Look out, all Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Someone who has dealt for years with Charlie Sheen is headed your way.
So she's ready for anything!
Indeed, following weeks of rumors and innuendo, Denise Richards confirmed on Thursday via a statement to People Magazine that she has joined the cast of this long-running Bravo franchise.
“I am so excited to join the cast, as I am a huge fan of the show," Richards said simply today, adding of the ninth season to come:
"I am looking forward to spending time with all the ladies… and hopefully meeting Boy George!!”
(Confused? Richards is referencing her close friendship with fellow star Dorit Kemsley, whose husband, Paul, is Boy George’s manager. For real!)
On future episodes of this wildly popular program, Richards will join Kemsley, Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi and Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave for a bunch of scripted drama and craziness.
And this won't be her first time on reality television, either.
The actress actually starred on two seasons of It's Complicated, a series that chronicled her life as the mother of two and the ex-wife of someone such as Sheen.
It ran on E! from May 2008 through July 2009 -- and it wasn't received too warmly by critics.
Wrote Variety at the time as a review:
"She's traded on her sexuality to become one of those public figures who cavorts with other public figures, and we (or, at least, those of us inclined to watch and read about such fluff) are voyeurs."
The series also earned a D from the Boston Herald, who summed it up, after critic Mark A. Perigard watched the first episode, as follows:
"Denise Richards’ life is one steaming pile of pig poop...Literally
Still, Bravo jumped at the chance to hire Richards.
"I love Denise Richards, wouldn't it be so cool to see Denise Richards as a Housewife?" producer and talk show host Andy Cohen said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight last week.
At the time, he refused to confirm whether she'd actually be on the show, of course, simply teasing:
"The thing about it is, we don't announce casting until the show's about to come out. So, you're not going to hear anything from me for a while."
That much is true, we suppose: We still have not heard from Cohen on this casting.
But he and Richards' new co-stars will likely comment on her addition soon.
An Illinois resident, Richards is likely best known professionally for having made out with Neve Campbell in the movie Wild Things.
She also appeared on episodes of Jane the Virgin, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce and something called Vanity.
On the big screen, she last had a role in the film The Toybox, which featured family members who were killed off by their haunted RV.
Are you psyched for Denise Richards to be a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills?
Les Moones has responded to charges of sexual harassment and misconduct outlined by Ronan Farrow in an explosive New Yorker article relased on Friday.
In the damning expose, Farrow cites six women, all of whom allege that the CBS CEO made unwanted advances toward them in the form of kissing or touching.
If they refused said advances, the women were punished.
Each also said she was afraid to speak out back when the incidents happened, out of fear over how Moonves could ruin their careers.
This same piece delves deeply into CBS itself, with Farrow writing that it maintains a testosterone-fueled culture where “everything feels old, the people, the furniture, the culture, the mores.”
(Moonves has served as the chairman of CBS for about two and a half years; the network has been the most-watched network on television in 15 of the last 16 seasons.)
One of the accusers is actress Illeana Douglas, perhaps best known for her role on Six Feet Under.
She claims to have been fired from a 1997 pilot after refusing Moonves’ advances, which included “violent kissing” and holding her down on his office couch.
“The physicality of it was horrendous,” she alleges of Moonves, who was the CBS Entertainment President at the time.
Douglas says she was promptly let from the unanmed sitcom and denied payment, although she was later offered compensation and the opportunity to appear in a CBS miniseries after she retained an attorney.
In response to the scathing allegations against him, Moonves has said the following:
Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our Company.
I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances.
Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely.
But I always understood and respected – and abided by the principle – that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.
This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution.
Even before various details from the article were made public on Friday, CBS vows to investigate Moonves and this entire situation.
It said in a lengthy statement of its own:
CBS is very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously.
We do not believe, however, that the picture of our Company created in The New Yorker represents a larger organization that does its best to treat its tens of thousands of employees with dignity and respect.
We are seeing vigorous discourse in our country about equality, inclusion and safety in the workplace, and CBS is committed to being part of the solution to those important issues.
Moonves is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.
He earned close to $70 million last year and is married to CBS on-air personality Julie Chen.
The Big Brother host said the following in the wake of these accusations against her husband:
I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years.
Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader.
He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.
That's all well and good and parts of it may be true.
But it's very safe to assume at least one thing in all of this:
There's no way Les Moonves remains CEO of CBS for very much longer.
We have another Real Housewives franchise cast shake-up.
Just hours after we confirmed that Kenya Moore has left the Atlanta version of this program admist a messy contract negotiation, we can now also announce the following:
Carole Radziwill is finished with Bravo as well.
The 54-year-old, who not everyone realizes is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, told People Magazine on Wednesday evening that she's departing the cable network hit.
She joined the program during Season 5.
“After six seasons on Bravo’s RHONY, I have decided to return to what I do best - journalism and producing,” Radziwill said today, adding in more detail:
"I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind.
"My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years and I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament.
Radziwill came on board as a Real Housewife in 2012, along with Heather Thomson and Aviva Drescher.
It may seem hard to believe now to those who follow this franchise closely, but Carole quickly became good friends with SkinnyGirl founder Bethenny Frankel in Season 8.
Their friendship has soured significantly, however.
Radziwill and Frankel went at it very hard, in fact, on the most recent episode of this reality smash.
You can watch The Real Housewives of New York City online via the following video in order to see what transpired:
In her statement to People, Radziwill concluded with a combination of sincerity and humor:
“I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I’m thrilled to leave frenemies behind.
"I will remember this entire experience with delight, humor, and a veracious accuracy. Next.”
For those unaware, Radziwill really does have an impressive journalistic resume.
She was stationed in Iraq back in 1991 and was embedded with an infantry unit of the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan in 2003.
In 2006, Radziwill signed with Glamour magazine to write a monthly column titled Lunch Date.
Carole also sold her first novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating, in a six-figure deal to Holt Publishing. It was released on February 11, 2014.
For her work, Radziwill has won three Emmys and a Peabody.
In the wakeof her departure, meanwhile, Radziwill left a very simple note on Instagram. It reads as follows:
Radziwill’s husband Anthony, died in 1999 after a five-year battle with cancer.
She’s currently in an on-again, off-again relationship with chef and filmmaker Adam Kenworthy.
Will you miss Carole Radziwill on The Real Housewives of New York?
According to Sarah Palin, her daughter has signed on for Teen Mom OG because she wants to help other people.
"Bristol's gonna be a great messenger for kind of overcoming a little bit of challenge and doing well in life," the former Vice Presidential candidate said in response to her kid being cast by MTV.
