July 17, 2014
Elaine Stritch, the stage, film and TV actress who won an Emmy Award for playing the mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on “30 Rock,” died Thursday in her home in Michigan at age 89. Stritch was nominated for five Emmys for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her “30 Rock” role, winning once. She also won an Emmy in 1993 for a guest appearance on “Law & Order” and another in 2004 for individual performance in a variety program. An accomplished stage actress, Stritch was also nominated for four Tony Awards during her career, and although she never won for acting, her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won a Tony in 2002 for best special theatrical event.
Unscripted production company Kinetic Content has promoted Karrie Wolfe and Katie Griffin, naming them co-heads of the new development and programming department. Wolfe was previously senior vice president of development, while Griffin was vice president.
Fox Sports has added Holly Sonders to its golf coverage team, hosting the network’s coverage of USGA events beginning in 2015, including the U.S. Open. Sonders was previously at NBC/Golf Channel.
Noel Wells and John Milhiser won’t be a part of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this fall, after the network decided not to renew their contracts. The news comes after Brooks Wheelan was let go earlier this week. Wheelan had a good attitude about the move, tweeting, “FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!”
Arnold Worldwide has named Peter Grossman president in its New York office, effective July 23. Grossman was most recently managing director at the digital strategy consultancy Takeout.
FCB has named Dan Fietsam executive creative director in its Chicago office, taking over for Jon Flannery, who has taken the same position in the agency’s office in Toronto. Fietsam was previously chief creative officer at Energy BBDO.
The New York Times has added Ernesto Londoño to its editorial board, where he will write mainly about foreign affairs. Londoño joins from The Washington Post, where he was Pentagon correspondent.
Carolyn Davis has been named managing editor at HollywoodLife, the entertainment news and gossip site. Davis was previously a staff editor at US Weekly, and she’s also previously worked at People magazine and MTV.
Netflix has added June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn to the cast of its upcoming comedy “Grace & Frankie,” which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Raphael most recently appeared on “New Girl,” while Vaughn has made recent appearances on “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and “Enlisted.”
Actor Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of Showtime’s “Shameless” for its fifth season, playing a potential love interest to Emmy Rossum’s character. Mulroney most recently appeared on “Crisis.”
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