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Back in January we reported on a developing lawsuit being filed against Fox and American Idol by nine former contestants, who all claim that they were unfairly kicked off of the show because of their race. According to the suit, the nine constants, who are all men of color, are accusing producers of implementing “cruel and inhumane” practices to exploit them for ratings, humiliating them on national television. The suit goes on to claim that producers illegally pulled up their prior arrest records.
Since the initial filing, the number of plaintiffs mentioned in the suit against the popular show has been bumped up from nine to ten. Contestants include:
Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9).
According to TMZ, each contestant is requesting $25 million in damages, which according to their attorney, James H. Freeman, is a reasonable amount, considering that Idol producers made them out to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants” and that the lives of these young men have been ruined due to the show’s inaccurate portrayals of them. To make matters worse, none of the contestants were ever convicted of any of the charges stemming from the arrests pulled up by the show.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that only Black contestants were probed about their arrest history. In addition to requesting millions of dollars in damages, contestants are also asking that Idol adopt anti-racism regulations so that this doesn’t happen again.
As always, we’ll continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
Did you witness any of these live eliminations? Do you feel there were racial undertones?
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“The Wendy Williams Show” will be around for years to come.
Debmar-Mercury announced on Tuesday that it renewed the “The Wendy Williams Show” through the 2016-17 television season on Fox Television Stations. Ratings for the nationally syndicated show has shown steady growth in recent years. The news follows Debmar-Mercury’s announcement that “The Wendy Williams Show” would extend its production schedule into the summer months.
Speaking of the show’s success, Fox Television Stations senior vice president of programming Frank Cicha said, “Over the last few years, [‘The Wendy Williams Show’ has] evolved into the ideal lead-out to our morning news blocks. Like our news, the show delivers a day/date immediacy that serves as a blueprint for where we want to be the rest of the day.”
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This May, the ratings plunge at MSNBC caused the news station to drop from its second place standing behind Fox News into fourth place.
Fox held on to the top spot with an average daily 1.246 million viewers, while HLN, which covered the Jodi Arias case extensively, bolted up to second place, giving it the best May it’s ever had. CNN continued its upward trajectory, with an especially good showing from the adults-ages-25-to-54 group, which increased in viewership by 92 percent to 161,000 people.
But MSNBC had a poor showing, even from favorites like Chris Hayes, who had the debut of his show All In With Chris Hayes, and Rachel Maddow, who’s 9pm program had its lowest raged month since September 2008, according to The Hollywood Reporter. MSNBC is a favorite among African Americans, owing in large part to the diversity in its line up. But that wasn’t enough. So what gives?
Phil Griffin, president of the channel, explains its 20 percent drop by looking at its brand. They don’t really do breaking news. “We’re not the place for that,” The New York Times quotes him saying. MSNBC’s tagline, notes the Times, is “The Place for Politics,” and since it re-imagined itself as a network for the liberal take on political news about a decade ago, there has been success.
But since the inauguration, it’s been breaking news that’s making news. From tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in California, to the attacks at the Boston Marathon, to things like the Arias case and sporting tournaments, other news has taken center stage.
Or, as one former news producer says, “People are just sick of politics.”
MSNBC’s Griffin notes that Fox is actually way down, and there’s a natural ebb and flow to the ratings for the different networks. But the network can’t stand to lose big ratings (and big money) month after month if the ratings stay low. The question then becomes do they shift some to make up ground, or do they stay the course until politics becomes big news again.
Are you still steadfastly tuning in to MSNBC? Or have you moved on to other things.
Fox Television is gearing up for a fun summer of talk show test runs.
Deadline.com revealed on Friday that Fox has signed a panel of hosts for a new daytime talk show. The Real will be hosted by Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, comedienne Loni Love and TV personality Jeannie Mal.
The Real is looking to skew a younger audience than both The View and The Talk but still with the same roundtable vibe. All of the hosts are under 40 years old so the idea is that they’ll likely be talking about things that are more relevant to a younger crowd.
Tamar and Tamera are both pretty busy with other things going on in their lives. Tamar, of course, is pregnant with her first child. We’re still not sure when she’s due but it might be safe to assume it’ll be after The Real is done with its summer run. She’s also still promoting new music (most recently with “The One”) and has the other reality shows she’s involved in (Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince). Tamera, for her part, also has her reality show, Tia and Tamera, with sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and is promoting her new mom product, Milky, again with sister Tia.
