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Jordan Chariton

Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

‘Sharknado’ Director Answers: Social or TV Hit?

SharknadoWith the sequel premiering tonight on SyFy, anticipation for “Sharknado 2″ has reached frenzy levels.

And one of the movie’s stars, Tara Reid, and director Anthony Ferrante appeared this afternoon on MSNBC to talk about the cult phenomenon the movie has become. On whether the shark thriller has become more of a social media hit than a TV one, Ferrante disagreed.

“I think it’s a misnomer. We knew that a lot of people watched the movie and it wasn’t just social media because people were commenting about the movie on Twitter that night and we thought it was this gargantuan thing…as it increased and started getting really crazy, you started to see that thing was just huge.”

And even the longest-serving member of Congress is getting into it, albeit in his case, it was to ask what all the fuss is about.

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CNBC Now Available on Apple TV

CNBCCNBC has become the first NBCUniversal property available on Apple TV, the network announced today.

The CNBC TV Everywhere app for Apple TV will allow business audiences to watch real-time streaming of the network’s business day programs, which span from 4am to 7pmET. On-demand clips will also be available. Some programs featured on the app include “Squawk Box,” ”Closing Bell,” and “Mad Money with Jim Cramer.“  Primetime and weekend shows will also be available on CNBC/Apple TV, including “The Profit,” “American Greed,” “The Suze Orman Show,” and “Restaurant Startup.”

“Apple TV allows CNBC viewers to be in control of their experience, ensuring they will never miss the business news and information they need or any of the primetime programs they enjoy,” said Mark Hoffman, President of CNBC. “Apple TV is the first, full-featured CNBC TV Everywhere experience viewers have on a TV-connected device, further advancing NBCUniversal’s commitment to making authenticated content accessible to consumers anytime, anywhere,” said Alison Moore, EVP and GM, NBCUniversal TV Everywhere.

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#PalinTVShows Trending After Launch of ‘The Sarah Palin Channel’

She took the political world by storm during the election of 2008, and Sarah Palin is now looking to dominate the digital media landscape.

The former VP candidate announced the “The Sarah Palin Channel” last night on Facebook.

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How ‘Alex on the Plaza’ is Using Social to Produce Great ‘Today’ Show Moments

With hundreds of fans lining up for daily segments and frequent concerts, serving as the producer for the “Today” show plaza requires being a jack-of-all-trades. And Alex Ficquette has been just that for over a year, with an assist from social media.

Lost Remote was at the OneRepublic concert in the plaza Friday to watch the Associate Producer in action. Every day, whether it’s a big concert or smaller segment, Ficquette aims to rev up fans.

“We had Blakely, hashtag #hireBlakely,” Ficquette told us about one fan. “She was here in the dead of winter right after her college graduation and held the sign outside.”

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Jerry Seinfeld on Reddit ‘AMA’: Seinfeld Reunion Would be ‘Lame’

SeinfeldSeinfeld fanatics are probably screaming a Kramer-esque “Jerry!” today after Jerry Seinfeld squashed their dreams of a reunion via Reddit.

Taking part in his second “Ask Me Anything” session today, Seinfeld responded to a fan asking about a sequel.

I think you’re wrong. I think it would be lame, and I think it would be an embarrassment to the nice place that the show occupies. I’m absolutely happy keeping it the way it is. You can’t keep asking for more of certain things, you know? one of the keys to life is having a sense of proportion, knowing how long to sit at a restaurant after you’ve eaten, or how long you should go on vacation – if you go to Hawaii for a month on vacation, I guarantee you that by the end you’ll hate it. So it’s the same with a TV show, you want to do a certain amount of it, so that when people look back on it and they love it. I could have easily done the show for one or two or three more years, but it would have changed the way people look back at it. I think I made the right decision. Because people like the show now even more than they did in the 1990s, because it didn’t get worn out.

Earlier this year, we spoke to the creator of the @SeinfeldToday twitter account, Josh Gondelman, about how a Seinfeld reunion would rate in the social TV era.
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John Stamos’ Tumblr Advice for Calling Your Mom, Attitude Toward ‘Uncle Jesse’ Label

Tumblr StamosSocial media wasn’t around when John Stamos played the rockstar “Uncle Jesse” on “Full House.”  But now that social complements upcoming TV shows and movies, he’s leveraging it for all it’s worth.

Stamos did a Tumblr “Dashboard Confessions” Q & A last night to promote his upcoming movie, “My Man Is a Loser,” which hits theaters tomorrow.

When asked about being labeled “Uncle Jesse,” Stamos gave a glass half-full kind of answer (pictured right).

He also had advice for how to treat your mother.

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USA Network Partners With Wattpad for ‘Dig’ Prequel

DigUSA’s new investigative drama “Dig” premieres in the fall, but a prequel story is on the way via the social site Wattpad.

“DIG: The Official Prequel” will be available on Wattpad, a social site for readers and writers, well in advance of the official “Dig” premiere this fall. The 12-episode prequel is written by the same writers of the soon-to-debut show and available on Wattpad’s app and on Wattpad.com.

USA and Wattpad describe the prequel as a story centering around main character Peter Connely “as he arrives in Jerusalem to solve a multi-million dollar cyber-heist and will take readers right up to the first episode airing on USA.”

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AMC and Next Games Release Trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ Mobile Game

“The Walking Dead” has become a social TV favorite over the years, and today, AMC and Next Games gave fans a sneak peak at what the hit show’s upcoming new mobile game will look like.

“The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land” trailer was released, showing animated images of the game’s characters–modeled after the popular show–with a somber song playing in the background. The game, which will premiere at at the same time season 5 premieres early next year, will allow smartphone and tablet users the opportunity to fight for survival like the show’s characters do.

“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, of Next Games.

Beamly Expanding to Android TV

Beamly_Masterbrand_HeroOn the heels of recent growth, Beamly is set to expand its suite of mobile features to the first screen.

The company announced today its app, which includes a personalized TV guide, content discovery and recommendation features, remote control, personalized news feeds, and more, will soon be available for Android TV sets. It’s the first time company’s technology will be available for TV sets.

“We’ve always seen the future as being not about the first screen or the second screen, but a two-way connection between the device in your hand where you browse and interact with TV shows, and the big screen where you watch those shows” said Anthony Rose, co-founder & CTO at Beamly. “The arrival of the Android TV platform will finally make this possible.”

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NASA Taking CBS’ Instagram to Space

This week, “CBS This Morning” is partnering with NASA to take its social fans to space.

The first photo, posted on “CTM’s” Instagram this morning, shows an image of a solar flare.

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