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A Shining Star, Plenty of Snubs at SAG Nominations

'Vice' misses out on best ensemble nod

(Newser) - A Star Is Born leads nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner, reports the AP . In nominations announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, the actors guild—one of the... More »

Judge Judy Has a New Reason to Smile

She's the highest-paid TV host for first time

(Newser) - It took 23 years, but Judith Sheindlin is officially the highest-paid host on TV, knocking Ellen DeGeneres into second place. The Judge Judy host sold the rights to past and future episodes to CBS for an estimated $100 million last year. Combined with salaries for hosting the show and producing... More »

Citing 'Physicality,' Author Says Cruise Out as Jack Reacher

Lee Child says his character will now head to 'Netflix or something like that'

(Newser) - There's a Jack Reacher TV show in the works, but don't expect Tom Cruise in the lead role. At 5'7", he's too short, according to author Lee Child, whose books describe Reacher as 6'5" with hands as big as dinner plates. "I really enjoyed... More »

K-Pop Band Member Accused of Wearing Controversial T-Shirt

BTS' Jimin allegedly wore shirt celebrating mushroom cloud over Japanese city in WWII

(Newser) - A popular South Korean boy band was set to appear on one of Japan's biggest TV stations this week, but that appearance has been canceled due to a clothing choice one of its members may have made. Per the Guardian and CNN , K-pop group BTS was scheduled to be... More »

Breaking Bad Film to Cover Kidnap, Escape

Mysterious project comes from series creator Vince Gilligan

(Newser) - We may not have seen the last of Breaking Bad. Series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour film linked to the original AMC show, arguably one of the best of all time. Per the Albuquerque Journal , the film set to begin production in New Mexico mid-month under the... More »

Actor Who Posed as War Vet: I Cut Off My Own Arm

Todd LaTourrette, who's appeared on 'Better Call Saul,' admits 17-year ruse in interview

(Newser) - Actor Todd LaTourrette has long claimed to have lost his right arm as a soldier serving overseas. In what seemed a change of luck, the narrative ushered him into roles alongside Ewan McGregor (in 2009's The Men Who Stare at Goats) and, more recently, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call ... More »

Intruder Meets Match in Boy Meets World Actor

William Daniels, 91, who played Mr. Feeny on hit sitcom, scared off would-be burglar at Calif. home

(Newser) - An elderly alum of Boy Meets World foiled an intruder Saturday night, illuminating the suspect both literally and (hopefully) metaphorically. Entertainment Weekly reports that William Daniels, 91, who played Mr. Feeny on the hit sitcom, was at the San Fernando Valley, Calif., home he shares with his wife, 89-year-old actress... 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 »

After 50 Years, a Final Bow for Original Big Bird

Caroll Spinney retires from 'Sesame Street'

(Newser) - Big Bird is flying the coop. Caroll Spinney, the 84-year-old puppeteer who's portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since the show's premiere in 1969, announced his retirement Wednesday, telling the New York Times that the physical requirements have become too much for him. Still,... More »

Audience Member on Jeopardy! Gives Winning Answer

Her boyfriend was a contestant, and he had a big question for her: a marriage proposal

(Newser) - It usually takes contestants on Jeopardy! a second or two to come up with questions, but an audience member on Thursday night's episode had an instantaneous answer for one query, USA Today reports. That person was Maria Shafer, whose boyfriend, contestant Michael Pascuzzi, was being introduced by host Alex... More »

It Doesn't Look Good for Frank Underwood

Netflix appears to tease the death of Kevin Spacey's 'House of Cards' character

(Newser) - Netflix didn't just pull the plug on Kevin Spacey . His House of Cards character Frank Underwood looks to have kicked the bucket in a new 25-second teaser for the show's upcoming sixth season. It features Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, addressing Frank's grave, sitting next to... More »

Star Turned Down Big Money to Extend Big Bang Theory

Report: Jim Parsons wanted out despite $50M for another 2 years

(Newser) - Fans of The Big Bang Theory must soon be content with seeing only a younger version of Jim Parsons' character in a spinoff: The hit show's 12th season, premiering Sept. 24 on CBS, will be its last, though Parsons reportedly could have prevented that. Per Entertainment Weekly , Parsons' desire... More »

Ruby Rose Makes History as Lesbian Batwoman

'Orange Is the New Black' star's role for the CW will be first openly gay superhero lead on a TV series

(Newser) - Ruby Rose is making history with her latest role as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series. Batwoman will be introduced in a December crossover event between the CW network's other DC Comics shows, Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, the AP reports. A stand-alone series... More »

Showtime CEO: Don't Say Homeland Is Canceled

It's being brought to a 'proper conclusion'

(Newser) - Homeland is going to end with its eighth season next year—but Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins doesn't want to hear the word "cancelation." Alex Gansa, the series co-creator and showrunner, "will bring the show to its proper conclusion," Nevins told the Television Critics Association'... More »

Good News for Anthony Bourdain Fans

More episodes of 'Parts Unknown' to air on CNN this fall, including one with Bourdain narration

(Newser) - A final season of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown is set to air this fall. CNN says it will air seven episodes in the 12th season of the series, reports the Los Angeles Times . A single episode completed before Bourdain's June 8 suicide in France finds him exploring Kenya... More »

This May Be the 'Most Humiliating' Who Is America? Segment Yet

Georgia lawmakers are calling for state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after his appearance

(Newser) - The second episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? aired Sunday night on Showtime, and it may have claimed its first casualty: Georgia lawmakers are calling for state Rep. Jason Spencer to step down after what Mic calls a "life-ruining appearance" on the show. "Of all... 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 »

Report: TV Execs Pitched Show Starring Stormy Lawyer, Mooch

'Not happening,' says Scaramucci

(Newser) - TV insiders say at least two networks have been pitched a show featuring a different kind of odd couple: Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer. TV agent Jay Sures has talked to execs at CNN and MSNBC about a show in which the former White House communications director... More »

Apparent Survivor Contestants Messed Up Big Time

They may have spilled the beans too early about being on the show, could face $5M penalty

(Newser) - "Outwit, outplay, outlast" is the motto for CBS' hit reality show Survivor, but Alec Merlino and Kara Kay may not have done so hot on the first part. TMZ outs the two as contestants on season 37, which just finished filming in Fiji last week, but only after the... More »

Carol Burnett: After Daughter's Death, I Saw 'Signs'

'You don't get over it, but you cope'

(Newser) - Carol Burnett surrounds herself with kids in a new Netflix talk show that apparently has her missing her own daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer in 2002 at age 38. "You don't get over it, but you cope," the 85-year-old tells People , recalling "a sign"... More »

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