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One of Obama's Top TV Shows of 2019 Has Twitter Amused

He shares favorite movies, television programs of the year, including season 2 of 'Fleabag'

(Newser) - We already know what books Barack Obama enjoyed over the past 12 months—now he's filling us in on the movies and TV shows he's been obsessed with, too. No. 44 posted his top picks of 2019 Sunday afternoon, noting on Instagram , "This year's list includes... More »

'I Am All of Those Characters, and I Love That'

René Auberjonois died Sunday at 79

(Newser) - René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M.A.S.H. playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles... More »

A #MeToo Moment on Survivor

Contestant Dan Spilo accused of being too handsy

(Newser) - Reality TV got quite real Wednesday night during a double episode of Survivor, with an unexpected dose of #MeToo. People reports on the "major scandal" to touch the CBS show involving contestant Dan Spilo, a 48-year-old Hollywood talent manager, and some of his fellow tribe members. Multiple contestants accused... More »

Entire Cast of NBC Show on Since 1965 Is Released

Stars of 'Days of Our Lives' were set free from contracts; fate of soap opera is unclear

(Newser) - No one yet knows the ultimate fate of NBC's longest-running entertainment program, but its stars know they're out of a job in a couple of weeks. TVLine first reported the news Tuesday that Days of Our Lives, a soap opera that's been on the network since November... More »

They Put 'Their Hearts and Souls' Into It. It Wasn't Enough

Fox cancels 'Beverly Hills, 90210' reboot 'BH90210'

(Newser) - A famous California ZIP code won't be getting any more fan mail. After just one season that didn't pull in hoped-for ratings, BH90210, the reboot of '90s hit Beverly Hills, 90210, has been canceled by Fox, per USA Today . The network confirmed the news Thursday, sending a... More »

DC Had a TV Dilemma Tuesday Night

A critical Washington Nationals playoff game or the Democratic debates?

(Newser) - Residents of Washington, DC, live and breathe politics, so a presidential debate has the cachet of a sports playoff. Except on Tuesday night, there was an actual sports playoff, in the form of the hometown Washington Nationals playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series—meaning locals... More »

Queer Eye Star Reveals His Private Pain

Jonathan Van Ness talks about his upcoming memoir, 'Over the Top'

(Newser) - Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is baring his soul a few days before the release of his new memoir, People reports. The fabulous 32-year-old opened up about his history of sexual assault, drug addiction, HIV—and now, nightmares. "I've had nightmares every night for the past three... More »

Penultimate Game of Thrones: 'A World Completely Shattered'

Daenerys morphs into the Mad Queen and destroys King's Landing

(Newser) - Cataclysm, carnage, and a much-anticipated "Cleganebowl"—these all marked "The Bells," the violent fifth and penultimate episode of the last season of Game of Thrones, which Todd VanDerWerff at Vox writes was, "on a visceral level ... a horrific ride through a world that has completely... More »

Sweden Has an Odd Reality TV Show

You can watch elk crossing a river

(Newser) - The genre is called "slow TV," for good reason. Viewers in Sweden currently have the ability to watch live cams of a river in the hope that elk will be crossing, reports Radio Sweden . Broadcaster SVT has begun airing 24/7 footage of the Angermanalven river in Angermanland, site... More »

Low-Scoring Game Results in Lower Ratings

Relative to the Super Bowl, anyway

(Newser) - A lot of people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night—just not as many as usual, according to early numbers. Deadline reports that preliminary figures suggest the Patriots-Rams game might end up being the lowest-rated game in 10 years. The overnight rating was 44.9, which translates to the percentage... More »

Eerie 1950s Western Predicted 'Con Man Trump'

Robert Culp faced off against a swindler on 'Trackdown'

(Newser) - "Uh, your name is Trump?" So asks Robert Culp in an episode of the 1950s Western drama Trackdown that you could say eerily foretells today's politics, Variety reports. An episode of the show titled "The End of the World," which first aired May 9, 1958, depicts... More »

Bialik Reveals Her Holiday Misery on Instagram

The 'Big Bang Theory' actor is alone and her cats are angry

(Newser) - Granted, people in Syria are really suffering . But that doesn't make Mayim Bialik's Christmas any better: "The government is in a shutdown, it's Christmas Eve day, I'm newly single and not doing so well to be quite honest," the Big Bang Theory actor writes... More »

The Netflix Shows That Will Make You a Couch Potato

The 10 most binge-watched

(Newser) - If you've ever settled into the sofa on a Friday night, remote in hand, and not come up for air until Sunday evening—you may be a Netflix addict. You're not alone, per Deadline , which notes the media company's global viewing report that kept tabs on what... More »

Tom Cruise: Your TV Settings Are Likely Wrong

Actor films PSA about the 'soap opera effect'

(Newser) - Tom Cruise is here today to talk to you about ... your TV settings. The actor (wearing his Top Gun: Maverick gear) filmed a PSA with director Chris McQuarrie about a feature of high-definition TVs called video interpolation or motion smoothing. It's meant to reduce motion blur when you're... More »

Surprise Front-Runner in Golden Globes: Cheney Biopic

Lady Gaga also earns a nod for 'A Star Is Born'

(Newser) - Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic Vice swooped in to lead nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival A Star Is Born, the interracial road-trip drama Green Book, and the period romp The Favourite. Vice topped all contenders Thursday with a surprising... 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 »

4 of Top 5 Highest-Paid TV Actors Hail From One Show

'Big Bang Theory' actors are bringing home nice bank

(Newser) - Talk about going out with a bang. Forbes has put out its list of the highest-paid actors on TV, and four of the top five are from one hit show: The Big Bang Theory on CBS, with lead Jim Parsons banking a comfortable $26.5 million a year—not only... More »

'Tremendous Bittersweetness': Bourdain Shows Win 6 Emmys

(Newser) - If Anthony Bourdain were still with us, Sunday would have been one of the proudest days of his life. The chef, who died by suicide in June, was honored with six awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Variety reports. His CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, won awards for... 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 »

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 »

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