It’s time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee once again, marking ESPN’s 21st straight year of televising the event. Coverage will see more than 14 combined hours of live competition across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, starting today at 8a and concluding tomorrow at 10p. Throughout the competition, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will feature an enhanced “Play Along” version, a newly integrated informational experience featuring the live coverage from the Bee alongside a display of the official spelling clues from Scripps, speller bio blasts, previous words spelled, live tweets and other information. SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry returns to the Final with Paul Loeffler returning as analyst. Meanwhile, ESPN and the Scripps National Spelling Bee reached a two-year agreement for the exclusive rights to carry the National Spelling Bee Finals in 2014 and 2015 across its linear television and digital platforms.
TV Land has cut ties with two more original series, canceling Lopez after two seasons and late-night comedy Throwing Shade after one. In addition, the Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone-produced comedy, Nobodies, is moving to flagship Viacom scripted brand Paramount Network.
FOX issued a put pilot order for comedy One Hit Wendy. Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) stars as a singer who peaked at 18 and is now trying to guide her talented niece through the music biz.
Mashable was just sold – and it didn’t exactly fetch a hefty price tag. The digital media company was purchased by Ziff Davis, a publisher of gaming, healthcare, and tech content. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the paper, Ziff Davis only paid about $50 million for the company. […]
According to a new report from Recode, Univision is looking to bring in a minority investor to support Fusion Media Group. Along with the Fusion TV network and a production studio, FMG consists of a number of digital media properties, including The Onion and most of the sites formerly owned by Gawker Media. (Univision bought […]
NBC Olympics is lining up 1800 hours of live streaming coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang in February, marking a record for a Winter Olympics. In addition, PyeongChang will be the first Winter Games to offer live streaming of the NBC broadcast network, including primetime and primetime-plus programming as part of its […]