. However, the unit’s output of new programming has been thin in the past few seasons.

“He »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Big Stars Love TV So Much, They’re Even Hosting Game Shows Now

2 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Remember when big-name stars didn’t want to do TV? Now they’re even clamoring for jobs as game show hosts.

Alec Baldwin (ABC’s “Match Game”), Taye Diggs (Fox’s “Hypnotize Me”), Jane Lynch (NBC’s “Celebrity Game Night”) and Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “To Tell the Truth”) are just some of the actors who now front major primetime game shows, in addition to their regular scripted work.

“You look at game shows from the 1970s and 1980s, they were somewhat cheesy,” Anderson said. “It’s different now. It’s a lot classier. It’s cool.”

Wayne Brady, who has hosted a “Let’s Make a Deal” revival for CBS since 2009, joked that “being a game show host was very much akin to being a local affiliate weatherman – and no offense to local affiliate weathermen, but there’s a stereotype.”

Read More: Common Joins the Game Show Circus

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- Michael Schneider

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Big Stars Love TV So Much, They’re Even Hosting Game Shows Now

2 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Remember when big-name stars didn’t want to do TV? Now they’re even clamoring for jobs as game show hosts.

Alec Baldwin (ABC’s “Match Game”), Taye Diggs (Fox’s “Hypnotize Me”), Jane Lynch (NBC’s “Celebrity Game Night”) and Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “To Tell the Truth”) are just some of the actors who now front major primetime game shows, in addition to their regular scripted work.

“You look at game shows from the 1970s and 1980s, they were somewhat cheesy,” Anderson said. “It’s different now. It’s a lot classier. It’s cool.”

Wayne Brady, who has hosted a “Let’s Make a Deal” revival for CBS since 2009, joked that “being a game show host was very much akin to being a local affiliate weatherman – and no offense to local affiliate weathermen, but there’s a stereotype.”

Read More: Common Joins the Game Show Circus

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- Michael Schneider

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Johnny Depp -- Amber Heard is Scum to Me Now (Photos)

2 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Johnny Depp has gone from calling Amber Heard the love of his life to the scum of the earth ... all with a simple tattoo alteration.  Depp inked his arm in Amber last year, shortly after they married. He inked the knuckles on his right hand, "Slim" ... her nickname.  In the last week or so, he changed the L to a C and the I to a U ... and you don't need to watch "Wheel of Fortune »

- TMZ Staff

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Kanye West Dares Naked ‘Famous’ Celebs to Sue Him: How They Might Make the Case

29 June 2016 9:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After debuting his new video “Famous” this weekend Kanye West tweeted, “Can somebody sue already? I’ll wait.” And he’s still waiting — but for how much longer?

The music video is essentially recreation of painter Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep,” featuring nude celebrities, most of whom aren’t really there: Taylor Swift, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Caitlyn Jenner, President George W. Bush, Chris Brown, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, along West’s wife Kim Kardashian, the rapper himself and two of the couple’s ex-lovers (Ray J and Amber Rose) all sleeping next to each other in a large bed.

While the film is a mixture of real people and digital recreations, at least some of these subjects’ nude likenesses were recreated without their consent. Which raises the question: If West got his wish and one of his famous subjects sued him, would the case hold water?

In short: Filmmakers who have »

- Chris O'Falt

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What Good Fortune? Find Out How Vanna White (and Her Dog Thunder) Is at a Finger Tip's Reach!

23 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Calling all Wheel of Fortune fans! If you're looking for more puzzles to solve, the new Wheel of Fortune Puzzle Pop app, which is inspired by the popular game show, is set to launch this week. Iconic TV co-host Vanna White, along with her dog Thunder, bring contestants to tropical locations as they test their knowledge and solve word puzzles - from the show's writers - by popping as few letter-filled bubbles as possible in the Sony Pictures Television app. "I know I have the best job in the world, so I'm always looking for fun and different ways to connect with people, »

- Mariah Haas

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Watch ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Unveil a New Puzzle Format (Video)

7 June 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wheel of Fortune” added a new spin on its age-old style on Monday with the introduction of a different kind of puzzle for the contestants to solve: a crossword! In the new twist on the classic TV game show’s normal format, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak excitedly told the players, “We’re trying something new tonight. You’re kind of guinea pigs. Congratulations on that.” He then gave contestants a clue that was relevant to all of the words that they had to solve, rather than a general category — in this case, “seeing red.” Also Read: 'Wheel of Fortune »

- Rasha Ali

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Steve Mosko on Sony Departure: ‘It’s Been Brewing for a While’

2 June 2016 7:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steve Mosko didn’t wait long to start talking about his exit from Sony Pictures Television.

“It’s been brewing for a while,” Mosko said Thursday. “The great thing is I’ve been at Sony for 24 years.”

Mosko appeared Thursday in a conversation with Indiewire executive editor and Variety editor at large Michael Schneider at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

As Variety first reported Wednesday, Mosko this week departed his role as chairman, Sony Pictures Television. In a reorganization laid out Thursday, U.S. programming and production co-presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht will now oversee all production for the studio, reporting  directly to studio chief Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment.

“I’m extremely proud of the work that was done there,” Mosko said. “It’s an amazing, amazing group of people there at Sony.”

