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Touched by an Angel's Della Reese Dies

Touched by an Angel's Della Reese Dies
Della Reese, who played Touched By an Angel‘s Tess for the CBS drama’s entire run, died Sunday at home in California, our sister site Variety reports. She was 86.

Reese was a gospel and R&B singer who hosted an eponymous daytime talk show from 1969-1970. She later moved to television, with a long career that included roles on Chico and the Man, MacGyver, The Royal Family, Designing Women, Picket Fences, That’s So Raven and The Young and the Restless.

Her most notable small screen gig was likely Touched by an Angel, the family series starring Roma Downey as Monica,
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Young Sheldon Review: Meemaw Tries (And Fails) To Teach Sheldon To Bluff

Young Sheldon is giving another familiar name in Sheldon’s world a new face. The only person Sheldon loves more in the world besides Amy and his mother is his Meemaw. First played by Academy Award nominated actress June Squibb on The Big Bang Theory, Meemaw is known as the person with a bit of a stronger hand who guided Sheldon. Yet she still had that sweetness about her every time she called her grandson ‘Moonpie’. Meemaw’s younger version is played by Designing Women‘s Annie Potts with equal parts hilarity and wise cracks. She has no nonsense answers for Sheldon, which

Young Sheldon Review: Meemaw Tries (And Fails) To Teach Sheldon To Bluff
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Young Sheldon Recap: Trip to the ER Foreshadows a Family Tragedy

Young Sheldon Recap: Trip to the ER Foreshadows a Family Tragedy
Annie Potts’ introduction as Meemaw was overshadowed by a trip to the emergency room in this Thursday’s Young Sheldon.

RelatedYoung Sheldon Scores Full-Season Order at CBS

In “Poker, Faith and Eggs,” the Designing Women alum made her series regular debut as Sheldon’s beloved grandmother — but the real story here involved George Sr., who as well established on The Big Bang Theory isn’t long for this world. His mortality cast a shadow over the entire episode, and for good reason: Mary escorted him to the emergency room after he began complaining of chest pain, and what is
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Young Sheldon First Look: Annie Potts' Meemaw Makes Her Debut

Young Sheldon First Look: Annie Potts' Meemaw Makes Her Debut
Moonpie, meet Meemaw!

Designing Women vet Annie Potts joins the cast of CBS’ Young Sheldon on Thursday (8:30 pm, CBS) as Sheldon’s beloved grandmother — and TVLine has your exclusive first look at June Squibb’s predecessor in action.

RelatedYoung Sheldon Scores Full-Season Order at CBS

In “Poker, Faith and Eggs,” Mary escorts George Sr. to the emergency room, leaving Meemaw in charge of Sheldon, Georgie and Missy. The ‘rents return home later that night to discover a house in utter chaos, with Missy on a sugar high and Georgie about two seconds away from blowing his fingers off.
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Will & Grace: If That Stonewall Joke Flew Over Your Head, Read This

After a well-received premiere episode, Will & Grace continues to show it is still the series we all know and love from a decade ago with episode two, cleverly titled "Who's Your Daddy?" Will and Jack come to grips with being "daddies," aka older men who are interested in younger guys, on the dating scene. On Will's ill-fated date with a 23-year-old (played by Dear Evan Hansen Tony-winner Ben Platt), the young man dismisses Will's "older guy" drama by saying that he knows "all about Stonehenge," to which Will replies, "Do you mean Stonewall?" Related19 Will & Grace Halloween Costume Ideas That Will Have You Reaching For the Vodka For those of you who were confused by the reference, the Stonewall riots happened in June 1969 when members of the Lgbtq+ community held demonstrations in New York City after the police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. It was not uncommon for
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Why This Is Us Star Gerald McRaney Proposed to Delta Burke on Their Second Date

Why This Is Us Star Gerald McRaney Proposed to Delta Burke on Their Second Date
Gerald McRaney took home the very first Emmy of his nearly 50-year acting career this weekend for his supporting role on This Is Us, but the Emmys have always been good to him. After all, the award show served as the setting for one of his earliest dates with his wife, Delta Burke.

The couple, married for 28 years, showed up arm in arm at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday. McRaney won for outstanding guest performance on a drama for his turn as the NBC show’s Dr. K, and the two reminisced on the red carpet with
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A Look Back at NBC's Infamous Flop Emeril, From Co-Star Carrie Preston

A Look Back at NBC's Infamous Flop Emeril, From Co-Star Carrie Preston
Hey, remember when celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse had his own NBC sitcom that got yanked off the air after a couple months? Well, Carrie Preston does… because she was in it.

