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Jul 05, 2020

Tony-nominated Broadway star Nick Cordero dies at 41 after protracted battle with COVID-19
Cordero's wife, Amanda Kloots, had documented his rocky progress with emotional daily updates on Instagram and the campaign #wakeupnick.

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Jul 03, 2020

‘The Lord of the Rings' Television Series and ‘Cowboy Bebop' Allowed to Begin Production in New Zealand
The crew members of Amazon Prime Video's television adaptation "The Lord of the Rings" and Netflix's upcoming take on Japanese animated series "Cowboy Bepop," have both been granted permission to enter New Zealand to begin or resume production, along with five other projects. According to New Zealand media website Stuff, the Ministry of Business, Innovation […]

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Jul 03, 2020

From 'Hamilton' to 'Tiger King,' here are the 25 best things we've streamed in 2020 (so far)
No movie theaters, no problem. Here's the best streaming content — movies, series, documentaries and more — from the first half of the year that you can watch from the comfort of your couch.

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Jul 03, 2020

Duffy Writes Open Letter to Netflix to Remove 365 Days
Earlier this year, British singer Duffy reemerged after a lengthy, mysterious absence. We found out in a lengthy essay that the singer had been kidnapped and raped, but now, she's using her platform to help victims. In an open letter, Duffy is asking Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to remove the Polish film 365 Days, a…

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Jul 03, 2020

Netflix's The Baby-Sitters Club Is Perfectly Nostalgic Even For First Time Fans
Even if you have no prior experience with any version of The Baby-Sitters Club, the Netflix series is a delightful binge.

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Jul 03, 2020

Daniel Levy on Why Coronavirus Would Have Destroyed ‘Schitt's Creek'
During their conversation for Variety's Actors on Actors issue, Daniel Levy ("Schitt's Creek") and Kieran Culkin ("Succession") talked about their respective shows' examinations of wealth, and how their characters would fare in quarantine. They also talked about Culkin's child actor past, and the prodigious talents of "Schitt's Creek's" Catherine O'Hara, whom Culkin told Levy made had […]

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Jul 03, 2020

Julie Chen-Moonves on horrible reviews 'Big Brother' got Season 1: 'Like I got like punched in the gut'
Julie Chen-Moonves opens up about the rocky start "Big Brother" got off to 20 years ago this July, and discusses everything from the critics being "mean" to the surprising thing that hasn't changed since day one.

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Jul 03, 2020

Beto O'Rourke slams Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and his ‘death cult'
Beto O'Rourke appeared on "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" to discuss the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Texas.

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Jul 03, 2020

Hannity releases PSA urging people to wear masks: 'I don't have a problem wearing a mask'
Hannity touts the effectiveness of wearing masks in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Jul 02, 2020

Katy Keene canceled by the CW, looking for a potential new home
The 'Riverdale' spin-off 'Katy Keene' will not get a second season on the CW, but it could find a new home elsewhere.

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Jul 02, 2020

Hugh Downs, Longtime '20/20,' ‘Today' Anchor, Dies at 99
Hugh Downs, anchorman for the ABC news program "20/20" and, before that, NBC's "The Today Show," died Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 99. Downs' career in broadcasting spanned more than half a century. And despite his assertion "I am not a talent, I am a personality," Downs proved a first-rate interviewer and journalist time […]

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Jul 02, 2020

Hugh Downs, Longtime ‘20/20,' ‘Today' Anchor, Dies at 99
Hugh Downs, anchorman for the ABC news program "20/20" and, before that, NBC's "The Today Show," died Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 99. Downs' career in broadcasting spanned more than half a century. And despite his assertion "I am not a talent, I am a personality," Downs proved a first-rate interviewer and journalist time […]

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Jul 02, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Hamilton' cast on why it's the perfect time for film release: 'We're in a moment where we're talking about systemic injustice'
"Hamilton" stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry and more tall about the Broadway hit-turned-Disney movie's current relevance.

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Jul 02, 2020

Ricky Gervais reflects on his 'zeitgeisty' Golden Globes speech: 'I think people were tired of the hypocrisy'
Plus, why he thinks Tom Hanks wasn't as offended by the monologue as viewers at home assumed.

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Jul 02, 2020

Father of teen killed in Seattle's CHOP zone speaks out: 'Somebody needs to tell me something'
The murdered teen's father says he still hasn't heard from police nearly two weeks later.

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Jul 01, 2020

'Unsolved Mysteries' freaked out '90s kids. Now it's back to scare a new generation.
A revival of "Unsolved Mysteries" lands on Netflix at a time when true crime is all over TV

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Jul 01, 2020

Viola Davis's comments about being called Hollywood's 'Black Meryl Streep' but getting unequal pay resurface: 'Give me what I'm worth'
Amid nationwide protests over racial inequality, a 2018 interview with Davis talking about being called a "Black Meryl Streep" has resurfaced. So has an old interview with Sandra Oh talking about racism in the entertainment industry.

