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Sarah Palin Pulls Plug on Internet Subscription-Video Channel

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Sarah Palin’s views on America, politics, immigration and family values may not have been compelling enough for many people to fork over $10 per month. Last summer, the conservative former governor of Alaska, ex-Fox News pundit and one-time U.S. VP candidate launched the Sarah Palin Channel, which she promised would deliver perspectives “cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”… Read more »

Harry Shearer Staying on ‘The Simpsons’ After Inking New Deal

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“Mr. Burns” will be back. After negotiating a new deal, Harry Shearer is in fact returning to “The Simpsons,” Variety has confirmed. Under the new pact, Shearer will continue to lend his voice to the characters of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner on the long-running Fox series through Seasons 27 and 28. Shearer’s… Read more »

‘Scandal’ Ups Cornelius Smith Jr. to Season 5 Regular as Activist Marcus Walker

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Olivia Pope is getting another regular Gladiator. Cornelius Smith Jr., who recurred in two Season 4 episodes as activist Marcus Walker, will reprise his role as a series regular for the fifth season, Variety has confirmed. Smith Jr. first appeared in the influential Ferguson-inspired March 5 episode, titled “The Lawn Chair,” as an activist working with Olivia… Read more »

Cartoon Network Renews ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Uncle Grandpa,’ 3 Others

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Cartoon Network will renew five of its original series: “Adventure Time,” “Regular Show,” “Uncle Grandpa,” “Steven Universe” and “Clarence,” the Time Warner-owned cable network said Tuesday. Th cable network said it struck orders for the eighth seasons of both “Adventure Time” and “Regular Show”; the third seasons of both “Uncle Grandpa” and “Steven Universe”; and… Read more »

Police Raid Home of Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle for Child Pornography

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Federal authorities raided the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday less than two months after the former director of his nonprofit organization was arrested on child pornography charges. Fogle, 37, lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville. “We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former… Read more »

Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ Snags Broadway Theater for Fall Run

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Deaf West Theater’s well-received production of Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” has set the dates for a Broadway run, snapping up the Brooks Atkinson Theater for an 18-week stay. The show snagged a piece of real estate at a time when seemingly every Broadway theater is occupied or has an upcoming booking. The Brooks Atkinson freed… Read more »

‘Kenan & Kel’ Alum Kel Mitchell to Return to Nickelodeon with New Sitcom ‘Game Shakers’

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Kel Mitchell, who rose to fame on a slew of Nickelodeon’s ’90s staples, is coming back to his roots for a brand new series at the network, Variety has learned. Mitchell, who starred on teen sketch comedy “All That,” followed by his own show “Kenan & Kel” with “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson and feature film “Good Burger,” will star… Read more »

Ratings: ‘The Bachelorette’ Tops Monday; CW’s ‘Penn & Teller’ Solid in Return

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Another strong showing by “The Bachelorette” helped ABC top the ratings leaderboard on Monday, a night that also saw CW get back in the game with a good return for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Bachelorette” averaged a 2.0 rating/7 share… Read more »

Chernin Group Hires Ex-Yahoo Exec Mike Kerns as Head of Digital

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The Chernin Group has recruited Mike Kerns, most recently a senior executive at Yahoo, as president of digital to expand its footprint in emerging Internet businesses and forge tighter bonds with Silicon Valley. In the newly created position, Kerns will work with CEO and chairman Peter Chernin and TCG president Jesse Jacobs to expand the company’s efforts to… Read more »

Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Heats Up

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Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind DAR – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article. Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015… Read more »

Showtime Streaming Service Goes Live on Apple, Roku, Hulu, PlayStation

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Showtime has crossed the digital Rubicon, launching today as a stand-alone digital offering with a select group of distribution partners. The service went live Tuesday morning on Apple, Roku, Hulu and PlayStation Vue platforms. The price tag is $10.99 a month for on-demand access to new Showtime programs, including a live streaming option for its… Read more »