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‘American Idol’ Season 14: J.Lo, Keith Urban & Harry Connick Jr Returning As Judges; Ryan Seacrest Back As Host

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 5:59pm PDT

‘American Idol’ Season 14: J.Lo, Keith Urban & Harry Connick Jr Returning As Judges; Ryan Seacrest Back As HostNo big surprise here: Fox said tonight that its principal on-camera folks will be back on American Idol next season. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will return as judges and Ryan Seacrest will host the show’s its 14th season. Seacrest closed his deal in May — two days after Fox announced the series renewal — and Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported last month that the judge trio was likely to be back. “Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season,” said David Hill, Senior EVP of 21st Century Fox. “Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.” The singing reality competition wrapped its 13th season May 21 down from the previous year.

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R.I.P., Casey Kasem

By | Sunday June 15, 2014 @ 8:48am PDT

140515_atm_casem_found_9x5t_384BREAKING: Radio personality and frequent voice-over actor Casey Kasem died today after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 82. A longtime disc jockey, Kasem was best known as the voice for the syndicated radio program American Top 40 where over two stints totaling 24 years he counted down the nation’s hit songs while reading out sentimental song dedications from listeners to their loved ones. In between those two stints, he was the voice on Casey’s Top 40a similar and competing syndicated show, for about nine more years. He always signed off his shows with, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”
Kerri and Casey Kasem photoOne of Kasem’s children, Kerri Kasem, posted on Facebook a short statement and a photo of her with her father. The statement also was later released through a family spokesperson: “Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends.  Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.” According to the spokesperson, Kasem died at 3:23 AM at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest: Hollywood Must Do More With Social Media

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 5:56pm PDT

Seacrest ReCodeUsing social media to build a stronger bond with TV and other entertainment audiences is already working, but Hollywood needs to do a lot more with it, Ryan Seacrest,  said at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. “I believe that the dialogue [with audiences] needs to live on, not just during the broadcast,” said the man with 12 million Twitter followers and a bewildering array of TV and radio shows, Internet investments and more. “We’re trying to do that. As an industry, we need to be doing more of that. One of the great things about [American] Idol when it first started was that it brought family together. When you watch Idol now, you can re-create that [in social media conversations]. I believe that conversation about your show is important. Whether that translates to a rating point, I don’t know.”

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Giuliana Rancic Extends E! Deal Through April 2016

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 11:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rancicE! has extended its overall deal with one of the network’s top personalities, Giuliana Rancic, for two more years, through April 2016. As part of the agreement, Rancic will continue as anchor and managing editor of E! News. Additionally, she currently hosts E!’s Live From The Red Carpet specials, anchors interview series Beyond Candid With Giuliana; serves as co-host on Fashion Police; and toplines with husband Bill Rancic their long-running reality show Giuliana & Bill, which originated on E! sibling Style. “Giuliana has been E!_Logoan important part of the E! family for twelve years now and we are thrilled to extend her overall deal with the network,” said Cyndi McClellan, President, Network Strategy & E! News. “Giuliana brings not only a wealth of experience to the air, but also a fun, relatable and candid energy that makes her a fan favorite amongst E! viewers and incredibly popular across the entertainment community.”

Rancic isn’t the only E! personality whose contract is up this year. That list includes Ryan Seacrest, who has been in talks for a new NBCUniversal deal, and Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler, who has said she plans to depart the network at the end of the year. Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Closes Deal To Return To ‘American Idol’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

seacrestidolAmerican Idol, just renewed for a 14th cycle, will return with its original host. I have learned that Ryan Seacrest has closed a new deal to continue on the Fox reality series, which launched his TV career. I hear his contract is for the next season with an option for another. Seacrest remains in discussions with NBCUniversal, where his wide-ranging deal spanning Today, the Olympics and E! also is up. He will likely reach a new agreement with NBCU, though its scope is still in flux because Seacrest is busy on so many fronts. He also has a major deal with Clear Channel, where he has his radio show and has been involved in the iHeartRadio franchise as host and producer.