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Jul 01, 2020

Amy Duggar King on Her Estranged Relationship with the Duggar Family: 'I'm Happy Where I'm at'
"I think we are all just trying to find our path, and we're all just doing things differently," she said

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Jul 01, 2020

Never Have I Ever Renewed for Season 2 — Watch the Cast's Bangin' Celebration
Guess the gods can't have been too mad about that dropped math book: Never Have I Ever has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix. The streaming video service announced the news Wednesday via a video starring Maitrei Ramakrishnan and her newly cut bangs, as well as other members of the cast. (Press PLAY below to watch.) […]

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Jul 01, 2020

‘Mad Men' Adds Disclaimer To Blackface Episode Ahead Of Streaming Launch
An episode of Mad Men which contains blackface will remain when AMC's signature series returns to streaming later this month. Lionsgate has added a disclaimer to the episode, which features John Slattery's character in blackface, explaining that the scene "shows how commonplace racism was in America in 1963." Here is Lionsgate's statement in full: "This […]

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Jul 01, 2020

‘Beavis and Butt-Head' Reboot Set at Comedy Central Under New Animation Deal With Mike Judge
Beavis and Butt-Head are returning to TV. Comedy Central announced Wednesday that the world's favorite slacker teens are getting a reimagining at the cable network courtesy of original series creator Mike Judge. Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the show as part of a new animation deal with Judge and 3 Arts Entertainment. The […]

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Jul 01, 2020

‘Beavis and Butt-Head' Revival Set At Comedy Central With 2-Season Order, Spinoffs & Specials Planned In Deal With Mike Judge
Beavis and Butt-Head are back, moving from Gen X to Gen Z and from MTV to Comedy Central. An expansive deal Comedy Central has inked with Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge and 3 Arts Entertainment calls for a reimagined version of MTV's seminal, Gen X-defining adult animated sitcom, which has received a two-season order, […]

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Jul 01, 2020

The Go-Go's Conquer the World in New Doc Trailer
Alison Ellwood's film about famed all-female outfit will premiere on Showtime in August

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Jul 01, 2020

Fox News Fires ‘America's Newsroom' Co-Host Ed Henry After Sexual Misconduct Investigation
"America's Newsroom" co-anchor Ed Henry is out at Fox News following an accusation of "willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago," according to an internal memo from Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace.The decision was announced Wednesday, six days after the company received the complaint from the lawyer for the former employee accusing Henry. He was suspended, per the memo, on June 25, the day the accusation was made, then fired based on the findings of an outside law firm that was retained that same day.Douglas Wigdor, the attorney for the unnamed accuser, declined to comment further Wednesday.Henry co-hosted the Fox News program opposite Sandra Smith since January 2020. He replaced Bill Hemmer. The network will fill Henry's spot with rotating anchors until a permanent replacement is found. He joined Fox News in 2011 as chief White House correspondent after three years at CNN, then served as Fox News' chief national correspondent.Also Read: Megyn Kelly Says She Twirled at Roger Ailes' Request: 'God Help Me, I Did It'In their staff memo Wednesday, Scott and Wallace wrote, "As all of you know, in January 2017 we overhauled our entire Human Resources operation and instituted extensive mandatory annual inclusion and Harassment Prevention training which has since educated our entire workforce."They went on, "We encourage any employee who has a sexual harassment, discrimination

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Jul 01, 2020

St. Louis man seen pointing gun at protesters butts heads with Chris Cuomo
Mark McCloskey didn't like Chris Cuomo's line of questioning from the very start of the interview.

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Jul 01, 2020

Mark Cuban calls out Hannity in fiery interview: 'You gave Donald Trump the ultimate softball questions'
Mark Cuban was on "Hannity," Tuesday, where he spent the majority of the interview arguing with Sean Hannity about Donald Trump's success as president.

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Jun 30, 2020

Spoken-word artist's ode to late sister has 'AGT' judges in tears: 'We feel your pain'
"I know what it is to have somebody taken from you," said Sofia Vergara, whose brother was murdered the same year that spoken-word artist Brandon Leake lost his 8-month-old sibling.

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Jun 30, 2020

Spoken-word artist's ode to late sister has 'AGT' judges in tears: We feel your pain'
"I've been ground-bound because she left Earth to go back home, amongst the stars right next to God. But I was left here to manufacture wings out of tears and broken dreams," poet Brandon Leake rapped.

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Jun 30, 2020

RHOC Alum Heather Dubrow's Daughter Max, 16, Comes Out as Bisexual: 'I Love You My Amazing Child'
"I always knew I was bi," Maximillia Dubrow said

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Jun 30, 2020

Coronavirus: The Canceled and Postponed Events in Tech, Media, Sports and Entertainment (Updating)
Updated June 30 with the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season Worries about the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected more than 2.3 million people in the United States and killed at least 120,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have dramatically upended what was originally going to be a busy schedule of entertainment, sports and cultural events into a virtually empty slate in the first half of 2020.Click to see updated film, music, television, sports, tech and miscellaneous events. FilmTheaters have closed indefinitely, leading studios to push back release dates or go the direct-to-consumer route.Event: Locarno Film Festival Location: Switzerland Original Date: August 5-15 Rescheduled: No, but launched "Locarno 2020 - Future of Films Initiative"Event: Beijing International Film Festival Location: Beijing Original Date: April 19-26 Rescheduled: Online fest to stream on iQIYI beginning May 1Event: Karlovy Vary Film Festival Location: Czech Republic Original Date: July 3-11 Date canceled: April 27 Rescheduled: July 2-10, 2021Event: Comic-Con Location: San Diego Original date: July 23-26 Date canceled: April 17 Rescheduled? Yes, to July 22-25, 2021Event: Cannes Film Festival Location: Cannes, France Original date: May 12-23 Date rescheduled: April 14 Rescheduled? Yes, TBD time and formatEvent: Cannes' Directors Fortnight, Critics Week Location: Cannes, F

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Jun 30, 2020

'Riverdale' star Lili Reinhart apologizes for 'tone deaf' Breonna Taylor post
Reinhart had shared a photo of herself posing topless on the beach that was actually about Breonna Taylor.

