Brian Williams suspended from NBC News

Brian Williams suspended from NBC News

Last night, NBC News announced that it is suspending NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay in the wake of the discovery that he had been exaggerating stories from his 2003 reporting during the Iraq War. This memo from NBC News president Deborah Turness was distributed Tuesday night: “We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News. Our … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart leaving “The Daily Show”

Jon Stewart leaving "The Daily Show"

Jon Stewart stunned his fans, and media watchers in general, last night when he announced to his studio audience for that night’s taping of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show that he will be leaving as host. Stewart has hosted The Daily Show since 1999, when he replaced Craig Kilborn. He will be leaving later this year (plans are still being worked out exactly when, according to Stewart’s announcement. Stewart also indicated he has no immediate plans). Stewart’s departure comes in the wake of Comedy Central also saying goodbye recently to Stephen Colbert, who first became widely known on The Daily Show before spinning off into his … Continue reading

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Rokerthon is back, with a special Blizzard 2015 edition

The Northeast is gearing up for what sounds like it may be a truly epic snowstorm (possibly among the largest in New York City history, as an example of its potential). Needless to say, media outlets are practically drooling over the idea of covering this latest “snowpocalypse” (The Weather Channel has named the winter storm Juno, even though few other news outlets use its naming conventions). NBC News is one of the outlets gearing up for cross-plaform coverage, including a digital redux of last year’s popular “Rokerthon,” which featured Al Roker setting a Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted … Continue reading

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2015 State of the Union: Date, time, channels for President Obama address

2015 State of the Union: Date, time, channels for President Obama address

President Barack Obama will deliver the 2015 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and the American people, on Jan. 20 at 9pm ET. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican response. Again, various networks will feature live coverage of the Obama address and the response. Here’s where to watch; all times Eastern. ABC – Live coverage begins at 9pm on Jan. 20. George Stephanopoulos leads the coverage live from Washington, D.C. Following the address, ABC will carry the Republican response. World News Tonight Anchor David Muir will broadcast the evening news program from Capitol Hill and report throughout the night … Continue reading

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TCA: Whitney Thore inspires in “My Big Fat Fabulous Life”

Whitney Thore in My Big Fat Fabulous Life

Whitney Thore, whose web videos “fat girl” became viral hits, is the subject of a new TLC reality series titled My Big Fat Fabulous Life, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 10pmET/PT. The refreshingly upbeat Whitney made a visit to the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena where she reinforced her message that size doesn’t matter when it comes to finding and doing things that make you happy. In her case, it’s her passion and love for dance. Whitney’s unapologetic approach to her body size is an inspiration. The series is a heartfelt look into her life — … Continue reading

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TCA: National Geographic Channel’s lineup impresses with more smart TV

Cosmos Spacetime Odyssey on FOX

Thank you National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild for staying true to your brand. At the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena today, network executives announced an impressive lineup of new specials and new series that continue to explore our world in breathtaking detail, as well as, help foster the “smart” in all of us. Despite fierce competition, CEO Courteney Monroe said that no matter what: “compelling content will always prevail.” Shows she credited for “currently working and resonating with our audience” are the network’s docuseries Ultimate Survival Alaska (airing Sundays), Wicked Tuna (returning Sunday, Feb. … Continue reading

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations

And so it goes – the latest Hollywood awards season news is out, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations are in for the 20th annual show, and there are some interesting selections. For the sake of full disclosure, I am a voting member of the group that annually hosts the awards, the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association). Hosted by Michael Strahan (the Super Bowl champion, Fox NFL Sunday analyst, and Live! with Kelly and Michael host) the awards will air LIVE on A&E on Jan. 15th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. As a personal aside … my mom loves … Continue reading

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Jimmy Kimmel asks Eaten Alive’s Paul Rosalie for a make-good: “get eaten by another animal”

Jimmy Kimmel asks Eaten Alive's Paul Rosalie for a make-good: "get eaten by another animal"

Viewers of Discovery’s entertaining two-hour Eaten Alive special sounded off on social media when naturalist/author Paul Rosalie failed to be actually eaten by the snake. Jimmy Kimmel said it best last night when he had Rosalie on his show via Skype. “What a rip off. All I wanted to do was relax on my couch and watch a man get eaten by a snake,” Kimmel joked. In the last 15-minutes of the two-hour special, we did see the 20-foot snake make a few strikes at swallowing him (some great interior shots of the snake’s inner throat cavity were captured), but … Continue reading

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George Stephanopoulos and ABC News land first Darren Wilson interview

George Stephanopoulos and ABC News land first Darren Wilson interview

Last night, it was announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown back in August. The incident sparked months of often-heated protests, and the announcement even more so, with national and international eyes tuned in to what would happen in the situation. Even President Obama weighed in. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos conducted an exclusive interview with Darren Wilson today in the wake of last night’s announcement. Parts of the interview will air Nov. 25 on World News With David Muir (6:30pm ET) and … Continue reading

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Esquire Network documentary series to chronicle Clay Aiken’s congressional campaign

Esquire Network documentary series to chronicle Clay Aiken's congressional campaign

Clay Aiken, perhaps the most famous second-place finalist on American Idol (he was runner-up to Ruben Studdard in Season 2), came in second once again yesterday when North Carolina voters chose not to elect him to the House, opting to stick with incumbent representative Renee Ellmers. Had he won in the predominantly Republican 2nd Congressional District, Aiken, who ran as a Democrat, would have been the South’s first openly gay representative in Congress. The drama of Clay Aiken’s improbable congressional campaign will be chronicled in a four-hour documentary series for Esquire Network, set to premiere on the cable channel in … Continue reading

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