LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Katy Perry will perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, sources confirm.
The pop star recently appeared on ESPN's "College Gameday," successfully picking Ole Miss to upset Alabama.
In the interview, she also said she's "not the kind of girl to pay to play the Super Bowl." The NFL reportedly asked Perry, Coldplay and Rihanna if they would be willing to pay to play the colossal ratings event but were given the cold shoulder.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Though Chuck Todd approaches his one month anniversary as host of NBC's "Meet the Press," the first choice for peacock executives was originally "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, according to a report from New York Magazine.
The article says that NBC News president Deborah Turness negotiated with Stewart about anchoring NBC's Sunday morning interview program, and that the network was prepared to "back the Brink's truck up."
At the time of the pitch, Stewart, whose contract extends through 2015, was on leave from his Comedy Central comedy show as he directed his debut effort "Rosewater," but he was not ready to leave the show for good for "Meet the Press."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Twin Peaks," the ABC series that was a forerunner of today's offbeat serialized cable dramas, is coming back to life with nine new episodes to air on Showtime in 2016.
Series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are working away on the scripts, with Lynch planning to direct all nine episodes. The episodes are expected to bow in early 2016, which would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the show's demise after two seasons on ABC in 1990 and 1991.
The new segs will be set in the present day and continue storylines established in the second season. Frost emphasized that the new episodes will not be a remake or reboot but will reflect the passage of time since viewers last checked in with key characters.
Layla A. Jones
Yesterday was former “Good Day Philadelphia” anchor Sheinelle Jones’ first day on “TODAY” and she didn’t fail to represent for the City of Brotherly Love.
For Jones’ national introduction, “TODAY” told their viewers four things they should know about their new weekend co-host like how to pronounce her name (without the “i”) and about her genuine on-camera persona.
“I’m very honest about not having a veil,” Jones said of herself. Of course, Jones’ introduction wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that viral video that made its rounds online when she and former co-host Mike Jerrick completely lost it after a lack-luster interview with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte on Fox29.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Carlton Cuse has said it before and he'll say it again. The "Lost" co-exec producer and co-writer is confident that the show will find new life in the near future. Ten years after the show's premiere on ABC, he's gone as far as calling its return "inevitable."
In an interview with Digital Spy, Cuse said someone else will surely tell another "Lost" story.
"I think it's inevitable," he told Digital Spy. "I don't know what it is or how it would work, but I can't imagine something else won't be done with the franchise."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Alyssa Milano is departing "Mistresses," the actress announced today, saying that the ABC drama's plans to move production from Los Angeles to Vancouver for the recently announced third season would be too hard on her home life.
"Being a mother and wife comes first and I just can not uproot my children and separate the family by moving away," Milano wrote on her personal blog.
An ABC source confirmed Milano's departure. The summer sudser aired its second season finale in September.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is considering a petition to issue sanctions against broadcast stations that use the term "Redskins" when referring to Washington D.C.'s professional football team.
In comments to reporters, Wheeler said that the FCC "will be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we'll be responding accordingly." But he personally believes that the term is "offensive and derogatory," according to an interview he gave earlier this month to Broadcasting & Cable.
The idea of punishing stations for using the word came about in a petition filed by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf earlier this month. He is challenging the license of team owner Dan Snyder's WWXX-FM radio station, and contends that the word is an "offensive demeaning racial swear word." The FCC has authority to sanction stations for indecent or obscene content. A decision against the station would have ramifications across broadcast sports coverage.
Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
Former Penn dental student Ashley Hebert, a/k/a the season seven "Bachelorette," gave birth to her first child, Fordham Rhys Rosenbaum, with season seven victor/husband JP Rosenbaum, today according to US Weekly. Herbert completed her residency at Philly's St. Christopher's Children's Hospital.
The couple got married in December 2012. They reside in Princeton, although they revealed that they will be moving to Miami on the "Men Tell All" episode of the most recent season, starring Andi Dorfman, who is dating the brother of former Fox 29 doyenne Kacie McDonnell. "It was a brutal winter for us and I think we just needed a change, something where we could just have a good quality of life year round. I just want to be able to go outside all year and enjoy life," Herbert said on the special.