October 1, 2012
OWN has signed actor, director and producer Tyler Perry to an exclusive TV development deal, with two new scripted shows from Perry to premiere on the network in 2013. Perry will executive produce, write and direct both series. Perry has debuted several shows on TBS over recent years, all of them hugely successful among African Americans.
Singer Katy Perry is set to perform on Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs," a special to tape Oct. 13 and air Oct. 21. "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart will host the benefit special.
Apparently forgetting to show up for practice at the Emmy Awards has its benefits. ABC has named "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane host of the 85th annual Academy Awards, which air live on Sunday, Feb. 24. The hosting job will be MacFarlane's first appearance at the ceremony. MacFarlane’s on quite the roll for a guy who spends most of his time off camera. He hosted the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” a few weeks ago and gave out an award at the Emmys last month, where he joked that he hadn’t shown up for practice after a microphone glitch.
NBC has added actor Ken Leung to its midseason drama "Infamous," in a recurring role. Leung also has a recurring role on CBS's "Person of Interest," and he previously appeared on "Lost."
Actor Gerald McRaney will guest on an episode of CBS's "Mike & Molly" later this season, playing the police captain of Billy Gardell's character. McRaney is the former star of "Major Dad."
NBC has named actress Christina Applegate and singer Bruno Mars hosts of upcoming episodes of "Saturday Night Live," Applegate on Oct. 13 and Mars on Oct. 20. The band Passion Pit will perform on the Oct. 13 episode, while Mars will perform himself on Oct. 20.
"The X Factor" creator Simon Cowell and Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am are developing a reality competition that will aim to find the next tech genius, according to The Sun, although there's no word yet on when or where the show would air. Will.i.am told the newspaper the show will be like "'X Factor' for tech."
Chris Economaki, a longtime racing announcer who worked for ABC, CBS and ESPN, died last week in a nursing home at age 91. Economaki also played himself in movies twice, appearing in the 1980s films "Six Pack" and "Stroker Ace."
Gannett has named Kevin Lord senior vice president and chief human resources officer, effective on Oct. 22. Lord was previously executive vice president of human resources at NBC News.
Jeff Gerritt has joined The Toledo Blade, becoming its new editorial page editor. Gerritt most recently wrote for the editorial page at The Detroit Free Press.
Movie web site Fandango has named Paul Yanover president, reporting to NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks & Integrated Media president of digital Nick Lehman. Yanover is a former executive vice president and managing director at Disney Online.
Twyla Huang-DiSimone has been named vice president of marketing and strategic development at Style Coalition, which among other things runs the online video channel StyleCoalition.tv. Huang-DiSimone was previously sales development director at Glam Media.
Radio host Michael Savage left the air last week after winning an arbitration ruling that allowed him out of his contract with syndicator Talk Radio Network. Savage is already in talks to join another network.
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