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Fox Settles Gretchen Carlson's Sex Harassment Suit for $20M

And Greta Van Susteren is leaving Fox News

(Newser) - Gretchen Carlson will take $20 million off Fox News' hands, settling on Roger Ailes' behalf in response to Carlson's sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit, reports Vanity Fair . Included with the settlement is what the magazine calls an "unprecedented" public apology for Carlson, an apparent effort by Fox... More »

Megyn Kelly to Interview Trump for Fox Special

'I look forward to a fascinating exchange,' says Kelly

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly's meeting with Donald Trump didn't just serve to iron out a truce. After requesting an interview with the Republican frontrunner, Kelly says Trump has agreed to appear in the special Megyn Kelly Presents, to air on May 17, Fox News reports. Extra segments will be featured... More »

Fox to Air New Episodes of X-Files

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will return for 6-show run

(Newser) - Agents Scully and Mulder will be back on TV for six new episodes of The X-Files. Fox has agreed to the short run, which will reunite stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, along with creator Chris Carter, reports the Wrap . “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,... More »

Now on Fox's Shopping List: Time Warner

$80B offer rebuffed, but Murdoch unlikely to give up

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner last month, sources tell the New York Times , and while Time Warner replied with what's described as a "terse letter" of rejection, the sources say Murdoch is locked in and unlikely to give... More »

Fox to Air Grease Live Musical

As Yahoo confirms it has 2 new comedy series in works

(Newser) - Fox is following NBC into the live musical game with a three-hour adaption of Grease set to air some time next year. The event will feature a young ensemble cast and will be based on the 1971 Broadway musical, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The musical's "iconic characters... More »

Tyson Shines in Cosmos Reboot

Miniseries follows Carl Sagan's 1980 classic

(Newser) - Tonight sees the reboot on Fox of what the New York Times calls "arguably the most successful popularization of science since Albert Einstein roamed Princeton without his socks": the miniseries Cosmos, originally hosted on PBS in 1980 by Carl Sagan. Now, Neil deGrasse Tyson leads us on a tour... More »

The Simpsons Cable Rights Fetch Up to $1B

...Though the money's essentially moving from one part of Fox to another

(Newser) - Homer and company are officially rolling in d'oh. After 24 seasons, the animated comedy is finally coming to cable, in what Deadline is calling the "priciest off-network pact ever." FXX will pay at least $750 million, and possibly as much as $1 billion, to acquire exclusive rights... More »

Fox Scores Hot New Gotham TV Series

Wins bidding war for hotly anticipated series 'Gotham'

(Newser) - Gotham City is coming to primetime TV ... but without Batman. Fox has won a bidding war for Gotham, a new live-action series from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, set in the fictional city before one of its billionaires started dressing up in bat costumes. Instead, the show will tell the... More »

Fox Brings Back Jack Bauer, 24

It'll return as a 12-episode limited series next summer

(Newser) - Jack Bauer is about to get a fresh batch of time to run out of. Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role as the ass-kicking, torture-happy counterterrorism agent on a new 12-episode limited series re-launch of 24 next May, Fox announced today, ahead of its "upfront" presentation to advertisers, according... More »

Randy Jackson Leaving Idol After 12 Years

His 3 fellow judges might be joining him

(Newser) - Jackson out. Randy Jackson, the lone original American Idol judge, says he won't be returning to the Fox talent competition. "To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season," Jackson said... More »

Fox: Lawsuit Could Force Us to Go Subscription-Only

Suing Aereo for stealing its signal

(Newser) - Fox is in the midst of a lawsuit over rights to its over-the-air programming—and if it loses, its broadcast network could turn to a subscription model, News Corp's president says. At issue is a lawsuit against Aereo, which offers broadcast TV on digital devices, Mashable reports. "Aereo... 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 »

Record Low TV Ratings for World Series

Previous record held by 2008, 2010 series

(Newser) - The San Francisco Giants' sweep of the Detroit Tigers set a record low for the World Series' television ratings. The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research says. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers... More »

News Corp Confirms It Will Split

Rupert Murdoch will chair both companies; investors celebrate

(Newser) - News Corp is confirming that the media behemoth will split in two, allowing its more profitable entertainment properties to break free of its less profitable publishing ones, reports the Wall Street Journal —which itself is on the publishing half of that divide. "We will wow the world as... More »

Fox Refuses Ads for Service to, Well, Kill Ads

Dish Network's Hopper can automatically skip commercials

(Newser) - How awesome would it be if your DVR automatically skipped commercials on shows recorded off the major networks? Probably not very awesome if you were one of those same networks, which is why they're outraged over the Dish Network's upcoming "Hopper," which, Dish announced last week,... More »

Hulu Moves to Zap Free TV

...Unless you're already paying for cable

(Newser) - Using Hulu to avoid paying for cable may not work for much longer: The TV site plans to implement a new "authentication" model, forcing viewers to prove they're pay TV customers by signing in with their cable or satellite account number, sources tell the New York Post , adding... More »

Weatherman Sues CBS for Sex Discrimination

Network just wants 20-something women: Kyle Hunter

(Newser) - A San Diego weatherman is suing CBS for sex and age discrimination. Kyle Hunter , who works for Fox 5, claims his job applications have been ignored by KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles because he's not a 20-something female, reports the Daily Mail . Hunter, 40, is seeking unspecified damages... More »

O'Reilly to Fluke: Why Should I Fund Your Sex Life?

Fox man blasts Sandra Fluke as 'committed leftist'

(Newser) - Fox man Bill O'Reilly is after Sandra Fluke again, claiming the "committed leftist" who wants him to fund her sex life is at the "center of a campaign to reelect" Barack Obama. "Let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke," said O'Reilly in an earlier... More »

Fox Bringing Down the House

This is last season for popular TV series starring Hugh Laurie

(Newser) - Cynical, manipulative, pill-popping genius doctor Gregory House is pulling down his shingle. The popular, critically acclaimed TV series House won't be back next season. “The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party," said a... More »

Fox Apologizes to Jews for 'Jesus Killer' Poll

Poll asked who viewers blame for death of Christ

(Newser) - A Fox staffer in Latin America thought a good way to promote a Christmas special would be with an online poll asking people whether they thought the Jewish people were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Other options included Pontius Pilate or the high priests. Fox pulled the poll... More »

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