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Ryan Seacrest Nears Deal To Continue On ‘American Idol’, Likely To Stay In NBCU Fold

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ryan_seacrest_20110720152348Ryan Seacrest will split his allegiances on May 1 when Fox‘s American Idol, which he hosts, airs against NBC‘s iHeartRadio Music Awards, which his company produces with Clear Channel. The programs involve all three of Seacrest’s major employers: Fox, where he has been making $15 million a year hosting Idol; NBCUniversal, where he has a wide-ranging deal spanning Today, the Olympics and E!; and Clear Channel, where he has his radio show and has been involved in the iHeartRadio franchise as host and producer. Two of the three deals — the Fox and NBCU ones — are coming up in the next few weeks, while the Clear Channel radio pact has another year on it. It seems neither Fox nor NBC has objections to Seacrest promoting programs that compete against each other as both companies are looking to extend their relationship with him. Seacrest is near a deal with Fox to continue on Idol, which is set to return for a 14th season next year despite its ratings slide. He also is expected to reach a new agreement with NBCU, though its scope is still in flux. Seacrest has a long history at both places, which launched his TV career, and loyalty has marked a lot of his business decisions so far.

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Ryan Seacrest Prods. Taps Eugene Young As President

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 7:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

young1Veteran unscripted executive and producer Eugene Young has joined Ryan Seacrest Prods. as president. He succeeds longtime CEO Adam Sher, who stepped down in November. Young starts in March, reporting to RSP chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters and to COO/CFO Jeff Refold on business and financial matters. Recently appointed EVP Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young. EVP Scripted Programming Nina Wass will work closely with Young, and continue to report to Seacrest. Ryan-Seacrest-Productions__140114201752“Eugene’s an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business — not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” said Seacrest. Young called the appointment “the biggest opportunity of my career.” Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC To Launch iHeartRadio Music Awards Show Produced By Ryan Seacrest

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 7:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

iheartradioUPDATE, TUESDAY 7:30 AM: I hear Ryan Seacrest‘s American Idol schedule would not allow him to host the new awards show as hoped but he will be very much involved as a producer. The iHeartRadio Awards will be executive produced by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Ryan Seacrest Prods. The show will be produced by Done and Dusted Production and directed by Hamish Hamilton.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY 10 PM: A new music awards show is entering the fray. I hear NBC would announce as early as tomorrow morning the launch of iHeartRadio Awards with Ryan Seacrest as host. Read More »

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Jennifer Lopez To Topline 13-Episode FBI Drama Series At NBC She Is Producing With Ryan Seacrest For 2015-16

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 8:25pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lopezseacrestIn one of the highest-profile packages this year, NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Shades Of Blue, a drama toplined by Jennifer Lopez, which she will executive produce with her American Idol co-star Ryan Seacrest. Written by Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love), the project will begin working on scripts in June with an eye toward a 2015 production start and will be for the 2015-16 season, not the one that starts in September. Shades of Blue  is a complex police series that centers on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Part of a close-knit unit known for its conviction record, Harlee has become compromised by her colleagues — all of NBC_logowhom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter — and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself. Lopez and Seacrest executive produce with Nina Wass, Hasak, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina for Universal Television, Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods., Ryan Seacrest Prods., EGTV and H’s Films. Search is underway for an experienced TV writer-producer to serve as co-showrunner alongside former Israeli journalist-turned-screenwriter Hasak. This marks reality powerhouse RSP’s first drama series. Its first scripted series, ABC comedy Mixology, which it joined at the pilot stage, premieres next week.

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“Whether its producing, acting, singing or any of her other many entrepreneurial activities, Jennifer is an extraordinary talent and life force, and we’re delighted to be in business with her and Adi Hasak on this sophisticated show,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “We’re especially excited that Jennifer is returning to her acting roots from such great movies as Out of Sight, and we know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre. Ryan Seacrest is part of the NBCU family and doing his first scripted drama series with us makes perfect sense.” Read More »

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TCA: Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Mixology’ Isn’t Just About Hooking Up — No, Really

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 8:18pm PST

tca-logo__120107041908Ryan SeacrestDiane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

With the February 26 premiere of ABC’s new comedy Mixology, executive producer Ryan Seacrest makes his first foray into scripted series. At today’s TCA, Seacrest denied that this move into scripted foreshadows the death of reality TV.

“Not anytime soon,” Seacrest said, appearing on the panel with EPs John Lucas and Scott Moore (feature scribes new to TV) and the cast of 10 regulars. “I’m reading about Kim Kardashian every day.”

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“I’m sorry to hear that,” an audience member responded.

