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‘The O’Reilly Factor’ Plans ‘Killing Lincoln’ Preview Show

5O'Reilly BillFox News Channel will air the film “Killing Lincoln” on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9 pm ET. The film is based on Bill O’Reilly‘s 2011 New York Times best-seller by the same name, so it makes sense that FNC will have a little cross-promotion.

Prior to the film, a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” will air, previewing all-things “Killing Lincoln” at 8 pm ET. Co-author of the book Martin Dugard, Glenn Beck, FNC contributors Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham, FOX Business Network’s Don Imus and “Factor” correspondent Jesse Watters will be guests on the special.

The film is narraterted by Tom Hanks and was National Geographic Channel’s first original docudrama, drawing 3.4 million viewers. “Killing Lincoln” documents the events leading up to April 14, 1865 and delves into the mind of John Wilkes Booth and what led him to assassinate the 16th president of the United States.

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Vice’s Shane Smith Hints at HLN Acquisition: ‘We Believe We Could Do a Better Job’

minihero_shane-smithIs Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith pondering an acquisition of HLN? He sure hinted as much in a conversation with Jeff Jarvis at the Paley Media Council Tuesday. “There’s a lot of distressed media assets out there, some of them in TV, that we can go after” Smith said. “HLN is a distressed media asset. It’s a great opportunity because they’re doing a very bad job and we believe we could do a better job.”

HLN, which was born as CNN Headline News, has had a tumultuous year. In February, newly installed HLN boss Albie Hecht canceled the long-running “Showbiz Tonight”, and announced a rebranding of the network, which would become “the first TV network for the social media generation.” The network, the thinking went, would attract millennials with a new look, new hosts, and a focus on “what’s trending, going viral, and being shared”.

And yet, by summer, Time Warner appeared ready to hit the HLN reboot button yet again–turning to Vice as a potential partner. Time Warner was reported to be considering a major investment in Vice Media, with Smith’s company taking over the programming of HLN. The proposed deal was estimated to be in excess of $2 billion. But by August, it was dead. “Negotiations with Vice have ended,” Hecht wrote in a note to employees.
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Cenk Uygur on Glenn Beck’s Mystery Illness: ‘Let Me Be On the Record Here. Not Buying It’

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Young Turks host Cenk Uygur is “not buying” the recent news that Glenn Beck fought his way through a major health crisis, an announcement that Beck made on The Blaze last week. “My doctors thought if I stayed in New York City, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Beck said at the time.
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Glenn Beck is the New Walt Disney

BeckHealth2Now that he’s gotten a clean bill of health, Glenn Beck is back at work. In an interview with VICE, Beck reveals he’s working on a three-part miniseries on Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and a feature film about Santa Claus (not starring Tim Allen). Plus:

There’s another feature film in the works as well, but Beck won’t give any details except that it’s called The Revolutionary, and that “our intent at this point is it will not be in English.” He told me he also wants to do a series on Crazy Horse, to “set the record straight on what America did to the Native Americans.”

On his show Monday, Beck revealed in great detail he’s been through a years-long neurological illness that doctors could not diagnose. It caused memory loss, excruciating pain and seizures. Beck has evolved over the years from radio DJ, to conservative talk show host, and now to a bona fide filmmaker, in the mold of his idol: Walt Disney.

“Disney knew that the world was about to change. You could tell a Disney story right off the bat… It was hopeful. It had a brighter tomorrow. That’s not great for everybody, and that’s fine, but somebody’s gotta be out there in a contemporary way just telling great stories. And by the selection of our stories, it will tell a greater story about who we are, and what we believe in.”

Glenn Beck Reveals Serious Health Problems


On TheBlaze this evening, Glenn Beck revealed he has been battling a serious neurological illness that even the best medical professionals couldn’t quite diagnose. Beck says doctors told him he had 5-10 years, after which he would not be able to function. He started having seizures.

“My hands, feet, arms and legs feel like someone had just crushed them, or pushed broken glass into my feet,” Beck says about the intense bouts of pain. “The doctors tell me I haven’t had REM sleep in as much as a decade.”

Beck says he has dealt with the pain for years. “While I was at Fox the pain would get so bad that the crew worked out hand signals so they would know when to take the camera off of me.” Beck says doctors looked for adrenal fatigue and macular dystrophy. He also had vocal chord issues. “We even looked into whether someone was poisoning me,” he says.  “We moved to a warmer climate. Yes, this is one of the reasons we moved to Dallas.”


