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Published: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:55:52 -0400

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Reality TV stars Kris and Bruce Jenner say they have separated

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:55:52 -0400

(image) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kardashian reality television family matriarch Kris Jenner and Olympic gold medal athlete Bruce Jenner have separated, the couple said in a joint statement to celebrity outlet E! News on Tuesday. The couple were married in 1991 and have two teenage daughters, Kendall and Kylie, who appear on the Kardashian reality TV programs. "We are living separately and we are much happier this way," the Jenners told E! in a statement. Kris Jenner's office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. ...

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'Breaking Bad' teacher-turned-druglord gets obit in Albuquerque newspaper

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:02:45 -0400

(image) By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Fans mourning the loss of the gritty drug drama "Breaking Bad" and its main character, chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White, memorialized the fictitious druglord on Friday with a real obituary in an Albuquerque newspaper. Members of the Facebook page "Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour" and local high school science teacher David Layman, who appeared as an extra in the show's pilot, purchased advertising space for the 87-word tribute in the Albuquerque Journal, the newspaper reported. ...

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CBS gives 'Late Show' host David Letterman two-year extension

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:36:02 -0400

(image) (Reuters) - U.S. television network CBS has extended its contract with late night talk show host David Letterman through 2015. Letterman's "Late Show with David Letterman has earned nine Emmy Awards during the 20 years it has aired on the broadcast network, a unit of CBS Corp. "There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS 'home,'" Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp president and chief executive, said in a statement on Friday. ...

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NBC reality TV show to send winner to space with Virgin Galactic

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:45:30 -0400

(image) By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - After a decade of casting around for a space-themed show, reality TV producer Mark Burnett has finally found a way to launch his dream. On Thursday, Burnett, creator of "Survivor" and "The Voice" unveiled a partnership with Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group, for a TV series that will send someone to space. ...

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'Mad Men' star Hamm ditches suave for macabre in 'Young Doctor'

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:29:20 -0400

(image) By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jon Hamm's new TV role takes him far from the stylish 1960s Madison Avenue setting of "Mad Men" to a dreary, isolated and bloody hospital in a small Russian village during the 1917 revolution. The backdrop for "A Young Doctor's Notebook," a four-episode series that makes its U.S. debut on Wednesday on the Ovation cable network, is not a typical one for television, and the show does not fit neatly into a particular genre. Hamm said he liked the project for both of those reasons. "It's dark, and yet it's quite comic," Hamm told Reuters. ...

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U.S. TV networks tout video on-demand for catch-up viewing

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:05:34 -0400

(image) By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The morning after a new episode of the drama "Sleepy Hollow" airs on the Fox broadcast network, a message on the show's Facebook page encourages viewers to catch up with the show by clicking on their cable operator's video on demand service. Fox and other networks are firing up marketing efforts to steer audiences who miss live episodes to free on-demand viewing. As the new television season gets underway, they are putting promotional spots for video on demand, or VOD, in prime time, on their web pages, and on social media. ...

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'Breaking Bad' finale draws series record of 10.3 million viewers

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:27:01 -0400

(image) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - AMC's gritty drug drama "Breaking Bad" drew its biggest audience for the series finale on Sunday, as 10.3 million viewers tuned in to see anti-hero Walter White meet a dark and fitting end. According to Nielsen data provided by AMC on Monday, the 75-minute finale episode entitled "Felina" delivered a series record in viewership as fans saw chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walt tie up the loose ends of his crumbling drug empire and die just as the police finally catch up with him. The 18-49 age group coveted by advertisers drew 6. ...

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ESPN to drop International X Games competitions, cut jobs

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:05:06 -0400

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - ESPN said on Thursday it will end the international versions of its X Games extreme sports competitions because it could not make money on the events, which feature skateboarding and other sports. The sports cable network owned by Walt Disney Co will be cutting an unspecified number of jobs related to the International X Games, which took place in cities including Barcelona, Munich, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil and Tignes, France. The International X Games had been broadcast on ESPN's flagship U.S. channel and its sister network, ESPN 2. ...

'Breaking Bad' creator cooks up a dark ending for Walt White as series concludes

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 01:10:00 -0400

(image) By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The journey of anti-hero Walter White came to a dark end on Sunday when fans of "Breaking Bad" finally learned the fate of the chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin, as AMC's cult drug drama concluded after a five-season run. Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad" has captured audiences with its gritty plot about Walter, played by Bryan Cranston, a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to cooking methamphetamine with ex-student Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, in order to make money for his family. ...

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Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:07:49 -0400

(image) By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...

