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FCC Strikes Down Net Neutrality

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After months of speculation — and widespread resistance from Americans on both the left and the right — the Federal Communications Commission followed through on pulling back net neutrality on Thursday, voting to undo Obama-era regulations that barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down access to certain websites. Spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, the proposal passed along party lines, with Pai and the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, voting to undo net neutrality rules put in place in 2015. Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted against the measure. The decision. »


- Sean Burch

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Jimmy Kimmel Disses Twitter Enemy Roy Moore After Senate Defeat: ‘God Decided – It’s Over’ (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel called Doug Jones’ upset win over Roy Moore in the Senate Race in Alabama “like a grizzly bear losing to a fish” on Wednesday. “It is kind of depressing that in 2017 not electing a pedophile to the U.S. Senate is something to celebrate,” Kimmel said, referencing the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore by women who were minors at the time of the alleged incidents. Kimmel commented on Moore’s refusal to concede the race to Jones, “he said God will decide when it’s over,” Kimmel said. “Well guess what? God decided – It’s over. »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ to Return to HBO for Season 10

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You won’t have to wait six years for more “Curb” this time: Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is set to return to HBO for Season 10. Production will begin next spring, but we don’t yet have a debut date. “We are thrilled that Larry will be back with his uniquely acerbic wit and comedic sensibility,” HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said on Thursday. Larry David added: “As I’ve said many times, when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so.” Also Read: Larry David's 'SNL' Holocaust Joke Ripped by Anti-Defamation League: 'Offensive, »


- Tony Maglio

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Paused ‘on Advice of Security’

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Moments before the Federal Communications Commission was set to vote on pulling back net neutrality regulations, Chairman Ajit Pai said the room had to take a “brief recess” on “advice of security.” Huh? @FCC was about to vote on #NetNeutrality when Pai called a recess "on advice of security." Room is being cleared. pic.twitter.com/rkGv4CZdRr — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) December 14, 2017 Attendees were evacuated without grabbing their belongings. After about 10 minutes, the vote resumed, with Pai picking up his closing remarks. »


- Sean Burch

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Bet Taps Scott M. Mills as New President, Debra Lee Set to Stay on as Chairman and CEO

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Bet has named Scott M. Mills as the network’s new president. Current president Debra L. Lee will stay on as chairman and CEO, the Viacom-owned channel announced Thursday. Mills will take on day-to-day tasks and strategy at Bet starting Jan. 1, 2018, with Lee set to focus on relationships with their external stakeholders and communities. Michael Armstrong will remain general manager and report to Mills. “Today, Bet is thriving as the #1 network for African American audiences, and we continue to see strong growth in ratings, share and social engagement,” Lee said. “I have spent more than 20 years leading this incredible enterprise. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘The Simpsons’ Creators Respond to Disney-Fox Deal in a Very Homer Way

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Welcome to the family, man! “The Simpsons” team took to Twitter on Thursday morning to give the classic cartoon’s initial reaction to the announcement Disney had bought their home — 21st Century Fox — for $52.4 billion in stock. An illustration drawn by creator Matt Groening was tweeted by executive producer Matt Selman, writer James L. Brooks and more of “The Simpsons” family, showing Mickey Mouse getting choked by Homer Simpson as Bart Simpson looks on in glee. The massive deal, which was announced Thursday, will bring not just “The Simpsons,” but many Fox properties over to the Disney empire, namely its. »


- Jennifer Maas

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Mary Carillo, David Feherty and Ato Boldon Join NBC’s PyeongChang Olympics Coverage (Exclusive)

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Let the games begin: Mary CarilloDavid Feherty and Ato Boldon have joined NBC’s Olympics coverage for the Xxiii Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Additionally, Joshua Cooper Ramo — the co-ceo of Kissinger Associates — will serve as a contributor in PyeongChang early next year. The new batch join previously announced correspondents David Chang and Scott Hamilton. Chef Chang will be making his Olympics debut in February. Also Read: Lindsey Vonn Says She Won't Represent Trump at 2018 Winter Olympics (Video) These Games will mark Carillo’s (pictured above) 14th Olympics — her 11th with NBC Sports. »


- Tony Maglio

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Why the Disney-Fox Deal Won’t Be Good for Nerds, or Anyone Else (Commentary)

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First things first: Corporate consolidation leads to fewer choices for consumers. That idea isn’t really about Disney’s announced acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox. It’s just true in general. But Disney’s $52.4 billion mega-deal is also troubling for nerds, despite a lot of excitement in geek circles about what this consolidation means for Marvel characters on the big screen. Yes, Wolverine can and will be in an “Avengers” movie at some point soon. Reed Richards can hang out with Tony Stark now — and get hyped for yet another “Fantastic Four” reboot! Also Read: All 48 Marvel Movies Ranked, »

- Phil Owen

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Tina Fey, Robert Carlock to Receive Honorary Comedy Prize From WGA East

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Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the team behind “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” will receive a top honor from the Writers Guild of America, East in February. The writing and producing duo will claim the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence next year at an award ceremony at New York’s Edison Ballroom, the guild announced on Thursday. The award has some emotional ties for Fey and Carlock, as Sargent was the creator of the “Saturday Night Live” news parody segment Weekend Update. Also Read: Tina Fey Blasts Trump, Neo-Nazis and Paul Ryan While Eating Cake (Video) “This is particularly meaningful for us. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Cmt’s 53 Straight Weeks of TV Ratings Growth Tops All Ad-Supported Cable

