• ‘9-1-1’ Star Ryan Guzman Apologizes for Defending Use of Racial Slurs: ‘I Misspoke’ (Video)
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    ‘9-1-1’ Star Ryan Guzman Apologizes for Defending Use of Racial Slurs: ‘I Misspoke’ (Video)

    “9-1-1” actor Ryan Guzman is apologizing defending the use of racial slurs after some of his co-stars called him out on Twitter.Guzman, who plays firefighter Eddie Diaz on the Fox procedural, came under fire Sunday after taking to Instagram Live to defend both himself and his fiancée, Brazilian actress Chrysti Ane, for using racial slurs.Soon after, Oliver Stark — who plays Evan Buckley, best friend of Guzman’s character –weighed in to oppose Guzman’s remarks, saying, “there is no excuse for the use of the N-word.” So did Aisha Hinds, who plays firefighter “Hen” on “9-1-1.”“How I FEEL daily is a perpetual state of GRIEF. There’s sadly no version of this indefensible discourse that doesn’t exacerbate that grief. There’s legions of learned behaviors that need to be named and neutered so we don’t continue to give life to them. May we know & DO BETTER,” she wrote in regards to Guzman’s statements.Now, Guzman is walking back his claims.“I do not condone the use of the N-word by any non-Black person. That includes all Latinos. That’s not our word,” he said in an Instagram video posted Monday.He also said that by using the word “slurs,” he was coming “from an angry place. I couldn’t think straight, and I misspoke.”His defense is that he was protecting his fiancee and their young son, who were facing online harassment.Guzman added that what he meant to say was “stereotypes” instead of “slurs.”“Amongst friends, can friends make fun of each other? Yes,” he said, adding, “I’m not here to bring anybody down.”Guzman and his fiancee first came under fire in May when some of Ane’s tweets from 2011 resurfaced in which she used the N-word. She has since apologized, but added that at the time she was in a relationship with a man of color and “felt accepted by the black community,” which lead her to feel comfortable using the slur.Guzman addressed Ane’s past remarks as well, saying, “I think she’s grown as a woman.”“I apologize to those that I have offended and misrepresented myself by using the wrong term,” he continued. “I will continue to grow, and continue to help out the community.”TheWrap has reached out to Fox for comment.View this post on Instagram My purpose is to continue to help/support my black brothers and sisters in this time of need. All love.A post shared by Ryan Guzman (@ryanaguzman) on Jun 1, 2020 at 12:17pm PDTRead original story ‘9-1-1’ Star Ryan Guzman Apologizes for Defending Use of Racial Slurs: ‘I Misspoke’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Herb Stempel, Whistleblower Who Inspired Robert Redford Film ‘Quiz Show,’ Dies at 93
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    Herb Stempel, Whistleblower Who Inspired Robert Redford Film ‘Quiz Show,’ Dies at 93

    Herb Stempel, the federal whistleblower who exposed how the NBC game show “Twenty-One” was manipulated for ratings, died last month at the age of 93. His death was confirmed this weekend by Stempel’s stepdaughter to The New York Times.Stempel’s story was told in the Robert Redford film “Quiz Show,” which starred John Turturro as Stempel and earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Stempel, an Army veteran attending school on the G.I. Bill, applied to be on “Twenty-One” and was handpicked by producer Dan Enright to be the star of the show, portrayed as an American underdog making thousands for his family.Stempel was given the answers to questions in advance, winning thousands during his run on the show.Also Read: Anthony James, 'In the Heat of the Night' and 'Unforgiven' Actor, Dies at 77But as ratings began to level off, Enright turned his attention to Columbia professor Charles Van Doren, seeing him as a new star to keep viewers interested. Herb Stempel was convinced to intentionally miss the final question and allow Van Doren to win after Enright promised that he would find him a slot on a panel show. Not only was that promised never honored, but Stempel said he felt personally humiliated when the question he was forced to throw was to identify the winner of the 1955 Best Picture Oscar.“I knew that the answer was ‘Marty,’ but Dan Enright specifically wanted me to miss that question. This hurt me very deeply because this was one of my favorite pictures of all times and I could never forget this,” Stempel said in a 1992 interview with PBS’ “American Experience.” “A few seconds before that, as I was trying to come up with the answer, I could have changed my mind. I could have said, ‘The answer is “Marty.” instead of “On the Waterfront.” I would have won. There would have been no Charles Van Doren, no famous celebrity. Charles Van Doren would have gone back to teaching college and my whole life would have been changed.”Also Read: Richard Herd, 'Seinfeld' Actor, Dies at 87After attempting to expose “Twenty-One” through the press, Herb Stempel went to the authorities. “Twenty-One” became the basis of a New York State investigation that questioned the show’s producers, including Enright, who denied Stempel’s claims and dismissed him as jealous of Van Doren’s success. When the grand jury’s findings were sealed by a judge’s order, the investigation escalated to the federal level.In February 1957, Stempel testified before Congress about his offer to throw the game to Van Doren, but it wasn’t until another contestant came forward with notes he took of questions provided to him by producers that Van Doren and the “Twenty-One” producers finally confessed. The scandal resulted in changes to the Federal Communications Act outlawing rigging of game shows.Herb Stempel would not discuss “Twenty-One” for another 35 years, until he was approached by PBS for an interview on “American Experience.” While Stempel said he didn’t like his portrayal by Turturro on “Quiz Show,” he made multiple media and public appearances following the show’s release, including an appearance on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in the very same NBC studio where “Twenty-One” was recorded.Read original story Herb Stempel, Whistleblower Who Inspired Robert Redford Film ‘Quiz Show,’ Dies at 93 At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Provides a List of Signs to Help White Women Know if They’re a ‘Karen’
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    Bill Maher Provides a List of Signs to Help White Women Know if They’re a ‘Karen’

    If you’ve been online over the last few months, you’ve no doubt seen a huge spike in a meme where the name Karen is used to mock a specific kind of racist white woman. But you might not be sure what actually qualifies someone to be a “Karen.” So on Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher provided some helpful tips for white women who want to know if they fit the bill.The gag came during the show’s mid point, immediately after he had discussed the situation involving Amy Cooper, a white woman in New York who on Monday was caught on cell phone video making a false police report against Christian Cooper (no relation), a black man who asked her to put a leash on her dog.“People called this woman a ‘Karen.’ This is a new term but not a new concept,” Maher said. “We’ve had Clueless White Girl, and Becky I think is in this tradition. It’s a white woman of privilege, sometimes racist. It’s hard to define, so we thought we would, as a public service, for any middle-aged white women who wonder, ‘maybe I am a Karen,’ tell you some signs.”Also Read: Mark Zuckerberg Says Trump's Minneapolis Shooting Post Did Not Violate Facebook's PoliciesAnd so it is Maher unveiled those signs, which we’ll list below:“In high school, you were voted most likely to make a citizen’s arrest. Yeah, that would be one.”“You park in the handicap spot because of a gluten intolerance.”“You threatened to call immigration during a pedicure.”“When you’re at the baseball stadium and your team loses you demand to speak to the manager.”“When Samuel L Jackson says, ‘What’s in your wallet?’ you pepper spray the TV. That’s a definite sign.”“You go on a Facebook rant about how the Asian section in the supermarket keeps getting bigger.”“You repeatedly cancel Ubers until you get a driver with a ‘normal’ name.”“And when a friend says, ‘this is my fiancee,’ you say, ‘this is America, damn it, speak English!’.”Read original story Bill Maher Provides a List of Signs to Help White Women Know if They’re a ‘Karen’ At TheWrap

  • Larry Kramer, ‘The Normal Heart’ Playwright and AIDS Activist, Dies at 84
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    Larry Kramer, ‘The Normal Heart’ Playwright and AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

