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Last of Us Zombie Fungus Is Real, Just Not for Humans
Last of Us Zombie Fungus
Is Real, Just Not for Humans
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Last of Us Zombie Fungus Is Real, Just Not for Humans

Ants and other insects are indeed susceptible to a gruesome fate

(Newser) - The premise of the popular HBO series The Last of Us—based on a video game of the same name—is that humans get infected by a fungus that turns them into zombies. The good news, of course, is that no such fungus exists, notes NPR . The bad news is...

TV's Cutest Grim Girl Is Dead at 64
Goodbye to
'Wednesday
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Goodbye to 'Wednesday Addams'

Lisa Loring, who originally played the character on 'The Addams Family,' dies of stroke at age 64

(Newser) - Younger fans of the macabre fictional Addams family will identify the character of Wednesday Addams with actors Christina Ricci or, more recently, Jenna Ortega. But for kids of the mid-'60s (and '70s, thanks to syndication), Lisa Loring played Wednesday, bringing a magnetic cuteness to the otherwise gloomy-looking, braided...

Aubrey Plaza Will Soon Grace Your TV Again

'White Lotus' star to host 'SNL' on Jan. 21; Michael B. Jordan takes hosting duties next

(Newser) - Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza is riding high after her starring turn in HBO's White Lotus and the film Emily the Criminal, and now she's about to add another notch on her belt: The 38-year-old actor will be hosting Saturday Night Live's return to the air...

Edward Norton, Julia Roberts Surprised by Family Trees

Norton learns he's a direct descendant of Pocahontas on 'Finding Your Roots'

(Newser) - Family lore told Edward Norton that he was related to Pocahantas. Now PBS' Finding Your Roots has told him the same. The actor was stunned to learn that he is, in fact, descended from the favorite daughter of Wahunsenaca, also known as Powhatan, who ruled over dozens of Algonquian-speaking tribes...

Trevor Noah Is Leaving. Late Night Is 'as White' as Ever

Diverse guests added to 'sly radicalism' of 'The Daily Show' under his tenure: Adrian Horton

(Newser) - After more than seven years as host, Trevor Noah's final episode of The Daily Show airs Thursday. The South African comedian previously described his exit as "a joyous thing," noting the pandemic gave him a chance to consider what he'd "like to do differently,"...

Grammer: Here's Why 'Niles' Won't Be in Frasier Reboot

David Hyde Pierce said no, leading to 'an entirely new life' for Frasier Crane

(Newser) - The reboot of TV's Frasier , in which Kelsey Grammer will resume his award-winning role of Dr. Frasier Crane, was initially envisioned as reuniting the whole cast. The roster would have included David Hyde Pierce, who played Crane's brother Niles; Jane Leeves, who played Crane's live-in housekeeper Daphne;...

Schitt's Creek Executive Producer Dead at 47
Schitt's Creek Executive
Producer Dead at 47
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Schitt's Creek Executive Producer Dead at 47

Ben Feigin, who helped launch the hit CBC/Netflix series, has died of pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - One of the driving forces behind the award-winning CBC television series Schitt's Creek is gone. Variety reports that executive producer Ben Feigin died of pancreatic cancer, with confirmation on his death from United Talent Agency, his former employer. Feigin was 47. The Maryland native kicked off his career at...

After Writing for The Office, He Took a Job at Macy's

Anthony Q. Farrell says he's working to improve diversity in TV writers rooms

(Newser) - Anthony Q. Farrell's first TV writing job was a big one. He worked as a staff writer and story editor on The Office from 2008 to 2009 until he was laid off amid the recession. It was two years before he found another job in his field, but Farrell...

Growing Chorus Urges Disclaimer on The Crown

Dame Judi Dench says 'cruelly unjust' storylines on Netflix show risk damaging the monarchy

(Newser) - Netflix balked at a request by the UK's then-culture secretary to put a disclaimer on The Crown—one that would make clear that its portrayal of the British royal family isn't accurate—with the release of the show's fourth season, which portrayed a tumultuous time in Charles...

