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'Cosby Show' Actor Carl Payne -- Wife Crushes 'Cockroach' ... Files for Divorce

10 April 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The guy who played Martin's pal on TV is in the market for a new wingman -- Carl Payne's wife has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.Melika Payne cites irreconcilable differences in the docs she filed last month in L.A. County Superior Court. The couple has a son, and she's asking for sole physical custody and joint legal. Melika also wants spousal support from Carl -- who's probably best known as Walter »

- TMZ Staff

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Centric TV Is Apparently Being Rebranded As The Premiere Network For African American Women Specifically. Are You Watching?

8 April 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Formerly known as Bet on Jazz, Bet Jazz, and Bet J, and launched in September 1996, Centric is a spin-off cable television channel of Bet, created originally to showcase jazz music-related programming, highlighting black jazz artists.  It's evolved over the years, eventually being rebranded by Bet as Centric, in 2009, into what has essentially become a general interest channel targeted at African American adult audiences (compared to Bet's targeted younger viewers - although that seems to be changing), with programming comprised primarily of music appreciation from across the Diaspora, as well as unscripted content and lots of old black TV shows like 227, The Cosby Show, The Jamie Foxx Show and many more. And now it looks like Centric is being rebranded yet again by Bet - this time as a black woman-focused network, starting with the pickup of the canceled VH1 drama series Single Ladies, as was announced this morning. But don't »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Miptv's Most Wanted: 11 Hot Titles

5 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the April 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. With Europe recovering financially, U.S. networks demanding programming as never before and VOD booming, it's a great time to be in the television production business. But whether the genre is drama, comedy or reality, TV remains a hit-driven medium, and international small-screen hits are made at Miptv. These shows are vying to be 2014's global breakout. Power, Starz There hasn't been a truly global series featuring African-American talent since The Cosby Show, but this crime drama from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh

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- Scott Roxborough

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Samuel L. Jackson Facts: 19 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Captain America' Star

4 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Samuel L. Jackson has been hard to miss since Quentin Tarantino's 1994 "Pulp Fiction" catapulted the actor to stardom as the Bible-preaching hitman Jules Winnfield.

In case you've been living under a rock, Jackson has starred in dozens upon dozens of films since the action-packed cult-classic, including the "Star Wars" prequels and, more recently, in the Marvel superhero movies, like "Iron Man" and "The Avengers." This Friday, the actor reprises his role as the iconic Nick Fury in the latest Marvel blockbuster, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," opposite Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.

From his early days battling drug addiction to his weird connection with Bill Cosby, here are 19 things you probably don't know about Samuel L. Jackson.

1. Born in Washington D.C., the actor grew up an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents. Jackson only met his father, who died from alcoholism, »

- Jonny Black

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Oitnb's Tanya Wright Wants You To Co-Create Her New Web Series 'HAIRiette of Harlem'

2 April 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Orange Is The New Black co-star Tanya Wright wants you to co-create her new web series HAIRiette of Harlem. Despite landing memorable roles on hit TV series like The Cosby Show, 24, True Blood, and Oitnb, Wright has never been one to wait for a project to come her way.  This time, the actress/director/writer/producer is creating a web series, and she'd like our readers' help.  I'll let Wright tell you more about HAIRiette of Harlem:True Blood. Orange Is The New Black. It wasn’t always this way, being an actress on two popular shows. There were times where I lived a lean mean existence, eating rice and beans and...well, you know the rest. Being an artist is tough, great, »

- Emmanuel Akitobi

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Bill Cosby Carries Jimmy Fallon on a "Tightrope" Walk on The Tonight Show—Watch Now!

27 March 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bill Cosby is quite the extreme sports daredevil. Well, Tonight Show style. The comedy legend proved he is down for just about anything when he performed a highly entertaining "tightrope walk" on the late night program on Wednesday. "We wanted to keep the kind of theme going with the show, this extreme sports and wanted to make a big event out of this, so we've convinced Mr. Bill Cosby here, Dr. Cosby to tightrope," Jimmy Fallon told the 76-year-old. The "rope" was nothing more than a piece of tape on the studio floor and the late night host insisted that this amazing feat "has never been done before." The Cosby Show star couldn't help but ponder why people »

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'Psych' series finale postmortem: James Roday on landing that dream guest star and the ending

27 March 2014 12:39 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Psych’s series finale, stop reading now. James Roday spoke to EW about the “big get” and that pitch-perfect ending.

