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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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?
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, 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.
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."
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:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
2. The Cool Kids
3. The Passage
4. Lethal Weapon
6. Murphy Brown
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
2. Hatching a Plan
3. Drinking and Knowing Things
4. Sam's Concerned
5. Bran Ruminates
6. Busted Big Time
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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?
"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."
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.
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?
Even though reports say that Vicki Gunvalson is a holy terror on the set of The Real Housewives of Orange County, there is good news.
At least she's on the set at all, right? That was in real doubt for a while.
Now, a report says that Vicki not only fought her way back on camera, but earned her continued status as a Full Housewife.
HollywoodLife reports that Vicki Gunvalson has secured her full time status.
"Vicki is excited to be filming RHOC right now," the insider shares.
"Despite reports and rumors she wasn’t coming back," the source confirms. "She is filming right now."
"And," the insider elaborates. "Is returning to the show."
We've all known for some time that Vicki had eventually succeeded in negotiating her way back on camera.
But the report that she's no longer in danger of being labeled a mere "friend" of the Housewives is new!
Despite reports of high levels of drama while on camera, this report says that things are actually kind of chill when the cameras aren't rolling.
"She and all of the other ladies are having fun," the insider describes.
"And," the source notes. "Things are good right now with Shannon [Beador] and Tamra [Judge], too."
As we are aware, Vicki made nice with both Shanon and Tamra after years of squabbling, feuding, and rumor-spreading.
That left something of a drama vacuum -- which was part of why Bravo wasn't sure that they wanted Vicki back full time.
Clearly, however, Vicki convinced producers that she's the OG from OC for a reason.
Just because they didn't initially see a storyline for her didn't mean that she didn't really have one.
"They started filming a few weeks ago," the insider notes.
"And," the source confirms. "All the ladies from last season are returning."
If it's drama that people want to see, Vicki's ongoing feud with Kelly Dodd is as intense as ever.
Early this year, longtime fans were shocked at reports that Vicki had been fired from the franchise that she helped make what it is today.
Vicki's rumor-mongering and her lack of storyline were said to be the cause.
Some fans couldn't imagine a version of the series without her.
Others felt that it was a welcome change -- and perhaps even long overdue.
But Vicki herself took to Instagram to share that, while others were filming, she hadn't actually been fired.
"Unless you hear it from me, then it’s simply a rumor," Vicki wrote. "I am in negotiations."
How did Vicki save her job during negotiations, when so many considered it a foregone conclusion that she was getting the boot?
Reportedly, boyfriend Steve Lodge saved Vicki's job.
Vicki has allegedly promised producers that she will get engaged to Steve on the show.
That will certainly give her a storyline with which to work.
This engagement won't be just for entertainment value, either.
Reports say that Vicki has assured them that she and Steve will have a huge, romantic wedding for Bravo to film.
That was enough for producers to let her start filming again, but her status as a "friend" or full Housewife remained up in the air.
However you feel about Vicki, only time will tell whether she can pull her weight on this new season.
That said, we'll take reports that she has secured her "full time" status with a grian of salt.
It is not yet confirmed.
The public at large may not know for sure until the new season premieres.
All good things must come to an end.
And the same can be said for all good television shows.
Allow us to present more evidence...
... Arrow will conclude its beloved run on The CW after a shortened eighth season this autumn.
The sad news was broken on Twitter by the show's leading man, Stephen Amell, who wrote the following:
Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.
Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. There’s so much to say... for now I just want to say thank you.
Here's the positive thing, though: Amell went on to hint at some sort of future for himself as Oliver Queen, along with the franchise in general.
During a Facebook Live, Amell added on Wednesday night:
“Something tells me even when I’m done, I won’t be gone. If you watch the Arrowverse, you should understand that… I think it’s been a good run. It’s no Supernatural, but it’s been a good run."
Arrow returned on March 4 from a three-week hiatus -- and fell to a series low in the 18-49-year-old demographic, (0.2) while delivering its smallest audience of the season.
Still, though, this move has likely been a long time coming.
Nearly every series loses viewers, along with entertainment value/creativity, by this point in its run.
"This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision we’ve made for the past seven years, it was with the best interests of Arrow in mind,” executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz said in a statement.
“We’re heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come.
