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‘This Is Us’ Cast, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney & More Ask NBC To Move President Trump’s Town Hall Opposite Joe Biden’s To A Different Time Slot

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After the announcement that President Donald Trump will hold a town hall on NBC opposite Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s on ABC tonight, over 100 writers, actors, directors and producers are calling out NBC for their planned broadcast at 8 p, m, and have signed a letter asking for Trump’s to be shifted to a different time slot .

According to Deadline:  “The list of those who signed the letter include the creator and cast of NBC’s flagship drama This Is UsLaw & Order: SVU star/exec producer Mariska Hargitay as well as Aaron Sorkin, J.J. Abrams, Ryan Murphy, Greg Berlanti, Ava DuVernay, Seth MacFarlane, Damon Lindelof, Kenya Barris, Phil Lloyd & Chris Miller, Adam McKay, Courtney Kemp, Tom McCarthy, Billy Porter, Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, Allison Janney, Robert Kirkman, Julianne Moore and Amy Schumer.”

Soap fans know of Moore’s start on As the World Turns, Janney’s career started in daytime, and of course, Justin Hartley’s time in the genre, who is a central character on This Is Us as Kevin Pearson. Speaking of This Is Us look for its season premiere on Tuesday, October 27th,

In the letter, those that signed it are not arguing that Trump should not receive equal time on NBC after the network recently aired a Joe Biden town hall from the same Florida location, but are stating. “We are simply asking that NBC air the President’s town hall either before or after Vice President Biden’s so that American voters can have the opportunity to watch both.”

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The letter to Comcast, NBCUniversal and NBCU News Groups chairs, Brian Roberts, Jeff Shell and Cesar Conde says in full:  “We are a group of writers, actors, directors and producers. Many of us have been lucky enough to work for NBCUniversal at some point in our careers. Some of us are currently employed at your studio. We have always thought of NBC Universal as both a terrific creative home and a brand that stands for the best in entertainment and broadcast journalism.This is why we have been devastated to learn that you have chosen to air President Trump’s town hall this Thursday night at 8pm, directly opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall.  This is not a partisan issue. This is about the political health of our democracy.

President Trump refused to participate in the virtual debate scheduled for Thursday night by the Presidential Debate Commission. By agreeing to air his town hall as counterprogramming opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall on ABC, you are enabling the President’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public. We believe this kind of indifference to the norms and rules of our democracy are what have brought our country to this perilous state.  We are simply asking that NBC air the President’s town hall either before or after Vice President Biden’s so that American voters can have the opportunity to watch both.  We understand the necessities of business, especially in this difficult time. But we believe there are larger issues of civic responsibility at stake here.”

To see all who signed the letter click here.

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Karen Zurawsky
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Karen Zurawsky

Who cares what a bunch of elitist pampered people who if someone else didn’t write their words for them would starve think? Certainly no one I know half of them promised to leave 4 years ago and are still here!

Harry
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Harry

Okay, Karen. Trump says if he loses to Biden that he will leave the country. Just another promise he will break.

Michael
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Michael

I won’t be watching Donald’s town hall since it’s just another excuse for him to lie to the American people.

Al
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Al

The truth is out about biden is is clearly the liar

Steve
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Steve

What “truth” are you talking about? The made up Russian propaganda about Ukraine?

Please provide details. Will gladly provide links to the multitude of lies from the current occupant of the office.

Satan
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Satan

The vanity of this sick orange bastard willing to expose countless others to a virus that he pretended was “a Chinese hoax” for 6 months, is completely off the charts.

As much as I don’t want him in Hell, it would probably be best for the country if he died from the virus, as that might be the only way the brain dead MAGAtts who worship him will take the pandemic seriously.

Herman Cain being down here should have convinced them, but sadly not.

Jimh
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Jimh

Trump did attempt early ion with his banned flights to China and closed boarders but was called a racist and both Nancy Pelosi downplayed it in Chinatown and DiBlasio told New Yorkers it was safe to go out and eat…Chris Cuomo was suppose to be in quarantine and was caught outside without a mask…and recently Pelosi was caught in a salon without a mask…both sides are the problem…

Jimh
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Jimh

All have a right to their opinions and free speech but when i come here i want to escape the news and every day problems of the world at least a few times a day…i can go to any news outlet when i need news…but when politics comes here its only going to cause friction between commenters…i belong to other entertainment sites that dont mix politics because there are other boards for that in order to avoid upsetting each other and causing fights which the news media is already doing and creating division…can we keep politics out of this or… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jim, you know I like and respect you — as is the case for others here with whom I disagree politically. Here you make some great points.

However, you blame the media for “causing fights” and “creating division.” The undisputed master at sowing “division” is the current president. That’s his instinct, his go-to tactic, and people are just plain tired of it. His term, entrenched in non-stop negativity, bullying, lies, and chaos, must end in order for our country to heal, move on, and have any chance of uniting.

