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Following her “blackface” comments gaffe, TMZ confirmed that Megyn Kelly will not be back on the air at NBC.
Variety reported that Kelly is hiring a top Hollywood litigator and looks to be preparing to put up an aggressive flight with NBC, reporting that her new attorney would be meeting with executives of the network to “determine next steps” for Kelly. Additionally, Variety rreported that Kelly has also parted ways with her agency, CAA, allegedly because it also represents NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.
The gay & lesbian alliance against defamation, GLAAD, released its annual “Where We are on TV” report for 2018 which looks at the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) characters in television shows. The report found that LGBTQ have hit a record-high in representation for the 2018-19 television season.
According to the report, on broadcast television, there are 75 LGBTQ regular characters in television series, or 8.8% of all characters, and among those – 50’s % of those are also LGBTQ people of color. In recurring roles, there are an additional 38 LGBTQ characters.
CBS All Access has given a two-season green light for the production of the Star Trek-based animated comedy series called “Star Trek: Lower Decks.”
The series is reportedly one of several Star Trek projects that are being developed at CBS All Access, in addition to season two of Star Trek: Discovery.
The new, as yet untitled, series being developed by Apple focused around a morning news show, has added Tony award-winning actor Billy Crudup, as well as, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror, a Wrinkle in Time), to the lineup. Earlier this week, Apple announced it was adding actor Steve Carell to the cast which is also led by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.