The ex-Governor added:
"[Bristol] sees this as a venue, as a forum for good, to help people in a hurtin' world ... I support her doing this and I'm proud of her."
It's unclear exactly how Bristol arguing with co-stars and stirring up controversy on this reality series will be of any assistance to anyone at all -- but we do now know what thing that will be helped immensely by Palin's hiring:
Her bank account!
We mean, there's no way Bristol Palin is joining the Teen Mom cast for money. That's just a crazy notion.
But she's still probably pretty happy that she'll be making $250,000 for just a few weeks of filming for her first season on the program.
Bristol reportedly has an options for two more seasons as well and is set up to earn a $50,000 pay increase for each one if she extends her stay.
“She could be making $350,000 in three years,” an Us Weekly insider explains, doing the math for us.
This seems like a huge chunk of change for a first-year cast member, doesn't it?
The Ashley quotes a source close to the series who says Palin's co-stars (Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood and Catelynn Baltierra) all made about $10,000 for their first season and about $20,000 for their second season.
Yes, each has now earned her way into a six-figure salary, but only after putting up with the sort of craziness and drama that comes with the show.
Bristol is just dropping in and instantly making huge bucks.
Granted, her addition to the series may help extend the show by several seasons.
And this would make everyone involved a lot more money, so perhaps Maci, Amber and Catelynn are cool with Palin's salary.
But we somehow doubt it. And we can foresee it creating some instant tension when Season 8 premieres.
Elsewhere, someone named Cheyenne Floyd has also been hired a a new Teen Mom OG cast member.
We are not privy to her salary details at the moment, however.
We do know, however, that Farrah Abraham is out and Bristol is in.
Filming has already started on new episodes, too.
Previous reports have indicated that Maci, Amber and Catelynn were blindsided by Bristol's casting; none have had a chance to digest it or comment on it.
In related news, meanwhile, Ryan and Mackenzie Edwards have quit the show due to a dispute over MTV over what their role would have been if they had stuck around.
The program will look very different when it returns in the fall, whenever that may be.
MTV is yet to announce a premiere date, which prompts us to ask one simple question:
What are you waiting for?!? Let's do this!
Edgar Hansen, one of the stars on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, pleaded guilty in court late last week to the sexual abuse of a 16-year old.
According to The Seattle Times, Hansen confessed to a charge of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation on Friday.
In exchange for his plea, he received a 364-day suspended prison sentence and was ordered to undergo a sexual deviance evaluation.
He also received two years’ probation and various fees and fines totaling $1,653, with an additional $4,800 fine suspended, court records show.
Hansen will not serve any time behind bars.
The 47-year old fisherman is the deck boss and key crew member of a Seattle-based crabbing boat helmed by his older brother, Sig Hansen.
The siblings have risen to fame and fortune due to their popular Discovery Channel reality series.
As for the details of this ugly case?
A 16-year-old girl told her therapist in October of last year that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a suburban Seattle home on September 30, 2017.
The aforementioned newspaper cited a probable-cause affidavit filed in Snohomish County District Court to back up this allegation.
This teenager also relayed to the police these same allegations.
In a brief handwritten statement accompanying his guilty plea, Hansen acknowledged “touching [the victim’s] private areas … for the purpose of my own sexual gratification.”
“I committed this assault… I am very sorry for that conduct and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”
The victim (unnamed because she is a minor) said Hansen “kissed her on the lips, touched her vagina and had her touch his penis,” prosecutors said in their probable cause affidavit.
Investigators also spoke with Hansen’s wife, who said she “confronted him” after learning of the abuse.
He “initially denied” it, but “eventually admitted that he kissed [the victim] and touched her inappropriately.”
Edgar Hansen’s guilty plea comes just weeks after his famous brother, Sig, was sentenced to probation for spitting on an Uber driver last year.
This Deadliest Catch caption was given a deferred sentence, ordered to undergo alcohol treatment and placed on a year of probation.
Sig told People Magazine at the time that he was “terribly sorry” and “very embarrassed” for his role in this incident.
Sig Hansen is also currently awaiting a decision from the state Court of Appeals over a King County judge’s ruling that would allow a sexual-abuse lawsuit brought by his estranged daughter, Melissa Eckstrom, to proceed to trial.
He has denied her claims referring to Eckstrom’s law suit “an old-fashioned shakedown.”
Also of note, in regard to Deadliest Catch, Blake Painter, a former captain on the show, died in May of a suspected drug overdose.
Neither Hansen sibling nor any Discovery Channel representative has spoken yet on Edgar Hansen’s crime.
For three brief, wonderful seasons, viewers were immersed in the lives of the teenage stars of Laguna Beach.
That was over a decade ago, but the cultural impact of that ahead-of-its-time reality series cannot be measured.
And now, former star Stephen Colletti has confirmed that MTV is talking about hosting a reunion.
Speaking to People, Stephen Colletti teases a Laguna Beach reunion.
"They’ve been talking about it," he reveals.
“MTV has been," Colletti says. "They’ve been putting out some phone calls for it."
So they're weighing their options and perhaps testing the waters.
He cautions viewers to not start belting "Coming Clean" just yet, however -- even though it's a great song.
Colletti says that he's reluctant to dive back into reality television, saying: "It’s not really my journey."
"I think I’ve done enough reality TV for a couple of lifetimes at this point," Colletti admits.
That's fair. He also went into real-life acting on One Tree Hill.
“I think we can let that one go," Colletti says of the possibility of him doing more reality work.
"That ship," Colletti states. "Has sailed for me!"
"We were just such young little kids," he says.
That might be an exaggeration, but they really were just teenagers during those Laguna Beach days.
“What I loved about being on that show," Colletti reveals. "Was everyone that we were working with and shooting the show with."
He describes that "they made us feel kind of comfortable."
"Looking back," Colletti reflects. "We were very comfortable hanging out with these people."
At the time, Colletti wasn't even sure that the show would be a hit -- or even finish filming.
"It was like, ‘Nah, this isn’t going anywhere," Colletti recalls. "We’re just having fun, and it’s just going to end up in a box at MTV’s offices. It’s not going to be on air.’"
So many great success stories begin with doubts. But he was having a fun time with it anyway.
"There’d be a time where Kristin was walking into the surf shop back in the day," Colletti says. "And they’d let me hold the camera and shoot her and follow her in and teach me the style they wanted to shoot it."
That's a rare opportunity -- getting real, in-the-field, experience behind a camera.
"Those are the memories that I have from it,” Stephen says. “It’s usually pretty positive. But you definitely look back with a smile and remember that we were quite naive little children."
