‘Simpsons’ To Recast Non-White Characters

The Simpsons won’t have any repeats of Hank Azaria voicing Apu. The producers behind the show issued a statement Friday saying that from now on, its characters of color will be voiced by actors of color only.

Mike Henry To Stop Voicing Black Character On ‘Family Guy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry said Friday he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series. Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show’s main African American character because “persons of color should play characters of color.” The 54-year-old voice actor, who is […]

LeBron James Signs 2-Year Scripted Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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NBA, Players Finalize July 30 Restart Plans

The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have finalized a comprehensive plan for a July 30 restart to the 2019-20 season, which includes stringent health and safety protocols, a single-site campus at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic […]

‘General Hospital’ Eyes Mid-July Restart

ABC’s General Hospital is joining fellow daytime dramas The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless in setting a target date for return to production. ABC is tentatively planning to resume shooting its long-running soap in mid-July contingent on the CIVID-19 situation in Los Angeles, which has been fluid.

‘The Office’ Edits Out Blackface Scene

The Office creator Greg Daniels has cut a scene featuring blackface from an episode of the show. The 2012 episode, “Dwight Christmas,” features a brief scene of a character in blackface as part of Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) efforts to get the Dunder Mifflin staff to celebrate a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. The re-edited episode will replace the previous version on Netflix, its current streaming home (the show will move to NBCUnviersal’s Peacock platform in 2021), in syndication and on streaming platforms where it’s available for purchase.

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‘Broke’ Signs Off With Season Low

Freshman CBS series Broke aired its last ever episode on the network to its lowest numbers to date. The Pauley Perrette, Jaime Camil and Natasha Leggero comedy signed off with a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers. That represents a series low in both metrics.

Megyn Kelly Calls Out NBC After ‘Scrubs,’ ’30 Rock’ Blackface Episodes Pulled From Hulu

Chicago Cubs Close To Getting Marquee Sports Network On Comcast

Vancouver Gets Official COVID-19 Safety Guidelines To Restart Production

‘Council Of Dads’ Canceled At NBC

The network on Thursday axed rookie Council of Dads. The family drama, from Universal Television and showrunners Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy) and exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer, was the last of NBC’s freshman class to have its fate determined by the network. Of the seven new series that NBC ordered for the recently concluded 2019-20 broadcast season, only one — Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist — is returning for a second season.

NFL Benches Annual Hall Of Fame Game

The NFL is canceling its annual Hall of Fame Game, which this year was to feature the Dallas Cowboys against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 6 on NBC. The traditionally preseason opener in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is played ahead of the hall’s induction ceremony, which has now been postponed.

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‘Game On’ Stumbles, Univision Leads Demo

Wednesday’s broadcast ratings were once again fairly soft, with two of the five original shows on the English-language networks declining week to week among adults 18-49 and the other three flat. Univision snagged the top spot in the key ad demographic for the second straight week. CBS’s Game On was the most watched original, but it reached season lows in both total viewers (3 million) and adults 18-49 (0.4 rating).

Jenny Slate, Kristen Bell Give Up Biracial Cartoon Roles

‘Scrubs’ Episodes Featuring Blackface Removed From Hulu

‘Gone With The Wind’ Returns To HBO Max, With Context

Atlanta Reality TV Star Charged With Misusing Relief Funds

ATLANTA (AP) — A reality television star who appeared on the show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” was indicted Wednesday for allegedly using coronavirus relief funds intended to help small businesses survive to pay for luxuries such as a Rolls-Royce and custom jewelry, federal officials said. In a news release, the Department of Justice said […]

EstrellaTV Adds ‘Chisme En Vivo’ Entertainment News Magazine

EstrellaTV television network recently debuted Chisme En Vivo, a one-hour entertainment news magazine show, to headline its afternoon programming lineup leading into primetime. Chisme En Vivois features national entertainment gossip hosted by two Latin entertainment personalities, Elisa Beristain and Javier Ceriani. The show airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET. The show features Latin celebrity breaking news […]

FuboTV Signs Disney Distribution Pact

The fuboTV streaming service has finally nabbed ESPN for its sports-focused package offerings, while also retrieving a slew of Disney entertainment channels, including FX and NatGeo, after they were dropped following The Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets last year.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Carries NBC To No. 1

NBC continued its Tuesday winning streak, as America’s Got Talent and World of Dance finished first and second in both adults 18-49 and total viewers Tuesday. The network has topped every Tuesday of the summer season so far across the board, and its demographic streak extends back to late April (including one tie).

Fox Soul, iHeartMedia And Motown Records Set Motown Special

Fox Soul, iHeartMedia, and Motown Records today have partnered to produce Motown Countdown with iHeartRadio’s Angela Yee, co-host of iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club. This live, four-part limited series will broadcast on FoxSoul.tv each Tuesday in July at 10 p.m. ET with its debut on July 7. James DuBose, head of programming for Fox […]

The Quarantine TV Ratings Spike Is Over

While streaming use is outpacing year-ago levels, a linear viewership rise in March and April has faded.

National Cable Television Cooperative and Katz Networks Set Long-Term Affiliations

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Co., have a multi-year affiliation agreement that makes Katz’s multicast networks Bounce, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Grit, Laff and the streaming-service Brown Sugar available for carriage by NCTC’s more than 750 broadband and cable operators serving all 50 states. “We’re thrilled to strike […]

Amazon Looks To Add Live TV To Prime Video

Amazon is looking to add 24/7 live programming to its Prime Video service, according to multiple job listings posted over the past several weeks. The new channels could include live news, music and sports as well as scheduled movies and TV show showings.

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Scraps All Season 8 Eps

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is going back to the drawing board in light of the recent nationwide protests against police violence. The NBC cop comedy is already set to return for an eighth season, but cast member Terry Crews told Access Daily that the writers are scrapping all the episodes they’ve written for next season and starting from scratch.

MLB Announces 60-Game Season For 2020

Major League Baseball is set to return. The MLB Players Association informed the league on Tuesday that players will comply with commissioner Rob Manfred’s imposed outline for a 2020 season. Players are set report for another version of “spring” training on July 1, and the league’s imposed 60-game season will start either July 23 or 24, the league announced.

‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Switches COVID Testing Labs After False Positives

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JUNE 15-21

Trump’s Tulsa Rally A Hit On TV

Fox News Channel, which aired Trump’s speech live, had the biggest Saturday night audience in the network’s 24-year history, according to Nielsen. During Trump’s address at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Fox had 8.2 million people watching. CNN and MSNBC aired only clips of Trump talking, yet each news network had about twice as many viewers as they normally get on Saturday nights.

CW Ups Yooli Ryoo To SVP, Broadcast Standards & Practices

Yooli Ryoo today was named senior vice president, broadcasting standards and practices. She will be responsible for the oversight of the screening and evaluation of programming content broadcast on The CW, including primetime, fringe and children’s programs as well as commercials and on-air promos. Ryoo will also be responsible for setting the strategic direction for […]

Mike Rowe To Host ‘Dirty Jobs’ Sequel Series On Discovery Channel