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TVLine Items: Brian Williams No Longer Suspended, GH Re-Recast and More

Brian Williams, you’re officially out of the doghouse.

The former Nightly News anchor’s six-month suspension — which began in February, following an investigation into his coverage of the Iraq War — is officially over, according to CNNMoney.

After an extensive review confirmed that many of Williams’ field reporting anecdotes were inaccurate, the newsman took a position as MSNBC’s anchor of breaking news and special reports. Lester Holt assumed Williams’ former spot in the Nightly News anchor chair.

“What has happened in the past has been identified and torn apart by me and has been fixed, has been dealt with,” Williams told Matt Lauer in June. “And going forward, there are going to be different rules of the road.”

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* General Hospital actor Robb Derringer — who was briefly replaced by Grayson McCouch in the role of Kyle Sloane — will once again play the character beginning in September, our good friends at Soaps In Depth report.

* Rick and Morty has been renewed for a third season, Adult Swim announced Wednesday.

* Travis Van Winkle (The Last Ship, Hart of Dixie) will guest-star on Scorpion‘s upcoming second season. Per, he will appear in Episode 4 as the smart and loyal Ensign Nathan Hall, who must help Walter, Happy and Cabe escape a downed submarine before they run out of air.

* Reruns of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show will air on Antenna TV, beginning Jan. 1, at 11 pm every weeknight.

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  1. IMHO says:

    What Brian Williams did was stupid and his punishment was more severe than anything that happened to Bush Cheney et al for lying to the Nation to get to start a war with Iraq.
    A lie that cost us dearly in treasure and lives.

    • S. says:

      Not the same thing. If you’re claiming to be a journalist, there’s a requirement of truth and without that your job is irrelevant because anybody could do your job at that point. Literally anybody. Why pay attention to anyone not presenting factual information? That’s literally the primary job, the reason people watch the news. You can’t ask NBC to render their nightly news useless as far as the public’s concerned. Let’s not pretend we think politicians are always telling us the truth. Most people think they hide things, if you’re a VP or President you’re gonna be classifying stuff so we for sure won’t have the whole truth about everything, and they all have people giving them money for influence. The designs and motivations are gonna be suspect and we all kinda know that or should. Giving journalists money for influence is ethically wrong and again, poisonous. Veracity and reporting of fact is the only thing Brian Williams can embody and do and have his job. He became a punchline by not doing that. Fox News gets away with what they do by claiming some of it’s news and some’s opinion. They blur the line terribly, but they know better than to boldly declare all of what they do is journalism.

      • LT says:

        While I agree with your sentiment…when a journalist lies nobody gets killed. When politicians with power lie and wreak world havoc that cost lives, that is WAY WORSE. Please tell me you can see THAT difference.

    • topoopon says:

      A better example would be Judy Miller or Bill O’Reilly or Steve Douchey.

    • Miffy says:

      What a ridiculous comparison. So because you think that “Bush Cheney et al” “lied”, then everyone else should get lesser punishments? That makes a ton of sense.

    • tvjunkie says:

      They didn’t lie, the intelligence turned out to be bad. If you want to talk about lying, look no further than the Clintons on just about everything or Obama and he’s multiple lies on Obamacare, the Iran deal and many other subjects.

    • Lucifer says:

      If anyone honestly still thinks Bush lied to get us to go to war; congratulations, you’re ignorant. Like others said, the intelligence was bad at the time and democrats like Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton all voted for the war as well.

  2. dude says:

    Grayson McCouch didn’t do much to elevate the role but Robb Deringer was terrible. There’s a reason the role was recast.

    • KayCeeCee says:

      Grayson McCouch wasn’t given much to do in the role, though.

    • jbj says:

      I disagree! Both actors were creepy, but at least RD’s Sloane was sexier. It was pretty obvious that he had a thing for Anna, but GMc reset that button, removing a lot of the sexual tension that had been building. When they did finally hookup, it seemed so desperate and forced.

  3. BrightLight says:

    I wonder if GH will even acknowledge the Slone change or will it be like how Y&R just switches out Faiths when the main one has another acting job?

  4. John says:

    It kind of makes me wonder if there are other journalists who’ve embellished the truth in various ways. Certainly there are, he cannot be the only one, and I’m not talking about the guys and dolls at Faux News.

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Rick & Morty got renewed for season 3! Season 2 been great so far.

  6. Gail says:

    I was surprised to read on another website that the Carson Tonight Show will be a full hour and not the half hour show that was syndicated. On Saturdays they will run one of the 90 minute episodes at 10 PM.. Carson will on all the shows, the shows will not be broadcast in any type of order, and the shows won’t repeat for a full year.

  7. Deena says:

    What is Antenna TV and where can I find it because I would love to watch Carson.

    • Gail says:

      If you google Antenna TV you can go on their website and search by your zip code to see if it is in your area. Its usually one of the sub channels on local TV .

  8. tvjunkie says:

    “Brian Williams, you’re officially out of the doghouse.” I thought banishment to MSNBCBS was the doghouse?