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Netflix, NBC Dump Bill Cosby Projects Amid Rape Accusations

bill cosbyThe allegations of rape and sexual assault against Bill Cosby keep coming. With each new accusation, it became harder and harder for Netflix and NBC to stand by the projects they had in the works with the comedian. Netflix 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.

Just this afternoon, NBC announced that it too will pass on a planned sitcom with Cosby.

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Did Al Roker Just Show PR Pros How to Get Noticed?

Whelp, it’s official. Al Roker has finally made his legend eternal by taking a bold step into the Guinness World Book of Records with a 34-hour uninterrupted weather forecast because dude had nothing better to do on a Wednesday morning.

Playfully dubbed #Rokerthon, the stunt was geared to raise money for Roker’s Crowdrise campaign, which benefits the U.S. armed forces and the United States Service Organizations (USO). NBC reported the event helped raise over more than $70,000 for the charity.

Admirable. Laudable. And yes, laughable. (I mean, they guy had to break a record set by some Norwegian meterologist, so that’s funny.)

And there’s your question PR pros: Is that really what it takes these days — stunts? Seriously?!

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Florida Association for Women Lawyers Not a Fan of NBC’s Bad Judge

kate walshHave you watched the NBC program Bad Judge? Doesn’t look like many people have. Except perhaps the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. The president of the Miami-Dade chapter, Deborah Baker, has sent a strongly-worded letter to the CEO of the network Steve Burke asking him to cancel the show because it’s a step backward for womankind.

“The show depicts a female judge as unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized, and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power,” the letter says.

And there’s more: “A misogynist who believes that women in power cannot control their sexuality, their bodies and their professional or personal conduct would have their views endorsed by this show.”

Yikes. But in fairness, this show isn’t trying to be Law & Order.

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The New Thing For TV Shows: Debut the Pilot Episode Online In Advance

a to zThese days, consumers get endless teasers before the actual debut of the thing that’s teasing them. A song comes out before the album drops. (Two songs, two albums if you’re Prince.) Movie trailers keep coming and they get longer and longer as opening day approaches.

TV has to tease its programs too. And apparently the new thing is to make the pilot available online before it’s actual premiere date. Just in the past couple of weeks, we’ve had the pilot of Selfie, the ABC show starring John Cho and Karen Gillan, and the NBC show A to Z starring Ben Feldman (better known as Mad Men‘s Ginsberg, the guy who gave Peggy his nipple in a box) and Cristin Milioti. Both are comedies geared toward a younger crowd. Which might explain the online premiere.

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In Case You’re Wondering Why Your Twitter Feed Has Turned Into the #DarkestTimeline…

childish gambino communityIt was announced today that the NBC comedy Community has been cancelled after five seasons. The #darkesttimeline is a reference to a tagline that ended an episode of the show in season three.

Cast members have taken to Twitter one after another to thank fans and make the announcement about the show. The fans themselves have also added #RIPCommunity and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie to the list of associated hashtags.

Mashable says the show producer, Sony Pictures TV, can try and pitch the show to places like Netflix and Hulu.

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Bode Miller Defends NBC Reporter After She’s Slammed for ‘Tone-Deaf’ and ‘Shameful’ Interview

After becoming the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine history, Bode Miller found himself in an interview with NBC reporter Christin Cooper, who questioned him repeatedly about the death of his brother, and how that loss has shaped his experience at the Olympics. While such personal questions are often asked of athletes in this type of situation, Cooper seemed not to take any of the hints that her line of questioning was pushing Miller into an extremely emotional state, and she failed to let up until he had broken down into tears, hidden his face, and had been rendered speechless.

The scene sparked an angry outcry from fans and journalists alike, who felt Cooper lacked tact and sensitivity. The AP’s David Bauder, for instance, called the interview “tone-deaf and cruel, and short-circuited the thoughtful, intelligent perspectives Miller had started to offer until he couldn’t talk anymore,” and The New York Times‘ Richard Sandomir wrote that “Cooper and NBC lacked the sensitivity to know when enough was enough.”

In a classy and kind response to the uproar, Miller himself took to Twitter to thank his fans for expressing their concern for his well-being, but also to defend his interviewer.

