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Trump Has Inspired a Law and Order: SVU Episode

It's set to air 2 weeks before election

(Newser) - If you're looking for a TV show to distract you from the ugliness of the race for the White House, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit may not be the best choice: The show's Oct. 26 episode will star Gary Cole as a politician whose campaign goes "... More »

'Estados Unidos' Kicks NBC's Ratings When They're (Way) Down

Like, really down from 4 years ago

(Newser) - An estimated 26.5 million people watched NBC's coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, a sharp 35% drop from the record-setting viewership of the curtain-lifter in London four years ago, reports the AP . The opening ceremony of the London Games was seen by 40.7 million people in the... More »

MSNBC Host Won't Appear on Own Show

Melissa Harris-Perry walks off after blistering email

(Newser) - The Melissa Harris-Perry show is on the schedule to air Saturday and Sunday morning as usual on MSNBC, but it will do so without the host whose name accounts for the show's title. Harris-Perry has walked off the program amid a spat with her bosses at the network and... More »

Friends Reunion Finally Happening ... Maybe

All 6 stars will take part in upcoming NBC special

(Newser) - It's finally (maybe) happening: All six Friends stars are reuniting (possibly). Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer will all participate in an upcoming 2-hour NBC special honoring "veteran sitcom director" James Burrows and the 1,000 TV episodes he's directed,... More »

After Trump SNL, 4 GOP Candidates Get Equal Time

Strugglers will get 12 NBC minutes this weekend

(Newser) - Live from New York, it's ... Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Jim Gilmore, and Lindsey Graham? The four struggling GOP candidates requested equal airtime after Donald Trump's Saturday Night Live appearance earlier this month and NBC has agreed to provide it, although they won't be actually hosting the show,... More »

Trump Bashes Carson in Pulled SNL Promo

'Ben Carson is a complete and total loser'

(Newser) - NBC pulled a promo video for Donald Trump's Saturday Night Live episode minutes after posting it to YouTube Wednesday, apparently over a clip in which he calls Ben Carson a "real loser," the Hill reports. While it shouldn't be a surprise Trump thinks his GOP primary... More »

RNC Bails On NBC's Scheduled GOP Debate

Says CNBC handled this week's debate 'in bad faith'

(Newser) - NBC better get its fill of Donald Trump when he hosts Saturday Night Live next month because it sounds like the network won't be seeing him—or any of his fellow candidates—at its GOP debate, the Hill reports. The Republican National Committee has suspended ties with NBC ahead... More »

Have a Seat, Chris Hansen's Back on the Predator Beat

Ex-NBC host's Kickstarter campaign let him film first set of busts in Connecticut

(Newser) - For four days earlier this month, a temporary tenant took up residence in Fairfield, Conn., someone who probably would have been familiar to many of the locals if he weren't holed up in a house with police, waiting for potential sex offenders. It was Chris Hansen, ex-host of NBC'... More »

Trump Out, Schwarzenegger In at Celebrity Apprentice

NBC announces Arnold as new host

(Newser) - With Donald Trump out, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in. NBC has named Schwarzenegger the new host of Celebrity Apprentice, Entertainment Weekly reports, setting off a host of jokes on Twitter about what the action star/former governor's catchphrase will be:
  • @berringer452 : "I guess instead of being fired the contestants will
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The President Is Heading to Reality TV

Obama to appear on Bear Grylls' show

(Newser) - Bear Grylls' latest show, NBC's Running Wild With Bear Grylls, involves the survival expert taking celebrities on wilderness adventures—and he's lined up quite the celebrity for the show's second season. President Obama will go on an Alaskan trek with Grylls, former host of Discovery's Man ... More »

Donald Trump Fires Back at NBC

Mogul calls NBC "weak" and threatens to sue

(Newser) - NBC broke up with Donald Trump today , and the money mogul is not taking it lightly. He fired back right away by calling NBC "weak" and threatening a lawsuit, Mashable reports. This after the network nixed its relationship with Trump and canceled the Miss USA pageant slated for July... More »

NBC Dumps Donald Trump

'Respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values'

(Newser) - Donald Trump apparently doesn't have NBC's vote. This, from the company today: "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump." The... More »

Brian Williams Finally Speaks: 'It Has Been Torture'

Ex-'Nightly News' anchor says he's been examining 'black box' of his career

(Newser) - NBC has announced Brian Williams won't be coming back as its Nightly News anchor, and Brian Williams has announced, via an interview on Today , that the months since his suspension in February have "been torture." "Looking back, it has been absolutely necessary," he told Matt... More »

It's Official: Brian Williams Is Headed to MSNBC

NBC confirms Lester Holt will keep 'Nightly News' job

(Newser) - It's official: NBC has confirmed that it has given Brian Williams "the chance to earn back everyone's trust," but his days as Nightly News anchor are behind him. Instead, Williams will head to MSNBC, reports CNN , where he'll anchor breaking news and special reports, while... More »

Forget Illusion of Integrity: Bring Brian Williams Back

His job is essentially to be a 'front man,' and he's good at it: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - The allegations against Brian Williams may be piling up, but it's time for NBC to take a closer look at what matters. Media types may care deeply about the accusations, but it's not clear that those who really matter—the audience—really do, writes Michael Wolff in USA ... More »

NBC Sending Message to Brian Williams: 'You're Dead'

Sources speculate network is trying to force him out

(Newser) - Details about NBC's Brian Williams investigation are leaking out—for example, news broke that he may have told Jon Stewart a tall tale , and yesterday sources told the Washington Post that the investigation found at least 11 examples of Williams' publicly embellishing a story. Those leaks are likely quite... More »

NBC Editor Who Broke Ebola Quarantine Quits

Snyderman says she regrets becoming part of the story

(Newser) - NBC's chief medical editor appears to have decided that breaking quarantine after possible exposure to Ebola to get takeout food is a mistake that her broadcasting career isn't going to recover from. Dr. Nancy Snyderman has resigned to take a teaching position, saying "becoming part of the... More »

SNL's 40th Snags Monster Ratings

23.1M tuned in for 3.5-hour extravaganza

(Newser) - Some 23.1 million Americans tuned in last night for Saturday Night Live's three-and-a-half-hour 40th anniversary tribute to itself , reports Deadline , in the biggest ratings coup for an NBC primetime entertainment special in the decade since a Friends clip show pulled in 36.9 million people on the night... More »

Brian Williams Suspended for 6 Months

He won't collect a check, but NBC says he deserves second chance

(Newser) - Brian Williams won't be back on the air at NBC for quite a while. The network said tonight it is suspending Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq war . NBC chief executive Steve... More »

Dysentery? Floating Body? Williams' Claims Under Fire

Now NBC anchor's Hurricane Katrina stories are under the microscope

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been apologizing for falsely recalling being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq. Now, more controversy regarding the NBC anchor's memory issues: The New Orleans Advocate says claims he made while covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005—including an account of contracting dysentery and watching... More »

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