February 17, 2014
ESPN viewers are about to receive a heavier dose of former tennis champ John McEnroe. (Cue the infamous McEnroe “You cannot be serious!” sound bite.) McEnroe is expanding his role at the network, which will include TV and radio appearances year-round on topics not related to tennis. As a part of the move McEnroe will appear as an analyst on “SportsCenter” and as a guest on ESPN2’s “Olbermann.”
USA has signed actor Jason Isaacs to star in its six-episode drama “DIG,” playing an FBI agent working in Jerusalem who uncovers a 2,000-year-old conspiracy. Isaacs most recently appeared in the British series “Case Histories.”
Crispin Porter + Bogusky has made two promotions, naming Danielle Whalen managing director in its Boulder officer and Carter Nance managing director in Miami. Whalen has been with the agency since 2004, Nance since 1999.
Sacramento agency MeringCarson has brought in John Mergen, naming him executive media director. Mergen was most recently vice president and director of media at Havas Media in San Francisco.
Departures magazine has named Horacio Silva fashion and style director, effective on Feb. 24. Silva was previously group editor in chief at Crane.tv.
TV production and distribution company Litton Entertainment has named Josh Levin programming development associate, working with broadcast, cable and digital. Levin has previously held positions at Reveille and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Joel McHale has been named host of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which takes place on May 3. McHale stars in NBC’s “Community” and hosts E!’s “The Soup.”
Fox has added Ely Henry and Asif Ali to the cast of its comedy pilot “Cabot College,” about the first four males admitted into what had been an all-female college. The project is from producers Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock.
Ralph Waite, an actor who starred in the 1970s drama “The Waltons,” died last week in his home at age 85. No cause was given. In recent years Waite made appearances on shows including “Days of Our Lives,” “NCIS” and “Bones.”
Angelo B. Henderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who most recently worked in ministry and radio, died over the weekend at age 51 of natural causes. Henderson won a Pulitzer in 1998 while working in The Wall Street Journal’s Detroit bureau. He most recently hosted the Detroit midday radio show “Your Voice with Angelo Henderson.”
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