“It’s my pleasure. Look, you asked,” Seacrest joked back. But he acknowledged that his production company “has a balance slate, we do produce a lot of unscripted . . . [but] we hope to achieve balance.”

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Set in a Manhattan bar, the 13 episodes will track one night in the lives of five young men and 15 young women looking for love. Lucas and Moore said that while the season arc takes place over a single evening, the audience will come to know the characters through flashbacks in the style of Lost. (After the session, Moore declined to say whether a second season of the show would bring in an entirely new set of characters.) Read More »

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Watch: ‘American Idol’ Season XIII Live Q&A

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 5:30pm PST

Fox‘s American Idol is hosting a preview event at 5:30 PM PT ahead of tomorrow’s Season XII premiere. Watch the live-streamed Q&A with judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Urban, and host Ryan Seacrest:

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VIDEO: Did Sacha Baron Cohen Paint His Masterpiece With Charlie Chaplin Stunt?

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 6:36am PST
Mike Fleming

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We gave short shrift yesterday to the video of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s acceptance speech, when he took the stage to accept the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy. And then murdered the wheelchair-bound 87-year old Grace Collington, right after the unsuspecting audience was told she appeared in Chaplin’s 1931 film City Lights as a 5-year-old.

Is this more outrageous than when Baron Cohen promoted Bruno by giving Eminem an aerial tea-bagging at the 2009 MTV Awards, or when, as The Dictator, he dumped an urn on red carpet interviewer Ryan Seacrest and told him that if anyone asks who you are wearing, you can say Kim Jong Il? Baron Cohen is most certainly keeping the spirit of Andy Kaufman alive, and I think that this week he set the bar to a level even he will be hard pressed to top. Here is his Britannia stunt in two segments, and below that is his MTV Awards and Oscar handiwork.

Here is Baron Cohen’s Eminem stunt, followed by his Oscar appearance, before he was hauled off by security:

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Ryan Seacrest Extends Deal To Host & Exec Produce ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ On ABC

Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Seacrest New Year's Rockin' Eve ContractRyan Seacrest has signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Prods to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which airs on ABC on New Year’s Eve. Seacrest first joined New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in December 2005 as co-host alongside Dick Clark. Following Clark’s passing last year, Seacrest became the sole emcee of the show, which drew 22.6 million viewers and featured a two-hour tribute to the original host. “Ryan has been a key factor in the extended and expanded success of the show,” said Dick Clark Prods CEO Allen Shapiro. “It’s very difficult to take over a franchise created by an icon and grow it. Ryan has done just that.” Seacrest and Shapiro executive produce the special, while Larry Klein serves as producer. “I think I will forever be both sentimental and grateful about my experiences with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” said Seacrest. “Allen and the DCP team, as well as everyone at ABC, are my valued partners in carrying Dick’s vision forward.”

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Primetime Emmys 2013: Ryan Seacrest Center For Treatment Of Excessive Host Disorder Disclaimer (Video)

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 8:07pm PDT

Remember that segment years ago when tonight’s Primetime Emmys show started, about Excessive Host Disorder, in which the cast of How I Met Your Mother staged an intervention, with the help of Arsenio Hall? Remember the reference to the Ryan Seacrest Center for those suffering from EHD? Remember the disclaimer card you didn’t have time to read at the end of the gag? Here it is, followed by the clip:

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The Ryan Seacrest Center focuses on freeing patients from addictions to hosting award shows, charitable fundraisers and “Star Search” themed reality programming. The Center makes no claims of effectiveness regarding patients who cannot resist hosting dinner parties, in laws or parasites. Rehabilitation is catered to individual needs. GUARANTEE: Each patient’s program will include sessions in the therapeutic Billy Crystal Springs and/or the world famous Pat Sajak Sweat Lodge. Incoming patients will submit to a full body cavity search for any hidden mic packs, lavs, wireless headsets, canes, envelopes, sequins and Bruce Vilanches. Please plan on arriving at least  three hours before your therapy call time because the limo line is murder. Arsenio Hall is not affiliated with the Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting. Oh, and neither is Ryan Seacrest. If you’re still reading this and believe EHD is a real affliction, you might be suffer Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Crosses His Fingers As ‘Million Second Quiz’ Returns After Epic App Crash

