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Cosby’s New NBC Show Is No Longer in Development (HuffPost)
NBC has confirmed to HuffPost Entertainment that a planned sitcom project with Bill Cosby is no longer in development. The network had no further comment on the matter. THR / The Live Feed NBC handed out a script plus significant penalty for the comedy earlier this year, tapping Rules of Engagement alum Mike Sikowitz and Mike O’Malley (Shameless) to write and produce the comedy. O’Malley was eyed for a co-starring role on the comedy, which NBC Entertainment topper Bob Greenblatt envisioned for a summer or fall 2015 debut. Deadline The Cosby NBC multi-camera comedy project, executive produced by The Cosby Show’s Tom Werner, would’ve had Cosby starring as Jonathan Franklin, a patriarch of a multigenerational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives. In light of the slew of rape accusations, it would’ve probably been hard for viewers to accept Cosby as a lovable family man and for NBC to sell the project to advertisers. The Associated Press / The Big Story A TV Land spokesperson said reruns of The Cosby Show will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. The Cosby Show also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon. PRNewser Both NBC and Netflix, who decided that it would be best to postpone the planned launch of its comedy special Bill Cosby 77, which had been planned to go live the day after Thanksgiving, have clearly made their respective decisions with their brands in mind. The allegations show no sign of going away anytime soon. In fact, the talk about them seems to be escalating the more we hear from the alleged victims and others surrounding the issue. FishbowlNY It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson’s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier. While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand filed suit. TVNewser CNN’s Don Lemon has issued an on-air apology for remarks he made during Tuesday night’s interview with Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis. Lemon, who is a victim of sexual abuse himself, caused a social media uproar by telling Tarshis, “there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

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More Thanksgiving Recipe Trouble for the New York Times

The New York Times interactive feature “The United States of Thanksgiving” is getting plenty of interaction. Just not exactly the kind of interaction the paper bargained for.

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As gleefully noted this morning by Romenesko, Minnesotans very quickly took offense to the idea of grape salad being in any way representative of their state. (The feature lists one holiday recipe for D.C., Puerto Rico and each state, with the MN entry contributed by weekly columnist David Tanis). Now comes more geo-dissent, courtesy of Des Moines Register food writer Jennifer Miller:

I think Iowans cannot be far behind with the (pitch)forks. Apparently what evokes a traditional Iowa Thanksgiving is “Thanksgiving Cookies”? WTH, NYT?…

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

As much as we’d love to bring you the usual media happenings today at Michael’s, Lunch columnist Diane Clehane was feeling under the weather, so you’ll have to hold tight for her next updates until after Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on…

David Zaslav, Montel Williams and the Man Behind 25 Years of AFV

Special ‘Evening’ Edition: The Media Mob Turns Out for Michael’s 25th Anniversary

Judy Collins, Woody Allen’s Singing Writer and the Dish on the Definitive Bob Hope Biography

Rosanne Cash, Donald Trump’s Latest Nemesis & Lessons in PR From Tina Brown’s Landlord

Harsh Words | Smart and Strong | Good Luck

TVNewser: Fox News’ Brit Hume called Al Sharpton ”a tax cheat and a crook” mainly because it seems like he is indeed both of those.

FishbowlDC: SNL’s Cecily Strong will host next year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. We have to admit, that’s a great choice.

GalleyCat: A reminder that the National Book Awards are tonight. Crossing our fingers for 50 Shades of Grey!

So What Do You Do, Arienne Thompson, Entertainment Reporter at USA Today?

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Arienne Thompson‘s head is filled with golden pop-culture nuggets. But unlike most people who live and breathe all things celebrity, from Kimye’s fashion choices to Taylor Swift‘s relationship status, it’s her job to obsess over the minute details of celebrities’ lives. And there’s nothing she’d rather be doing. As an entertainment reporter at USA Today, Thompson knows who’s dating who, who wore what where and who’s got beef on everyone from Justin Beiber to Blake Lively to Beyoncé, so she can give pop-culture fiends their daily fix.

She spills the tea in the pages of the nation’s No. 1 newspaper in daily circulation, in USA Today‘s DailyDish vlog, and in the pages of USA Weekend, the paper’s weekend magazine. Sound cool? It is. But don’t get it twisted. Entertainment reporting is not for the faint of heart. You have to go hard. “You cannot be scared or shy or a wallflower. You can’t be psychotic — well, sometimes you have to be a little psychotic — but you have to be so aggressive,” Thompson explains.

Here, she serves up the scoop on how she went from being an extra in an America’s Most Wanted reenactment to being a sought-after pop-culture expert. 

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NPR Namesake Cherry Glazerr Rolls On

CherylGlazerPicEarlier this year, Chery Glaser (pictured), the LA-embedded local host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KCRW, interviewed members of a local rock trio that named themselves after her. She began the conversation by throwing to a song from the band with: “I’m Chery Glaser, and believe it or not, this is also Cherry Glazerr…”

Nine months later, per a pair of items by LA Times reporter Todd Martens, things are rolling along for the teenage band consisting of Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman:

Creevy has been managing the band herself and says the group is self-sufficient enough that she can afford to move out when she turns 18, though she intends to live at home and save money.

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Michael Wolff Questions Ben Smith’s Uber Expose

USATodayPeterPanModifiedLogoCaught in the middle of Uber and BuzzFeed, Michael Wolff has opted to make the headline-grabbing story – and himself – the subject of today’s USA Today column.

Wolff writes that after hearing directly from Uber on Monday that BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith was working on an article about the Friday “influential” held at Manhattan’s Waverly Inn, he contacted Smith (his +1 for the event) to note the fact that he should have told Smith it was off-the-record affair. While Wolff says he understands the tricky balance for a journalist of off-the-record vs. inflammatory remarks, he thinks ultimately that Smith did not paint an accurate picture:

Other than meeting at The Waverly dinner, I do not know the Uber people, except as an often grateful consumer of their services. I do know, however, that it was a convivial evening, and that Smith’s portrait is at odds with the event.

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Glamour Cuts Four, Including Exec Editor

Glamour logo GGlamour is the latest Condé Nast magazine to make cuts as it moves into new company headquarters at 1 WTC. According to WWD, Glamour has let go of four editors, including Lauren Brody, its executive editor for the past four years.

Another Glamour veteran — deputy editor of photo visuals Julie Stone — was cut as well. WWD reports that the other two editors were “mid-level.”

Brody had been with Glamour since 2002; Stone since 2000.

Turner to Remove TNT, TBS from Dish Lineup

Turner broadcasting GThere is nothing quite as fun as when a cable conglomerate and a satellite provider fight over pricing. This is because both end up blaming the other side, and hilariously plead with customers to help them win the battle.

Such is the case with Turner Broadcasting and Dish Network. Their argument continues to escalate, as Turner is now threatening to remove TNT and TBS from Dish if a new deal isn’t reached by December 5.

In a statement, Turner — of course — said this is all Dish’s fault.

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Janice Dickinson Says First Draft of 2002 Autobiography Included Cosby Assault Details

ShutterstockJaniceDickinsonThe latest woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the most famous yet.

It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.

While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand:

Dickinson says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.

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