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‘Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen’ Renewed Through 2021 By Bravo

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Bravo Media is staying in business with Andy Cohen, extending his Emmy-nominated Watch What Happens Live through 2021.

The renewal comes amid continued strong ratings for the show, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in June. The series is the highest-rated late night ad-supported cable talk show in 2019 among F18-49 and F25-54, according to Nielsen Live+7, besting Wwhl, Daily Show (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Busy Tonight (E!), StarTalk (Nat Geo), Graham Norton Show (Bbca), & Raq Rants (Bet).

In Watch What Happens Live, fans are able to interact with their favorite celebrities in real time via call-in or live polls. Guests this winter have included Celine Dion, Helena Bonham Carter, Kelly Rowland and Alanis Morissette. The show received a 2018 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program.

This year has seen several milestones for Cohen and the late-night series. In February, he welcomed his first son,
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Apology Slammed Following Tweet On Shooting Deaths

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Apology Slammed Following Tweet On Shooting Deaths
Neil deGrasse Tyson apologized this morning following a tweet Sunday deemed

“insensitive” about the weekend mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that sparked a fierce reaction on social media, but not everyone is accepting his apology.

“My intent was to offer objectively true information that might help shape conversations and reactions to preventable ways we die,” Tyson wrote in his apology Monday morning on Facebook.

“Where I miscalculated was that I genuinely believed the Tweet would be helpful to anyone trying to save lives in America. What I learned from the range of reactions is that for many people, some information — my Tweet in particular — can be true but unhelpful, especially at a time when many people are either still in shock, or trying to heal — or both.”

Tyson continued: “So if you are one of those people, I apologize for not knowing in advance what effect my Tweet could have on you.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Apologizes After Dismissive Reaction to Mass Shootings, Earns More Backlash

Neil deGrasse Tyson Apologizes After Dismissive Reaction to Mass Shootings, Earns More Backlash
Neil deGrasse Tyson has issued an apology on Facebook after coming under fire for a controversial reaction to the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The scientist and television personality originally posted the following comment on Twitter: “In the past 48 hours, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48 hours, we also lose 500 to medical errors, 300 to the flu, 250 to suicide, 200 to car accidents, 40 to homicide via handgun. Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”

Tyson’s response sparked backlash as many social media users felt his comment diminished the tragedies of the two mass shootings. The August 3 shooting took place at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and left 20 dead and more than two dozen people wounded. A second shooting occurred August 4 in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people and leaving 26 others injured.

“My intent was to offer
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Remain Hayden Planetarium Director After Sex Misconduct Investigation Ends

Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Remain Hayden Planetarium Director After Sex Misconduct Investigation Ends
Neil deGrasse Tyson will stay as director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium after the organization’s investigation into two womens’ sexual misconduct claims ended.

Tyson “remains an employee and director of the Hayden Planetarium,” said a statement from the American Museum of Natural History. The planetarium is part of the American Museum of Natural History.

The apparent exoneration of Tyson follows other misconduct accusations against the famous astrophysicist/TV personality last November. Those complaints prompted Fox, Nat Geo and the series producers to launch a probe.

While it was ongoing, Fox and Nat Geo put on hold the Season 2 premiere of science docuseries Cosmos, originally slated for March 3, 2019. Meanwhile, Nat Geo pulled its Tyson-hosted StarTalk off the air after the new allegations surfaced.

In the Hayden Planetarium case, two women accused Tyson of sexual misconduct in an article that appeared last November. One, a Bucknell University professor, alleged Tyson
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Making a Nat Geo Doc Series in the Frozen Arctic Is Even Harder Than You Think — Watch

Making a Nat Geo Doc Series in the Frozen Arctic Is Even Harder Than You Think — Watch
Over the 11-season run of “Life Below Zero,” the NatGeo series has won a trio of Emmys. If, in addition to Cinematography and Picture Editing, there was a category for “pulling a snowmobile from a freezing lake in the immediate aftermath of a dangerous windstorm,” the show might be up for a few more.

The new short form series “Life Behind Life Below Zero” (itself competing for an Emmy this year) charts the behind-the-scenes efforts it takes to document life in extreme freezing conditions. It illustrates how phrases like “we had to abandon our camp” and inescapable facts like an already untenable temperature dropping another 40 degrees are part of the realities of this show’s production.

This episode features interview snippets with the show’s crew, from those running cameras to the series’ Safety Manager. For a show ostensibly set in a place where extreme conditions are the norm, it
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Neil deGrasse Tyson to Return as Host of Cosmos and StarTalk as Sexual Misconduct Investigation Concludes

Following an internal investigation by National Geographic into allegations of sexual misconduct, Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to host new episodes of Cosmos and StarTalk, the network announced on Friday.

StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for Cosmos,” the network said in a statement to our sister site Variety, adding that “there will be no further comment.”

