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Meredith Vieira's daytime talk show renewed for second season

Meredith Vieira has another notch on her show biz belt -- a successful daytime talk show.

Vieira, who has also proved her appeal as a former anchor of NBC's "Today" and a co-host of ABC's "The View," has a new daytime syndicated talk show, "The Meredith Vieira Show." Less than two months after its premiere, the show has been renewed for NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution for a second season.

The series, which is based at Rockefeller Center in New York City, currently airs in 98% of the country, including the NBC-owned television stations.

"With its singular host and talented producers, Meredith has grown creatively since launch, continues to gain viewers and we are optimistic it will emerge as a staple in daytime," Ed Swindler, president of NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC Broadcast Operations, said.

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ABC shifts 'The View' from entertainment to news division

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Women of "The View": Get ready for your press passes, because you are all journalists now.

In a surprise move, ABC announced Thursday that it is shifting the daytime chat fest from the network's entertainment division to its news division.

That means that cohosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace can now officially call themselves colleagues of "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir.

In a note to his staff on the matter, ABC News President James Goldston wrote that "The View" "has always operated at the intersection of opinion and news."

Often, the show has seemed to operate more on the opinion side of that intersection. O'Donnell earlier this month opined that former President Clinton should have been prosecuted in connection with the Monica Lewinsky affair — with Goldberg quickly pointing out that he was, in the form of impeachment.

Perez also landed in hot water recently by misstating the...

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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Constantine' on NBC

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Cristela Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is eager to show off her skills as a "party whisperer," so she asks Trent (Sam McMurray) to let her handle this year's Halloween bash and persuades Maddie (Justine Lupe) to join her in dressing up as Hall

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Jason Reitman comedy series 'Casual' goes to Hulu

Hulu continues to step up its game with its original series. On Thursday, the online streaming TV company announced  that it had picked up the comedy series "Casual," to be directed by Jason Reitman, to series.

The series, written by Zander Lehmann, follows the dysfunctional relationship between a bachelor brother living with his newly divorced sister as they navigate the dating world and attempt to raise a teenager together.

Produced by Lionsgate Television, the first season will be 10 half-hour episodes and will debut on Hulu in 2015.

Reitman, who has twice been nominated for Oscars, for directing "Juno" and "Up in the Air," will direct the first episode. He's previously directed two episodes of the NBC comedy series "The Office."

Reitman, Lehmann and Reitman's producing partner Helen Estabrook will serve as the show's executive producers.

"Casual" comes on the heels of Hulu's previous announcement that it was planning an event series based on Stephen King's novel "11/22/63" with J.J...

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Host Joel McHale will keep 'The Soup' warm through 2016

Joel McHale is going to be serving up "The Soup" for quite a while.

The comedian and star of "Community" has signed an extended agreement with E! that will keep him on the 10-year-old series, which comedically skewers reality and talk shows.

The deal also gives McHale's production company, Free Period Productions, an extension on a development deal in which he will give E! first look rights to ideas for nonscripted series.

"I'm thrilled to be working a E! for two more years hosting 'The Soup,' " McHale said in a statement. "Although I narrowly beat Mitt Romney out for the job in a number of states, I'm confident that I can keep up the same quality of humorous observation of shows like 'Naked Dating' and 'Bad Girls Club Season 12 Reunion Part 2' that the American people age 18-49 have come to expect and deserve.

"Thank you E!, Comcast and the entire Dallas Maverick organization."

McHale's deal with E! gives the pop culture-oriented network some much-needed good news after a couple of...

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Anita Sarkeesian educates Stephen Colbert on Gamergate

Stephen Colbert identifies himself as a "gamer," so it was no surprise that the "Colbert Report" host tackled the controversy known as "Gamergate" on his show Wednesday night. And to help educate himself, he brought on game critic Anita Sarkeesian, host of the Web series "Feminist Frequency."

Colbert, in his conservative guise, took the skeptical view of Sarkeesian's argument, that video games have perpetuated a male dominated culture with objectified portrayals of women and should become more inclusive to welcome the large number of female gamers.

"You first attacked male gamers for enjoying looking at big breasted women with tiny armor that barely covers their nipples," Colbert said. "What is wrong with that? I like what that looks like. I'm a man, baby!"

"One of the problems with that is that it reinforces that myth that women are sexual objects and sexual playthings for male amusement. And we're not," Sarkeesian responded.

Sarkeesian, who has been a vocal critic of these games, has...

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