A decade before she won an Emmy for The Good Wife, Preston played kooky (and blonde!) food stylist B.D. Benson on Emeril, which lasted just seven episodes in the fall of 2001. Starring Lagasse as (what else?) a TV chef, Emeril was created by Designing Women alum Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, with a supporting cast that included TV veteran Robert Urich and future The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. But critics were
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‘The Big Bang Theory’ spinoff ‘Young Sheldon’ casts Annie Potts as Meemaw

‘The Big Bang Theory’ spinoff ‘Young Sheldon’ casts Annie Potts as Meemaw
The Big Bang Star” spin-off “Young Sheldon” just added TV vet Annie Potts (“Designing Women”) to the cast. She is to play the sassy grandmother, Meemaw, of the title character, child genius Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage). The show is set in 1985 as this nine-year-old protege heads off to high school in his small Texas […]
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Young Sheldon Adds Annie Potts as Iconic Big Bang Theory Character

Young Sheldon Adds Annie Potts as Iconic Big Bang Theory Character
One of the Designing Women is going to play a major role in Sheldon Cooper’s upbringing.

Annie Potts has joined CBS’ Young Sheldon as a series regular, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing Sheldon’s grandmother (aka “Meemaw”). The character was mentioned countless times throughout The Big Bang Theory‘s first eight seasons, finally appearing (in the form of June Squibb, no less!) in Season 9.

While she’s described as “foul-mouthed” and “hard-drinking,” Sheldon’s grandmother — whose daughter is Mary (played by Zoe Perry) — is also “very
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Amy Schumer Honors Makeup Artist: Kyra Panchenko ‘Changed How I Feel About Myself’

Amy Schumer Honors Makeup Artist: Kyra Panchenko ‘Changed How I Feel About Myself’
“I love you, bitch! You know I love you,” Amy Schumer told makeup artist Kyra Panchenko before honoring her with an award at the New York Women in Film and Television’s 18th annual Designing Women Awards on Tuesday held at the Nyu School of Law.

Panchenko, who worked with Schumer on “Snatched,” “Trainwreck,” and two seasons of “Inside Amy Schumer,” was among several makeup artists, hair stylists, and costume designers celebrated for their work behind-the-scenes on film and television.

For Schumer, Panchenko and her makeup work were the main reasons she was able to shed any insecurity she had with playing a romantic lead in “Trainwreck.”

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“The truth is Kyra changed how I feel about myself,” Schumer said. “Going to shoot ‘Trainwreck,’ I had never been in a movie before. Playing the romantic lead that the guy is
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Amy Schumer Honors Makeup Artist: Kyra Panchenko ‘Changed How I Feel About Myself’

Amy Schumer Honors Makeup Artist: Kyra Panchenko ‘Changed How I Feel About Myself’
“I love you, bitch! You know I love you,” Amy Schumer told makeup artist Kyra Panchenko before honoring her with an award at the New York Women in Film and Television’s 18th annual Designing Women Awards on Tuesday held at the Nyu School of Law.

Panchenko, who worked with Schumer on “Snatched,” “Trainwreck,” and two seasons of “Inside Amy Schumer,” was among several makeup artists, hair stylists, and costume designers celebrated for their work behind-the-scenes on film and television.

For Schumer, Panchenko and her makeup work were the main reasons she was able to shed any insecurity she had with playing a romantic lead in “Trainwreck.”

“The truth is Kyra changed how I feel about myself,” Schumer said. “Going to shoot ‘Trainwreck,’ I had never been in a movie before. Playing the romantic lead that the guy is supposed to fall in love with, I didn’t know if I had a place there and if
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TV News Roundup: Nat Geo to Re-Release ‘Before the Flood’ After Trump’s Paris Climate Decision

TV News Roundup: Nat Geo to Re-Release ‘Before the Flood’ After Trump’s Paris Climate Decision
In today’s roundup, National Geographic will re-release ‘Before the Flood’ and Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein to be honored at SoCal Journalism Awards Gala.

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National Geographic Channel announced a commercial-free re-release of “Before the Flood,” from June 2 – 9 on the heels of the Trump Administration’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. The climate change feature documentary, released last October, was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Brett Ratner and James Packer and was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. “Before the Flood” will be among six honorees recognized at the Television Academy Honors on Thursday, June 8.

Amazon announced Friday, July 28 as the premiere date for “The Last Tycoon” and released the official trailer for the one-hour series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work. The new drama, airing exclusively on Prime Video, stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, and is executive produced by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray and
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TV Executive Michael Ogiens Dies at 69

TV Executive Michael Ogiens Dies at 69
Michael Ogiens, a longtime CBS programming head and exec producer of TNT’s “The Lazarus Man,” died in his sleep on May 25. He was 69.

