Monthly Archives: January 2015

Rocsi Diaz Joins HLN As ‘The Daily Share’ Anchor/Correspondent

Rocsi Diaz has joined HLN as L.A. based anchor/correspondent for its The Daily Share.

Diaz primarily will be covering entertainment, lifestyle, fashion and sports. She also will do red carpet coverage of events for HLN.

The Daily Share (weekdays, noon-5 p.m. ET) is hosted by Ali Nejad and Yasmin Vossoughian and aggregates social media news and lifestyle content of the day, giving viewers a digest of what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping and creating. HLN, the CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 100 million U.S. households, rebranded itself in 2014 as the first all-screens home for social news and lifestyle content. HLN rips its headlines from social media and interacts with consumers.

Diaz departed Entertainment Tonight this month after a two-year stint as weekend co-host and daily correspondent. “As both Rocsi and ET have grown and evolved over the years, she has elected to pursue hosting opportunities that

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Reelz lines up weekday bio series “Celebrated”

U.S. cable network Reelz has picked up the celebrity biography series Celebrated from Los Angeles-based sales agent The Exchange.

Produced by Reboot TV, the half-hour weekday show profiles stars such as Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and others using a mix of interview clips, red carpet footage, social media tags and pop-up infographics. Reelz has ordered 104 episodes.

The program marks The Exchange’s first foray into television since creating its TV development division. It is being exec produced by the company’s CEO Brian O’Shea and head of acquisitions Jeff Bowler.

Other titles on Reelz’s 2015 slate include the weekday program TMZ Hollywood Sports, and returning factual titles Autopsy: The Last Hours of…, Celebrity Damage Control and Celebrity Legacies.

Reelz also set an April 11 premiere date for the High Noon Entertainment-produced reality show Polka Kings. Another new reality series from High Noon, Branson Taxi, will debut on June

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YouTube Star Pierces Cable With HLN’s ‘Jack Vale: Offline’

This week, Jack Vale will become one of the first YouTube stars to make the jump to a more traditional media outlet when HLN debuts Jack Vale:Offline, a reality series featuring the long-time video prankster and his sprawling family.

Deadline tech column David BloomHLN is really getting three online stars for the price of one in Offline. Vale, 41, has been on YouTube since 2007, with Jack Vale Films, a prank-oriented channel with 1.2 million subscribers, and Jack Vale Live, a vlog with 170,000 subscribers.

Vale’s oldest son, 18-year-old Jake, is building his own significant YouTube presence, with 125,000 subscribers to his biggest channel, which is comedy-oriented.

Daughter Madysyn, 13, is a singer with a modest YouTube presence so far but in less than six months has built a 500,000-strong following on Facebook (which is pushing hard to become a major video presence). She will be releasing

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Why Serial Isn’t Helping The True Crime Genre

The irritation comes when I read headlines such as the one on a recent NPR blog post, “Yes, Serial Is True Crime — And That’s OK.” For me, this headline perfectly represents the lack of respect the genre regularly receives. It says that because “true crime” has made it to the most revered of media, National Public Radio, it has been somehow elevated into something more than what I (and many other competent, committed journalists and authors) do for a living; that because a steely, sonorous radio voice sanctioned by the great Ira Glass is relating the blood, trauma, violence, not to mention the salacious nature of murder and (in)justice, that the genre is now somehow respected and dignified as never before; and that because NPR has decided to wade in the bloody waters of violent crime, well, you know, it’s okay.

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John Travolta Lands Lead Role In FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

John Travolta is returning to television.

The actor has landed a starring role in FX’s highly anticipated “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” from Ryan Murphy, the cabler announced Wednesday.

Travolta, who will also serve as a producer on the 10-episode miniseries, has been cast as Robert Shapiro, a key member of Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the murder trial.

He joins the previously announced cast: David Schwimmer, who will play Robert Kardashian; Sarah Paulson, who will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark; and Cuba Gooding Jr., who will star as Simpson.

The miniseries marks Travolta’s first starring television role since “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

Executive producers are Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexander, Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto.

American Crime Story,” based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Production begins in Los Angeles

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John Travolta To Star In FX’s ‘American Crime Story: People Vs. O.J.’

FX continues to assemble O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” with big-name actors. John Travolta will star as defense attorney Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries, an offshoot of his hit American Horror Story FX franchise.


shapiro-02-21-13-4_3Travolta also will serve as a producer on the miniseries, which takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

This marks Travolta’s first TV series role since the 1975-79 comedy Welcome Back, Kotter. He joins David Schwimmer, who plays another Simpson

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John Travolta to star in FX’s ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

John Travolta will join the cast of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” FX announced Wednesday.

He will star as defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the 10-part miniseries, which will dramatize the infamous murder trial of the former NFL star from the perspective of the lawyers on both sides of the case. It is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin. The project comes from executive producer Ryan Murphy, the creative force behind the network’s successful “American Horror Story” franchise. 

Already announced cast members include “American Horror Story’s” Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark and David Schwimmer as attorney (and father of Kim) Robert Kardashian.

As noted by FX, “American Crime Story” will be Travolta’s first regular series role since he rose to stardom as Vinnie Barbarino in the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter” (though he did appear in an episode

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