    Larry Kramer, a legendary playwright, author, screenwriter and activist in the 1980s who helped shift government policy during the AIDS crisis and also penned the acclaimed play “The Normal Heart,” has died of pneumonia, his husband told The New York Times. He was 84.In addition to his activism, Kramer got his start rewriting scripts for Columbia Pictures and was an Oscar nominee for his screenplay for “Women in Love” from 1969 as directed by Ken Russell. He’s also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play “The Destiny of Me” from 1992 and has twice won the Obie Award.Kramer founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in response to the spread of AIDS in 1981, making it the first organization to support those who had tested positive for HIV. But after being pushed out by the directors of the non-profit group, he founded Act Up, or the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, which directly rallied protests with the aim of bringing more public attention to the AIDS crisis.Also Read: Richard Herd, 'Seinfeld' Actor, Dies at 87“Larry Kramer’s contributions to the LGBTQ movement and the fight against HIV/AIDS are incalculable. GLAAD and so many LGBTQ people and allies recognize Larry as an undeniable accelerant who not only fearlessly demanded change, but made it come to pass. We send all of our love to Larry’s loved ones during this time, and though we are saddened by his passing, we are forever grateful for his leadership and heroism,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement to TheWrap.Kramer actually got the attention of another current public figure as it pertained to the AIDS crisis, Dr. Anthony Fauci back when he was the the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Kramer wrote an open letter in the San Francisco Examiner calling Fauci a killer and “an incompetent idiot.” Fauci since has directly credited with helping to change medicine in the country.When Kramer first turned to gay themes in his writing, he did so with the polarizing novel “Faggots,” which shined a light on promiscuous drug use and the sex life of gay men of Fire Island and Manhattan. The book was criticized by the straight community and equally caused a rift in the gay community who thought he was a traitor, even as it became one of the best selling gay novels of all time.Kramer’s autobiographical play “The Normal Heart” focused on the life of Ned Weeks, a writer and founder of a gay activism group in New York during the AIDS crisis between 1981 and 1984. The play has been revived several times including a Broadway debut in 2011, and it was adapted as an HBO film starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer, with a screenplay by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy.Also Read: Jerry Sloan, Hall of Fame Utah Jazz Coach and Chicago Bulls Player, Dies at 78Kramer also tested HIV positive and would later return to the Ned Weeks character for “The Destiny of Me,” which picked up where “The Normal Heart” left off.Some of Kramer’s other works include “Just Say No, A Play About a Farce,” “The Furniture of Home,” and the screenplay for “Lost Horizon,” the 1973 fantasy, adventure and musical film that was lambasted by critics at its release and has been included among lists of some of the worst films of all time.He’s survived by his partner David Webster, with whom he had been together since 1991.Read original story Larry Kramer, ‘The Normal Heart’ Playwright and AIDS Activist, Dies at 84 At TheWrap

  • Bill Small, Longtime TV News Exec, Dies at 93
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    Bill Small, Longtime TV News Exec, Dies at 93

    Bill Small, who served as CBS News Washington Bureau Chief and NBC News President, died Sunday morning of a “brief illness unrelated to the coronavirus,” the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced. He was 93.Small’s 12-year run as the network’s Bureau Chief, from 1962 to 1974, coincided with a number of major events, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.,  the Vietnam War, and Watergate. His efforts also helped push “CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite” to the top of the ratings for two decades.“Bill Small was one of the ‘greats’ of our television news industry. In his time as a news executive at both NBC and CBS, he had an uncanny eye for talent and unwavering dedication to journalism,” NATAS Chairman Terry O’Reilly said.  “Those who were brought to the network news world by Bill include: Marvin Kalb, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Diane Sawyer, Susan Zirinsky, Connie Chung, Martha Teichner, Bernard Shaw, and so many more.”Also Read: How CBS Pulled Off a New 'All Rise' Episode During a PandemicThe CBS Washington bureau was built thanks to Small’s ability to draft talent from within CBS – including the likes of Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner and Dan Rather – as well as bring in producers and reporters for their first commercial network news positions, like Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Bernard Shaw and Bill Moyers. He was also instrumental in recruiting women into the once-underrepresented arena of network news, like, Diane Sawyer, Lesley Stahl, Susan Zirinsky and Connie Chung.Small was later named president of NBC News in 1979, where he helped facilitate the move of Tom Brokaw to co-anchor of the “Today Show” and oversaw coverage of the election of the Iran hostage crisis and Ronald Reagan’s win in the 1980 presidential election. In 1982, he became president of United Press International, the second largest news agency in the U.S. Later on he would serve as a professor at Fordham University and also, from 2000 to 2010, as the chairman of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.“He was a titan of television journalism, nurturing the first amendment in many a fledgling reporter and guiding the coverage of some of the seminal moments of our country’s history,” Adam Sharp, NATAS President and CEO, said in a statement. “The Academy and the broadcast news industry has lost one of its seminal heroes. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family and to all those gifted by his gracious tutelage.”Read original story Bill Small, Longtime TV News Exec, Dies at 93 At TheWrap

  • Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith
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    Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith

    Chris Wallace was back to challenging the Trump administration on “Fox News Sunday” this week, criticizing Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for impugning the faith of reporters who questioned the president’s push to reopen places of worship.On Friday, Trump threatened to “override” the authority of governors if they did not reopen religious buildings that have been closed in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. When reporters told McEnany that the president had no legal authority to do so, she responded by saying she found it “interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”McEnany then told the White House press corps what questions they should be asking, specifically, about Mike Flynn.Watch the video clip above.Also Read: Fox News' Jedediah Bila Defends Chris Wallace Against Trump Attack: 'Just Stop'“I spent six years in the White House briefing room covering Ronald Reagan,” Wallace began on his Sunday broadcast. “I have to say, I never — and in the years since too — I never saw a White House press secretary act like that. I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well.”He went on: “Kayleigh McEnany isn’t acting like she’s working for the public. She acts like she is what she used to be, which is a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.”Wallace also questioned Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the lead members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, about the White House’s push to reopen the economy. All 50 U.S. states have reopened to various degrees as of this weekend, leading some COVID-19 models to predict the U.S. death toll to rise from around 100,000 today to 150,000 by the end of August.Also Read: Fox News' Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths“A month ago, you are saying we were going to come down below the low end of the model, which is 100- to 240,000, to 60,000,” Wallace said. “So, I guess my question is, in this last month, did you underestimate the strength of the virus? Did we reopen too soon? Did we reopen without sufficient restrictions?”Birx responded by saying that the White House task force has used different models to understand how the virus is impacting both the U.S. and other countries.“We understand that our mortality rates are less than those three countries, and that’s really due to the incredible work of our front-line hospital workers,” she said. “But we understand that these number of infections has led to this level of mortality, and our job now going forward is to do everything we can to prevent additional hospitalizations and additional mortality.”Wallace has become a regular critic of Trump throughout his term, accusing him last year of “direct sustained assault on the freedom of the press.” Trump has struck back at Wallace via Twitter, calling him a “Mike Wallace wannabe” last month and saying he was “worse” than MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd.Read original story Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’
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    Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’

    “Real Time With Bill Maher” was off last week, and Maher returned on Friday by taking a big swing at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. This rant, which came as part of the New Rules segment at the end of the show, was prompted by the news that Bezos is on pace to become the first-ever member of the trillionaire class.“New rule: you can’t have so much money that my computer’s spellcheck doesn’t know what to call you. Jeff Bezos is poised to be the world’s first trillionaire, the headline says. Even my phone was like, ‘That can’t be right,'” Maher quipped. (Sidenote: the spellcheck in my web browser also doesn’t think “trillionaire” is a word.)“We now live in an age not of innovation but of domination,” he continued. “Startups are in a 13-year slump and financing is down 22% from eight years ago because, in the online marketplace, Amazon has become the only game in town. And that was before an event happened that made everyone stay home and order everything online. Yeah, I mean, predictably, once the virus hit and America locked itself upstairs like a babysitter hiding from a slasher, sure, of course, the rest of the economy cratered. But Amazon’s stock price is up 25%. That’s what I call asymptomatic.”Also Read: Bill Maher Can't Believe Trump Takes Hydroxychloroquine but Never Tried WeedThen Maher got serious: “If we don’t do something, we’re gonna come out of our holes and discover that there’s only one store and it knows where you live.”Now there’s the question, what can be done about it? Maher’s got some ideas.“You might be surprised to learn that Elizabeth Warren had a plan to break up Amazon. And I say let’s go for it,” Maher said. “Like Sen. Warren, I’m a capitalist to my core, but when a company gets so big it smothers all competitors in the crib, that’s anti-capitalist. Like when Amazon destroyed the startup Diapers.com by cutting Amazon’s own diaper costs below cost. By one estimate, Bezos lost $100 million in his quest to corner the online diaper market. But he owns it now. Which raises the question: What is wrong with this man?Also Read: Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: 'Bush Would Have F--ed This Up Too' (Video)“OK, you had one brilliant idea that when people get drunk at home they’ll go online and buy s— they don’t need. Great, congratulations, you won; you’re the best at making money. But one of the rules of the game of capitalism is you can win big, but not so big there’s no game.”Maher discussed a precedent: when the Supreme Court ruled that John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil violated the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1980 and the company was broken up into dozens of small, regional companies. But he also stressed that Amazon is worse because it sells so many different things.“When one supplier brings you everything, you’re not a customer. You’re a dependent,” he said. “And look, I use Amazon. Of course, everyone does. I’m not saying Amazon is pure unadulterated evil. That’s Wells Fargo. But Amazon does prey upon the Achilles heel of the American character: we will sell our soul for convenience.”Also Read: Bill Maher Jokes That Joe Biden Was 'Asked to Social Distance Even Before the Virus' (Video)He noted that many consumers don’t even consider Amazon’s environmental impact.“Liberals are supposed to be environmentalists. They must notice how wrong it is for us to do so much of our shopping in such a wasteful piggish manner,” Maher said. “Does anyone really need a grill cover to get to you overnight and in a separate box from something you ordered the day before from the same warehouse? When I was a kid getting a package was a rare event. Now kids think the UPS man is their dad. Why do socks need protective air cushion? I’m gonna shove my foot in it and stomp on it all day. They ship a disposable razor in a box the size of a coffin and enough plastic to choke a whale. Which it eventually does.“And I haven’t even mentioned that Amazon often pays no taxes, and bathroom breaks for their workers are so infrequent they have to pee into bottles… which are then resold as Kombucha.”Maher ended his rant with advice for viewers: “Maybe this is just the hunter-gatherer in me speaking, but someday I hope to leave the cave again and I’m gonna want to shop somewhere in person. So this weekend, be a hero and go out to an actual store and patronize some other business besides Amazon. And let’s see if we can’t get America back on its feet again. Because we’re looking pretty raggedy, and you know the old saying: if the shoe fits, you probably didn’t get it online.”Watch the full segment above.Read original story Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • HBO Donates $1 Million From Emmys Events Budget to COVID-19 Relief
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    HBO Donates $1 Million From Emmys Events Budget to COVID-19 Relief

