September 1, 2014
Taylor Swift is taking over for Coldplay’s Chris Martin as the universal adviser on the upcoming season of NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice.” The singer will advise the show’s four coaches (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams) on how to help their teams. Not coincidentally, Swift’s latest album is slated to drop Oct. 27, right in the middle of “Voice’s” season.
Three years after joining NBC News as a special correspondent, Chelsea Clinton has left the network. She made her final appearance on Aug. 1. Clinton said in a note on Facebook that she left partly to focus on her work for the Clinton Foundation, a charitable group started by her and parents Bill and Hilary Clinton. The younger Clinton is also getting ready to give birth to her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky.
Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray join ABC’s ‘Agent Carter’
The midseason ABC comic book drama “Agent Carter,” a spinoff of Marvel’s “Captain America” franchise, has added two cast members. “Dollhouse’s” Enver Gjokaj and “One Tree Hill’s” Chad Michael Murray will both play secret agents.
‘The Following’ showrunner Jennifer Johnson exits
“The Following” has lost another showrunner. Jennifer Johnson is exiting the role just three months into her tenure. She had succeeded creator Kevin Williamson earlier this year. She will be replaced by Brett Mahoney, Alexi Hawley and Marcos Siega.
David Hyde Pierce joins CBS’s ‘The Good Wife’
Ten years after his last television role on “Frasier,” David Hyde Pierce is joining another show. He will play a recurring character who decides to run for political office on the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”
The San Diego office of MeringCarson has named Bert Hamaoui group media director. He had been media director at Los Angeles’ Campbell-Ewald.
Days after Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital for a cardiac arrest, she remains in serious but stable condition. The E! “Fashion Police” co-host had been getting surgery when the complications arose. She is 81 years old.
Another top executive is leaving Turner Entertainment. Michael Wright, the programming chief for TNT, TBS and TCM, is leaving days after word leaked that the company will be offering buyouts to scores of employees. Wright has been with Turner since 2002, and he oversaw rebrands of TBS and TNT. His exit follows the departures of former Turner executives Steve Koonin and Phil Kent within the past year.
Former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Wil Wheaton won’t be hosting a show on Syfy anymore. The actor said on his blog that Syfy has axed the series because it didn’t have “enough viewers to justify more episodes.” It had aired 12 episodes.
For the first time, a woman is getting oversight of the BBC. The Department of Culture, Media & Sport has chosen Rona Fairhead as the new chairman of the BBC Trust. She had been chief executive officer of The Financial Times.
After a two-year run as general manager, Jim Louderback is leaving Digital Discovery Networks. Louderback, who was chief executive officer of Revision3 when Discovery Communications bought it, will turn his attention to writing a book about his experience as a CEO.
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