The hour revolved around Shawn (Roday) trying to find a way to break the news to best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) that he was leaving him and Santa Barbara to go to San Francisco to be with Juliet (Maggie Lawson). In the end, he did it by recording a message on DVD. If you teared up when it first became clear that Gus was watching a disc, you’re not alone. Another great »

- Mandi Bierly

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TV Review: ‘Surviving Jack’

26 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The last thing TV needs is another nostalgic sitcom narrated by a young boy (indeed, it’s almost time for a moratorium), but “Surviving Jack” conjures a few amusing moments, courtesy of its 1991 time frame and Chris Meloni’s quirky turn as the dad of every kid’s nightmares. Of course, Jack really isn’t such a bad guy, just a taskmaster given a free hand to oversee his teens while mom goes back to school. The first two episodes are slight but breezy, and it’s at least nice to see Meloni doing something other than grimly circle a chalk outline.

Undaunted by the fate of “$#*! My Dad Says,” Fox has turned to that show’s author, Justin Halpern, as the source for this semi-autobiographical memoir about 16-year-old Frankie (Connor Buckley), and his sister (Claudia Lee), who must deal with dad’s uncompromising form of parenting.

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- Brian Lowry

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'A Different World' Finally Available on Hulu

21 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The time has come. We are now devoid of our long television cultural nightmare.  Yes it's true, the groundbreaking A Different World, the classic The Cosby Show spinoff  is now available on the Hulu streaming platform.  Unavailable in syndication or DVD (past season one) for some time now, you can now watch it to your heart, and soul's, content.For those unfamiliar with A Different World, it ran on NBC for six seasons from 1987-1993 and featured the lives of students at Hillman College, a historical Black college in Virginia, as they struggled to get through their new lives and grow into adults.  It originally centered on Cosby-kid Denise »

- Curtis Caesar John

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Ugly Betty Reunion: "Anything's Possible," Says America Ferrera

15 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Zac Efron is up for doing a High School Musical reunion. The same can't be said for Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show. Well, how about an Ugly Betty reunion? "There will be an Ugly Betty reunion, but I don't know if it's going to be on camera," Betty star America Ferrera told me at the SXSW premiere of her new film, Cesar Chavez. "We see each other all the time." What a tease! "Anything's possible," Ferrera said. "It's wonderful when fans ask and when they're so excited about it, that hunger to see those characters and the world they live in. I think a lot of things would have to come together to make that happen and, you know, I'll never say »

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Celebrity Apprentice Season 14: Brandi Glanville, Kate Gosselin, Ludacris, and More Join

15 March 2014 2:03 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

The Donald awaits! The cast of Celebrity Apprentice's Season 14 has been revealed, and it seems as though the boardroom will surely be drama-filled with cat fights galore. This year's celebrity contestants include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Brandi Glanville, mom of eight Kate Gosselin and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore, Us Weekly can confirm. Veteran journalist Geraldo Rivera will also be joining, along with The Cosby Show alum Keshia Knight Pulliam, TMZ reports. (Go Rudy!)  Us can also confirm that Ludacris, Vivica A. [...] »

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Celebrity Apprentice Season 14: Brandi Glanville, Kate Gosselin, Ludacris, and More Join

15 March 2014 2:03 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

The Donald awaits! The cast of Celebrity Apprentice's Season 14 has been revealed, and it seems as though the boardroom will surely be drama-filled with cat fights galore. This year's celebrity contestants include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Brandi Glanville, mom of eight Kate Gosselin and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore, Us Weekly can confirm. Veteran journalist Geraldo Rivera will also be joining, along with The Cosby Show alum Keshia Knight Pulliam, TMZ reports. (Go Rudy!)  Us can also confirm that Ludacris, Vivica A. [...] »

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Bill Cosby: There Will Never Be a Cosby Show Reunion

11 March 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Zac Efron may be up for doing a High School Musical reunion, but Bill Cosby isn't feeling the same way about The Cosby Show. The comedy legend tells me he has no desire to get the Huxtable family back together again. I caught up with Cosby last night just before he performed (and signed on to Instagram for the very first time) at the Funny or Die and Facebook clubhouse at SXSW in Austin. "No! Because to look at them and see that there really is no more to what we did," he said when I asked if he there any Cosby Show reunion plans. "We laid out eight years of trying to our best and we did a great job because the people came in numbers of saying the following, 'I want my house »

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Second time around: TV stars who reprised iconic roles

7 March 2014 6:17 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

You can’t go home again — unless you’re a television star.