    HBO is donating money allotted for its popular annual Emmys after-party and campaign events to Los Angeles’ efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the network said Friday.In lieu of its annual events, the premium cable network will donate $1 million to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund, which “supports critical needs as they arise in our city – such as childcare and meals for the neediest, relief and counseling for frontline healthcare workers, critical healthcare equipment, and services for our homeless population.”“On behalf of Bob Greenblatt and myself, we are proud to make this contribution from HBO instead of using it for our traditional Emmy party and FYC events,” HBO programming boss Casey Bloys said. “I am tremendously proud of all of our shows in Emmy® contention this year, and I am hopeful they will receive the recognition I believe is richly deserved for all of our talented collaborators, in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to being able to get back to the work we love.”Also Read: Daytime Emmys Rescheduled for June 26 as Virtual CeremonyThe Television Academy put a stop to all in-person “For Your Consideration” events back in March at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles. The awards body has also had to make adjustments to its Emmys calendar due to production shutdowns and delays across the industry.The ceremony itself currently remains scheduled for Sept. 20, but HBO plans to forgo its annual after-party this year.Read original story HBO Donates $1 Million From Emmys Events Budget to COVID-19 Relief At TheWrap

  • ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Falsely States ‘Governments Won’t Let Us’ Air From Studio
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    ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Falsely States ‘Governments Won’t Let Us’ Air From Studio

    “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy told viewers Friday that the reason he and his colleagues were still working from home and not heeding their own calls to get “back to work” was governmental restriction — which he corrected shortly after.“People have had it up to here. We’re sick of being closed. We’re ready to move on but — Ainsley, Brian — all of us are in really restrictive areas right now and that’s why we are not all sitting together on the same couch, or even in the same studio: Because the governments won’t let us right now,” said Doocy, who broadcasted alongside Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade from Fox News’ Manhattan studio before the coronavirus pandemic hit.In New York, however, news media is considered an essential business, meaning “the governments” can’t direct anyone in that industry to stay home. News organizations have taken it on themselves to decide when to reopen their bureaus. Fox News leadership has been communicating with employees through the crisis and at one point hoped to have them all back in the offices by May 4, which obviously didn’t happen.Also Read: Trump Rages Against Fox News%u2019 Neil Cavuto Over On-Air Hydroxychloroquine WarningStill, some talent, like Bill Hemmer and Greg Gutfeld, chose to remain working in the Fox News studios. Just across the street from Fox News’ headquarters, Savannah Guthrie made no secret of working from NBC News’ studios when she returned to “Today” after quarantining, either.Later on Friday’s show, Doocy retracted the statement, saying, “I need to clarify: We are simply following the government protocols and guidelines. Ultimately, if you are lucky enough that you can work from home, you should.”Watch his initial comments below:Brian Kilmeade says to "people who are critical of us" that NYC is actually "one of the safest places to be … because they cleared everybody out." Ainsley Earhardt replies that he only means that "theoretically … I don't want people to hear that and go back and get sick." pic.twitter.com/9G34jvkGt7— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 22, 2020Read original story ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Falsely States ‘Governments Won’t Let Us’ Air From Studio At TheWrap

  • Fall TV 2020: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating)
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    Fall TV 2020: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating)

    Updated May 21 at 2:03 p.m. PT with “Prodigal Son” renewed for Season at Fox.Amid production shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcast networks are faced with some very unprecedented problems while making their annual decisions about which TV series will return next season, which will come to an end and which new ones they’ll be ordering for inclusion on their Fall 2020 slates.Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We’ve also included the new comedies and dramas that have been picked up, along with their descriptions.You can read our pilot guide to see what projects may soon be ordered to series here.Check back throughout the coming weeks for updates.Also Read: Here's the Fall 2020 TV Schedule for Broadcast Networks - So FarNBC Renewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.” (entire “Chicago” franchise renewed for three more seasons each), “Good Girls,” “Law & Order: SVU” (renewed through Season 24), “New Amsterdam” (renewed for Seasons 3, 4 and 5), “Superstore,” “This Is Us” (renewed for Seasons 5 and 6)Canceled/Ending Series: “Blindspot,”  “The Good Place,” “The InBetween,” “Sunnyside” (effectively canceled and moved to digital platforms for the remainder of its first season), “Will & Grace”Series Awaiting Decisions:  “Bluff City Law” (ended after initial 10-episode run), “Council of Dads,” “Indebted,” “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector,” “Manifest,” “Perfect Harmony,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”Newly Ordered Series: “The Kenan Show,” “Young Rock,” Untitled Tina Fey/Robert Carlock ComedyNEW COMEDIES:THE KENAN SHOW Writer(s): Jackie Clarke Producer(s): Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer Director: Chris Rock Studio: Universal Television, Broadway Video Logline: Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways. (Single camera) Cast: Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, Andy GarciaAlso Read: 14 Highest-Rated Broadcast Shows of 2019-20 TV Season, From 'Masked Singer' to 'NCIS' (Photos)YOUNG ROCK Writer(s): Nahnatchka Khan, Jeff Chiang Producer(s): Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Jennifer Carreras Studio: Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions, Fierce Baby Productions Logline: Inspired by the formative years of Dwayne Johnson. (Single camera) Cast: Dwayne JohnsonUNTITLED TINA FEY/ROBERT CARLOCK COMEDY Writer(s): Tina Fey, Robert Carlock Producer(s): Jeff Richmond, David Miner, Eric Gurian Studio: Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Little Stranger Logline: A wealthy businessman runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff and connect with his teenage daughter, all while humanely controlling the coyote population. (Single camera) Cast: Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Bobby MoynihanAlso Read: 22 Lowest-Rated Broadcast Shows of 2019-20 TV Season, From 'Almost Family' to 'Sunnyside' (Photos)ABC Renewed Series: “A Million Little Things,” “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “mixed-ish,” “The Rookie,” “Station 19,” “Stumptown”Canceled/Ending Series: “Bless This Mess,” “Emergence,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Modern Family,” “Reef Break,” “Schooled,” “Single Parents”Series Awaiting Decisions: “The Baker & The Beauty,” “For Life”Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “United We Fall”Newly Ordered Series: “Big Sky,” “Call Your Mother”NEW COMEDIES:CALL YOUR MOTHER Writer(s): Kari Lizer Studio: Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios Logline: This multicamera comedy follows an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought. (Multi-camera) Cast: Kyra Sedgwick, Rachel Sennott, Joey Bragg, Patrick Brammall, Emma Caymares, Austin CruteNEW DRAMAS:BIG SKY Writer(s): David E. Kelley Producer(s): Ross Fineman, C.J. Box Studio: A+E Studios, 20th Century Fox Television Logline: In this procedural thriller, private detective Cassie Dewell partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, Ryan Phillippe, John Carroll Lynch, Dedee PfeifferFoxFox Renewed Series: “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Bless the Harts,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Duncanville,” “Family Guy,” “Last Man Standing,” “Prodigal Son,” “The Resident,” “The Simpsons”Canceled/Ending Series: “Almost Family,” “BH90210,” “Deputy,” “Empire,” “Outmatched”Series Awaiting Decisions: N/ASeries That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Filthy Rich,” “Great North,” “neXt”Newly Ordered Series: “Call Me Kat,” “Housebroken”NEW COMEDIES:CALL ME KAT Writer(s): Darlene Hunt Producer(s): Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Angie Stephenson, Miranda Hart, Eric Norsoph, Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Fox Entertainment, That’s Wonderful Productions, Sad Clown Productions and BBC Studios Logline: Kat (Mayim Bialik) is a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you can NOT have everything you want — and still be happy. Which is why she spent her life savings to open a Cat Café in Louisville, Kentucky. (Multi camera) Cast: Mayim Bialik, Swoosie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie JordanHOUSEBROKEN Writer(s): Clea DuVall, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan Producer(s): Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor Studio: Fox Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment, Bento Box Logline: Explores human dysfunction and neurosis through a group of neighborhood animals who live in the suburbs. (Animated) Cast: Lisa Kudrow, Clea DuVall, Sharon Horgan, Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Tony Hale, Jason Mantzoukas, Sam Richardson, Bresha Webb, Greta LeeCBS Renewed Series: “All Rise,” “Blood & Treasure,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Bull,”  “Evil,” “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “MacGyver,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Neighborhood,” “SEAL Team,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Young Sheldon,” “The Unicorn”Canceled/Ending Series: “Broke,” “Carol’s Second Act,” “Criminal Minds,” “God Friended Me,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Madam Secretary,” “Man With a Plan,” “Tommy”Series Awaiting Decisions: N/ANewly Ordered Series: “B Positive,” “Clarice,” “The Equalizer”NEW COMEDIES:B POSITIVE Writer(s): Marco Pennette Producer(s): Chuck Lorre Director(s): James Burrows Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. Logline: The comedy is about a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. (Multi-camera) Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Annaleigh Ashford, Kether Donohue, Sara Rue, Kamryn KunodyNEW DRAMAS:CLARICE Writer(s): Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet Producer(s): Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers Studio: MGM Television, CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout Logline: “Clarice” is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Cast: Rebecca Breeds, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira, Devyn A. TylerTHE EQUALIZER Writer(s): Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller Producer(s): Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox , Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim, Shakim Compere Director(s): Liz Friedlander Studio: Universal Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, Davis Entertainment, Martin Chase Productions, Flavor Unit Logline: A reimagining of the classic series starring Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Cast: Queen Latifah, Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira, Laya DeLeon HayesThe CW Renewed Series: “All American,” “Batwoman,” “Black Lightning,” “Burden of Truth,” “Charmed,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “In the Dark” (Season 2 has yet to premiere, renewed through Season 3), “Legacies,” “Nancy Drew,” “The Outpost,” “Pandora,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico” (Season 2 has yet to premiere, renewed through Season 3), “Supergirl”Canceled/Ending Series: “The 100,” “Arrow,” “Supernatural”Series Awaiting Decisions: “Katy Keene”Newly Ordered Series: “Kung Fu,” “Republic of Sarah,” “Superman & Lois,” “Walker”NEW DRAMAS:KUNG FU Writer(s): Christina M. Kim Producer(s): Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter Director: Hanelle Culpepper Studio: Quinn’s House and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Logline: A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Cast: Olivia Liang, Kheng Hua Tan, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Eddie Liu, Gavin Stenhouse, Gwendoline Yeo, Tzi MaREPUBLIC OF SARAH Writer(s): Jeffrey Paul King Producer(s): Marc Webb, Mark Martin, Jeff Grosvenor, Leo Pearlman Director: Kat Candler Studio: CBS Television Studios Logline: Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch. Cast: Stella Baker, Nia Holloway, Luke Mitchell, Izabella Alvarez, Hope Lauren, Ian Duff, Forrest Goodluck, Landry Bender, Megan FollowsSUPERMAN & LOIS Writer(s): Todd Helbing Producer(s): Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns Studio: Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television Logline: Follows the world’s most famous Super Hero and comic books’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Cast: Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Alexander Garfin, Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle ChriquiWALKER Writer(s): Anna Fricke Producer(s): Dan Lin, Lindsay Liberatore, Jared Padalecki Studio: CBS Television Studios, Rideback. Logline: A reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Centers on Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. Cast: Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, Jeff PierreRead original story Fall TV 2020: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating) At TheWrap

  • ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,’ ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ Renewed at Freeform
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    ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,’ ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ Renewed at Freeform

    Freeform has picked up second seasons of “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” and “Motherland: Fort Salem,” the network announced Tuesday.Additionally, the debut of horror series “Cruel Summer,” as well as new season premieres for “Grown-ish” and “Good Trouble,” have been pushed to 2021. “The Bold Type,” which was forced to suspend production on Season 4 due to the pandemic, will resume airing later this summer, along with the remotely produced limited series “Love in the Time of Corona.”“We couldn’t be happier to bring both ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ and ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ back for second seasons. Each show’s originality, characters and themes struck a chord with our audience, and we’re excited to share the ambitious stories the writers have planned for season two,” said Lauren Corrao, Freeform’s executive vice president of original programming and development. “We have a strong slate ahead, and with our young adult audience coming of age in a time that will forever impact their lives, we owe it to them to tell bold, authentic stories that reflect who they are and where they are going.”Also Read: Olivia Holt to Lead Freeform's 'Cruel Summer' in RecastingCreated, executive produced and starring “Please Like Me’s” Josh Thomas, “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” centers on Nicholas, a neurotic twenty-something-year-old who is forced to raise his two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, after the untimely death of their father. Kayla Cromer, Adam Faison and Maeve Press also star.Thomas, Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte serve as executive producers, with David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner executive producing for Avalon. Thomas Ward is co-executive producer.“This is great news, not just because it means I have a group of writers that have to hang out on my screen with me all day and I don’t have to be alone anymore getting weird,” said Thomas, “but because I love this show and I love these characters and I love our cast and crew and making another season is just going to be so nice.”Also Read: Freeform Orders Scripted Limited Series 'Love in the Time of Corona'“Motherland: Fort Salem,” is a genre thriller set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country with supernatural tactics and weapons. The series stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney and Lyne Renee, who has been upped to series regular for Season 2.The series is written and created by Eliot Laurence, with Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick as executive producers. Steven Adelson, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl and Bryan Q. Miller also serve as executive producers on the series.“I could not be more grateful for the chance to keep exploring the world of ‘Motherland: Fort Salem,'” said Laurence. “Freeform has been such a fabulous home for us through the development process, production, post and marketing. I’m also blown away by the love we’ve gotten from our fans, whose excitement and passion played a massive part in this renewal. Thank you, witches!”Read original story ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,’ ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ Renewed at Freeform At TheWrap

  • Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70
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    Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70

    Phyllis George, a former Miss America winner who went on to become one of the first female broadcasters covering the NFL — and later, the First Lady of Kentucky — died Thursday at the age of 70. Her ex-husband, John Y. Brown Jr., told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Saturday she had suffered from a rare blood disorder since she was in her 30s.George’s eclectic career started in 1970, when she won the Miss Texas title; a year later, she won the Miss America pageant, garnering her widespread national coverage. Five years later, George started cohosting “The NFL Today” on CBS, becoming one of the first women to cover professional football on a national level. During her time at CBS, George was also a broadcaster for several major horse racing events, including the Belmont Stakes and Preakness.“In my gut, I thought Phyllis was pretty special,” former TV executive Bob Wussler, who hired George at CBS, once said, according to ESPN. “I thought there was a role for her, as somebody who could talk to guys who knew something about sports.”George was married to famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans from 1977 to 1978, before marrying John Y. Brown Jr. in 1979. She was considered an integral part of Brown’s successful bid for governor of Kentucky that same year, with one local reporter telling the Lexington Herald-Leader she “brought glamour” to the governor’s office. With Brown’s win, George became the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. The couple had two children together before divorcing in 1998. Her daughter, Pamela Brown, is a reporter for CNN.Also Read: Frank Bielec, Designer on TLC's 'Trading Spaces,' Dies at 72“Phyllis was a fighter and her children have shown her incredible love during this struggle,” Brown said on Saturday. “She was an incredible first lady for Kentucky.”George was born June 25, 1949 in Denton, Texas, and attended North Texas State University (now known as University of North Texas) for three years before winning her Miss Texas crown. Beyond her pageant and broadcasting career, George was also a businesswoman, author and actress, playing a small role in the 2000 hit “Meet the Parents.”Read original story Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70 At TheWrap

  • Lynn Shelton, Director of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Glow’ Episodes, Dies at 54
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    Lynn Shelton, Director of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Glow’ Episodes, Dies at 54

