October 16, 2012
It appears Fox has finally found a host–or rather hosts–for the live episodes of its singing competition "The X Factor." Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian have signed on as co-hosts, according to multiple reports, replacing season-one host Steve Jones. The National Enquirer reports each co-host will make $1 million.
Beyonce will be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next year, with the broadcast slated to air on CBS. More than 112 million total viewers watched Madonna's halftime performance last year.
ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will broadcast from Brooklyn Oct. 29-Nov. 2, and a handful of New Yorkers have already been lined up as guests, including fellow talk show host David Letterman. Others set to guest on "Kimmel" that week are Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Kelly Ripa.
Actor Christopher Lloyd will guest on Fox's "Raising Hope" later this season, in an episode that has a "Back to the Future" theme. Lloyd, of course, appeared in the "Back to the Future" movies as Emmett "Doc" Brown.
First Lady Michelle Obama continues to make the talk show rounds, with an appearance on "Live! with Kelly & Michael" planned for Friday. It will be Obama's fourth appearance on the show and first since Michael Strahan joined as permanent co-host.
Former "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez has joined the cast of Fox's "Glee" in a recurring role, although there's no word yet on what exactly that role will be. Singer and actress Bette Midler will also guest on the show, according to the site BuddyTV.
Out-of-home advertising company Inwindow Outdoor has brought in Michael Steinberg, naming him president. Steinberg joins from Clear Channel Spectacolor, where he was vice president of sales and marketing.
ReelzChannel has made two additions, naming Paul Cockerill senior vice president of program production and development and Bill Graff senior vice president of program scheduling and acquisitions. Cockerill joins from Flying Dog International, Graff from BBC Worldwide Channels.
Becky Henderson has been promoted to executive vice president of marketing at The Inspiration Networks, and she'll also continue in her role as general manager for Halogen TV. Henderson has been with the company for 11 years.
ABC has added Ryan Sypek and Kate Lang Johnson to the cast of "Phys Ed," a comedy pilot about a former jock who returns to his high school to teach. The pilot is written and executive produced by David H. Steinberg.
DailyCandy, a fashion and food web site with 11 local city editions, has brought in Alison Moore as executive vice president and general manager, effective Nov. 1. Moore was previously senior vice president of digital products at HBO.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks left the News Corp.-owned company in the midst of its phone hacking scandal, but she didn't go without a good-sized parachute. Brooks was given a departure package worth more than $11.2 million, according to The Financial Times, a payment that included cash, pension payments, legal fees and a chauffeur. Her deal did include clauses that would allow News Corp. to get some of that money back in certain situations, though no word on what those were.
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