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Al Franken Cut From PBS' Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman

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If there was a Top 10 list of reasons to scrub a celebrity’s appearance from an upcoming TV special, a sexual harassment scandal would surely come in at number one.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has been edited out of PBS’ David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special (airing Monday, 8/7c), TVLine has confirmed. The decision to cut him from the broadcast comes just days after the Saturday Night Live alum became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment. The network on Sunday released the following statement to TVLine:

PBS will air David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on Monday evening. »


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Cosby Show's Earle Hyman Dead at 91

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Earle Hyman, best known to TV audiences for his role as Cliff Huxtable’s father Russell on The Cosby Show, has died at the age of 91. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hyman died on Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. A cause of death has not been reported.

Hyman appeared in 40 episodes of The Cosby Show over the course of its nine-season run. In 1986, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his work in the classic Season 2 episode “Happy Anniversary.”

In addition to his work on The Cosby Show, »


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Supergirl Stars Tease Kara and Mon-El's Uneasy Reunion, the Legion's Arrival

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Mon-El finally re-enters Supergirl‘s orbit on Monday (The CW, 8/7c), but before you get too excited, you might want to heed this warning from star Melissa Benoist: “It won’t be the reunion you expect.”

As recently revealed in first-look photos from the episode, Mon-El returns accompanied by Saturn Girl (played by Bollywood actress Amy Jackson), a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in DC Comics lore. According to Benoist, this creates “a brand new set of problems that you’ll see pretty quickly.”

And Kara isn’t the only character with reservations about Mon-El’s new squad. »


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Quotes of the Week: Young Sheldon, The Orville, Flash, Scandal and More

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With just four days remaining until Thanksgiving, we’re feeling particularly grateful for the 20 terrific sound bites featured in our Quotes of the Week.

This time around, we’ve got a nod to Grease‘s Thunder Road scene on Riverdale, an uncomfortable family reunion on Scandal, a glimpse into Jake Peralta’s DVR on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and an identity crisis for Ghosted agent Max Jennifer.

Also included in this week’s roundup: double doses of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Grey’s Anatomy.

Check out the attached gallery — or click here for direct access — then hit the comments and »


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SNL: Watch Chance the Rapper's Musical Plea to Obama, Trouble In Gotham, Family Feud and More

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Saturday Night Live this weekend took a chance on Chance the Rapper, allowing the three-time Grammy winner to lord over Studio 8H despite having no proven track record in comedy. The results were mixed at best.

VideosSNL Calls Out Alum Al Franken in Wake of Sexual Harassment Scandal

A cold open featuring Kate McKinnon as Julian Assange was a letdown, but proved not-so-terrible by comparison to much of what followed. First up, a dreadful monologue that found Chance trying to become the “Mariah Carey of Thanksgiving,” calling on the cast to help craft a song as big as “All I Want for Christmas »


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SNL Calls Out Alum Al Franken in Wake of Sexual Harassment Scandal

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After labeling four-time host Louis C.K. a “sex monster” during the Nov. 11 edition of Weekend Update, Saturday Night Live this weekend turned its attention to former writer and cast member, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who earlier this week was accused of sexual harassment.

Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, alleged that the SNL alum forcibly kissed her during a Uso tour back in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show him groping her while she was sleeping. He has since issued an apology, which she has accepted. He has also called on Congress to conduct a proper ethics investigation into his behavior. »


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Saoirse Ronan to Host SNL in December

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Lady Bird has been cleared for landing in Studio 8H: Saoirse Ronan will host Saturday Night Live for the first time this December.

Saoirse, who’s currently starring in the aforementioned acclaimed indie, will headline the Dec. 2 show, the network announced.

Ronan will be joined by U2, who will serve as the musical guest.

SNL is taking Nov. 25 off, following three straight weeks of new shows that featured hosts Larry David, Tiffany Haddish and Chance the Rapper.

Are you looking forward to seeing Name’s host SNL? Drop a comment below.

