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A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc may soon be running Vice, Lacey Rose writes:

What’s happening: Change is coming to Vice Media, where cable TV veteran Nancy Dubuc is in talks to assume the CEO role long held by co-founder Shane Smith. Dubuc announced Monday that she was stepping down from her position at A+E.

Backstory: Recognizing that the company, plagued by #MeToo-era turmoil, could benefit from a powerful female at its helm and already having a shorthand with Dubuc, Smith is said to have recruited her to the top position. The talks are believed to be in the late stages but not yet formalized.

Smith’s role in all this: Assuming Dubuc does step into the CEO role, Smith would scale back more than he already has in recent years, though he will remain involved in content. Full story.

American Idol premiere ratings…

Solid return: In its first outing, the former Fox juggernaut delivered ABC an average 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers over two hours. It’s a solid restart for the franchise, which has a lot riding on it — while also being subjected to slightly less pressure than during its original run.

Compared to itself: The first episode of the show’s final season on Fox pulled an average 3.0 rating in the key demo and just shy of 11 million viewers. That adds up to initial same-day losses of roughly 23 percent among younger viewers and a scant 6 percent among total viewers from little more than two years ago.

Compared to The Voice: The NBC darling returned for its latest season with a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.3 million night of viewers, so Idol still hasn’t made up the gap. 

Stormy watch…

Update: CBS News president David Rhodes confirmed yesterday that CBS will indeed air its 60 Minutes interview with porn star Stormy Daniels. He did not, however, say when the interview would air. 

Speaking of…

Trump’s Beverly Hills trip: It’s looking like the president’s fundraising dinner party tonight (to be held at an undisclosed location) will be very un-Hollywood compared to similar soirees honoring his predecessor, Barack Obama, where the entertainment industry’s elite would show up en masse. “You’d be surprised at the lack of star power,” said one person familiar with Tuesday night’s guest list. Read more.

Scientology TV launches…

Streaming clear: The first thing to broadcast on the network yesterday? Church leader David Miscavige saying this: “We’re not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you. No, we simply want to show you, because after all, the first principle of Scientology is that it’s only true if it is true to you. So, take a look and then decide for yourself.” That was followed by an hourlong special showing viewers the inside of their churches. Read more.

There may be a 90210 revival…

Going back: Nearly two decades after wrapping Beverly Hills, 90210, former co-stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are in the early stages of developing a project based on the old teen drama for CBS Television Studios. The project, according to People, would feature Spelling and Garth playing exaggerated versions of themselves. Full story.

Fuller House’s new bosses…

The replacements: Steve Baldikoski and Bryan Behar will take over the Netflix comedy after creator Jeff Franklin was ousted following behavioral complaints. They’ll start on the show’s upcoming fourth season, which begins production later this year.

Jane the Virgin news…

End is near? The star of the CW series said during a SXSW panel that she hoped to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.” So what does this mean? Unclear so far, but Rodriguez’s comments come as The CW has yet to renew anything for next season. The network declined comment on the future of the series.

All sorts of big streaming news…

Netflix’s new animated series: The tech giant has added yet another high-profile series to its roster by handing out a straight-to-series, two-season order for Central Park, an animated musical comedy from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard as well as Nora Smith and Josh Gad. The crowded cast: On top of Gad, the show boasts Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

Hulu’s hot literary adaptation: Following a bidding war, the streamer has handed a straight-to-series order for the adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestseller Little Fires Everywhere, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington attached to star and executive produce. A premiere date for the eight-episode drama has not yet been determined.

Amazon’s big new comedy: Cazzie David, social media star (and daughter of Larry), is set to star in, write and exec produce a comedy titled Half-Empty for Amazon Studios. The series follows a sardonic girl in her final year of college whose overactive imagination leads to catastrophic thinking and hilarious mishaps.

Nicole Kidman’s next project…

Another limited series: Kidman, who starred in Top of the Lake: China Girl and Big Little Lies (now a regular series, of course) will star in The Undoing, an HBO psychological thriller limited series from David E. Kelly.

Elsewhere in TV…

Robin Tunney lands Marcia Clark drama: The actress will topline ABC’s pilot The Fix, billed as a legal thriller from Clark and writers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain.

Anna Paquin goes Pop: The Oscar-winning actress will star in Pop TV’s upcoming six-episode limited series Flack, about a competitive, London-based public relations connoisseur. 

Nina Dobrev’s CBS pilot: The former Vampire Diaries star will lead the network’s comedy pilot Fam, about a woman (Dobrev) whose dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé are dashed when her trainwreck half-sister comes to crash with her.

Vincent Kartheiser returns to TV: The actor, best known as Pete Campbell from Mad Men, will star in Fox’s untitled legal drama from Empire‘s Danny Strong and David Elliot (Four Brothers).

Sarah Wright Olsen heads back to The CW: The 7th Heaven vet has landed the leading role in the network’s drama pilot Skinny Dip, based on the Carl Hiaasen novel.

NBC renews The Wall: The game show will return for another 20 episodes.

Kareem’s column…

Review: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar digs into the new book Bachelor Nation — as well as the “emotional harassment” he recently witnessed on the show. His main question: “Will the producers learn from their hubris, or do they think they’ve gotten away with something and it’s back to business as usual?” Read more

+ 7 surprising revelations from Bachelor Nation. From pre-categorizing contestants to creating a game of cash incentives, a self-proclaimed Bachelor fanatic dives into the inner mechanics behind ABC’s hit franchise. Read more.

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