“My doctors thought if I stayed in New York City, I wouldn’t be alive today.”

Still, the symptoms persisted. “Most afternoons my hands will start to shake, or my hands and feet will curl up. When it gets real bad, my friends try to uncurl me.”

“I was told by doctors to take a year off. This is the network you built,” he told his audience in the often tearful 40-minute revelation. “That would not happen.”

Beck turned a corner this summer. He says with hormone therapy, a brain research center which happens to be 3 minutes away from his Dallas studio, and, most importantly, his faith in God, he has “a clean bill of health.”

“My brain is back on line in a big way,” he says. Beck took a TBI (traumatic brain injury) test at the end of the summer and scored 90% capacity. When he’d taken the test last year, he was in the bottom 10%.


The Ticker: Vargas, Mukpo, Sexton, Warren

  • Expect to see Ashoka Mukpo on NBC News sometime soon. The network is already promoting “exclusive interviews” with the Ebola survivor/freelance cameraman who had been on assignment for NBC News when diagnosed with the disease earlier this month.

  • Scott Warren, who was the Senior EP of Sam Champion‘s Weather Channel show, is no longer with the channel. Warren had been with Weather Channel for a year. Previously he worked for KTVU, KTLA and Yahoo!

Jane Velez Mitchell Show Canceled

JaneDon2Breaking: Jane Velez Mitchell‘s nightly HLN show has been canceled, part of deep cuts at CNN today. Velez Mitchell will be leaving the network, as will the staff of the show. In all about 15 HLN employees, we’ve learned.

Velez Mitchell was a contributor to the network even before she got her own show which launched 6 years ago this week. Velez Mitchell was thrust onto the HLN schedule Oct. 17, 2008, when Glenn Beck abruptly departed for Fox News Channel.

As it turns out, Velez Mitchell’s final episode last night finished as the No. 1 HLN primetime show in the demo, even beating Chris Matthews on MSNBC. “Forensic Files” will air at 7pmET tonight.

The Morning Ticker: Williams, Hinojosa, Beck

  • Brian Williams picked up the tab last night for his “Nightly News” team at Rosa Mexicano celebrating their Emmy wins. “Nightly” won for breaking news coverage of the tornado in Moore, OK and, along with CBS, was honored for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Former CNN correspondent Maria Hinojosa has a new TV series debuting tomorrow night on PBS World. In “America by the Numbers” Honojosa travels around the country to examine the shifts in culture, diversity and demographic trends.

  • Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has launched on Suddenlink, the nation’s 7th largest cable operator. TheBlaze is now available on 77 television providers nationwide including 10 of the top 25.

TheBlaze Figures 300,000+ Are Opposed to Comcast/Time Warner Cable Deal

ComcastTWCGlenn Beck‘s TheBlaze, which aspires to grow its cable distribution, continues its fierce opposition to the proposed Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In a new filing to the FCC today, John B. Simpson, a consultant hired by TheBlaze estimates that “the total number of public comments in opposition to the Comcast Time Warner Cable transaction exceeds 300,000.” That includes 52,566 comments collected by TheBlaze.

“The Federal Communications Commission has the unique Congressional directive to ensure that the proposed transaction is in the public interest,” writes Simpson.

Discovery Communications is the latest programer to oppose the merger. Time Warner Cable plans a special shareholder meeting one month from today to vote on the deal which was announced in February.

As Time Warner Ends Vice Talks, A&E Plans $250M Stake in Media Company

viceThe New York TimesJonathan Mahler scoops that Time Warner has ended negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which have been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network, and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence, and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO.

The conversations collapsed after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation of Vice. Last year, 21st Century Fox paid $70 million for a 5 percent stake in the company, valuing the company at more than $1 billion.

In June, Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith told the New York Times having a TV network was “the next step in our evolution. Our mobile and online stuff is going to grow exponentially, but we want a three-legged stool, and the third leg is TV.”

A week ago, the Wall Street Journal reported Time Warner had also been in talks with Glenn Beck‘s company about re-branding HLN into TheBlaze TV. But those talks also came to nothing. Earlier this year, under the new leadership of Albie Hecht, HLN intended to become “the home for the social media generation.” Primetime programs include those hosted by Nancy GraceJane Velez-Mitchell, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Late nights and weekends are made up of true crime stories.

> More: The Financial Times reports Vice is finalizing a deal to sell a 10% stake to A&E Networks for $250 million. A&E is jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst. The sale could be announced as early as next week, FT reports.