Related storiesSNL: Watch Chance the Rapper's Musical Plea to Obama, »


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Night of Too Many Stars: Jon Stewart 'Joins' Game of Thrones, Sam Bee Flips the Bird, J.J. Abrams 'Spoils' Star Wars

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Jon Stewart on Saturday night called on a few famous friends for a very worthy cause.

Night of Too Many Stars brought out a bevy of Daily Show alumni, as well as the likes of Robert De Niro, J.J. Abrams, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Silverman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and many more to raise awareness/money for Next for Autism, a non-profit organization that “transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative programs.” 

Last week, HBO — which broadcast the event live from New York’s Madison Square Garden — announced that embattled »


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TVLine Items: HBO's Gunpowder Trailer, Grace and Frankie Return Date and More

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Game of ThronesKit Harington is ready to topple the monarchy in the first trailer for the upcoming HBO miniseries Gunpowder.

The Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller, which first premiered on BBC One in October, chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics (led by Harington’s Robert Catesby) to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Peter Mullan (Quarry), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Liv Tyler (The Leftovers) co-star.

RelatedGame of Thrones: 2019 Premiere for Final Season Seems Even More »


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NCIS: La's Renée Felice Smith Teases Episode 200's Nell Reveal, Hetty vs. Tiger (!) — Plus: Secrets From the Set

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When CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles first came calling, New York-bred Renée Felice Smith had just graduated from Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts with little more on her resume than an Off-Broadway show and a passed-over CW pilot — Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Wyoming Project, which she likens to “Little House on the Prairie meets Party of Five” — on her resume.

As such, being courted to join the high-octane NCIS spinoff for Season 2 “was really big, huge,” the actress warmly recalls. “It changed my life.”

VideosNCIS: La Sneak Peek: Hetty Is Her Badass Self in Ep 200

Seven years later, »


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Dave Chappelle Netflix Special Set for Nye — Watch Stranger Things Teaser

18 November 2017 12:00 PM, PST

Netflix is hoping you’ll choose to ring in 2018 with Dave Chappelle.

The streaming service has revealed that the stand-up comedian’s latest special, Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, will be released on Sunday, Dec. 31 aka New Year’s Eve. (Watch Chappelle’s Stranger Things-themed announcement above.)

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Equanimity marks Chappelle’s third stand-up special for Netflix in 2017. A double feature — The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits — was »


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Family Guy Sneak Peek: Brian Strikes Out With Kristen Bell, Things Get Gross

18 November 2017 11:00 AM, PST

Spoiler alert: Brian Griffin is a horrible garbage person.

RelatedFamily Guy‘s Sad Brian Twist Is Sticking

To be fair, most regular Family Guy viewers are already aware of this fact, but TVLine’s exclusive clip from Sunday’s episode (Fox, 9/8c) is going to confirm it in ways you didn’t even think possible.

Like, the least disturbing part of this preview is when Brian tries (unsuccessfully) to score a date with his co-worker at the suicide hotline. Oh, and his co-worker is voiced by Kristen Bell, which means Brian is basically attempting to desecrate a national treasure. »


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Ratings: Blindspot Dips to Series Low

18 November 2017 9:49 AM, PST

NBC’s Blindspot this Friday drew 3.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, steady-ish in audience while dipping a tenth in the demo to a series low.

RelatedBlindspot Ep Sheds Light on That Jane Shocker: ‘It’s a Huge Part’ of Season 3

Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time (2.57 mil/0.5) was steady with its first hour, while the second dipped to 2 mil/0.4 (possibly marking series lows; I’m away from my data banks right now).

RelatedOnce Upon a Time: Weigh In on Rapunzel Twist, Visit to Wonderland

Elsewhere….

CBS | MacGyver (7.2 mil/0.9) was steady, while Hawaii Five-0 (9.1 mil/1.0) and Blue Bloods (9.1 mil/0.9) each dipped a tenth. »


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Bill Maher Defends Al Franken, Says It's Unfair to Compare Him to Roy Moore

18 November 2017 7:50 AM, PST

Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday used his monologue to defend Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who earlier this week became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment.

RelatedReport: Transparent Poised to Kill off Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura in Season 5

Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, alleged that the SNL alum forcibly kissed her during a Uso tour back in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show him groping her while she was sleeping.