"We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters and its legacy and are grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and - more importantly - the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years."
The DC Comics-inspired series -- which also stars David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Katie Cassidy, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Colton Haynes, Kirk Acevedo and Sea Shimooka -- debuted in October of 2012.
It launched numerous spinoff series within The CW's "Arrow 'verse," including The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and the upcoming Batwoman standalone series starring Ruby Rose.
Ramsey, who has portrayed Oliver's best friend, John Diggle, since the series premiere, reflected on the show’s journey and expressed his desire to go out on a high note shortly after Amell made this announcement.
"What an awesome ride! @arrow fans have been the best any actor could’ve asked for!” Ramsey Tweeted, adding:
“Thank you for helping me bring John Diggle/Spartan to life!!! Love all of you! Can’t wait for you to see what we have in stock for you. Let’s end on a high, shall we?"
Elsewhere, Colton Haynes, who returned as a series regular this season, tweeted:
"Sad to say that #Arrow will be coming to an end after a 10 episode Season 8. Thank you to all the fans who’ve watched. It’s been such a blessing to be a part of this incredible show.
"What a beautiful journey."
The final season’s abbreviated run means Arrow will wrap up shortly after this fall’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths," the next crossover with The Flash and Supergirl (and possibly Legends of Tomorrow).
At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in January, per TMZ, The CW President Mark Pedowitz said the special event will take “some big swings.”
We can't wait to see what's on tap.
Now... you tell us: Will you miss Arrow? Or is this just about the riight time for it to go away?
Other notable show ending in the near future include Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.
Which will you miss most?
Megyn Kelly is out.
And her replacements are officially in.
On Monday morning, about three months after Megyn Kelly was fired for being naive, insensitive and also pretty darn racist, NBC went ahead and seemingly named her replacement.
Indeed, Megyn Kelly Today is no more.
Viewers should now prepare themselves for ... Dylan Dreyer, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones And Craig Melvin Today?
Okay, the name may be a work in progress.
But Dreyer wrote the following to her Twitter followers a few hours ago:
Hope you don't mind these faces! You'll be seeing a lot of them at 9am.
Please join us! #3rdhourtoday #youvegotafriendinus #letthegoodtimesroll @TODAYshow @SheinelleJones @craigmelvin @alroker.
Aside from tagging her colleagues, Dreyer shared this photo of them along with her message:
Roker, meanwhile, posted the same snapshot and simply wrote:
"I love these guys."
It is worth noting, however, that NBC is yet to officially announce anything.
In fact, Jenna Bush Hager served as a co-host on the day Dreyer sent this message; and she has been a rumored replacement herself for Kelly.
Kelly, for her part, never found footing - or an audience - on NBC.
The network tried to act as if she was never a polarizing political pundit at Fox News prior to her hiring, shaving off all rough edges and re-introducing her as their own kind of harmless and fun Kelly Ripa.
The makeover never worked.
It actually failed miserably.
But Kelly wasn't shown the door until she ignited a controversy during a Halloween costume discussion in which she wondered why blackface was considered taboo.
"You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween," Kelly said during a panel discussion that got way, awy away from her, adding erroneously:
"Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressed up as like a character."
She later wondered what makes something racist.
Once she learned the history of how demeaning and flat-out racist the concept of blackface actually is (something she, a seasoned journalist, didn't know beforehand?!?), Kelly issued an apology.
"I was wrong and I am sorry," she told viewers, continuing as follows:
"Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen and yesterday, I learned.
"I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise."
But it was too little and too late.
And she had already been too unpopular at NBC for executives to fight for her job.
Kelly, of course, walked away with millions and millions (and millions!) of dollars, so no one is feeling to badly for her at the moment.
Elsewhere, NBC is yet to announce a replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford, who will be leaving her seat alongside Hoda Kotb in April.
"I have my idea of who might be absolutely wonderful, but there's a great pool of talent and beauty and heart around here, right within our own family," Kathie Lee said when confirming her departure.
"And if they come from outside the family they will soon become family because you all treat everybody that way..."
Gifford is exiting the program in a graceful manner.
The same cannot be said for Kelly.
Will you give the 9 a.m. hour of Today a shot again if the quartet listed above really are the ones to step into Megyn's shoes?
