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Fred Rogers Productions Names Ellen Doherty As Chief Creative Officer, A New Position

  • Deadline
Fred Rogers Productions, the nonprofit children’s entertainment producer behind the PBS Kids series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Odd Squad, and Peg + Cat, has promoted Ellen Doherty to chief creative officer, a newly-created position.

In her new role, Doherty will oversee an expanding portfolio of children’s content across multiple platforms and manage a growing team of creative professionals. She reports directly to president and CEO Paul Siefken.

“Ellen is a creative dynamo who has done a fantastic job expanding our ‘Neighborhood’ with extraordinary content,” said Siefken. “From her oversight of our award-winning portfolio to exceptional new projects in development, Ellen has been instrumental at every stage of the creative process, and we’ll continue to benefit from her know-how and talent.”

Doherty said being a part of the Frp team “is a true joy. I’m excited about the milestones we’ve achieved with our current series and look forward
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‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (May 12th 2019)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Bandido in the main event against Shane Taylor. Isn’t it nice when I don’t tell any jokes? Well, it isn’t for me. Why did the chicken cross the road? …to go watch Ring Of Honor! Yeah, my writers quit, so I’m stuck with Reading Rainbow humor.

Match #1: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated Coast 2 Coast (Lsg and Shaheem Ali) and Shinobi Shadow Squad in a Triple Threat match The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Nova got off to a fast start against Lsg, but The Bouncers eventually used their significant weight advantage to take control. Coast 2 Coast got on a roll, as Ali took out his four opponents with a dive to the floor. In the end, The Bouncers prevailed after
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Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now: Tenille Townes, Chance McCoy

Tenille Townes looks for a clean start in “I Kept the Roses,” Chance McCoy takes a spacey turn in “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do),” Honey County pay tribute to victims of the Route 91 Festival massacre in “Country Strong” and more must-hear songs this week.

Honey County, “Country Strong

An anthemic tribute to those affected by the mass shooting at 2017’s Route 91 Harvest Festival and last year’s deadly attack at the Borderline bar in Southern California, “Country Strong” made its live premiere this past weekend when
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Colbert Drinks on Stage to Forget the Horrible Week, Delivers Dead-On Alex Jones Impression (Video)

  • The Wrap
Colbert Drinks on Stage to Forget the Horrible Week, Delivers Dead-On Alex Jones Impression (Video)
It’s 2018, which means that by definition we just had a crazy week. But this week in President Trump’s America was certainly crazier than your average, and so Stephen Colbert spent his opening monologue on “The Late Show” Friday night taking a look back, drinking a refreshing alcoholic beverage to dull the pain, and then doing an Alex Jones impression that was surprisingly pretty great even though doing it caused Colbert physical pain.

“What a week we have gone through together. We had the revelations from Bob Woodward’s book that confirmed everything we thought was happening was happening,” Colbert said to open the monologue, before plugging Woodward’s upcoming appearance on “The Late Show” on Monday.

“Then, what else happened this week? We had an op-ed in The New York Times from an anonymous Trump administration official saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s happening.’ Hell of a week, you know?
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Seth Meyers: ‘Trump Is Such a Bad Liar, Even His Lies Prove That He’s Lying’

  • The Wrap
Seth Meyers: ‘Trump Is Such a Bad Liar, Even His Lies Prove That He’s Lying’
On a new episode of “Late Night” on Thursday, Seth Meyers had a lot to say about the topic of the week: Republicans who work in the Trump administration trying to act like they’re doing important work by trying to frustrate Donald Trump, as seen in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” and the explosive anonymous op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday.

In a new “A Closer Look” segment, Meyers had harsh words for those people “who have loyally served him and agree with most of his agenda trying to cast themselves as heroic saviors protecting the republic from the whims of a madman.” And he also had some jokes for Donald Trump’s response.

“It’s easy to talk tough, but unless you’re actually willing to resign and tell the American people everything you know, then your tough talk is worthless,’ Meyers said. “John Kelly is
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Colbert: You Can’t Mitigate Trump’s Worst Inclinations ‘Because All of Trump’s Inclinations Are Tied for Worst’ (Video)

  • The Wrap
The talk of late night Thursday night was none other than the strange opinion editorial in The New York Times this week written by someone claiming to be an anonymous senior Trump administration official who said they are actively resisting Trump from inside the White House. And in his monologue on “The Late Show” Thursday night, Stephen Colbert couldn’t quite wrap his head around what was happening.

“Washington, D.C. is still reeling from yesterday’s op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous senior official inside the administration secretly working against the president. An op-ed that legally can only be described with one word,” Colbert said to open his monologue, prompting a montage of news anchors on all the news networks describing the column as “explosive.”