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Reality TV stars Kris and Bruce Jenner say they have separated

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:48:47 -0400

(image) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kardashian reality television family matriarch Kris Jenner and Olympic gold medal athlete Bruce Jenner have separated, the couple said in a joint statement to celebrity outlet E! News on Tuesday. The couple were married in 1991 and have two teenage daughters, Kendall and Kylie, who appear on the Kardashian reality TV programs. "We are living separately and we are much happier this way," the Jenners told E! in a statement. Kris Jenner's office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. ...

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'Breaking Bad' may be over, but Albuquerque businesses hope their high lasts

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:13:12 -0400

By Tim Gaynor (Reuters) - As fans readied to see how chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White would meet his end in the tense finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday night, one Albuquerque donut maker had a rush of customers on her hands. "It was insane," said Carrie Mettling, the co-owner of the city's Rebel Donut chain, which sold $10,000 worth of its blue frosted and crystal rock candy-slathered "blue sky" donuts in the hours before showtime. "Our sales were probably quadruple what they are on a normal Sunday. ...

CNN, NBC scrap Hillary Clinton TV projects

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:26:09 -0400

(image) By Liana B. Baker and Gabriel Debenedetti (Reuters) - Two television projects focused on Hillary Clinton got the axe on Monday after the programs became embroiled in partisan wrangling, including threats by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to boycott presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC. The filmmaker for CNN said he could not complete the project because he'd received no cooperation from either Democrats or Republicans, while industry sources said NBC's move had nothing to do with the RNC, the Clintons or NBC News, which is run separately from NBC's entertainment unit. ...

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Sky Deutschland promotes James Murdoch to chair board

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:05:04 -0400

(image) FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has named News Corp's James Murdoch as chairman of its supervisory board, promoting him after just five months on the board. James Murdoch is deputy chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox and son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, who controls News Corp. He was brought onto the Sky Deutschland board in April 2013, a reflection of News Corp's growing stake and influence in the company. Sky Deutschland also hoped to benefit from his knowledge of international markets and new technologies. ...

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ABC TV's 'S.H.I.E.L.D' opens big with 12.2 million viewers

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:31:28 -0400

(image) (Reuters) - New ABC drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." garnered strong ratings in its Tuesday debut, grabbing 12.2 million viewers overall and ranking first in its time slot among viewers ages 18 to 49, the group most prized by advertisers, according to Nielsen ratings data. Ratings for the one-hour show, which aired opposite CBS drama "NCIS" and NBC singing contest "The Voice," were the highest for a drama debut in nearly four years, ABC said. "NCIS" was the most-watched show overall on Tuesday night with 20.0 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. "The Voice" pulled in 14. ...

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Batman's crime-ridden Gotham metropolis comes to Fox TV

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:22:12 -0400

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Batman's crime-ridden gritty fictional metropolis of Gotham City will be the focus of a new Fox drama, the latest comic book-inspired series to tap superheroes' ability to draw audiences to both film and TV. Fox described its new show "Gotham" as "the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous," the network said on Wednesday. Gordon is the police commissioner of Gotham City, and often supports Batman to defeat the city's villains. ...

'Breaking Bad' finally makes good with best drama Emmy

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:38:33 -0400

(image) By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television drama "Breaking Bad" won the top Primetime Emmy award for the first time on Sunday, just as the gritty tale of a chemistry teacher turned meth cook and drug kingpin winds down to widespread acclaim. Although it won best drama series for its fifth season, AMC's "Breaking Bad" has just one episode left to air next Sunday in its sixth and final season. Its creators credited a changing television world of binge-watching, video on demand, online streaming and social media buzz for its success Sunday. ...

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Emmy telecast wins bigger audience, but leaves critics cold

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:17:38 -0400

(image) By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even as viewership for Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on CBS rose for the second consecutive year, critics panned the U.S. TV industry's top honors as a dull showcase that gave its winners and nominees short shrift. Early audience figures measured by Nielsen totaled 17.6 million viewers, a 33 percent increase from last year's ceremony, which was broadcast on Disney's ABC, CBS said on Monday. ...

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'Modern Family' wins Emmy for best television comedy series

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:14:46 -0400

(image) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Modern Family" won the Primetime Emmy for best comedy series on Sunday, the highest honors in U.S. television. It is the fourth consecutive year the ABC network series has won the top comedy prize at the Emmys. (Reporting By Mary Milliken; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Stars blossom in bold blues and dusky pinks on Emmy red carpet

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:01:14 -0400

(image) By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Floral-hued gowns dotted the red carpet at the Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday, mirroring the blue and pink palettes that graced runways this season. Deep blue tones stood out against the red carpet and actresses favored feminine silhouettes at the Emmys, the first in Hollywood's six-month-long awards season. "30 Rock" nominee Tina Fey led the pack of ladies opting for cobalt blue in a custom Narciso Rodriguez low v-neck gown. ...

