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Roger Ailes Leaves Fox News and other news


Roger Ailes Leaves Fox News
21st Century Fox today announced that Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and Chairman of Fox Television Stations, has resigned from his role effective immediately following sexual harassment allegations.  Rupert Murdoch, 85, will assume the role of Chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

Ailes, 76, is credited for redefining television news and making Fox News an influential platform for Republican politics by hiring hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity and enforcing a conservative editorial point of view.  Ailes will receive close to a reported $40 million as part of a settlement agreement, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, and cannot start a competitor to Fox News. He will continue to make himself available as an adviser to Murdoch on an interim basis, but will not be directly involved with Fox News or its owner, 21st Century Fox.

Ailes’s position at Fox News was thrown into doubt two weeks ago after a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Ailes denied the accusations, but 21st Century Fox began an internal review and ultimately determined that he could no longer remain in the job.

Peter Scolari Replaces Peter MacNichol on Emmy Ballot
Peter Scolari of HBO’s “Girls” is now the fifth Emmy nominee in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.  He replaces Peter MacNichol of HBO’s “Veep,” who the TV Academy learned appeared in more than half of the shows episodes this past season, making him ineligible.  The other nominated actors in the category are Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS), Tracy Morgan (“Saturday Night Live,” NBC), Martin Mull (“Veep,” HBO) and Bradley Whitford (“Transparent,” Amazon).

The nomination does nothing to change HBO’s overall count, but does represent the only one for “Girls” this season.  The guest acting categories will be handed out at one of the two Creative Arts Emmys shows, which will take place on Sept. 10 and 11. The Primetime Emmy Awards will be televised on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Casting News
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix original film “Sandy Wexler,” Sandler’s third feature film with the streaming service.  Hudson will play the female lead in the romantic comedy.  The film follows Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business.  His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.

ON THIS DAY                                                                          
ABC drama “China Beach,” which was set during the Vietnam War, concluded in 1991 after after 64 episodes. It debuted on April 26, 1988…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Louise Fletcher (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) is 82; “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek is 76; Actor Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) is 70; Actor Albert Brooks (“Broadcast News”) is 69; Actor Willem Dafoe (“Platoon”)  is 61; Former “Just Shoot Me” star David Spade is 53; “Jane the Virgin” star Jaime Camil is 43; Singer Selena Gomez is 24.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 7/21/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.3/ 6, NBC: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 2.3? 4, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

Note: Percent change from the year-ago evening is not available today.

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Comedy Central Renews “Legends of Chamberlain Heights”
Comedy Central has ordered a second season of animated “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” before even debuting.  “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” is described as an urban animated series mixing raucous comedy and social commentary that centers on three high school freshman basketball benchwarmers: Jamal, Grover, and Milk. The three friends tackle life with some wins and some losses, but failure doesn’t faze them since they’re legends… even if it’s just in their own minds.

The first season of “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” is set to premiere on Wednesday, September 14, at 10:30 p.m. ET, following the 20th season premiere of “South Park.”

“Legends of Chamberlain Heights” is executive produced by Bento Box Entertainment (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Brickleberry”) co-founders Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara, along with co-creator Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons,” “Good Vibes”) and showrunner Devon Shepard (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Being Mary Jane”).

“Teen Wolf” to Conclude on MTV
MTV has announced that the upcoming sixth season of “Teen Wolf,” loosely based on the 1985 movie of the same name, will conclude at the end of the upcoming sixth season.  Debuting on June 5, 2011, “Teen Wolf” follows Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott McCall, who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with how it affects his life and the lives of those closest to him, and Dylan O’Brien as “Stiles” Stilinski, Scott’s best friend.

The final season will premiere in November with a 20 episode run, ending with its 100th episode in November.

“‘Teen Wolf’ has been an extraordinary journey, one that captured the hearts and imaginations of fans more than we could’ve ever imagined,” said showrunner and executive producer Jeff Davis. “We’re eternally grateful for the support we’ve received over these past six years and we’re excited to take our brave fans on one last, thrilling adventure.”


Docuseries “Boston EMS,” which follows the men and women of Boston Emergency Services, will open its second season on ABC on Saturday, July 30 at 10 p.m.

TLC’s first-ever scripted series – “Tyler Perry’s “Too Close to Home,” will debut on Monday, August 22 at 9 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere. An eight-part drama, “Too Close To Home” tells the story of a young woman from a modest upbringing who discovers she may have a bright future in Washington D.C.’s fast-paced political scene. When Anna (Danielle Savre) leaves her trailer park home in Alabama in a cloud of dust, she cuts all ties with her family and buries every element of her checkered past. Her friends in Washington think she comes from a wealthy family and know nothing of her real upbringing. Suddenly, the real Anna is exposed when she causes a major political scandal and makes national headlines for her part in an affair with one of the nation’s most powerful players. With nowhere to turn, she’s forced to find sanctuary in the only place she has left – home.

The new production of 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” will air Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.  The two-hour musical event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice, “Victorious”) and Brad (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror – a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Actor and singer Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) will star in the role.


Test-Run Programs: The New Normal in First-Run Syndication
From Campaign US: In many ways, “Page Six TV” — a new televised version of the New York Post’s infamous gossip page — continues some long-running boob tube trends: an obsession with celebrity, the mainstreaming of gossip, and panels of C-list comics scoring points off their more successful peers.
Less sexy, but maybe more significant, is how Fox is introducing the show. Yes, you could see “Page Six TV” on the air this week, but only if you happen to live in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa or Detroit. The show, produced by the Post and Endemol Shine North America, is the latest program launched in what is now commonly known in first-run syndication as a “test run.”

While the concept of the test run for new syndicated programming is nothing new (talker “The Real” from Warner Bros. was introduced in a series of select markets in the summer of 2013, as was Debmar-Mercury’s “The Wendy Williams Show” in 2008), it happens to be one of the fastest growing trends in broadcasting.  For more at Campaign US, click here click here

New Seasons of ‘Bojack Horseman’ and ‘DeGrassi: Next Class’ available on Netflix.  Bravo features the season premieres of “The Real Housewives of Melbourne” and “Rap Game.”  CBS offers an Friday 8 p.m. ET edition of “Big Brother.”