“They say ‘explosive.’ The word I would have used for this op-ed is ‘confusing,’ because if you’re inside the White House
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Colbert Presents a ‘Reading Rainbow’ Episode for Bob Woodward’s Trump Book (Video)

  • The Wrap
Colbert Presents a ‘Reading Rainbow’ Episode for Bob Woodward’s Trump Book (Video)
It seems that famed journalist Bob Woodward has encapsulated all the madness of the first year and a half of Donald Trump’s time as president in his new book “Fear: Trump in the White House” — with stories that successfully managed to simultaneously stretch credulity and sound perfectly believable that it’s been hard to talk about anything else this week.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the show’s cold open featured a sketch that parodied the kids’ show “Reading Rainbow,” in which the kids discuss “Fear” in a way that, well, sounds about right.

“When you grow up, do you want to be the president? Well, this book shows that anybody can do it,” a young girl said to introduce the book in the same earnest way that the kids in real episodes of “Reading Rainbow” do it. “It’s called ‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward.
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Horror Highlights: Phantasma Collectibles’ Puppet Master Figures, Who’S Watching Oliver?, The School Trailer, Violence Voyager Screening Details

"I'm the master and you're the puppet!" Leading today's Horror Highlights are images and details for Phantasma Collectibles' new vinyl figures of Blade and Torch based on David Schmoeller's Puppet Master (1989). Also in today's Highlights: Who's Watching Oliver? release details, a new trailer for the Australian horror film School, and Violence Voyager screening details at the 2018 Japan Cuts film festival.

Puppet Master Soft Vinyl Figure Photos and Release Details: The folks over at Phantasma Collectibles have created two vinyl figures based on the 1989 cult hit Puppet Master. Directed by David Schmoeller, Puppet Master follows Andre and his living dolls, Pinhead, Blade, Jester, Shredder Khan, Gengie, Leech Woman, and Tunneler, who are hidden away in the wall of a hotel to keep them safe from Nazis. Blade and Torch (from Puppet Master 2) are the two lucky enough so far to have a figure, but perhaps more characters from the Puppet Master films will follow,
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Lavar Burton is Getting Angry Tweets Meant for Lavar Ball

Poor Lavar Burton, to be lumped in with a guy like Lavar Ball has to be tough. And even worse is he’s getting a bunch of mean and nasty tweets intended for Ball, all because people can’t seem to appreciate the difference between their names. How hard is it to get these guys confused, really? One of them is nothing but mouth and nonsense, while the other was the host of the Reading Rainbow for a good amount of time, a show that actually has some use to the world unlike Lavar Ball. That might seem inordinately mean but the

Lavar Burton is Getting Angry Tweets Meant for Lavar Ball
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Watch LeVar Burton Read Goodnight Moon to Neil De Grasse Tyson

LeVar Burton, reader extraordinaire, has brought countless children to reading over 23 seasons of Reading Rainbow. Our children have eagerly waited to hear him read new stories. We have loved him for his ability to captivate them. Those who did not grow up with Reading Rainbow came to know Burton when Reading Rainbow was re-created as an instant-hit, 2012 app for the iPad. The new Rrkidz took just 36 hours to move into first place as an educational success. It hasn’t just been Reading Rainbow that has catapulted Burton to popularity, however. Before Reading Rainbow, he debuted as Kunta Kinte

Watch LeVar Burton Read Goodnight Moon to Neil De Grasse Tyson
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LeVar Burton Reads Neil deGrasse Tyson A Bedtime Story

  • ET Canada
Reading Rainbow” transcends all of time and space. Bedtime stories are a must, whether you are a toddler with big dreams or a world-renowned astrophysicist. “I occasionally long for someone to read Goodnight Moon to me,” Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets in a new video. Related: Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs In On Dragon Physics In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Suddenly, the […]
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Horror Highlights: Buckout Road, Game Of Thrones Dorbz Contest, Deadly Manners, Destination America’s “Ghostober”, Discovering Bigfoot, Scare Slam

  • DailyDead
Urban legends are relived with lethal results in the eerie trailer for Buckout Road, the new film from Matthew Currie Holmes that features a cast including Danny Glover and Jessica Cameron. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a giveaway for a Funko Dorbz figure based on a character from HBO's Game of Thrones, details on the new murder mystery podcast Deadly Manners, Destination America's "Ghostober" programming, a trailer for Discovering Bigfoot, and info on the 2017 Scare Slam at the London Horror Festival.

Buckout Road Trailer: Press Release: "Matthew Currie Holmes’ directorial debut, Buckout Road, just won its first film festival award and released a full-length trailer. This supernatural thriller, produced by John Gillespie & Brad Clark and stars: Evan Ross (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Lee Daniels’ Star ), Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible, Quantico), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynona Earp, Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon I-iv) and Colm Feore (House of Cards,
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Flashback: Patrick Stewart on Taking Over the Enterprise on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

Flashback: Patrick Stewart on Taking Over the Enterprise on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’
In March 1988, the season one wrap party for Star Trek: The Next Generation was held at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, a landmark famous for its appearances in movies such as Rebel Without a Cause and, most recently, La La Land. Along with its stargazing capabilities, the observatory also provides one of the best vantage points of Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area. While speaking with Et, the perspective on Star Trek franchise creator Gene Roddenberry’s mind that night was a more personal one.

