Television

Shatner Battles Critics Of His Russian State TV Show

The Daily Beast reports: Star Trek star William Shatner has taken to Twitter to trade blows with journalists who called him out for hosting a new show on the Kremlin’s notorious state-funded network, RT. Earlier this week, the 90-year-old Canadian actor—known for taking on the legendary role Captain James Kirk in the Star Trek saga—announced he would be hosting a …

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REPORT: Co-Host Meghan McCain To Exit “The View”

Page Six reports: Meghan McCain is bidding farewell to “The View,” according to a new report. The conservative co-host is set to announce her resignation on Thursday morning’s show, ending her four-season run at the end of July, according to the Daily Mail. “We have tried to keep her, but she is adamant that now is the right time for …

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William Shatner Launches Show On Russian State TV

From the Russian state media outlet RT: RT America is proud to announce the premiere of I Don’t Understand, hosted by world-famous actor and author William Shatner. I Don’t Understand will see Shatner seeking to answer fascinating and timely questions that pique the natural interest of everyone, but that the establishment media all too often hesitates to tackle. From “should …

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Sesame Street Episode Introduces Gay Dads [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports: Sesame Street is celebrating Pride Month by going where it’s never gone before. This week, the iconic children’s show dropped a very special episode called “Family Day,” introducing two gay dads, Frank (Alex Weisman) and Dave (the brother of Nina, played by Chris Costa, who works as a bike store owner on the street), and their daughter, …

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Nielsen Unveils New Metric To Measure Streaming

The New York Times reports: Nielsen, the 98-year-old research firm that for decades has had an effective monopoly on measuring TV ratings in the United States, has a new metric that it says allows it to make an apples-to-apples comparison, on a percentage basis, of how many people are streaming shows and films on their TVs versus how many are …

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Real Housewives Star Drops Out Of NYC Mayoral Race

Page Six reports: Former “RHONY” star Barbara Kavovit is out of the running — for now. Kavovit, 55, dropped out of the New York City mayoral race on Thursday after a short five-month campaign, but teased that she isn’t giving up on politics. “Running for mayor has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my professional career,” …

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“Rugrats” Reboot Features Lesbian Mom Character

The Christian Post reports: The reboot of a children’s cartoon series will feature a lesbian single mom, making it one of several modern interpretations of children’s shows making overtures to the LGBT community. “Rugrats,” a children’s cartoon which aired on Nickelodeon for more than a decade before concluding in 2004, was relaunched Thursday in the form of a new series …

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Sitcom Actor Gavin MacLeod Dies At Age 90 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Gavin MacLeod, a sitcom veteran who played seaman “Happy” Haines on “McHale’s Navy,” Murray on “Mary Tyler Moore” and the very different, vaguely patrician Captain Stubing on “The Love Boat,” has died. He was 90. MacLeod’s nephew, Mark See, confirmed his death to Variety. MacLeod died in the early morning on May 29. No cause of death was …

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Emmy Winning Actor Charles Grodin Dies At Age 86

Entertainment Tonight reports: Charles Grodin, who famously starred in The Heartbreak Kid, Midnight Run, and Beethoven, died on Tuesday from bone marrow cancer, EW has confirmed. He was 86. Although Grodin was mostly known for his work on the big screen, throughout his long career he also appeared on television, dazzled on Broadway, authored multiple books, and was a political …

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Gay Bachelor Star Regrets Not Coming Out Sooner: I Had The Chance In 2014 When Michael Sam Came Out

Variety reports: The future star of “The Bachelor” had been hiding his sexuality — from his family, his friends and himself — for his entire life. Underwood knew, at the age of six, that he was different; by his early teenage years, he knew he was attracted to men. But growing up in a religious and conservative small town, especially …

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Gay Bachelor Star: I Was Blackmailed Over “Spa” Visit

Variety reports: Colton Underwood takes a deep breath, as he tells this story for the first time. According to him, last year, while living in Los Angeles, he secretly visited a spa known for catering to gay clientele. Shortly thereafter, he received an anonymous email, which has been reviewed by Variety, from someone claiming to have taken his nude photos …

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Ellen DeGeneres To End Daytime Show Next Year

The Los Angeles Times reports: It’s the end of an era: Ellen DeGeneres will end her daytime chat show next year. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” the comedian and host told the Hollywood Reporter. …

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Billie Hayes, Witchiepoo In H.R. Pufnstuf, Dies At 96

Deadline Hollywood reports: Billie Hayes, whose portrayal of the flamboyantly and comically wicked witch Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf, died of natural causes April 29 at Cedar’s Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 96. A Broadway veteran by the time she reached national fame as the flute-stealing nemesis to a psychedelic dragon, Hayes had …

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Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis Dies At Age 89

The Los Angeles Times reports: Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, the theater veteran who rose to prominence late in her career with memorable turns in 1980s films such as “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias,” has died at the age of 89. Dukakis, who also starred in “Look Who’s Talking” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” died at her home in New York City. “The …

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Elon Musk To Host Saturday Night Live Next Month

NPR reports: NBC announced over the weekend that Elon Musk would host Saturday Night Live on May 8. The iconic sketch-comedy show is in its 46th season. Saturday Night Live doesn’t usually have business executives host its show, but as pointed out in a story by The Associated Press, Musk is far from a stuffy corporate type. While it is …

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Netflix: Password-Sharing Crackdown Will Be Gentle

Variety reports: Netflix wants people to pay their fair share to access its streaming service. But Reed Hastings promises that any crackdown on illicit password-sharing that the company decides to launch across its global footprint won’t be done in an aggressive manner. “We’ll test many things, but we would never roll out something that feels like ‘turning the screws’” on …

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“Christian Virgin” Former Bachelor Star Comes Out

Page Six reports: Colton Underwood is gay. The former “Bachelor” came out to Robin Roberts in a “Good Morning America” interview that aired Wednesday morning. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time,” the 29-year-old said in the pre-taped interview. “I’ve hated myself for a long time. I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing …

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Real Housewives Star Faces 30 Years For Tele-Scam

Page Six reports: Embattled “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” cast member Jen Shah was arrested by the feds Tuesday morning for allegedly ripping off hundreds of victims in a telemarketing scam. Shah, 47, and her assistant Stuart Smith, 43, are expected to appear before US District Judge Dustin Pead on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy …

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Emmy Winner Jessica Walter Dies At Age 80 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Jessica Walter, an Emmy-winning actress known for her work as the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s “Play Misty for Me,” and for the TV series “Arrested Development” and “Archer,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 80. Walter received an Emmy nomination in 2005 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for playing the manipulative alcoholic Lucille Bluth in …

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Oscar Nominee George Segal Dies At Age 87 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: George Segal, whose long career included playing Albert “Pops” Solomon on “The Goldbergs,” and garnering an Oscar nom for supporting actor for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” died Tuesday. He was 87. His wife Sonia announced his death, saying, “The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery.” …

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