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Just days after Univision cut ties with Donald Trump, NBC is following suit. The peacock network announced it’s officially ending its relationship with the 69-year-old business tycoon. That means Celebrity Apprentice and both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will no longer air on the channel.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC . In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

Trump found himself in hot water after making comments he made about Mexican immigrants while declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. He pretty much called them rapists, drug dealers and other unsavory characters.

read his offending comments after the jump

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At long last, NBC has finally shared footage from the highly-anticipated Heroes: Reborn. The new trailer gives an exciting look at the 13-episode event-series reboot which picks up five years after the events of Heroes’ last episode. The network released an official description as well.

Returning cast members include Jack Coleman as H.R.G., Jimmy Jean-Louis as The Haitian, Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, and Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman. The cast also includes Zachary Levi along with Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski, Gatlin Green and Ryan Guzman. Check out the stirring promo below. Guzman looks absolutely tasty in it. WOOF!!!

Official Description

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”).

watch trailer after the jump

NBC Officially Names New Nightly News Host

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NBC finally confirmed whether or not the beleaguered anchor would return as anchor of the Nightly News. Brian Williams is staying at the network but will lose the highly-coveted gig. Instead, the 56-year-old news anchor will now join MSNBC as an anchor of breaking news and special reports.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the following in a statement, “Brian now has the chance to earn back everyone’s trust. His excellent work over twenty-two years at NBC News has earned him that opportunity.”

Taking over as the permanent anchor is Dateline reporter Lester Holt. “Promised my family I wouldn’t think about work during vacation. Just got the ok to break that promise. Excited and grateful for new role,” he tweeted after the announcement.

“Lester has done outstanding work for NBC News over the last 10 years, and he’s performed remarkably well over the last few months under very tough circumstances,” said NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack in a statement. “He’s an exceptional anchor who goes straight to the heart of every story and is always able to find its most direct connection to the everyday lives of our audience. In many ways, television news stands at a crossroads, and Lester is the perfect person to meet the moment.”

Williams finally broke his silence on his suspension and being found guilty of an internal investigation for fabricating stories. His two-part interview with Matt Lauer will air on Friday. In the meantime, read his statement issued about his new position.

read Williams statement after the jump

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Another original cast member has been reborn.

Sendil Ramamurthy who played Dr Mohinder Suresh is the latest addition to NBC’s event miniseries, Heroes Reborn. He joins previously announced returning OGs Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet), and Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian).

Ramamurthy’s character was quite integral to the original series. He was a geneticist who had an ability to identify the potential for latent “abilities” to surface. He pretty much assembled the titular “heroes.”

Since Heroes, Sundil has been seen in Beauty and the Beast and Covert Affairs. Are you glad another original cast member is making a brief appearance? Weigh in below.

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Do I need to ramble on as to why you should watch this clip? Com’n, just check out the picture above. Alan Ritchson never really turned my crank previously, but get him wet and executing some choreography, and you’ve got me swooning.

NBC’s new reality show, I Can Do That, is perfect Summer viewing. It’s mindless, charming and actually quite watchable. Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Ciara, comedian Jeff Dye, Nicole Scherzinger and Ritchson pair up for weekly challenges where they learn magic, how to be a Globetrotter, dance routines and other stunts. The studio audience then votes for the winner.

On the premiere episode, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle teamed up with the Pussycat Doll to perform a gravity-defying AiRealistic routine. As eye-catching and beautiful as the routine was, a shirtless Ritchson hearing feedback from his co-stars was everything. Dude is ripped. The only thing that would’ve made this better is if Joe Jonas stepped in to perform with Ritchson. Maybe next time. Check out the sexy clip below.

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Dylan Bruce Joins Heroes: Reborn Cast

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Don’t worry all you Dylan Bruce fans out there. Just because he left Orphan Black, it doesn’t mean you won’t get your weekly fix of the 35-year-old Canadian stud. He just joined NBC’s Heroes: Reborn revival in a recurring role.

Dylan joins fellow franchise newbies, Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Eve Harlow, Judith Shekoni and Danika Yarosh. No word on what part he’ll play. Among those returning from the original series include Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian), Masi Oka (Hiro), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) and Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet).

If you’re not familiar with Bruce, check out several pics below of him with and without his shirt on.

more pics of Dylan after the jump

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Another hero has been reborn. NBC’s revival Heroes Reborn has snagged another OG cast member from the original series.

Greg Grunberg is set to reprise his telepathic role of Officer Matt Parkman for a guest arc when the sci-fi series returns. The 48-year-old actor reunites with Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet), and Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian) for the reboot. They’ll be joined by newbies Zachary Levi (Chuck), Ryan Guzman (Pretty Little Liars) and Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time).

Like most people, I enjoyed the first season of Heroes. Like most shows though, it lost its way during its sophomore season. In it’s defence, the quality was partially due to the writers strike. Hopefully, it can recapture the magic of its first year.

Are you excited for Grunberg’s return? Who else are you hoping comes back? Weigh in below.

Anna Kendrick As A Female Indiana Jones?

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Given Hollywood’s track record rebooting popular films with female leads like Ghostbusters and The Expendables, this doesn’t seem that far fetched. Anna Kendrick can do no wrong in my book, but wearing the archeologist’s signature hat and handling his whip would be a huge misstep. Thankfully, this is just a promo for NBC’s upcoming Red Nose Day special on May 21.

The Pitch Perfect actress plays Indianna Jones (note the spelling) in this cute parody. She recreates that memorable Grail Room scene from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Does Anna pick the right cup or does she meet an untimely fate? Watch the video below and find out.

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