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Late-Night Veteran Vinnie Favale Named Talent-Development Exec at CBS Television Studios

CBS veteran late-night executive Vinnie Favale has been promoted to a new talent-development role at CBS Television Studios.

As senior vice president of talent development, Favale will identify new comedic talent and develop programming from the East Coast. He will also continue his role as program executive for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Favale first joined CBS in 1996 as the executive overseeing “Late Show With David Letterman,” staying with the series through its final episode in 2015. He continued on in that capacity as the franchise changed hands to new host Colbert that same year. He also developed and oversaw CBS’ syndicated late-night program “The Howard Stern Radio Show” from 1998 to 2001.

Favale was also one of the founding executives at Comedy Central, where he served as vice president of programming. He has a background in stand-up comedy, and made his stand-up debut on NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman” in 1982. He is one of the original
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Jennifer Garner Joins Bryan Cranston’s ‘Wakefield’ (Exclusive)

Jennifer Garner Joins Bryan Cranston’s ‘Wakefield’ (Exclusive)
Jennifer Garner is starring opposite Bryan Cranston as his wife in the drama “Wakefield” with Robin Swicord directing from her own script.

Production has started in Los Angeles. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are producing through their Mockingbird Pictures banner with Broadway producers Wendy Federman and Carl Moellenberg.

The film is based on a short story of the same name by E.L. Doctorow — which is a retelling of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also called “Wakefield” — about a man who unexpectedly leaves his wife for an extended period of time.

Cranston revealed the project during a November interview on “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” explaining that he will play a married Manhattan lawyer who sees a raccoon in the attic of his home and winds up staying in the attic for several months due to a nervous breakdown. He also said his character will become romantically involved with a younger
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Bryan Cranston Starring in Drama ‘Wakefield’

Bryan Cranston Starring in Drama ‘Wakefield’
Bryan Cranston is starring in the drama “Wakefield” with Robin Swicord directing from her own script.

Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are producing through their Mockingbird Pictures banner with Elliot Webb co-producing.

The film is based on a short story of the same name by E.L. Doctorow — which is a retelling of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also called “Wakefield” about a man who unexpectedly leaves his wife for an extended period of time.

Cranston revealed the casting on a recent interview on “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” explaining that he will play a married Manhattan lawyer who sees a racoon in the attic of his home and winds up staying in the attic for several months due to a nervous breakdown. He also said his character will become romantically involved with a younger woman at some point in the story.

Cranston also said in the interview that filming would
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Sofía Vergara Breaks Silence on Nick Loeb Embryo Drama, Plus What Does Joe Manganiello Think of the Lawsuit?

Sofía Vergara Breaks Silence on Nick Loeb Embryo Drama, Plus What Does Joe Manganiello Think of the Lawsuit?
Sofía Vergara is opening up about her ongoing drama with ex-fiancé Nick Loeb.  The Onion Crunch founder, who split from the Modern Family star in March 2014, recently filed a complaint to prevent Vergara from destroying the two embryos conceived while the two were a couple. Earlier this month, Vergara's lawyer responded to the suit on behalf of the 42-year-old actress, saying it's "uncredible" and holds "no merit," and now, the brunette beauty is breaking her silence on the matter in a new interview on The Howard Stern Radio Show.  "Can you blame me?" the ABC star, who is currently engaged to Joe Manganiello, replied on the Sirius FM after Stern said he...
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Comedy Central Names Christian McLaughlin VP Specials

New York, June 10, 2013 – Christian McLaughlin has been named Vice President of Specials for Comedy Central, it was announced by Jonas Larsen, Senior Vice President, Talent and Specials, to whom he reports. McLaughlin is based in the network’s New York offices. McLaughlin works on the current slate of specials, stand-up series and events, as well as spearheading the development efforts for the department in New York. McLaughlin came to Comedy Central from Bravo, where he worked as Vice President, Production since 2010 overseeing a number of reality series including “Flipping Out” seasons 5 and 6, and “Chef Roble and Co.” season 1, among others. He was also an Executive on Bravo’s nightly live talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Before Bravo, McLaughlin worked as an Executive Producer in Development and Production at VH1. He oversaw the development and production of a variety of pilots and series including “Love and Hip Hop” season 1, “Ego
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FCC: Bono remark was indecent

FCC: Bono remark was indecent
WASHINGTON -- The FCC took a string of actions Thursday as the government continued its crackdown on broadcast smut as the commission decided that an expletive uttered on the air can be so vile that it runs afoul of the nation's indecency laws. The decision, along with a string of other indecency actions issued Thursday, sends a signal that the government's get-tough campaign designed to cut out on-air raunch isn't going to end soon. The core ruling in the commission's announcements was one that overturned a staff decision that Bono's use of a variation of "fuck" during a Golden Globe Awards telecast wasn't indecent and profane. The commission also proposed fining Infinity Broadcasting $27,500 -- the current maximum for a single indecency violation -- for a Howard Stern Show broadcast on WKRK-FM in Detroit and a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications $55,000 for a broadcast on two Florida radio stations during which the host conducted an interview with a couple allegedly having sex. It also reaffirmed a $7,000 fine against another Florida Infinity station for airing indecent material in 1999. NBC and its affiliate stations escaped a fine, however, because the panel said it was changing a long-term FCC policy that said individual words were not automatically indecent speech.

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