News Nuggets: Jon Stewart shocks viewers by departing ‘Daily Show’ later this year

Emmy champ Jon Stewart shocks his studio audience at Tuesday’s taping by announcing he is leaving “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” later this year. He took over the Comedy Central program from Craig Kilborn in 1999 and has been its satirical news anchor ever since. It dominated the Emmy Awards as Best Variety Series for 10 straight years from 2003 through 2012. The show helped start the careers of Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, John Oliver, and Larry Wilmore. The Wrap

Anne Thompson offers six romantic reasons that “Fifty Shades of Grey” will rock the box office this weekend. Even though the book by E.L. James is quite steamy, it is ultimately a classic romance where the “smart innocent beauty with limited means meets experienced but troubled wealthy grey-eyed rake.” She also provides a round-up of reviews for the film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Thompson on Hollywood

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Spider-Man is finally joining the Marvel universe of film characters after a new deal is struck. While the superhero character has always been with Marvel comics, he was licensed only to Sony for films. With the new pact Sony reaches with Disney, he could potentially be featured along with other Avengers characters such as Iron Man and Captain America. The first solo feature with Disney/Sony is slated for July, 2017. USA Today

David Rooney provides a first review and trailer for potential Emmy contender “Bloodline.” The drama series from the “Damages” creators stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard. The Netflix show will debut on March 20 and is called a “riveting, superbly cast slow-burn” family drama set on the murky swamps of the Florida Keys. Hollywood Reporter

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NBC managing editor and news anchor Brian Williams is now suspended by the network for six months without pay. He had previously claimed to be under fire while riding in a military helicoptor in 2003 but recently admitted that was not true. Longtime NBC reporter Lester Holt will anchor the news during this suspension. The benching comes just two months after Williams had signed a new five-year deal worth more than $10 million per year. Deadline

CBS is the top network for this week in large part due to the 24.8 million viewers who watched Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The broadcaster claimed seven of the top 10 shows this week, including “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Mom,” “Blue Boods,” and “Criminal Minds.” TV by the Numbers

Margaret Lyons gives her five ways to fix those “horrible” red carpet arrival specials for the awards shows. Calling them “sexist, stupid, and a waste of time,” she says to “stop expecting actresses to know or care about fashion.” She suggests asking stylists those sorts of questions and to add people like Jimmy Fallon or Ellen DeGeneres on the red carpet and not just on the ceremonies themselves. Vulture

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