December 19, 2013 |
Katie Couric's syndicated television talk show has been canceled. Disney/ABC Television and Couric jointly announced the move Thursday afternoon. "While production will continue on “Katie” through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," the two parties said in a joint statement. "We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.
October 28, 2013 |
Craig Ferguson, the host of the "The Late Late Show" on CBS, is getting another TV gig. Ferguson will host a game show called "Celebrity Name Game," in which celebrities team with contestants to identify famous figures. The show will be launched for national syndication next fall; it was developed by Courteney Cox's and David Arquette's company, Coquette Productions. "Deal or No Deal's" Scott St. John will serve as its showrunner. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The series, based on the board game "Identity Crisis," is being produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury (Lionsgate's television distribution and syndication company)
October 22, 2013 |
CBS Corp. has hired Hilary Estey McLoughlin as president of creative affairs for its distribution unit, overseeing such popular programs as "Judge Judy," "Entertainment Tonight," "Doctor Phil" and "Rachael Ray. " Estey McLoughlin left Warner Bros. this past summer in a shake-up that followed Warner Bros.' hiring of Mike Darnell , former reality wizard of Fox Broadcasting. Estey McLoughlin had been president of Warner Bros.' Telepictures Productions for nearly seven years.
October 16, 2013 |
Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, stars of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," have been named the highest-paid TV actors of 2013 by Forbes magazine. Despite flagging viewership as of late, the show makes most of its dough in syndication, which keeps its male stars -- old and new -- in the magazine's top 10 . Besides syndication, most of the actors on the list have some meager box-office bucks that helped boost their totals this year. The magazine calculates the earnings by speaking with producers, managers, agents and other individuals in the industry to figure out how much the actors made through their entertainment-related endeavors between June 2012 and June 2013, Forbes said.
September 17, 2013 |
Since bursting on the showbiz scene in 1989 with a no-nonsense attitude and a fiery rap delivery, Queen Latifah has demonstrated a knack for versatility and self-transformation. The 43-year-old has landed in the winners' circle as a singer, hip-hop artist, producer and actress - even scoring an Oscar acting nomination for "Chicago" - while simultaneously pursuing her off-screen interests as an entrepreneur, including a clothing and cosmetics line. One of her few career blemishes was a 1999 stab at hosting a talk show.
July 8, 2013 |
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has realigned a big chunk of its television empire, bringing its syndication and distribution business under the control of two respected Fox executives, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Walden and Newman have jointly run the company's profitable television production studio, Twentieth Century Fox Television, for more than a decade. The studio is home to such network hits as "Modern Family," "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," "Glee" and "Homeland. " As part of the realignment, the arm that sells television shows, known as Twentieth Television, moves over to become a division of the Los Angeles-based production studio.