“The first year of the first generation of Star Trek, I had been fired,” said Roddenberry, standing in front of a banner that read: “Congrats on the First 26 Voyages,” noting the original series’ first season’s grand total of 26 hours of television. “And the first review we had of the show was: ‘Last night we had one of the worst things that had ever happened on TV in living color.’” The
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LeVar Burton Is Sued in Reading Rainbow Copyright Dispute — But You Don't Have to Take Our Word for It

LeVar Burton Is Sued in Reading Rainbow Copyright Dispute — But You Don't Have to Take Our Word for It
LeVar Burton, the actor who hosted PBS’s Reading Rainbow from 1983 to 2006, is being sued in a wide-ranging lawsuit that claims he is attempting to “reap the benefits” of the beloved show that is technically owned by a public broadcasting station in Buffalo, New York.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reading Rainbow‘s current owner, Wned, has been in court with Burton for over a year disputing a 2011 licensing deal.

The broadcaster filed a new lawsuit on Friday that claims it owns the rights to intellectual property associated with Reading Rainbow being used by Burton and his company, RRKidz. The
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LeVar Burton Sued in ‘Reading Rainbow’ Copyright Dispute

  • The Wrap
LeVar Burton Sued in ‘Reading Rainbow’ Copyright Dispute
You’re getting sued, LeVar Burton — but you don’t have to take our word for it. Former “Reading Rainbow” host Burton has been hit with a lawsuit by a broadcaster who says that he’s infringing on copyrights associated with the series. In the suit, filed in federal court in New York on Friday, Buffalo-based PBS affiliate Wned maintains that it owns the rights to intellectual property associated with “Reading Rainbow,” and agreed to license the property to Burton for an online revival of the series in 2011. Also Read: LeVar Burton Reads Children's Book Filled With Profanity for a Good Cause (Video) By.
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LeVar Burton Reading a Neil Gaiman Short Story is Even Better Than ‘American Gods’ — Listen

LeVar Burton Reading a Neil Gaiman Short Story is Even Better Than ‘American Gods’ — Listen
As the host of the new podcast “LeVar Burton Reads” explains in the opening episode, “I think a bucket list item for a lot of millennials is to have LeVar Burton read them a bedtime story.”

For fans of Neil Gaiman, the latest episode of the show might be a close runner-up. Every week, Burton tackles a different piece of short fiction across multiple genres. This week’s episode finds the actor and erstwhile “Reading Rainbow” host in familiar fandom territory.

Burton gives a full disclosure disclaimer at the top that Gaiman, the author responsible for “American Gods,” “Stardust,” and the seminal comic book series “The Sandman,” is one of his favorite writers. But, listening to the episode, it’s hard not to figure that out even without the explanation. As he reads Gaiman’s short story “Chivalry,” the tale of an elderly woman who comes in possession of a
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Reading Rainbow: LeVar Burton Reads Stories to You in New Podcast

Reading Rainbow is back! Well, sort of. Recently, LeVar Burton launched a new podcast inspired by his classic PBS TV show.Hosted by Burton, Reading Rainbow featured the Star Trek star reading books to children. The show would often center around a theme explored in the book and offer further reading recommendations. The award-winning program ran from 1983 to 2006, making it one of PBS' longest-running series.Read More…
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Levar Burton Has a New Podcast That is Basically Reading Rainbow For Adults

Levar Burton has launched a new podcast called Levar Burton Reads. If you grew up watching Levar's classic PBS series Reading Rainbow, you're going to love this! It's basically Reading Rainbow for the adult generation that grew up watching Reading Rainbow

Burton will read short stories from all different kinds of genres, and it will be sprinkled with a little music and original sound design to make the story pop. You can listen to a promo trailer that will give you a good idea of what is in store for this podcast series, and I'll definitely be tuning in to listen! Each episode will range from 30 to 60 minutes.

The promo also gives us a tease of the first story he will be reading called Kin by Bruce McAllister. I'm excited about this! 

Via: Bustle
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LeVar Burton Is In 'No Mood' to Be Disrespected by American Airlines

LeVar Burton Is In 'No Mood' to Be Disrespected by American Airlines
LeVar Burton can fly twice as high, but he may have to do it in business class.

The Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, 60, had a turbulent flight on American Airlines on Sunday and sounded off on Twitter about the “disrespect” he says he experienced.

Burton was bumped from first class to business on a recent flight from Chicago O’Hare to Los Angeles, despite having paid for two seats in the pricier section. On Sunday, he called out the airline on twitter, tagging American, he wrote “I’m in No Mood for disrespect.”

.@AmericanAir after
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