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Andy Lack Replaces Pat Fili-Krushel As Chief Of NBC News & MSNBC: His Biggest Challenges

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NBC News this morning made it official: Andrew Lack, who ran the division from 1993-2001, is returning to the scene of his greatest professional achievement, to try to put the place back together again. “Andy Lack is returning to the company as Chairman, NBC News and MSNBC,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke announced this morning to staff in a memo (see below). “Andy will join our Executive Committee and report directly to me. He will begin in April. “Pat Fili-Krushel, who… Read

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‘Conan In Cuba’ Clocks 2 Million Viewers On Opening Night – Update

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UPDATED with numbers from repeat telecast: An average of nearly 2 million people watched the premiere of Conan In Cuba on opening night. TBS’s unveiling of Conan O’Brian’s historic trip to Cuba logged 1.3 million viewers in its 11 PM ET premiere on Wednesday, after which the network immediately ran it again, posting another 510,000 viewers. For comparison sake,  642,000 watched O’Brien’s late night show, Conan one night earlier. The first telecast alone ranks No. 31 among… Read

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Conan Reports For CNN In Cuba

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Conan O’Brien reported on the scene in Central Havana from a romantic rooftop, during his much-ballyhooed trip to Cuba, which debuted last night as a special edition of his TBS late-night show, coincidentally called Conan In Cuba.  “I am realizing Anderson Cooper has a very easy job,” Conan says as heimagines how CNN would report, from the rooftop, on barking dogs and two men engaged in something he described as Rooftop Competitive Dove Throwing in which birds are tossed… Read

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‘Conan In Cuba’ – Watch The First Four Minutes

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Conan O'Brien's much ballyhooed trip to Cuba over Presidents Day weekend, debuts tonight at 11 PM ET/PT as a special edition of his TBS late night show, coincidentally called Conan In Cuba. TBS just made the first four minutes available. It was shot over four days in Havana. "This is a very historic time. Relations between Cuba and United States are finally starting to thaw," Conan begins, seated in the middle of a cobblestone street behind a makeshift desk and… Read

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Bill O’Reilly Scores His Best Ratings Of 2015

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Controversy continues to become Bill O'Reilly, ratings-wise. The Fox News Channel host last night logged his biggest audience of 2015 to date – 3.3 million viewers. He also averaged 590,000 viewers in the news demo. That’s 166% bigger than the crowd he clocked same night last year, and 100% better in the demo viewers. O’Reilly’s ratings appears to be inversely related to the pelting he’s undergone about claims he made regarding his involvement covering major news events… Read

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‘Sex Box’ Keeps Attracting Men – Go Figure

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Guys keep discovering Sex BoxWE tv couldn't be happier. As we reported earlier, some of the reality series premiere’s biggest timeslot ratings increases were caused by guys coming to check it out, compared to the male audience for previous timeslot occupant, wedding-planner reality series David Tutera's CELEBrations. Because guys are more interested in sex than marriage or something – we'll get back to you on that. Anyway, since we last spoke, guys kept the surge going… Read

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HBO Scrambles As Writing Fellowship Signup Site Crashes

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The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship got off to a rough start this morning when the application site crashed due to popular demand, after which HBO said it expand the number of applicants and grant waivers to some who got caught in today’s traffic jam. But with a cap on the application’s availability via online portal Without A Box, some people took to Twitter to fume and foment: #hboaccess is the official oxymoron of 2015 — Sioux (@SiouxHavens) March 4, 2015 “The site… Read

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BBC Rape Documentary Causes Uproar In India

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India’s Daughter, a hard-hitting BBC documentary about the brutal gang rape of a young woman in India that generated global headlines in 2012, is causing a storm of controversy in India. Based on the rape in December 2012 of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh, who died from the horrific internal injuries she received from her attackers, the film reputedly offers an uncompromising portrait of attitudes among some sectors of Indian society toward women. One interview, in… Read

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Who Wins Most With Andy Lack Back At NBC News?

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Word that NBCUniversal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack as news chief in hopes of restoring the division’s stature — and ratings — set industry observers to talking about who’d be the big winners in this development, and who not so much. Brian Williams, for instance, will now have another pal in the place, as the company mulls whether his imaginative renderings of his role in events he covered for the division, including that helicopter attack in the early days of… Read

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‘Conan In Cuba’ Trailer: First Look At TBS Late-Night Special

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Conan O’Brien’s much ballyhooed trip to Cuba over President’s Day weekend, will debut tomorrow night at 11 PM ET/PT as a special edition of his TBS late night show, coincidentally called Conan In Cuba. Shot over four days in Havana, with 10 staffers, including the host and producer, Conan has said he did not want the episode to be a snarky-American comedy take, or a political statement — more fish-out-of-water. In the episode, Conan learns to roll a cigar at a cigar… Read

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Lester Holt Returns To ‘NBC Nightly News’ Tonight

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Holt tweeted this morning that he’s returning to the newscast tonight, one night after Savannah Guthrie filled in while Holt dealt with a family medical emergency, NBC News said yesterday. It had been unclear how long he would be gone. "@heidi_mcsista: @Nicoleedits Prayers for @LesterHoltNBC and family!" /Thanks! Happy to report all is good. Back in the chair tonight. — Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) March 3, 2015 Holt has been pulling in strong ratings for NBC Nightly… Read

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‘Snowden’ First-Look Photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Oliver Stone’s Biopic

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UPDATED with more photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks ready for battle in the first-look image from Oliver Stone’s buzzy Edward Snowden biopic. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25. Interest in the NSA whistleblower remains high. CitizenFour, the chilling documentary by Laura… Read