So, does he keep in touch with the rest of the cast? Well ... sort of.
"We see each other at different times, back home in Laguna for the holidays or whatnot,” Colletti reveals. “It’s not a constant conversation, we’re not buds texting each other every day, but it’s all cordial."
Of course, as the good folks over at The Ashley pointed out, the Laguna Beach cast did hold a bit of a reunion in 2014.
They also note that Kristin Cavallari has already made her return to reality television -- joining E! with her own show, Very Cavallari.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to keep listening to "Coming Clean" on repeat.
But specifically the Bermudez & Harris Herbal Essences Mix, of course -- we're not wild animals.
If at first you succeed, try again.
Such was the thinking behind the Roseanne reboot, which took a classic sitcom and revived it for the year 2018... to surprisingly strong ratings.
But then Roseanne Barr opened her often-racist mouth, ABC canceled the series and now a source alleges that executives are contemplating a second line of thinking:
If at first you succeed, and then you try again successfully until your star proves herself to be an irredeemable dirtbag... well... try again. Again.
In other, less complicated:
A Roseanne spinoff is in the works at ABC.
Insiders close to the situation say that network higher-ups are thinking of re-branding Roseanne and centering it on Sara Gilbert's character of Darlene.
The thinking is that:
- The Roseanne brand still resonates with millions of viewers.
- Gilbert is far, far, far less of a terrible person than Barr.
Gilbert has supposedly been calling co-stars to gauge their interest in such a show, with John Goodman described by TMZ as "very interested."
These same television sources say Tom Werner, who produced Roseanne through his company Carsey-Werner, is involved in the effort to reboot the show around Sara.
Just three days ago, Roseanne quipped about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, saying she was a mixture of an "ape" and the "Muslim Brotherhood."
In a statement mere hours later, Channing Dungey, president of ABC, did not hedge in the any way, shape or form when she said the following:
Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.
So that was that... until Roseanne blamed the use of Ambien for her racist remark.
She also went after any colleague who dared to call out her awful viewpoints on life, one of whom was Gilbert hereslf.
Here is what Gilbert said the day Roseanne's Tweet went viral:
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.
I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
Elsewhere, showrunner Bruce Helford said he was “horrified and saddened” by the insult.
Barr was later dropped by her talent agency ICM Partners; while TV Land, Paramount Network, CMT and Hulu all announced that Roseanne reruns were being yanked.
But would there be interest nationwide in a Darlene-centric sitcom?
It would not lack for publicity, that's for sure.
“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!,” Roseanne Tweeted at one point this week, adding:
“I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”
Well, not at least one of those talented actors may end up with an even better job.
But why do we doubt Roseanne will be happy for her?
We have an update on the unexpected death of DuShon Monique Brown.
As previously reported, the veteran Chicago Fire actress passed away in March at the relatively young age of 49.
At the time, sources reported that Brown had admitted herself to a hospital due to chest pains a few days before she left us, prompting a widespread belief that she died of a heart attach.
But People Magazine and TMZ now cite a representative for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office who says Brown actually died from sepsis of unknown etiology.
This is an infection of the blood of unknown origin.
Contributing factors, according to this update, include hypertensive cardiovascular disease and obesity, per the same Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
This is what the world-renowned Mayo Clinic has to say about sepsis:
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.
This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
Septis also often hits after a wound is left untreated, which means this diagnosis leaves many questions left unanswered.
Brown, who played Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden, starred on Chicago Fire since the series premiere.
The actress, who was also a native of Chicago, also appeared on Prison Break from 2005 through 2007.
Other television roles from which you may recognize Brown include stints on Shameless and Empire.
"The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own. Our thought and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her," said producer Dick Wolf in March upon learning of this awful news.
The Chicago Tribune reported shortly after Brown died that she had an extensive theater background, acting in multiple theater stages such as the Goodman, Lookingglass, Drury Lane, MPAACT, Victory Gardens and Pegasus Players
She was accomplished violinist who played with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and she once worked as a counselor at a high school...
... and actually attended the same high school herself as Michelle Obama.
Brown left behind a daughter named Zoe.
May she rest in peace.
A major cast member is set to make a run from The Walking Dead.
And it's not hyperbole to say the show will never be the same after he's gone.
A multitude of sources has confirmed to Us Weekly that series star Andrew Lincoln will leave the blockbuster drama after its upcoming ninth season.
In fact, he'll only appearin six of the scheduled Season 9 episodes.
Why would Lincoln depart such a successful program?
For starters, most fans believe the best days of The Walking Dead are far behind this AMC hit, as both quality and ratings have dropped significantly in recent years.
Moreover, Lincoln has both a personal reason and a professional reason for making this decision at this time.
“Andrew is leaving because he’s had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies,” an insider close to Lincoln tells the aforementioned tabloid.
Lincoln, of course, got his truly big break in the romantic comedy Love Actually.
To many people, even still, he's the guy who held up signs of affection for Keira Knightley's character in that beloved holiday film, not the guy who splatters zombie guts all over the place on a weekly basis.
AMC is not expected to cancel its most-watched show in the wake of Lincoln's departure, however.
A source tells Us Weekly that Lincoln’s costar, Norman Reedus, has negotiated a $20 million paycheck to stay on.
The Walking Dead is known for major cast turnover, having killed off numerous original characters since its debut.
Just last season, many viewers reacted in shock and anger when Rick’s son Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, lost his life.
But Lincoln has portrayed Rick Grimes since the very beginning and it's hard to imagine the series without him front and center.
It's also worth mentioning that Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, will be starring in the new ABC drama Whiskey Cavalier, and will therefore only return to The Walking next season on a part-time basis.
The end may truly be near for this long-running smash.
Following the Season 8 finale, Lincoln opened up to Entertainment Weekly about what’s next for Grimes after he took out down Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan.
“I think there is always going to be a sense of he’s lost all of the most important parts of himself, and yet he has the legacy and gift that Carl gave him that is going to fuel his ambitions for the future,” the actor said, adding:
“He’s got a renewed purpose because of this and because of his son. So it’s absolutely a new man.
This is the man who couldn’t see what Deanna saw about the future and still couldn’t see it for a long, long time even throughout all of this and the battle he was hell-bent on vengeance.”
No word yet on just how Rick will be written off the show.
But let's be serious, right?
We somehow doubt he'll stroll happily into the sunset.
Will you keep watching The Walking Dead after Lincoln departs?
It's that time of the television season.
That very, very sad time during which we learn the fates of our favorite comedies and dramas.
Which shows have already gotten the axe and will NOT return in 2018-2019?