(As documented below, those shoes have so often been anti-African American.)
Netflix's hit film Bird Box took viewers and Twitter by storm and spawned hilarious memes.
Unfortunately, it also inspired the Bird Box Challenge, in which people film themselves blindfolded.
This is so dangerous that Netflix has put out a PSA begging people to not deliberately blind themselves.
Bird Box was a hit on Netflix during this holiday season.
It was thrilling and compelling and Sandra Bullock is, as always, an inspired casting choice.
Unfortunately, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, as evidenced by people participating in the "Bird Box Challenge."
In the film, the characters must wear blindfolds most of the time in order to avoid being driven to kill themselves by violent apparitions.
Some Netflix viewers with too much time on their hands decided to "challenge" themselves to navigate while blindfolded.
Whether it's in their homes or outdoors, the results tend to be either boring, messy, or dangerous.
Putting on a blindfold does not magically transform you into the titular character of Daredevil.
In fact, outside of the bedroom, it usually just leads to injuries.
This is so bad that Netflix themselves have stepped in on social media.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Netflix implored their followers to let this trend die as quickly as it sprang into being.
"Can’t believe I have to say this," the tweet begins. "But: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE."
"We don’t know how this started," Netflix says. "And we appreciate the love,"
"But Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019," the tweet reads.
Netflix concludes: "and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes."
That's a pretty good wish.
Unlike actual memes, which involve photos and videos and are usually harmless, challenge culture can be dangerous.
Popular on video-sharing sites and especially on YouTube, people vie for social media clout by emulating others.
The pressure to make your video not only watchable but sensational -- in the hopes of going viral -- can be dangerous.
Participants -- especially teens, but also grown-ass adults -- can and do endanger themselves in their desperate effort for clicks.
Viral fame can transform someone's life, so they're willing to risk it all.
But you know what else can change your life?
A life-altering injury. It's right there in the name.
This of course brings to mind a challenge that was passed around in January of 2018.
Harmless memes shared on social media about forbidden snacks -- household items that people had resisted eating as children -- spawned a challenge.
The Tide Pod Challenge was mostly an inflated joke, as people would edit videos to make it appear that they ate laundry detergent.
There were people who, perhaps not realizing that the videos were edited, were not in on the joke.
A few people tried to earn social media clout by actually putting tide pods into their mouths.
Though only a handful of people genuinely participated, we would remind members of the TGH Nation: please do not ingest bleach.
Just as you would not ingest dish soap in the hopes of racking up YouTube views, please do not participate in the Bird Box challenge.
We don't know how many people are actually doing it and how many are filming themselves acting out rehearsed blunders.
Regardless, actually depriving yourself of eyesight for fun is just a recipe for disaster.
Head injuries are no joke. And quite frankly, neither is a stubbed toe.
If you are lucky enough to have eyesight, use it to navigate your world safely.
Not everyone is so lucky.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are about to take a new step in their professional lives.
And it's a significant one.
The former HGTV stars announced on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday that they will soon make their long-awaited return to television.
In what context? In what way?
The beloved couple remained mostly mum on the subject while chatting with the comedian last night.
“We signed a non-disclosure and it said quote unquote you can tell your mother but that’s it,” Chip joked on air, adding:
“So mom, I just wanted to make a quick announcement, we are coming back to television.
"You are going to get to see the kids grow up, you are going to see us, well maybe a six-month delay like the rest of the world, but we are excited to be back.”
Just over a year ago, Chip and Joanna announced that would be leaving Fixer Upper after five seasons.
Since then, the home renovation experts have been rather busy in their own home, having welcomed their fifth child in late June.
However, Magnolia spokesman John Marsicano talked to People Magazine and offered a lot more detail on what the future holds for his co-workers:
“We’re excited to share that we are currently in the early stages of talking with Discovery about a lifestyle-focused media network for Magnolia.
"The details surrounding this opportunity remain a work in progress, but together, our hope is to build a different kind of platform for unique, inspiring and family-friendly content.”
Speaking to Fallon, Chip did add the following:
"I think we’re really going to carve it out in a way that really makes sense to us and our families.
"It’ll be filmed a lot in Waco, Texas, so we don’t have to travel a whole lot. All things being equal, we could not be more excited."
