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Tamron Hall In Development Deal With Disney ABC

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Tamron Hall is in a development deal with Disney ABC to bring us a new daytime television show.

Although the show details aren’t set in stone, in an interview with The Huff Post, Hall says, she aims to make the show “unconventional, fun, intimate, and sometimes even raw.”

Hall also says she feels valued at her new home and that everything feel in place because she believed it would.

My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I’ve built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they’ll join us for the ride,” she said. “I’m so grateful and excited for this next chapter. The landing makes the leap of faith so worth it!”

Last February, Hall and Al- Roker who hosted the 9am hour of the Today show was let go in order to introduce a new program led by former Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Even though Hall’s “feelings were hurt” by the networks decision she did not let that slow her down. Later that year Hall signed a deal with The Weinstein Company to develop and host a syndicated and other non-scripted programming. Shortly after sexual harassment allegations came out about TWC co-founder Harvey Weinstein Hall changed her mind. While Hall has been an esteemed journalist for years (and one of my sheros) the lessons we can take from her deal with Disney is to always bet on ourselves and keep pushing no matter what!

Congrats Tamron!

Shonda Rhimes Parts with ABC, Signs Multi-Year Production Deal With Netflix

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Shonda Rhimes is arguably one of the greatest TV producers in the last 15 years, as she’s been a staple for ABC Studios and is responsible for hit shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Scandal.” But her next move might be her most exciting one yet.

According to Variety, the TV giant has officially parted ways with ABC and has signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix for her and her ShondaLand company. For those “Grey’s,” “HTGAWM” and “Scandal” fans out there, don’t worry – your favorite show(s) isn’t going anywhere, and Shonda will still be involved.

Here’s what Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, had to say:

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix, in a statement. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”

Here’s what Shonda had to say about her new partnership:

Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” said Rhimes in a statement. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix.”

Congrats to Shonda and Netflix! We can’t wait to see what comes from it.

Regina King Gets 2-Year Production Deal With ABC Studios

Actress, producer, and director Regina King has inked a two-year deal with ABC studios. Her production company Royal Ties is run with her sister Reina King who serves as the development executive.

Regina and Royal Ties will soon develop and produce new projects with ABC networks. The actress is in ready for another season of ABC’s top series “American Crime” and HBO’s “The Leftovers” she also recently joined the cast of Netflix’s “Seven Seconds”. The new Netflix series tells a story regarding the rift between African American citizens and white cops in Jersey city.

Regina King’s resume is one for the books. She has directed and been a part of some of the biggest shows including: “Pitch,” “Greenleaf,” “The Catch,” “Scandal,” “Let the Church Say Amen,” and “Being Mary Jane,” which is going strong into their 4th season!

We are not sure on what projects are being developed with ABC at the moment, but with a resume like that, we know they are going to be a hit. Regina will be joining other black content creators including Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, John Ridley, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Larry Wilmore.

We are so excited to see the magic that will be created with this collaboration of black geniuses. Did someone say, #BlackExcellence?

Channing Dungey Becomes ABC’s First Black Broadcast President

ABC is experiencing a major change in their offices with the stepping down of President Paul Lee.

Lee is responsible for building the ABC brand by leading a strong team to bring TV watchers their favorite shows. Now, after only six years, he is turning over his position. Stepping in is the network’s Vice President of Drama Development Channing Dungey. Channing has been one of the head people fans can thank for Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico and Once Upon A Time. The new president said in a statement:

 “And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.” 

There is no information on why Paul decided to resign, but he did comment on how proud he is of the, “incredible team I built and the strategic, creative vision we established and successfully executed for both the network and studio.”

Congratulations, to ABC’s first African American broadcast president!

Boy With Rare Brain Disorder Makes Dreams Come True With The Help Of High School Football Team

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A 5 year-old Chatsworth, Georgia boy is making his dreams come true with the help of a High School football team. Last Year, Ben Holloway was diagnosed with a rare brain condition. Doctors weren’t sure he was going to live. However a year later Ben is proving doctors wrong on and off the football field.

According to ABC News

Donning a green Murray County High School jersey with his name on it and a white helmet, Holloway was cheered on by football team members chanting his name as he ran down the field this past May, his dad Joshua Holloway told ABC News. And though he stumbled two times, team members helped him back up and went wild when he finally scored a touchdown.

