ABC bets TV viewers will marvel at superhero show [Video]

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By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) Walt Disney Co's ABC network is tapping its blockbuster "Avengers" franchise for a new TV show "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," looking to reverse a ratings decline that put it last of the four largest networks among audiences coveted by advertisers. … [Read more...]

Univision upfront: Robert Rodriguez announces ‘Dusk Till Dawn,’ Orci-Kurtzman series for El Rey Network

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By Tim Molloy - NEW YORK (TheWrap) Univision tried to speak to advertisers Tuesday in a language they all understand: ratings. Aided by fake snow, neon and a guest appearance by film icon Robert Rodriguez, the country's biggest Spanish-language network repeatedly reminded advertisers at its … [Read more...]

ABC Updates iOS Apps with Live Streaming

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Becomes the first network to bypass all providers By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) You knew it was coming, you just didn't know who would blink. And now it has. What, you ask? Well, ABC has become the first television network to offer streaming of live digital content with its newly branded "WATCH … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey Season 4 gets January 2014 date in U.S.

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By Tony Maglio (TheWrap) "Downton Abbey" will be returning to American TV sets on January 5, 2014, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said Tuesday at the PBS Annual Meeting. It will run for eight weeks, through February 23. The upstairs-downstairs period British series is the … [Read more...]

Fox Greenlights New 24 Limited Series

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Fans of Fox's 24 have long hoped for a big screen adaptation of the hit TV show, that now looks set to never happen. However, Deadline have reported that Fox has greenlit a limited series run, with star Kiefer Sutherland has signed to reprise his role as agent Jack … [Read more...]

U.S. TV journalist Barbara Walters announces retirement

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(Reuters) Trailblazing broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, known for her interviews with world leaders and celebrities and the first woman to co-anchor a U.S. evening news program, said on Monday she will retire in the summer of 2014. With tears in her eyes, Walters, 83, announced her upcoming … [Read more...]

NBC names Seth Meyers as new ‘Late Night’ host succeeding Fallon

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NEW YORK (Reuters) "Saturday Night Live" veteran Seth Meyers has been chosen as the new host of "Late Night" when Jimmy Fallon moves to "The Tonight Show" in 2014, NBC said on Sunday. The show, to be renamed "Late Night with Seth Meyers," will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NBC … [Read more...]

NBC cancels ‘Whitney,’ ’1600 Penn,’ ‘Guys With Kids,’ ‘Up All Night’

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By Jethro Nededog - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Update: NBC has also canceled "Guys With Kids" and "Up All Night." Previously... NBC has elected not to reelect its presidential comedy, "1600 Penn." Additionally, a person with knowledge of the decision confirmed that "Whitney" has also been … [Read more...]

ABC Goes All In On Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Series [Updated]

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Updated: ABC has released the first TV promo. Disney Orders a full season By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Well this really comes as no surprise since Marvel and ABC are now brothers, but the network has ordered a full season of the Joss Whedon Avengers spin off - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That's … [Read more...]

Randy Jackson leaving ‘American Idol’ after 12 years

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Veteran "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson said on Thursday he was leaving the Fox TV singing contest to focus on his other business ventures. Jackson, who has been a judge on the show since its start in 2002, made the announcement amid falling ratings and rampant rumors … [Read more...]

Netflix adds five Disney shows to U.S. streaming service

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(Reuters) Netflix Inc's U.S. streaming video service added five children's shows from Walt Disney Co's Disney Junior and Disney XD cable networks under a multiyear licensing deal announced on Thursday. Netflix will be the exclusive subscription video home in the United States for two of the … [Read more...]

Yahoo Is Looking At Buying Hulu

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Do you Yahoolu? By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Yahoo hired Marissa Meyer as CEO, the search portal was hoping to shake things up by trying new things to bring the troubled search service back as a heavy player in the Internet game. And she's wasted no time in seeking to get a corner on a … [Read more...]

Is Hollywood Colluding to Control Streaming?

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UPDATE: Yahoo is reportedly in talks to buy Hulu</>. Studios act in concert to pull titles from Netflix By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) col·lu·sion /kəˈlo͞oZHən/ Noun Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others. Such cooperation or … [Read more...]

YouTube starts paid subscription service

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By Ronald Grover (Reuters) Google's YouTube video service is dipping its toe into pay television by starting on Thursday a subscription service with 30 content creators, including children's programmers Sesame Street and Muppet creator The Jim Henson Co, and the Ultimate Fighting … [Read more...]

AMC’s fourth quarter boosted by ‘The Walking Dead’

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(Reuters) - AMC Networks Inc reported a stronger fourth quarter as advertising revenue rose and more people watched the cable operator's original programs, especially "The Walking Dead". Net income rose to $61.5 million, or 85 cents per share, in the quarter, from $43.2 million, or 60 cents per … [Read more...]

Seth MacFarlane ‘Simpsons’ episode to air as Season 24 finale

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) Seth MacFarlane is adding one more voice to Fox, and it's happening earlier than expected. MacFarlane, who created and provides voices for the network's "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," will guest-voice the Season 24 finale of "The Simpsons," airing … [Read more...]

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