TV News Legal Pundits Predict Parole For O.J. Simpson At Today’s Hearing
Today at 10 AM PT, the largest ever audience for a parole hearing about a botched penny-ante robbery will watch across a multitude of media outlets.
Fox News Channel, MSNBC and HLN will have cameras trained on the hearing to determine the fate of former NFL great O.J. Simpson – even ESPN is getting in on the act. Broadcast networks have planned special live reports and their digital platforms will live-stream the event, as the Nevada Parole Board decides whether The Juice… Read
Ryan Seacrest Returns To Host ABC’s ‘American Idol’; Keeps ‘Kelly & Ryan’ Gig
Ryan Seacrest is confirmed to host ABC’s resurrected American Idol. The announcement was made on today’s Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Seacrest is perhaps the person most closely associated with the long-running show’s original Fox run, his only rival for that spot being Simon Cowell, who has already nixed a return to the ABC version.
In addition to Seacrest, ABC’s upcoming season of Idol will include Katy Perry, who’s been signed as a judge. Her involvement was announced by… Read
Deadline’s PMC, Hollywood Filmmakers & Sports Teams Back Launch Of National Heroes Day
A group of Hollywood filmmakers, sports teams and Deadline’s parent company Penske Media Corp are among those teaming to support the launch of this country’s first annual National Heroes Day today. The Day is designed as a celebration of every day Americans who perform courageous and selfless acts of heroism.
National Heroes Day comes on the 48th anniversary of NASA’s successful Apollo 11 Moonwalk mission, and is inspired by the heroism of those who sacrificed and risked… Read
BBC Partners With James Corden’s Fulwell 73 For Live Music Show
The BBC is teaming with James Corden's Fulwell 73, the banner behind the popular Carpool Karaoke series, to make a live, weekly music show set to air on the UK channel this fall. It has yet to receive a title or timeslot but an initial run of six episodes has already been commissioned.
The new series, which promises to showcase "the hottest bands and artists in the world right now," will see the BBC make a return to the live, weekly music space eleven years after the… Read
Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40
Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40.
Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, playing Fallon’s Red Sox-loving sidekick, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher.
On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of ABC’s A… Read
Lena Dunham Joining ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7
UPDATED with more details: American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy just tweeted out that Girls star Lena Dunham is joining the latest installment of the FX anthology series. We’re hearing that the gig is for one episode.
Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r!
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 20, 2017
Murphy has been dropping hints on social media about the new season of… Read
Red West Dies: ‘Road House’ Actor, Stuntman & Songwriter Was 81
Red West, best known as an actor for his role as Red alongside Patrick Swayze in Road House, and a longtime friend and songwriting partner of Elvis Presley, has died. West died Tuesday at a Memphis, TN hospital after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper. He was 81.
The Bolivar, TN native befriended Presley in high school, and went on to appear in small roles in several of Presley’s films in the 1960s. As a songwriter, he… Read
TV Producer Deb Spera Sells Period Novel
Veteran TV producer Deborah Spera (Criminal Minds) has sold her first novel.
Titled Alligator, the novel is set in 1924. It revolves around three women struggling to survive in economically depressed rural South Carolina — a first generation free black woman, a poor white woman, and the wealthy white woman who employs them both — and the lengths they go to protect their children, and themselves.
The book has been picked up by Liz Stein at Park Row Books.
Spera and her… Read
Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer, CNN Reports
UPDATED with POTUS statement: Arizona's Sen. McCain has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, CNN's Sanjay Gupta was first to report Wednesday afternoon.
After speaking to the senator and getting his permission, Gupta said he spoke to McCain’s doctors, who had operated on Friday, revealing the aggressive type of brain cancer.
President Donald Trump has issued a statement after the diagnosis was revealed: “Senator John McCain has always been a… Read
Suranne Jones To Star In Sally Wainright Drama Series For HBO & BBC One
Suranne Jones is set to star in Gentleman Jack (fka Shibden Hall), HBO and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley). Filming will begin next year.
Set in 1832 Halifax, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne's relationships at home with her family, her… Read
‘The X-Files’: Mitch Pileggi Set To Return For Season 11 Of Fox Series
Mulder and Scully will continue to have their trusted ally Walter Skinner by their side. The X-Files veteran Mitch Pileggi has closed a deal to return for the recently picked up 10-episode eleventh season of the Fox sci-fi drama and second as an event series. He will reprise his role as Walter Skinner, an assistant director at the FBI, which he played on the original Fox series as well as the 2016 six-episode event series revival, both from creator Chris Carter.
White House Reporter Dares To Stream Audio Of White House Press Briefing Live; Republic Still Standing
The Washington press corps was a'twitter Wednesday afternoon with word that one brave White House correspondent had dared to stream live the audio of the day’s no-cameras-allowed White House press briefing held by Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
That is in violation of White House rules that only allow audio of the briefing to be used after the event has wrapped, on the thinking that messing with rabbit-like reporters is a terrible thing to waste.