“The entire team picked him up, chanting, ‘Ben! Ben! Ben!” he said. “I’ve never seen him so happy or ecstatic. He was on cloud nine.

 

BDAF is an abnormal connection between blood vessels outside and inside the dura, the brain’s fibrous covering, according to Dr. Nicholas Bambakidis, who did not treat Ben, but who is a neurosurgeon who treats other children with Ben’s condition at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

After the doctor did an angiogram to see how bad Ben’s situation was, a procedure that took over three hours, he came out and told the family that it was the biggest fistula he’d ever seen, Joshua Holloway said.

“He said he could attempt to fix it, but there was a 50 percent chance he’d have a stroke and a 20 percent chance he might not make it off the table,” he said.

After further research, Ben’s parents went to New York City for a second opinion from Dr. Alejandro Berenstein, the doctor who invented the procedure to treat Ben’s condition.

“He had a consultation on a Friday, and the following Monday, he performed his first surgery on Ben,” Holloway said. “Ben’s condition was so advanced that he couldn’t just do the traditional surgery of opening up his brain. He had to put platinum coils into the fistula first — into Ben’s leg, through the aorta, into the heart, through the neck and then up to the brain.”

An additional surgery was performed a few days later to bond everything together, he added.

The surgery was successful, and Ben has only had to do one emergency surgery after a dangerous leak this past June, his dad said.

Though Ben will likely not be able to play football competitively because of its intense physical nature and the risk for head trauma, he has been able to play other sports such as baseball and soccer, his dad said.

The condition is rare in children, Bambakidis said, noting his hospital sees about two to three cases a year. He added that because the condition is considered “too high-risk to treat” by community hospitals, where doctors may not have as much experience and expertise, it’s important to address the condition at larger hospitals that may have the proper surgeons and specialists to treat and potentially cure such conditions.

Shonda Rhimes Answers Some Burning Questions About Last Night’s Epi. of Scandal and What’s Next!

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If you’re like us or any of the other 10 million people devoted to #ScandalThursday on ABC, then you’ve been completely enthralled with all the twists and turns of Season 3. From the return of Liv’s mother, the new developments with Vice President Sally and Cyrus Beane, and Huck finally going IN on Quinn, this season has been nothing but one beautifully, heart-stopping roller coaster you never want to get off of.

Last night’s particularly jolting episode featured a few key moments we’d like some explanations on, such as why Shonda and her team, who’ve become known for their impeccable soundtracks, chose to only play The Jackson 5’s song “Ben” at various points in last nights story. Well writer and creator Shonda Rhimes sits down with Denise Martin of Vulture to answer that and a few other burning questions. Check it out here:

We should start with Huck and Quinn. He removed her teeth.When did that become an idea, and how in the world do those characters come back from that? If they come back from it.
To me it felt the natural progression of Huck’s character. If Quinn’s gonna do these things, then Huck is gonna do what Huck does. I try not to make the characters bend to our will. If I’ve set up a world in which this is what Huck does, and this is the way Huck treats people who are traitors, and this is how Huck protects Olivia, then that’s what he’d have to do to Quinn as well…For me, it’s a reminder that as much as we all love these people, they’re all still monsters. They’re all still monsters walking around in human skin.

You’ve been asked about doing a spinoff before, and at the time you said no. Have you changed your mind? Do you think there’s franchise potential here in the same way there was for Grey’s?
I’ve openly thought about — I say openly because I’ve told people at the network about it — doing a spinoff that was just B6-13. I feel like that’s a really interesting world. We don’t know a ton about it yet, but it’s very dark and there’s much to do. But, I’m too busy writing Scandal right now to think about it.

Someone who we still don’t know a ton about is Harrison. Has that slow rollout been deliberate? I was on set while they were shooting additional scenes about Adnan Salif to insert into episode six. What made you want to start there?
We knew we were introducing the Adnan story, we had a whole plan for it, and we had a plan for when we were going to start to introduce it. Then we filmed episode six. Our production schedule is really difficult because in order to cram in all those story lines and move as fast as we do, we have to shoot a lot of scenes — 306 was one of our scripts that had the least amount of scenes. We were all like, “This was so easy!” and then I watched the episode and went, “… and also slow and boring.” The pace was off. So I was like, let’s take the Adnan story and put it in. It will make everything tighter and faster. We just moved it up…I have a long-term plan. I know where the show is gonna end. We know where we’re going. In order to do that, we need to release things at a certain time.

