TV briefs: ‘Finding Carter,’ Kenan Thompson, Ed Helms, Anderson Cooper

Kathryn Prescott plays Carter, the lead in MTV's "Finding Carter." Season two will be less about her trauma and more about her trying to manage other people's issues. CREDIT: MTV

Kathryn Prescott plays Carter, the lead in MTV’s “Finding Carter.” CREDIT: MTV

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VH1 has doubled the number of episodes for the second season of MTV’s “Finding Carter,” which is shot in Atlanta but set in Virginia. TV Line broke the news.

Instead of the 12 episodes already produced and airing now, MTV is adding 12 more for the second season. I’m not sure when production will resume.

The show is about a teen trying to adjust to life with her biological family after discovering the woman she thought was her mom was not.

I only have access to overnight ratings of the show, which have fallen off season two but MTV’s decision may have to do with other metrics, including on-demand and DVR usage. The May 19 episode had a series low 580,000 overnight viewers.


Kenan Thompson enters his 12th season and likely final season with "Saturday Night Live." CREDIT: promotional photos

Kenan Thompson is expected to return for a 13th season with “SNL.” CREDIT: promotional photos

Atlanta native Kenan Thompson will stay with “Saturday Night Live” next season, his 13th year.

Despite rumors last fall that the 2014-15 season would be his last, he told Marc Maron on Maron’s WTF podcast he was going to stick around another year after all.

“Well they said that at the beginning [of the season] for some reason,” Thompson said on the podcast. “People I guess thought they had some info and just threw that story out. And we denied it immediately, but the only thing people remember is [that someone said I was leaving].”

He is the most senior member of the cast, going back to 2003, and is the longest running black cast member, surpassing Tim Meadows.


Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey have teamed up for an NBC variety show featuring precocious kids. CREDIT: Getty Images

Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey have teamed up for an NBC variety show featuring precocious kids. CREDIT: Getty Images

Part-time Atlanta resident Steve Harvey  is hosting “Little Big Shots,” a new NBC summer show that has been given eight episodes.

The comedy variety show will feature young talented kids. He is co executive producing with Ellen DeGeneres.



CNN’s Anderson Cooper fell for a Clickhole parody story supposedly quoting him in a commencement speech. But about five minutes, he acknowledged the err on Twitter. Read more here.

He will be in Atlanta next month for a show at the Cobb Energy Centre with Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” More info about that here.



Ed Helms, a Westminster grad, took time during his commencement speech at the University of Virginia to rip Rolling Stone’s ultimately false story about a supposed frat gang rape on campus.

“It has been said that a rolling stone gathers no moss,” he said. I would add that a Rolling Stone also gathers no verifiable facts or even the tiniest morsels of journalistic integrity.” The words drew sustained applause, according to the Washington Post.

“And sadly,” continued Helms, “Rolling Stone’s rush to define is just the tip of the iceberg. We see it everywhere in the media. Less than three weeks ago, when Baltimore was erupting in violence, Erin Burnett on CNN argued … with a local resident, insisting the rioters be defined as thugs.”


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