September 19, 2012
Forget Romney-Obama. This fall promises another debate between two rivals that could provide just as many fireworks. Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart have agreed to take part in an Oct. 6 debate at George Washington University, to be streamed live online for a $4.95 fee. Titled "The Rumble in The Air-Conditioned Auditorium," the debate will be moderated by CNN's E.D. Hill, a former Fox News host. In a pair of tongue-in-cheek statements Stewart said, "I believe this will be a very enjoyable night for fans of our programs, political junkies, partisans and people who just enjoy yelling," while O'Reilly quipped, "I had no idea my agent signed me up for this. How can I get out of it?"
BBC America has added Tatiana Maslany to the cast of "Orphan Black," its upcoming original sci-fi drama. In addition to BBC America the series will also air on the Canadian cable channel SPACE.
Actor Gilles Marini has joined ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" on a full-time basis, becoming a series regular for the upcoming second season. Marini is also set to appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars."
Tori Spelling suffered complications from her recent C-section and had to be rushed to the hospital for surgery over the weekend. The host of the TLC reality show “Craft Wars” gave birth to her fourth child with husband Dean McDermott on Aug. 30. She remains in the hospital.
Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films, died on Tuesday at age 69 from brain cancer. Sabol began working with his father, NFL Films founder Ed Sabol, in 1964, helping shape the way pro football is covered. During his career Steve Sabol won 35 Emmys.
ABC News has added GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace as a political analyst and contributor, beginning this week. Wallace was communications director for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004 and a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008.
Regis Philbin is returning to TV, albeit on a limited basis. The former "Live!" co-host has signed on to appear on "Rachael Ray" once each month, beginning on Monday. Philbin told USA Today, "I'm not a co-host, I'm just a guy showing up on her show once a month."
Actor John Ingle, who played Edward Quartermaine on ABC's "General Hospital," died over the weekend at age 84 after battling cancer. Ingle also appeared on a number of other series throughout his career, including "Big Love" and "The Drew Carey Show."
Crispin Porter + Bogusky has promoted Tony Tung, naming him vice president and director of interactive production. Tung, who works in the agency's Boulder office, joined the company in 2009.
Ad agency ATTIK has promoted Michelle O'Hea to account director, working on its Scion account. For the past four years O'Hea had been a senior account manager.
Time Inc. has made three moves, hiring Molly Marchese as integrated media sales director for Time Inc. Branded Solutions and promoting Mark Fikany and Lori Stanley to group advertising directors. Marchese joins from Starcom MediaVest Group, while Fikany was previously an advertising manager and Stanley a sales manager.
The Globe and Mail has promoted Sarah MacWhirter, naming her assistant national editor. MacWhirter was most recently the newspaper's travel editor.
Nancy Tellem, who served as CBS Entertainment president for more than a decade ending in 2009, is moving on to Microsoft. She has been named president of entertainment and digital media at the software giant, overseeing a production studio making content that aims to compete with broadcast and cable shows.
Netflix has added former "That '70s Show" actress Laura Prepon to its upcoming series "Orange is the New Black," joining the previously announced Taylor Schilling in the cast. Yael Stone has also joined the series, based on the book by Piper Kerman.
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