Bravo’s ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ To Return Dec. 2

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 12:12pm PDT

Back to hit the streets and shops of Beverly Hills, the second season of Bravo‘s Shahs Of Sunset will debut December 2. The new season will see the group of Persian-American friends facing life crises, potentially finding true love … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest, Colony Capital Among Potential Bidders For Dick Clark Prods.

By | Friday June 15, 2012 @ 2:29pm PDT

UPDATED: Ryan Seacrest and Santa Monica-based investment firm Colony Capital are among several bidders interested in Dick Clark Prods., sources close to the situation tell Deadline. If the American Idol host proceeds with his pursuit of the former company … Read More »

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Fox Upfront Presentation: Live Blog

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 1:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Upfronts 2012Like NBC’s presentation earlier today, Fox‘s presentation too opened with a comedy video featuring cast members from several shows. The setup was the quartet from Fox’s freshman comedy New Girl interviewing candidates for a new roommate. Glee‘s Will Schuester, Fringe‘s Walter Bishop, Bones‘ Temperance Brennan (played by New Girl star Zooey Deschanel’s sister Emily), the kid from Touch and Rubber Man from American Horror Story on sister network FX were among the characters who interviewed for the gig, along with Randy Jackson of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance‘s Mary Murphy.

Related: Fox’s Fall Schedule: All-Comedy Tuesday, ‘Glee’ Moves To Thursday, ‘Touch’ To Friday

After Glee‘s Jane Lynch emceed the presentation for the past two years, ubiquitous American Idol host Ryan Seacrest took over the role this year, presenting Fox’s executives in the style of the reality series. Like a pro, he phoned in such lines as describing British-born Fox chairman Peter Rice as “as American as American Pie, Justin Bieber and soccer,” blending America’s favorite dessert with Canadian pop export Bieber and the world’s most popular sport that everyone outside the U.S. calls football. Seacrest also claimed that “After a nationwide vote, the biggest star at Fox is… Kevin Reilly.”

Reilly started the rollout of next season’s slate with Tuesday night, which features four comedies. “Since the first day I walked into Fox, this is the kind of comedy lineup I’ve wanted present to you,” Reilly said of Raising Hope, New Girl and newbies Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project. Fox has a third new comedy, Goodwin Games, on tap for midseason.

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It’s Official: Ryan Seacrest Closes Deal With NBCUniversal

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 12:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Related: Ryan Seacrest Inks New Deal For ‘American Idol’

Ryan Seacrest NBCUniversal DealNEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2012) – NBCUniversal and top television host, broadcaster and Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest have forged a groundbreaking multi-platform agreement that includes on-air, broadcasting and producing duties across the company’s NBC and E! networks. The new two-year deal extends Seacrest’s current on-air presence with E! onto NBC, spanning news, entertainment and sports programming.

“Ryan is an extraordinary talent who has been an important part of the Comcast family for a long time,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. “We look forward to his continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the TODAY show and at the Olympics. This is a great example of how NBCUniversal is able to provide the perfect home for some of the best people in the business.”

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‘American Idol’ Scrambling To Find Substitute For Ailing Host Ryan Seacrest

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 4:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Seacrest indeed made it to the show and is on-air hosting Idol.

PREVIOUS: Can anyone imagine American Idol without host Ryan Seacrest? Fox and the show’s producers faced that possibility today with Seacrest sidelined by illness. According to TMZ, the … Read More »

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Kardashian Family Signs 3-Year Deal With E! For 3 More Seasons Of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, Other Reality Shows

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Keeping Up With The Kardashians RenewedReality TV’s First Family, the Kardashians, have closed a big new three-year deal with E! for their signature series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The pact includes orders for seasons seven, eight and nine … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Inks New Deal For ‘American Idol’

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 5:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Seacrest American IdolAs expected, Ryan Seacrest has re-upped his deal to continue as host of Fox’s American Idol for two more seasons. For the last few months, Seacrest had been negotiating both an extension for Idol and a new wide-reaching overall deal with NBCUniversal. The latter is almost completed. It has not been announced yet but it became clear that, aside from a stunt during NBC’s coverage of the London Summer Olympics, it does not include major primetime hosting duties because Seacrest was continuing on Idol, where he is expected to stay close to his current salary of $15 million a year. Here is the release:

Emmy Award-nominated Ryan Seacrest will continue as host of AMERICAN IDOL, broadcast television’s No. 1 show. Seacrest has served as host of AMERICAN IDOL since its debut on June 11, 2002. Over the past decade, he has guided the IDOL contestants and judges through each season’s incredible journey, from the first tickets to Hollywood to every star-studded finale. Seacrest has introduced every guest performer, played referee with the judges and was the first to announce and congratulate each of the winners. 