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Jun 30, 2020

America's Got Talent Resumes Production on Season 15 With Major Changes, Including Fewer Judge Cuts
For America's Got Talent, returning to production in the midst of a global pandemic means making some major changes — and some significant cuts. The NBC reality competition series has resumed production on its 15th season, our sister site Deadline reports, having only completed six audition episodes before temporarily shutting down over the threat of […]

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Jun 30, 2020

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm' Renewed for Season 11 at HBO
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" has been renewed for an eleventh season at HBO. The show stars "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David as a heightened version of himself. Season 10 also starred Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis, J.B. Smoove, and Ted Danson. The series is famously shot without a script and cast members are given […]

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Jun 30, 2020

Hollywood's 'bottomless pit' of blackface: Why it has taken so long for white creators and comedians to apologize
With stars like Tina Fey, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon apologizing and shows like "Community," "The Golden Girls" and "Scrubs" deleting episodes featuring blackface, Hollywood is finally beginning to reckon with one of its most insidious comedic tropes.

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Jun 30, 2020

Rob Reiner pays tribute to dad Carl Reiner, dead at 98: 'He was my guiding light'
Carl Reiner, the iconic entertainer whose Hollywood career spanned seven decades, is being remembered after his death Monday at age 98.

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Jun 30, 2020

Rob Reiner pays tribute to dad Carl Reiner, dead at 98: ‘He was my guiding light'
Carl Reiner, the iconic entertainer whose Hollywood career spanned seven decades, is being remembered after his death Monday at age 98.

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Jun 30, 2020

‘Ozark' Renewed for 4th and Final Season by Netflix
"Ozark" has been renewed for a fourth and final season by Netflix. Season 4 will consist of two separate seven-episode runs, for a total of 14, and "mark the final chapter in the Byrde family's journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal enterprise in the Ozarks," according to its streaming home.Chris Mundy is the "Ozark" showrunner. He executives produces the MRC Television series along with Jason Bateman, Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey and Bill Dubuque.Dubuque and Williams are the series creators. Laura Linney will be a co-executive producer on Season 4.Also Read: 'Ozark' Star Jason Bateman on Show's Secret Formula: 'Smart People' Who Are 'Pushed Right to the Edge'In addition to Bateman and Linney, who play the series leads Marty and Wendy Byrde, "Ozark" Season 4 also stars Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan and Lisa Emery."We're so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving ‘Ozark' more time to end the Byrdes' saga right," Mundy said Tuesday in a statement. "It's been such a great adventure for all of us — both on screen and off — so we're thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.""A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes," Bateman said. "I'm excited to end with a bang(s)."Also Read: Ava DuVernay to Executive Produce Scripted Series Based on Colin Kaepernick's High School Years"‘Ozark' is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim," Cindy Holland,

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Jun 30, 2020

‘Cursed' Trailer: Katherine Langford Is an Arthurian Hero in Netflix Adventure Series
Netflix's upcoming fantasy series will center on a young woman who is destined to become the powerful Lady of the Lake.

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Jun 30, 2020

Spotted: Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford Reunite to Talk About ‘Gossip Girl'
On the primetime soap "Gossip Girl," Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford played two very different teen characters: Badgley's Dan Humphrey was a member of the Brooklyn literati, while Crawford's Nate Archibald inhabited Manhattan's social whirl. Now, their grown-up roles subvert those images: Badgley plays a bookseller — and snobbish serial murderer — on Netflix's "You," […]

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Jun 30, 2020

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator, Dies at 98
Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar's legendary team and went on to create "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98. He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed […]

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Jun 30, 2020

Chris Cuomo tells Fla. Gov. DeSantis to shush after he railed against the media for coronavirus coverage
Cuomo slammed Gov. DeSantis for prematurely opening Florida to please Trump and railing against the media for questioning him.

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Jun 30, 2020

Johnny Mandel, Composer Who Wrote ‘MASH' Theme Song, Dies at 94
Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter of "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Emily" and the theme from "MASH," has died. He was 94. "I was so sad to learn that a hero of mine, Johnny Mandel, passed away," wrote Michael Buble on Twitter. "He was a genius and one of my favorite writers, arrangers, […]

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Jun 30, 2020

Matt James discusses reactions he got from Black friends after being named the 'Bachelor'
On Monday's "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!," Matt James discussed the incredibly positive reactions he's experienced from both fans and members of the Black community.

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Jun 30, 2020

Triggering scene in HBO's 'I May Destroy You' is 'so hard to watch but it's so important'
The fourth episode had some fans calling out for a trigger warning due to the final scene being 'low-key devastating.'

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Jun 29, 2020

Comedian Cristela Alonzo says her white partner made 3 times more money for former ABC sitcom 'Cristela'
Alonzo said she was paid less than her writing partner on her 2014-2015 show.

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Jun 29, 2020

‘Mucho Mucho Amor' Trailer: Netflix Documentary on Gay Latinx Icon Walter Mercado
The flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer who enthralled the Latin world with his sequined capes and horoscopes gets a loving film treatment.