    Director and producer Lynn Shelton, who stewarded several popular indie films, including “Humpday,” and also directed a number of episodes for prominent TV shows like “Glow” and “Mad Men,” has died from a previously undisclosed blood disorder, her publicist said on Saturday. She was 54.Shelton’s prolific output included directing five episodes of “New Girl,” eight episodes of “Fresh off the Boat,” five episodes of “Glow,” two episodes of “Maron” and one episode of “Mad Men,” among work on several other TV series.The Seattle native started off as an aspiring actor and photographer in her 20s but eventually moved towards filmmaking after being inspired by French director Claire Denis, who had shared she didn’t direct her first movie until she was 40. Shelton directed her first film, “We Go Way Back,” in 2006, but her break came in 2009, when “Humpday,” starring Joshua Leonard, Alycia  Delmore and longtime collaborator Mark Duplass, premiered at Sundance and received rave reviews. “Humpday” was acquired and distributed by Magnolia Pictures afterward and later won the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2010.Also Read: 'Sword of Trust' Starring Marc Maron Acquired by IFC FilmsShe reunited with Duplass for 2011’s “Your Sister’s Sister,” a comedy-drama also starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. Shelton went on to direct “Touchy Feely” in 2013 and the Keira Knightly-led “Laggies” in 2014. Her next film, “Outside In,” was her first dramatic film and starred Edie Falco and Jay Duplass in a movie about a convict who falls in love with his old high school teacher. The last film Shelton directed and produced was “Sword of Trust,” a comedy starring Marc Maron, with whom she spent the last year of her life.Shelton was born on August 27, 1965 in Oberlin, Ohio. She was raised in Seattle and later returned to her birthplace to attend Oberlin College before entering the University of Washington’s school of drama. Shelton also earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.Shelton is survived by her son, Milo Seal, her former husband Kevin Seal, whom she was married to from 2001 to 2019. She is also survived by her parents Wendy and Alan Roedell and David “Mac” Shelton and Frauke Rynd and three siblings.Read original story Lynn Shelton, Director of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Glow’ Episodes, Dies at 54 At TheWrap

  • Logan Williams, Teen ‘The Flash’ Actor, Died After an Opioid Overdose, His Mother Says
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    Logan Williams, Teen ‘The Flash’ Actor, Died After an Opioid Overdose, His Mother Says

    Logan Williams, an actor known for playing the younger version of Barry Allen on The CW series “The Flash,” died in April following an opioid overdose, his mother disclosed on Friday.Speaking to the New York Post, Marlyse Williams said that preliminary toxicology results showed that her son Logan died of a fentanyl overdose. She said the 16-year-old had been battling addiction for three years.Williams appeared in eight episodes of “The Flash” during its first two seasons — including the series pilot — as a younger version of Grant Gustin’s titular DC Comics hero. His other acting credits include the Hallmark series “When Calls the Heart” as well as guest spots on “The Whispers” and “Supernatural.”Also Read: Melissa Etheridge's Son, Beckett Cypher, Dies at 21Growing up in the Vancouver area, he began acting when he was 9, but according to his mother, he took a break from acting when he was 13. She told the Post that she discovered he had started using cannabis, and later escalated to harder drugs, though she said she is unaware when he began using fentanyl.Marlyse Williams told the Post that she made multiple attempts to help him overcome his addiction, including taking out a second mortgage on her home to send him to treatment centers in the United States and British Columbia. At the time of his death, she said, he had been living in a group home.Marlyse Williams said she came forward in hopes of drawing attention to the opioid epidemic. “His death is not going to be in vain,” she told the Post. “He’s going to help a lot of people down the road.”Also Read: Tyler Perry to Restart Production in July for BET Comedies 'Sistas,' 'The Oval' in AtlantaWhen his death was made public, “The Flash” star Grant Gustin remembered his former co-star in an Instagram post. “Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly,” he wrote. “This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them.”Read original story Logan Williams, Teen ‘The Flash’ Actor, Died After an Opioid Overdose, His Mother Says At TheWrap

  • Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump With ‘Live N Let Die With COVID 45’ Shirts
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    Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump With ‘Live N Let Die With COVID 45’ Shirts

    Notoriously outspoken Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is back to trolling President Trump, this time with a T-shirt that says “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45.”The shirt references Trump’s repeated refusals to wear personal protective masks, even as he toured a Honeywell factory last week that was manufacturing the N-95 safety equipment. Workers in the factory began blaring “Live N’ Let Die” over the loudspeakers in an attempt to drown out Trump’s speech, which promptly caught the attention of Rose and his band. They designed a shirt mocking the President and announced yesterday on Twitter that the merch would be sold on their website.“Live N’ Let Die” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1993. “45,” of course, references Trump — the 45th president of the United States.All proceeds from the shirt, which costs $25, will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.Also Read: CNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump Administration's 'War on the Truth' Is Now 'Life or Death' (Video)The shirt is the latest in a long-running string of anti-Trump activism by Rose and the band, dating back to the 2016 election. Earlier this month, Rose caught Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in his crosshairs after he tweeted, “whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he’s officially an asshole.” Mnuchin fired back, asking Rose, “what have you done for the country lately?,” but originally included an emoji of the Liberian flag instead of the United States’, much to Rose’s delight.Check out the t-shirt design below:Live N' Let Die…https://t.co/RvvMnTyJxt pic.twitter.com/wdgzra3S5h— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) May 13, 2020Read original story Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump With ‘Live N Let Die With COVID 45’ Shirts At TheWrap

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi’s Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus
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    Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi’s Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus

    Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is unsatisfied with the streaming app’s debut figures and is blaming its underwhelming performance on the coronavirus pandemic.“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus. Everything. But we own it,” Katzenberg told the New York Times Monday, implying he regretted the streamer’s decision not to postpone its April 6 launch.“If we knew on March 1, which is when we had to make the call, what we know today, you would say that is not a good idea,” Katzenberg said of Quibi’s launch. “The answer is, it’s regrettable, but we are making enough gold out of hay here that I don’t regret it.”Since it was released a little over a month ago, Quibi has only hit 2.9 million downloads, according to app analysis firm Sensor Tower. That figure includes users who signed up for the 90-day free trial. According to CEO Meg Whitman, 1.75 million of the users joined in the app’s first week of launch.Also Read: Quibi Leaked New User Email Addresses for First 3 Weeks After Launch“I am very pleased with where we are, especially only five weeks in,” Whitman told TheWrap Monday evening, adding that Quibi’s download statistic sits closer to 3.5 million. “The good news is, we now have customers and we are learning more about what those customers want.”The app rose through the mobile download charts and briefly peaked at No. 3 on the Apple app store, but it quickly fell off within a week of launching. Prior to its launch, Quibi predicted that the service would have 7 million registered subscribers generating roughly $250 million in revenue for its first year.“Is it the avalanche of people that we wanted and were going for out of launch? The answer is no. It’s not up to what we wanted. It’s not close to what we wanted,” Katzenberg told the New York Times regarding the download counts.Also Read: 'Tell Me a Story' Canceled at CBS All Access, The CW Acquires First 2 SeasonsThe pandemic was expected to boost Quibi’s user count as more people stayed home. Katzenberg said that didn’t pan out the way the company had hoped, partly because the app was pitched as something to occupy time during “in-between moments,” such as waiting in a line or commuting, which the current socially distant society has a lot less of.“My hope, my belief was that there would still be many in-between moments while sheltering in place,” Katzenberg said. “There are still those moments, but it’s not the same. It’s out of sync.”Another possible user turn-off is Quibi’s lack of cross-platform flexibility — its shows currently can only be watched on mobile devices. Whitman said in April that engineers were “scrambling” to find a technical fix so users could cast the video from iPhones to smart televisions after widespread consumer demand.Also Read: 'Twilight Zone' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date - Watch the New Trailer (Video)When asked for his thoughts on rival short video platform TikTok’s increased success in recent months, Katzenberg told the Times, “That’s like comparing apples to submarines. I don’t know what people are expecting from us. What did Netflix look like 30 days after it launched? To tell me about a company that has a billion users and is doing great in the past six weeks, I’m happy for them, but what the hell does it have to do with me?”An ad-supported version of Quibi costs $4.99; ad-free costs $7.99. Quibi has raised $1.75 billion to date from investors which include Disney and WarnerMedia. Katzenberg told TheWrap in January the app will house 175 shows and 35 movies in its first year and publish three hours of original content daily.Read original story Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi’s Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • AMC Theatres’ Stock Jumps 42% After Report Amazon Is Exploring Possible Acquisition
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    AMC Theatres’ Stock Jumps 42% After Report Amazon Is Exploring Possible Acquisition