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‘American Idol’ Plans Dick Clark Tribute Tonight

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 10:12am PDT

Dick Clark American IdolRyan Seascrest took to Twitter today to announce that “we’re putting together a tribute for Dick Clark on @AmericanIdol tonight…just talked to @dizzyfeet”. The mentioned @dizzyfeet is the Twitter handle for Idol executive producer Nigel … Read More »

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Hollywood Reacts To Dick Clark’s Death

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 4:13pm PDT

Dick Clark DiesRyan Seacrest is widely seen as the current generation’s Dick Clark, hosting a popular music series with American in the title among his multiple roles in radio and growing TV production company. So it was no surprise … Read More »

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R.I.P. Dick Clark

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 12:49pm PDT

Iconic TV host and producer Dick Clark died today of a heart attack. He was 82. Clark, called “America’s Oldest Teenager,” is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, Pyramid, and holiday staple Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. According to Clark’s publicist Paul Shefrin, Clark passed away this morning following “a massive heart attack.” Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Clark, who suffered a stroke in 2004 that left his speech and movements impaired, had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure.

Related: Hollywood Reacts To Dick Clark’s Death

Richard Wagstaff Clark, born on November 30, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., earned Grammys, Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame among other awards and accolades in his 60 years in show business. From his start on radio in Philadelphia back in the early 1950s to his last appearance on Rockin’ Eve this year, Clark never lost his on-air boyish enthusiasm. But the genial host was also a trailblazing Hollywood executive. His Dick Clark Productions, which he started in the late 1950s and moved to LA in 1963, produced American Bandstand until 1989 and also created, produced and profitably syndicated such shows as Rockin’ Eve, which started in 1972; TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes; The $25,000 Pyramid; The American Music Awards, which began in 1973; and, since 1983, The Golden Globes. Clark also produced movies including 1984’s Emmy-winner The Woman Who Willed A Miracle and 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, over the past 49 years Clark’s company has made over 20 TV and feature films, 30 series and 250 specials.

At one point in the mid-’80s, Clark hosted shows on all three major TV networks and in syndication. He also wrote several books, including a 1976 memoir Rock, Roll & Remember. Clark sold dcp to Mosaic Media in 2002 for $140 million. The company, which Clark ceased to have anything to do with years ago, is currently owned by Red Zone Capitol, who bought it for an estimated $175 million in 2007. Read More »

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Bravo’s ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 2:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shahs Of Sunset RenewedBravo’s Shahs Of Sunset, which wrapped its first season on Sunday, has been picked up for a second season. The renewal for the Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series comes after it hit a series high … Read More »

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Fox Anniversary Special: Ryan Seacrest Tapped As Host, Nod To ‘Back To You’?

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 4:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was already scheduled to appear on Fox’s upcoming 25th Anniversary special. Now the network announced he will host the two-hour special, slated to air Next Sunday, April 22. In a more surprising part of the … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Will Help Host London Olympics For NBC, And Stay With ‘Idol’

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 5:30am PDT

“The plan is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have a role at the E! network” where he anchors E! News, Ryan Seacrest told Today host Matt Lauer this morning. (Comcast controls NBCUniversal as well as E!.) The Olympics assignment … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Today’ Appearence Pushed By A Day

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 10:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Seacrest’s “big NBC announcement” will wait until Wednesday. Seacrest, who had been finalizing a new broad agreement with NBCUniversal, was scheduled to appear on NBC’s Today show tomorrow morning for a major NBC-related announcement, as tweetedRead More »

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Ryan Seacrest Has ‘Big NBC Announcement’ Tomorrow On ‘Today’, Former Host Meredith Vieira Revealed As Mystery ‘Today Legend’

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 8:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Seacrest’s long-in-works new deal with NBCUniversal appears finally done. “Tuesday morning live on the Today show in Studio 1A, Ryan Seacrest will make a big NBC announcement,” Today‘s executive producer Jim Bell tweeted last night. The announcement is … Read More »

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Bravo’s ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Slammed By West Hollywood For “Negative Stereotypes”

By | Sunday March 25, 2012 @ 6:16pm PDT

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor West Hollywood City Council wants Bravo’s reality series Shahs Of Sunset to change its ways and stop “perpetuating negative stereotypes about Iranian-Americans.” The pols used their jurisdiction to slam the … Read More »

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Where Did Sacha Baron Cohen Go Oscar Night After Being Grabbed By Security? Dinner At Vanity Fair!

