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No, You Shut Up: Fusion Show With Henson Creatures Aims For Big Splash — Comedy Central made an extensive search for someone to take the reins of "The Daily Show" after host Jon Stewart recently announced he intended to depart later this year. Executives found Trevor Noah, an up-and-coming comic from South Africa, but did they consider the sparring blue and red crabs, talking hot dog and chatty, right-wing squirrel holding court at start-up cable network Fusion?

Billy Corgan: TNA Impact Wrestling Hires Smashing Pumpkins Frontman — Here's the latest arm-twist to the field of professional wrestling: Billy Corgan - yes, that Billy Corgan - wants to use a medium that is decidedly heavy on piledrivers and figure-four leglocks to explore issues of race, ethnicity and gender.

Jake Tapper: CNN Anchor Will Host ‘State of the Union’ — Count Jake Tapper on the roster of new journalists joining TV's Sunday talk-show fray. Tapper, who joined CNN in January, 2013, from ABC News, will be the new host of " State of the Union, the Time Warner-owned outlet's Sunday politics-focused talk show, Tapper confirmed on Twitter Friday morning.

Jamie Horowitz: Joins Fox Sports After Leaving NBC’s ‘Today’ — The TV executive who found only sunset at NBC's "Today" has discovered sunshine at 21st Century Fox. Jamie Horowitz, the one-time ESPN executive who joined NBC News to help move the unit's "Today" morning-show out of its second-place roost against ABC's "Good Morning America," will take the reins of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, 21st Century Fox announced Thursday.

Comcast-Time Warner Cable: Stock Rises After Report — Shares of Comcast Corp. were up in late-afternoon trading in the wake of a report from Bloomberg saying the Philadelphia company was likely to drop its months-long quest to absorb Time Warner Cable. Comcast shares were up 70 cents a share, or 1.19%, to $59.46 a share, on heavy volume of 45.38 million.

Nielsen Casts Doubt on ‘Cord Cutting’ Trend — The people who keep tabs on TV viewership are throwing cold water on the idea that younger consumers are abandoning cable and satellite TV. In a press briefing held Thursday, executives from Nielsen suggested cable subscribers who also have a subscription-video-on-demand service are more likely to drop the SVOD than they are cable.

Isabella Rossellini, Mick Rock To Join Ovation TV Schedule — Ovation TV. the cable network focused on the arts, said it would launch eight new specials and series in 2015, including an avant-garde one-woman stage show from actress Isabella Rossellini and a documentary series featuring rock-and-roll photographer Mick Rock. The new programs are as follows: Isabella Rossellini s Green Porno Live!

Peabody Awards: ‘Cosmos,’ ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Doc McStuffins’ Among Winners

Ad Buyers Put Pressure on Networks to Narrow Audience Foucs — After spending decades thinking big, TV executives are being asked to narrow their vision. SEE MORE: From the April 21, 2015 issue of Variety Madison Avenue is putting new pressure on networks to help find distinct clusters of audience, rather than merely barking out their ad pitches to the crowd at large, as has been standard practice.

Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri: Chefs Return To Food Network — Food Network is ordering extra helpings of two program genres that have reliably filled its schedule for some time: road trips that explore how a certain kind of cuisine is served up around the nation, and a bevy of competition programs. The Scripps Networks-owned outlet on Wednesday unveiled its next programming cycle at a morning presentation.
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @scotthensley: Wrestling Pumpkins: Billy Corgan has a new venture you won't believe. @bristei reports:

Apr 27, 2015

‘No, You Shut Up,’ Featuring Henson Creatures, Has Much More To Say… via @Variety

Apr 25, 2015

@crupicrupicrupi @stuartenyt Thurs. set for @GreysABC. Maybe ABC used Jenner time for make goods. Plenty o ratings pts to make clients whole

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