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Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please

Town won't hold public memorial

(Newser) - December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a... More »

ABC to Walters: No, Snowden Can't Be Most Fascinating

Network rejects her plan for annual special

(Newser) - Well, whomever Barbara Walters names as the Most Fascinating Person of 2013, it won't be the person she really wanted in the top spot. Walters intended to put Edward Snowden at No. 1 on her annual list, but ABC nixed that idea, the New York Daily News reports. Network... More »

China to Kimmel: Say You're Sorry Like You Mean It

'Kill everyone in China' quip sparks anti-ABC protests

(Newser) - China wants ABC to apologize a third time for an insensitive Jimmy Kimmel skit—and to be sincere about it this time. The network has already issued two public apologies over the skit that aired Oct. 16, in which a child suggests "killing everyone in China" to solve America'... More »

Barbara Walters Retires After 50 Years

Pioneering newswoman off 'The View' next summer

(Newser) - As expected, Barbara Walters today announced the end of a broadcasting career that began during the Truman administration, People reports. "Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years," Walters said on The View today, adding that she is "perfectly healthy" and... More »

Has Your Favorite Show Just Been Axed?

TV cancellations, renewals and pilot pickups for next season

(Newser) - It's been a tense week in Hollywood, as TV networks announce which shows have been canceled, which have been renewed, and which pilots have been picked up for next season. Now the results are (mostly) in. Did your favorite survive the chopping block? Zap2It has been keeping score. Some... More »

Barbara Walters Will Retire Next Year: Reports

Deadline says she's out in 2014, and other sites confirm

(Newser) - Looks like Barbara Walters is ready to call it quits after 50-plus years in the TV business. Deadline first reported that the 83-year-old was poised to announce that she would retire in May 2014, and everyone from Page Six to USA Today to the Huffington Post has confirmed the scoop... More »

Report: Hasselbeck Also Leaving The View

'US Weekly' says she's getting fired after 9 years

(Newser) - The View might have one more open seat: US Weekly reports that co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is getting fired after nine years because viewers are put off by her conservative views. The report follows Joy Behar's decision to leave after nearly 17 years. Neither ABC nor Hasselbeck has confirmed the... More »

A TV First: NBC Finishes Last in Sweeps

Worse, network fell behind Univision, too, says report

(Newser) - If there are four big networks and you finish fifth in the ratings, that's not good, right? Such is the fate of NBC in the February sweeps, reports Deadline . In the 20-day period, it had an average rating of 1.2 among the 18-49 set, which trails not only... More »

Bourdain Sells Out With The Taste

Even as onetime nemesis Emeril redeems himself: Andy Greenwald

(Newser) - Ten years ago, as Emeril Lagasse was birthing the entire misbegotten genre of "food TV," chucking the humble instructional Julia Child cooking show format "into the garbage like spoiled milk," Anthony Bourdain was slowly rising as his acerbic opposite number, writes Andy Greenwald at Grantland . As... More »

Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

(Newser) - Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says,... More »

Jamie Oliver, ABC Sued Over 'Pink Slime'

Former beef worker says phrase figured in his firing

(Newser) - The war over pink slime has resurfaced: Now, a former beef worker is suing TV chef Jamie Oliver, ABC News, and a food blogger for using the unappealing term . Bruce Smith brought the lawsuit after he and some 750 others were fired from a company that makes lean, finely textured... More »

Kelly Ripa's New Partner: Michael Strahan

He will permanently replace Regis, says Broadcasting & Cable

(Newser) - Kelly Ripa is finally getting a permanent replacement for Regis Philbin after nearly year, and Broadcasting & Cable says it's former NFL star Michael Strahan. ABC wouldn't confirm, but the network is expected to make the announcement in a few weeks. Strahan has been one of the many... More »

Oscar Buzz: Jimmy Fallon Might Host

LA Times says academy wants him and Lorne Michaels as producer

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times gets the annual who-will-host-the-Oscars speculation off to an early start by dropping Jimmy Fallon's name in the mix. The paper says the academy "is in talks" with Fallon for the 2013 show and also wants Lorne Michaels as producer. One potential snag: Host network... More »

Disney, Univision in News Channel Talks

New 24-hour channel would cater to English-speaking Latinos

(Newser) - Disney and Univision are in talks to create a new English-language channel to enter the 24-hour TV news war, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The venture would be aimed at English-speaking Latinos, and the companies hope to get it up and running before the presidential election in order to... More »

Amanpour Leaving ABC's This Week

George Stephanopoulos will return to the show

(Newser) - Sunday morning news junkies will see a big change come Jan. 8: Christiane Amanpour is leaving her gig as host of ABC's This Week and will be replaced by former host George Stephanopoulos. Amanpour will work on prime-time specials for the network and develop a new show focusing on... More »

Disney, ABC Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon

New streaming deals signed with both

(Newser) - Finally, some good news for Netflix subscribers: More streaming content is being added thanks to an expanded deal with Disney-ABC Television Group, Mashable reports. The agreement extends the existing deal in order to introduce new shows including Alias and Switched at Birth. The caveat is, however, that Disney-ABC also signed... More »

Chaz Bono DWTS Pick Sparks Dialogue on Transgenders

ABC message board lights up with critics, defenders

(Newser) - If ABC wanted to generate buzz with the announcement of the new Dancing With the Stars cast , then it looks the selection of Chaz Bono was a wise choice. Tim Molloy of the Wrap notes that the show's message board has been besieged with comments about the transgender Bono,... More »

ABC Cancels Desperate Housewives

Once-dominant drama will end after next season, source says

(Newser) - Things might have just gotten a little more desperate than usual over on Wisteria Lane: ABC is canceling longtime stalwart Desperate Housewives, the network confirmed today to the AP. "We want to make sure it has its victory lap," ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said in making the... More »

Bidding War for Casey Anthony Interview Hits $1.5M

Networks vie for pricey sit down

(Newser) - Media offers to Casey Anthony for an exclusive interview have hit at least $1.5 million, reports TMZ . Anthony's parents have already turned down a $250,000 deal for an interview with them, says the gossip blog. Anthony's lawyer is reportedly holed up in a Manhattan hotel juggling... More »

DSK Accuser: I Want Justice

Nafissatou Diallo rips Strauss-Kahn again, this time in ABC interview

(Newser) - In a one-two punch, the woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape blasts him again—this time in a broadcast interview—just as her account of the attack hits newsstands in Newsweek magazine . "I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Nafissatou Diallo says in an... More »

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