A world-renowned astrophysicist, Tyson served as host and narrator of the Emmy-winning Fox/NatGeo series Cosmos in 2014, and was set to return for a follow-up series,
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Returning To Fox & Nat Geo After Assault Investigation

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Returning To Fox & Nat Geo After Assault Investigation
Cosmos and StarTalk are returning to Fox and National Geographic’s lineups following an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

“The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both StarTalk and Cosmos,” National Geographic said in a statement. “StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for Cosmos.”

Fox and Nat Geo, which did not even mention deGrasse Tyson by name in their statement, declined further comment but we hear that the extensive investigation did not find anything to prevent the sibling Fox networks from moving forward with airing the two series.

Multiple new misconduct accusations against the famous astrophysicist/TV personality in late November prompted Fox, Nat Geo and the series producers to launch the probe. While it was ongoing, Fox and Nat
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Return to National Geographic After Assault Investigation

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Return to National Geographic After Assault Investigation
National Geographic Channel has completed its investigation into “Cosmos” and “StarTalk” host Neil deGrasse Tyson, and will move forward with both shows. The channel didn’t elaborate on its findings, however.

“‘StarTalk’ will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for ‘Cosmos,'” the network said in a statement. “There will be no further comment.”

“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” and “Star Talk” have been in limbo for months, since Nat Geo launched an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the famed astrophysicist.

Fox had originally scheduled the new season of “Cosmos” to premiere on Sunday, March 3, while Nat Geo had slated a second window to begin on Monday, March 4. Both networks later had to scrap those plans.

“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” is the third season of the revival of the “Cosmos” franchise,
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Nat Geo Wraps Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation, Is ‘Moving Forward’ With ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos’

Nat Geo Wraps Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation, Is ‘Moving Forward’ With ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos’
Nat Geo’s investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against Neil deGrasse Tyson is “complete,” the cable channel said Friday, and it is “moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos.'”

Talk show “StarTalk” will return next month with its remaining 13 episodes. We do not yet have an air date for Season 2 of shared Fox and Nat Geo series “Cosmos.”

“The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos,'” National Geographic Channel said in a statement. “‘StarTalk’ will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for ‘Cosmos.’ There will be no further comment.”

Also Read: 'Cosmos' Season 2 Premiere Pulled From March 3 Schedule by Fox

Season 2 of “Cosmos” was originally supposed to premiere on March 3. That was scrubbed from the schedule when it became clear
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Courteney Monroe Touts Disney Deal At TCA, No Word On Neil deGrasse Tyson

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National Geographic Global Networks President Courteney Monroe opened the brand’s block of time at TCA addressing what she said was the question she gets asked most often these days.

No, it’s not if/when the remaining episodes of Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted StarTalk will see the light of day and if Tyson-hosted Cosmos’s March 3 launch had been aborted.

The question she gets asked most often, she said, is what the upcoming Disney transaction will mean for NatGeo.

“I am extremely excited about our future under Disney leadership,” she said, adding that the franchise is “poised for considerable growth” what with Disney touting National Geographic as a key engine for its upcoming Disney+ service plans.

To celebrate the upcoming change of parent companies, she had reprinted for TV critics at TCA a 1963 National Geographic magazine feature on Walt Disney.

Monroe also boasted NatGeo will hit 100M followers on Instagram this week,
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‘Extra’ Has Received No Complaints Against Host A.J. Calloway As He Faces Two More Allegations Of Sexual Assault

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Extra host A.J. Calloway, who was accused of sexual assault in June by writer Sil Lai Abrams, is facing more allegations. Two women, who wish to remain anonymous, have told The Daily Beast that they were assaulted by Calloway — one of whom reported her claim to the police on Dec. 24. Abrams told The Daily Beast that she has spoken to nine other alleged victims who have shared similar stories of alleged sexual misconduct by the TV personality.

There are no current plans for Calloway to be investigated by Warner Bros., whose Telepictures division produces entertainment newsmagazine Extra.

“We take allegations made against our employees seriously and investigate appropriately. To date, we have not received a complaint about A.J. Calloway and his work on Extra,” as Extra spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.

In similar circumstances, Fox, Nat Geo and the producers of Cosmos recently launched an investigation after
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TVLine Items: StarTalk Pulled Amid Investigation, Halston Mini and More

National Geographic Channel has pulled Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s chat show StarTalk off its schedule while Fox Networks Group conducts a sexual misconduct investigation into the host/astrophysicist, our sister site Variety reports.

Last November, Tyson’s former assistant, Ashley Watson, claimed that she was forced to quit her job over Tyson’s inappropriate sexual advances. Additionally, Bucknell professor Dr. Katelyn N. Allers accused Tyson of groping her at an after-party for the American Astronomical Society in 2009. Tyson responded to each claim, plus an earlier rape accusation made by fellow former graduate student Tchiya Amet, in a lengthy Facebook post.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk Gets Pulled Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

StarTalk is taking an unscheduled break on Nat Geo amid sexual misconduct allegations against the show's host, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

"We chose to hold new episodes of StarTalk until the investigation is completed," Nat Geo confirmed to TV Guide. StarTalk has aired only three episodes of its 20-episode

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Series ‘StarTalk’ Pulled from NatGeo Schedule

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Series ‘StarTalk’ Pulled from NatGeo Schedule
Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s show “StarTalk” hasn’t aired a new episode since November of last year. That hiatus might continue for the foreseeable future as the host continues to be under investigation for allegations made against him in late November, originally published on Patheos.

The post detailed misconduct claims from two different women. One claimed Tyson groped her while taking a photograph, while a former assistant claimed that Tyson made inappropriate advances towards her.

When the latest allegations surfaced, Tyson responded to the accusations in a Facebook post, concluding with “Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage. Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as a loving husband and as a public servant – a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public. I am grateful for the support I’ve received from those who continue to respect and value me and my work.” Tyson also said that
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Nat Geo Pulls Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ Amid Misconduct Allegations (Exclusive)

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National Geographic Channel has pulled its long-running Neil deGrasse Tyson chat show “StarTalk” off the air, at least for now, following allegations of sexual misconduct against the famed astrophysicist. “StarTalk” will remain on hiatus as a Fox Networks Group investigation into the multiple claims continues.

“In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of ‘Star Talk’ until it is complete,” a Nat Geo rep told Variety. “We expect that to happen in the next few weeks at which time we’ll make a final decision.”

StarTalk” returned for its fifth season in November and had aired just three episodes, out of a 20-episode order, when new allegations against Tyson emerged. The website Patheos reported that two women had accused Tyson of inappropriate behavior: Bucknell University’s Dr. Katelyn N. Allers claimed Tyson groped her at an event in 2009, while a former assistant, Ashley Watson,
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Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'StarTalk' Shelved at Nat Geo Amid Misconduct Allegations

National Geographic has pulled StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson from its schedule as it investigates claims of sexual misconduct against the host.

The show, in which astrophysicist Tyson discusses science with a guest each week, began its fifth season on Nov. 12. Nat Geo took the show off the air after three weeks after Tyson was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by two women. 

"In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of Star Talk until it is complete," Nat Geo said in a statement. "We expect that to happen in ...
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‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ wins Emmy for Best Informational Series at 2018 Creative Arts after host’s death

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‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ wins Emmy for Best Informational Series at 2018 Creative Arts after host’s death
Anthony Bourdain, whose death in June at age 61 stunned the world, has now been memorialized by Emmy voters for his work in the entertainment industry. As Gold Derby predicted, CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” has just taken home the trophy for Best Informational Series at the 2018 Creative Arts, beating out co-nominees “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” “Vice” and “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.” See complete list of Emmy winners.

SEE2018 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Sunday): Full list of nominees and winners in all 42 categories

In addition to Best Informational Program, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” also took home trophies at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys for Best Short Form Nonfiction/Reality Series, Best Picture Editing, Best Writing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. In Bourdain’s absence, various team members accepted the many trophies

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All3Media America Names Tim Pastore As CEO

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After a lengthy search, former National Geographic Channels’ President of Original Programming and Production Tim Pastore has been named CEO of All3Media America. Reporting to Jane Turton, All3Media CEO, Pastore will start October 1.

All3Media America has been without CEO since January when Greg Lipstone stepped down as CEO after two and a half years, joined by COO Dan Donahue who exited after an year on the job.

Pastore, an Emmy-winning producer, exited Nat Geo in May after a four-year stint as President, Original Programming and Production for National Geographic Channels where he oversaw development, programming, and production across the Us and UK.

“Tim’s reputation as a business leader and his track record as the creator and producer of high quality and popular TV is incredibly impressive,” Turton said. “I’m really excited at the prospect of working with such a talented executive and believe that Tim is
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Nat Geo Alum Tim Pastore Named CEO of All3Media America

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National Geographic Channels alum Tim Pastore has been named CEO of All3Media America.

Pastore’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, fills the void left since the departure of Greg Lipstone from the top job at All3 America in late January after two years in the role.

All3Media America is the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based production group that is home to more than two dozen banners, most of them focused on unscripted programming. All3Media is jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Liberty Global.

“Tim’s reputation as a business leader and his track record as the creator and producer of high quality and popular TV is incredibly impressive,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media. “I’m really excited at the prospect of working with such a talented executive.”

Based in Los Angeles, All3Media America is producer of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” CNN’s “United Shades of America,
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Original Productions Taps Brian Lovett As Evp Production & Development

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TV industry vet Brian Lovett has been named Evp Production & Development at Original Productions, the prolific unscripted TV production company owned by FremantleMedia. Lovett is one of the first key hires by Jeff Hasler, who took over the reins of Op as President in May. It’s both a reunion for Lovett with Hasler, with whom he worked at National Geographic Studios, and a return to Op where Lovett previously worked on several of the company’s notable series. Lovett will report to Hasler.

Lovett most recently he served as VP of Production & Development for National Geographic Studios where he oversaw all facets of production surrounding the studios’ slate of series and specials. His portfolio includes executive producing Chain of Command, which follows the U.S. military’s fight against global extremism. He also served as an executive producer on Explorer, Nat Geo’s longest-running documentary series, as well as
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