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Chip And Joanna Gaines To Launch Their Own Cable Network In 2020

On Wednesday, Discovery announced that Chip and Joanna Gaines will soon be getting their own cable TV channel as part of the launch of a new multi-platform media company led by the pair. The still unnamed network will debut in summer 2020 and take over the space currently occupied by the DIY Network, which reaches 52 million US homes, Discovery said. A new subscription streaming service is also in the plans. ...Read more

One Dead, 15 Injured In North Carolina Gas Explosion

Police in North Carolina said that a gas explosion partially collapsed a North Carolina building and set it ablaze on Wednesday morning, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen. Durham Police Department public affairs manager Wil Glenn said a contractor boring under a sidewalk hit a 2-inch gas line, triggering the explosion. One person was killed and 15 people were taken to area hospitals, Glenn said at a news conference. One firefighter was seriously injured, he also said. ...Read more

AMC Launching A Third ‘Walking Dead’ Series For 2020

AMC has announced it is green-lighting a third scripted series set in the world of The Walking Dead. According to the network, the series “will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.” ...Read more

Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers President

Magic Johnson abruptly stepped down as the organization’s president of basketball operations on Tuesday night, less than two hours before the Lakers’ regular-season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center.  The 59-year-old Johnson said he officially made up his mind on Tuesday to step down, but that a lot of factors went into the decision. ...Read more