Daly to join ‘Today’ in newly created role
NEW YORK — NBC says Carson Daly is joining the on-air team at the “Today” show.
Daly will be host of the Orange Room, a digital studio that will be part of the show’s revamped Manhattan home, Studio 1A. He starts Monday with the introduction of the new set.
As host of the Orange Room, Daly will bridge the “Today” show’s television and digital platforms. The network describes it as “the nexus point” between “Today” and its audience.
Daly will continue to host and produce NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” as well as serving in other roles at the network.
The addition of Daly and the redesigned “Today” set are the latest competitive moves against ABC archrival “Good Morning America,” which has stolen the ratings crown from “Today” in the past year.
‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff to feature Goodman
NEW YORK — AMC is calling Saul Goodman for a spinoff of the network’s drama series “Breaking Bad.”
AMC and Sony Pictures Television recently confirmed the long-discussed spinoff, which will feature the popular supporting character from “Breaking Bad” in a one-hour prequel tentatively titled “Better Call Saul.”
Played by Bob Odenkirk, 50, Goodman is the sleazy New Mexico lawyer whose clients include “Breaking Bad” antiheroes Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, who manufacture crystal meth.
AMC said the new series would focus on Goodman before he crossed paths with those drug czars.
Odenkirk’s credits include “Saturday Night Live,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and, paired with David Cross, HBO’s “Mr. Show” sketch-comedy series.
“Breaking Bad” concludes its much-acclaimed five-season run on Sept. 29.
‘Walking Dead’ actor struck by vehicle
SENOIA, Ga. — An actor playing a zombie on the set of the hit cable show “The Walking Dead” is recovering after reports that he was struck by a military vehicle during filming in Georgia.
A police report states that 20-year-old actor Garrett Zane Orr was hit by the vehicle when its brakes didn’t function properly.
A spokesperson for the AMC show told WXIA-TV that Orr was flown to Atlanta Medical Center.
Filming was temporarily halted after the accident, but has since resumed.
The Atlanta station reports that Orr’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was released from the hospital.