Chip and Joanna hosted the top-rated show on HGTV prior to leaving the small screen.
Fans fell in love with how they remade various homes, but also with how they joked around and interacted with each other.
The upcoming new network will be the latest addition to Chip and Joanna’s gigantic list of successful businesses.
This includes their lifestyle magazine The Magnolia Journal, the new Magnolia Table restaurant and the couple's product line at Target.
Despite bidding farewell to Fixer Upper in April, Chip and Joanna have remained very active in the business world.
“The show was amazing and we are so thankful for it, but it’s also a whirlwind where, if you are not careful, it will flat run you over,” Chip told People in October.
Looking ahead, Discovery spokesperson David Leavy says the following:
"The Gaineses are exceptional people, true authentic storytellers and creative visionaries who will nourish millions of people with quality, family-friendly programming accessible on a 24/7 network and across all screens.
"Stay tuned…working out the final details…more to come soon!”
Despite Megyn Kelly's desperate attempts to stay relevant by defending Brett Kavanaugh of all people, her ratings are on death's door.
NBC wants to fire her in order to rid themselves of a $23 million headache.
Apparently she's been confiding in friends that she wants to go crawling back to FOX.
Megyn Kelly is said to be the most highly paid television personality at NBC.
Her catastrophic ratings during Today's third hour might not warrant it, but she's said to be pulling down about $23 million per year.
But we keep hearing stories that NBC wants to fire Megyn, and apparently Megyn thinks that she knows who is responsible.
RadarOnline reports that Megyn Kelly blames Savannah Guthrie for the leaks.
And during the 8 hours of live coverage that NBC provided of the Kavanaugh hearings, Megyn and Savannah's feud reached new intensity.
"As the day went on," an insider says. "Savannah and Megyn got nastier and nastier."
The source goes on to say that the two were "making little digs at each other."
"When the live broadcast ended," the insider dishes. "The two of them exploded."
Megyn and Savannah were reportedly "accusing each other of talking over one another and interrupting."
While Megyn barely treads water in the ratings, Savannah and Hoda Kotb have skyrocketed in popularity in the wake of Lauer's firing.
Megyn is said to not really be fitting in over at NBC.
Earlier this month, more than two dozen folks from NBC watched Al Roker's Broadway debut in Waitress.
Care to guess who was reportedly not invited?
Because Megyn was not part of that group outing.
"After the show," an insider dished. "They all went to Butter restaurant on 45th Street with Al and his wife to celebrate."
That sounds so wonderful ... for the people there.
"One staff member was overheard saying, ‘This family does everything together,’" the source said.
"But," the insider editorialized. "Obviously that ‘family’ doesn’t include Megyn!"
At this point, there has to be more to it than the fact that Megyn came over from FOX, right?
Maybe there's some truth to those rumors that Megyn Kelly is a nightmare diva.
She is reportedly confiding in close friends that she is in talks to leave NBC and return to FOX.
"At FOX," the insider says. "Megyn was a princess."
Of course -- she's attractive, mean, and she makes claims like "Santa Claus is white" as if Santa is a real life person and not a fictional character inspired by a long-dead Turkish man.
"At NBC she feels isolated and alone," the source continues.
"She’s not happy," the insider says. "And something has to give."
We love roasting Megyn Kelly, but here is a genuine question: has she tried ... being nice?
The best way to make friends is to be nice to people. Not just the people whom you want to befriend, but others.
If you're losing your mind and acting entitled with the people who handle lights and makeup, it'll get back to Hoda and Savannah.
We know that Megyn is probably still unlearning bad habits, like lying and defending terrible people, that she picked up at FOX.
A lot of this world's problems could be solved if people were kinder to one another.
Scott Wilson, a veteran actor of the small screen and big screen, has passed away from complications related to Leukemia.
He was 76 years old.
Wilson had an extensive resume to his name at the time of his death, one that included well over 50 movie credits.
But he's likely best known at this point for his long-running role on The Walking Dead of Hershel Greene.
In both the comic books on which the AMC drama is based, along with television series itself, Hershel was introduced by saving the life of Carl Grimes, the son of Rick Grimes, after the boy is shot by one of Hershel's neighbors.
During his stint on the program, Greene served as the moral center of his group of survivors.
