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HLN rebranding with social-media influence

HLN plans to rebrand itself as a TV gathering place for the social-media generation.

The network says it will reformat its programming to curate news, trending topics and other viral content from all media platforms.

In doing so, it will depart from its recent identity as more of a traditional talk-TV channel.

HLN executive vice president Albie Hecht says other networks may report on the conversation, but “HLN will be part of it.”

The reformatting starts with the syndicated “RightThisMinute,” a daily hour that spotlights emerging Web videos. It premiered Monday and will air at 10 p.m. time.

The network says HLN’s “social-media format” also will be integrated into existing programs including “Morning Express,” “News Now,” “Jane Velez-Mitchell,” “Nancy Grace” and “Dr. Drew on Call.”

‘X Factor’ ending after 3 seasons

Fox and “The X Factor’s” production companies announced Friday that the U.S. edition of the singing competition won’t be coming back this fall.

“X Factor” head judge and creator-executive producer Simon Cowell, who served as a judge on Fox’s “American Idol” for nine seasons, will instead return to the U.K. version of “X Factor” later this year.

“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on ‘The X Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’ ” Cowell said in a statement. “And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public – most of the time!”

The show’s hosts and judging panel was revamped each season with Paul Abdul, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland among those joining Cowell on the panel.

Meyers taps Armisen for band

Seth Meyers says former comedy colleague Fred Armisen will lead the band when he takes over NBC’s “Late Night.”

Meyers tweeted Monday that his former “Saturday Night Live” castmate will “curate and lead” the band and run it even while shooting his IFC comedy series “Portlandia.” NBC confirms the news.

Armisen is best known as a comic performer from “Portlandia” and his decade at “SNL.” But he began show business as a drummer, principally for the punk-rock band Trenchmouth in the 1990s.

He will handle vocals and guitar for “Late Night’s” 8G Band. Other players include Seth Jabour on guitar, Syd Butler on bass, Eli Janney on keyboards and Kimberly Thompson on drums.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” premieres Feb. 24.

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