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Discovery Enlists Michael Phelps for Shark Week, Announces Revival of Trading Spaces Ahead of Upfronts

As Discovery Communications goes into this year's upfront, the company is touting the strength of its intellectual property (IP), and is backing that up by reviving some of its biggest brands like Trading Spaces, Cash Cab and Mythbusters, all of which will be returning in the next year. Discovery Communications has pivoted "from a company...

BuzzFeed’s David Mack Tells Us How ‘The President and the Big boy Truck’ Went From Post to Children’s Book

According to Slate, writing books for kids is harder than it looks, a lesson learned when the publication held a children's book writing contest among a number of its staffers, all attempting to write about a hedgehog. Perhaps it was a matter of not having the type of subject matter so perfectly suitable for a...

How Visa and Toys R Us Are Embracing a Mobile-First Future

As consumers use smartphones more while simultaneously demanding more from their phones, brands continue to grapple with how best to reach their audiences. "We cannot be ham-fisted anymore as a brand," said Wendy Clark, CEO of DDB North America. "It's unacceptable and really diluted. It's not only if you don't have a strategy, it's actually...

Mom From ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Dead at 69

Darlene Cates, who had never acted professionally before being cast as the mother of Johnny Depp’s title character in the acclaimed 1993 film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” has died. The New York Times reports that Cates died in her sleep...

Hulu Announces Summer Programming Slate

Hulu announced a lineup of summer programming that includes several new programs. Joining new seasons of “Casual” and “Difficult People” will be the new shows “Batman & Bill” and “Becoming Bond” along with “Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine.”...

Daytime Talk Show Renewed

A syndicated daytime talk strip has been renewed after getting off to a solid start this season. Variety reports that NBCUniversal Domestic Television and the Fox Television Stations renewed “Harry,” hosted by Harry Connick Jr., for a second season this...

At least eight journalists still jailed for reporting on Belarus protests

New York, March 28, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately release all journalists jailed covering protests and should cease obstructing reporters in an effort to keep news of the protests out of media reports, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Q1 Basic Cable Ranker: Fox News is No. 1 in Total Viewers

ESPN ranks No. 2 in prime time, while Nickelodeon is No. 2 in Total Day. CNN and MSNBC were also among the top 10 for the quarter.

Scoreboard: Monday, March 27

O'Reilly and Fox News won Monday in total viewers. Rachel Maddow had the No. 1 show of the day in the news demo. Erin Burnett had the No. 1 show in the demo at 7 p.m.

Federal Prosecutors Offer Former Fox News CFO Immunity from Prosecution

The FT reports Mark Kranz's "co-operation will be key for prosecutors" as they look into payments made to women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

Bill O’Reilly Apologizes for ‘Dumb’ Comment About Rep. Maxine Waters

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly offered an apology to Rep. Maxine Waters after making a comment that O’Reilly called “dumb.” The Hill reports that O’Reilly issued a statement apologizing after calling the veteran congresswoman’s hair “the James Brown wig.” “As...

High-Ranking Fox Exec Headed Out

A top executive at Fox Broadcasting is exiting the company in a move that’s described as amicable. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chief Marketing Officer Angela Courtin is headed out to pursue other opportunities. “The CMO, who joined the network...

Why the Movie Business Is in Big Trouble

A new report says people in the movie business are “scared stiff” — and for good reason. The report by Variety says “there is mounting anxiety among theater owners, studio executives, filmmakers, and cinephiles that the lights may be starting...

New ‘True Detective’ in the Works — But Is HBO on Board?

The future of HBO’s “True Detective,” which was a critical smash in its first season back in 2014 and gained viewers in season two even as the accolades tapered off, has been up in the air since the second cycle...

Emmy-Winning Game Show Being Revived — The Show Was a Fixture on TV Before It Wrapped in 2012

A show that chalked up a string of awards, including three consecutive wins for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show at the Daytime Emmys from 2008-2010, is being rebooted. Discovery announced this week that it is bringing back “Cash Cab.” Comedian David...

Fox News Channel Makes Cable News History

The Fox News Channel just chalked up a history-making achievement. The cable channel made the announcement today that it delivered the highest-rated quarter in cable news history during the first quarter of 2017 in 24-hour viewership. FNC also topped all...

Big Moments in Life to Be ‘Unprecedented Television Event’

An unusual four-night programming event is in the works in which production teams will go live to locations around the country to capture families’ life-altering moments as they happen. “This Is Life Live,” announced today by TLC, will air on...

Showtime Examines the ‘Biggest Scandal in College Basketball History’

A new Showtime production takes on what the network calls the “biggest scandal in college basketball history.” The pay-cable network released a new clip today for the documentary “Disgraced,” which presents secret audio recordings from 2003 that “reveal former Baylor...

HBO Unveils Episode Details for New Season of ‘Veep,’ Premiering Next Month

HBO released details today about the eagerly anticipated return of its Emmy-winning comedy series “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The show returns April 16 for its sixth season. Along with plot details for the season’s first three episodes, HBO announced that...

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