Fox News has not really wanted to talk too much about the sexual harassment when it was Roy Moore or Donald Trump or everybody at Fox News, »


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Performer of the Week: Rachel Bloom

18 November 2017 6:54 AM, PST

The Performer | Rachel Bloom

The Show | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The Episode | “Josh Is Irrelevant.” (Nov. 17, 2017)

The Performance | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is considered a comedy — and it is damn funny — but that really only scratches the surface of the full range of complex emotions Bloom goes through each week playing the “adorably obsessed” Rebecca Bunch. And that range was on full display this week, as we learned exactly how “crazy” Rebecca actually is.

As the episode opened, Rebecca was still recuperating from last week’s suicide attempt, and massive regret and shame was written all over Bloom’s face as Rebecca weakly confessed »


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Once Upon a Time: Weigh In on Rapunzel Twist, Visit to Wonderland

17 November 2017 7:00 PM, PST

ABC’s Once Upon a Time this Friday served up its Season 7 versions of Rapunzel and Wonderland, in a pair of back-to-back episodes. Did the new takes improve on the past? And what new twists were on tap?

RelatedOnce Upon a Time Casts Robin for Season 7

ABC was not able to furnish me with advanced screeners of this week’s two episodes, and I had plans (on a Friday night, imagine!), so… no recap follows. Instead, I leave you with the loglines for each episode plus the vivid memories of what your eyeballs just watched on the TV box to »


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True Detective Season 3: Carmen Ejogo to Star Opposite Mahershala Ali

17 November 2017 6:30 PM, PST

You can stop making your #TrueDetectiveSeason3 memes now: Oscar winner Mahershala Ali finally has a partner in the cast.

Carmen Ejogo (Zero Hour) will star alongside Ali in the third season of HBO’s True Detective, TVLine has learned. Ejogo will play Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher who has a connection to two children who went missing in the 1980s. Season 3 of the crime anthology “tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods,” per the network’s official description.

RelatedTrue Detective Renewed for Ozarks-Set, »


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Blindspot Ep Sheds Light on That Jane Shocker: 'It's a Huge Part' of Season 3

17 November 2017 6:00 PM, PST

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Friday’s episode of Blindspot.

Jane Doe has been called a lot of names during Blindspot‘s 48-episode run: Alice Kruger. Remi. Mrs. Kurt Weller.

And now, after Friday’s installment of the NBC drama, she can add a new moniker to that list: Mom.

In the newest Case of the Week — which sent the FBI on a hunt for a serial bomber, who had resurfaced many years after he was believed to have committed suicide — Jane crossed paths with a man named Rossi, who clearly had a long history with Jane that she simply couldn’t remember. »


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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Boss on Revealing Rebecca's New Diagnosis: 'So Much of This Seemed to Resonate for Her'

17 November 2017 5:59 PM, PST

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Friday’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

After years of fighting labels and resisting treatment, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca Bunch finally got a new diagnosis this week to help her address her mental health issues. But as we know, “the situation’s a lot more nuanced than that,” right?

RelatedCrazy Ex-Girlfriend Boss Explains Rebecca’s Sad Choice: ‘We Knew She Was Going to Bottom Out’

Having survived last week’s harrowing suicide attempt, Rebecca was worried she’d be put back on heavy medication, but her new therapist Dr. Shin (The Catch‘s »


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Jeopardy!'s Tournament of Champions Crowns an Unexpected Winner — Watch

17 November 2017 4:30 PM, PST

After a harrowing two-week battle of the brains, Jeopardy! on Friday crowned the winner of its Tournament of Champions.

RelatedProject Runway Finale Recap: Did the Right Designer Win Season 16?

Buzzy Cohen, a 32-year-old music executive from Los Angeles — who somehow didn’t end up as a judge on Fox’s The Four — took home the $250,000 grand prize, with 26-year-old software engineer Alan Lin finishing in second place ($100,000) and 38-year-old bartender Austin Rogers placing third ($50,000).

And no one can say that Cohen didn’t fight his way to the top. Were it not for a bold Daily Double wager — he »


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