September 3, 2014
CNN dumped “Piers Morgan Tonight” months ago. But up until this week, the TV personality seemed to have some hope of returning to the cable news network’s airwaves in a different capacity. He had been in negotiations for a two-year deal in which he’d host 40 interview specials. However, Morgan tweeted Tuesday that he decided not to take the deal, bringing his run at the network to an end.
Ted Gold has joined Spike TV in the new role of senior vice president of scripted original series. He had been president of television and executive producer at Parkes + MacDonald/Universal Television.
Cory Gnazzo, a familiar face to readers of “The Rachel Maddow Show’s” blog, is increasing his responsibilities behind the camera. He has been named executive producer of the MSNBC program following several years as a senior producer. He succeeds Bill Wolff.
David Malachowski has been named group account director at the San Francisco agency Swirl. He had been working on a variety of digital projects at Razorfish, and before that he was with DDB California.
Susan Lyne has decided to leave her current position AOL, where she had been chief executive officer of its brand group. A former president of ABC Entertainment and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Lyne will now head up AOL’s BBG Fund, which will offer startup funding to places led by women.
Satnam Gandhi has been named chief technology officer at PageScience, which provides cookie-less targeting services for online brands. He had been vice president of engineering at Theorem, a digital marketing company.
Amazon is reviving the cult animated series “The Tick,” and lead actor Patrick Warburton will return to the role he played for several years on Fox Kids, according to The Wrap. The streaming service is filming a pilot for the show.
The nude photo scandal that has resulted in private pictures of many prominent stars, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, being splashed across the web has taken another twist. Lawyers for Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, who is 18, say photos being spread of her were taken when she was underage. TMZ says that Porn.com has received notification from her lawyers that she was under 18 when photos were taken and so the site should immediately take any naked photos of her down.
Fresh off another Emmy win for best comedy, ABC’s “Modern Family” is lining up some well-known guest stars. Tyne Daly will play Lily’s teacher in the coming season, while Steve Zahn (“Mind Games”) and Andrea Anders (“Mr. Sunshine”) will play new neighbors of the Dunphy clan.
ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs” has hired Paul Sorvino, Rob Huebel and Dan Bakkedahl for the second season of the show. Sorvino (“Law & Order”) will play Murray’s dad, while Huebel (“Childrens Hospital”) will play a talent scout and Bakkedahl (“Veep”) will portray a middle school teacher.
The latest comedian to get a development deal for his life story is Jermaine Fowler, who has been tapped to develop a “semi-autobiographical” sitcom by ABC. The “Friends of the People” writer and star would also star in this show, about a college dropout living with his grandmother, an ex-cop.
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