Trevor Noah will be next host of “The Daily Show”

Trevor Noah will be next host of "The Daily Show"

Comedy Central today announced the next host for The Daily Show once Jon Stewart departs. Trevor Noah, who joined the program in 2014 as a contributor, will take over at a date to be announced later. “Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central. “For the next host of The Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He … Continue reading

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Science Channel and NASA TV airing live coverage of Scott Kelly space launch

Science Channel and NASA TV airing live coverage of Scott Kelly space launch

This Friday, March 27, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and crew will launch on their one year in space at the International Space Station (ISS). Science Channel, via NASA TV, will air live coverage of the launch, which is scheduled for 3:42pm ET from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (launch is subject to change, of course, based on conditions). More from Science Channel: “Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko are scheduled to spend one full year living and working aboard the ISS and will launch on this important mission with cosmonaut Gennady Padalka. The trio will ride … Continue reading

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ABC’s 20/20 to air Sound of Music special March 18

ABC's 20/20 to air Sound of Music special March 18

Diane Sawyer and Julie Andrews travel to Salzburg to explore the family and the story behind the beloved, Oscar-winning musical The Sound of Music. ABC’s 20/20 will present a special hour celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music on Wednesday March 18, at 10pm ET/PT. Diane Sawyer travels to Austria with the film’s star Dame Julie Andrews to explore the real story behind the beloved, Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and retrace the steps of the real-life von Trapp family, including the house where Maria von Trapp lived and the train station where the family made its final escape from the Nazis. Mother Abbess … Continue reading

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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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