Stars and barred
The movement to remove Confederate flag imagery has, unsurprisingly, hit "The Dukes of Hazzard." Warner Bros.' consumer licensing division will stop selling die-cut replicas and model kits of the General Lee, which features the flag on its roof. "We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories," the company said. No word on whether the car's moniker is next to go.
David Brent lives!
Open Road Films will distribute Ricky Gervais' "Life on the Road," a spinoff of the original "The Office." … "The Downslope," an unproduced screenplay written by Stanley Kubrick in 1956, will become a trilogy directed by Marc Forster ("World War Z"). … The "Independence Day" sequel, due in June 2016, is subtitled "Resurgence." … Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") is replacing Robert Pattinson in the thriller "Brimstone."
The last supper
NBC has canceled the serial killer drama "Hannibal." … Kevin Spacey and Fox News' Megyn Kelly are developing the White House drama "The Resident." … Amazon is in talks to produce "Sneaky Pete," a drama pilot produced by Bryan Cranston that CBS had passed on. … Amazon's "Transparent," which doesn't even have a premiere date for Season 2, was renewed for Season 3.
No regular Joe
Don't call him G.I. Joe: Channing Tatum tells Howard Stern, "Look, I'll be honest: I (bleeping) hate that movie ['The Rise of Cobra']. … I was pushed into doing that movie" as part of a three-picture deal that he initially embraced, hoping to play Snake Eyes (which the studio nixed). He can take comfort, at least, that Joe was killed off in the sequel "Retaliation."
Finding their scruples
PBS has suspended the genealogical series "Finding Your Roots" in the wake of an investigation that showed producers bowed to pressure from Ben Affleck not to reveal he had slaveholding ancestors. Production on the third season has been halted until staffing changes are made, including the hiring of a factchecker. PBS said that producers violated network standards by letting Affleck have "improper influence."