E!’s 'Fashion Police' will continue without Joan Rivers
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E!’s 'Fashion Police' will continue without Joan Rivers

E!’s “Fashion Police” will continue without Joan Rivers
E! announced today that “Fashion Police” will be back in 2015, starting with Golden Globes coverage in January. No further details about a possible replacement for Rivers were announced.

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HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold
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HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold

Report: Jim Carrey to host 'SNL' sometime this fall

HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold
“Happy Valley,” which would’ve reunited Pacino with “Scarface” director Brian de Palma,” has been in the works for nearly two years. It would’ve chronicled the life of the legendary Penn State football coach, whose tenure ended in a child molestation controversy. HBO says the project is on hold, but not dead: “We have not killed the project, so to say so inaccurate. We have suspended pre-production for a moment to deal with budget issues, but the project is still intact at HBO with the entire creative team as before.”


Report: Jim Carrey to host “SNL” sometime this fall
Carrey is expected to host to promote “Dumb and Dumber To,” which comes out Nov. 14, according to The Wrap. Carrey previously hosted in 1996 and 2011.

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ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a 'Special Report'
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ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a 'Special Report'

Why Shonda Rhimes isn’t an 'angry black woman'

ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a “Special Report”
The NFL's domestic violence controversy has become so significant that the three major networks broke into their regular programming to air Roger Goodell’s 3 pm ET press conference live. UPDATE: Howard Stern writer Benjy Bronk interrupted the press conference and yelled, "Don't put me in the elevator."


Why Shonda Rhimes isn’t an “angry black woman”
"To understand Rhimes’ work as a reclamation and redefinition of the phrase 'angry black woman' is to take an extremely narrow, arguably undermining view of what she has accomplished,” says Willa Paskin. "It would be far more accurate to say that, in her work, Rhimes has embraced and subverted the stereotype of the career-first woman and the mistress than that of the 'angry black woman,' but even these reclamation projects are selling Rhimes’ achievements short. Rhimes has not just re-framed the stereotype of the “angry black woman,” she has blown open what black female characters are allowed to do on television, including, most importantly, fronting a TV show.”


Shonda Rhimes’ TV stars stick up for her on Twitter
Ellen Pompeo tweeted the NY Times: "you set the world back with a review of a television show based around the RACE of the lead. Is the show good tv or not?” Joshua Malina tweeted, "Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an 'angry black woman?’” And Kerry Washington also tweeted the NY Times.


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'Supergirl' lands a series commitment from CBS
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'Supergirl' lands a series commitment from CBS

Shonda Rhimes blasts New York Times for calling her an 'angry black woman'

“Supergirl” lands a series commitment from CBS
The DC Comics heroine will star in a series from Greg Berlanti, who's produced "Arrow," "The Flash," "Green Lantern" and "No Ordinary Family." As Deadline points out, "While CBS may look as a surprising home for a younger-skewing superhero drama, it was the only broadcast network without a comic book series. Additionally, CBS has been making a push in female-lead dramas with 'Extant,' 'Madam Secretary' and 'CSI: Cyber' joining staple 'The Good Wife.'"


Shonda Rhimes blasts New York Times for calling her an “angry black woman”
“When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,’” TV critic Alessandra Stanley wrote in a critique of “How to Get Away with Murder” — which, as Rhimes notes, was created by a white guy named Pete Nowalk. In a series of tweets, Rhimes points out that the article singles her out for her black female characters while ignoring the rantings of her white females (including Meredith and Addison). Rhimes also wasn’t happy that the article labeled her a “romance writer.” She tweeteed: "Wait. I’m’ angry' AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I'm going to need to put down  the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real."


Report: NBC promotes Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir to No. 1 figure skating broadcast team
That means the end for Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic, whose future with NBC Sports is uncertain. Says Hamilton: "I always had the best interests of skating and the skaters at heart. I never wanted it to be about me, and I still don't. I wish them great success.”


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Jon Stewart sings 'I Will Remember You' in 'tribute' to Michael Che’s 3-months at 'Daily Show'
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Jon Stewart sings 'I Will Remember You' in 'tribute' to Michael Che’s 3-months at 'Daily Show'

Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon!

Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint
Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days.


Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon!
“The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. PLUS: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories.


“ER” premiered 20 years ago today
The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot.


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President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note
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President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note

“The Simpsons” boss: The killed-off character won’t be resurrected

President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note
That’s according to Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa, who said in a “Fashion Police” special that the president’s note read, “Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.” PLUS: PBS will show Joan Rivers documentary “A Piece of Work” next week as part of “American Masters,” Rivers’ doctor denies taking a selfie.


“The Simpsons” boss: The killed-off character won’t be resurrected
The season premiere won’t pull a “Family Guy.” “When we kill ‘em, they stay dead,” says exec producer Al Jean.


National Latino Media Council gives ABC a “mediocre” grade thanks in part to “The Bachelor” Juan Pablo
ABC has the most Latino actors, writers and producers, yet it was categorized as “mediocre” in terms of Latino representation — along with CBS and Fox — for the casting of a Latino “Bachelor” who "ended up perpetuating stereotypes with his sexist and homophobic remarks.” Meanwhile, NBC had the highest grade of the four major networks, a "Mediocre/Good grade," because it "showed great improvement with Latino actors in scripted roles and cast members in unscripted roles.”


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Kevin Connolly to star in a Fox fantasy football comedy pilot based on ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry
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Kevin Connolly to star in a Fox fantasy football comedy pilot based on ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry

TNT orders 'Untitled Cocaine Project' from Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer

Kevin Connolly to star in a Fox fantasy football comedy pilot based on ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry
"Fantasy Life” stars Connolly as a regular guy who lands his dream job working in the fantasy sports department of a major sports network. It’s inspired by Berry’s bestselling book, "Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It.”


TNT orders “Untitled Cocaine Project” from Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer
Originally set up at HBO, the project is described as “a serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s.”


“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” gets a Lifetime premiere date
The controversial film debuts Nov. 15.

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Zach Braff plans to reunite with 'Scrubs' creator for a new sitcom
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Zach Braff plans to reunite with 'Scrubs' creator for a new sitcom

'Red Band Society' disappoints, 'The Mysteries of Laura' gets a big “America’s Got Talent” boost

Zach Braff plans to reunite with “Scrubs” creator for a new sitcom
“I’ve been talking about a new idea with Bill Lawrence who created ‘Scrubs,’” Braff tells UK’s Independent. "I don’t know if it will be this year or next. I like the idea of cable because I don’t want to do 22 episodes, but I like the idea of this new wave that you can do 12 episodes or eight episodes maybe for cable or Netflix or wherever. There are so many more options now. It's an exciting time.”


“Red Band Society” disappoints, “The Mysteries of Laura” gets a big “America’s Got Talent” boost
The Fox teen hospital drama debuted to four million, while 10.4 million checked out Debra Messing in “Laura.”


Laverne Cox to host and produce “The T Word” documentary for MTV
The “Orange is the New Black” star will focus on seven transgender youths in "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.”


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FX renews 'Tyrant'
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FX renews 'Tyrant'

FX renews "Tyrant"
The Middle East political drama will return for a 2nd season after averaging 5.1 million viewers during its 10-episode 1st season.

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AnnaLynne McCord to be stalked on 'Stalker'
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AnnaLynne McCord to be stalked on 'Stalker'

TV Guide Network is getting a new name: 'Pop'

AnnaLynne McCord to be stalked on “Stalker”
The “90210” alum on the CBS series as a famous TV star who needs help dealing with an obsessed fan who’s threatened her life.


TV Guide Network is getting a new name: “Pop”
TVGN, as TV Guide Network is currently called, is being rebranded next year to “Pop” to celebrate “fandom” in TV and pop-culture. The new cable network will take "a fun, enthusiastic and celebratory approach to fandom, and won't be mean-spirited or snarky,” according to the new network’s president, who adds that keeping the TV Guide name didn’t make sense anymore.


“The Voice” champ is headed to Broadway in the title role of “Pippin”
Josh Kaufman will make his Broadway debut, kicking off a two-month run on Nov. 4.


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