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CNN Entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner is leaving the cable network to join “Entertainmnet Tonight,” two individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. She will serve as a correspondent for “Et,” and will likely start appearing on the show in time for the November sweeps, the individuals said. A spokesperson for “Et” declined to comment, and a representative for CNN has not yet returned TheWrap's request for comment. Also read: ‘Et’ Co-Host Rob Marciano Heading to ‘Good Morning America’ (Exclusive) Turner joined CNN in December 2011 in the network's Los Angeles bureau as a reporter for “Showbiz Tonight,” and was later »
- Tim Kenneally
Hln has said goodbye to longtime entertainment host and reporter A.J. Hammer. “A.J.'s moved on to other pursuits. We wish him only the best,” a spokesperson for the network told the CNN Commentary Blog on Monday. Hammer previously hosted Hln's entertainment magazine program “Showbiz Tonight.” The show was canceled in February 2014, and he was re-assigned to entertainment reporting for Hln and sister network CNN. Also read: Hln Ups Lynn Berry and Brian McFayden to Regulars, Hires 2 New Correspondents Hammer joined Hln after hosting Court TV's crime and entertainment show, “Hollywood Heat,” from 2001-2005. He began hosting “Showbiz Tonight »
- Wrap Staff
News and notes from up and down your channel guide:
- Max Greenfield -- the man who plays Schmidt on "New Girl" -- will be hopping forward half an hour to guest-star on "The Mindy Project" in an upcoming episode. Greenfield will play Lee, described as a hot guy and a player at a bar. The episode is scheduled to air Tuesday, April 22. [E! Online]
- CBS' summer thriller "Under the Dome" has added two new series regulars. Eddie Cahill ("CSI: New York") is set to play Sam, Big Jim's (Dean Norris) brother-in-law and former Emt, while Karla Crome (above) is making her U.S. TV debut as Rebecca, a beautiful teacher who is "quite forceful" and will cause some heat for Big Jim. [THR]
It's being reported that Showbiz Tonight has been cancelled just short of its ninth birthday on Hln. The series debuted on February 21st of 2005.
What do you think? Did you ever watch Showbiz Tonight? Will you miss it? »
Albie Hecht continues his march through Hln, today whacking Showbiz Tonight in the midst of trophy season. The entire staff — about a dozen strong — is out, excluding host A.J. Hammer, who will stay on to cover entertainment news for Hecht’s new vision of the network. The final broadcast will be Thursday when nobody will notice, much less care, as all eyes will be on Jay Leno’s final show at 11:35 Pm that night. As with Leno’s team, laid-off Showbiz Tonight staffers are being encouraged to apply for other jobs at their network. “I want to thank the entire Showbiz Tonight crew for their many years of tireless dedication and work,” writes Hecht in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, which first reported the whacking that happened just shy of the show’s ninth anniversary on Hln. Showbiz Tonight debuted February 21, 2005. Last November, about a month after »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
“I know we are all working hard to grow the brand and take Hln to the next level.” said Hecht in a memo to staffers reviewed by Variety. “Of course, during our evolution, some changes will be difficult. This is one of the toughest.”
“Showbiz Tonight” has been a mainstay of Hln’s programming since 2005, when the show debuted with former MTV VJ Karen Bryant at the helm. After her departure in 2006, A.J. Hammer has anchored the show. Hammer is expected to stay with the network, Hecht said in the memo. Less than a dozen staffers are said to be involved, according to a person familiar with the situation.
News of the cancellation was reported previously by TVNewser.
Hln is expected to continue to rework its programming and brand. »
- Brian Steinberg
Hln's Showbiz Tonight has been canceled after nearly nine years, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Thursday, Feb. 6, will be the last broadcast for the show. But host A.J. Hammer, will remain at HLN covering entertainment industry news. The show's staff will be laid off and encouraged to apply for open positions at the company. The news was first reported by TVNewser. Photos: The Most Talked-About TV News Faces The cancelation comes as Hln president Albie Hecht, installed last year by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, sets about remaking the network. Hecht has said his mission is to
- Marisa Guthrie
7 items from 2014
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