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Jun 29, 2020

Former ESPN Personality Will Cain to Co-Host ‘Fox & Friends Weekend'
Former ESPN radio host and commentator Will Cain is the new co-host of "Fox & Friends Weekend." He will make his debut on the weekend morning show on Saturday, August 15, alongside co-hosts Jedediah Bila and Pete Hegseth.In a Monday statement to coincide with the announcement, Cain said, "I am excited to join the team at FOX & Friends Weekend and look forward to building upon my experience in sports, news and politics on the number one morning show in the country."Gavin Hadden, vice president of morning programming, also issued a statement: "Will has a unique ability to connect with an audience on a wide variety of topics and will make an excellent addition to the ‘Fox & Friends' franchise."Also Read: Fox News' Pete Hegseth Cheers People Defying Stay-at-Home OrdersMost recently, Cain was a personality on ESPN, hosting his own daily radio program, "The Will Cain Show." He was also a common panelist on the morning debate show "First Take." Prior to that, Cain was a political analyst on CNN, c0-hosting "In the Arena with Eliot Spitzer" and moving on to "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."Cain is rounding out an evolving cast on the show's couch: "Fox & Friends Weekend" brought Bila on to the show, which airs Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. ET to 10 a.m. ET, in April 2019.Read original story Former ESPN Personality Will Cain to Co-Host ‘Fox & Friends Weekend' At TheWrap

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Jun 29, 2020

The It List: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway sensation 'Hamilton' hits Disney , Afghan War thriller 'The Outpost' premieres, 'Crazy Rich Asians' author releases new book and the best in pop culture the week of June 29, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at home, we're going to spotlight products that you can enjoy from your couch, whether solo or in small groups, and leave out the rest. With that in mind, here are our picks for June 29 - July 5, including the best deals we could find for each.

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Jun 29, 2020

'90 Day Fiancé' stars Darcey and Stacey Silva confirm spinoff series about family life and love
There's a reason why fans like Chrissy Teigen and Jerry O'Connell can't get enough of TLC's '90 Day Fiancé.' Come August, there will be a new spin-off joining the family called, 'Darcey and Stacey,' following the lives of reality twins Darcey and Stacey Silva.

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Jun 29, 2020

ABC Scraps ‘Thirtysomething' Sequel Pilot, Vampire Drama ‘The Brides' as Remaining Slate Takes Shape
ABC has made a range of decisions on its remaining pilots this season, which were all shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, the network is scrapping its pilots for the dramas "The Brides" and "Thirtysomething(else)" and the comedy "Valley Trash." The news is surprising for "The Brides" -- a female-led vampire soap opera with […]

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Jun 29, 2020

Normal People Returns With a Satiric Clip Set 40 Years in the Future
Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones reunited for the special charity sketch.

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Jun 29, 2020

Linda Cristal Dies: ‘The High Chaparral' Actress Was 89
Linda Cristal, the Argentine-born actress who played Victoria Cannon, wife of Leif Erickson's stoic, heroic rancher Big John Cannon on NBC's popular 1967-71 Western The High Chaparral, died in her sleep at her Beverly Hills home Saturday. She was 89. Her death was reported to The New York Times by son Jordan Wexler. Cristal had […]

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Jun 29, 2020

Wendell Pierce campaigns to be new voice of Cleveland Brown on 'Family Guy'
In the wake of Mike Henry relinquishing the voice role after 20 years — saying "persons of color should play characters of color" — Pierce, of 'Suits' and 'The Wire' fame, is volunteering himself as the replacement.

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Jun 29, 2020

Wendell Pierce campaigns to be new voice of Cleveland Brown on ‘Family Guy'
In the wake of Mike Henry relinquishing the voice role after 20 years — saying "persons of color should play characters of color" — Pierce, of 'Suits' and 'The Wire' fame, is volunteering himself as the replacement.

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Jun 29, 2020

Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick Bringing Series About Colin's High School Years to Netflix
The Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick-created limited series centers on the latter's formative high school years. Kaepernick will narrate the show.

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Jun 29, 2020

Colin Kaepernick Scripted Series From Ava DuVernay, ‘When They See Us' Writer Set at Netflix
Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay are teaming for a scripted series about the NFL quarterback's high school years at Netflix, Variety has learned. The six-episode series is currently titled "Colin in Black & White." It will provide a look at Kaepernick's early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his […]

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Jun 29, 2020

Rob Kardashian Smiles with His Sisters at Khloé's 'Family Only' 36th Birthday Party
Khloé Kardashian explained that the birthday bash was "family only" since they "aren't comfortable being around too many people" during the pandemic

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Jun 29, 2020

Netflix's ‘Queer Eye,' ‘Cheer' Lead Critics Choice Real TV Awards 2020 Winners List
Netflix dominated this year's Critics Choice Real TV Awards, thanks in part to "Cheer" and "Queer Eye," which led the winners list with two kudos each. "Cheer" was named best unstructured series, as well as male star of the year for Jerry Harris, while "Queer Eye" landed wins for lifestyle: fashion/beauty show and ensemble cast […]

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Jun 29, 2020

Beyoncé implores fans to take action in BET Awards speech: 'We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does'
Michelle Obama presented the Humanitarian Award to Beyoncé, who used her acceptance speech to encourage everyone to vote.

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Jun 29, 2020

Beyoncé implores fans to take action in BET Awards speech: ‘We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does'
Michelle Obama presented the Humanitarian Award to Beyoncé, who used her acceptance speech to encourage everyone to vote.

