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Comedy Central orders animated pilot based on @DadBoner Twitter feed

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Comedy Central is beefing up its animation slate with a pilot order for an animated project based on the popular @DadBoner Twitter feed and the subsequent book it spawned, Power Moves: Livin’ The American Dream, USA Style.

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Matt Lauer responds to criticism over 'Today' interview with GM CEO Mary Barra

Matt Lauer is speaking out against criticism he received about an interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday’s Today show. Lauer was attacked on Twitter and online after asking Barra if she thought she could be both a good parent and a good CEO at the same time. Many thought this was an anti-feminist perspective, but the morning show anchor took to his Facebook page to clarify his questioning and that he would have asked a man the same thing.

Referencing a Forbes magazine interview in which Barra stated she had to miss her son’s junior prom after being appointed the first female CEO of a major American automotive company, Lauer wrote, “It’s an issue almost any parent including myself can relate to. If a man had publicly said something similar after accepting a high-level job, I would have asked him exactly the same thing. A couple weeks ago, we did a series on ‘Modern Dads’ and the challenges of fatherhood today. Work-life balance was one of our focuses. It’s an important topic, one that I’m familiar with personally, and I hope we can continue the discussion.”

Something that seems to be left out in all the discussion however is that the actual interview revealed that more recalls from General Motors are a possibility for the future.

Fox News signs Stacey Dash as contributor

It was only a matter of time before Stacey Dash landed on Fox News.

The actress, who routinely makes waves with her conservative views, has been hired by the network as a contributor. She will provide “cultural analysis and commentary across various daytime and primetime programs,” according to the announcement.

During the 2012 presidential election, Dash received heavy criticism for endorsing Republican candidate Mitt Romney on her personal Twitter account. Since then, she has come under fire for supporting Paula Deen during the celebrity chef’s racial slur scandal, slamming Jay Z and Beyonce for visiting Cuba, and speaking out against Oprah Winfrey’s comments about Trayvon Martin’s death. READ FULL STORY

Nicole Richie to star in VH1 reality show '#CandidlyNicole'

The last time we saw Nicole Richie starring in a reality show was back in 2007, when she and fellow socialite Paris Hilton gave working-class jobs a try in The Simple Life. But now she’s coming back with a new VH1 unscripted series, #CandidlyNicole. 

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'Reign' star Adelaide Kane slams boycott rumors on Twitter: 'We NEED ratings'

Just last week, Reign returned from hiatus with a bit of a new direction. After spending the first half of the show’s premiere season telling the Mary-Francis love story, Mary now plans to marry Francis’ brother Sebastian in order to take the crown. However strategic her decision might be, this change of course has caused some discomfort among Francis (and Frary) fans, and Reign star Adelaide Kane seems to think things have gone too far.

After hearing rumors that some fans were boycotting Thursday night’s episode due to its lack of Francis, Kane took to Twitter to express her disappointment in those fans, as well as to emphasize just how much ratings matter to the show. Read her tweets below:

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Things that were inevitable: Lionsgate TV acquires book for Twitter television show

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It’s The Social Network: On Television.

Lionsgate TV announced today that the company has acquired the rights to the book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton about the founding of Twitter. Bilton, a columnist and reporter for the New York Times, will write the screenplay and serve as producer. (Intrigued? The book was excerpted in the New York Times in Oct.)

Much like The Social Network did for Facebook, Hatching Twitter “presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the social media service by four friends and its evolution into a juggernaut that changed the world. Bilton sheds light on the relationships, battles, power grabs and betrayals along the way,” according to the press release. READ FULL STORY

ABC employee cleared in 'Scandal' Twitter investigation

ABC has cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following an investigation into allegations that the employee ran a Scandal fan Twitter account and blog without disclosing her affiliation.

Yesterday, The Wrap accused ABC’s New York-based director of sales Courtney Pajor of running the fan account @Scandal411 and associated blog, but the network said Friday they have determined the publication’s claims to be false.
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Study proves Twitter drives TV ratings for first time

If Twitter drove TV ratings, industry insiders have long pointed out, then The CW’s Vampire Diaries would be a top-rated show.

Yet a new study by Nielsen demonstrates — for the first time — that there is indeed a link between Twitter activity and a show’s popularity.

The ratings measurement company analyzed minute-to-minute trends in Nielsen’s TV ratings and Twitter activity for 221 broadcast primetime programs. Nielsen found the volume of tweets caused “significant changes” among the live ratings of 29 percent of the programs. Less surprisingly, the company found the connection worked both ways — a program’s popularity influenced Twitter activity in 48 percent of the episodes.

“Using time series analysis, we saw a statistically significant causal influence indicating that a spike in TV ratings can increase the volume of Tweets, and, conversely, a spike in Tweets can increase tune-in,” said Paul Donato, chief research officer at Nielsen. “This rigorous, research-based approach provides our clients and the media industry as a whole with a better understanding of the interplay between Twitter and broadcast TV viewing.” READ FULL STORY

Modern Seinfeld tweeter books TV writing gig

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“Jerry discovers hot young comedian making fun of him on Twitter, gets him a job writing for a new sitcom.”

It sounds like a fake logline straight out of Jack Moore and Josh Gondelman’s popular Modern Seinfeld Twitter feed — but make just a few tweaks, and you’ll get a true story.

Moore confirmed to EW today that he’s been hired for the writing staff of Fox’s upcoming Alexis Bledel/Jason Ritter sitcom Us & Them, an American spin on the U.K.’s romantic comedy Gavin & Stacey. Given the content of Modern Seinfeld, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise: “I was basically pitching storylines, which is a huge part of being on a writing staff,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, which first noted the news.

Moore isn’t the first young writer to secure a sitcom job via Twitter.
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Celebs react to death of Larry Hagman on Twitter

Hollywood took to Twitter to mourn the passing of Dallas star Larry Hagman. Below, former costars, fans and contemporaries pay tribute to the actor whose larger-than-life performance as J.R. Ewing set a standard for TV villains that arguably has never been matched.  READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween episode: Join our live tweet chat with star Janel Parrish (aka 'A')!

Wanna know what goes on in the mind of “A” on ABC Family’s addictive hit Pretty Little Liars? Well, then you’re in luck: Tonight, all the Little Liars out there who will be tuning in for the show’s special Halloween episode at 8 p.m. ET can chat about everything that goes down with star Janel Parrish — a.k.a. Mona, a.k.a. the super-sleuth “A” — right after the show airs, via a tweet chat brought to you in part by EW. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars': Stars Tyler Blackburn and Keegan Allen to answer fan questions in Ustream event with EW today

Prepare your burning questions, Pretty Little Liars fans: Today at 6 p.m. ET, PLL stars Tyler Blackburn and Keegan Allen will be taking queries from fans during a live, one-hour Ustream event, hosted by EW’s own Tanner Stransky.

The event will be streamed live on ABCFamily.com, the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page, the official Ustream site, and right here on EW.com in this very blog post, which will update with the Ustream module just before the chat begins.

It’s a perfect time for such a chat, considering that tomorrow is the premiere of Pretty Little Liars‘ much-anticipated annual Halloween episode, which was previewed on EW.com last week.

During the broadcast, viewers can submit questions to the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page and on Twitter using #PLLChat.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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Twitter hashtags and handles for fall TV shows

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Below are the official Twitter hashtags and handles for the fall broadcast entertainment TV shows, as well as a few major cable dramas. As anybody who tweets about TV knows, finding the exact hash & handle for each since program can be confusing since they don’t always match the show’s title (for instance, Parks and Recreation is #ParksandRec and @parksandrecnbc, while Hawaii Five-0 is #H50 and @HawaiiFive0CBS). So if you want to join the conversation this fall, bookmark this page (and feel free to tweet it too). @james_hibberd READ FULL STORY

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