Was any of Olivia’s mother’s story line inspired by Alias?
Oh my God. You know, we talked about that a little bit, the Alias of it all. After we pitched it all out, somebody said, “You know, in Alias, she’s got this mom…” and I had seen Alias. We talked about it a lot. I don’t think what we did was inspired by it, but we definitely went, “Yeah, that’s a good point.” Wait, I wanna say one more thing because we were so excited about it…We used Michael Jackson’s “Ben” in the episode. It was our first use of Michael Jackson…me and my editors were just so excited because it was a song about a rat. A song about a boy who loves a rat! And everybody in the show right now is someone who loves a rat.

 

Check out the full interview over at Vulture.com and be sure to tune into the winter finale of Scandal this coming Thursday at 10/9c on ABC!

ABC’s Good Morning America Correspondent Robin Roberts Interviews Juror B29 From The Zimmerman Trial

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In the on-going fallout since the verdict was reached in the Martin/Zimmerman trial, there have been so many questions about just exactly how things went down in the jurors deliberation that allowed this man to walk free. Well we’ll soon have some answers as ABC and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts have secured the first and only official interview with a juror from the case whose identity will not be hidden.

Literally removing herself from the protection of the court’s order that sealed their identities, Juror B29 will be sitting down with Robin to discuss the climate amongst the other jurors, all non-minority women, and how she’s been affected by the verdict of not-guilty.

“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.” These and many more controversial opinions are discussed in the interview which will air on “World News” at 6:30 p.m. ET and on “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m. ET, and then on Friday on “Good Morning America” at 7 a.m. ET.

Tamera, Tamar, and More On A New Daytime Panel…Will It Work?

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Tamera Mowry Housley, Tamar Braxton-Herbert, Loni Love,  Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai have just landed a deal with Fox Network and Telepictures Productions for a new panel style talk show in which they’ll discuss a wide range of things from pop culture to lifestyle topics. With the shake up at The View coming to the 2014 season there could be room for a new table of leading women and this new show is looking to take that spot.

With a younger panel catering to a younger audience, this new show The Real could be the breath of fresh air (and color) that’s been missing from daytime television. Maybe. The thing with The View, which debuted in 1997, is that the ladies on the original panel, and even now, were all respected ladies within their own fields. It was something like a meeting of the minds in that they were basically authorities having discussions and giving their opinion on the things that their particular demographic cared about. Where The Real appears to be lacking at the moment is the diehard fan base behind each of the women to bring people to their TV’s every day.

The show is set to debut on July 8th in a few test markets, and our concerns right now is what exactly the direction of the show will be with this particular group of ladies. Loni Love is funny on Chelsea Lately and the various VH1 shows she commentates on, Tamera is nice to see as we’ve all pretty much grown up with her and Tia but will people watch the show to see them. I imagine these two will provide the bulk of the conversation content and Tamar will no doubt be the comedic relief. But do we want Tamar on daytime programming? Will she be able to articulate a point and contribute to a conversation in a way that doesn’t seem forced or overwrought? As for Adrienne and Jeannie you’d have to do your OWN research to learn/remember who they are. This would be concerning for me as a programmer, who are people watching this show to see?

We will undoubtedly give this show a chance, and of course wish these women the best, a pleasant surprise would be ideal here.

Barbara Walters: The End Of An Era

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Television icon and heavy hitter Barbara Walters is expected to make the announcement today that this will be her final year as a television journalist.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” said Walters. At 83 years old, Barbara has had an illustrious career that has spanned more than 50 years. Having interviewed every president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon, Walters’ interviews have also included Lucille Ball, Larry King, Katherine Hepburn, Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber and Michael Jackson. Just to name a few. While she’s been with ABC since 1974, few people know that she actually began her television career as a reporter, panelist and writer on NBC’s Today Show. She’s also famously know for the two decades she spent co-hosting 20/20 and her original year-end review The 10 Most Fascinating People.

Barbara is also the driving force behind the Award-Winning day-time talk show The View, which she has said she will remain a producer of but will no longer be a correspondent. No word has been said as to what exactly Mrs. Walters plans on doing with her new and copious amounts of free time, however I’m certain she won’t stray to far from television in some capacity. Cheers to you Barbara and to check out this past years episode of 10 Most Fascinating People featuring Seth McFarlene, Honey Boo Boo and Olympic Gold Medalist .Gabby Douglas hit this link

[Video]Robin Roberts’ Triumphant Return to Good Morning America

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It was a great day today over at ABC as they welcomed back one of their own, the dynamic and well-loved Robin Roberts. For those who don’t know Robin was diagnosed with a very rare blood disease for which she underwent a bone-marrow transplant 5 months ago. Through careful supervision from her doctor, a physical therapy regimen that included yoga, and by her own admission of “Faith, family and friends” Robin celebrated her first day back at the desk among her colleagues and mobs of supporters early this morning in Times Square.