Wilson appeared on 37 episodes of The Walking Dead, debuting in 2011 and leaving in 2014.
Scott's rep, Dominic Mancini, spoke to TMZ and confirmed the cause of death fo the celebrity gossip website
He added that Wilson was "a national treasure, a calm voice, and a gentle spirit to everyone who came in contact with him."
He reportedly passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles.
At The Walking Dead's panel at New York Comic-Con just this week, showrunner Angela Kang said that Scott (along with former stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Jon Bernthal) would be returning for the upcoming ninth season.
It premieres this Sunday, October 7.
(This announcement took fans by surprise, considering Hershel was decapitated in the season four episode Too Far Gone, only to have his head turned into a zombie and then killed again in the later episode After.)
While most modern TV fans know Wilson well from this role, he arrived to The Walking Dead after many decades in the entertainment industry.
Wilson's career got underway in 1967 when he landed a role in the classic film, "In the Heat of the Night."
He went on to appear in a multitude of other iconic movies, such as "In Cold Blood," "The Great Gatsby" and "Dead Man Walking."
Scott earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for playing Captain Billy Cupshaw in the 1980 film, "The Ninth Configuration."
His other recent television roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien and Bosch.
Tweeted Titus Welliver, the lead actor in the final show listed above, upon learning of Wilson's passing:
Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother.
Wilson's survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney.
No memorial plans have been announced.
May the beloved actor rest in peace.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards aired live from Los Angeles on Monday night.
Yes, Monday night.
This was quite the change from the usual Sunday night airing, but the real issue at the heart of the ceremony was this…
… did the right shows and stars take home the gold?
With Colin Jost and Michael Che hosting the ceremony, hardware was handed out to the following dramatic and comedic actors, actresses and programs.
Do you agree with all the winners? Scroll through them below…
Game of Thrones – WINNER
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans – WINNER
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Foy, The Crown – WINNER
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Heady, Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld – WINNER
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones – WINNER
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Matt Smith, The Crown
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry – Winner
William H. Macy, Shameless
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Alex Borestein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler, Barry – WINNER
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – WINNER
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds – WINNER
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult
LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror, “USS Callister”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
Merrit Wever, Godless – WINNER
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jeff Daniels, Godless – WINNER
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbag, The Looming Tower
John Leguizamo, Waco
Some may say that Modern Family is the funniest show on television.
But there will be nothing funny about one of the upcoming storylines on Season 10 of the beloved ABC program.
According to co-creator Christopher Lloyd, the first half of the upcoming season will feature a significant character death.
That's certainly something new for the series.
“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly today, adding as a tease:
“We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it’s not easy to do because that’s a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it."
As you might expect, Lloyd isn't about to divulge the identity of the corpse.
But he does say that it will “significant character on the series” and the death “will be a moving event - and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”
Modern Family stars Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould and Aubrey Anderson-Emmon.
It has maintained the same cast throughout its duration on the air.
It also set a record by winning five straight Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Awards.
The sitcom is heading into its final contractual season, meaning this very well could be the show's final season.
Lloyd, however, hopes this won't be the case.
"There’s goodwill on both sides to make it happen, but there’s also complicated matters that have to get worked through, and there’s a time constraint on it, because we can’t have it take too long,” he says.
“I’m hoping that that doesn’t make the whole thing go away, but I think there’s a decent chance we’ll see it happen."
Lloyd continued as follows:
"From our standpoint creatively we’ve gotten excited writing this season and changing the lives of the characters - some in a significant way - and it’s made us think, ‘Wow, there’s a lot to explore in the lives of these characters.’
"They’re in many ways such different characters than they were five or 10 years ago when we started and they’re just as interesting and just as funny. So our standpoint was, ‘Well, if we can do another season, we may as well.'
"I’m hoping that we have some news on that [soon], and if it winds up that we tried and just couldn’t make it work, we will have a great final season for sure."
Modern Family Season 10 premieres on Wednesday, September 26 at 9/8c.
Our best guess is that Phil's father, played by the amazing Fred Willard, is the one who kicks the proverbial bucket.
As for what else fans can expect from upcoming episodes?
