Television

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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New Christian Kids Show: “The Dead Sea Squirrels”

The Christian Post reports: Mike Nawrocki, VeggieTales co-creator and voice of Larry the Cucumber, is teaming up with renowned Disney animator Tom Bancroft and legendary producer and artist Steve Taylor to bring to life the new animated series “The Dead Sea Squirrels” now that the team has secured potential investors. Nawrocki said his prayer is that the stories in the …

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Trial Videos May Have Reset TV Obscenity Standards

The Associated Press reports: Repeated obscenities were shouted by members of the angry and agitated pro-Trump mob as they moved toward and inside the U.S. Capitol that day. They included a chant of “f—- the blue,” apparently directed at police officers, and other swear words including “motherf——-,” as the crowd became more confrontational and violent. They were heard on several …

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The Mandalorian Star Fired Over Social Media Posts

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Gina Carano will not be returning to The Mandalorian or the Star Wars galaxy after sharing a post on social media implying that being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust. “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm …

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Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer Dies At Age 91

Variety reports: Christopher Plummer, the Canadian-born Shakespearean actor who starred in films including “The Sound of Music” and “Beginners,” died on Friday morning at his home in Connecticut. He was 91. Plummer was best known for playing Captain Von Trapp in the Oscar-winning musical “The Sound of Music.” He also won an Oscar in 2012 for his supporting turn in …

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90s Sitcom Star Dustin Diamond Dies At Age 44

TMZ reports: Dustin Diamond — best known for playing the lovable Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit NBC sitcom, “Saved by the Bell” — has died, TMZ has learned. A rep for Dustin tells us he died Monday morning. His condition had greatly declined since last week, and he was taken off of breathing machines in an attempt to get …

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Tony Winner, Oscar Nominee Cicely Tyson Dies At 96

Yahoo News reports: Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” died Thursday at age 96. Tyson’s death was announced by her family, via her manager Larry Thompson, …

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Oscar Winner Cloris Leachman Dies At Age 94

Variety reports: Oscar winner and multiple Emmy winner Cloris Leachman, best remembered as the delightfully neurotic Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her own subsequent sitcom, died of natural causes on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 94. The daffy, self-absorbed Phyllis, a character she claimed was close to her own persona, brought the actress two Emmys …

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“Real Housewife” Launches Bid For NYC Mayor [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: A former regular on “Real Housewives of New York City” has her eye on Gracie Mansion. Bronx-born businesswoman Barbara Kavovit is running for mayor, adding a reality-show twist to an already unusual campaign season. “There seems to be a lack of real-world experience by our current politicians and while they didn’t create our current …

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Dawn Wells, Gilligan Island’s Mary Ann, Dies Of COVID

Variety reports: Dawn Wells, who starred as the demure Mary Ann in long-running sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19 in Los Angeles. She was 82. A native of Reno, Wells also appeared in “77 Sunset Strip,” “Maverick,” “Bonanza,” “The Joey Bishop Show” and “Hawaiian Eye.” Publicist Harlon Boll announced her death. Deadline Hollywood reports: Wells, who …

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Ken Jennings Named First Interim Jeopardy! Host

Variety reports: Weeks after the passing of legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, Sony Pictures Television has announced that popular contestant and “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” tournament winner Ken Jennings will serve as the first of a series of interim guest hosts when the trivia game show returns to production on Monday, Nov. 30. “Alex believed in the importance of …

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Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Dies Of Cancer At Age 80

TMZ reports: Alex Trebek — the revered and beloved “Jeopardy!” host since 1984, whose calm but witty presence was must-see television for millions of Americans — has died … TMZ has learned. A “Jeopardy!” spokesperson tells TMZ, “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.” The TV …

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Tony And Emmy Winner Diana Rigg Dies At Age 82

Variety reports: Diana Rigg, the Tony and Emmy winner who splashed into the world of television with her commanding turn as intelligence agent Emma Peel on “The Avengers” in the 1960s and played Lady Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” decades later, died Thursday at her home in England. She was 82. Rigg was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment …

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Joe Exotic Claims Sexual Assault In WH Pardon Plea

TMZ reports: Joe Exotic has submitted a 257-page case to Donald Trump — arguing various reasons why he should be pardoned from his 22-year murder-for-hire sentence — claiming he was sexually assaulted behind bars. Joe included a letter he sent to Donald Trump Jr. in his documents, in which he claims, “I have been sexually assaulted by jail staff, beat …

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HBO’s “Watchmen” Leads 2020 Emmy Nominations

Variety reports: The Emmy smackdown between Netflix and HBO has taken another dramatic turn. As the Television Academy announced the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on Tuesday morning, Netflix came out on top swinging with a whopping 160 nominations, followed by rival HBO in second at 107 nods. HBO still had reason to celebrate, however, as limited series “Watchmen” scored …

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Longtime Television Host Regis Philbin Dies At Age 88

People Magazine reports: Regis Philbin has died. The beloved star was 88. The longtime television host died on July 24, PEOPLE confirms. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family shares with PEOPLE. In 1988, Philbin began his iconic career as …

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Body Of Glee Actress Naya Rivera ID’d At Lake [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The body found at a Southern California lake has been identified as former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a press conference Monday. The body was discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru, where it was found floating in the northeast area of the lake, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said. “We are confident …

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Veteran Broadcaster Hugh Downs Dies At Age 99

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Hugh Downs, the congenial broadcaster whose thousands of hours on network television included two decades on the ABC primetime newsmagazine 20/20 and nine years as the head man on NBC’s Today Show, has died. He was 99. Downs, who also served as Jack Paar’s announcer/sidekick for five years on The Tonight Show and hosted the game …

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CNN Sees Biggest Audience In Its 40-Year History

This will surely enrage Trump: An extraordinary stretch of news with the coronavirus pandemic and racial reckoning triggered by George Floyd’s death has led CNN to its biggest audience for any three-month period in the network’s 40-year history. CNN’s weekday prime-time audience of 1.95 million was up 120% over the same period last year, Nielsen said. Fox News, which has …

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Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Dies At Age 98 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98. He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety. Reiner, …

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