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Jun 28, 2020

Lizzo, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion Among BET Awards Winners: Complete List
The 2020 BET Awards were held virtually earlier tonight on CBS, BET and BET HER and featured standout performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Anderson Paak, Lil Wayne, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Roddy Ricch, among others. A celebration of the show's 20th anniversary, and the network's 40th, Black music's past, present and future took center […]

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Jun 28, 2020

‘Black Is King' Trailer: Beyoncé Makes Her Disney Debut with New Visual Album
Bey's "Lion King"-inspired film hits the streaming service on July 31, 2020.

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Jun 27, 2020

‘Golden Girls' Episode With Blackface Scene Removed From Hulu
Hulu has removed an episode of "The Golden Girls" containing a scene with characters in blackface. "Mixed Blessings," episode 23 in season 3 of the sitcom, aired in 1988. In the episode, Michael (Scott Jacoby), the son of Dorothy (Beatrice Author), plans to wed a much older Black woman, Lorraine (Rosalind Cash). Dorothy is critical […]

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Jun 27, 2020

Alison Brie Regrets Voicing Vietnamese American Character On ‘BoJack Horseman'
Alison Brie posted on Instagram Friday expressing regret over voicing the character of Diane Nguyen, a Vietnamese American writer on Netflix's BoJack Horseman. In the statement, Brie says "We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community accurately and respectfully." Brie's decision follows a number of white actors announcing this week that they are […]

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Jun 27, 2020

Kelly Clarkson Thanks Estranged Husband for "Believing" in Her Following Daytime Emmy Win
Kelly Clarkson shared a few kind words about her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, after she took home a Daytime Emmy Award for her talk show.

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Jun 27, 2020

Alison Brie Regrets Voicing Vietnamese American ‘BoJack Horseman' Character
Alison Brie has expressed regret supplying the voice for the Vietnamese American character Diane Nguyen in the Netflix series "BoJack Horseman," which completed its series run earlier this year.In a statement posted to Instagram on Friday, Brie said that, "in hindsight," she wishes she did not voice the character and that Diane could've been reserved for a person of color."I now understand that people of color should always voice people of color," Brie wrote. "We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community accurately and respectfully, and for that I am truly sorry. I applaud all those who stepped away from their voiceover roles in recent days. I have learned a lot from them."Also Read: 'The Simpsons' Will No Longer Have White Actors Voice Nonwhite CharactersBrie's statement comes after several other white voice actors stepped away from their roles as people of color in animated series. "Family Guy" star Mike Henry said on Friday that he would step away from the Fox sitcom as the longtime voice of the Black character Cleveland Brown. "The Simpsons" said that non-white actors would no longer voice any non-white characters, this after several years back Hank Azaria agreed to stop lending the voice to the Indian character Apu.And earlier this week, it was announced that biracial characters voiced by Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate on "Central Park" and "Big Mouth," respectively, would be recast with Black or biracial voice actors.Brie voiced her char

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Jun 27, 2020

Bill Maher Says White People Should Go Easy on Other White People ‘Whose Heart Is in The Right Place' About BLM
On Friday's episode of "Real Time," Bill Maher used the "New Rules" segment to mock white people for "culturally appropriating" the Black Lives Matter movement. But he also asked activists to go just a little bit easier on white people who might be trying to join the movement but still have some more learning to do to get caught up.‘New rule: black people have to demand that white people stop culturally appropriating how mad they are about racism. It's great that Caucasians have finally joined the fight for racial justice in unprecedented numbers, but hating racism the most? You can't steal that," Maher began.Maher joked that "Elvis taking little Richard's act, that was bad enough," and then he mentioned Victor Sengbe, a Black Oakland resident who hung ropes around his local park to serve as exercise aids, but ended up being condemned as racist by Oakland's mayor, Libby Schaaf, because they resembled nooses.Also Read: Bill Maher Imagines Future Headlines From His Summer Break: 'All Musicians on Earth Demand Trump Stop Playing Their Music'"She said, ‘These incidents will be investigated as a hate crime.' Why is this white woman seeing racism where a black man isn't? The mayor also said, ‘intentions don't matter.' But they do matter," Maher said before transitioning to his main point. "And white people need to stop trying to cancel other white people whose heart is in the right place but don't get it exactly right

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Jun 26, 2020

'The Simpsons' announces white actors will no longer play characters of color, called out for waiting so long
In a week of shows announcing that white actors would no longer voice Black characters, the long-running animated series has made its own casting change.

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Jun 26, 2020

White Actors Won't Voice Nonwhite Characters On 'Simpsons,' 'Family Guy'
Producers for "The Simpsons" said Black actors will voice Black characters moving forward.

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Jun 26, 2020

Giada De Laurentiis on the Challenges of Shooting a Cooking Show in Isolation on iPhones
From learning how to do her own camera-ready hair and makeup to adapting recipes to work around grocery store shortages during a global pandemic, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis faced more than a few challenges when filming her new limited series, "Giada at Home 2.0," in isolation this spring.The Italian-American chef says the six-episode series, shot in a rental house using nothing but a handful of strategically placed iPhones and the help of her boyfriend, will offer viewers a rare peek into her life that they wouldn't normally see when it premieres on Saturday, June 27 at 12 p.m. ET/PT."I basically haven't done it all by myself in 18 years. When I started I did it alone, but I haven't done it in so long," she said in a recent interview with TheWrap. "I'll tell you, prep everything in advance on your own, wash all the dishes in between acts all on your own with really no swap, just wait and clean dishes while you bake — I mean, it's totally different."Also Read: Martha Stewart to Return to 'Chopped' as Judge, Lands New Food Network and HGTV SeriesDe Laurentiis had originally wanted to do the show as a digital web series, but Food Network convinced her to take on the challenge of making the DIY project for network television."In a weird kind of way, it was strangely efficient as well," she said. "My daughter learned a lot of things that she otherwise wouldn't have about cooking in general. I think it was kind of fun just to be home a