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Cmt just line-danced its way to a year’s worth of weekly growth. The Viacom-owned channel increases its year over year TV ratings for 53 consecutive weeks, which is the longest active streak among all ad-supported cable, according to Nielsen numbers. The next-longest run belongs to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and currently stands at 15 weeks — so yeah, it’s not even close. After finishing its fiscal 2017 (October to September) up 12 percent among adults 18-49, Cmt’s fourth-quarter is generating the best gains of any Top 50 ad-supported cable channel among women of that same age range. So, how did business »

- Tony Maglio

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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Rises in Fall Finale, Fox Finishes First for Key Demo

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Fox broadcast just lost its direct development pipeline, but the network won Wednesday in Nielsen ratings among adults 18-49. So, there’s that. Last night, “Empire” and “Star” both rose in the key demographic with their fall finales. Over on CBS, “Survivor’s” penultimate episode paved the way for a total-viewer victory. The Eye with the most eyeballs finished third in the main demo, however. Fox was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Also Read: Ratings: Gwen Stefani NBC Christmas Special Beats Sitcoms. »


- Tony Maglio

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X-Men, Simpsons and All Other Movie and TV Franchises Set to Join the Disney Empire

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The newly announced merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox means that you can stop writing fan fiction about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and accept that crossovers are finally a possibility. Franchises like “X-Men,” “Deadpool,” “Fantastic Four,” “The Simpsons” and more are set to join the Mouse House if the deal meets regulatory approval in the next 12 to 18 months. The massive deal, which was announced Thursday, will bring many Fox properties over to the Disney empire, including its film and TV studios and much of its non-broadcast television business, including regional sports networks and cable networks such as FX, »

- Jennifer Maas

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Tavis Smiley Blasts PBS for ‘So-Called Investigation’ Prompting Show Suspension: ‘This Has Gone Too Far’

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Tavis Smiley has blasted PBS for its decision to “indefinitely” suspend broadcasting his show on Wednesday following an accusation of  sexual misconduct that the longtime talk-show host vehemently denies. “I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth. To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “Never. Ever. Never.” “This has gone too far,” he said. “And, I, for one, intend to fight back. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Ag Sulzberger to Replace Father as Publisher of New York Times

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The New York Times announced on Thursday that longtime publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. would retire at the end of the year and be replaced by his deputy publisher — and son — Arthur Gregg Sulzberger. “The New York Times Company announced today that Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. will retire as publisher on December 31, 2017,” the paper said in a statement. “Deputy Publisher A.G. Sulzberger, 37, will become publisher of The New York Times on January 1, 2018.” In his own statement, the incoming Sulzberger said he would remain committed to the Times’ legacy of journalistic excellence and steering the paper through »


- Jon Levine

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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal

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Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties and make it possible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include those characters in their cinematic fold.

In response, Fox’s “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself being escorted out of Disneyland with the caption »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Election Night Fail! Right-Wing One America News Network Called Roy Moore as Winner (Video)

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While Donald Trump and his allies had been eager to keep Doug Jones out of the Senate — few were more eager than One America News Network. The conservative television station actually called the race on-air for Roy Moore when it looked like conservative Republican — and accused child molester — was surging in the returns. Moore ultimately lost to Jones by about 21,000 votes. “We have some breaking news for you that we want to announce. Our unofficial polling shows Senate candidate Roy Moore sweeping the election right now in Alabama by a large margin,” says an announcer, who is »


- Jon Levine

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X-Men, Fantastic Four Fans Rejoice at Prospect of Mega-Avengers Movies With Disney-Fox Merger

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Disney on Thursday announced that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, meaning that top franchises like “X-Men, “Deadpool” and “Fantastic Four” will fall under the Disney umbrella — and fans are rejoicing at the reunion of the Marvel characters. “If you people haven’t realized it yet, the single best part of Disney’s acquisition of Fox is that both the Fantastic Four and X-men movie franchises Will be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” tweeted one fan. “In other words, we could finally get Good X-men Movies.” “Life is good,” another tweeted, while a third fan of. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Rupert Murdoch Teases Recombining NewsCorp and Post-Disney Fox: ‘Ideally Yes’

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Now that Disney has snatched up much of his film and TV business, Fox head honcho Rupert Murdoch can see a future with a combined 21st Century Fox and News Corp. — his mass media juggernaut — but not on the near horizon. “I don’t know. Ideally, yes. But that’s years away,” Murdoch said on Fox Business on Thursday morning, responding to a question on whether “new Fox” would join forces with NewsCorp, the print publishing portion of Murdoch’s media empire from which Fox was spun off as a separate company in 2013. On Thursday, Disney officially announced it would acquire. »


- Sean Burch

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Robin Roberts Shades Omarosa on White House Ouster: ‘Bye, Felicia’ (Video)

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Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts threw some serious shade at outgoing White House staffer Omarosa Manigault following her appearance on Thursday’s show. “She said she has a story to tell and I’m sure she’ll be selling that story,” Roberts said at the anchor desk with Michael Strahan and George Stephanopoulos. “She will. Bye, Felicia.” As you may know, “Bye, Felicia” is slang for when you’re glad someone is leaving and you hope they don’t return.   Also Read: Omarosa Speaks Out After White House Exit: 'I Have Seen Things That Have Made Me Uncomfortable' Manigault »


- Jennifer Maas

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Disney, Fox Stocks Show Only Slight Bumps on Mammoth Deal News

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Wall Street is giving Disney and 21st Century Fox a flimsy thumbs up on Thursday morning, with shares of both entertainment giants slightly trading higher on news the Mouse House will acquire much of Fox’s TV and film business. Shares of Disney (Dis) are up about one percent to around $109 a share in early morning trading, with Fox (Foxa) up  0.3 percent to about $33 a share. This morning, Disney officially acquired much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, with the mammoth deal closing after more than a month of talks. Both companies have enjoyed a healthy »

- Tony Maglio and Sean Burch

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