TV briefs: Viola Davis voice of Delta ads in 2017, ‘$100,000 Pyramid’ casting call in Atlanta, CNN vs. Kellyanne Conway

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Viola Davis attends The Hollywood Reporter 5th Annual Nominees Night at Spago on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 06: Actress Viola Davis attends The Hollywood Reporter 5th Annual Nominees Night at Spago on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

This was posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Golden Globe winning actress Viola Davis will be the voice of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines in 2017.

She takes over for actor Donald Sutherland, who was the airline’s voice for six years.

Davis, who stars in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” narrates her first ad called “4 a.m.”

Various Delta customers get ready at 4 a.m. to the tune “Heigh Ho” from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Davis’ voice intones: “Here’s to all 180 million of you early risers, go getters and should-be sleepers from the 80,000 of us at Delta because the ones who truly change the world are the ones who can’t wait to get out in it.”

“Viola Davis is an incredible talent and a natural fit for Delta and the ‘4 A.M.’ spot that introduces her as the new voice of Delta,” said Tim Mapes, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Delta in a press release. “She is true to herself and, like many of our customers, wakes up every day with the grit, determination and will to go out into the world and conquer it.”

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There’s an open casting call February 18 and 19 for ABC’s prime-time version of “$100,000 Pyramid” hosted by “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan. The game show returned last summer with other classic game shows “Match Game” and “Celebrity Family Feud.”

“Pyramid,” which has used differing top dollar amounts over the years, was once popular with Dick Clark as host from 1973 to 1988 while Bill Cullin hosted a syndicated version from 1974 to 1979. Revivals have been tried over the years with John Davidson (1991), Donny Osmond (2002-2004) and Mike Richards (2012 for GSN). Celebrities are paired with regular folks to play charades using topics selected off a pyramid.

The details are in this flyer:

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CNN has been in a battle with President Donald Trump since his first press conference when he called them “fake news.”

This past Sunday, CNN rejected an offer from the White House to interview Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, telling the New York Times they were questioning her credibility. Her use of a non-existent “Bowling Green Massacre” got her plenty of bad press.

After Sean Spicer, press secretary, said CNN had backed off those NYT comments, CNN responded on Twitter: “CNN was clear, on the record, about our concerns about Kellyanne Conways credibility to the New York Times and others,” network officials said. “We have not ‘retracted’ nor ‘walked back’ those comments. Those are the facts.”

But within two days, CNN put Conway on anyway with Jake Tapper Tuesday. She tried to explain Trump’s claim the media ignores terrorist attacks. She also said she doesn’t believe CNN is fake news.

You can watch Tapper and Conway spar here.

 

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