TV/STREAMING . . .
Shonda Rhimes' daughter knows the value of a dollar -- 'cause she earned every penny during a single appearance on mom's hit show, "Scandal," this year. TMZ has obtained 16-year-old Harper Rhimes' contract for her cameo role in the series finale back in Spring, and she raked in $1,089 for the one day of work. By the way, she had about 30 seconds of screen time in the episode ... that's a pretty sweet rate. By the way, Harper's contract has to be filed in court because she's under 18. Harper's role as Girl #1 came in the closing moments of the big finale. She's one of the kids walking through a museum and looking at an oil painting of Olivia Pope. This scene -- which, according to the contract, was shot on March 16 -- appears to be an homage to the viral photo from 2 weeks earlier of a young girl looking at Michelle Obama's portrait in the National Portrait gallery. Considering it was a non-speaking role ... Harper's cool grand is a pretty sweet allowance. Or as Olivia would put it, "It's handled." (TMZ)
Yes, The Real Housewives of Dallas Stars Fight About Brandi Redmond's Adoption. There have been a lot of questionable fights over the years on Bravo's The Real Housewives franchise and the latest on The Real Housewives of Dallas is next level. In the exclusive preview clip, the ladies of the Lone Star state are all assembled in Beaver Creek with drinks ("50,000 tequila shots" and red wine) and desserts flowing. Seems like a grand ole time... until Kameron Westcott starts some drama. Kam isn't happy she was left out of the secret that Brandi Redmond adopted a baby boy. She learned the news, as did most of the other women except Cary Deuber and Stephanie Hollman, at the adoption party that was shown in the Wednesday, Aug. 22 episode. "Were your feelings heart that you didn't know about the baby?" Kam asks D'Andra Simmons in the preview. "So f -- king stupid," Cary says. Yes, Kam is upset that everyone who is a cast member on the show didn't know about Brandi's adoption. Just look at Brandi's face as Kam goes on and on. "People that she's known for 10 years didn't know until she walked down those stairs," Stephanie says. A teary Brandi says she wasn't trying to hide anything from Kam. "It was just, like, a matter of fact kind of thing, you know?" "Instead of celebrating Brandi's adoption, she's sitting here making this poor girl feel like the biggest piece of s -- t because she didn't tell you about this baby beforehand," Stephanie says. Kam maintains it's a lot to take in when you see your friend debut a "real, alive baby in her arms." "That's hard," she says. Things quickly devolve even more when Stephanie says Kameron shouldn't be bashing Brandi for adopting a baby. The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)
Behind Craig Melvin's move to step down from Saturday 'Today'. When Craig Melvin stepped down over the weekend as Saturday anchor of NBC's "Today" there was buzz at the network that he will next be groomed to join Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb as an anchor on the weekday broadcast, TV insiders told Page Six. Sources exclusively added that NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander will be announced as Melvin's Saturday replacement in the coming weeks. A source told us, "The reason Craig Melvin was taken off Saturdays is to elevate him on weekdays." The source added that "Craig will eventually be [a weekday] anchor .?.?. You don't leave an anchor job to be a reporter." Melvin, who's a reporter and fill-in anchor during the week on "Today," said on-air Saturday of his exit: "For the better part of the past year, I have been pulling triple duty here at NBC News." He's also an MSNBC anchor. The source said, "He already plays a big role [on 'Today'] Monday to Friday. The network is really high on him right now: He's smart, charming, handsome and, perhaps most importantly, a family man." But another insider insisted Melvin's role during the week at "Today" will remain the same. Said the source, "Craig has been working six days a week for about a year, between the 'Today' show Monday to Friday and on the weekends .?.?. So, he stepped back from Saturday. He's going to continue doing the weekday 'Today' show as well as his MSNBC show, and he's not being 'groomed' for anything else." In January, Kotb replaced Matt Lauer -- who was axed in November by NBC amid a sexual-harassment scandal -- to star opposite Guthrie. The pairing resulted in an initial ratings boost, with the show even beating "Good Morning America." But recently, "Today" has been posting year-over-year audience losses in the 7-to-9 a.m. slot, according to TVNewser (as has "GMA"). "Today" has lost to "GMA" in overall ratings while still winning the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic. (PageSix)