NBC to Strand Americans on Bear Grylls’ The Island

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NBC to strand Americans on Bear Grylls’ The Island
The reality show will send 14 Americans to live on a deserted island without any modern-day conveniences. Unlike “Survivor,” there will be no eliminations, prizes or a winner.

Why Deadline’s “Ethnic Casting” story is scary: It might validate the opinions of TV’s decision-makers
“The message of the Deadline piece embodies the worst kind of implicit racism,” says Kevin Fallon. “It’s a permissive kind of racism, the kind that whispers a problematic idea in a cautious way that allows others who share that idea, but have been too afraid to speak out, to agree: ‘I know, right?’ This whispered idea suddenly becomes a loud one. In this case, it’s a loud idea that we should have been deaf to a long time ago, and it’s scary to think that people in positions of power might still be listening.” PLUS: The article was an insult to all TV viewers, and the 13 worst quotes in that article.

Here’s your 1st look at Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo on ABC’s Chevy
The Vacation stars have reunited for a pilot featuring an RV with their faces painted on the side.

Roseanne Barr: I’m not replacing Rosie O’Donnell on The View
“No one has contacted my representatives—but it’s often rumored,” she said of tabloid reports she may replace Rosie.

SNL alum Nasim Pedrad signs deal to create and star in her own Fox comedy
Pedrad already has a lot of familiarity with Fox, having worked on Mulaney, New Girl and Scream Queens.

SNL‘s Taran Killam to romance Jess on New Girl
He’ll play Jess’ new beau, whose parents — Henry Winkler and Julie Haggerty — are more appealing than he is.

60 Minutes criticized for its Africa coverage by more than 150 writers and professors
A letter sent to the CBS newsmagazine slams it for “frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent…In a series of recent segments from the continent, 60 Minutes has managed, quite extraordinarily, to render people of black African ancestry voiceless and all but invisible.”

Still Standing‘s Mark Addy is returning to CBS in Super Clyde
He’ll play Clyde’s sidekick on the comedy pilot from Greg Garcia.

Nashville gives Chris Carmack’s character a dad
CSI: Miami alum Rex Linn will play Will Lexington’s father.

Which Empire co-stars are dating?
Trai Byers and Grace Gealey are a real-life couple, according to Us Weekly.