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'Sesame Street' Fires Three Veteran Cast Members

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Sesame Street will join HBO for five seasons without three familiar faces, according to a statement released by Sesame Workshop. Longtime cast members Bob McGrath, 84, ("Bob"), Emilio Delgado, 76, ("Luis") and Roscoe Orman, 72, ("Gordon"), have been let go of the children's program. McGrath has been a part of the show since its inception in 1969. Delgado joined shortly after in 1971 and Orman in 1974.

"Sesame Street is produced by Sesame Workshop, which is an independent production company, and the casting decision was made by them," said PBS CEO Paula Kerger. "We did not know about it beforehand. »


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Notorious B.I.G. Scripted Comedy in Development

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A scripted comedy inspired by the Notorious B.I.G. is in development at TBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Think B.I.G. — possibly a reference to a Biggie deep cut of the same name — will track the mishaps of one inner-city teen trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son. The plot will be loosely based on the Notorious B.I.G.'s vast trove of lyrics.

It's unclear who will write the pilot or serve as showrunner on Think B.I.G., but the project is being »


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Stephen Colbert Forced to Retire 'Stephen Colbert,' Introduces 'Stephen Colbert'

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Stephen Colbert was forced to retire his beloved "Stephen Colbert" character on The Late Show Wednesday, just one week after reviving the Colbert Report host. But Colbert quickly soothed audience boos by introducing the identical twin cousin of "Stephen Colbert," "Stephen Colbert."

As Colbert — host of The Late Show — explained, immediately after the episode aired, corporate lawyers (presumably from Comedy Central, or its parent company Viacom) contacted CBS to say that the "Colbert" character was their intellectual property. "What can I do?" Colbert joked. "I cannot reasonably argue I own my face or name. »


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Smokey Robinson Producing Motown-Inspired Children's Series

12 hours ago

A Motown-inspired animated children's series, curated by soul legend Smokey Robinson as executive music producer, is coming to Netflix

The as-yet-untitled project takes place in the fictional city of Motown and will center around a shy, artistic boy and his friends, according to the Wall Street Journal. The episodes will revolve around classic songs like the Temptations' "My Girl" and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," though contemporary artists will also cover the songs for the series. 

"Great songs have great stories in them," said the show’s creator Josh Wakely. »


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Ice Cube, VH1 Plot Hip-Hop 'Hollywood Squares'

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Ice Cube has signed on to executive produce Hip Hop Squares, a rap-inspired version of the classic game show, Hollywood Squares, which VH1 has picked up with a straight-to-series order, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The network has ordered at least 20 episodes of the show, which is slated to debut in the fall. The real life tic-tac-toe game will pit celebrity contestants against each other in a pop culture quiz with questions coming from an array of hip-hop artists, comedians and entertainers seated in the squares of the big board. »


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Watch Trailer for Mel Gibson-Directed War Epic 'Hacksaw Ridge'

14 hours ago

It's been 10 years since controversy lightning-rod Mel Gibson got behind the camera, creating the blood-soaked Mesoamerican adventure Apocalypto in 2006. And the newly released first trailer for the religious war drama Hacksaw Ridge. suggests he still has a taste for religious, violent and epic filmmaking.

The film chronicles the life and times of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist who served during World War II. His faith forbade him from fighting in combat, so the conscientious objector volunteered his services as a medic; he'd save the lives of »


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'Indignation' Review: Finally, a Great Philip Roth Movie

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James Schamus is 56 — a little late, you might think, to start a career as a director. But as a long-time screenwriter (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), producer (Brokeback Mountain), and savvy film executive who championed such talents as Ang Lee, Todd Haynes and the Coen brothers, Schamus knows his way around the business and the art of movies. With Indignation, his fierce, feeling adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel, Schamus kicks off a new phase in his career with impressive finesse. When he wrote the novel, Roth was looking back at »


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Colbert, John Oliver Spoof Elizabeth Banks' 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton

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Stephen Colbert and John Oliver inserted themselves into Elizabeth Banks' all-star rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" for Hillary Clinton on The Late Show Wednesday.

Colbert squeezed in among the Brady Bunch-style boxes with stars like Sia, Connie Britton and Alan Cumming and sang the Chili's baby back ribs jingle. The Late Show host also performed some impressive ventriloquism and gave a random didgeridoo solo for good measure.

Oliver, meanwhile, injected "Our Fight Song" with his classic British cantankerousness, demanding to know how he'd been duped into appearing in the video. »


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Watch John Oliver Break Down 'Cool Stepdad' Tim Kaine at DNC

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John Oliver detailed his new obsession with Hillary Clinton's running mate and America's "cool stepdad," Tim Kaine on The Late Show Wednesday.

The Last Week Tonight host joined Stephen Colbert to discuss night three of the Democratic National convention, which featured moving speeches from Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. But Oliver was stuck on Kaine, shouting out all the "Kaine-iacs" in the crowd and lauding the VP pick's dad jokes, terrible Donald Trump impression and face flexing.

"He is a tall glass of Lactaid," Oliver said. »


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Best TV to Watch in August: 'You're the Worst,' Olympics and More

16 hours ago

With nationwide temperatures stuck in the high nineties like some kind of cherry on top of the sundae of this hellish year, the drive to leave the living room has hit an all-time low. Wherever has air-conditioning is where it's at — and so it falls to TV to keep us entertained.

Reigning reality-competition champ The Voice will return on NBC, and the Peacock will also host coverage of the holy grail of sports-tv programming (crossover division) known as the Summer Olympics. Some under-loved critical darlings are returning for another season, »


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Hear Matt Damon's Classic Prince Story on 'Fallon'

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Matt Damon recalled taking his daughter to her first concert – Prince – and then meeting the legendary musician backstage, on The Tonight Show Wednesday.