While the logistics are still being worked out, there is hope that the show will premiere on July 8th. Fox also has another talk show test run set to start July 15th starring Kris Jenner.
Good for them! Would you watch?
Could TV get any less diverse? It seems so.
Research from Media Matters finds that evening cable news guests were overwhelmingly white and male in the month of April. During that month, 76 percent of the 1,677 guests on CNN were men. And women did not make up more than 33 percent of guests on any network, reports the organization. Often called out for its racially insensitive reporting, Fox News had the largest proportion of white guests — 83 percent. Despite the lack of diversity across the board, African Americans were the largest non-white group on all networks, representing 19 percent, 10 percent, and five percent of guests on MSNBC, Fox, and CNN, respectively.
White women, who represent 32 percent of the population, were only 21 percent of guests on cable, found the study. (White males make up only 31 percent of the U.S. population.) And non-white women who make up 19 percent of the population, were only eight percent of all guests on cable. Only 13 percent of guests on cable were non-white men yet they make up 18 percent of the population.
As far as having women on, out of 109 on CNN’s Outfront guests during the month of April, an overwhelming 81 percent were men. And, no evening show on CNN hosted women more than 29 percent of the time. Out of 128 guests who appeared on the CNN program On the Record guests in April, only 22 were women. This represented the smallest proportion of women on any evening cable news show studied. Surprisingly, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity hosted women more often than On the Record or Special Report with Bret Baier. However, men still dominated guest lineups at 64 and 66 percent, respectively.
Over at MSNBC, they hosted more women than all of the other cable networks. On that network, All In with Chris Hayes and The Rachel Maddow Show had a higher proportion of women than any of the other programs. However, Hardball with Chris Matthews hosted women only 21 percent of the time. Although The Rachel Maddow Show had a higher percentage of women, most of its guests were white. Out of 65 total guests, only seven were non-white.
By contrast, All In With Chris Hayes not only hosted the largest proportion of women it also had the largest proportion of non-white guests — 41 percent. All In also had the lowest proportion of white men making it the only evening cable news program to obtain such diversity.
Long story short, cable news needs to do better to represent varying perspectives. You can’t speak to everyone when everyone isn’t represented on the screen.
Well, this is actually a bit of a surprise.
As she continues to make her mark in Hollywood, Nene Leakes has hit a bit of a stumbling block: NBC has decided to cancel The New Normal after just once season. Nene has been part of the cast from the beginning.
This does come as a bit of a shock because not only had it received critical and fan acclaim, it wasn’t doing horribly in terms of ratings. The Huffington Post reports that while ratings did consistently drop, they maintained about 3.39 million viewers. Yes, it debuted to more than six million viewers but new shows almost always hit highs and lows.
Leakes played Rocky Rhoades, a former production assistant of one of the main characters, as well as all her family members when they popped up on the show.
While she is most likely very disappointed, Nene kept it very professional by tweeting:
That’s right Nene, say all the right things because we know she’s a hustler and her next opportunity might be right around the corner.
For now, she still has her recurring role as “Coach Roz” on Fox’s Glee which has been renewed for another two seasons. We don’ t know if her character will be around that long but she can ride it until the wheels fall off. Plus, we know she isn’t going anywhere as HWIC (Head Wife In Charge) on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Good luck to Nene and the entire cast as they make their next moves!
Holy smokes! A new reality show is coming to Fox on May 23, Does Someone Have To Go? that gives the employees at three different companies the chance to vote co-workers out of the company.
The show was first discussed back in 2009, but the general thinking was that the job situation around the country was too dismal to air. Now that things are great (???) Fox has ordered up six episodes where three companies are put in the hot seat. Originally, people would be fired in the end, now the show has been softened such that it’s only a suggestion. That’s still really messed up. And it’s a clear sign you’re in the wrong job.
The trailer below doesn’t fully convey what all is really happening on this show. Check out the extended preview on New York magazine’s Vulture site where everyone’s salary is revealed, they criticize each other on video, and we watch as employees squirm, watching to find out where the hatchet will fall. That sounds great.
Is this something you would watch?
