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RHOC Ratings Plunge 25% as Fans Boycott Kelly Dodd

The Season 15 premiere of RHOC was actually pretty good, culminating in a tearful confession from Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

But a nosedive in ratings has Bravo scratching their heads. Do viewers miss Vicki and Tamra, or do they just hate Kelly Dodd?

Kelly Dodd Doesn't Know What to Say

Season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered this week, and the ratings were, to put it bluntly, bad.

Since Season 6, only one episode of the show has had lower viewership than the Season 15 premiere ... and it was Part 1 of the Reunion for Season 14.

Ratings and how they are compared are complicated, so we'll lay it all out for you, with all of Season 14's ratings for context.

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The Season 14 premiere had 1.42 million viewers.

The (pre-reunion) Season 14 finale episode had 1.24 million.

The very last episode of that season, Part 3 of the Reunion, had 1.03 million viewers.

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The season premiere of Season 15 had 1.05 million viewers.

If you look at the dropoff from 1.24 million to 1.05, it doesn't look like that hefty of a loss, especially in 2020 -- it's a weird time for television.

And if you compare Part 3 of Season 14's Reunion special to the Season 15 premiere, viewership actually goes up a little -- 1.03 to 1.05.

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But we don't look at season premieres and season finales through the same lens.

With rare exceptions, you expect more people to tune in for a season premiere, conventional wisdom saying that they either lost interest or have resolved to "catch up" later.

Most of the time, when measuring the health of an ongoing series, you compare season premieres to season premiere.

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Doing that with Season 14 and Season 15, you witness a drop of 370,000 viewers -- the population of a large American city, vanishing from one season to the next.

There is always a chance that some of these viewers will return as the season goes on.

But at the moment, it looks like a solid percentage of people have just ... lost interest in viewing one of Bravo's flagship series. Why?

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The most obvious difference between Season 14 and Season 15 is that, for the very first time, Vicki Gunvalson is not part of the cast.

She is the OG of the OC. She has been part of this franchise since its inception.

And she's not the only one who's gone. Tamra Judge, after 12 years on the show, also took her leave after turning down Bravo's insulting "Friend" offer.

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A lot of people have grown to actively hate Vicki and Tamra over the years, and were on social media (and even in their mentions) celebrating their departure from the show.

But it may be that even more fans are sad to see them go and aren't invested in watching what the show is like without them.

Whether we're talking about politics or TV ratings, it's so important to remember that social media does not reflect how the broader world feels.

Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson Filming After RHOC Exit

Vicki has been a mainstay on the series, and it may turn out that dropping an OG from the show was a mistake.

Few of us can imagine RHONY without Kyle Richards. And we have no idea what RHOA will look like without NeNe Leakes.

However, though there is much to be said about Vicki and Tamra, maybe this ratings slump has less to do with what's missing ... and more to do with who's still there.

Kelly Dodd in a Drunk Wives Matter Hat

Kelly Dodd has spent 2020 lashing out at fans, followers, and countless others, signaling her malice again and again on social media.

She said that the COVID-19 pandemic was "God's way of thinning the herd" as Americans died in hospital hallways.

She mocked the death toll, told outright lies about the virus, made false comparisons to the flu, and spread dangerous misinformation about COVID and masks that got her posts censored on Twitter.

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Kelly flauted safety guidelines again and again. She also condemned heroic Black Lives Matter protests as "terrorism in America" when her Fox News fiance (now husband) showed her his network's propaganda.

Viewers and fans expect Housewives to be over-the-top or even toxic people. They expect to see personality disorders that make people entertaining to watch.

But as calls to fire Kelly and to boycott the show while she's on it have grown, it's clear that fans draw the line at a genuinely evil person. Maybe we're seeing that boycott in action with these numbers.

Supergirl: Coming to an End After Season 6!

Supergirl will soon fly someplace far, far away from television fans.

But any time too soon at least.

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The CW announced on Tuesday that the beloved drama will come to an end after the upcoming sixth season.

It's unclear at this juncture whether the network yanked the plug or producers decided to move on from the series -- but Supergirl will soon begin production on the final 20 episodes of what has been an enjoyable run.

"To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement," star Melissa Benoist wrote in an Instagram post after the news broke.

Along with Benoist, the show stars Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Andrea Brooks, Azie Tesfai, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair and David Harewood. Previous stars included Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, Odette Annable and Calista Flockhart.

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Continued Benoist in her message:

"Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She's had that impact on me, too. 

"She's taught me strength I didn't know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we're united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better.

"She has changed my life for the better, and I'm forever grateful."

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Supergirl‘s first season, which debuted in October 2015 on CBS, averaged 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers).

Upon being switched to The CW for Season 2, it slipped to a 2.4 million/0.7, which was expected with the change of networks.

For Season 5?

The show fell to 840,000 total viewers and a 0.22 demo rating, down a full 30 percent from Season 4.

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Wrote Benoist of portraying Supergirl:

"She’s had that impact on me, too.

"She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better.

"She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful."

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The actress also sounds confident about how the series will wrap up in 2021, concluding:

I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store.

I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.

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The only returning CW series set to premiere this fall is Supernatural, as networks continue to adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Supergirl will return for its sixth and final season some time next year.
Will you miss it?

Kristian Alfonso Quits Days of Our Lives after 37 Years

A legend has left the building.

Kristian Alfonso, one of the the most recognizable and longest-tenured stars on all of television, has announced that she's leaving Days of Our Lives...

... a soap opera on NBC she joind way back in 1983.

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“I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter,” Alfonso said in a statement to Deadline.

Following the reveal that this beloved drama will resume filming again on September 1 -- following a hiatus related to the COVID-19 pandemic -- the actress added:

“I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.

"I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

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Continued Alfonso, who came on boarrd 37 years ago in the role of Hope, via Instagram:

Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey.

I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life. I have built some lifelong friendships with my extraordinarily talented castmates.

Days has one of the hardest working crews in all of television, many of whom have become part of my extended family.

I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades.

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Without specifying the nature of her impending plans, Alfonso concluded as follows:

However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter...

To the incredibly loyal fans of Days, many of you have been with me on this journey from the beginning.

I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, love and support. I could not have done it without YOU!!!

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The entire Days of our Lives cast was released from their contracts as a cost-cutting measure last year, three months before NBC renewed the soap opera for a 56th season.

It’s unclear at this time whether Alfonso’s exit is related to that controversial move.

But she did state above that she shot her final scenes months ago... so you can form your own conclusions.

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While the character of Hope Williams Brady has been part of the long-running drama since 1974, Alfonso was the first actress to play her as an adult and has been playing her -- with just two breaks -- since 1983.

She left the show for two years in 1987 and returned briefly from April to July 1990, which culminated with the town of Salem believing that Hope had passed away.

Alfonso then returned again in 1994 as Gina, an amnesiac who had a stark resemblance to Hope.

The character turned out to be Hope after a complicated storyline involving the evil Stefano DiMera, who had brainwashed Gina into believing she was Princess Gina Von Amberg.

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Hope, a prominent detective in the Salem Police Department, was the one to finally kill Stefano, a decision with repercussions that weighed heavily on her conscience for many years.

Really.

These were storylines on Days of Our Lives and now we're left to wonder why we haven't been watching every day for the past several decades.

We wish Kristian Alfonso the best of luck in all future endeavors.

Jas Waters, This Is Us Writer, Dead at 39

Tragedy has struck the television world.

Jas Waters, a writer who worked on This Is Us, has passed away from causes not currently known and/or released.

She was 39 years old.

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The tragic news was broken on Twitter by the official This Is Us writers' Twitter account, which released a statement on Thursday night that reads:

The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing.

In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.

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The creator of the smash hit NBC drama, Dan Fogelman, also took to Twitter to express his condolences.

"This news took my breath away," he wrote, adding of Waters:

"Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones.

"RIP @JasFly."

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In addition to This Is Us, Waters worked on shows programs as Kidding, Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks.

She also held a story by credit for the 2019 movie What Men Want.

Prior to her work as a screenwriter, Waters ran her own entertainment website and served as a columnist for Vibe magazine.

You also may recognize her as a former reality star.

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Under the name JasFly, Waters played a role on The Gossip Game, a VH1 reality show that focused on bloggers and other media figures covering the music industry.

"I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it," she said in 2018 interview with Shadow and Act.

"A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life;

"I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life."

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In the wake of her passing, various This Is Us stars and other celebrities that knew Waters also jumped on social media to remember the late TV writer.

Mandy Moore wrote on Twitter: "Sending love and light to @JasFly's family and loved ones."

Added actress Susan Kelechi Watson: "Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels."

Insecure's Issa Rae tweeted: "I'll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG. I could feel her warmth through the phone.

"Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I'll miss you, girl."

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E! News host Nina Parker wrote: "Wow. I just heard about @JasFly and I truly don't even have the words. I'm so incredibly sad to hear of her passing and I just don't even know how to begin to process this.

"I don't know what to say... this hurts. Rest in paradise Queen."

Glee's Amber Patrice Riley shared: "I can't believe I woke up to hearing you are gone @JasFly. You inspired me so much and challenged my thinking also. I truly admired you as a writer and just as a black woman.

"We never got to work together like we wanted, but I'm so glad to have known you. #RIPJasFly."

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In a tweet on Wednesday, Waters' management called her a "talented & gifted writer."

"It is with extremely heavy hearts that all of us at RMG mourn the life of our client & friend, Jas Waters," Rain Management wrote on Twitter.

"Jas was a talented & gifted writer, an amazing person, & a sweet soul who will be forever missed. Though she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for years to come."

May Jas Waters rest in peace.

Grant Gustin Reacts to Hartley Sawyer Firing: "I Was Angry"

As previously reported, Hartley Sawyer has been fired by The CW.

The actor, who starred on The Flash as Ralph Dibny since 2017, was let go on Monday after old Tweets of his resurfaced online.

They were racist and homophobic in nature.

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Said Warner Bros. Television, The CW, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace said in a joint statement:

"In regards to Mr. Sawyer's posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

"Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce."

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The Tweets were from as far back as 2009 and included such inappropriate quips as:

The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.

Date rape myself so I don't have to masturbate.

If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol.

@stephenhanks just kidding I don't care and f-gs are fine but sports often make me snore.

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In response to the scandal, Sawyer at least didn't try to make any excuses. Nor did he beat around any bushes.

"Regardless of my intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences," he wrote.

"And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew, my colleagues and friends.

"I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable."

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Now, a day after his co-star was let go, Grant Gustin has commented on the controversy.

Re-posting Wallace's statement on Instagram, the Flash lead wrote in the caption:

"I don't have much to add because Eric's thoughts are stated so eloquently and powerfully. I will say I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words matter."

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Elsewhere, Stephen Amell, the actor behind character Oliver Queen, retweeted Gustin's post and added:

"Grant is one of the most thoughtful guys I know.

"He listens... and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Proud to have worked with him...

"Also... I'm aware that the showrunner wrote this. I'm supporting my friend. That's it."

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Sawyer, meanwhile, continued in his mea culpa as follows:

"My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable.

"I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior.

"These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.

"I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then."

Hartley Sawyer: Fired from The Flash Due to Racist, Homophobic Tweets

Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash after a number of offensive Tweets resurfaced online this week.

In a statement on Monday, The CW announced Sawyer's removal from the beloved series, on which he has starred as Ralph Dibny since 2017.

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"Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season 7 of The Flash," Warner Bros. Television, The CW, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace said in a joint message.

"In regards to Mr. Sawyer's posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

"Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce."

The messages in question are years old, and the 35-year-old actor has even deleted his Twitter account... but social media users shared screen shots of the alleged posts over the weekend.

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"The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me," one 2012 Tweet read, for example.

That's not even funny.

"Date rape myself so I don't have to masturbate," read another from that year.

"If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol," read a third.

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There were others, too.

"Out at dinner and just exposed myself as a racist, AGAIN," reads a screenshot of one of his Tweets from September 2014.

"Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today," reads another tweet from February 2014.

Another post from 2009 featured homophobic language as follows:

"@stephenhanks just kidding I don't care and f-gs are fine but sports often make me snore."

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To his credit, all things considered, Sawyer did not mince words in his apology today.

"I'm not here to make excuses—regardless of my intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences," he wrote.

"And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew, my colleagues and friends.

"I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable

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Continued the actor:

"My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable.

"I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior.

"These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.

"I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then."

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Sawyer then stressed that "this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now" and concluded:

Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult—in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond.

I've largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do.

But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them.

I am very sorry.

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In his statement, meanwhile, Wallace said he's "committed to bringing permanent change to the work environment here on The Flash."

Near the end of his post, the producer spoke about the recent protests and the killing of George Floyd and wrote:

To those who still aren't  sure why so many Americans have taken to the streets to make their voices known, I ask you to consider this:

Every time a Black or Brown life is harassed, harmed or murdered, as in the case of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others, our entire country fractures and moves further and further away from any moral authority we often claim to have in the world.

Murder is not democracy. Systematic and institutional white privilege is not equality.

Suppressing the free press with violence it not liberty. The only way for you to be free is for all of us to be free. #BlackLivesMatter.

Cameran Eubanks QUITS Southern Charm After Six Seasons

Late last year, we reported that Southern Charm had put the next season on hold to conduct a talent search.

Tragically, that talent search will have major -- and majorly stylish -- shoes to fill.

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On Tuesday night, in an Instagram comments section of all places, Cameran Eubanks casually dropped some devastating news.

In light of delayed filming and of course the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to devastate the globe, a fan asked a simple question.

When would Cameran and her Southern Charm cohorts be returning to everyone's screens.

Cameran revealed some stunning information in her reply: "I will not be returning."

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NO!! NO!!!!

We here at THG are not the only ones who are absolutely devastated by this news.

"Please tell us that’s a joke!" one follower begged in response.

"You’re the voice of reason, the glue that holds them together," appraised another. "This can’t be true!"

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"Can 2020 get any worse?” lamented another fan.  “That show won’t be the same without you."

Look, we're all going to miss Cameran, but please do not jinx 2020.

This year is sentient. It can hear you. And it will rise to any challenge that you throw at it.

This news about Cameran ditching the show comes as quite a shock.

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Last year, Bravocon was a smash success.

At it, Cameran spoke about her husband, Dr. Jason Wimberly, guest starring on Season 7.

"Season 7 is going to be a very high opening season," she teased.

Cameran told audiences that it would be significant "in terms of, you will see that some people have made some big strides in growth."

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"And some," Cameran lamented in her Bravocon teaser, "have stayed the same, sadly."

“Jason’s shy and private," she said of her husband, "so I think that was kind of a little intro [to appearing on the show.]"

"I think you might see him again," Cameran expressed, "now that he’s more comfortable."

That was an exciting prospect ... but we may never get to see it happen.

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Obviously, it is crushing to think that one of the stars of one of the best gifs that I have ever made will be leaving the show.

The way that Cameran spoke about early in the season leads us to believe that they had already filmed.

Does this mean that they started filming late last year, then ditched the footage to start all over?

If so ... was Season 7 going to be boring AF? If not, what happened?

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The other really obvious question is what happened between Bravocon and now to make Cameran's status change.

Did she quit? A lot of us are interpreting her comment as a statement about quitting the series, but that's not actually what she said.

She said "I will not be returning," a matter-of-fact statement that does not confirm or deny that it was her choice.

It's hard to imagine Cameran getting fired .... but if she suddenly found herself without a storyline, that could happen.

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Season 7 is happening. That said, Cameran is a real estate agent and a mother.

We have to consider that something -- from the new filming schedule to real life demands -- prompted Cameran to quit.

Additionally, South Carolina dropped its stay-at-home order last week which means that filming could resume, but ... yikes.

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Cameran has been very sensibly concerned about safety, trying to get people to see it as an apolitical topic.

Did Bravo come up with a new film schedule that made her feel unsafe? Is she just sick of the drama?

We are desperately curious for answers and, frankly, still feeling a little in denial about this crushing news.

What will the show be like without Cameran Eubanks?

CBS Renews 18 Shows. But What Did It Cancel?

Television.

It's the one thing people can not only count on during the Coronavirus pandemic.

It's the one thing people almost need more than ever, as they remain stuck at home with very little to do except for jump from show to show to show.

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With that in mind, CBS made a couple of major announcements on Wednesday afternoon.

The network assured viewers that 18 programs would return -- presumably this fall, depending on production schedules affected by the virus -- while a number of dramas/sitcoms will not.

Yup, they've been canceled.

Or, at the very least, not renewed at this moment.

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So, which shows will return to America's most-watched network?

Here's a look at the renewed dramas:

  • All Rise
  • Blue Bloods
  • Bull
  • FBI
  • FBI: Most Wanted
  • MacGyver
  • Magnum P.I.
  • NCIS
  • NCIS: Los Angeles
  • NCIS: New Orleans
  • Seal Team

Did your favorite(s) make the cut?

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And now for the comedies:

  • Bob ♥ Abishola
  • The Neighborhood
  • The Unicorn

Moreover, news programs 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, along with reality series Undercover Boss, will come back for new seasons.

They join the shows that have previously renewed for next season:

Evil, Chuck Lorre’s Mom and Young Sheldon -- both in the middle of two-year pickups -- Survivor and The Amazing Race -- for a total of 23 renewed series, scripted, reality and newsmagazines.

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Other shows, meanwhile, did not receive positive news today.

Those that have officially been cancelled are: midseason sitcom Broke, Patricia Heaton’s Carol’s Second Act, Edie Falco’s Tommy and Matt LeBlanc’s Man with a Plan.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, it's conceivable that broadcast networks such as CBS will only be able to debut one or two new shows this fall.

Most will rely on past hits and even semi-hits that already have a cast and crew in place and will therefore be able to resume shooting as soon as given the green light.

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The mass renewal, meanwhile, comes as a number of CBS programs are ending this year.

Those include Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary and Criminal Minds, as well as sophomore series God Friended Me.

The sitcom was surprisingly canceled last month, while it was confirmed many months ago that the other three dramas would be airing their final seasons.

They've all, indeed, already said goodbye.

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Said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment, of the above renewals:

“Thanks to these exceptional shows, we’re going to win the current season by 1 million viewers.

"Next year, we’ll have these strong returning series as our foundation…and Super Bowl LV too.

"It’s a well-balanced lineup across Entertainment, News and Sports that will put us in an incredibly stable position for 2020-2021.”

Sam Lloyd Dies; Beloved Scrubs Star Was 56

Sam Lloyd, a veteran actor best known for playing hilarious sad sack lawyer Ted on the sitcom Scrubs, has passed away.

He was 56 years old.

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Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, a tragic development that was revealed via a GoFuneMe campaign that was launched by Scrubs producer Tom Hobert and his wife.

The show's creator, Bill Lawrence, confirmed the actor's passing with a tweet on Friday that read as follows:

“Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”

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Lloyd portrayed attorney Ted Buckland on all nine seasons of Scrubs, and actually reprised the role on another Lawrence-created series, Cougar Town.

He was also a frequent television guest star throughout the 1990s on, including a turn as the Elaine-obsessed Ricky on Seinfeld and a two-season run as Dr. Albert Goldfine on Desperate Housewives.

His most recent small screen credit was a 2019 episode of American Housewife.

Overall, Lloyd died 60 credits to his name across a 30-year career.

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Along with Lawrence's previously cited tribute, Scrubs star Zach Braff also memorialized Lloyd via Twitter:

“Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together.

"He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy."

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As the news of Lloyd's passing has spread across social media, other tributes have come pouring in as well.

Such as this one from Robert Maschio, who played Todd on Scrubs and who posted his message along with a photo of himself and Lloyd:

“Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace.  #RIPSamLloyd."

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Lloyd's diagnosis came just over a year ago, shortly after the birth of his first child.

The discovery of his lung cancer and an inoperable brain tumor was a shock to many, as his family broke the awful news via a statement that read:

Midway through January [2019], Sam began to experience headaches and he had lost 10 pounds/

He figured the headaches were caused by the lack of sleep that came along with his new role as Daddy, and the weight loss seemed like it could easily be the byproduct of a busy schedule...

Sam had spent the better part of 2018 going back and forth to Vermont to care for his ailing mother, Marianna.

He helped her make the move to assisted living and he cleaned out the family home of 50+ years – no small task, indeed. On Thursday, January 17th, as his headaches grew stronger, Sam decided to go to the doctor.

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The doctor thought the pain might be sinus-related so he ordered a CT Scan. The scan revealed a mass on Sam’s brain. Within a day, he was in brain surgery.

Unfortunately the tumor was too intertwined so the surgeons couldn’t remove it.

By Sunday, Sam and Vanessa were informed that the cancer in his brain had metastasized from his lungs. Further scans showed the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw.

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The GoFundMe raised nearly $160,000 and the page continued to update Lloyd's condition through this past March.

Lloyd, meanwhile, was also known for his musical work; his a cappella group the Blanks appeared several times on Scrubs, and he was a member of a Beatles tribute band called the Butties.

Lloys is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their child.

May he rest in peace.

Logan Williams Dies; The Flash Star Was Just 16

Horrible news out of Hollywood:

Logan Williams died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 3, his mother has tragically confirmed to British Columbia-based publication The Tri-City News.

He was 16 years old.

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The actor was best known for his role as a young Barry Allen on the CW superhero series The Flash. He last appeared on the show in the season 2 premiere, which aired in 2015.

No further details regarding his death are available at this time.

But Grant Gustin, who plays the present-day forensic analyst and title character on the aforementioned program, paid tribute to his late costar via Instagram on Friday, April 3.

“Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly,” wrote the actor, adding of the photo above:

“This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set."

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Williams' other television credits included When Calls the Heart, Supernatural and Whispers.

Concluded Gustin in his post:

My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I'm sure an unimaginably difficult time for them.

Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.

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Other entertainers and cast members on The Flash have also expressed their sorrow over this stunning news.

John Wesley Shipp:

"Heartsick to learn of Logan Williams' death at 16. He was 100% committed to playing young Barry Allen, and we missed him once we moved past that part of the story. Love and compassion to Logan's family and friends in your grief.

When Calls the Heart star Erin Krakow remembered Logan as a "beautiful, warm, silly, and talented young man. He could always make us laugh.

"He was just shy of 17 and had what I'm sure would have been a very bright future ahead of him."

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Actor Mitchell Kummen tweeted:

"My friend Logan Williams passed away yesterday. I am beyond sad! Proud to play older brother Dude... You were such a talent. Sending love to your mom."

Logan's mom told The Tri-City News that his family is "absolutely devastated" by his death, and is currently unable to grieve together due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"With his talent and gorgeous looks, Logan had the potential to be a huge star," she said.

Logan is survived by Marlyse and his father, Clyde, as well as his grandparents, aunts and uncles. 

His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Daniel Dae Kim Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Makes Unusual Offer

Daniel Dae Kim, a veteran actor best known for prominent roles on TV shows Lost and Hawaii Five-0, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

He's the latest in a long line of celebrities to reveal such a diagnosis.

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The 51-year oold said in a lengthy statement that he started developing symptoms on his flight back to his home in Hawaii after spending several weeks filming in New York City.

He was on his way home after production closed down on New Amsterdam due to the virus and was “asymptomatic” during that time, Kim explained.

“But as the flight was close to landing, I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat, which is unlike how I usually get sick,” he said on Instagram.

“So when I landed, I called my family doctor in Hawaii and he told me to monitor my symptoms."

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Continued the popular star:

'To be safe, when I got home, I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own.

"But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise. So he then told me to get tested.”

From there, Kim said he went to one of the newly-built, publicly available drive-thru testing centers in Honolulu.

(Wouldn't it be amazing if all states had multiple locations such as this?)

“The test itself was really awkward and a little painful, because they shove a huge swab into your nose and into your throat, but it was worth it, because of what I found out,” he said.

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A father of two, Kim says he was able to manage his symptoms on his own in self-isolation with medication from his doctor, although he did not specify the type.

“I never went to a hospital, but with the help of medication, bed rest, liquids and, of course, my loving family, I didn’t need to.

"I actually started feeling better the day after, and I started feeling a little better the day after that, and today, even though I’m not 100 percent, I’m pretty close,” he said.

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The Hawaii Five-O then offered to help with efforts to create a vaccine for COVID-19.

“With any luck, I will have actually built up an immunity to this virus when all of this is said and done," he said, adding:

"So I may not actually need the vaccine when it comes out.

"I hope it does soon though, and I will gladly contribute in any way I can, including donating antibodies in the pursuit of finding a vaccine for everyone."

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Kim appeared on multiple episodes of The Good Doctor  as Dr. Jackson Han and starred for seven seasons on Hawaii Five-0 as Chin Ho Kelly and for the entire run of Lost as Jin-Soo Kwon.

Other notable entertainers who have been diagnosed with an illness that has been dubbed a pandemic and which has led to an essential shut down of the United States are:

Tom Hanks, Kevin Durant, Idris Elba and Sean Payton.

"I guess it’s nice to be mentioned in the same breath as Tom Hanks and Idris Elba, two of my favorite actors,” Kim joked. “I guess I’m in some pretty good company.”

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He ended by asking folks -- hello, President Trump! -- to stop being racist by referring to this ilness as the Chinese Virus and to stop blaming the Chinese for this outbreak.

And then he urged everyone out there to be careful:

Thankfully for me it was not a matter of life or death.

But even though I’m smiling and upbeat now, for several days I was in bed, so for all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is.

And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones.

So for the sake of everyone else, please follow the guidelines. Socially distance, self-isolate, stop touching your face and of course, wash your hands.

Hawaii Five-0 to End After 10 Seasons, Fans React in Sadness

CBS is bidding aloha to one of its longest-running shows.

The network has announced that Hawaii Five-0 will come to an end after 10 seasons, confirming its final episode will air on Friday, April 3.

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“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that carried on the legacy of the original with such distinction, while establishing its own signature style,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment.

Continued this statement:

“From episode one, HAWAII FIVE-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night.

'We cannot be prouder of its quality and longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan devotion it inspired.”

The drama's series finale will be two hours long, CBS added.

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The show was one of the first reboots of the past decade, paving the way for an endless array of sitcoms and dramas that are continuations or reimaginings of past franchises.

The original Hawaii Five-0 aired from 1968 through 1980 and starred Jack Lord as Honolulu detective Steve McGarrett.

The current series, which featured Alex O'Loughlin as McGarrett, will end up running for nearly as long as its predecessor: 10 seasons vs. 12 for the first version.

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“For 10 seasons, Alex, Scott and the rest of the talented FIVE-0 cast have brought fans exciting adventures in a spectacular tropical paradise,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.

He continued:

“We specifically want to thank Peter and the incredibly talented production team for 10 years of consistently outstanding television. The drama has been a great success for the Studio and Network, and as a global franchise for our company.

"We’re pleased to give it a big sendoff and that viewers will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters as the final season wraps."

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The CBS TV Studios series scored a huge domestic syndication deal early in its run and has aired in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Scott Caan, Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale, Katrina Law, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Kimee Balmilero and Chi McBride round out its main cast.

“HAWAII FIVE-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show,” said Peter M. Lenkov, Executive Producer.

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He elaborated as follows:

“I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores.

"I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with.

'And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O’Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo.”

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With its finale, Hawaii Five-0 will have produced 240 episodes.

It premiered back on September 20, 2010.

In the two-hour finale, recurring cast members James Marsters (Victor Hesse), William Sadler (John McGarrett) and Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat) will all return.

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“This show has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life,” said series star Alex O’Loughlin, concluding:

“Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people. What we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, it’s extraordinary. I can’t really put words to express my level of gratitude.

"I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history, and I’m going to miss it. And to the fans, I don’t know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have.

"I’m going to miss you. Aloha.”

Tamra Judge Stuns the World, Quits The Real Housewives of Orange County

We've got a legitimate shocker, reality television fans.

We strongly hope you're sitting down for this news.

Yes? Okay? Are you prepared? Here. We. Go...

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Tamra Judge is leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County.

“It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People Magazine in a statement, adding:

“I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.”

Judge had been on the long-running series -- which heads into its 15th year in a few months -- for a full dozen seasons prior to learning she was going to be demoted.

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Some folks may not realize this, but she is currently the longest-tenured Real Housewives cast member in history.

Judge, who was reportedly asked to return for a mere three episodes in 2020, also confirmed her departure on Saturday, January 25, with an Instagram post that showed her and husband Eddie Judge.

“It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time to move on,” she captioned the image. “Im sad to go but I’m very excited about my future. Love you guys.”

Bravo viewers quickly reacted to the news, with one commenting on the post that the show is “no longer worth watching without you and Vicki," while another chiled in that “there better be a dang tres amigas show in the works or something….”

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Indeed, Vicki Gunvalson was bumped down to "friend" status last season and recently hinted that she'd be open to a spinoff.

She also announced on Friday that she would not be back in any capacity for Season 15, confirming rumors we had reported that MAJOR cast changes were in the works.

Said Vicki in her own statement this week:

"It's been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for 'whooping it up' with me along the way...

"My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on Whoop It Up With Vicki.

"I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget."

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Throughout her run on the beloved program, Judge had been responsible for some of its most memorable moments, including the show’s very first wine toss. 

She also led a three-episode spinoff series, Tamra’s OC Wedding, which chronicled her June 2013 wedding to husband Eddie at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.

Andy Cohen, meanwhile, reacted to Judge’s news on Saturday, Tweeting:

“An unprecedented run from a woman who was always entertaining, surprising and dramatic – and never ever aged. And now she’s the queen of CBD!”

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Speaking to People, Tamra talked about both her family and her future and how the two are aligned in her decision.

“Eddie and the kids are very excited,” she said of her husband and her four kids -- sons Ryan Vieth, 34, and Spencer Barney 19, and daughter Sydney Barney, 21, and Sophia Barney, 14.

“I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years,” she added. “It’s meant a lot.”

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Last season, The Real Housewives of Orange county featured Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

The official cast for Season 15 has not yet been revealed, but Cohen had the following to say when asked about the possibility of newcomers to the franchise:

The casting for next season is some of the best casting we've had.

No matter how it shakes out, it's going to be great because we have great casting. It's hard to make moves when you don't have a bench, both on the show and casting wise.

Jersey Shore Return Date, Trailer: Revealed!

MTV has announced the return date for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

The network has also unveiled the official synopsis for the continuation of Season 3, and you won’t believe this, but…

… major drama is on the way!

So are a handful of locales, as our favorite quasi family takes its often-wasted show on the road.

Let’s start with the upcoming air time and date, however:

The series will kick off a run of new episodes on Thursday, February 27th at 8pm ET/PT.

These all-new episodes, according to MTV, will take the group across the country – New Jersey, New Orleans and Las Vegas – for “surprises, tears and even more outrageous moments.”

What else can fans expect this winter and spring?

The cable network teases that all of the aforementioned developments and reactions will “lead up to a wildly memorable trip down the aisle for one of the cast members.”

What could this be referring to? We have no idea.

Which means we’ll need to tune in, we suppose.

In its press release, MTV also ran down each of the returning fan favorites and what we can look forward to seeing from them over the next several weeks. To wit:

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino? He’s out of prison after spending time behind bars for his admitted role in a bankruptcy fraud scheme.

Look for Sitch to rejoin the group after his long-awaited release from jail, and for the roommates to finally feel whole again, prepared for a fresh start.

Elsewhere, Nicole and Deena will “continue to live their best ‘mommy’ lives,” the network says in weird fashion, basically previewing how each will be busy as a parent of young kids.

Jenni, meanwhile, will embrace her new single life, many months after finalizing her divorce from Roger Mathews and also after splitting from her boyfriend – who, toward the end of last year, nearly tore the household apart with his actions.

Vinny? He’s happily eating carbs again. Really. That’s what the network teases.

Elsewhere, Ronnie’s “quest for inner peace is always foiled because of his on-again/off-again relationship,” which took yet another dangerous turn a few days ago when he accused Jen Harley of a new attack.

Finally, DJ Pauly D will be touring the country conquering the DJ world — and Angelina is gearing up to get married!

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You’ll notice that Snooki isn’t included in this rundown.

And that’s because she, shockingly, will not be coming back to the show.

“I have to do what’s best for me at the moment, and I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” Snooki said in early December, adding:

“I hate being away from the kids, I don’t like partying three days in a row, it’s just not my life anymore.

“And I wanna be home with the kids. I don’t mind a here or there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard on me to leave the kids and film the show.”

How will the roommates get by without her? Click below to find out:

Concluded Snooki on her Jersey Shore resignation:

“I’m not saying goodbye … I just need to move on from the show because I don’t like the direction it’s going in when it comes to the drama and the cattiness.”

We can’t imagine Jersey Shore without the Snookster, can you? 

Just consider all the ways in which she evolved and all the things she did over the last decade:

Ellen Pompeo Isn’t Happy Justin Chambers Has Left Grey’s Anatomy

Ellen Pompeo has broken her silence on the latest and, perhaps most surprising, Grey’s Anatomy departure.

As previously reported, Justin Chambers stunned fans late last week when he confirmed that he was moving on from the beloved ABC series.

What made this decision most jarring wasn’t necessarily that the actor was leaving — he has been a regular for over 15 years, after all, and even the most loyal fans must understand the desire for a new challenge.

Instead, what shook viewers to their core was this aspect of Chambers’ announcement:

He’s already filmed and appeared in his final Grey’s Anatomy episode!

Dr. Alex Karev will simply and quietly be written off the show after we were informed on the November 21 installment that the character was taking off to spend time with his sick mother.

“There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,” Chambers said in a statement to Deadline on Friday, adding:

“For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices.

“And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”

Now, in the wake of this stunner, Pompeo has finally spoken out.

Replying to a Tweet from Vanity Fair about the news, which proclaimed that “#GreysAnatomy is about to feel one of its biggest losses yet,” the actress noted that she couldn’t agree more.

“Truer words have never been spoken,” Pompeo wrote of her fellow original cast member, including with her message a broken heart emoji.

Pompeo, of course, has anchored Grey’s Anatomy since the pilot episode.

Along with Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., she is now just one of three original stars still included in the credits each week.

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Pompeo is signed through next year and the drama has already been renewed through next year.

It’s safe to assume that will at last mark the end of this series and that it will conclude in May 2021.

Continued Chambers in his statement:

“As I move on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rhimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride.”

He’s the latest big name to leave the show, although insiders insist that Chambers is doing so with no ill will and no scandal attached to his name.

In the past, the same couldn’t be said of Patrick Dempsey, Isaiah Washington or Katherine Heigl.

Pompeo, meanwhile, revealed during a September appearance on the Late Late Show With James Corden that her ideal Grey’s Anatomy ending would feature many of these original cast members making a return.

“Well, I can’t really say what I think, because if we really do what I want to do, then that would give it away,” the actress teased, adding on this program:

“I’d love to have some of the old cast come back. That probably won’t happen, but that would be the most amazing way to [end it] … There’s a lot of pressure on that final episode.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 9/8c and, as we said, has already been renewed for season 17.

Silvio Horta, Ugly Betty Creator, Dead in Apparent Suicide

Silvio Horta, the creator of ABC’s popular comedy Ugly Betty,” was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide.

He was 45 years old.

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Insiders have told Variety that Horta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound... while a representative for Horta has confirmed his passing, but declined to comment on the circumstances behind it.

The American version of Ugly Betty, which turned America Ferrera into a household name, ran for four seasons on ABC; from 2006 to 2010.

It was adapted from the hit Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea" and Horta served as showrunner and head writer on the beloved series.

The show centered on Betty Suarez, a young, intelligent Mexican American woman from Queens who gets a job at an upscale fashion magazine in Manhattan.

During its run, Ugly Betty won two Golden Globes, one for best comedy series and one for Ferrera as lead actress. 

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Horta earned his big break in 2000 with his screenplay for Urban Legend.

He later went on to work on Jake 2.0 and The Chronicle. Most recently, he wrote and produced the 2015 television movie The Curse of the Fuentes Women.

In other biographical news, Horta was born in Miami to Cuban parents and majored in film at NYU.

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The Ugly Betty cast and crew reunited for the ATX Television Festival back in July of 2016.

At the time, Horta and many of the show's stars -- including Ferrera, Eric Mabius, and Michael Urie -- talked about how the series came to be.

According to Horta, he envisioned Betty (Ferrera) as an FBI agent working undercover at Mode magazine instead of the writer that she ultimately ended up being.

"I'm met with just crickets," he recalled of his original pitch for the series. "They said, 'Look, we think what was done originally worked and stay with that. Don’t shy away."

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Back in 2016, Horta also said that he wasn't opposed to rebooting Ugly Betty, but that everyone from the original would need to be involved.

"If we were to do something, it would be a dream, but everybody on the stage would have to be involved, including Becki Newton," Horta said, noting that Newton was not present for the reunion because of a previous commitment, adding:

"There's a lot more stories to tell."

We send our condolences to the loved ones of Silvio Horta.

May he rest in peace.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City: Andy Cohen Announces New Series!

There's one reason that Austen Kroll is giving relationship updates and Kelly Dodd is chilling with Ramona Singer in New York.

The very first Bravocon is here, and at the convention, Andy Cohen made a startling, exciting announcement.

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"We’ve always tried to choose a city that has completely unique personalities," Andy Cohen announced at the big reveal on Saturday.

He continued: "And we also try to throw a little curveball now and then."

"Pick somewhere you weren’t expecting,” he clarified..

Andy then expressed: “We are very excited to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah!"

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"You didn’t see it coming," Andy freely acknowledged.

"But I have to tell you, in Utah, you have the majesty of the mountains, the Mormon religion," he listed.

Andy continueds: "An exclusive community of people who have very successful businesses who live in their own universe."

“It is gorgeous," he gushed. "And I think you’re going to be really surprised and intrigued by the group of women we’ve found."

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Bravo also released a more formal reveal of the exciting new addition to the wildly successful franchise.

"The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City takes viewers into an undiscovered world," the official Bravo announcement reads.

The statement adds that it's a world "that is about so much more than religion."

"Although," the announcement acknowledges, "the Mormon church is undeniably ingrained in the culture."

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"In the majestic mountains of Utah is a hidden social circle made up of successful women," the announcement contnues.

Bravo describes them as woman "who have created their own paradise filled with luxury homes, shopping sprees, and multi-million-dollar businesses and brands."

"With Hollywood’s exclusive Sundance Film Festival in their backyards," the statement notes.

Bravo teases: "These Type-A power-brokers are accustomed to rubbing elbows with A-listers and what party list you are on means everything."

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"They have mastered running wildly successful enterprises by day and enjoy après ski at the finest resorts by night," Bravo dishes.

The announcement adds that they do this "all the while raising extraordinary and unconventional families."

"Here perfection is not an aspiration, it’s a mandate," the network dramatically expresses.

That may be the single best line of the entire reveal. it's not even done and I'm already sold.

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"They hold themselves and each other to an extremely high standard," Bravo's announcement points out.

The women have lofty expectations "and never hold back when things go sideways."

"But lord knows they are always there for each other when they need it most," the statement concludes.

That is so exciting ... but who will star on it?

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Unfortunately, we do not yet have a cast list. If we did, we would be showing you their names instead of snaps from Reunion specials.

If you're like me, the first name who came to mind at the idea of wealthy housewives in Utah was Slate writer Nicole Cliffe.

But despite her cult-like following on Twitter, she has already confirmed that she will not be part of the cast.

She herself is speculating on Twitter about who might be a good fit for the show. Let's hope that she joins in Season 2.

Update: Nicole now reports that her network of Utah socialite friends have identified two cast members: Lisa Barlow and Angie Harrington.

Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy Creator, Fired From FX for Being an "Abrasive D-ck"

Kurt Sutter, the executive producer best known for having created Sons of Anarchy and then its spinoff, Mayans M.C., has been fired by FX.

The writer himself confirmed the news in a letter he sent to the cast and crew of the latter drama on Thursday afternoon.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter insiders, Sutter was let go due to "multiple complaints" over his behavior on the series, which chronicles a biker gang viewers first met on Sons of Anarchy.

As mentioned above, Sutter detailed his dismissal by FX CEO John Landgraf and Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden in a message sent to those who had been working with him on The Mayans for the past two years.

In this message, he described himself as an "abrasive dick."

Representatives for FX and 20th Century Fox TV have not yet commented on the development, while representatives for Sutter did not respond to the aforementioned outlet's multiple requests for a remark.

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Filming and production on the second season of Mayans M.C. has already been completed.

Last month, Sutter told fans at the Season 2 premiere that he was planning to down from his executive producer role should this Sons of Anarchy follow-up earn a third season from FX.

“It’s time for the white man to leave the building,” he told the audience at the Hollywood screening.

Sutter went on to say at the time that a person of color should run the writers’ room because it’s a drama about a Mexican biker gang on the California-Mexico border.

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Always an outspoken showrunner, Sutter appeared as the character of Otto in multiple episodes of Sons of Anarchy.

He was also one of the main writers on legendary FX drama The Shield.

"This morning I was fired by Dana Walden and John Landgraf for all the complaints levied against me," wrote Sutter in his letter to the cast and crew, adding:

"Not the way I wanted to end my 18 year relationship with FX. At least being fired for being an abrasive dick is on brand...

"I deeply apologize if I’ve made people feel less than or unsupported. My intention was literally the opposite. But clearly I’ve not been paying attention.

"My arrogance and chronic distraction has created wreckage. Just know, I adore this cast and crew."

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Elsewhere, however, Sutter was far more pointed in his criticism of the decision.

Here is his lengthy letter in full:

Let me begin by saying, I know who I am. I know the impact of my process. I'm intense and passionate. I take what I do very seriously. That's what having a vision manifests. And if you fuck with that vision, I’m gonna push back.

When I'm right, I let the work speak for itself. When I’m wrong, I own it, make amends and fix it.

I pride myself on having a supportive and empowering set. I try to acknowledge all the hard work everyone does. I'm clear that it's a collaborative effort. And I try to pass that philosophy down to my writers and producers so they do the same.

Disney letting me go today was apparently based on data collected by HR and Business Affairs from writers, producers, cast and crew.

They claim the intel suggests that I created a climate of hostility, favoritism and enabled a set where no one felt safe or appreciated.

I know that’s not true. I’m not saying it was all sunshine and roses, but I’m close with most of those guys and they love going to work. I’m also not sure how, having been on set… maybe three times all season, I was able to singularly create that much damage

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Never did I think the ship was off course until after mid season when I suddenly was bombarded with unfavorable reports about the tension on set. I am not going to mention names, because I don't want to point fingers. So yes, there were complaints.

And ultimately whomever they are about lands on me to fix. That’s when I contacted the network to let them know. They told me they’d look into it. And to sit tight. So I did.

Who I have been hard on this season is the studio and network. I’ve felt the creative scrutiny of Disney from day one. Notes on scripts and cuts have been heavy handed.

Demanding a level of dumbing-down story and inane PC restraints like I’ve never experienced before. I genuinely feared for the creative future of the storytelling. So I pushed back.Hard.

No different than I have in the past. In fact, much tamer than I ever was on SOA. However, I was dealing with personnel who didn’t know me. And my level of… passion. Clearly I ruffled a few mouse ears.

I know my role at Mayans MC was going to be greatly reduced. I am handing off the show to Elgin. So it's not the job that's the issue.

What pisses me off, what hurts the most, is that John Landgraf and Dana Walden sat across from me and sited a summary of a slanted truth formulated by lawyers and clerks.

They blamed my dismissal on the cast and crew.

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People I care about. People I respect. They had no first hand knowledge of anything they were saying. They’ve never been on set or spoken to any of my people. I’m not saying all of the intel was bullshit.

But I know that’s not why I was fired. The truth is, the suits wanted me gone. I stepped on toes and bruised egos. And in this Disney regime, I'm dangerous to the wholesome brand.

And clearly not worth the trouble. So 18 years of friendship, loyalty and producing quality television, was flushed down the drain. They threw me under the fucking bus.

I send this diatribe because I feel deeply wronged. They embarrassed me. They created a false narrative that could damage my reputation and career. I want them to understand the depth of that mistake.

Talk soon. Thanks. ks. sutterink, the letter concluded."

This Is Us Recap: Did Kevin Just Meet His Soulmate?

Secrets, secrets, they are no fun.

They are no fun for anyone... until they come out and stir up lots of drama, that is, which is exactly what went down on This Is Us Season  4 Episode 3, "Unhinged."

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On the latest installment of this NBC drama, Kate (Chrissy Metz) broke down after learning that husband Toby (Chris Sullivan) had been keeping his weight loss from her.

This is how the reveal transpired:

Toby settled into his IT sales job by inviting Kate to meet some of his clients at a restaurant.

He then attempted to subtly get the hostess to switch their table, yet when she wouldn’t do so, Kate confessed that she could not fit into the booth. It was very awkward.

Why didn't Toby say the say thing, however? Hmmm...

Kate later ordered Toby to take off his shirt, but not in a seductive way -- she wanted to see his abs for herself.

He admitted that he had been going to the gym to get healthy following his heart attack, which made Kate quite emotional.

He didn’t want to make her feel bad, although she acknowledged she had gained 10 pounds since giving birth.

From there, her neighbor (Timothy Omundson), who was trying to rehabilitate from a stroke, caught her crying on her porch... and after he shared his story with her, she and little Jack joined him for his morning walks around the neighborhood.

It's a start, right?

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Elsewhere, viewers saw why Nicky (Griffin Dunne) vandalized the VA center.

You see, he was making progress with a therapist when she was transferred and this caused him to relapse.

Kevin (Justin Hartley) arrived in town to help Nicky avoid prison time and a gigantic fine, as the VA agreed to let Nicky continue his treatment, despite his aversion to assistance.

Again: It's a start, right?

And speaking of starts...

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While at the facility, Kevin met Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison) and her son.

Cassidy was immediately turned off by him, but she later warmed up when they wound up in the same Alcoholic Anonymous meeting.

Kevin lamented his life having no purpose at all and trying to stay sober by focusing on his nephew.

Cassidy laughed at his struggles, which included his fear of becoming an AARP spokesperson, prompting Kevin to eventually did the same.

Sparks most definitely flew here and it's very safe to say we're intrigued.

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Also; Deja (Lyric Ross) received a surprise of her own when Malik (Asante Blackk) told her he has a daughter.

She had no idea what to think about the situation and would only say that the revelation complicated her feelings for him.

In other young person Pearson news, Tess (Eris Baker) battled coming out at school.

Then there was our man Randall (Sterling K. Brown), who faced a few problems of his own.

One of his aides pressured him to fire Jae-Won (Tim Jo) because the two were friends and he lacked experience.

However, Randall let go of the aide instead for disrespecting him and then helped his chief of staff plan his proposal to his girlfriend.

Finally, via flashbacks, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) was himself was fired after making a huge mistake at work.

But Miguel (Jon Huertas) stood up for him, telling their boss that he would quit if Jack had to go. The bold move saved both their jobs.

Kevin also helped out Randall after he got in trouble at school and suffered from an anxiety attack.

Linda Porter, Beloved Superstore Actress, Dies at 86

Linda Porter, a veteran actress likely best known for roles on Twin Peaks and Superstore, died this past Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Shew as 86 years old.

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Porter was most recently seen by television viewers in her recurring role as Cloud 9 employee Myrtle Vartanian on the aforementioned NBC sitcom.

She had just appeared on the Season 4 finale in May.

The character, a beloved fan favorite, had been rehired on the show as new manager Amy’s (America Ferrera) assistant after being laid off in Season 3 ... and then brought back as a customer-greeting hologram.

Overall, Porter had appeared on 35 episodes of the comedy series, which returned for its fifth season just a day after she died.

Porter had not filmed any Season 5 episodes before her death, however, and therefore will not be featured posthumously on the program at any point.

The ensemble comedy will likely pay tribute to one of its guest-starring MVPs next week, though.

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Following news of her passing, several tributes poured in from Porter’s costars and fellow actors.

“Here’s hoping the angels don’t call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end. We’ll miss you Linda Porter,” Superstore star Ben Feldman Tweeted, for example.

Added Danny Gura, who portrays Elias on Superstore:

“We lost a good one. R.I.P. Linda Porter, who was always smiling and always brightened up the Superstore set. This is a hard one. You will be missed.”

And there was this from Lauren Ash:

"The Superstore team lost one of its best members. RIP Linda Porter. Always funny, always vibrant and ALWAYS enthusiastic. I don’t know that anyone loved our show more than Linda.

"Both you and Myrtle will be deeply missed. xoxo"

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Porter had also recently recurred as Lady Slot-Addict in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival for Showtime.

Her multitude of other TV credits included guest roles on:

  • Childrens Hospital
  • Togetherness
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Bunheads
  • The Mindy Project
  • How I Met Your Mother

And her big screen work included Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, Mercy and Dude Where’s My Car?

She was most recently seen in 2017’s The House.

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“Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day,” Superstore executive produces/co-showrunners Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said on behalf of the show’s cast and crew.

They concluded:

“We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.”

May Linda Porter rest in peace.

Saved By the Bell Revival: Confirmed by NBC!!!!!!!!!

ATTENTION, TELEVISION FANS:

We don't know if your teacher recently popped a test or if you're currently a mess or if your dog ate all your homework last night.

We do know, however, that it will be alright regardless... because NBC Universal just dropped some truly incredible news:

We're about to be Saved By the Bell once again!

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The company made this announcement on Tuesday morning, confirming that an updated version of this memorable sitcom will help anchor its new streaming service, which will somehow be called "Peacock."

The reboot will reportedly star Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, who dated throughout most of the original seres as their respective characters, A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano.

In a truly amazing official logline, NBC says that Mark-Paul Gosselaar's iconic character, Zack Morris, has gone on to become the govenror  of California.

This is what the synopsis says:

When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state — including Bayside High.

The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.

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Does this mean Gosselaar could make an appearance?

You never know -- but he's currently signed on to star as a lead on ABC's new series Mixed-ish, having just come off Fox's The Passage, which followed roles on the programs Nobodies and Pitch.

Gosselaar has enjoyed a very strong career since Saved By the Bell went off the air.

Conversely, Berkley made headlines way back in 1995 for starring as a stripper in the movie Showgirls. She's done very little since.

Lopez, who has hosted Extra and Access Hollywood, among other television shows, hasn't acted in ages -- but did recently stir up controversy for some homophobic remarks.

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As for other original cast members?

Tiffani Thiessen has gone on to a strong career and is unlikely to want to reprise the role of Kelly Kapowski, while Dustin Diamond is now best known for having starred in a sex tape and for getting arrested a lot.

And Lark Voorhies appears to have some mental problems.

Saved by the Bell originally aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993.

It cented on on a group of friends as they navigated life at Bayside High School and the cast included:

Berkley (as Jessie Spano), Lopez (as A.C Slater), Gosselaar (as Zack Morris), Thiessen (as Kelly Kapowski), Voorhies (as Lisa Turtle), Diamond (as Screech) and Dennis Haskins (as principal Mr. Belding).

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An eventual movie was made of the sitcom, along with a very brief run of the Saturday morning series as a primetime show where Zack, Slater and company went to the same college.

It didn't exactly fare very well.

And yet, in the wake of this revival news and in honor of Berkley's Spano during her addiction to caffeine pills:

We're not even scared. We're just SO excited! 

Shane Gillis: Fired by Saturday Night Live Over Racist Jokes, Responds Like a Total Douche Canoe

Shane Gillis has been fired by Saturday Night Live before ever stepping foot on its legendary stage.

The comedian -- who came under extreme fire just days after his hiring last week after audio surfaced of some very inappropriate (read: RACIST) jokes and remarks -- was let go by NBC on Monday.

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"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” said a show spokesperson on behalf of SNL boss Lorne Michaels.

This statement continued as follows:

We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.

We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable.

We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.

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Not long after Gillis was confirmed as one of three new faces on Saturday Night Live Season 45 (along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang), a video resurfaced of the so-called comedian engaging in racist rhetoric.

"Chinatown’s f-ckin nuts,” Gillis can be heard saying in a clip from a September 2018 podcast posted to a YouTube channel called Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.

"Let the f-ckin ch-nks live there,” he adds.

Earlier this year, Gillis also referred to Presidential candidate Andrew Yang by this same derogatory term for Asians.

On another episode of this podcst, Gillis referred to Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard as “white f-ckin got comics,” calling them “f-cking gayer than ISIS."

Aware of the immediate backlash against him, Gillis released a very lame non-apology that used his profession as an excuse for his language and viewpoint.

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“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries,” he wrote on Twitter, as you can see above.

Gillis then added, condescending and pathetic fashion:

"I sometimes miss. If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses. I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said."

In response to his firing, meanwhile, Gillis Tweeted in an equally shameful and cocky manner.

"It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I'm a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can't be taken away," he wrote, concluding with a dig at the program itself:

Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made.

I'm honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad tv guy anyway.

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The sad truth is that this controversy likely will lead to some fame and riches for Gillis.

He's actually scheduled to meet with Yang down the road, Tweeted the Democratic hopeful himself.

“Shane Gillis reached out. Looks like we will be sitting down together soon,” Yang wrote this afternoon.

Where do YOU stand on this scandal?

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We're all for open dialogue and on people learning from past mistakes.

But does Seth Gillis sound like someone who is doing this? Or is capable of doing this?

Or does he just sound like an unfunny loser who relies on racist tropes and played-out stereotypes to try and come across as edgy and/or relevant?

Cameron Mathison, Hallmark Channel Host and Former Soap Opera Star, Diagnosed with Cancer

Cameron Mathison, a television star likely best known for his long-running role on All My Children, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

The actor 00 who currently hosts the Hallmark Channel morning talk show "Home and Family" -- announced the unfortunate news on Instagram Tuesday.

Although he explained that phyiscians believe his tumor has been growing for a "minimum 10 years," he said he's "optimistic" about his recovery.

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Alongside a photo of his family, this is how Mathison opened his announcement:

"I have a health situation that I want to share with you all.

"There are many reasons I love social media, staying connected with you all, sharing fun experiences... well this time I'm asking for your help.

"About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I've been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney.

"It's consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma ... or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn't spread to any other organs."

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Mathison also is host of Entertainment Tonight and appeared on over 1,000 episodes of All My Children from 1998 through 2011.

He once appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

Added the star in regard to his health and his prognosis:

"They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it's been growing in me for minimum 10 years.

"I am extremely lucky that we found it early.

"Thank you to my longtime friend and urologist @jon_giddens who has helped me tremendously through this process."

This is the photo Mathison used alongside his revealing caption:

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Mathison went on to thank his wife, Vanessa, and their two children, Leila, 13, and Lucas, 16.

"Vanessa, Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support," he wrote. "As have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET."

Mathison proceeded to ask for support from his followers, as he will be undergoing surgery on Thursday.

"My surgery is scheduled on September 12th," he said.

"I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) I announced this on @homeandfamilytv yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well."

Mathison concluded as follows:

"Feeling very grateful and optimistic!! #thankyou yes."

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In response to the news, a number of stars with whom Mathison has worked expressed their condolences.

Candace Cameron Bure wrote: "Absolutely praying for you Cameron, and over the doctors and nurses during your surgery as well as your family."

Lacey Chabert: "Lifting you up in prayer! All my love to you and your family."

Ali Fedotowsky: "We love you Cameron. And we are all here for you."

We send our very best wishes to Cameron Mathison.

Cameron Boyce, Popular Disney Channel Star, Dead at 20

Tragic and shocking news today out of the television universe:

Cameron Boyce, a rising and popular actor best known for roles on Disney projects such as Descendants and Jessie, has been found dead.

He was only 20 years old.

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According to a statement releasd by Boyce's family, the actor passed away in his sleep after suffering a seizure.

This is what the 20-year old's loved ones wrote in their heartfelt statement:

It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron.

He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated

The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.

We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.

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Boyce had been acting since he was nine years old and was deeply involved in charity work.

In March of this year, he was actually introduced former Vice President Joe Biden at the Biden Courage Awards.

He was also honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award at last year's Thirst Gala, sponsored by the Thirst Project, a nonprofit for which Boyce raised $30,000 to build wells for clean drinking water in Swaziland.

Cameron was a very impressive young man.

"We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in response to the awful news.

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After making his big screen debut in the film Mirrors, Boyce struck it big just two years later when he was cast as one of Adam Sandler's children in the movie Grown Ups.

He went on to achieve Disney stardom as one of the leads in show Jessie.

Boyce starred as Luke Ross alongside the eponymous Jessie Prescott, played by Debby Ryan on a series that ran for four seasons and 98 episodes.

His role in the Descendants films, which led cable TV film ratings in 2015 and 2017, catapulted him to even greater heights.

Here is a promotional photo from that franchise:

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Added Disney Channel in its message:

"From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. As a young man, he was fueled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples' lives through his humanitarian work.

"He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend."

Boyce, who had 8.1 million followers on Instagram, was next set to appear in the HBO shows Mrs. Fletcher.

We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.

May Cameron Boyce rest in peace.

TV Cancellations: Which Hurts the Most?

So... did your favorite show survive?

With most network television shows wrapping up their current seasons in mid-May, viewers around the country have been on the edges of their seats due to a number of suspenseful finales.

But also for another, more meaningful reason:

They've been anxious about these programs airing any episodes beyond said finales.

Indeed, it's renewal/cancellation time around the TV dial, with all four major networks making major announcements over the course of the past few days.

The following shows did not make it. They have been canceled.

Which will be the most painful to never watch ever again?

1. I Feel Bad

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This NBC sitcom centered on a mother and wife who didn't ever feel appreciated at home. Alas, it wasn't appreciated by viewers, either.

2. The Cool Kids

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Not cool at all, according to Fox viewers. They never cared about this very lame sitcom.

3. The Passage

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This Fox drama was based on popular source material. But it probably should have been on HBO or something.

4. Lethal Weapon

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The off-screen drama was more interesting than anything on screen for this Fox drama, which is gone after three seasons.

5. Star

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Forgive the obvious pun here, but this Fox drama will not be shining bright for the network in 2020.

6. Murphy Brown

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We loved the original, but what was CBS thinking bringing this back for a revival?!?
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Game of Thrones: Was the Battle of Winterfell a King-Size Disappointment?

Well, one of the biggest weekends on the 2019 pop cultural calendar is officially behind us, and all over America, fanboys and haters alike are hashing out their differences.

Both Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones' Battle of Winterfell saw the deaths of some beloved characters, but GoT being GoT, it's not surprising that some viewers expected even more carnage.

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Obviously, the remainder of this article is dark and full of spoilers (We miss you already, Melisandre.), so proceed no further if you have yet to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3.

(Which was surprisingly not titled "The Battle of Winterfell," but is instead officially known as "The Long Night.")

The stakes and the expectations for the episode could not have been much higher.

It was the most expensive Game of Thrones to date with a whopping 85-minute runtime.

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Marketing materials promised the longest continuous battle sequence in film or television history.

From a narrative standpoint, the episode would conclude the Night King/White Walker storyline that was set into motion in the show's very first scene.

Fans hoped the installment would also deliver some big-time emotional payoff and set the stage for the series' final three episodes.

On some of those promises, the show inarguably delivered (that was certainly one very lengthy battle), but others ... maybe not so much.

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On Twitter, complaints were plentiful -- granted, that's always the case with Twitter, but the response to "The Long Night" seemed even more mixed than usual.

One of the primary beefs was the fact that the episode very much lived up to its name.

It was long, and it was very, very dark. Literally.

Many viewers complained that they had difficulty following the action due to the low lighting.

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Others complained of jump cuts and the visual anonymity of the combatants.

Yes, it made sense that the dueling armies were all attired so similarly, but combined with shadowy motif, this often made it difficult to tell who was swinging the sword and who was being cut down.

Speaking of violent death, some fans felt there just wasn't enough of it.

Or more accurately, they felt more top-tier characters should have met their demise.

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Sure we lost Jorah Mormont, Theon Greyjoy, Lyanna Mormont, Melisandre, and the Night King, but this is a show that's never been shy about offing major players, and with just three episodes remaining, fans understandably expected the Battle of Winterfell to reduce them to sobbing shells of their former selves.

That might sound like an unpleasant experience, but it's part of what's kept us coming back to Westeros for the past eight years, and for many viewers, "The Long Night" lacked the emotional gut punch they had been simultaneously dreading and hoping for.

But the most serious concerns might have to do with the direction of the series from here.

As thrilling as it was to see Arya reduce the Night King and his army to a pile of shards, it was an ending that raised more questions than it answered.

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Presumably, the remaining episodes will focus on the battle for the Iron Throne, but as a villain, is Cersei any match for an undead king with an army of zombies?

Is there any way to rescue the remaining episodes from feeling an anti-climactic afterthought?

Game of Thrones has always been a series that trafficked in surprises, but the biggest surprise of all might be showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss pulling off a conclusion that will leave the majority of the show's viewership feeling satisfied.

Of course, with the emotional sadism these two have demonstrated over the years, that may not be the ultimate goal.

Maisie Williams Got Naked on Game of Thrones … And the Internet Didn’t Know What to Think

Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones gave viewers plenty to talk about.

Brienne became a knight; Dany learned that she's been banging her nephew (or neph-boo, if you prefer), and Tormund filled everyone in on the magical properties of giant boobs.

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(Those are boobs found on mythical giantesses, not merely large breasts ... though we suppose those are magical in their own right.)

But there was one scene that the internet just can't seem to agree on -- and it seems some folks found it off-putting for reasons that they struggled to articulate.

As you may have guessed we're talking about Maisie Williams' sex scene.

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Yes, Arya Stark relinquished her V-card to handy hottie Gendry, and many viewers didn't know what to think.

While it's unclear what Arya's exact age is supposed to be at this stage in the story, Maisie Williams is 22, and is thus free to get as freaky on camera as she desires.

And her sex scene was far more modest than some of the softcore action we've seen on Thrones over the years.

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The season premiere, for example, featured the character of Bronn being mounted by three nude prostitutes as they gleefully discussed the gory fate of Ed Sheeran's much-maligned soldier.

And of course, no one had a problem with that because this is Game of Thrones, a show where sex and violence are so intertwined that there are multiple central characters who have had their dongs lopped off.

And yet, Williams' consensual sex scene, complete with pre-coital discussion of previous experiences has generated controversy in some corners of Twitter.

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Yes, because the internet is a hotbed of Freudian hangups that the world's most skilled psychologists could never hope to make sense of, some reported that they were upset by the scene.

It seems these weirdos felt as though they were watching a sex scene involving not the actress Maisie Williams, but the character Arya Stark -- and they reacted as though they'd just learned a beloved younger relative was gettin' it in with the local blacksmith.

Thankfully, these people were in the minority (and some, like the ones we've chosen to feature here, were merely engaging in some lighthearted ribbing).

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For the most part, fans were happy to see the long-suffering Arya enjoy a pleasurable experience and enter a new stage in her life -- and they were quick to point out that it was all very well-deserved.

"Had this discussion at lunch," one person tweeted.

"Co-worker said she still thought of her as a young girl. I said I had not thought of her that way since she single-handedly massacred all of House Frey. Which they deserved."

Both Arya and Maisie also enjoyed a great deal of support across the internet.

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The always-brilliant folks at Bossip sounded off on the matter, as did Missandei actress Nathalie Emmanuel

"@Maisie_Williams and Arya having agency over her own sexuality like all women should literally gave me liiiifeee," Emmanuel tweeted.

But the best reaction of the night likely belongs to Sophie Turner, who's spent the better part of the past decade portraying Maisie's onscreen sister, Sansa Stark.

"In honor of Easter, I guess Game Of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hopping into that p--sy," Sansa told the camera.

We love it.

A girl has no V-card, and we're sure Maisie is deeply proud of her empowering scene.

Of course, according to horror movie rules, Arya is now that much more likely to get iced in the battle with the White Walkers, but that's a conversation for next week.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Photos: Tales From the Crypt

Quite understandably, HBO is playing it close to the vest when it comes to spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones.

As a result of this extreme secrecy, even details like episode titles are being kept under wraps, and fans are forced to fight over crumbs of information like the lowliest peasants in Flea Bottom.

So here's what little we know so far about Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2:

It'll be longer than the season premiere -- clocking in at 58 minutes -- but still be considerably shorter than the four feature-length installments to follow.

Also, it should provide a nice counterweight to all the pastel cheeriness of the Easter festivities that will precede it -- though it might be just as concerned with resurrection from the dead.

Oh, and we have the following photos from the episode, generously provided by HBO execs who know we'll drive ourselves mad dissecting them for details.

Join us as we do exactly that, won't you?

1. Crypt Keepers

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Something is going down in the crypts at Winterfell. You can bet whatever scheme is being hatched in Varys' noggin is way more frightening than all those decaying Stark corpses.

2. Hatching a Plan

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Jon and Arya are there as well. We guess they got over their little feud about how smart Sansa is.

3. Drinking and Knowing Things

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Naturally, Tyrion brought a goblet of red to the meeting. It's stressful always being the most knowledgeable person in the room.

4. Sam's Concerned

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Sam Tarly's got a lot on his mind these days. He has a kid and a baby mama to worry about, an army of the undead is inching closer by the day, and now he's forced to make nice with the woman who torched his husband and brother.

5. Bran Ruminates

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And then there's Bran, doing what he does best -- staring creepily into middle-distance and making everyone uneasy about what sort of earth-shattering insight he's about to reveal.

6. Busted Big Time

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Speaking of Bran, the guy who put him in that wheelchair is about to be in some serious sh-t. In addition to that fateful shove in S1E1, Kingslayer Jaime Lannister got that name by icing the Khaleesi's father.
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Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce New TV Network and Streaming App!

Back in November, we reported that Chip and Joanna Gaines were returning to television.

Now, we know which TV network they're taking over and they've announced their very own streaming service.

But some fans are feeling a little put out -- and see this as nothing but a calculated business move designed to enrich the Gaines brand.

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The Wrap reports that Allison Page of HGTV has been named the president of an exciting new project.

That project will be a "multiplatform joint venture between Discovery, Inc. and the Gaines’ Magnolia brand."

The Fixer Upper stars will be taking over what we currently know as the DIY Network, which falls under the Discovery umbrella.

Though we do not yet know the names of this new channel, TVE app, and SVOD service, we do know one thing.

The world has been told to expect to see "Magnolia" somewhere in there.

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Discovery CEO David Zaslav released a statement on this new venture.

"Chip and Joanna Gaines have become trusted, household names since the debut of Fixer Upper," Zaslav notes.

"And through this joint venture," he continues. "Discovery is proud to extend our relationship with them."

"They’ve got authenticity and relatability," he observes.

Zaslav describes those traits as forming "that special something that is so difficult in our business to find."

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Zaslav goes on to explain why Discovery knows that investing in the Gaineses is the right move.

"People love them, their taste, their businesses," he points out.

"They’ve built an ecosystem that aligns perfectly with our vision at Discovery," he adds.

Zaslav points out that Discovery has a lot of motivation "for fueling people’s passions."

So it seems like the brands are a natural fit for each other.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines also released a joint statement about this exciting new development.

"Our intention with this network," the statement begins.

The Gaineses continue: "is to create and curate content that inspires, encourages, and helps to build bridges across our communities."

"We want honest, authentic programming," the statement affirms.

They want to create content "that brings families together."

Chip and Jo

"We believe David Zaslav and the team at Discovery are the perfect partners for this ambitious joint venture," The Gaineses express.

"And," their statement continues. "We know Allison Page is the right person to lead this charge."

She's certainly going to have her hands full, but she's proven herself already at HGTV.

"We’re ready to get started," Chip and Joanna's statement concludes. "And are expectant for all that’s ahead."

We're still waiting on the names that all of these things will have, however.

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So when is all of this going down?

The launch is scheduled for the summer of 2020.

As exciting as this is for fans, others feel a little put off.

It seems clear that Chip and Joanna have made a number of business decision with the aim of raking in as much cash as possible.

Some of us would say that there's nothing wrong with that, but others feel that this is a betrayal of their wholesome family image.

Maybe those fans will get over their feelings of unease once all of the nice new Magnolia content rolls out.

Supernatural is Actually Coming to an End

The series some thought would never die, based around creatures who often refuse to die, is finally set to say goodbye.

We never thought we'd see the day.

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But The CW announced on Friday afternoon that Supernatural will wrap its incredible run after its upcoming 15th season, which will consist of 20 episodes.

Beloved stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins confirmed the news in a video posted on Instagram late this week.

“Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers. Though nothing ever really ends in Supernatural...does it?” Ackles wrote alongside this footage from the cast.

Supernatural will conclude after 327 episodes, making it the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television.

Rather impressive, huh?

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"We just told the crew that though we’re very, very excited about moving into our 15th season, it will be our last,” Ackles says in the video, adding:

“Fifteen years of a show that has certainly changed my life… And we just wanted you to hear from us that though we’re excited about next year, it will be the finale. The big, grand finale of an institution.

The actors were barely able to hold it together in this message to fans.

"We’ve cried some tears, and we’ll cry some more,” a very emotional Padalecki added. “[We’re] grateful, and we’ll work all the emotion into next season."

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Said executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb in a joint statement after the news went viral:

Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera.

For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible.

We’d like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve.

We're not crying over here, okay?

YOU'RE the one who is crying.

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The CW President Mark Pedowitz has often said at the Television Critics Association press tour that if the ratings held up, the show would go on as long as Ackles and Padalecki wanted to do it.

Elsewhere, series creator Eric Kripke said the following in a Tweet:

#SPNFamily please remember: shows end. But family is forever. That never changes & that's what you've created here.

All my love & thanks to the cast & crew & most of all you, the family. #spn @[email protected] @JensenAckles @mishacollins @andrewdabb @serathegamble @ben_edlund.

Are you glad to see Supernatural ending?

Is it about time?

Or do you wish it had run forever and ever?