Break out the Kleenex and scroll down to find out...
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2. The Mick
3. Last Man on Earth
5. Life Sentence
6. The Originals
If FOX orders a third season of Lethal Weapon, it will do so with a new actor playing the lethal weapon himself.
Following multiple reports of lead cast member Clayne Crawford acting out on set, behaving poorly and mistreating crew members, producers have decided to replace the actor.
In news broken by TV Line, Crawford is out as police officer Martin Riggs.
The series may very well go in search of a new actor to take on the role and a decision on Season 3 will likely depend on who, if anyone, is selected.
This surprising development comes about two weeks after Deadline reported complaints of "emotional abuse and [Crawford] creating a hostile environment" on the Lethal Weapon set.
The star has reportedly been disciplined numerous times due to these kinds of complaints, although specifics were not written about at the time of this initial article.
In a lengthy statement soon after this report went viral, Crawford described two incidents on set for which he admits to being reprimanded.
He said last month that he "reacted with anger" when he thought working conditions were unsafe...
... and also took responsibility for an incident during an episode he directed when an actor was hit by a piece of shrapnel while cameras rolled.
"I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts," Crawford's Instagram statement said, adding back then:
"Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents."
It sounded pretty sincere and the issue pretty much went away.
Or so we thought.
However, Crawford didn't exactly sound apologetic or even affected upon learning his fate this afternoon.
"Wait, wait, wait......you can’t fire me on my day off!" he Tweeted not very long ago.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, multiple actors have already passed on taking over the role of Riggs, alongside Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh.
The role is based on a character portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie series on which the television show is based.
Perhaps not many actors out there want to be associated in any way, shape or form with anything connected to Gibson.
Lethal Weapon‘s Season 2 finale, meanwhile, airs tonight at at 8/7c on Fox.
The network will likely decide the show's Season 3 fate in time for its May 14 Upfronts, which doesn't exactly give it much time.
Would you even tune in for a Lethal Weapon with a different actor as Riggs?
Reg E. Cathey, a veteran actor likely best known to television fans for roles in House of Cards and The Wire, died this week from lung cancer.
He was 59 years old.
According to TMZ sources, Cathey was surrounded by friends, family members and loved ones at the time of his passing, which took place at his home in New York.
It's unclear at the moment for how long Cathey had been battling his illness.
The Wire creator David Simon confirmed Cathey's death on Twitter, leaving the following statement along with a photo of the veteran star:
Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set.
On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.
Cathey was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2014, 2015 and 2016, each time for his portrayal Freddy Hayes on HBO's House of Cards.
The character was the owner of a rib restaurant that provided the Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood a sanctuary and secret hideout.
He won this Emmy Award in 2015.
On Season 4 of The Wire - generally considered to be the legendary drama's best - he played Norman Wilson, a reporter-turned-political operative who consulted with Tommy Carcetti as the latter quickly rose to prominence up in Maryland politics.
Cathey also played a part on The Corner, Simon's predecessor to The Wire on HBO.
A native of Alabama, Cathey's big screen resume included roles in Fantastic Four and Se7en.
In response to this sad news, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon said the following on Friday evening:
Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent.
Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, Reg.
Having been in the business for so long, Cathey was mourned on social media by a wide range of actors from both the TV and movie worlds.
Mike Colter: Go gentle into that good night my brother. It was an honor spending time with you on set. Getting to know you as a person and an artist. You will be missed. Condolences to your family. I salute you.
Michael McKean: Reg Cathey was my friend and my wife's friend and a great actor. I am very very sad. RIP, Reg.
Bobby Cannavale: We lost a sweet, sweet man and a sweet, sweet, SWEET artist today. Rest In Power, Reg E. Cathey We will miss you.
Chandra Thomas: Absolutely heartbroken. Reg, miss your brilliance, sharp wit and gracious love for your Cheremio beyond words....
Our thoughts go out to the family of Reg E. Cathey.
May he rest in peace.
Briana Renee is done with reality TV.
At least for now.
According to Radar Online, the Little Women: LA cast member will not return for season seven of this Lifetime series, turning down a contract offer that had reportedly been placed on her table.
In an unusual turn of events - for someone who has aired her dirty laundry in front of a camera for years - insiders say Renee is leaving the series because she yearns for a bit of privacy.
Specifically, she doesn't want her ongoing divorce drama to play out for an audience.
And what a drama it is!
Back in November, Renee and Matt Grundhoffer announced they had split, not long after the latter admitted to having cheated on his wife.
At the time, this split seemed amicable.
Just consider Brianna's quote at the time:
"We rode til the wheels fell off, and now we can redirect our course as friends focusing on being the best parents."
The former couple is parents to an 18-month old son, while each also has children from previous relationships.
Fast forward to early January, however, and the concept of amicable was thrown out the window.
Like, WAY out the window.
In her divorce documents, Renee asks Grundhoffer for child and spousal support, which is reasonable and normal.
But TMZ also confirmed at the time that Renee filed for a restraining order in December because she alleges her husband verbally abused her at least twice in November, referring to her a "cunt" and a "worthless bitch."
These same documents state that Grundhoffer threatened to take the couple's son, Maverick, away from his mother.
Wait, however, there's more...
Briana accuses Matt of often being drunk, mean and violent.
She relays a story in her filing from April of 2017, during which Grundhoffer supposedly threatened to "kill everyone in the house" and also talked openly about killing himself.
And Renee also says she found extremely disturbing exchanges between Grundhoffer and another woman, presumably his mistress.
These exchanges were "sexually explicit and disturbing," Briana writes, and allegedly "involved bestiality and proposals of sex acts with minor children, including the proposal of sex acts with Matthew's minor child, age 12, from a previous relationship."
None of that is even worth joking about.
Shortly after Renee confirmed she was breaking up with Grundhoffer, a transgender model came out and referred to the twosome's relationship as the "most dysfunctional ever."
So it definitely seems like it's for the best they are going their separate ways.
As for the future of Little Women: LA?
Radar reports that producers are not looking to replace Renee and that been in production on season seven has actually been going on for months without her.
Let's hope, for the sake of her children, that everything works out as well as can be between Renee and Grundhoffer.
Jerry Van Dyke, a veteran actor and the younger brother of iconic comedian Dick Van Dyke, died on Friday afternoon at his ranch in Arkansas.
He was 86 years old.
According to Jerry's wife, per TMZ, the actor passed away with her by his side.
The exact cause of death is unknown at this time, but the couple had been in a car accident two years ago and Van Dyke's health had sadly gone downhill ever since.