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Jun 26, 2020

Giada De Laurentiis on the Challenges of Shooting a Cooking Show on iPhones in Isolation
From learning how to do her own camera-ready hair and makeup to adapting recipes to work around grocery store shortages during a global pandemic, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis faced more than a few challenges when filming her new limited series, "Giada at Home 2.0," in isolation this spring.The Italian-American chef says the six-episode series, shot in a rental house using nothing but a handful of strategically placed iPhones and the help of her boyfriend, will offer viewers a rare peek into her life that they wouldn't normally see when it premieres on Saturday, June 27 at 12 p.m. ET/PT."I basically haven't done it all by myself in 18 years. When I started I did it alone, but I haven't done it in so long," she said in a recent interview with TheWrap. "I'll tell you, prep everything in advance on your own, wash all the dishes in between acts all on your own with really no swap, just wait and clean dishes while you bake — I mean, it's totally different."Also Read: Martha Stewart to Return to 'Chopped' as Judge, Lands New Food Network and HGTV SeriesDe Laurentiis had originally wanted to do the show as a digital web series, but Food Network convinced her to take on the challenge of making the DIY project for network television."In a weird kind of way, it was strangely efficient as well," she said. "My daughter learned a lot of things that she otherwise wouldn't have about cooking in general. I think it was kind of fun just to be home a

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Jun 26, 2020

‘Family Guy' Star Mike Henry Will No Longer Play Cleveland Brown
Mike Henry is exiting his role as Cleveland Brown on "Family Guy." Henry made the announcement Friday on Twitter. "It's been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years," he wrote. "I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the […]

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Jun 26, 2020

Why Black TV reporters are now embracing their natural hair on-air: 'It's more important than ever to be seen and heard'
Black women in television news are wearing their natural hair as conversations around representation heighten.

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Jun 26, 2020

‘The Bachelorette' Set to Resume Production (EXCLUSIVE)
"The Bachelorette" is heading back into production, Variety has learned exclusively. While no exact start date set, the ABC reality dating show will be revving up imminently -- with heavy-duty safety precautions placed on the production, due to concerns surrounding coronavirus. "The Bachelorette" will mark the first major show to head back into production in the […]

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Jun 26, 2020

NBC Orders Social Distancing Comedy ‘Connecting' From ‘Blindspot' Team
NBC has picked up a comedy series that will be filmed entirely through video chats. Titled "Connecting," the series is described as an ensemble comedy about a group of friends trying to stay close (and sane) through video chats as they share the highs and lows of these extraordinary times. It is unknown at this […]

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Jun 26, 2020

The future of reality TV: How will shows adapt to the pandemic?
How the coronavirus pandemic is changing the future of reality television.

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Jun 26, 2020

‘The Office' Blackface Scene Edited Out, Netflix Pulls ‘Community' Blackface Episode
A scene from "The Office" in which a character appears in blackface has been edited out, Variety has confirmed. The show's creator Greg Daniels issued the following statement regarding the scene from the 2012 episode "Dwight Christmas." "'The Office' is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of […]

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Jun 26, 2020

Sandra Oh Tells Kerry Washington She Really Wanted to Play Scandal 's Olivia Pope
Grey's Anatomy star Sandra Oh admits she wanted to be part of another Shonda Rhimes series. See the actress drop a Scandal confession to Kerry Washington.

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Jun 26, 2020

‘General Hospital' Targets Mid-July Production Restart
"General Hospital" is eyeing a return to production in mid-July, an individual with knowledge of the series told TheWrap.The ABC soap would become the second U.S. television production after "The Bold and the Beautiful" to attempt to restart physical production since the shutdown in March. The target date is considered a rolling one as new information about the coronavirus pandemic is coming every day.Like all soaps not titled "Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital" has been airing reruns for the last few weeks as the stockpile of pre-taped episodes ran dry at the end of May.Also Read: How Daytime Soap Operas Are Holding Up in Pandemic Viewership - Even With Repeats"The Bold and the Beautiful" had only been back in production for a matter of hours last week before having to close the TV City set down again. Bell-Phillip Television, the production company behind "The Bold and the Beautiful," says the sudden production shutdown was the fault of the testing lab, which "produced several false positives" in onsite COVID-19 testing.They've since switched labs and have no legitimate positive cases of the coronavirus, a spokeswoman for Bell-Phillip Television told TheWrap. "The Bold and the Beautiful" was scheduled to start back up Thursday.As part of that show's new safety protocols, the cast and crew are all tested for coronavirus on a daily basis. The show has also hired a COVID-19 director who is on set at all times to make sure proper protocols are followed as set forth by L.A. County, the City of Los Angeles, and each o

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Jun 26, 2020

Scheana Shay Suffers a Miscarriage After 'Miracle' Pregnancy: 'There Was No Heartbeat'
Scheana Shay tearfully revealed on Friday's episode of her podcast that she is currently "at home" and "just waiting to naturally miscarry"

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Jun 26, 2020

Trump praises 'stop and frisk' as a 'great thing' for promoting law and order
During a town hall in Wisconsin, Trump discussed bringing back "stop and frisk" policing tactics after saying Chicago is "worse than Afghanistan," and cities like Baltimore and Detroit are "like living in Hell."