ABC announced a big shocker Thursday: Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, will soon reprise the role he left in 2007. Washington exited the show after his contract was not renewed, following accusations that he had used a homophobic slur in reference to his then co-star T.R. Knight. He is set to return in a May episode, which will coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the medical drama. (Washington played Oh’s love interest on the show; their »

- Stephanie Robbins

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10 Reasons Why Frasier Is The Best Us Sitcom In History

4 March 2014 8:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s over twenty years ago since the first episode of Frasier first aired on NBC. A spin-off from the hit sitcom Cheers, it followed Dr Frasier Crane as he returned to his native Seattle and the family he barely talked about for eight years in the Boston bar (he debuted during season three as Diane’s lover). Obviously, not all would run smoothly as Frasier soon found his bachelor pad overrun by his ex-cop father Martin, obsessive brother Niles, home-care worker Daphne and the irrepressible Eddie the dog.

From the pilot episode on, the award-winning The Good Son, the programme became the go-to for excellent writing, brilliant acting and a level of emotion not often seen in primetime sitcoms. The interplay between the ensemble led to huge viewing figures (over 20 million for the pivotal season seven) and the programme became an awards magnet including an incredible 37 Primetime Emmy wins. »

- Hugh Firth

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Flashback: Madonna Premiered Controversial 'Like a Prayer' Pepsi Ad 25 Years Ago

2 March 2014 5:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Madonna recently made waves for posting an Instagram photo of her teenage son posing with bottles of gin and vodka. And 25 years ago, she was stirring controversy over another beverage: Pepsi. In January 1989, the pop provocateur inked a $5 million endorsement deal with the soft-drink brand. On March 2, 1989, Madonna debuted "Like a Prayer," the title track of her fourth studio album, in a two-minute television commercial called "Make a Wish." The flashback-fueled spot saw her watching a black-and-white home movie of her 8th birthday, and interspersed footage of the young girl with shots of adult Madonna dancing in the street and »

- Erin Clements

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My favourite TV show: The Golden Girls

28 February 2014 2:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The concept was groundbreaking, the writing transcended the sticom genre and they wore saucy jumpsuits. No other TV show has been as influential and when I'm 70, I want to be Dorothy

I consider myself to be a highly discerning soul and therefore there are only, let's see, about seven TV shows that I would keep watching even if my flat was on fire: Arrested Development, Murder She Wrote, Frasier, Cheers, Quantum Leap, Parks and Recreation, Murphy Brown. (Yes, there is an American bias in that list but, what can I say? I can't deny my roots.)

But there is only one show I would keep watching even if all of family were screaming for my help to save them from the terrible pyre; even though I have already seen every single episode at least three times and own the boxsets. It's The Golden Girls.

I love The Golden Girls so much that I don't, »

- Hadley Freeman

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'Slave' wins three Screen Nation awards

25 February 2014 2:52 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o take prizes at awards celebrating diversity.

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London last night.

The period drama won Favourite International Movie (made by or starring British talent), beating competition from The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and House at the End of the Street.

Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Male Performance in a Film for his role in 12 Years a Slave, an award he previously picked up at the Screen Nation awards in 2003 for his role in Dirty Pretty Things.

Lupita Nyong’o, who co-starred alongside Ejiofor in McQueen’s period epic, picked up Favourite Female African Intl. Rising Screen Talent at the awards, which celebrate diversity in film and television.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom did not leave empty-handed as Naomie Harris was awarded Female Performance in Film.

Biyi Bandele’s Half of A Yellow Sun was »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Betsy Brandt takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test

24 February 2014 9:10 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Betsy Brandt was a little nervous when she came in for EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. “I’m not so good at this stuff,” she explained.

The actress — who starred as Michael J. Fox’s wife on The Michael J. Fox Show this season — needn’t have worried. When she ‘fessed up to her crush on Elvis and love of The Cosby Show, she put herself firmly in great pop culture company.

As for that other show Brandt is known for? The drama isn’t over yet: Starting today, the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad are finally streaming on Netflix, »

- Erin Strecker

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Elaine Stritch: ‘I Didn’t Declare Retirement’

21 February 2014 11:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When I first see Elaine Stritch—the 89-year-old legendary stage and screen actress—she’s propped in bed. Although she’s been a New York fixture since the 1940s (and spent 18 years living in a room at the Carlyle Hotel), she recently moved to Michigan. But she’s back in town this week to promote her new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” Her trip will include a screening hosted by Perez Hilton, the film’s midtown premiere and catching a Broadway show (“The Glass Menagerie”) with her pal Bernadette Peters.

On this morning, Stritch has gone viral. She just appeared on “Today,” where she dropped the F-word on live TV. The film’s director, Chiemi Karasawa, tells her that she’s trending on Twitter. “What does it mean to be trending?” Stritch asks from her room in an Upper East Side clubhouse. I tell her. “Oh.” She takes a long pause. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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