A native of Danville, Illinois, Van Dyke got his start on television by making appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the beloved sitcom that starred his real-life older sibling.
He also made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Judy Garland Show early on in his career.
Prior to dedicating his professional life to acting, Jerry pursued stand-up comedy as a young man and performed at military bases around the globe.
Van Dyke has a very long and impressive resume, but he's likely best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam on the TV sitcom Coach, which earned him four Emmy Award nominations.
The series ran from 1989 to 1997.
It was anchored by Craig T. Nelson.
Coach centered on the fictional Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles and it often featured guest appearances by professional football figures such as Troy Aikman, Dick Butkus and Jerry Jones, as well as actors like Lucy Liu, Drew Carey and Mary Hart.
Van Dyke's Luther was an assistant coach who was known for his bumbling ways and occasional moments of pathos.
This is a photo of him from the show:
His final small screen appearance took place on ABC’s hit show The Middle in 2015.
Well aware of his brother's enormous fame, Jerry said the following to USA Today back in the 1990s:
"I was always known as Dick Van Dyke's brother and the guy that did My Mother the Car. Now people know me that never knew me before, that don't even know Dick. That's really a thrill."
He maintained this kind of sense of humor throughout his career.
“If I had it all to do over again, I definitely would have turned things down,” he told The Associated Press in 1994, adding:
“Almost everything I did!”
And then there was this, to The Toronto Star that same year:
“I’m getting sick of Dick riding on my coattails. I just can’t prop up his career forever."
Jerry Van Dyke is survived by two kids and his wife.
May he rest in peace.
Rose Marie, a veteran actress and show business legend best known for her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died Thursday at her home in California.
She was 94 years old.
The late star’s publicist has confirmed the sad news.
Marie’s extensive career started as a child singing sensation in the 1920s and 1930s.
In an interesting note, she was the last surviving entertainer to have charted a hit before World War II. Pretty cool, right?
The artist and actress landed her first major TV role in 1960 on the CBS sitcom My Sister Eileen, prior to rising to prominence alongside Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.
Marie portrayed Sally Rogers on all five seasons of The Dick Van Dyke Show; she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1963, 1964 and 1966.
“We were a tight-knit, hard-working crew,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2004, adding at the time:
“I couldn’t wait to get to the set each day.”
Marie appeared on several television shows and films, and was also became active in animal welfare issues as the years went on.
Born Rose Marie Mazetta on August 15, 1923, the multi-talented star began acting and singing at age three, performing on stage at New York’s Mecca Theater.
She was dubbed “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder” and was often heard on the NBC Radio Network.
In the 1930s, Marie toured in vaudeville; and in the 1940s, she performed in nightclubs and theaters, even becoming a co-headliner on opening night of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
Later in life, Marie gained new fans as a frequent celebrity on Hollywood Squares. How frequent?
Marie appeared on 629 episodes of the game show!
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.
All in all, Marie’s amazing career spanned nine decades and was chronicled in the documentary “Wait for Your Laugh,” which was released earlier this year.
Tweeted Carl Reiner, who created The Dick Van Dyke Show, upon learning of Rose’s passing:
I was so sad to learn of the passing of Rosemarie. There’s never been a more engaging & multi-talented performer.
In a span of 90 years, since she was four, dear Rosie performed on radio, in vaudeville, night clubs, films, TV, & Vegas & always had audiences clamoring for “more!!”
May she rest in peace.
Shocking and tragic news out of the world of television this week:
Amanda Davis, a popular news anchor in Atlanta, died on Wednesday after she suffered a “massive spontaneous stroke” while on the way to to her stepfather’s funeral.
She was 62 years old.
According to local reports, the CBS46 reporter was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday evening due to a medical emergency at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
She passed away the next night.
Davis had only just informed Twitter followers a few hours earlier that her "pops" had died and that his funeral was planned for Wednesday.
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she was at the airport and heading to Texas to say farewell when she suffered this fatal stroke.
Her final post on Facebook was shared on Christmas Eve and featured a text graphic about the difficulty of experiencing one's first Christmas after losing a close friend or relative.
It included the caption: “Stay strong, keep praising the Lord."
Davis had served as a news anchor in Atlanta for more than three decades,having previously worked at FOX5 Atlanta, where she helped launch Good Day Atlanta way back in 1992.
She left that station in 2013 and went to work for a local CBS affiliate, which Tweeted the following in the wake of her passing:
Today we're taking the time to remember a member of our family, #AmandaDavis, who tragically passed away after suffering a stroke on Tuesday.
If you have a favorite memory, please share them with us.
Davis gained a unique following and formed a close bond with viewers after she opened up about an alcohol addiction in 2016 with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“It felt good,” she said about her treatment program, adding at the time:
“I had learned a lot and gotten to the underlying issue for the drinking and my depression, which was the loss of that relationship. I was wallowing in that grief and drinking to feel better.”
In the wake of this stunning news, many former and current colleagues took to social media to express their condolences.
For example, CBS46 morning traffic reporter Julie Smith Tweeted:
“In total and complete shock right now. Please pray for comfort and peace for Amanda’s family. They’ve been through a lot & need our prayers.
"Please pray also for all of our @cbs46 family as we deal with the loss of our colleague & friend. Rest In Peace Amanda.”
Added anchor Sharon Reed:
“RIP Amanda Davis. Our dear colleague passed away minutes ago. She was surrounded by her family and friends. We loved her here at CBS46.
"We will miss her and honor her memory."
Watch the following video for more on this sad situation:
Of all of the reality star families on television, few -- if any -- are more controversial than the Duggars.
They're so controversial, in fact, that 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled years ago. Most of the Duggar clan can still be seen on Counting On.
But since the last season ended, there's been no official word of renewal. Has TLC finally canceled Counting On?
The Duggars were always going to be controversial. When you exist on the political and religious fringes of society and view normal American culture as some sort of contaminant, people are going to raise their eyebrows.
When you have 19 children, whom you endeavor to keep isolated from most of society as you groom them to share your worldview, people are going to talk.
When you believe that women are effectively the property of their fathers until they are traded off to their husbands, when you don't allow the wearing of pants by girls in your household, people are going to be alarmed.
But all of that is what made 19 Kids and Counting such a talked about series. The supervised "courtships" and side-hugs, Michelle Duggar's hair, and the very concept of having 19 children made the Duggars an entertaining family for some.
Others watched, with concern and fascination, realizing that there are other families in the US whose children are forced to grow up this way -- barely even knowing that their experiences are so extreme.
None of that is what got 19 Kids and Counting canceled, however.
Back in 2015, 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC.
And Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle had covered it up.