He told EW the following:
"There is a significant change in the dynamics of the family that people maybe thought was going to happen at some point down the line that is happening sooner than expected."
For Emmy Rossum, all good things must come to an end.
In fact, one incredible thing already has:
The actress is finished filming Shameless.
In a stunning Facebook post Rossum shared on Thursday afternoon, the Golden Globe nominee explained her decision to leave this Showtime hit after nine seasons.
(Season 9, which will be comprised of two halves and 14 episodes, premieres on Sunday, September 9.)
Rossum thanked the cast and thanked the crew and said she knew the moment she read the first script that she wanted to play a woman as "resourceful, loyal and brave" as Fiona Gallagher.
"The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift,” Rossum wrote, adding:
“There are few characters - female or otherwise - as layered and dynamic.
"She is a mother lion, fierce, flawed and sexually liberated. She is injured, vulnerable, but will never give up. She is living in an economic depression, but refuses to be depressed. She is resourceful.
"She is loyal. She is brave. I knew it the second I read the pilot script, this was different, this was special...
"Quite simply, the last eight years have been the best of my life."
Technically, Rossum did not come directly out and say she was done with the series -- but now Showtime has done that for her.
"We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of Shameless would be her last," Showtime Networks President of Programming Gary Levine said in a statement this evening.
"But we are filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude for Emmy’s inspired work on our series, of course in front of the camera but also behind it.
"Fiona Gallagher will always be one of Showtime’s iconic characters, and we applaud Emmy for bringing this character to life in such a natural, touching and fearless performance.
"On behalf of everyone at Showtime and her millions of fans, we thank you Emmy!"
Fiona basically served as the matriarch of the Gallagher household, due to the drinking problems and general behavioral problems of William H. Macy's Frank.
As for why Rossum made this decision, she said the following to Entertainment Weekly in a follow-up interview:
I will never be saying goodbye to Fiona.
Fiona is a part of me and has been like every character is a part of you and you are a little bit part of them.
My Shameless family is really my second family and I’ve spent so much time with them - 10,000 hours - that it really feels like we’ve all grown up together.
I started on the show when I was 23 and now I’m not. [Laughs.] And it’s a wonderful, wonderful amount of time and I feel incredibly proud of everything we have created.
I’m just filled with gratitude for everyone’s hard work.
It sounds like it was simply time for Rossum to leave.
Nine seasons and 100-plus episodes is a very long time on a series, especially when you're the lead.
This is how Rossum wrapped up her emotional Facebook post:
I can say for certain that this cast and crew, who I've been have truly honored to work alongside, are world class. I am proud and I’m filled with gratitude.
I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.
With love, always.
Craig Zadan, a television producer who had been in the news over the past few years for helming NBC's popular string of live musicals has passed away due to complications from shoulder replacement surgery.
He was 69 years old.
Under their Storyline Entertainment banner (recently renamed Zadan/Meron Productions), Zadan and Neil Meron were responsible for the film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, along with five musical programs for the aforementioned network.
Most recently, they worked to bring Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert to the small screen.
This producing tandem was also behind the the drama Smash and produced a trio of Oscar telecasts.
In confirming the sad news, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt released the following statement on Monday night:
It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery.
On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, we are stunned that the man behind so many incredible film, theatre, and television productions - several of them joyous musicals - was taken away so suddenly.
Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years.
His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business.
On Broadway, Zadan producers revivals of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Promises, Promises.
Along with Meron over the years, his collection includes:
Six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 17 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, six GLAAD Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and two Tony Awards.
The tragic news was met with shock and sadness from those in the entertainment community who either worked with Zadan or had grown to know him well.
"RIP to our friend Craig. He produced Jesus Christ Superstar with us and also produced the Oscars when Common and I sang “Glory” in front of a replica of the Pettus Bridge," Tweeted John Legendm adding:
"A wonderful producer and a lovely man,” Legend wrote on Twitter.
“Added Kristin Chenoweth, who is pictured above with the producers:
"Annie, The Music Man, Promises, Hairspray… Craig, you were there with me from the beginning. This is a true loss not only for me, but for the world.
"Rest in peace, sweetheart."
As far as we can tell, Zadan was not married and did not leave behind any children.
But his work and his influence will continue to be felt for years to come.
May he rest in peace.
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...