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Modern Family Reveals Which Character Dies

It was an 'effective, moving episode'

(Newser) - Modern Family, as advertised , killed off a character in Wednesday night's show—and anybody who wants to avoid spoilers should stop reading here. Viewers who worried that patriarch Jay Pritchett would kick the bucket were relieved: It was his ex-wife, DeDe, played by Shelley Long, who died, Deadline reports.... More »

ABC Revives NYPD Blue, With a Catch

In sequel, Detective Andy Sipowicz is dead

(Newser) - While a revival of NBC's The Office doesn't look likely , ABC is continuing the trend of TV reboots in bringing back cop drama NYPD Blue—at least for one episode. The network is producing a pilot for a revised version of the show, which ended its 12-season run... More »

Roseanne 'Wishes the Best' to ABC's Roseanne Spinoff

Working title: The Conners

(Newser) - Roseanne lives on, minus Roseanne: ABC says it has ordered 10 episodes of a spinoff of the top-rated sitcom, with the working title The Conners, CNN reports. It will feature the same cast as Roseanne, minus Roseanne Barr, who was fired after sending a racist tweet last month. The show... More »

Report: Roseanne Spinoff Is Moving Ahead

Barr is waiving her rights, sources say

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr won't be returning to ABC anytime soon, but the network is moving ahead with a Roseanne spinoff, and the former star has agreed not to stand in the way, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . The sources say that ABC and producer Carsey-Werner don't want Barr participating... More »

Arie of The Bachelor: I Was '100%' Betrayed by Show Producers

Luyendyk explains his struggle to choose between 2 women and why he's irked about his portrayal

(Newser) - It took some time for the din from March's Bachelor finale —after Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped the girl he initially chose, Becca Kufrin, and got engaged to runner-up Lauren Burnham—to subside. Now, however, thanks to Kufrin's stint as the current Bachelorette and a new profile on... More »

Roseanne: I 'Begged Like 40 Motherf---ers' to Keep Show

Comedian tweets out conversation she says she had with ABC's Ben Sherwood

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr apologized publicly on Twitter for her racist tweet directed at ex-Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, but she's now revealing what she says went on behind the scenes before her firing from ABC. Per CNN , the 65-year-old comedian returned Thursday to the social media platform she'd said she... More »

Trump Calls Out Bob Iger Once More

'Iger, where is my call of apology?'

(Newser) - President Trump is still waiting for that apology from Bob Iger. Trump first showed some resentment Wednesday after the target of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet, Valerie Jarrett, got an apology from the Disney CEO while Iger has never called Trump "to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and... More »

Trump Tweets About Roseanne Controversy

President complains about 'HORRIBLE' statements made about him on ABC

(Newser) - It’s official: President Trump has weighed in on the Roseanne controversy. He tweeted Wednesday, “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that 'ABC does not tolerate comments like those' made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize... More »

Roseanne: 'Do Not Defend Me'

She says she was 'Ambien tweeting'

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter on Tuesday night, hours after she said she was quitting in the wake of the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett that got her show canceled . She blamed her offensive tweet on the sedative Ambien. "Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend... More »

Say Goodbye to The Chew, Hello to More GMA

'GMA' will move into third hour at 1pm Eastern

(Newser) - Food-focused talk show The Chew is getting spit off the air to make way for a third hour of Good Morning America, ABC announced Wednesday, though that hour is actually in the afternoon. It will air at 1pm Eastern, with the anchors to be announced in the future, reports the... More »

In First Interview, Comey Explains Why Trump Is 'Unfit'

He says Russians might be able to blackmail president

(Newser) - In an ABC interview certain to draw some angry tweets from President Trump, former FBI director James Comey slammed the president as "morally unfit" to lead. In the interview with George Stephanopoulos, which aired Sunday night, Comey reiterated much of what he says in upcoming memoir A Higher Loyalty,... More »

Report: Chris Christie Heading to ABC

Sources say he's got a new gig to replace his governor duties

(Newser) - Chris Christie has a new gig as a talking head on ABC, sources tell NJ.com . The insiders say the former New Jersey governor will be announced as a new ABC contributor early Tuesday on Good Morning America and will return that evening for commentary on President Trump's State... More »

Roseanne Explains Why She's Pro-Trump on Show Reboot

'True reflection of the society we live in,' Barr says of her character's politics

(Newser) - The one thing Roseanne Barr wants from the reboot of her ABC sitcom Roseanne is authenticity, and to be "a true reflection of the society we live in," she told reporters at a Television Critics Association presser on Monday. That's why she says her character, working-class mom... More »

Dan 'Definitely Still Alive' in Roseanne Remake

ABC isn't explaining yet how that aligns with John Goodman character's supposed death

(Newser) - The Roseanne revival is set to air on ABC this fall, and one character in particular will make a surprising comeback. Dan Conner, the family patriarch played by John Goodman, was revealed in the series finale to have died of a heart attack—but in the ABC reboot, "Dan... More »

Familiar Face Officially Returns to American Idol

Ryan Seacrest will again serve as host

(Newser) - A familiar face is officially returning to American Idol when it re-launches on ABC . The network has confirmed Ryan Seacrest will be back to host the reality competition, USA Today reports. Seacrest hosted the show on Fox from its launch in 2002 to its retirement in 2016, Deadline reports, calling... More »

Sources Spill Dirty Details as Bachelor in Paradise Put on Ice

Warner Bros. says there were 'allegations of misconduct on the set'

(Newser) - Trouble in paradise: Warner Bros. on Sunday announced it has suspended production on season four of Bachelor in Paradise following "allegations of misconduct on the set." The Bachelor spinoff was filming in Mexico ahead of an Aug. 8 premiere date, and Warner Bros. had little more to add... More »

ABC Bringing Back One of Its Most Beloved Shows

'Roseanne' reboot will feature original characters

(Newser) - Roseanne's return to TV has been confirmed, 20 years to the week after the beloved sitcom's final episode aired. ABC, the show's original network, announced Tuesday that it has ordered an eight-episode run of the revived show, which will air mid-season, E! Online reports. The network says... More »

Less Than a Year After It Left, American Idol Is Back

It's on a different network this time, though

(Newser) - Turns out all that fanfare over the end of American Idol was a bit premature. The singing competition is coming back after all, just not on its original network. ABC will revive the show next season after reportedly outbidding NBC and Fox (which canceled it last year due in part... More »

ABC, Reporter Head to Trial Over 'Pink Slime'

Diane Sawyer off the hook in Beef Products' defamation claim

(Newser) - Diane Sawyer escapes repercussions, but accusations against ABC News and reporter Jim Avila stand after a South Dakota state judge cleared the way to trial for a Beef Products lawsuit against the network for calling its meat product "pink slime." The Wall Street Journal and Reuters report that... More »

Bachelor Franchise Makes 'Historic' Announcement

Rachel Lindsay will be first African-American lead

(Newser) - After 15 years and 33 seasons, The Bachelor franchise has finally cast its first African-American lead. Rachel Lindsay, one of four women left competing for Nick Viall's heart on the current season of The Bachelor, will kick off her own search for love as The Bachelorette on ABC on... More »

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