So, suddenly, Counting On became the vehicle for the Duggars to espouse their worldview -- without Josh, of course. And, initially, without Jim Bob and Michelle.
But Counting On hasn't exactly been scandal-free, either. We don't just mean the "scandals" for the Duggar family, like Duggar daughters wearing pants or Joy-Anna Duggar's very probably shotgun wedding or Jill Duggar's nose piercing.
We mean actual scandals.
Like the one that got Derick Dillard fired from Counting On. Derick and Jill had been slammed multiple times for shadily begging fans for money to help with their already controversial "mission trips."
But what got Derick Dillard fired by TLC was his ongoing, one-sided feud with fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.
Jazz is a teenage star of her own series, I Am Jazz. What stuck in Derick Dillard's craw was that Jazz is trans, and Derick believes that "transgender is a myth."
Which is an odd thing to say about a teenage girl who literally exists. It's also the kind of statement that leads to real-world violence against trans women.
Derick continued to attack Jazz over social media and to misgender her at every opportunity, until finally TLC had enough.
The question remains: will Derick Dillard's firing lead to the cancellation of the entire series?
The Josh Duggar scandal hasn't actually gone away, except (apparently) in the minds of the Duggars.
Counting On has had six seasons. But we don't know if there will be a seventh.
Inquisitr reports that TLC posted that Counting On had been renewed ... only to immediately delete the post.
That's a clue ... but of renewal for season seven, or of cancellation?
It may be that TLC intended to release the renewal announcement, and accidentally posted it early. That happens sometimes when you're scheduling a post for a future date.
It may also be the case that TLC had scheduled a renewal post a while back ... and then forgotten to cancel it when they changed their minds.
The Duggars have posted on their own family blog that they don't yet know if they're getting renewed.
Which means that no one outside of TLC knows.
The fact that TLC hasn't openly declared whether the Duggars are getting the axe or a renewal is probably a sign that TLC may still be weighing their options.
They've already looked at ratings, so there must be other factors that they're considering. Perhaps things of which the public isn't even aware.
Our guess is that higher-ups are either still mulling it over ... or they've decided to cancel Counting On and are waiting for the right time to drop the news.
Perhaps back-to-back with another announcement? Or perhaps over the holidays?
We'll let you know as soon as we find out, but things are looking grim for fans of the Duggars.
As previously reported in great detail, Meghan Markle is off the market.
The veteran actress is engaged to Prince Harry, confirming the blessed alongside her hunky fiance via a photo shoot and an interview this week.
But that's not all.
Meghan Markle is also off television...
Following weeks of strong speculation, USA Network has come out and officially announced that Markle will not return to the surprisingly successful drama Suits next season.
Said executives in a statement on Tuesday:
From all of us at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, we want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement.
Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her.
We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best.
As a lawyer named Rachel, Markle is an original Suits cast member.
She has appeared in 103 episodes of the series to date.
It's believed her character will be written out of the show along with her on-screen boyfriend, played by Patrick J. Adams, who Tweeted a pair of messages in the wake of Markle's romantic news.
After making a joke about Markle leaving her for another man, Adams wrote the following:
Playing Meghan’s television partner for the better part of a decade uniquely qualifies me to say this: Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man and I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious.
Meghan, so happy for you, friend. Much love.
Sounds like Prince Harry has himself a keeper here.
USA Network’s above statement comes just over a week after the star's Suits body double took to Instagram to share a photo of her standing next to the actress with a heartfelt farewell tribute.
It's clear Markle left a strong impression on all her colleagues.
"It’s been an absolute pleasure and honor being your ‘STAND-IN’ for the last 2 seasons,” wrote Nicky Bursic, who has worked on Suits for the past six years.
“Wishing you all the happiness in the world Bella."
In a sit-down with Harry on Monday, Markle acknowledged she was done acting.
But didn't sound all that broken up about it.
“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she said in her first joint interview with her fiancé.
We learned today, meanwhile, that Markle and Harry will get married in May, although no exact date has been announced just yet.
“I think what’s been really exciting as we talk about the transition out of my career and into my role is,” she said in this same interview, adding:
“The causes that are really important to me that I can focus even more energy on.
"Very early out of the gate, I think you realize you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen and with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously."
We wish her all the best.
The long and heretofore illustrious career of Charlie Rose may be over.
The veteran journalist has been suspended by PBS and CBS amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The accusations have been made by eight different women.
In a bombshell report published on Monday by The Washington Post, these alleged victims shared eerily similar stories about how the reporter would act in horribly inappropriate ways toward them.
There are accusations that Rose would place sexually explicit phone calls... expose his genitalia... and grope the women without their permission.
Three of the women spoke on the record, while five spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But all expressed stories that detailed how Rose would either walk out of a shower, naked, in their presence; and/or would grope their buttocks at company parties; and/or place his hand on their upper thigh, awaiting a reaction.
Said Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007:
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were.
"He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at The Charlie Rose Show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011.
They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the reported encounters.
Rose is 75 years old and his one-on-one interview program airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV.
He also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement to the Washington Post, adding:
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
He continued as follows:
It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.
I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.
Shortly after news of Rose’s allegations broke, PBS announced it is stopping production on the anchor’s self-titled program.
Meanwhile, CBS News has also suspended him from his regular duties.
Rose is the latest major name to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Several weeks ago, allegations of assault were leveled by countless women against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, women around the country have been empowered to speak up, with stories popping up nearly everyday about allegedly heinous acts committed by such stars as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor.
We salute these victims for coming forward.
MTV and the Garden State formed an unholy alliance years ago with the debut of Jersey Shore, a harrowing documentary series about the devastating impact of Ed Hardy shirts and tribal tattoos on one sleepy seaside town.
Both parties experienced tremendous good fortune in the years that followed--MTV with the Teen Mom franchise, and Jersey with the slow, meatball hoagie-fueled decline of Governor Chris Christie.
So hopes were high when it was announced that the network execs who gave us Snooki and the state that gave us Springsteen would once again be joining forces for Teen Mom: New Jersey.
The project was announced over the summer, and MTV immediately cranked the hype machine up to 11.
Within days, there was sky-high anticipation from the same demographic that made Teen Mom: OG and Teen Mom 2 smash hits.
Social media pages were launched, and the identities of the show's stars were teased as though they were the members of a new Simon Cowell-founded pop group.
So you can imagine the waves of surprise and chagrin that rippled across the internet yesterday when The Ashley's Reality Roundup reported that MTV had pulled the plug on Teen Mom: New Jersey before the show ever made it to air.