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Jun 26, 2020

Trump praises ‘stop and frisk' as a ‘great thing' for promoting law and order
During a town hall in Wisconsin, Trump praised the "stop and frisk" policing tactic after comparing cities like Chicago to Afghanistan.

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Jun 26, 2020

Jon Stewart thinks Confederate statues should have been removed by 'a normal functioning society years ago'
Stewart discussed the removal of Confederate statues and those who believe, in doing so, we are erasing history.

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Jun 25, 2020

2020-2021 TV Season: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered - So Far
Updated June 25 with "Council of Dads" canceled at NBC after one season.Amid production shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcast networks are faced with some very unprecedented problems while making their decisions about which TV series will return next season, which will come to an end and which new ones they'll be ordering for inclusion on their 2020-2021 slates.Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We've also included the new comedies and dramas that have been picked up, along with their descriptions.You can read our pilot guide to see what projects may soon be ordered to series here.Check back throughout the coming weeks for updates.Also Read: Here's the Fall 2020 TV Schedule for Broadcast Networks - So FarNBC Renewed Series: "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D." (entire "Chicago" franchise renewed for three more seasons each), "Good Girls," "Law & Order: SVU" (renewed through Season 24), "Manifest," "New Amsterdam" (renewed for Seasons 3, 4 and 5), "Superstore," "This Is Us" (renewed for Seasons 5 and 6), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"Canceled/Ending Series: "Blindspot," "Bluff City Law," "Council of Dads," "The Good Place," "The InBetween," "Indebted," "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector," "Perfect Harmony," "Sunnyside," "Will & Grace"Series Awaiting Decisions: N/ANewly Ordered Series: "Th

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Jun 25, 2020

‘Council of Dads' Canceled After One Season at NBC
NBC has canceled the family drama "Council of Dads" after one season.Series star J. August Richards broke the news in an Instagram post on Thursday. "I want to thank @joanrater and @tvphelan for the willingness to give voice and representation to gayfamilies, blacklgbt, qpoc and the worldwide lgbtq community by telling the story of Oliver, Peter and Tess Post-Richards," he wrote in the post, also thanking the show's fans for watching.View this post on Instagram So that's a series wrap on @nbccouncilofdads (aka the show has been cancelled)… I want to thank @joanrater and @tvphelan for the willingness to give voice and representation to gayfamilies, blacklgbt, qpoc and the worldwide lgbtq community by telling the story of Oliver, Peter and Tess Post-Richards… I also want to thank YOU! Yes, YOU! I took a big risk and you let me know you have my back… And, in truth, what more could a person ask for??? ?????? Love y'all! Seriously… ???????????????????????????????? OH!!! Last two episodes are tonight and next Thursday! Tonight is my favorite episode of the season!!! CouncilOfDadsA post shared by J. August Richards (@jaugustrichards) on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:51pm PDTBased on author Bruce Feiler's book of the same name, "Council of Dads" centered on a father of five who enlists his friends to step in as "back-up dads" to help guide and support his children after a health scare.Also Read: Here's the Complete Fall 2020 TV Schedule for All 5 Broadcast NetworksIn addition to Richards, the drama also starred Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen,

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Jun 25, 2020

Council of Dads Cancelled at NBC
NBC has disbanded its Council of Dads, cancelling the rookie drama after one season. J. August Richards, who plays Council member Oliver Post, broke the news on Thursday night as the series' penultimate episode began playing on the East Coast. TVLine has since confirmed through sources that the unconventional-family drama will not be returning for […]

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Jun 25, 2020

Demi Moore is totally unrecognizable with icy blond hair — see the pics!
The 57-year-old actress is channelling some major "Lord of the Rings" elf energy for the new role.

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Jun 25, 2020

'Normal People' Will Return for 2 New Bonus Episodes
Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones will reunite for the special episodes, set 40 years in the future.

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Jun 25, 2020

Patton Oswalt reflects on 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' and Michelle McNamara's accidental overdose: 'There were signs that I didn't know to look for'
McNamara died suddenly in 2016 and her husband frankly addresses the circumstances of her passing in the series, acknowledging that she developed an opioid addiction that she kept hidden from her family.

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Jun 25, 2020

Hulu Lands ‘Conversations With Friends' Series Based on Book by ‘Normal People' Author Sally Rooney
Hulu has boarded BBC Three's adaptation of Sally Rooney's "Conversations With Friends," the streamer announced Thursday.Ordered to series earlier this year, "Conversations With Friends" will see Hulu and Rooney re-team with the creative team behind the series adaptation of her second novel, "Normal People." Lenny Abrahamson will return as lead director, with Alice Birch on board as lead writer.Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, and Emma Norton of Element Pictures return as executive producers, alongside Rose Garnett and Tommy Bulfin of BBC Three.Also Read: 'Normal People' Producer Ed Guiney Says Film and TV Production Isn't Possible Without Quick COVID Testing"Sally Rooney perfectly and beautifully captures the complicated dynamics of relationships in her stories. After bringing that to life in Normal People to an overwhelmingly positive response, we are honored to do the same with Conversations With Friends," said Beatrice Springborn, vice president of content at Hulu. "We are excited to continue our creative partnership with Sally, Element Pictures, Lenny and the BBC, which has been a dream collaboration.""We loved working with Hulu on ‘Normal People' — they are an inspiring and very talented team and all of us at Element are delighted to be partnering with them again, alongside our friends at the BBC, on the screen adaptation of Sally Rooney's incredible first novel, Conversations With Friends," added Guiney.Published in 2017, "Con

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Jun 25, 2020

Glee 's Matthew Morrison Addresses Lea Michele Allegations
Matthew Morrison is breaking his silence following Samantha Marie Ware's accusations about working with Lea Michele on Glee. The actor spoke out during an interview with FUBAR Radio.