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 2:27pm PST
Mike Fleming

Sacha Baron Cohen Signs First Look With Paramount; Studio Gets His Next Pic

If you were watching the Oscar Red Carpet arrivals on Sunday, you saw Sacha Baron Cohen’s character from The Dictator get handled roughly by two burly security guys after dumping what he said were the ashes of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il over Ryan Seacrest’s tuxedo. It looked like he was going to be carted off in handcuffs, but what happened after?

Baron Cohen wasn’t removed. He was merely hustled away from the ash-covered Seacrest, and while he was relieved of his urn, Baron Cohen continued to parade in character for a quarter mile of Red Carpet soundbites. He didn’t attend the Oscars, but that wasn’t the Academy’s choice. I’m told the Academy bent over backwards to welcome Baron Cohen. Aside from okaying his Dictator garb choice, they set aside a dressing room so that he could change into a tux after and attend the ceremony. Once he completed that lap, Baron Cohen then entered the dressing room and emerged in his tux. But he did not use the Oscar tickets; he ducked out, got in a limo and headed right over to Vanity Fair’s viewing dinner party at the Tower Hotel. He never even sat down in the auditorium. Read More »

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Sacha Baron Cohen Punks Ryan Seacrest: ‘The Dictator’ Spills “Kim Jong Il’s Ashes” All Over Red Carpet Host! (Ryan Unamused)

By | Sunday February 26, 2012 @ 4:04pm PST

BREAKING… UPDATE: (See video below) Sacha Baron Cohen Sacha Baron Cohen Ryan Seacrestjust strolled onto the Red Carpet wearing The Dictator‘s full military white uniform in character as General Alladeen from the Middle East Republic of Wadiya. Flanked by two gorgeous women in military mini-skirts, Baron Cohen appears to be holding a funereal urn. (Maybe containing the ashes of the Academy’s integrity?) Ryan Seacrest of E! played along and addressed Baron Cohen as “Dictator” to which sacha responded, “Hello. Death to the West!”

Seacrest asked whom he is wearing. “I’m wearing John Galliano but the socks are from KMart. Saddam Hussein once said to me, ‘Socks Sacha Baron Cohen Ashesare socks. Don’t waste money.” And, yes, that is a funereal urn which Sacha said contained his “dear friend” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. “It was his dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled over the Red Carpet and over Halle Berry’s chest again.” (Too bad: Berry pulled out as an Oscars presenter today because of an injury that has her on crutches.)

With that, Baron Cohen opened the urn and ten spilled the ashes all over Seacrest’s Burberry tuxedo and shoes!

Immediately, security men (real or play-acting) pushed Baron Cohen away from Seacrest who didn’t looked amused. “It’s OK. Now if somebody asks you who you are wearing, you can say Kim Jung Il!”

Said the stunned Seacrest, who looked a mess, “I had a feeling he was up to something in some fashion or form. We’ll be right back…”

Here’s the official E! video. Text continues after the jump:

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UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest Will Benefit From Clear Channel’s Promotion Power, CEO Says

Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of the All Things D Conference.

UPDATE, 10:30 AM: Clear Channel and Ryan Seacrest have a lot to offer each other in the investment deals announced earlier today, the radio giant’s CEO Bob Pittman says. The TV personality is now “one of our biggest stars,” Pittman told a conference sponsored by All Things D. Meanwhile, the radio company — which also has big ambitions in television and live entertainment — can provide Seacrest with marketing firepower. “We have 238M (listeners) per month, with 250 city affiliates,” Pittman says. “Why can’t we use our own advertising to cross promote (Seacrest)?” Pittman remains bullish on traditional broadcast radio. “We tried HD, commercial-free radio, and no one came. Why? They’ve already got 200 choices.” What’s more, he says that fans of Internet and satellite radio also “listen to more broadcast radio than the average user.”

PREVIOUS: 3:49 AM: This morning’s announcement involves two deals: First, Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners are putting $300M into Ryan Seacrest Media, the radio and TV personality’s investment holding company. And, second, Clear Channel — which is controlled by the investment firms — is buying a minority stake in Ryan Seacrest Productions, responsible for TV shows including Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Clear Channel chief Bob Pittman has said that he wants to expand and diversify the radio giant’s media presence. The companies didn’t disclose specific terms of their deals. Here’s the release: Read More »

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