Yes, it seems that the show will never see the light of day, and its "stars" are every bit as confused as its potential audience.
“Last weekend the girls on the show got calls basically informing them that the show isn’t going to air,” a source tells The Ashley.
“They didn’t really give them an explanation—just the standard ‘We’re moving in another direction’ line. The girls are really upset because they’ve worked so hard on this project and were really excited for its premiere.”
Details are scarce, but it sounds as though MTV simply passed on the show, presumably after getting their first glimpse at the finished product.
It's worth noting that the show was not produced by 11th Street Productions, the company responsible for the 16 and Pregnant and the original Teen Mom shows.
It's another reminder that you can capture lightning in a bottle twice, but not three times, as Teen Mom 3 so poignantly reminded us.
Sigh. At least we'll always have the original series.
So practice some self-care and watch Teen Mom: OG online to get yourself through this difficult time.
There will only ever be one Farrah Abraham, which is both tragic and wonderful news.
Derick Dillard is persona non grata at TLC.
The network has gone ahead and made this official.
Back in August, the 28-year old husband of Jill Duggar made headlines when he attacked 17-year old transgender Jazz Jennings, who, like Derick's wife and her family, has a show on TLC.
Seemingly unprompted by anything other than the fact that Jennings stars on I Am Jazz, Dillard wrote on Instagram at the time:
"What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality. 'Transgender' is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."
Jennings mostly took the high road in response, labeling Dillard a cyberbully and saying that she's unfortunately accustomed to remarks from people such as him.
Fast forward to late last week and Derick was at it again, writing the following on Twitter:
I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.
It's sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way.
Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what's on TV these days.
Ah yes, the classing "nothing against" the person whose lifestyle one thinks is sinful and shameful.
Derick added that "never bullied anyone," but "just said I didn't agree with what is being propagated on TV" and is "expressing my view of what should be treated as reality; if I say I feel like I am Nepali, that doesn't make me so."
In response to this most recent attack Jazz did not mention Derick by name.
But tweeted on Saturday:
"In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love."
TLC, meanwhile, was not as even-handed in its latest statement.
On its official Twitter account, the cable network wrote this:
We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.
We want to reiterate that Derick's personal statements do not reflect the views of the network.
TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.
Some Duggar/Dillard fans, naturally, have fired back, claiming Derick is simply exercising his right to "free speech."
Which is true. He's not about to be imprisoned for his view.
But the right to free speech doesn't mean one can say absolutely anything without any consequences.
The general future of Counting On remains unclear.
There has been chatter of late that the series may not return for a new season, largely due to Dillard's ongoing controversial comments.
What do you think about what Derick said and how TLC responded?
Should the network finally cut ties with this family once and truly for all?
Andrew Kreisberg is the latest big name to be accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Warner Bros. TV has suspended the executive producer due to an investigation into numerous allegations of sexual harassment and offensive physical contact.
This is what the production company said in a statement related to the suspension and troubling accusations:
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg.
"We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation.
"We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions."
Kreisberg is a producer on Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Variety broke this piece of news and said it has spoken to 15 women and four men who all claims Kreisberg harassed them in various ways.
To be specific, the publication cites a "pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years."
It goes on to say that Kreisberg "strongly denies" these allegations.
None of the men or women behind the story wanted to reveal their names out of fear of retaliation.
"We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners,” said Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who head Berlanti Productions which oversee Kreisberg’s shows.
They add in their statement:
“We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.
"There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff.
"We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t."
Kreisberg is accused of often touching individuals without their permission.
The alleged victims say he would ask for massages from female staff members... and kiss women without asking.
Nearly each of the sources also mention sexualized/inappropriate comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.
The producer denies making any sort of advances or unwanted touches, but does acknowledge the following to Variety:
"I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized.
"Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
In response to the charges that he "scares people" and makes the "workplace feel unsafe," Kriesberg replies:
“I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years. But never in what I believe to be an unwanted way and certainly never in a sexual way."
We'll have more on this story as it develops.
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
And did we mention.... WOW?!?
It wasn't very long ago that Kevin Spacey was the face of Netflix.
Signing the multiple-time Oscar winner to portray Frank Underwood on House of Cards signaled to Hollywood that the streaming service was serious about becoming a player in original content.
But now Netflix has severed ties with Spacey, making a stunning (albeit understandable) announcement on Friday night.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey," a spokesperson for the company said, adding of production company Media Rights Capital:
"We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show."
Less than a week ago, Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of sexual misconduct.
The Star Trek: Discovery star said Spacey forced himself on Rapp back in 1986, when Rapp was only 14 years old.
Rapp kept the incident a secret for decades, but says he was inspired to make them public now after an endless array of alleged Harvey Weinstein victims shared their story of sexual abuse at the hands of the famous movie producer.
Tweeted Rapp shortly after his accusations went viral:
"I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out... to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me."
In response to the allegations, Spacey acknowledged and apologized for his behavior.
He also finally confirmed the rumor that he's gay, prompting a horde of celebrities to slam Spacey for trying to distract and deflect from the charges against him by shifting the topic to his sexuality:
See what we mean below:
Seriously, what does being gay have anything to do with sexual assault?
It's not any better if you admit you're attracted to the gender of the person you've reportedly assaulted.
The ramifications from this scandal simply snowballed from there:
- Netflix announced House of Cards would end after Season 6.
- It then suspended filming on Season 6.
- Spacey then said he was checking into treatment, although he didn't specify for what reason.
- Then, many more House of Cards staff members accused Spacey of acting inappropriately, saying he created a toxic environment on the show's set.
It was this final bombshell that prompted Media Rights Capital to release the following statement:
“While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately.
"MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”
It's unclear where House of Cards goes from here.
There's been chatter that it may kill off Spacey's Frank Underwood and turn the drama over to Robin Wright's Clare.
This wouldn't be SO far-fetched, considering Underwood resigned as President on the show to conclude last season and Clare was sworn in as his replacement.
However, the series has already filmed two Season 6 episodes... with Spacey.
We can't say for certain what will happen with the series, but we can say we're stunned by how quickly events have unfolded in this real-life drama.
We'll keep readers apprised as more news breaks.
Monty Hall, the legendary television personality best known for hosting Let's Make a Deal on CBS, died Saturday of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.
He was 96 years old.
The New York Times first confirmed this sad piece ofnews.
Hall co-created the aforementioned hit game show and launched it as the emcee in 1963.
At the time of its premiere, Let’s Make a Deal helped anchor CBS’ daytime lineup; it eventually moved to primetime in 1968.