    AMC Entertainment Holdings’ stock jumped 42.4% Monday after reports that e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. was considering purchasing the movie theater operator.According to the Daily Mail, Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos are “circling” the embattled theater owner and have reportedly held talks about a “potential takeover of AMC by Amazon.” The Daily Mail could not confirm if these discussions are still active or could lead to any deals.AMC Entertainment Holdings stock was up 42.47% Monday morning, roughly $5.86 per share — more than double the company’s record low close on April 13, which totaled $2.08 per share.Also Read: Jerry Stiller Remembered by Jason Alexander, Leah Remini, Wayne Knight and More: 'What a Giant'The past few months have been tumultuous at best for the movie theater operator — last week it announced it would stop showing Universal Pictures films in its theaters after the studio opted to send a few hit titles, including “Trolls World Tour” straight to video on demand.AMC’s most recent earnings report saw the company miss analyst predictions for both revenue and earnings. The company’s revenue dropped 6.4%, or $50 million, from first quarter of last year. Its net income was less than half the previous fiscal year, totaling $69 million.AMC also said it saw domestic ad sales fall 11% during its first quarter as its theaters nationwide closed to combat COVID-19.Also Read: Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak to Host Celebrity-Filled Facebook Commencement Address for Class of 2020AMC’s national network subsidiaries include BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and AMC Studios, each of which reported losing revenue last quarter. It also owns owns the Carmike and AMC theater chains in the United States and also operates the Odeon Cinemas franchise in the United Kindgom. If Amazon were to take a stake in AMC, it would open venues globally its Amazon Studios production arm.AMC is backed by majority investor Dailan Wanda Group, which bought an interest for roughly $421 million in September 2018 according to funding tracker PitchBook Data Inc.AMC and Dailan Wanda did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment about a potential sale.Read original story AMC Theatres’ Stock Jumps 42% After Report Amazon Is Exploring Possible Acquisition At TheWrap

  • Fox Fall Schedule: ‘9-1-1’ Moves to Midseason, ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Season 1 Comes Over From Spectrum
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    Fox Fall Schedule: ‘9-1-1’ Moves to Midseason, ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Season 1 Comes Over From Spectrum

    Fox may not be giving its usual upfront presentation to advertisers this year, but the network still set its fall slate right on schedule. On Monday — the day it would have held its upfront, if not for the coronavirus — the network unveiled a fall 2020 schedule which includes a pair of new dramas starring John Slattery and Kim Cattrall and returning hits like “The Masked Singer.”But what that slate is missing is “9-1-1” and other staple series that are either moving to midseason or still awaiting decision amid the pandemic.The network is filling the holes left by those shows with Slattery’s “neXt” and Cattrall’s “Filthy Rich” (dramas that wrapped production before the shutdowns) as well as broadcasts of “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” which first premiered on Nat Geo, and Season 1 of Spectrum’s “Bad Boys” spinoff series “L.A.’s Finest,” starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union.Along with “The Masked Singer,” Fox’s returning fall programs include animated series “The Simpsons,” “Bless the Harts,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy,” and the cooking competition show “MasterChef Junior.”Also Read: All the Summer Broadcast TV Shows Completed Pre-Pandemic, From 'Titan Games' to 'Agents of SHIELD'At midseason, Fox will bring back “9-1-1” for Season 4 and “9-1-1: Lone Star” for Season 2, along with new installments of “Duncanville” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” New shows debuting later this year include Mayim Bialik comedy “Call Me Kat,” which was just ordered to series at the network, and adult cartoons “The Great North” and “Housebroken.”Scripted shows still waiting to be renewed or canceled by Fox — and therefore not mentioned in the network’s fall or midseason plans — include “Last Man Standing,” “Prodigal Son,” “The Resident” and “Outmatched.”The first season of Slattery’s “neXt” and the network’s debut of “L.A.’s Finest” (which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and premiered on Spectrum Originals last spring) will take over Monday, a night that previously belonged to “9-1-1” and “Prodigal Son.” “9-1-1” and its spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star” (which aired during its time slot this spring) will return at midseason. Though “Prodigal Son” has not yet been renewed by the network, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap that deal should be closing soon.Also Read: On the Bubble 2020: Which Broadcast TV Shows Will Be Canceled and Which Will Be Renewed?Last fall, Tuesdays were occupied by “The Resident” and “Empire.” But with the medical drama still awaiting decision and “Empire” having come to a (premature) end, the night will begin with “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” at 8 and end with Cattrall’s “Filthy Rich” at 9.Fox is keeping its ratings star “The Masked Singer” in the 8 o’clock hour on Wednesdays for its upcoming fourth season. Production on the new episodes is set for this August, with safety concerns currently being assessed ahead of taping. A new season of “MasterChef Junior” will be the “Masked Singer” lead-out this season, replacing the now-canceled drama “Almost Family.”Thursday is still all about football (though the NFL’s schedule is still subject to change due to COVID-19), Friday still belongs to “WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown” (which resumed taping last month), and Saturday night is still devoted to sports.The network’s Sunday night animation lineup is also untouched, with “The Simpsons” at 8, “Bless the Harts” at 8:30, “Bob’s Burgers” at 9 and “Family Guy” at 9:30.Also Read: Fall TV 2020: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered - So Far (Updating)“The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront,” Charlie Collier, Fox Entertainment CEO, said in a statement prepared to accompany the schedule. “In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner’s unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we’ve shared is one of relative stability on Fox, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market.”“Now, more than ever, consistency, results and stability take on an all new emphasis,” Marianne Gambelli, president of Fox ad sales president, added. “Fox is primed and ready for the fall with a great deal of stability across our entire programming lineup, featuring premium content that continually resonates with viewers, and the necessary scale that builds demand and produces results. During these uncertain times, we remain focused on the individual business needs of our partners and will continue to work with them to develop custom solutions with our unmatched offerings of assets to help drive their businesses forward.”Fox’s fall 2020 schedule is below, with new programs in ALL CAPS.MONDAY 8-9 p.m. — L.A.’s Finest* 9-10 p.m. — NEXTTUESDAY 8-9 p.m. — Cosmos: Possible Worlds* 9-10 p.m. — FILTHY RICHWEDNESDAY 8-9 p.m. — The Masked Singer 9-10 p.m. — MasterChef JuniorTHURSDAY 7:30-8 p.m. ET/4:30-5 p.m. PT –Fox NFL Thursday Presented by Verizon 8-8:19 p.m. ET/5-5:19 p.m. PT — GMC Kickoff Show 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT — Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light PlatinumFRIDAY 8-10 p.m. — WWE’s Friday Night SmackDownSATURDAY 7-10:30 p.m. — Fox Sports SaturdaySUNDAY 7-7:30 p.m. — NFL on Fox 7:3-8 p.m. — The OT/Fox encores 8-8:30 p.m. — The Simpsons 8:30-9 p.m. — Bless the Harts 9-9:30 p.m. — Bob’s Burgers 9:30-10 p.m. — Family Guy*Network debutsAnd here are the official descriptions for Fox’s new series, with each in the network’s own words:NEXT From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24: Legacy”), executive producer Charlie Gogolak (“This Is Us”) and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”), NEXT is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives. The event series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe. He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade, “The First”) to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. The series also stars Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”), Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Aaron Moten (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Gerardo Celasco (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”) and Evan Whitten (THE RESIDENT).FILTHY RICH FILTHY RICH is a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Emmy Award winner Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us,” “24: Legacy”) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (five-time Emmy Award nominee and Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe winner Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, FILTHY RICH presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. From writer/director Tate Taylor (“Ma,” “The Help,” “The Girl on the Train”), the series also stars Melia Kreiling (“Tyrant”), Aubrey Dollar (“Battle Creek”), Corey Cott (“The Good Fight”), Benjamin Levy Aguilar (“Straight Outta Compton”), Mark L. Young (“We’re The Millers”) and Olivia Macklin (“LA to Vegas”), with Emmy Award nominee Steve Harris (“The Practice”) and Aaron Lazar (“Quantico,” “The Strain”). Kim Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.Read original story Fox Fall Schedule: ‘9-1-1’ Moves to Midseason, ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Season 1 Comes Over From Spectrum At TheWrap

  • ABC to Air ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume II’ Special for Mother’s Day
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    ABC to Air ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume II’ Special for Mother’s Day

    Following the ratings magic performed by its first-ever “Disney Family Singalong” last month, ABC will air “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” on Mother’s Day.Ryan Seacrest will return as host for the event, which will air from 7-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, just ahead of a new “American Idol.” The special will be available on Disney+ at a later date.The second “Disney Family Singalong” will feature “all-new star-studded performances” — including John Legend, Katy Perry, Tituss Burgess, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Idina Menzel, Miguel and Shakira — “inventive at-home choreography and even more Disney magic,” per ABC. “The animated Mickey also returns to guide the on-screen lyrics, allowing audiences, families, roommates and loved ones to follow along in perfect harmony with their favorite celebrities as they sing beloved Disney melodies.”Christina Aguilera, Josh Gad, Derek Hough and Julianne Hough will all be making return appearances.Also Read: Ratings: 'Disney Family Singalong' Grants ABC's Wish With More Than 10 Million ViewersOn April 16, “The Disney Family Singalong” drew an impressive 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million total viewers. The special included Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Darren Criss, Derek Hough, Josh Groban, the “High School Musical” cast and more celebs performing Disney classics remotely from their homes.The followup event on Mother’s Day will be used to raise awareness about Feeding America’s “vast network and resources for people in the country who are finding themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and facing hunger for the first time due to COVID-19.”“‘The Disney Family Singalong’ was a beautiful event that united millions of households across the country, filling our hearts with joy and song, and also providing much-needed nourishment to fill the bellies of our neighbors facing hunger,” Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, said in a statement. “An incredible collaborator for nearly a decade, The Walt Disney Company has provided grant funding for network food banks, developed public service announcements, and mobilized the public to help provide the equivalent of almost 100 million meals to children and families. We cannot thank Disney enough for their enduring support.”Also Read: 'Disney Family Singalong': Watch Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Darren Criss and More Celebs Perform (Videos)The special is produced by Done+Dusted. Executive producers include Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, Katy Mullan and Raj Kapoor.“The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” will air Sunday, May 10 at 7/6c on ABC.Read original story ABC to Air ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume II’ Special for Mother’s Day At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video)
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    Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video)

