LOS ANGELES - Katy Perry has joined ABC's "American Idol" reboot as a judge. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced Perry's addition to the show Tuesday at the network's upfront presentation in New York.
LOS ANGELES - Gladiators were shocked to learn last week that "Scandal" is ending after its seventh season, which will wrap up in 2018. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that Kerry Washington's hit ABC drama will in fact come to a close after its seventh season, following last week's reports of the series' ending.
LOS ANGELES - The ABC comedy "Last Man Standing" was canceled due to ABC's decision to move away from comedy on Friday and not because of lead actor Tim Allen's political leanings, ABC's entertainment chief said after unveiling the Walt Disney network's new programming schedule on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES - Zac Efron has come on board to star as serial killer Ted Bundy in the independent drama "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile." Voltage Pictures and Michael Costigan's Cota Films are producing with Joe Berlinger directing. Michael Werwie wrote the original screenplay, which won the Nicholl Fellowship first prize and was on the Black List. The film is set to commence principal photography on Oct. 9. Voltage will fully finance and is handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA and UTA represent the domestic rights.
LOS ANGELES - ESPN's tough mix of subscriber losses and higher programming costs put Disney on the defensive during its fiscal second quarter earnings conference call. Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger tried to get out in front of the news, emphasizing during his opening remarks that Disney has been working for the past two years to transform its sports media powerhouse for the new era. "We recognized the early signs of a shift in the industry, anticipated its impact, and reacted quickly with a strategy that reflects the reality of the evolving market," Iger said.
LOS ANGELES - Carter Wilkinson's goal may have been to get free chicken nuggets for a year, but he didn't know that he'd also break a Twitter record in the process. In April, the Reno, NV-based teen took to Twitter to find out how many retweets it would take for Wendy's to provide him with free chicken nuggets for a full year.
LOS ANGELES - Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, half of MTV's "Rob & Big" duo, died on Tuesday, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 45. A cause of death has not yet been reported. Boykin was skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek's best friend and bodyguard, starring alongside him in "Rob & Big" for three seasons. The reality series showed the two in their day-to-day lives, filming such adventures as the duo adopting a mini-horse and breaking Guinness world records.
LOS ANGELES - Richard Simmons filed a libel suit Monday against the National Enquirer and Radar Online, alleging that the publications relied on a blackmailer for stories claiming the former fitness guru was transitioning into a woman.
LOS ANGELES - A protester who was tackled at a Trump rally last fall has filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, alleging the channel falsely linked him to voter fraud. Austyn Crites was taken to the ground and arrested at a rally in Reno, Nevada, on Nov. 5 when a rumor swept the crowd that he had a gun. In fact, he was holding only a paper sign reading "Republicans Against Trump." On Nov. 7, Brian Kilmeade did a report on "Fox and Friends" accusing Crites of a connection to voter fraud.
LOS ANGELES - Netflix's watercooler hit "13 Reasons Why" will be back for a second season at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.