Hall had hosted a number of programs prior to striking it big with this series... which remains on the air today (Wayne Brady is host) and which encourages audience members to dress up in outlandish costumes while they barter for the best prize possible.
A syndicated version of Let's Make a Deal aired on and off throughout the 1970s and 80s, prior to returning to NBC for a brief run from 1990-1991.
The show was then revived with Brady in 2009, with Hall putting in occasional guest appearances
Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973.
As a Canadian native, he was named to the Order of Canada in 1988.
Hall is survived by three children: actress Joanna Gleason; TV executive Sharon Hall; and TV producer Richard Hall; in addition to a brother and five grandchildren.
His wife Marilyn passed away in June.
Scroll down to read the full CBS statement about Hall's life and death...
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Monty Hall, a television legend who hosted a show and created a format that has entertained audiences for more than 50 years,
Monty’s infectious enthusiasm, humor and warmth were a winning combination that was evident to everyone he encountered, whether returning to make appearances on the current version of Let’s Make a Deal, or gracing us with his presence at a photo shoot celebrating CBS Daytime earlier this year.
On screen, Monty made the ‘Big Deals,’ but in the game of life, he himself was one.
Our hearts go out to his children, his entire family and friends.
The statement was released by Angelica McDaniel, CBS’ executive VP of daytime programs and syndicated program development.
May Monty Hall rest in peace.
Stephen Colbert hosted the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sunday night, emceeing a ceremony that honored the very best on television.
Which comedies did voters find funniest?
Which dramas did they find most... well... dramatic?
And did network television stand a chance against the power streaming services and their beloved shows?
Scroll down for a look at all the winners from the 2017 Emmy Awards. Who do you think was most and least deserving?
Best Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Comedy Series
Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best TV Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow, The Crown
Best Directing for a Drama Series
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Best Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Best Writing for a Drama Series
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe, Master of None
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
Best Reality-Competition Program
Best Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Best Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Best Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Best Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live
We've known for quite some time that the final two seasons of Game of Thrones would be truncated affairs, but still, we can't help feeling that the show's seventh season finale is upon us far too soon.
Fewer episodes has meant a faster pace, which - though fun in some cases - has resulted in some pretty glaring inconsistencies in others.
(Based on travel times, Westeros is now apparently the size of Providence, Rhode Island.)
Fortunately, the show is in a position to deliver its most explosive season finale to date, which should help placate fans who are feeling slighted.
Check out the first photos from "The Wolf and the Dragon" below, and watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to get caught up in time for Sunday night's installment.
1. Tyrion and Jon Look Concerned
2. Sansa Looks Pissed
3. Littlefinger Looks Smug
4. Bran Sees Things
5. Cersei Is Pregnant
6. Theon is Somehow Still Alive
If you're like us, you're still catching your breath from the fire and fury that concluded last week's episode of Game of Thrones.
It'll be tough (some might say impossible) to match "The Spoils of War" in terms of white knuckle action or edge-of-your-seat suspense, but with just nine episodes remaining, you can be certain the show won't be wasting a single scene.
Check out the photos below for a preview of this week's installment, entitled "Eastwatch."
And as always, you can watch Game of Thrones online in order to get caught up on the War of the Five Kings.
1. Jon and Daenerys Brood
2. Cersei Plots Revenge
3. Varys Contemplates
4. Tyrion and Varys and Wine
5. Sam and Gilly and Books
6. Tyrion and Daenerys Look Concerned
It took Jeffrey Lord outing himself as a possible Nazi sympathizer for him to finally be fired by CNN.
The contributor, who was hired by the cable network to defend Donald Trump at all times and through all tribulations, was let go by the company on Thursday after he Tweeted the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil!"
Despite protestations that he did so in order to make fun of fascism, Lord is now out of a job.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said simply. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
The back-and-forth that landed Lord in hot water took place between him and Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog organization.
It has been supporting an advertising boycott of Sean Hannity's program on Fox News, which prompted Lord to pen a column in the American Spectator Thursday scolding the group as “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
He had previously this week compared MMFA to the propaganda machines in Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.
After Carusone replied to Lord and mentioned that name was misspelled in the headline of Lord’s piece... Lord responded, “Sieg Heil!”
Seems like a bit of an overreaction, no?
In a multitude of follow-up message, Lord argued that invoking the Nazi salute was a way of “mocking” Carusone and the organization.
Shockingly, this contention did not sway his bosses at CNN.
Following the controversial “Sieg Heil!” tweet, Carusone issued a statement on Twitter asking for Lord to be fired.
It read as follows:
To many CNN viewers and media critics, the only surprising development here is that it took so long for CNN to give Lord his walking papers.
The pro-Trump pundit has said many things over the past several months that many people thought would get him fired.
On Super Tuesday in 2016, he described the Ku Klux Klan as “the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians.”
In reference to Democratic congressman Bakari Sellers, an African-American, he once asked:
"When is Bakari going to get around to apologizing for slavery? I’m still waiting on that."
With a serious face, he said at one point:
"Think of President Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care."
More recently, Lord brushed off Trump's encouragement of police brutality by saying that was simply a "New Yorker" having a "sense of humor" and he had gone on record by defending the President against talk of collusion with a foreign adversary.
"I don’t care what he says to the Russians," Lord says of Trump.
The only positive to the existence of Jeffrey Lord is that he got into an on-air tiff with Anderson Cooper a few months ago, which led to Cooper saying to the biased non-journalist:
“If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.”
We're almost glad CNN hired Jeffrey Lord just for that one exchange.
But he's a horrible human being.
UPDATE: Said Lord to Entertainment Weekly after he was let go:
“Caving to bullies, caving to people who use fascist and Nazi-style tactics to try and remove people from the air is unacceptable.
"I mocked this guy. Mocking Nazis is okay. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. A writer has only a handful of tools in his writer’s box, and mockery is one of them.
"To suggest that this is anything other than that, to my way of thinking, is caving in. And I’m not going to cave...
"I have absolutely zero regrets for mocking people who use Nazi tactics and fascists tactics to silence people in the media. None.”
He blames Momma Perez for this!
Sure, the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale threw a lot of information at us, but some fans have complained that it failed to really scratch the itch they've been nursing for 13 months.
For many, there was too little of certain things (many complained that often felt like a "place-setting" episode and lacked emotion) and too much of others (producers probably should've cut the Ed Sheeran quotient by at least half).
We say it was a solid installment, but we can certainly see how it may have left some viewers wanting more.
The first official photos from the season's second episode don't tell us a whole lot about what to expect, but according to the GoT formula, episodes that set the stage are usually followed by ones that tear it all down.
Check out the pics below, and watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to get caught up: