NBC has pulled the plug on its Hillary Clinton biopic miniseries, making it official a few hours after CNN confirmed it was nixing a planned documentary on the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, Variety reports.
NBC's narrative miniseries was to have starred Diane Lane. The script hadn't even been written, but the network's announcement of the project in July stirred a hornets' nest of protest from Republican circles, citing the perceived favoritism of focusing on a presumptive Democratic candidate in 2016.
"After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we've decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries," NBC said in a statement.
CNN Films made its decision after the director stepped down from the project, citing pressure from both sides of the political aisle.
A spokesperson for CNN Worldwide explained, "Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton ... [We] won't seek other partners and are not proceeding with the film."
Mr. Ferguson wrote a blog for the Huffington Post Monday, where he said that pressure from Clinton aides and supporters -- as well as from the Republican National Committee -- led to many interview subjects and sources shying away from him.
The project's announcement drew immediate ire from the RNC, which voted to ban CNN (and NBC, which was planning a fictionalized-version of Clinton's life) from hosting or sponsoring Republican primary debates.
"Breaking Bad's" swan song smashed ratings records with 10.3 million viewers tuning in Sunday night to watch the end of Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) incredible journey, E! News reports. That's a 300 percent jump from last year's finale!
The Emmy-winning series nabbed 6.7 million people in the coveted 18-49 demo, and the finale set new records for the show on Twitter, with 1.24 million tweets coming in during the broadcasts on each coast.
While "Breaking Bad" was ending, "Homeland" was just beginning. The season-three premiere of the Showtime hit series returned with its highest-rated premiere yet with 1.9 million viewers at 9 p.m., and 2.61 million viewers for the night.
Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter are among the contestants announced Monday who will compete in "Jeopardy!'s" upcoming $1 million Battle of the Decades Tournament, a show publicist reports.
Fourteen champions from each decade of the show's run (1984-1993, 1994-2003, and 2004-2013) will fill 42 of the 45 contestant slots; the final three spots (one per decade) will be determined by viewers' votes. Starting today, fans can vote for their favorites from the 1980s on Facebook, Twitter, and Jeopardy.com.
"Every contestant returning for the Battle of the Decades has proven their worth on our show, and any one of them could win. Our viewers will be in for a treat no matter who comes out on top: tensions will run high, rivalries will be re-ignited, and the level of play may be the most intense yet," said "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. "The big question will be whether time has eroded their skills or added to their trove of knowledge. We shall see."
To participate in the tournament, every Tournament of Champions contestant from the past 30 years was asked to submit a video describing why they should be picked to compete in the Battle of the Decades.
A movie poster for the British biopic "Diana," starring Naomi Watts as the ill-fated princess, has been placed on the exact spot directly above the Paris traffic tunnel where she was killed in a car accident 16 years ago, People reports.
In reaction, close friends of Princess Diana and other admirers have sharp words to criticize the move as exploitative.
Rosa Monckton, for many years one of Princess Diana's closest confidantes, said: "I really don't have any words to describe how I feel about this cynical and shameless attempt to publicize a film that should never have been made."
She continues: "To have made a film so speculative and as this is disgusting enough, but to then advertise it on the spot at which she died is despicable. ... It is a terrible intrusion into her memory, not to mention the lives of her sons, whose feelings are often forgotten in these stories. I would expect them to take it down right now."
The 6'x4' poster over the Alma underpass stands only a few feet away from the gold-leafed Flame of Liberty, which became Diana's unofficial memorial following her death.
There was no immediate comment from the makers or distributors of the film. A spokesman for Paris City Hall said that the posters were on display "all over" Paris, and that the one above the Alma tunnel was "one of many."
He added that all the posters were displayed legally.
Insults dished out by food critic Anthony Bourdain on an episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown" have stirred up outrage in New Mexico, The Associated Press reports.
The sharp-tongued chef and writer lashed into the "World Famous" Frito pies sold at Santa Fe's well-known Five & Dime General Store's snack bar.
Bourdain says the dish tasted as if it were made with canned Hormel Chili and a "day-glow orange cheese-like substance." He then charged that the local favorite isn't even a New Mexico meal, but rather a Texas creation. He says New Mexicans should leave the recipe to the Texans.
Mike Collins, store manager of the Five & Dime, says Bourdain was "completely wrong" on the store's Frito pie. He says their version is homemade from chile grown in New Mexico and remains popular.
Nickelodeon is getting into the radio business, the AP reports.
The children's entertainment network has joined forces with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to create its own station on Clear Channel's online iHeartRadio.
Nick Radio launched Monday with "The Way" singer Ariana Grande -- also star of Nick's "Sam & Cat" -- as featured guest DJ, along with another Nickelodeon act, Big Time Rush.
With its entry into radio, Nick Radio will provide some competition for Radio Disney, Disney's terrestrial and Internet radio stations. Like Radio Disney, Nick Radio will feature kid-friendly Top 40 music, stars from its network and celebrity interviews.
Besides iHeartRadio, it will also be on Nickelodeon's own website.