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DiGiorno Pizza Delivers Awesome with Live Tweets of ‘The Sound of Music’

sound-of-music-live-tweeting-digiornoSo, last night, I’m re-living my early childhood when my mother thought forcing me to sit through Julie Andrews twerking … eh, twirling (sorry) … in the Alps would soften my soul somehow. Meh? ICYMI: NBC aired a live presentation of “The Sound of Music” featuring Carrie Underwood.

While I’m sitting there with my baby girl, Twitter is blowing up my phone. Being the social media troll I am, I had to peek and then, like a reality TV person on the hippie lettuce with the munchies, I began craving pizza. I brave the ice storm North Texas is experiencing and buy a garlic-crusted pepperoni. Well played, DiGiorno.

More about their genius live tweeting after the jump…

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How Much Do You Want To Bet That This Sarah Silverman Show Ends Up On TV After All?

sarah silvermanThese days, TV shows are auf’d after as little as one episode if it’s not winning right out the gate.

So far this season, We Are Men, a show about men, and Lucky 7, about a group of lottery winners, were cancelled after a single outing. Ironside, the ill-conceived remake starring Blair Underwood, was gone after three episodes. And something called Welcome to the Family is history.

On the flip side, Dads, the Seth McFarlane show that was panned, kicked, spit on, and elbowed in the face by the critics just got the thumbs up for more episodes. It deserves every negative review it got. This is what passes for a joke on this show: ”The Chinese are a lovely and honorable people, but you can’t trust them!” Side eye, blech, awful and gross.

You look at some of these shows and wonder how they even get on the air. Sarah Silverman was granted permission from Twentieth Century Fox to post what she calls the “failed pilot” of her sitcom Susan 313 on her website Jash. The show is about a songwriter (Silverman) who breaks up with her boyfriend of 10 years and now has to make it on her own. NBC said no to the show last year.

Is it possible that Twentieth Century Fox gave Silverman permission to post the show in the hopes of doing a little test to see if it gets any traction?

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CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Biopic

Not impressed.

The minute CNN announced that it would be producing a film version of Hillary Clinton‘s career, critics pounced on the move as evidence of the network spinning its wheels on behalf of the former Secretary of State and all-but-certain presidential candidate. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus went so far as to cite the doc, along with NBC’s planned miniseries, when calling on his party to boycott both networks in 2016 due to “obvious bias.”

Now they might not have that problem. This morning the film’s would-be director Charles Ferguson, best known for his financial industry doc Inside Job, announced via The Huffington Post that the project is officially kaputt. He cited a lack of cooperation on the part of Clinton’s media team as the main reason for his decision.

Seems HC’s publicist phoned the director the day after he signed the contract to ask some probing questions; “media fixer” Philippe Reines followed by grilling various CNN executives about possible “conflicts of interest” on the for-profit movie before leaking his concerns to Politico. No word on whether he told Wolf Blizter to “f*ck off and have a good life.

In short, the team agreed with Reince’s conclusion and vetoed participation in the project in order to minimize the inevitable “lamestream media carries water for Clinton” critiques. The HuffPo story has more salacious details about Ferguson’s meeting with Bill, whom he calls “a really good actor” (that’s not a compliment).

Don’t worry, though: NBC’s miniseries is still on, meaning The Daily Beast will have plenty of time to figure out whether Diane Lane is “too sexy” for the role.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Needs Some PR Assistance

Vladimir Putin‘s recent New York Times op-ed on Syria may have prompted some serious ethical debates, but it also led to a chorus of “Me too! Me too!” among other politicians looking to distribute their own foreign policy statements. Unfortunately for these followers, they now serve as case studies demonstrating why Putin pays top dollar for Ketchum‘s PR services.

The new, supposedly moderate Iranian president Hassan Rouhani placed an op-ed in The Washington Post urging the United States to pursue “constructive engagement” with his country while condemning the chemical weapons attacks that Iran supposedly helped happen—and he did it without PR assistance. His foreign minister also posted a Rosh Hashanah message earlier this month with the apparent goal of appeasing the Jewish community that predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad worked so hard to alienate by denying that the Holocaust ever happened.

This is progress, right? Not really.

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