May 4, 2014
The drama at Fox’s “Glee” is about as good off camera as it is on camera. Fox has confirmed that Naya Rivera will remain on the dramedy after rumors that she was fired following an alleged on-set spat with co-star Lea Michele. The details surrounding the drama aren’t clear, as New York Daily News reported that Rivera’s spat was actually with producers, but nobody involved has officially commented other than confirming Rivera will be back for the show’s final season.
NBC has named Chris Jansing senior White House correspondent, appearing on “NBC Nightly News” and other platforms. Jansing previously anchored her own morning program at MSNBC.
“Grey’s Anatomy” actors Sara Ramirez, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers and James Pickens Jr. have all signed new deals that will keep them at the ABC drama for at least two more seasons. Stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey also signed new two-year deals earlier this year.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., an actor who starred in ABC’s “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” died last week at his home at age 95. No cause was given. In addition to the two ABC programs, Zimbalist had recurring roles on shows including “Maverick,” “Zorro” and “Hotel.”
MEC has named Shenan Reed president of digital, in charge of the North America region. Reed is the founder of Morpheus Media, which later merged with CreateThe Group.
Ad agency Rosetta has brought in Alexander Ouvaroff as a partner, in charge of the company’s Los Angeles office. Ouvaroff joins from Mindshare, where he was managing partner for the Western region.
The Alliance for Audited Media has named Brian Condon executive vice president of commercial development, working with cross-media campaigns. Condon was previously executive vice president of commercial development at Scarborough Research.
Former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a regular contributing columnist at Time and Time.com, where he will write an op-ed column and appear in a video series. His first column touching on the Los Angeles Clippers controversy ran last week.
HBO has added Will Yun Lee to the cast of its vampire drama “True Blood,” according to Deadline, in a recurring role as a Japanese businessman. Lee most recently made a pair of guest appearances on “Intelligence.”
Actor Ray Romano has joined the cast of HBO’s untitled rock ‘n’ roll drama, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, among others. Romano joins Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the cast.
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