Ogiens began his executive career with CBS in Los Angeles, where he was born, and went on to spend 14 years with the company. As the VP of daytime programs, Ogiens was in charge of production on games and soaps such as “The Price Is Right’ and “The Young and The Restless.”

After a promotion to VP of daytime and children’s programming, Ogiens’ career gained traction and he soon made the change to vice president of programs and the primetime slot. In this role, Ogiens was integral in reigniting east coast production in New York. This effort included shows such as 1984 comedies “Kate and Allie,” “Charles in Charge,” and 1985 drama “Foley Square.” Ogiens also presided over the development of the shows “My Sister Sam” and “Designing Women” after he relocated back to Los
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’Timeless’ Is Saved! Time-Travel Series Joins Elite Club of Shows Renewed by the Network That Canceled Them

’Timeless’ Is Saved! Time-Travel Series Joins Elite Club of Shows Renewed by the Network That Canceled Them
The fans spoke, and at least one network listened.

At first, it didn’t seem like any of the new time-travel series were going to make it out of the 2016-2017 season alive. The CW’s “Frequency” was dead, Fox made “Making History” history, ABC’s “Time After Time” ran out of time, and NBC’s “Timeless” also got the ax this past week.

Read More: Renewed or Canceled? Find Out the Fate of Your Favorite TV Show on the Bubble

But then, a broadcast miracle happened. On Saturday, NBC reversed course on history and decided to renew “Timeless” for a second season made up of 10 episodes that is expected to air in 2018.

Timeless” joins the coveted ranks of other shows that have also been resurrected by the very same network that killed it, including “Unforgettable” (CBS), “Designing Women” (CBS), “Family Guy” (Fox), “Jericho” (CBS), “Breaking In” (Fox), and “24” (Fox
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’Timeless’ Is Saved! Time-Travel Series Joins Elite Club of Shows Renewed by the Network That Canceled Them

’Timeless’ Is Saved! Time-Travel Series Joins Elite Club of Shows Renewed by the Network That Canceled Them
The fans spoke, and at least one network listened.

At first, it didn’t seem like any of the new time-travel series were going to make it out of the 2016-2017 season alive. The CW’s “Frequency” was dead, Fox made “Making History” history, ABC’s “Time After Time” ran out of time, and NBC’s “Timeless” also got the ax this past week.

Read More: Renewed or Canceled? Find Out the Fate of Your Favorite TV Show on the Bubble

But then, a broadcast miracle happened. On Saturday, NBC reversed course on history and decided to renew “Timeless” for a second season made up of 10 episodes that is expected to air in 2018.

Timeless” joins the coveted ranks of other shows that have also been resurrected by the very same network that killed it, including “Unforgettable” (CBS), “Designing Women” (CBS), “Family Guy” (Fox), “Jericho” (CBS), “Breaking In” (Fox), and “24” (Fox
See full article at Indiewire »

Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive

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Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive
The Atx Television Festival has added two additional newsmaker panels to this year’s ever-expanding lineup.

One panel, “Television in a Trumped Up America,” promises a spirited discussion about how writers and TV shows are handling stories in a Donald Trump administration. Another, “The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom,” will examine the recent growth of comedies aiming to recapture the progressive spirit of Norman Lear.

Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Monica Owusu-Breen (“Midnight, Texas”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), and Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) are on board for the Trump panel, while Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon-Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) are set to join the sitcom panel. (“One Day at a Time” is also executive produced by Lear, but he will not be attending.)

Read More: ‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New
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Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive

Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive
The Atx Television Festival has added two additional newsmaker panels to this year’s ever-expanding lineup.

One panel, “Television in a Trumped Up America,” promises a spirited discussion about how writers and TV shows are handling stories in a Donald Trump administration. Another, “The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom,” will examine the recent growth of comedies aiming to recapture the progressive spirit of Norman Lear.

Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Monica Owusu-Breen (“Midnight, Texas”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), and Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) are on board for the Trump panel, while Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon-Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) are set to join the sitcom panel. (“One Day at a Time” is also executive produced by Lear, but he will not be attending.)

Read More: ‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New
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Trish Vradenburg Dies: ‘Family Ties’ Writer & Alzheimer’s Advocate Was 70

Trish Vradenburg, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s co-founder and writer for sitcoms such as Family Ties and Designing Women, died Monday after suffering a heart attack at her home in Washington. She was 70. "It is with immense sadness that UsAgainstAlzheimer’s announces her passing, and it is with the utmost gratitude that the organization cherishes her legacy and forges ahead in her memory," the organization shared on Tuesday. Vradenburg began her career as a speechwriter in the…
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