Harry
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Harry

I would just skip reading the articles which are political in nature.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Harry, Satan and others, HELP!! First of all I just think it’s easier arguing and or discussing these things here than with friends and family at home. I have one family member who decidedly thinks Trump’s course of action is for her as a business woman though she does not like the man personally and agrees with me that he’s obnoxious to say the least. Then we get into the nasty rumours about Biden and how much of that is true. Is he what they say he is, the videos I’ve seen do not help . Is he being set… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I’ve never been Joe Biden’s biggest fan, but I believe he’s very capable of doing the job. Given his age, he might not serve 8 years, but at least if the foundations can be built to pull the USA back out of the abyss, then it will be an improvement. Of course the TRUE problem here is that the abyss didn’t begin in November 2016. The real problem started in November 1980, (some would say November 1963) and it’s been downhill from there. Bill Clinton & Barack Obama put a temporary stop to the decline, in some ways (unfortunately accelerated… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Violet, I am sorry you’re going through this. I would not argue with anyone with whom you’re close about Trump. Their minds are made up, just avoid the topic altogether. I will say that the New York Post ( a discredited rag) which initially reported this bogus Hunter story actually recanted their story and admitted they were wrong. Hunter is in recovery and his dad loves him unconditionally. That’s the real story! This idiotic story which purported that a drunken Hunter traveled 2,000 miles on an airplane and had his laptop repaired by a blind man, has been discredited. Once… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Harry, thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement. I do not get into arguments. You are right, their minds are made up as is mine. Also what I was asking was about this terrible group called Qanon, which Trump tried to weasel out of when S.Guthrie questioned him about it. These people, in my mind are the sick ones, not the ones they are accusing, Biden, etc. of horrific things, and yet I hear the Trumpeters repeating these things like they are known facts. Where there’s smoke there’s fire, etc. Thanks for helping Harry. Stay well.

mgb357
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mgb357

so are they against freedom of speech or just donald trump?
since when are celebrities the arbituers of speech?

Kay
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Kay

Well I have a plane reserved I will fly it myself for all you guys who are going to leave if the Trumpster gets back in and guess what I will drop you off at 35,000 get my cruising speed ! You keep telling us you are going to leave do it please ! Shut your pie holes your viewership is down what 84 percent please leave us alone why would I listen to a woman who can’t control her weight or a man who humiliated his wife on social media when he gets a divorce ?? We are tired… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

This is quite a mean spirited Tweet, Kay and not at all fair. Trump chickened out of the second debate with Biden and then arranged to have his Town Hall at the same time as Biden’s. These employees of NBC’s are conscientious objectors and calling out their bosses at NBC to change the time slot. Seems fair to me. They should be lauded, not slammed for their life long struggles with weight or person issues.

Harry
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Harry

Gee, I wish I could edit my comment above. I was hiking the trails with my dog when I wrote it. What I meant to write was that these actors should be lauded for standing up to their bosses for the greater good. My last few sentences came out as gibberish. My apologies.

Harry
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Harry

Trump, like all bullies, is a coward. He chickened out of the planned debate with Biden and then manipulated NBC brass to arrange for his town hall meeting to air at the same time as Biden’s. NBC brass rewarded his bad behavior. However, this backfired because while Trump pulled this last minute game changer in order to beat Biden in the ratings,(because see? To this cheap reality TV star, it’s all about ratings)Biden garnered almost 2 million more viewers than Trump. Moreover, Biden came off as well informed, intelligent and compassionate while Trump came off as someone’s “crazy uncle.” I… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

To all the misguided souls in this thread and others; To the fat shamers and those threatening (even if tongue in cheek) the health (by mass murder no less) of fellow citizens; To all those who elect to ignore the ineptitude, belligerence, lies, criminality, cronyism, cowardice, and chaos of the current president: I hope that one day you learn the error of your ways (because your cult leader certainly won’t); You understand that you were used by a noncaring, nonempathic, narcissistic dictator for his own selfish purposes; You truly honor your country and fellow citizens by working to achieve healing… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Applauding wildly for you, James. Bravo! Beautifully expressed.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Harry! Having read your other impressive posts here as well, I also send accolades your way for your articulate sentiments. Case in point: “I love it when the good guys win and the bad guys lose.” That’s really what this is about, Harry. It’s about good versus evil. I will always root for good and against evil. Best to you, Friend!

Satan
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Satan

Well in the end, I guess the people have spoken… Biden’s show on ABC got more viewers than Cheeto’s did on NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC combined.

For the record, neither one aired in Hell, so I’m not preferring one over the other. But I saw enough clips of both to know which one was the greater embarrassment. Draw your own conclusions.

Supposedly another debate is still going to happen, but I wouldn’t bet your soul on that.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I wound up watching Trump but for the life of me could not find Biden’s broadcast. I thought when they said it would be at the same time, different channels, I’d watch one and record the other. Not to be. I finally figured that Joe’s had to have been on way earlier and I missed it. They said one was on NBC and the other was ABC here on the West Coast.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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