November 23, 2014
After less than five months, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been released from prison. Coulson, who was originally sentenced to 18 months for conspiring to intercept voicemail messages in the paper’s infamous phone hacking scandal, will reportedly serve home detention for the remainder of his sentence. He will most likely be monitored electronically until he serves at least half of his sentence.
BBC America has named Sarah Barnett president and general manager, beginning early next year. Barnett is currently president and general manager at SundanceTV.
Turner Broadcasting System has promoted Sal Petruzzi, naming him senior vice president and domestic communications officer. Petruzzi joined the company in 2003 from A&E.
William Shatner is returning to TV. Shatner will have a recurring guest role on Syfy’s “Haven” in the second half of the show’s second season, airing in 2015. The former “Star Trek” actor’s most recent TV appearance was a guest role on “Hot in Cleveland.”
HBO has added Michael Hyatt and Yara Martinez to the cast of “True Detective” for its second season, both in recurring roles. Hyatt is know for his role on “The Wire,” while Martinez previously appeared on “Alpha House.”
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is returning to Fox News Channel, with his first appearance scheduled for Tuesday’s “Outnumbered.” Brown left the network in February to run for Senate in New Hampshire, but he came up short.
CurtCo Robb Media has named Arianne Nardo executive editor at Robb Report Home & Style, a newly created position. Nardo was previously editor in chief at Interiors magazine.
ABC has named Jesse Tyler Ferguson host of “Backstage with Disney on Broadway,” a special that will include a performance by Elton John. Ferguson appears on the network’s “Modern Family.”
Actor James Franco will host NBC’s ”Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 6, which will also feature musical guest Nicki Minaj. The network has also set the lineup for its other two remaining shows this year, with Martin Freeman hosting on Dec. 13 with musical guest Charli XCX and Amy Adams hosting on Dec. 20 with musical guests One Direction.
ABC has added Merrin Dungey to the cast of “Once Upon a Time,” where she will play the “Little Mermaid” villain Ursula in a recurring role. Dungey most recently made a guest appearance on “CSI.”
Former “American Idol” contestants Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee will perform on CBS’s special “A Home for the Holidays,” airing Dec. 19. Other scheduled performers include Train, Earth, Wind & Fire and Rixton.
Friday overnights: NBC’s ‘Constantine’ rebounds
Another syndicated talk show gets the axe
‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,’ yes
ABC wins fourth Thursday of sweeps
CBS remains on Dish Network, for now
Fox fills out its midseason schedule
A first look at the NewFronts schedule
Aereo is broke-o: Files for Chapter 11
And now, the new show scorecard
Hartford: TV is overrun with retail
‘Hello Ladies: The Movie,’ a bit better
Rachel, I’ve had enough of the bird
Best tube bets this weekend
- Sarah Barnett becomes president and GM at BBC America
- Sal Petruzzi rises to SVP of communications at Turner
- Arianne Nardo becomes executive editor at Robb Report Home & Style
- William Shatner joins Syfy's 'Haven'
- Michael Hyatt and Yara Martinez join HBO's 'True Detective'
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosting ABC's 'Backstage with Disney on Broadway'
- Scott Brown returning to Fox News Channel
- James Franco hosting NBC's 'Saturday Night Live'
- Merrin Dungey joins ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’
- Jennifer Hudson performing on CBS’s ‘A Home for the Holidays’
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