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Agent Olivia Metzger Leaving CAA; Clients Include Jeff Glor, Hoda Kotb: Report

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CAA agent Olivia Metzger, who represents some of the top names in TV news including Jeff Glor, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Stephanie Ruhle, is leaving the agency, according to a report in the Huffington Post. HuffPo, citing two unnamed sources, reports that Metzger intends to continue repping clients, either at another agency or by starting her own firm. According to the article, at least CBS Evening News anchor Glor, NBC/MSNBC anchor Melvin and NBC White House… Read

‘Exorcist’ Finale Ratings Steady, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Dips On Slow Friday

The Exorcist (0.4/2) ended its second season and 2017 with a narrative bang last night. On a Blue Blood-less Friday that saw little movement for most shows, the bloody and unexpected death of a major character on the finale of the Fox horror drama was pretty placid among adults 18-49. Like lead-in Hell's Kitchen (0.8/4), the Ben Daniels, John Cho and Alfronso Herrera starring series was even with last week among the key demo. The "Unworthy" episode did see a 14% rise in… Read

Rupert Murdoch Feels Heat About His Fox News Sexual Misconduct Claims

Backlash is building against Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, who said during a Thursday interview that sexual harassment allegations against Fox News staffers were “all nonsense.” Murdoch spoke on an interview with his majority owned Sky News, addressing the Disney purchase of his company and the multiple sexual misconduct claims against some of his Fox News team, which have resulted in claims of at least $58 million in settlements and legal… Read

Sheila Nevins Leaving Job As HBO Documentary President; Network Says She’s “Not Retiring”

Sheila Nevins, who as president of HBO documentary films became a powerful figure in the world of non-fiction programming, is leaving HBO. News of her departure came in a lengthy New York Times profile posted today. HBO confirmed to Deadline that she is leaving, but noted that she is not retiring. Further announcements and details are expected from HBO nearly this upcoming week. The 78-year-old Nevins told the Times‘ Maureen Dowd, “There’s something exciting about leaving… Read

Bill Moyers Signs Off From His Web Site, His Final Media Outlet

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers, who moved between writing and public service in his 50-year career, is retiring from what may be his final media outlet. Moyers is most identified with PBS, where he hosted several news shows before his broadcasting retirement. He also served stints at NBC and CBS, produced numerous documentaries, and served as press secretary in the Lyndon Johnson administration. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and won more than… Read

Disgraced Chef Mario Batali Apologizes…With Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Mario Batali, fired this week from ABC’s The Chew after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, apologized to fans and followers of his email subscriber list yesterday, blasting out a “no excuses” statement that, bizarrely concluded with a recipe for a “holiday-inspired breakfast”: Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls. The message started predictably enough. “As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” Batali wrote. “I… Read

“Hello, Clarice” – Jodie Foster Visits Stephen Colbert For Special Probe Into Lecter Ties To Trump

Stephen Colbert says hello to special agent Clarice Starling tonight, as Jodie Foster joins him for a segment reprising her Silence of the Lambs role as the FBI novice who bonds with Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Clarice has some questions regarding Robert Mueller's probe into Trump's ties to Russia directed toward Hannibal Lecter (Stephen Colbert). — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 16… Read

‘Exorcist’ EPs Talk Tonight’s Finale, Possible Season 3 & Disney/Fox Deal

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's The Exorcist Season 2 finale EXCLUSIVE: "You know, we've been promising that war is coming to some extent from the very beginning of this show and I think Season 3 is the war arriving," says The Exorcist executive producer Jeremy Slater of tonight's ominous Season 2 finale and where the Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels led Fox horror series could go next if it's renewed. Of course, such a renewal for the show based… Read

‘The Trade’: Morgan Spurlock Dropped As Executive Producer Of Showtime’s Sundance-Bound Docu Series

The fallout from Morgan Spurlock’s public confession of sexual misconduct earlier this week continues. The documentary maker has been dropped as an executive producer of Showtime’s upcoming five-episode docu-series The Trade, which will have a world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a Feb. 2 debut on Showtime. The move follows Spurlock’s exit from his production company, Warrior Poets, in the wake of the controversy. The Trade spotlights the opioid… Read

Filming On TNT Unscripted Series ‘Who Rules The World’ Suspended As Producers Sever Ties With Morgan Spurlock

TNT, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches and Refinery29 have suspended production on the planned unscripted series Who Rules the World (working title), which had been co-produced by Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets and executive produced by the documentarymaker. The decision follows Spurlock’s public admission of sexual misconduct earlier this week. The series, which tackles women’s issues, did not have a premiere date and was in early stages of production. Its future… Read

Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin & Heidi Lopata Form New PR Shingle Narrative

Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin and Heidi Lopata are forming a new entertainment public relations firm, Narrative. The move comes shortly after ID announced the abrupt exits of Mahoney, Moss Pachon and Rifkin. Lopata is the new entry here, coming from 42West. They are top-tier publicists. In a statement, Mahoney, Moss Pachon, Rifkin and Lopata said: "We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom… Read

‘Watergate’ Limited Series From George Clooney & Matt Charman In Works At Netflix

The specter of Watergate has loomed large over Washington, D.C. recently — great timing for a television series looking at the scandal. Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman has partnered with George Clooney and Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov for Watergate, an eight-part limited series. We hear that the project has landed at Netflix for development in a competitive situation. The potential series will be produced by studio Sonar Entertainment, which last… Read