He added, “You always go through times where you’re »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Producer Earns Guinness World Record

30 May 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” executive producer Harry Friedman has earned a Guinness World Records title for the most game show episodes produced, having produced 11,128 installments at the time of adjudication on March 31, 2016 — a number that has only risen since then.

“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman in a statement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in television.”

Get an exclusive sneak peek of Friedman receiving his title below.

“If you plan to be a producer, study your subject as a viewer and then you’ll have a better understanding of what it takes to make it happen,” Friedman advises in the video. “It’s a career that one can only dream of having.”

Friedman became a producer on “Wheel of Fortune »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Ends in Tie for First Time in More Than 10 Years (Video)

25 May 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a tie on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.” Wednesday’s episode of the popular puzzle game hosted by Pat Sajak featured two contestants, Latoya Williams and Danielle Gilseth, each amassing $24,000 in cash and prizes leading up to the bonus round. A tie is exceedingly rare on “Wheel of Fortune,” where players compete to solve hangman-style word puzzles. In fact, the last time such a stand-off happened was more than 10 years ago, according to syndicator Sony Pictures Television. Also Read: 'Jeopardy,' 'Wheel of Fortune' Renewed Through 2018 by CBS »

- Scott Collins

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Vegas Winners, Losers, Oscar Contenders, And How CinemaCon Got Taken Over By The ‘Toons – The Week That Was

16 April 2016 6:36 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

As I sat in front of Caesars Palace’s Wheel Of Fortune Triple Extreme slot machine late Thursday night right after this year’s Nato CinemaCon convention had just ended, I realized I had much in common with the studios who had just spent the week touting their biggest and best bets to the gathered throng of theatre owners. As I continued to pump money into this computerized machine, Vanna White’s (aka in this instance also known as the Devil) recorded voice would… »

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Saturday Night Live Review: Peter Dinklage Hosts

3 April 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tonight’s host is Peter Dinklage, a talented actor best known for playing Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister, a performance so good it makes you say, “Fine, I guess I’ll keep watching Game of Thrones this season, but if another Stark dies I’m out.” Though Dinklage did make a brief but memorable appearance last year on Weekend Update as Drunk Uncle’s brother-in-law Peter Drunklage, tonight marks his first appearance as host.   Cold Open: Kate Bolduan of CNN interviews noted Donald Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes, asking Hughes how she manages to defend Trump despite his terrible behavior and negative statements concerning women. I’d never heard of Scottie Nell Hughes before tonight, but she appears to be some sort of darkest timeline Connie Britton character, and Cecily Strong’s sputtery performance brought her to life for me instantly. Strong and Kate McKinnon’s sparring was entertaining to watch, »

- Emilie Sowers

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'Wheel of Fortune' Genius -- I'm Sinking My Winnings Into Some New Muscle! (Video)

31 March 2016 4:18 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_mit49s31"]] The "Wheel of Fortune" wizard who nailed puzzles with just one letter and took home $76k is about to drop some of that dough on a sports car. Robert Santoli came on "TMZ Live" to explain how he pulled off a near sweep of every puzzle on last Friday's episode of 'Wheel' -- and his strategy was downright genius. And a lot of hard work.  Robert -- whose day job is working It at a »

- TMZ Staff

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Robert Santoli Solves ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Puzzle With Just One Letter

31 March 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Wheel of Fortune contestant Robert Santoli cleaned up during his night on the game show, even managing to solve a puzzle with only one letter. Robert Santoli Crushes ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Santoli’s competitors didn’t have a chance of winning Wheel of Fortune Tuesday night, and they, as well as host Pat Sajak were quick to realize […]

The post Robert Santoli Solves ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Puzzle With Just One Letter appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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This Wheel of Fortune Winner May Be the Best Contestant the Show's Ever Had

30 March 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This guy officially crushed Wheel of Fortune. Robert Santoli, 23, won $76,086 prize and two cruises, yeah because one's not enough, after leaving his fellow contestants in the dust on Friday. Not only did he conquer puzzles left and right, nearly sweeping the game show, he even solved one puzzle with just a single letter "D" and an ampersand as the clue. The answer was: "Port & Starboard." That's just rubbing it in, Robert. At least allow a few more letters so your competitors stand a chance. The puzzles practically spelled out Robert's night. "Oh what a night?" You can bet he was having one heck of a night. "Easy »

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Solves Puzzle With One Letter, Wins Big (Video)

30 March 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant has proven one letter could be worth, well, a fortune. 23-year-old Robert Santoli is getting national attention for solving a puzzle last Friday after seeing just one letter. The 14-letter, three-word phrase was Port & Starboard, and host Pat Sajak couldn’t contain his astonishment when the contestant correctly guessed it. “The instant I got my theme, I immediately came up with an ever-growing list of puzzles themed towards cruises, sailing, fish, boats — anything on or in the water,” Santoli said to TAPinto about how he prepared for his segment. See Video: 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Mistakes Paris for. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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You Won't Believe Your Eyes When You See How Good This Wheel of Fortune Contestant Is

29 March 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Robert Santoli may be one of the best contestants in the history of Wheel of Fortune. On Friday, he blew viewers away with his amazing performance on the show. Not only did he completely dominate the game, but Robert even managed to solve an entire puzzle with just one letter. Talk about impressive! In total, he won $76,000 in cash and prizes. Prepare to be amazed and watch the clip above now. »

- Monica Sisavat

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