Fox goes straight to series with Seth MacFarlane

MacFarlane among latest wave of Emmys presenters

Seth MacFarlane will star in and exec produce a sci-fi dramedy for Fox, slated for the 2017-2018 season. Fox gave a 13-episode straight-to-series order for the show, produced by 20th Century Fox and set 300 years in the future. Fox Television Group CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden called MacFarlane “one of the smartest, funniest […]

Sheri Salata stepping down at OWN

Sheri Salata stepping down at OWN

OWN co-president Sheri Salata is leaving the network to launch her own firm, leaving Erik Logan as sole president. “I give my deep thanks and appreciation to Sheri not only for helping to create a strong platform of growth for OWN and our digital business, but for her tireless commitment and sacrifice producing the final […]

Les Moonves bullish on Upfronts

Les Moonves bullish on Upfronts

Les Moonves said CBS “is salivating” ahead of Upfronts, anticipating bigger sales and higher prices than last year. In CBS’ earnings call yesterday, the CEO predicted double digit percent price increases, shrugging off concerns about competition from digital. “Questions are now arising about the effectiveness of certain digital media platforms,” noted Moonves, who also said […]

Jimmy Kimmel set to sit next to Kelly Ripa

Jimmy Kimmel set to sit next to Kelly Ripa

ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel will be first to sit in the guest co-host seat on Live With Kelly Ripa after the departure of Michael Strahan (did you hear he’s going to Good Morning America?). Kimmel joins Ripa on the syndicated morning talker Monday, May 16. The show will rotate co-hosts until a permanent […]

Oprah Winfrey to star in HBO film

Oprah Winfrey joining 60 Minutes Team.

Oprah Winfrey will star in as well as executive produce The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, greenlit by HBO Films, about a poor black farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and used to make major discoveries in medical research. Winfrey’s Harpo Films acquired the book rights in 2010 and will produce along with […]

Johnny Weir horses around for NBC

Johnny Weir horses around for NBC

Hot to trot: Former figure skater Johnny Weir will wear a Tweet-powered brooch during NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby this year, in the shape of a small horse. The more conversation that’s generated by Weir’s hat, the more the horse will gallop and light up (hashtag: #WatchMeNeighNeigh). The 142nd Run for the Roses airs […]

Joy Reid lands MSNBC weekend show

Joy Reid lands MSNBC weekend show (William B. Plowman)

Joy Reid is taking over Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC timeslot, effective May 7. Reid is set to host a new weekend program on Saturdays and Sundays at 10a, the timeslot formerly held byMHP, hosted by Harris-Perry, who left in February after a falling out with management. “Melissa did a show that was incredibly valuable,” said Reid. […]

NBCUniversal strikes deal for DreamWorks

NBCUniversal strikes deal for DreamWorks

NBCUniversal is acquiring DreamWorks Animation in a $3.8 billion transaction expected to close by the end of 2016. The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (Universal Pictures, Fandango and NBCUniversal Brand Development). “DreamWorks Animation is a great addition to NBCUniversal,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. “Jeffrey Katzenberg and the DreamWorks […]

Alec Baldwin makes a Match

Spike TV roasting Alec Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin will host a 10-episode primetime edition of Match Game. The FremantleMedia North America reboot is part of a “Sunday Fun & Games Night” block kicking off on ABC June 26, along with Steve Harvey-hosted Celebrity Family Feud and The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan. “I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for […]

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