Robin will be featured on this week’s 20/20 at 10p on Friday where they will take a more in depth look at how things have been sine the diagnosis.And to read the full story on Robin Robert’s journey leading up to her return and how things will be going forward click here and peep the vid of her return here!

 

*Photo credit People.com*

[Full Episode] Meagan Good Joins Kerry Washington As A Leading Lady in NBC’s Deception

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After the overwhelming success of ABC’s drama Scandal (which returns to television this thursday!), NBC has decided to follow suit with a similar formula. Meagan Good stars as televisions new leading lady Joanna Locasto, in a drama about an undercover detective, infiltrating the family of a late friend and billionaire heiress, in hopes of finding her true cause of death. Joanna encounters many twists and turns while on her journey, faces an old flame or two, and has to deal with the temptation of falling into the life she left behind.

As good as it sounds Deception seems to fall more in line with ABC’s other top contender Revenge, and was met with mixed reviews. Viewers and blogs alike have complained of the premier episode being a bit hard to follow and slow moving, however sources such as NY Daily News feel that your disdain for the antagonist family will be more than enough to keep you coming back.

The show also stars Laz Alonzo as Meagan’s “handler”/liaison, Victor Garber from Alias and a million other shows you’ve probably seen, and is directed by Peter Horton, who also worked on Grey’s Anatomy with our beloved Shonda Rhimes. We have the first episode in its entirety for you here, so let us know what you think!

Are We Ready For A Muslim News Anchor?

Meet, Noor Tagouri. Noor is a 19 year old Broadcast Journalism major and has big dreams of becoming the first Muslim-American television anchor/talk show host, but with a twist…she wants to do it in her hijab. For those of you that are unfamiliar, hijab refers to the traditional head, face or body covering worn by Muslim women and sometimes men. While there are other Muslim/Muslim American new anchors on television (Ali Velshi and Ayman Mohyeldin on CNN and NBC, respectively),  Noor’s choosing to wear hijabi on the air would definitely set her apart, making her a hot topic for discussion on both sides of the debate.

The unmistakable elephant in the room is whether or not American’s are ready to accept such a bold representation of the Muslim faith into their homes, in light of current situations in largely Muslim-populated countries, and given our sensitivity post 9/11. As we round the hill of 11, almost 12, years since one of the most devastating occurrences in American history, the climate is still to some degree solidarity against Muslim people. As ignorant and groupthink minded as that is, it was a knee-jerk and primal response to dealing with a tragedy caused by a small group of people that claimed to act on behalf of a larger group of people. Unfortunately, some have chosen to hold on to this way of thinking still today, increasing the number of obstacles Noor will no doubt face simply by being a woman and a minority.

But it doesn’t stop there. For those of us that are able to separate the actions of some, from the feelings of most, it makes for a hard decision placing someone like Noor before audiences where people of power feel so strongly against her presence. Losing advertisement and endorsement monies behind a decision to promote someone who fits the criteria we’ve created for the “stereotypical” Muslim would be a very noble and very dangerous path for any business to venture down. It speaks to the fact that the bottom-line is always the bottom line, but more importantly, our flawed comfort that so long as I don’t know that it’s something I’ve decided I have a problem with, I won’t have a problem with it. Cc: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

The dark is not without the dawn however. We are at a time in our life as a country and as people in general, where change and difference are becoming more acceptable and more attainable. Additionally, the best way to heal from a wound is not only time, but movement. To say that we as American’s will never have a hijab-wearing, Muslim anchorwoman is ludicrous, and I’d go so far as to say that we’re ready now. Some would disagree, but the only way to find out is if we try, and if those of us who are supporters of progressive movement demand the opportunity to show ourselves as not only tolerant, but embracing of things that were at once uncomfortable for us.

Get to know Noor on Twitter and Facebook, and support her journey with the hashtag #LetNoorShine. Feel free to share your thoughts on Noor and if we’re ready for her in the comments below.