Viewers Aren't Amused by Baking Show's 'Mexico Week'

UK audience points out stereotypes

(Newser) - The Great British Bake Off could have researched traditional Mexican baking and the differences between favorites such as pastes Hidalguenses and pastes (cakes) in Britain. But that's not what happened during the program's "Mexico Week" episode that aired Tuesday in the UK, a professor of Mexican cultural...

Family of Dahmer Victim Angry at Netflix Over Series

'They're just making money off of this tragedy'

(Newser) - Netflix says Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a new crime drama series chronicling the life of the serial killer who killed 17 men and boys over 13 years, centers "around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police." But...

Jeopardy! Fans Again Ticked at Ken Jennings' Decision
Jeopardy! Fans
Again Ticked
at Ken Jennings'
Decision
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Jeopardy! Fans Again Ticked at Ken Jennings' Decision

They say co-host accepted 'illegible' answer, allowing reigning champ to win again

(Newser) - Days after being accused of sexism , Jeopardy! co-host Ken Jennings has run afoul of fans again. On Monday's episode, at the start of Jennings' second week in the official co-host role, he accepted a written answer to a Final Jeopardy! clue that onlookers described as illegible. The clue was,...

Popular '90s Sitcom Is About to Get Animated

Cartoon version of 'Married With Children,' with original cast, is in the works

(Newser) - The dream team of Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino are getting together again for a revival of their popular Fox sitcom, Married With Children—this time in cartoon format. Sources tell Deadline the animated reboot "is being pitched to networks and streamers and is...

The Bell Tolls at Bayside High
The Bell Tolls at Bayside High

The Bell Tolls at Bayside High

Peacock axes 'Saved by the Bell' reboot after 2 seasons

(Newser) - Saved by the Bell couldn't be saved in the end as Peacock has canceled the reboot after two seasons. The announcement, coming a month after the show won Outstanding Comedy Series at the GLAAD Media Awards, is "something of a surprise," per Deadline , given the positive response...

Maddow Announces Big Shift: 'We Will See How Things Go'

She'll be hosting her MSNBC program on Mondays only starting in May

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow will be sticking with her MSNBC program for the near future, but viewers hoping to see her return more fully to it are in for some disappointment. The 49-year-old host has been on a two-month hiatus from The Rachel Maddow Show, which airs each weeknight at 9pm ET,...

Viola Davis Morphs Into Michelle Obama in First Lady

Upcoming Showtime drama offers a peek

(Newser) - What's it like to be married to the president of the United States? An upcoming TV drama examines that life behind the curtains at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., drawn from the perspectives of Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt, per the BBC . A new trailer for First Lady—a...

Report: Masked Singer Judges Exit After Giuliani Unmasked

'Deadline': Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke temporarily walked off the stage of Fox show in protest

(Newser) - In the third season of The Masked Singer, a Fox crooning competition in which famous contenders' identities are concealed by costumes and face coverings, host Nick Cannon exclaimed, "This might be the most shocked I've ever been on this show!" when Sarah Palin was shown to be...

The Goldbergs Loses Star Over Alleged Misconduct

Jeff Garlin, who plays family patriarch, accused of verbal, emotional abuse on set

(Newser) - Jeff Garlin, a longtime series regular on ABC comedy series The Goldbergs, has left the show during production of its ninth season following multiple misconduct allegations, Deadline reports. Garlin, who plays the patriarch of the titular family, confirmed he'd been facing an HR investigation into his on-set behavior for...

Golden Globe Nominees Announced After 'Year of Change'

Hollywood Foreign Press Association is out with this year's film and TV candidates

(Newser) - Less than a year after criticism over a lack of diversity forced the organization that puts on the Golden Globes to lose its televised show and overhaul its membership, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for film and TV awards Monday, per the AP . The HFPA, which usually...

4 Becomes 3 in Sex and the City Reboot
4 Becomes 3 in
Sex and the City Reboot
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4 Becomes 3 in Sex and the City Reboot

HBO Max sequel arrives Dec. 9

(Newser) - And just like that… there were three. HBO Max released a teaser trailer for its Sex and the City spinoff And Just Like That… on Friday, showing the New York City girl gang we've come to know is now without their beloved ( on screen, but perhaps not off...

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