LOS ANGELES - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Wednesday that the league is taking steps to "improve the flow and pace of the game" after a notable ratings drop in the 2016 regular season. In an open letter addressed to "fans," Goodell said the league is working with its TV partners -- CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN -- to "reduce down time and the frequency of commercial breaks in our game."
LOS ANGELES - Tomi Lahren's nightly talk show on Glenn Beck's the Blaze will not be on the air this week, the conservative digital media outlet's managing editor Leon Wolf told CNN on Monday. A Daily Caller report earlier on Monday alleged that Lahren was suspended from the Blaze after her Friday appearance on "The View," where she revealed that she is pro-choice. "I am a constitutional, y'know, someone that loves the Constitution. I'm someone that's for limited government," she said.
LOS ANGELES - ESPN's last big round of layoffs took place in 2015 and stayed, for the most part, behind the camera. Its next round won't be so deferential to talent. The Disney-owned cable channel is set to reduce personnel in the coming months, with the bulk of cuts coming from the on-air ranks. The move is indicative of the growing pressure ESPN feels as the cable ecosystem evolves, and of how the network plans to adapt in response.
LOS ANGELES - Comedy Central has given a pilot order to an untitled project from "Saturday Night Live" co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. The pilot will center on a pair of siblings whose 12-year-old brother becomes unexpectedly famous, forcing them to reevaluate their own messy lives. Kelly is set to direct.
LOS ANGELES - Rachel Maddow revealed portions of a 2005 tax return from President Trump on Tuesday, in a moment that drew much of the political world's attention and anticipation, but still left lingering questions. The two pages of the return showed that Trump and his wife Melania paid $5.3 million in income taxes and $31 million in the "alternative minimum tax" on income of more than $150 million. It included a $105 million write down on losses.
LOS ANGELES - Tarek El Moussa, the host of HGTV's popular "Flip or Flop" series, revealed he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the same time he was battling thyroid cancer. El Moussa made the announcement on Monday's episode of "The Doctors," and also shared his story with People. El Moussa underwent surgery in 2013 to remove his thyroid, after a nurse who watched his show recommend he get a mass on his throat checked out.
LOS ANGELES - ESPN expects to lay off some portion of the approximately 1,000 employees who deliver news, podcasts and TV reports for the Walt Disney-owned sports-media juggernaut.
LOS ANGELES - Arnold Schwarzenegger says that he will not do another season of "Celebrity Apprentice," and he's blaming Donald Trump's continued involvement in the show as a factor for turning people off. "Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline." Schwarzenegger said in an interview with Empire magazine. "With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show. It's a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division."
LOS ANGELES - ABC is preparing to add "Battle of the Network Stars" to its roster of primetime game-show revivals. The network is developing a rebooted version of the '70s and '80s television classic, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions. ABC has begun a casting search for what would be a new event series airing this summer. According to a casting announcement obtained by Variety, the series will shoot in May.
LOS ANGELES - The two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for the epic best picture flub at Sunday night's Oscars will not be invited back by the Academy, the organization's president Cheryl Boone Issacs told the Associated Press on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the firm confirmed that the two accountants will not participate in future shows.