    Over the last three years, people have frequently compared Donald Trump unfavorably to the last Republican president to preside over a series of wholly preventable disasters — George W. Bush. Specifically, it’s common for people to say very nice things about the 43rd president and suggest he would have handled these disasters well., especially given how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is going.But on “Real Time” Friday, Bill Maher wasn’t having it, and during the mid-show bit, he made it plain when he said he thinks the 43rd president would have been almost as bad as he thinks Trump is.The joke came at the end of a frequent Bill Maher routine, “I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true,” something he hasn’t done in a while. Rather than belabor the point, we’ll just list them all for you below (or watch them in the clip above):Also Read: Bill Maher Rips Democrats for Caring About Tara Reade Accusations: 'Exactly What Republicans Want'“I don’t know it for a fact that quarantine self-haircuts are better than what you’d get at Fantastic Sams. I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that people are going to f–k their first Tinder match after quarantine, I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that employees at Sears have no idea there’s been a lockdown, I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that the Kardashians are deciding which sister to sacrifice to the virus to stay relevant [laughs] that’s very mean, I’m just kidding.I don’t know it for a fact that Dr. Birx cries in her car. I just know it’s true.I don’t know for a fact that Melania tells Trump, ‘Not tonight, I might be asymptiomatic (sic). Asymptiomatic? Something like that.I don’t know it for a fact that Lou Dobbs drinks his hot dog water. Not really related to the crisis, but sort of.I don’t know it for a fact that you’ve been through so many categories on Pornhub you’re thinking of clicking on the one where the chicks are giants! [laughs] I haven’t heard about that one.I don’t know it for a fact that somewhere a Jewish mother is complaining to her son, ‘You never call. You never Zoom.’ I just know that one’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that your wife thinks about Gavin Newsom during sex. It’s true.And I don’t know for a fact that Bush would have f—ed this up too. Not as bad. But he would’ve.”Also Read: Bill Maher Jokes That Joe Biden Was 'Asked to Social Distance Even Before the Virus' (Video)Earlier in the show, during the monologue, per usual Maher ran through a grab bag of topics drawn from the week’s news. For instance, Cinco de Mayo, “or as we call it here in Hollywood: Cultural Appropriation Day,” about which he said “Trump supporters, they love Cinco de Mayo. They celebrated this year by putting salt on the rim of their disinfectant.” A reference, of course, to the time Trump literally suggested people could fight coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into their lungs. (You can’t. Don’t do that.)“Of course if you really want to get high you gotta eat the worm at the bottom of the Windex bottle, that’s how you really. Look, I love that holiday, always have. Lived out here for a long time. I partied by myself. I did. I was in the kitchen. I made tacos and guacamole and margaritas,” Maher continued. “I wrecked the whole place. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna leave this for the cleaning lady.’ Then I remembered: I’m the cleaning lady.”Maher also talked about the disturbing news about the possibility that Asian giant hornets have been established in North America. “Did you see this? — we’re getting an invasion of Asian murder hornets. That’s what they’re calling it in the press because they never try to scare people. Asian murder hornets. Trump said ‘Impossible, I banned their flights in January.'”Read original story Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • CBS Orders ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Sequel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Equalizer’ Reboot and a New Chuck Lorre Sitcom
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    CBS Orders ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Sequel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Equalizer’ Reboot and a New Chuck Lorre Sitcom

    Despite the coronavirus shutting down production on the majority of pilot season, CBS ordered three new series for next season, including its “Silence of the Lambs” sequel from Alex Kurtzman and Queen Latifah’s reboot of “The Equalizer.”Additionally, the network ordered its latest series from uber-producer Chuck Lorre in “B Positive,” which stars “Silicon Valley” alum Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford about a therapist who becomes friends with his kidney donor.The “Silence of the Lambs” sequel — titled “Clarice” — will follow Clarice Starling six months after the events of the movie. Rebecca Breeds takes over the role famously played by Jodie Foster in the 1991 movie. “The Equalizer” will see Queen Latifah step into the role played by Edward Woodward in CBS’ 1980s version, and more famously by Denzel Washington in a pair of movies.Earlier this week, CBS renewed 18 series for next year.Also Read: 'All Rise,' 'Bob Hearts Abishola,' 'The Unicorn' and 'FBI' Spinoff Among 18 Series Renewed by CBSHere’s the details on the three new series:CLARICE, from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star. Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and Heather Kadin are executive producers for MGM Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Aaron Baiers is a co-executive producer.THE EQUALIZER is a reimagining of the classic series starring Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star. Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander (pilot director) are executive producers for Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, i/a/w CBS Television Studios.B POSITIVE is from writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, and stars Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Annaleigh Ashford (“Masters of Sex”). The comedy is about a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Kether Donohue, Sara Rue and Kamryn Kunody also star. Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. James Burrows directed the pilot.Read original story CBS Orders ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Sequel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Equalizer’ Reboot and a New Chuck Lorre Sitcom At TheWrap

  • ABC Sets ‘Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert’ Special With ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Footage
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    ABC Sets ‘Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert’ Special With ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Footage

    ABC has set a “Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert,” new Taylor Swift concert special comprised of previously taped footage, to air later this month after the season finale of “American Idol.”Per the network, “Filmed last September at L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France, Swift performs songs from her award-winning album ‘Lover’ to an intimate crowd of fans from 37 countries, traveling to the City of Love for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. The musical event gives fans unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes moments with the artist and marks her only concert performance this year, after her Lover Fest tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”“While we are all home, Taylor Swift and her family of fans will be able to have a moment together and experience a never-before-seen, intimate performance, and we are so thrilled to be able to offer this to our own family of viewers on ABC,” added Eric Avram, vice president, Talent and Booking, ABC Entertainment.Also Read: Ryan Seacrest Kept the Original 'American Idol' Desk For Years - Now He's Finally Using It (Video)“Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert” will air Sunday, May 17 at 10/9c on ABC, immediately following the season finale of “American Idol.” The special will be made available the following day on demand, on Hulu and Disney+.Watch the promo for Swift’s new concert special above.Read original story ABC Sets ‘Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert’ Special With ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Footage At TheWrap

  • RL Stine’s ‘Just Beyond’ Graphic Novels to Be Adapted for Disney+
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    RL Stine’s ‘Just Beyond’ Graphic Novels to Be Adapted for Disney+

    Disney+ is getting into the horror genre, greenlighting an adaption of R.L. Stine’s “Just Beyond” graphic novels.The horror-comedy anthology series will be led by Seth Grahame-Smith, the author behind “Price and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Grahame-Smith also was a writer for the films “Dark Shadows,” “The Lego Batman Movie” and the upcoming “The Saint” reboot with Chris Pine.Stine is attached as a co-executive producer. “Just Beyond” is a four-issue supernatural series from BOOM! Studios, in the same vein as his popular “Goosebumps” novels.Also Read: How Fast Streamers Grew During Pandemic | ChartA writers room is being assembled and the series is expected to come to Disney+ in the fall of 2021. Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will produce through their KatzSmith Productions banner. KatzSmith is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. The series will be produced out of 20th Century Fox.“I grew up watching ‘Twilight Zone’ reruns and the original ‘Amazing Stories’ with my parents,” said Grahame-Smith. “I’ve always wanted to make a genre anthology series that families could enjoy together, and do it in a way that delivered for kids and adults alike. R.L. Stine has been a part of millions of childhoods, and Disney+ has already proven itself as a place that knows how to make high-quality shows for the whole family. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with both of them.”Read original story RL Stine’s ‘Just Beyond’ Graphic Novels to Be Adapted for Disney+ At TheWrap

  • Brian Howe, Bad Company Lead Singer and Ted Nugent Vocalist, Dies at 66
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    Brian Howe, Bad Company Lead Singer and Ted Nugent Vocalist, Dies at 66

