June 23, 2014
Former “Good Morning America” anchor Joan Lunden has been diagnosed with breast cancer, though she is expected to make a full recovery following a lumpectomy and radiation. Lunden revealed the news on the ABC morning show Tuesday morning in an interview with current host Robin Roberts, herself a survivor of breast cancer.
TV chef Gordon Ramsay is done with Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares,” writing on his web site Monday morning that he’s decided to stop making the show. There will be no shortage of the chef, however, as he appears in four other Fox shows: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Hotel Hell,” “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior.”
Actress Caterina Scorsone has been promoted to series regular on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for season 11, after appearing in a recurring role last season. Scorsone’s role originated in season three of the “Grey’s” spinoff “Private Practice.”
Fresh off winning his fifth championship with the San Antonio Spurs, NBA star Tim Duncan is set to appear on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” appearing Tuesday night. Duncan is a three-time league MVP and 14-time all-star.
Hawthorne Direct has named Jared Lake director of digital media, in charge of the agency’s new mobile marketing unit. Lake joins from M&C Saatchi Mobile in Los Angeles, where he was director of business development.
Agence France-Presse has promoted Michèle Léridon to global news director, taking over for the departing Philippe Massonnet on Aug. 1. Léridon has been with the news organization since 1981.
Reuters has promoted Jim Loney to team leader for breaking news, based in the organization’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Loney had been an editor on the World desk.
Michael Isikoff has joined Yahoo as chief investigative correspondent, beginning in August. Isikoff was most recently at NBC News, contributing to shows including “Nigthly News” and “Today.”
“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan will direct the series premiere of its spinoff “Better Call Saul,” and he’ll also serve as co-showrunner alongside Peter Gould. The show is set to premiere sometime in 2015.
Actor Jason O’Mara has joined the cast of History’s upcoming miniseries “Sons of Liberty,” playing George Washington. O’Mara has most recently made a handful of appearances on “The Good Wife.”
A&E has added Carl Lumbly to the cast of “The Returned,” an adaptation of a French series. Lumbly’s most recent TV role was on “Southland.”
Nate Estimada, a cast member on the E! reality special “Men of the Strip,” died last week at age 25 after he drove his car off a cliff in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. The web site says law enforcement believes the crash was intentional. The E! special focused on the male revue Men of the Strip, which was founded by 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons.
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The ad outlook for 2015: Pretty decent
- Helen Prokos becomes group creative director at Publicis Hawkeye
- James Florez becomes Dallas GM at Allison+Partners
- Robyn Hurd, Michael Oesterlin and Lorenzo Bertolotti join A+E
- Nate Lanxon becomes senior editor at Bloomberg Media
- Marian Bull becomes associate digital editor at Saveur
- Byron Pitts becomes co-anchor at ABC's 'Nightline'
- Annie Wersching joins CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'
- Daniel Wu joins the cast of AMC's 'Badlands'
- Ashley Tisdale guesting on ABC Family's 'Young & Hungry'
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