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POSTED: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:12 PM
Filed Under: Television
Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES ( - NBC's "Dateline" has produced its first-ever full-length documentary exclusively for digital, with the newsmagazine show set to premiere "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" Friday about the murder trial of the South African Olympic runner who was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend to death.

The original documentary will go live on tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern and will be available only online. "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" tells the story of the case -- which has been closely tracked by media worldwide -- from the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed to the verdicts issued in this week. Docu is broken into six segments, totaling about 40 minutes of runtime.

An NBC News rep did not respond to requests for comment about why "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" was being distributed only online.

POSTED: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:06 AM
Filed Under: Television
"That's not a tattoo," Groundskeeper Willie proclaims of the prominently placed "Aye or die!" on his chest. "It's a birthmark!" (Twentieth Century Fox / YouTube)
 In light of the upcoming vote on Scottish independence, "The Simpsons" has released a video featuring noted Scot Groundskeeper Willie sharing his views on the issue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Willie -- who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta -- and his "AYE OR DIE" birthmark lean toward independence.

This is not the first time the Fox animated series has ventured into political and social debates. It has produced episodes on hot-button issues like gay rights and immigration. A season nine episode that deals with patriarch Homer's purchase of a gun allows the show to depict arguments for both sides of the gun rights debate:

The 26th season of "The Simpsons" will air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 on Fox.

POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:21 PM
Filed Under: Television
Athlete Tim Tebow attends the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow has another job. Not in the NFL as a quarterback but as a contributor to "Good Morning America."

ABC announced Thursday that it was adding the former Heisman Trophy winner to the show as part of its new "Motivate Me Monday" segment that focuses on uplifting stories of people. Tebow will be in studio and also on location throughout the country.

The former NFL quarterback, who led to the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2012, began work in television earlier this summer as an college football analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network that launched last month.

POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4:42 PM
Filed Under: Television
Actresses Alexis Bledel (L) and Lauren Graham from the series 'Gilmore Girls' attend the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour for the The CW Network at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on July 17, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( - Netflix has secured exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to all seven season of femme-led dramedy "Gilmore Girls" -- encompassing 153 episodes in all -- via a pact with Warner Bros. Television.

Every episode from the series will be available on the streamer starting Oct. 1, according to a Netflix rep. Financial terms are not being disclosed. The deal grants Netflix rights only for the U.S.

"Gilmore Girls" stars Lauren Graham ("Parenthood") as single mom Lorelai Gilmore, focusing on her relationship with daughter Rory (played by Alexis Bledel, whose credits include "Sin City" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). Series, set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Conn., was exec produced by David Rosenthal and created by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 11:51 AM

LOS ANGELES ( - Since you can find just about anything on the Internet, it only makes sense that earlier this week, "Jurassic Park" star Jeff Goldblum tracked down some fan-written lyrics for the blockbuster's iconic instrumental theme song, and proceeded to teach the "Late Night with Seth Meyers" audience the words. 

And now, also courtesy of the Internet, you can watch Goldblum's unlikely singalong below. 

While they're not the most inspired lyrics, they definitely would've added a certain je ne sais quoi to the classic Steven Spielberg pic.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:48 PM
Fox Sports "No Filter" host Katie Nolan. (via YouTube video)

Fox Sports’ Katie Nolan recently chimed in on the disturbing Ray Rice video.

Nolan hosts the show “No Filter” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays covering the top headlines in sports and pop culture. But she decided to explain on her show on Tuesday why boycotting the NFL because of Rice is not the right call. 

“But all this Ray Rice stuff has put me in an uncomfortable position. How do I reconcile my values and beliefs if my love for a sport that has an ongoing issue with domestic violence? How do I support a commissioner who needed to see a video of a man punching a woman in the face in order to realize it’s unacceptable? A leader whose governing decisions appear to based on a bro-tastic internet meme.”

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:38 PM
Chris Pratt, left, and Sarah Silverman, right, 'SNL's' first two hosts for its 40th season. (Photos via Getty)

The last time we saw Chris Pratt, he was zooming around space with a talking raccoon, or perhaps spitting a bit of Eminem on YouTube. Now, though, it looks like we're about to see Pratt in his greatest role yet: Host of Saturday Night Live.

NBC confirmed the news today, saying that Pratt will host the premiere episode of SNL's 40th season alongside musical guest Ariana Grande on September 27. And while that's good news, it gets better.

Hosting the second episode is vape-happy comedian and SNL alumnus Sarah Silverman with musical guest Maroon 5, and there's a rumor going around that the one and only Bill Murray will helm an episode this season—what would be his first time on the show since 1999. Intially, reports indicated that Murray would take the season premiere, but an update from NBC today says otherwise and fails to mention Murray at all.

POSTED: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:28 PM
Filed Under: Television
Chuck Todd speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor (Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES ( - The disproportionate attention showered on the Sunday discussion shows has made remodeling "Meet the Press" seem like a momentous occasion. NBC News didn't want to leave much to chance with Chuck Todd's debut as host, enlisting President Obama as his co-star -- and surrounding him with other NBC talent, in what felt like an "It takes a village" approach. Yet the nature of these shows is such that facial hair notwithstanding, the new "Press" still feels a lot like the old "Press."

"As you can see, we're making a few changes around here," Todd -- a solid interviewer, if by no means a TV natural -- said by way of introduction, while treating his own arrival at the helm of the long-running franchise as a historic event.

Todd has earned a reputation as a D.C. insider and policy wonk, although that doesn't address one of the fundamental problems plaguing these programs -- namely, that in such hyper-partisan political times, the attempt to appear even-handed (perhaps especially for NBC, given MSNBC's left-leaning profile) is merely an invitation for the usual suspects to pounce on any perceived exhibition of bias.

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