    Brian Howe, the lead singer for the British rock supergroup Bad Company and a former vocalist for Ted Nugent, has died. He was 66.Howe was found in his home Tuesday morning, suffering from cardiac arrest. Though EMT’s were able to have a short conversation with him, they were unable to revive him. Howe’s passing was confirmed by his longtime friend and manager, Paul Easton.“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe,” Easton said in a statement.Also Read: Florian Schneider, German Electronic Music Pioneer With Kraftwerk, Dies at 73“Finding the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts over losing my brother has been difficult.” his sister Sandie said in a statement. “Our family would like to thank you for your compassion and the outpouring of love we are receiving.”Howe replaced Paul Rodgers as the lead singer for Bad Company back in 1986 and lent the vocals to one of the band’s most successful albums, 1990’s “Holy Water,” which produced a Top 20 power ballad, “If You Needed Somebody.”Born in Portsmouth, England, Howe was discovered by Ted Nugent and recorded the vocals for Nugent’s album “Penetrator” in 1983 and would also perform with the guitarist for his world tour in 1984 for a couple of years.Also Read: Don Shula, Legendary NFL Coach of the Miami Dolphins, Dies at 90Then in 1986 when Bad Company members Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs decided to resurrect the Bad Company name, they recruited Howe to replace Rodgers, starting with the album “Fame & Fortune.” He also appears on the albums “Dangerous Age,” and “Here Comes Trouble.”Howe departed the band in 1994 and Bad Company would reunite with its original lineup, including Rodgers, for a few tracks in 1995. Howe also had three solo records, including 1997’s “Tangled in Blue,” and wrote the single “Hot Tin Roof” most recently in 2018. He’s also credited as a co-writer on the Megadeth song “I’ll Get Even.”Prior to his death, Howe was on tour with his band Paul Warren, Christopher Turnbow, Miguel Gonzales and Rick Brothers before the industry shut down due to COVID-19.Also Read: Irrfan Khan, Star of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Life of Pi,' Dies at 53“I feel we are all put in this world for a reason,” his son Michael said in a statement. “The passion for music was my father’s, and I am so happy that his legacy will live on.”Howe also did charity work with the Have A Heart Animal Rescue group and continued writing songs up until his death. He is survived by his sister Sandie and her husband, his son Michael and daughters Victoria and Ella, along with three grandchildren Kira, Alexandria, and Aurora.Read original story Brian Howe, Bad Company Lead Singer and Ted Nugent Vocalist, Dies at 66 At TheWrap

  • ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Nominees for 2020 Peabody Awards
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    ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Nominees for 2020 Peabody Awards

    “Fleabag,” “Stranger Things,” “Succession,” “Ramy,” “Watchmen” and “When They See Us” are among the nominees for the 2020 Peabody Awards, which recognizes the best of digital and broadcast media for the year. The six programs were among a crowded field of 13 contenders in the entertainment category.Of this year’s 60 total nominations, PBS and HBO lead the pack with 11 and seven nominations, respectively. They were followed by Netflix with five, Amazon with three) and Showtime, CNN, NBC News, and the podcast company Pineapple Street Studios with two each. 30 winners will be named at a later date, as the traditional ceremony has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. This year’s nominees encompass a range of today’s most pressing topics, including the criminal justice system, repercussions of the MeToo movement, and immigrant rights, according to the Peabody Awards board.Also Read: Netflix Acquires Millie Bobby Brown's 'Enola Holmes' From LegendaryOther nominees in the entertainment category include “David Makes Man,” which is OWN’s first Peabody nomination, as well as “Dickinson,” “Float,” “Good Omens,” “Our Boys,” and “Unbelievable.”“Peabody is proud to champion this year’s nominees who inspire our connection, provoke our thinking and delight our senses. From the communal strength of black women to the eminence of science to the conviction of those who speak up, these stories and their creators celebrate the diversity of human experience and of our democracy. Amidst the challenges of our present moment, we can find empathy, entertainment and truth in these nominees,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody.Here is the full list of nominees:ENTERTAINMENT“Chernobyl” (HBO) HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Sister Pictures, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games“David Makes Man” (OWN) Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television“Dickinson” (Apple TV Plus) Apple / wiip / Anonymous Content / Tuning Fork Productions / Sugar 23 Productions“Fleabag” (Amazon Prime Video) All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios“Float” (Disney Plus) Pixar Animation Studios“Good Omens” (Amazon Prime Video) BBC Worldwide Limited and Amazon Studios“Our Boys” (HBO) HBO in association with Keshet Media Group and MoviePlus Productions“Ramy” (Hulu) Hulu, A24 Television“Stranger Things” (Netflix) Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps EntertainmentAlso Read: 'Space Force' Teaser: Steve Carell Comforts Himself by Singing 'Kokomo' Alone in His Office (Video)“Succession” (HBO) HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries, and Gary Sanchez Productions“Unbelievable” (Netflix) Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media, and CBS Television Studios for Netflix“Watchmen” (HBO) HBO in association with White Rabbit, Paramount, Warner Bros. Television and DC“When They See Us” (Netflix) Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks for NetflixDOCUMENTARIES “16 Shots” (Showtime) Showtime Documentary Films in association with Topic, Impact Partners, and Chicago Media Project“American Factory” (Netflix) Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media for Netflix“Apollo 11” (CNN) CNN Films“For Sama” (PBS) Frontline, Channel 4 News, ITN Productions, Channel 4“Independent Lens: Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (PBS) Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)” (A&E) Grain Media for A&E IndieFilms Network“Leaving Neverland” (HBO) Amos Pictures and HBO Documentary in association with Channel Four (HBO)“One Child Nation” (Amazon Prime Video) Next Generation in co-production with ITVS, WDR/ARTE, Motto Pictures and Pumpernickel Films in association with Chicago Media Project and Chicken & Egg Pictures“POV: América” (PBS) Lifelike Docs, American Documentary | POV“POV: Inventing Tomorrow” (PBS) Fishbowl Films, Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, IQ190 Productions, American Documentary | POV“POV: Midnight Traveler” (PBS) Old Chilly Pictures LLC, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service“POV: Roll Red Roll” (PBS) Sunset Park Pictures, Artemis Rising, Fork Films, Doc Society, Multitude Films, American Documentary | POV“POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs” (PBS) Final Cut for Real, Mouka Filmi, STORY, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, American Documentary | POV“POV: The Silence of Others” (PBS) Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, El Deseo“Sea of Shadows” (National Geographic) Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films“Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime) Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc. for Lifetime“The Edge of Democracy” (Netflix) A Busca Vida Filmes Production in association with Violet Films for Netflix“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” (HBO) HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Films“Warrior Women” (World Channel) Co-production of Castle King, LLC and ITVS in association with Vision Maker Media“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men” (Showtime) Showtime Documentary Films presents A Mass Appeal Production in association with Endeavor ContentNEWS “A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness” (NBC News)“American Betrayal” (NBC/MSNBC) NBC News, Engel Unit“Capitol Hill Controversy” (WTVF-TV) NewsChannel 5 Investigates“Coal’s Deadly Dust” (PBS) Frontline, NPR“Flint’s Deadly Water” (PBS/WGBH) Frontline with Five O’Clock Films“Police. Arrest” (Now News) PCCW NowTV“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death–The Plight of the American Thoroughbred” (HBO)“The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America” (CNN)“The Invisibles” (NBC5/KXAS-TV)“Unwarranted” (WBBM-TV)Also Read: Joe Russo to Write 'Extraction 2' for NetflixPODCAST/RADIO “70 Million” (Lantigua Williams & Co.)“Dolly Parton’s America” (WNYC) Osm Audio and WNYC Studios“Finding Fred” (iHeart Media) iHeartMedia and Fatherly in partnership with Transmitter Media“Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal” (C130 Originals) C13Originals, a division of Cadence 13“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” (WXPN)“Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” (BBC Sounds) BBC Sounds/George the Poet Ltd.“Headlong: Running From ‘Cops'” (Stitcher) Pineapple Street Studios, Topic Studios“In The Dark: The Path Home” (APM Reports) American Public Media“Silencing Science” (Public radio, Reveal) The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX“Stonewall OutLoud” (NPR)“The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow” (Pineapple Street Studios) Pineapple Street Studios (a division of Radio.com), Glass Cannon Inc.“The Refuge” (Montana Public Radio) Auricle Productions, Montana Public Radio, Pulitzer CenterPUBLIC SERVICE“Border Hustle” The Texas Tribune and TIME“Detained” The Marshall Project in partnership with The Guardian“Long Island Divided” NewsdayCHILDREN’S & YOUTH “Molly of Denali” (PBS Kids) WGBH Educational Foundation, Atomic Cartoons“Treasure Island 2020” (BYU Radio) Gen-Z MediaRead original story ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Nominees for 2020 Peabody Awards At TheWrap