In efforts to remedy declining ratings, MSNBC has decided to cancel some of its shows. The network recently announced that one of the shows that are on the chopping block is “The Reid Report” which featured African American political commentator Joy Reid. Although Reid will be losing the show she still will remain a part of MSNBC, serving as the network’s national correspondent across their various platforms and contributing to MSNBC’s primetime shows. She will also become the first reporter for MSNBC’s online partner NowThisNews. The network said that their decision to cancel “The Reid Report” and “Ronan Farrow Daily” was so that their daytime programming can be centered on news. This month MSNBC reportedly had their lowest full-day rating in almost 10 years with an average of 55,000 viewers. MSNBC President Phil Griffin said that he wants to switch up the programming lineup in order to increase and sustain ratings. Read more.
Will There Be a ‘Barbershop 3’?
11 years after releasing the second film, MGM is brushing off the dust from the ‘Barbershop’ movie franchise and has decided that it’s time to develop the threequel. Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube will reportedly play the same roles. Ice Cube’s Cube Vision production company will produce the film. Malcolm Lee may possibly direct the film. The first two movies saw success bringing in $140 million despite the fact that it was created on a low budget. Ice Cube also has other movies in the works including a sequel to “Ride Along” and the N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” which is slated to be released this summer. Read more.
17-Year NBA Veteran Jerome Kersey Dies
17-year NBA veteran Jerome Kersey has died. Kersey played an integral role in leading the Portland Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals and helping the San Antonio Spurs win a title in 1999. Chris McGowan, President and CEO of the Trail Blazers, recently released a statement about Kersey’s passing. “We’re shocked to lose such a great member of our Trail Blazers family,” he said. “The news is so sudden, and we’re sure more details will be forthcoming. But it is indeed a sad day for our organization, the city of Portland and the NBA. Jerome will be remembered not only for his incredible contributions on the court, but his tremendous impact in our community.” Over the course of his career Kersey suited up for teams that included the Portland Trail Blazers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired from playing in 2001 and became an assistant coach in Milwaukee in 2004 and 2005. The cause of death remains unknown. Kersey was 52. Read more.