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Director abandons CNN documentary on Hillary Clinton

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:56:55 -0400

(image) By Liana B. Baker and Gabriel Debenedetti (Reuters) - Cable news network CNN has canceled a documentary on Hillary Rodham Clinton after the director said pressure from the Clinton camp as well as Republican leaders made it too difficult to complete the film. A CNN spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that the program would be canceled, saying director "Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton." Political observers widely expect Clinton to run for president in 2016 as her early polling numbers make her the Democratic frontrunner. ...

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'Breaking Bad' wins Emmy for best television drama series

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:25:11 -0400

(image) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Breaking Bad" won the Primetime Emmy Award for best drama series on Sunday, the highest honors in U.S. television. It is the first time the AMC cable series about a high school chemistry teacher who produces and sells methamphetamine has won the top drama prize at the Emmys. (Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Eric Beech)

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HBO, AMC take top Emmy awards, holding off Netflix

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:19:37 -0400

(image) By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While upstart streaming service Netflix Inc burst into the Emmy party this year, it was cable networks with the most to celebrate on Sunday night as HBO dominated and AMC grabbed the prestigious best drama prize for "Breaking Bad." Premium cable channel HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc, took home the most primetime Emmy trophies, 27 in total, for series including "Veep," "The Newsroom," and "Boardwalk Empire," plus Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra." Broadcast network ABC's "Modern Family" won best comedy. ...

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With swords and suds, 'Game of Thrones' spurs sales for HBO

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:59:54 -0400

(image) By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Game of Thrones," HBO's blood-splattered fantasy series featuring dragons, castles and warring families, is turning into a franchise for the premium cable channel that may rival its biggest hit, the mobster drama "The Sopranos." Like "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones" has become a revenue magnet for the Time Warner-owned cable channel, attracting licenses for T-shirts, games, even its own line of beer. ...

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Analysis: Canadian cable TV's 'a la carte' menu begins to take hold

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:49:24 -0400

By Liana B. Baker and Alastair Sharp NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - A transformation in how some Canadian cable TV companies sell channels to consumers might be a sign of things to come in the much bigger U.S. market. With "a la carte" pricing, cable companies are offering Canadians an alternative to "take-it-or-leave-it" bundles that effectively force viewers there - and in the United States - to pay for channels that they do not watch in order to get access to those they do. ...

Meghan McCain bringing her 'brand of Republicanism' to new TV series

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:49:29 -0400

(image) By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Meghan McCain, who gained attention in 2007 for her lively blogs tracking her father John McCain's presidential campaign, is bringing her "brand of Republicanism" to a new television show she hopes will change perceptions of the millennial generation. McCain, 28, is the face of "Raising McCain" that premieres on Saturday on new cable channel Pivot TV, with the aim of presenting a different take on the challenges and issues facing young people. ...

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NBC adds six new players to 'Saturday Night Live'

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:23:55 -0400

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Late-night sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" has added six new members to its cast after a number of its biggest stars departed following last season, TV network NBC said on Monday. Comedians Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelan were added as featured players to "Saturday Night Live" for its 39th season, which will begin on September 28. Longtime cast members Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis left the show when the last season finished in May, highlighting the loss of top talent in recent years. ...

New Mexico charity quickly sells out of ‘Breaking Bad' props

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 16:41:42 -0400

(image) By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Fans of "Breaking Bad" snapped up memorabilia from the hit television series on Saturday at a New Mexico thrift store, where the souvenir items sold out in less than two hours, organizers said. A crowd of prospective buyers gathered in the rain outside the Albuquerque Goodwill store, and some people even slept outside overnight to grab a good place in the long line, said Goodwill Industries of New Mexico spokeswoman Shauna O'Cleireachain. All in all, more than 200 pieces sold in less than two hours, she said. ...

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'Binge-watching' viewership casts bigger spotlight on TV composers

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:00:22 -0400

By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Composers for television shows don't usually get the same critical recognition as those composing soundtracks for films, but an increase in viewers "binge-watching" shows has led to a brighter spotlight on TV's musical backdrop. Emmy-nominated Robert Duncan, who scored "The Last Resort," a TV show about a U.S. nuclear submarine crew, said that viewers who watch several episodes of a show in a row on platforms such as Netflix were changing the art form of television soundtracks. "Times are changing," he said. ...

'Today' show gets makeover with new set, Carson Daly

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:39:52 -0400

(image) By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) - NBC's "Today" is revamping its show as it tries to retake the ratings lead it held for decades, adding "The Voice" host Carson Daly and a new set to lure back viewers who defected last year to ABC's "Good Morning America." "Today," which generates the bulk of the profits for NBC's news division, is looking to recapture viewers it lost after anchor Ann Curry left in June 2012. Earlier that spring, "Good Morning America" snapped the show's 16-year winning streak atop the morning ratings. ...

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