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Jun 25, 2020

Jon Stewart explains why 'The Daily Show' is 'better' with Trevor Noah
Stewart says it's no longer "that sort of Harvard Lampoon school of pasty white guys sitting in a room."

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Jun 25, 2020

Marlon Wayans to Star in HBO Max Comedy ‘Book of Marlon' as Part of Overall Deal
HBO Max has signed an overall deal with Marlon Wayans that will see the comedian and actor star in a semi-autobiographical comedy, "Book of Marlon."Additionally, Wayans will produce an hour-long stand-up special and host a "multi-act" special. HBO Max will also have a first look deal at his scripted and unscripted projects."Marlon is a ‘triple threat' with an impressive resume that speaks to his acting talent and comedy prowess" said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and animation for HBO Max. "We are thrilled to have his unique voice and comedic vision join our growing family of creators."Also Read: 'Gone With the Wind' Back on HBO Max With Disclaimer Film Ignores 'Horrors of Slavery'"Book of Marlon" is co-created with Wayan's longtime producing partner Rick Alvarez. It stars Wayans as a fictionalized version of himself as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and father with…being Marlon."I'm excited to be in business with HBO Max. Rick and I have had a lot of success in the streaming space and are excited to work with a company that is equally excited to work with us" said Wayans. "We look forward to helping both brands grow rapidly and internationally. HBO Max is a great place to continue our mission of putting smiles on people's faces."Wayans and Ugly Baby are repped by 3 Arts, WME and Lawrence Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn of Morris Yorn.Read original story Marlon Wayans to Star in HBO Max Comedy ‘Book of Marlon' as Part of Overall Deal At T

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Jun 25, 2020

Psych 2 Trailer Teases West Wing Reunion, [Spoiler]'s 'Real Pubes'
The West Wing's Charlie and Toby are together again. Next month's Psych sequel, titled Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (premiering Wednesday, July 15), finds Dulé Hill squaring off with his former Oval Office cohort Richard Schiff, and the above full-length trailer offers a first look at the duo's reunion. The two-minute promo also features fleeting glimpses […]

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Jun 25, 2020

Evan Rachel Wood, Cameron Boyce, and more discuss being Showbiz Kids in trailer for HBO doc
HBO Max has signed an overall deal with Marlon Wayans that will see the comedian and actor star in a semi-autobiographical comedy, "Book of Marlon."Additionally, Wayans will produce an hour-long stand-up special and host a "multi-act" special. HBO Max will also have a first look deal at his scripted and unscripted projects."Marlon is a ‘triple threat' with an impressive resume that speaks to his acting talent and comedy prowess" said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and animation for HBO Max. "We are thrilled to have his unique voice and comedic vision join our growing family of creators."Also Read: 'Gone With the Wind' Back on HBO Max With Disclaimer Film Ignores 'Horrors of Slavery'"Book of Marlon" is co-created with Wayan's longtime producing partner Rick Alvarez. It stars Wayans as a fictionalized version of himself as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and father with…being Marlon."I'm excited to be in business with HBO Max. Rick and I have had a lot of success in the streaming space and are excited to work with a company that is equally excited to work with us" said Wayans. "We look forward to helping both brands grow rapidly and internationally. HBO Max is a great place to continue our mission of putting smiles on people's faces."Wayans and Ugly Baby are repped by 3 Arts, WME and Lawrence Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn of Morris Yorn.Read original story Marlon Wayans to Star in HBO Max Comedy ‘Book of Marlon' as Part of Overall Deal At T

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Jun 25, 2020

'Psych 2' Trailer Teases West Wing Reunion, [Spoiler]'s 'Real Pubes'
The West Wing's Charlie and Toby are together again. Next month's Psych sequel, titled Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (premiering Wednesday, July 15), finds Dulé Hill squaring off with his former Oval Office cohort Richard Schiff, and the above full-length trailer offers a first look at the duo's reunion. The two-minute promo also features fleeting glimpses […]

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Jun 25, 2020

YouTube Orders New Demi Lovato Docuseries, Renews Shows With Markiplier, MrBeast and James Charles
An all-new documentary series following Demi Lovato's ups and downs over the last three years is coming exclusively to YouTube, as part of the video giant doubling down on its music, celebrity and creator-focused originals strategy. In addition to the new four-part Lovato docuseries, YouTube has renewed four original projects featuring big-name digital talent: "Instant […]

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Jun 25, 2020

Eiza González apologizes for past use of blackface on telenovela: 'I was pressured against my will'
Eiza González is apologizing for her past use of blackface.

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Jun 25, 2020

‘Lord of the Rings' Series Puts Out Casting Call for Hairy, Burned, and ‘Funny Looking' Actors
Got large eyes, missing bones, or acne scars? Middle Earth is calling.

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Jun 25, 2020

Hollywood plans post-coronavirus restart, but normal won't return 'for a long time'
Hollywood is reopening amid the coronavirus — with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

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