Showbiz Sandbox 363: With Bill O’Reilly Gone, Cable News Begins A New Chapter

April 24, 2017

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After twenty years as the face of Fox News, Bill O’Reilly was responsible for nearly 20% of the network’s revenue. Even so, Fox made the decision to fire O’Reilly last week after reports that he had paid out settlements over the years to women accusing him of sexual harassment. At least, that’s how Fox spun the story, not wanting to admit the controversial news host was causing the network too look bad and lose advertisers.

O’Reilly wasn’t the first on-air host Fox News has lost over the last year. A string of anchors, including the popular Megyn Kelly left for new deals at other networks. With Fox’s entire primetime lineup upended so suddenly, other media outlets are beginning to make a move to overtake the top cable news network.

Meanwhile, China continues to issue release dates for big Hollywood movies at a rate that will likely surpass their own quota on imported films. One thing is for sure, none of the movies China approves will star Richard Gere. We’ll explain why.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why it doesn’t matter that Netflix didn’t meet its quarterly subscriber goals, the return of “X-Files” and Kevin Spacey gets tapped for the Tony Awards.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of April 23, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-april-23-2017-300443945.html

‘Avatar’ Sequel Release Dates Set, Starting in December, 2020
https://variety.com/2017/film/news/avatar-sequel-release-dates-2020-1202392897/

Richard Gere’s Studio Exile: Why His Hollywood Career Took an Indie Turn
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/richard-geres-studio-exile-why-his-hollywood-career-took-an-indie-turn-992258

Incendiary by Michael Cannell – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/09/13/incendiary/

A Single Spy by William Christie – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/19/single-spy-a

The Golden Passport by Duff McDonald
http://bookfilter.com/2016/06/22/the-golden-passport/

MTV Movie Awards Ditches Gender-specific Categories
http://ew.com/tv/2017/04/07/mtv-awards-gender-specific-categories/

Court Rules Fan Subtitles on TV and Movies Are Illegal
https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/04/21/court-rules-fan-subtitles-tv-movies-illegal

‘Wheel of Time’ TV Series Lands at Sony
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/wheel-of-time-tv-series-sony-1202390897/

SAG-AFTRA Blasts Accusatory Letter as Hollywood Labor Turmoil Accelerates
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-blasts-accusatory-letter-as-hollywood-labor-turmoil-accelerates-996566

Netflix Nears 100 Million Subscribers, but Q1 Gains Fall Short of Expectations
https://variety.com/2017/digital/news/netflix-q1-2017-nears-100-million-subscribers-1202032579/

Netflix Accuses Its Users of Watching 500 Million Hours of Adam Sandler Films
http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/17/15331674/netflix-adam-sandler-movies-half-a-billion-hours
Tony Awards: Kevin Spacey to Host
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tony-awards-2017-host-kevin-spacey-995071

‘Captain Marvel’ Finds Directors in Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/captain-marvel-directors-anna-boden-ryan-fleck-1201994270/

‘The X-Files’ Revived Again for 10 New Episodes at Fox
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/x-files-revived-again-10-new-episodes-at-fox-996132

Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/business/media/bill-oreilly-fox-news-allegations.html

What’s Bill O’Reilly’s Next Move?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-oreilly-fired-how-ousted-fox-news-could-cash-die-hard-fans-995672

With Bill O’Reilly Out, Fox Rivals See a Chance to Move In
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/23/business/media/with-bill-oreilly-out-fox-rivals-see-a-chance-to-move-in.html

Bill O’Reilly to Return With Podcast on Monday
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bill-oreilly-podcast-returns-no-spin-news-fox-news-1202393214/

NBC Will Launch Megyn Kelly News Series In June
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/megyn-kelly-nbc-news-sunday-1202393599/

Megyn Kelly’s ‘Today’ Show Hour Set to Begin in September
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/megyn-kellys-today-show-hour-set-begin-september-996695

Erin Moran, Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 56
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/erin-moran-dead-happy-days-star-dies-at-56-996584

Sandy Gallin, 76, Talent Manager Adored by Stars, Dies
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/arts/sandy-gallin-76-talent-manager-adored-by-stars-dies.html

J.C. Spink, Manager and ‘The Hangover’ Producer, Dies at 45
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/jc-spink-dies-dead-benderspink-hangover-1202312371/

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