The Jason Bourne star said it was his 10-year-old daughter's first concert. "We could reach up and touch Prince," Damon said. "I turned to my wife and said, 'We've completely ruined this child. This is her first concert!'"

But the classic Prince moment came after the show when Damon and his family went backstage to meet the Purple One. While making small talk with the musician, »


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'Mr. Robot' Recap: Winner Take All

27 July 2016 8:30 PM, PDT

There are a lot of adjectives you can use to describe Mr. Robot, but "hopeful" isn't usually one of them. No matter how you slice it, this is a place where loved ones turn up dead, no one's to be trusted, and people eat pills out of their own puke to make the pain go away. But this week's hour-long episode, entitled "eps2.2_init1.asec," (because Mr. Robot, people) is about as bright and shiny as this show is ever likely to get. We even see a real smile out of Elliot — no Adderall involved. »


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Watch 'Gilmore Girls' Talk Amy Schumer in Netflix Revival Teaser

27 July 2016 1:02 PM, PDT

Gilmore Girls: A Day in the Life, a four-part Netflix revival of the beloved TV dramedy, premieres November 25th. A teaser for the heavily anticipated project features some trademark mile-per-minute dialogue between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) – with updated pop-culture references.

"Do you think Amy Schumer would like me?" Lorelai asks her daughter, who shoots down the idea. "Why?" Lorelai fires back. "It's not like I'm perpetually armed or at sundown I turn into one of those vampires with no sense of humor or I have »


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Cult British Comedy 'Peep Show' Gets Starz Adaptation

27 July 2016 11:32 AM, PDT

Beloved British comedy Peep Show ended its nine-season Channel 4 run in December, but the sitcom will enjoy a second life as an American adaptation. The series' producers agreed to a development deal with Starz to bring Peep Show stateside, Variety reports.

The dark comedy starred comedy team David Mitchell and Robert Webb as roommates/social misfits navigating everyday life. The show was presented in a first-person perspective, with viewers assuming the gaze of either Mitchell's Mark or Webb's Jeremy while the respective comedian provided his dialogue in voiceover.

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'Nerve' Review: It's 'Pokemon Go' as a Gonzo Horror Movie

27 July 2016 11:13 AM, PDT

There's a killer idea circling this tricked-up teen thriller, which is more than you can say for most summer movies. But the idea never lands because Nerve lacks the, well, nerve to follow through on its convictions. These days, with Pokemon Go turning smartphone app users into digitally-led zombies, a film about a livestream online game that dares its users to risk their lives for likes, follows and cash rewards couldn't be more timely. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who had us all questioning our web contacts with the 2010 documentary Catfish, »


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Watch Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Creepy New Thriller 'Split'

27 July 2016 10:13 AM, PDT

Kidnappings, mulitiple-personalities, creepy underground rooms — the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming psychological chiller Split suggests the filmmaker is back to his old creeping-viewers-out stomping grounds.

Should you wonder what twist the the Sixth Sense director may have in store, the clip reveals the first plot wrinkle up-front: Kevin (X-Men: Apocalypse's James McAvoy) has one of the most extreme cases of dissociative-identity disorder on record, playing host to 23 different personalities — including a lisping nine-year-old named Hedwig and one who the others call "the Beast." Under the command »


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'Equity' Review: The She-Wolf of Wall Street

27 July 2016 9:34 AM, PDT

"Dudes only" — that might as well be the motto when it comes to big-screen finance dramas such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. In Equity, an explosive corporate thriller, a dynamite Anna Gunn fights back. As investment banker Naomi Bishop, the Breaking Bad Emmy winner comes out blazing, and it's not just the dickheads at the top she's gunning for. Even her hedge-funder boyfriend, Michael Connor (James Purefoy, oozing seductive sleaze), will exploit her for selfish reasons. She can't trust the women in her life either: Her protégé, »


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'Mr. Robot': How TV's Hit Hacker Drama Keeps Getting Better

27 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT

In the excellent new season of Mr. Robot, we see our hero Elliott make a desperate attempt to reboot his entire life. He's still a brilliant but messed-up hacker in a black hoodie, a lonesome punk kid with a drug problem and a head full of toxic social anxieties that make it tough for him to interact with other humans. But he decides to break his Internet addiction. He moves back home with his drunk mom in Queens. He keeps to himself and shoots hoops. He stays offline, which for him is a real agony. »


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Jared Leto: The Unlikely Triumphs of a Rock-Star Movie Star

27 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT

Jared Leto is wearing a preposterous straw hat this morning, a gigantic, not-quite-a-sombrero thing he bought for seven bucks at a corner store. And why not? He's made it this far by committing fully, sometimes crazily, to everything in his life: Method acting, music-making, video directing, tech investing, not to mention the arts of being enigmatic, brainy and really, really good-looking. "I don't dabble," he says. "I dive in, 1,000 percent." So if he needs sun protection for a hike, of course he goes big. In any case, Leto recently turned 44 — "old, »


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Watch Stephen Colbert Chat With 'Cartoon Hillary' on 'Late Show'

27 July 2016 6:01 AM, PDT

In Bill Clinton's DNC speech Tuesday, he referenced Republican nominee Donald Trump by saying: "You're only option is to create a cartoon." So Stephen Colbert welcomed "Cartoon Hillary" to the show.

Cartoon Hillary told Colbert that the United States presidential election is "the only [place] where a Secretary of State, senator and life-long public servant can be put on equal footing with a screaming cantaloupe."

On the leaked DNC emails scandal: "I think everyone agrees that now is the time to come together in unity, or harmony, or solidarity, or »


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