Has Nicki Minaj Pushed Mariah Carey To Her Breaking Point? Singer Reportedly Threatening To Leave ‘American Idol’
Within the past two weeks, we’ve heard more about tension brewing between American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj than we’ve heard about the actual contestants. Just last week Nicki served Mariah with a few low blows via Twitter, calling the 43-year-old mother of two “insecure” and “bitter.” 30-year-old Nicki then proceeded to kick dirt in her co-star’s face by referencing swirling rumors that Jennifer Lopez was being courted by Fox to replace MiMi on the show.
The beef between the ladies seems very catty and unnecessary, but industry insiders say Mariah has had enough and doesn’t even want to finish the current season. According to Perez Hilton, the inside source is saying that Mariah would rather cut her losses and keep it moving than deal with Nicki’s antagonistic ways.
“Mariah doesn’t want to come back, Nicki is really disrespecting her and she’s tired of trying to bite her tongue all the time… One night Nicki tried to be kind of nice, but Mariah didn’t bite, so I guess she figured screw that,” the source said.
The source went on to say that Mariah is tired of dealing with American Idol producer as well.
“She’s done with it all. She doesn’t need the platform, and all the drama isn’t healthy for her… She’s also under fire with the producers for not being critical enough of the contestants.”
Of course these are all speculations, as Mariah’s departure has yet to be confirmed by her camp or Fox producers. Only time will tell.
Would you be sad to see Mariah leave American Idol?
For months we’ve been hearing about Rihanna’s much-anticipated documentary, which promised to offer a first-hand look at Rih Rih’s super publicized and harshly criticized 777 Tour. In case you missed it, 777 was a seven-day, seven-country tour headline by Rihanna. The 25-year-old self-proclaimed bad girl invited over 100 fans and members of the press to join her on the tour aboard her 777 jet. Although the trip sounds like a fun idea, reports came back that many passengers were miserable, sleep-deprived and hungry due to the tour’s taxing schedule.
The 777 documentary finally aired on Fox last night and it appears to have been a rather interesting trip.
“It was 150 press from 82 countries and 50 fans from around the world. It was all about really letting them see how she lives her life,” Roc Nation’s Jay Brown explained.
“We were all on the same plane together like one big tour. I was packing this morning I was laughing. Like, ‘You really did this?’ I just can’t wait. I’m just looking and I see a couple of my people. I know this is going to be the experience of a lifetime. It’s going to be unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. First stop: Mexico!” Rih Rih eagerly told the cameraman after pulling up to the airport.
Passengers appeared to be very content upon first boarding the plane as they marveled over the gifts found in their swag bags.
“Everybody look in their gift bags and look for the little cheap string. There’s a real diamond on there. You can never say you never had a diamond in your life,” Rih Rih told passengers over the plane’s loudspeaker.
And as you may have guessed, the alcohol was flowing freely. The “Diamonds” singer sashayed throughout the cabin offering fans Ace of Spade and other treats.
“I feel like I’m on Soul Plane. This is Soul Plane!” Jamal Edwards told one cameraman.
Check out the documentary on the next page. If invited, would you join your favorite celebrity on tour?
Last week news broke that Trinidadian bombshell Nicki Minaj would be making her acting debut alongside Cameron Diaz in forthcoming film, The Other Woman. While this was major news, according to reports The Other Woman director, Nick Cassavetes and the folks over at 20th Century Fox weren’t the only ones looking to cast theatrical emcee in their latest flick. RumorFix is saying that X-Men producers were strongly considering replacing 46-year-old Halle Berry as Storm in the saga’s latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past with the “High School” rapper.
Although this is just a rumor and has yet to be confirmed by Nicki or X-Men producers, we have to admit that the colorful actress-turned-rapper-turned-actress again seems like she has the potential to make a great Storm, especially considering her background in theater. Not to mention that many of her over the top wigs already have a Storm-esque, superhero type feel to them. We have yet to witness her acting skills with our own eyes, but the real story will be told once The Other Woman hits theaters.
As for the forthcoming X-Men sequel, even if Nicki was being considered, director Bryan Singer released a photo of Halle all suited up in her Storm costume, letting it be known that the mom-to-be had signed on to reclaim her role this go ’round. But, there’s no telling what the future may hold and considering how Fox and Marvel get down with all of their sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, chances are this won’t be the last X-Men movie to be released.
Do you think Nicki would’ve made a good Storm?