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT

“Last night so many of you were playing along on your MSQ apps that you actually crashed the system,” Ryan Seacrest raved at the top of tonight’s Million Second Quiz the new game show that was supposed to showcase NBC’s social TV cutting-edge-ness but instead embarrassed the network in its premiere one night earlier. “The good news is you made us the No. 1 free app on iTunes,” the host added. Wild applause from the live audience. “But wait, there’s more good news,” said Seacrest, who is maybe the only live-TV host who could pull off that gag with a straight face after last night’s debacle. “They tell me it’s actually fixed –  I hope so,” he added, hedging his bets. An NBC exec told Deadline tonight they’d decided to have Seacrest address the snafu at the top of the second show because, “We want to be as transparent with the audience, especially when breaking new ground on network TV with second-screen applications.”

“Breaking new ground” is what NBC did when its app crashed about halfway through the East Coast premiere Monday night. The network had hoped to get the app back up in time for the premiere’s West Coast feed, but that never happened. The app — with which viewers were supposed to not only play along with the live show but continue to play round-the-clock in hope of qualifying to become a contestant on the broadcast competition — did not return until late this morning. Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

Did you miss some of Deadline’s top TV stories of the week? Check them out here:

CW In Talks For ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama By ‘Heroes” Creator Tim Kring
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: The summer of Wizard Of Oz continues with another sale of a high-profile Oz-themed drama project.

Ryan Seacrest Booed By Broncos Fans During NBC’s NFL Pregame Show: Video
By Lisa De Moraes - NBC continues its Overexposing Ryan Seacrest campaign — this time the network had The Man Who Can’t Say No open NBC’s regular-season NFL football franchise kickoff last night, in which he got loudly booed by Broncos fans in Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium.

Were Consumers The Biggest Losers In The CBS-Time Warner Cable Dispute?
By David Lieberman - It sure looks that way. Millions of Time Warner Cable customers lost CBS-owned stations and channels for a month, and will still probably see their monthly rates rise to accommodate the deal that the companies made last night.

Fired ‘Storage Wars’ Star Scores A Win Over A&E In Lawsuit
By Dominic Patten – Dave Hester can move forward with the wrongful termination portion of his wide-ranging lawsuit against A&E and the producers of Storage Warsa judge ruled today. Read More »

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UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest Booed By Broncos Fans During NBC’s NFL Pregame Show: Video

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 1:11pm PDT

UPDATED with final numbers: NBC continues its Overexposing Ryan Seacrest campaign — this time the network had The Man Who Can’t Say No open NBC’s regular-season NFL football franchise kickoff last night, in which he got loudly booed by Broncos fans in Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium. “Working the NFL season opener! Finally those 2-a-days paid off. I hope my high school coach is watching. #Kickoff2013”, Seacrest tweeted excitedly before his debut. “Please welcome — Ryan Seacrest,” Disembodied Voice said as a suit-and-tied Seacrest walked out on the field on national TV last night, and football fans began to jeer.

Because it was Ryan Seacrest. And they’re not stupid.

“I only know of one other countdown that might be as big as this show,” the master of self-promotion continued gamely — a reference to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve gig on ABC. The crowd was not impressed. They booed some more.

“America is ready for 17 weeks of excitement, followed by the drama of the playoffs, all culminating in New York at the Super Bowl!” Seacrest said, explaining how the football season worked to Denver’s die-hard fans as though he was explaining to viewers some new rule change on American Idol. The crowd booed some more. “So come on Denver, let’s join these football greats — representing all 32 teams — and ring in the NFL season! Here we go!” he yelled, as the crowd continued to express unhappiness, and 25.1 million viewers saw it from the comfort of their couches and their sports bars. (continued)

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Fox Greenlights Dating Competition Series Produced By Ryan Seacrest

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 7:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is taking on a new role for Fox — a matchmaker. I’ve learned that the network has quietly greenlighted Dream Date, a dating competition series from Ryan Seacrest Prods. Details about the top-secret project — now shooting on location — are scarce, but I hear it revolves around a group of women looking for love and features a celebrity element. There is no airdate yet but a late fall/midseason bow is a possibility. While Seacrest is best known for his stint on a reality competition series, Fox’s Idol, the new show marks a rare competition series for Ryan Seacrest Prods. which has built its unscripted brand on docu-reality series like the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise and Shahs Of Sunset. On screen, Seacrest next is hosting NBC’s live competition series Million Second Quiz.

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