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‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Has No Problem Playing Hollywood’s Mother (Exclusive)

‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Has No Problem Playing Hollywood’s Mother (Exclusive)
Since making her Broadway debut in Eubie! in 1979, Jenifer Lewis has become a fixture onscreen with roles on A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Girlfriends and Meet the Browns, as well as starring in films like Jackie’s Back and The Cookout. She’s perhaps best known for playing a string of iconic mothers; her onscreen offspring includes Taraji P. Henson (Not Easily Broken), Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do With It), Whitney Houston (The Preacher’s Wife) and Tupac Shakur (Poetic Justice).

“I was everybody’s mama because I was a born leader,” Lewis boasts to Et. She has no qualms about the mothers she’s played, or even about taking on the roles that some of her colleagues in Hollywood may have viewed as stereotypes.

“Obviously, I’ll do anything,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t care what it is; for that kind of money, I’ll play the
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The Complete List of 'Dancing With the Stars' Winners: Life After the Mirrorball!

The Complete List of 'Dancing With the Stars' Winners: Life After the Mirrorball!
Season 1: Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo

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There's nothing sweeter than holding the title of ABC's first-ever DWTS champion! Since winning the mirrorball, Monaco continued to portray the role of Samantha McCall on the network's daytime drama, General Hospital. Monaco made her most recent return to the show during season 25, pairing up with her close pal, Cheryl Burke, and former NFL star Terrell Owens for Trio Night.

Season 2: Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke

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The 98 Degrees singer had so much fun learning how to dance on the show, that he joined the pros and troupe dancers on their DWTS tour after winning the title. At the time, he had no idea that his brother, Nick Lachey, would later compete on season 25 of the show with Peta Murgatroyd. Unfortunately for Nick, he didn't have as much luck -- he and Peta were the fifth couple to be eliminated from the competition.

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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Read More:Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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Top Music & TV Exec Benny Medina Accused of Sexual Attack: 'I Could Not Fight Him Off' Alleges Actor Jason Dottley

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Top Music & TV Exec Benny Medina Accused of Sexual Attack: 'I Could Not Fight Him Off' Alleges Actor Jason Dottley
Music executive Benny Medina has been accused of attempting to rape Sordid Lives: The Series actor Jason Dottley.

In an article published by the Advocate Friday, Dottley, 36, claimed Medina — who has managed the careers of several A-list stars like Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and Mariah Carey, as well as execute producing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (which was based on his life) —allegedly tried to rape him at Medina’s Los Angeles mansion in December 2008.

Medina’s attorneys Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley said in a statement to People, “Benny Medina categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape.”

The actor
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Be the Holiday Party Mvp in These Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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When your chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool over the holidays, you can bring your Christmas style up a notch or 12 with an ugly sweater featuring The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Not sure what Will Smith's classic character has to do with the holidays? Neither are we, but who cares? The point is, you can be the holiday party hero by rocking a Fresh Prince ugly Christmas sweater with either Will's or Carlton's face on it. Bonus points if you knock back some spiked eggnog and do The Carlton. Related27 Gift Ideas For People Who Still Aren't Over Friends
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Alfonso Ribeiro Reveals Why a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion 'Will Never Happen'

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Alfonso Ribeiro Reveals Why a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion 'Will Never Happen'
With reboot fever taking over Hollywood, there’s one sitcom that definitely won’t be getting the revamp treatment: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

On Monday night, former Dancing with the Stars champ Alfonso Ribeiro champ revisited the ballroom to perform a trio dance with Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson — and even though he slipped some Carlton moves in his performance, that doesn’t mean he’s bringing back the beloved character.

“A Fresh Prince reunion will never happen,” Ribeiro, 46, told reporters after the show of the NBC series, which ran for six seasons from 1990-96.

“I would love it
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13 Halloween TV Specials From the '90s That Scared (and Scarred) Us

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Terrifying TV shows might be en vogue right now, but we're convinced they wouldn't be half as good as they are if Halloween TV specials from the '90s didn't pave the way. Ok, Ok - that might be pushing it (the connections between Frasier and The Walking Dead are few and far between, we admit). But there's something about reminiscing about those sometimes-scary, sometimes-funny, sometimes-bizarre hours of television that always leaves us with a craving for candy corn. From Goosebumps to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we've rounded up our favorites, but if you're in the mood for a real scare, check out the best horror movies streaming on Netflix this month. Related13 Guilty-Pleasure Horror Movies We Can't Help but Love16 Moments From the Tower of Terror Movie That Sent Your Happiness Plummeting to the Basement
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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25, Week 3: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25, Week 3: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!
It's hard to believe we're already into week three of Dancing With the Stars!

On Monday night, the 11 remaining contestants danced their hearts out to routines inspired by their ultimate guilty pleasures. From the most technical lifts to the sassiest performances, Et's breaking down all the best choreography moments we saw in the ballroom.

Watch: 'Dancing With the Stars' Pays Tribute to the Victims of Las Vegas Massacre With Touching Opening Message

Drew Scott & Emma Slater - Argentine Tango, "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Dance highlight: We've patiently been waiting to see more lifts this season, and this week, we got them! Drew and Emma kicked off the night with a true crime-inspired piece, with the Property Brothers star holding his pro partner in the air at the 0:52 mark.

Judges' score: 23/30.

Et's score: 21/30. We found it a bit surprising that the judges' gave this pair such high scores, when some of
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Preview: Celebs Reveal Their Sexy, Silly & Superhero-Themed Guilty Pleasures!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Preview: Celebs Reveal Their Sexy, Silly & Superhero-Themed Guilty Pleasures!
The competition on Dancing With Stars is heating up!

The 11 remaining contestants will take the floor once again on Monday night, performing dances inspired by their ultimate guilty pleasures, a brand new theme for the dance competition show.

But before the stars and their pro partners show off their skills, Et's breaking down everything you need to know about what to expect in the ballroom!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson: 25/30

2. Tie! Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold, Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 24/30

3. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23/30

Watch: Nikki Bella Dishes On Her & John Cena's Real-Life 'Red Room' Ahead of 'DWTS' Guilty Pleasures Night

Who's in danger of elimination?

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev received the lowest score from the judges last Tuesday, 18/30. They were followed closely behind with a three-way tie between Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess, Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke and Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd, who all received
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One of the Best Fresh Prince of Bel Air Endings Ever

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is one of the best sitcoms of the 1990’s and is still popular in syndication today. Fans of the show that ran from 1990 through 1996 on NBC and new fans of the reruns love the way Will Smith and family created a family show that could be as touching as it was funny. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” hasn’t lost its essence over the decades since it originally aired. We all know that Will Smith went on to become a movie star, but other cast members from the “Fresh Prince” ensemble helped make the

One of the Best Fresh Prince of Bel Air Endings Ever
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Jenji Kohan Recounts Sexism She Faced While Building Her Writing Career

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Like the protagonists of her shows “Weeds” and “Orange Is the New Black,” Jenji Kohan isn’t shy about speaking her mind. And she won’t hesitate to call someone out if she needs to. This is evident from the “Glow” Executive Producer’s recent interview with The New Yorker. The piece sees Kohan talk openly about the numerous sexist interactions (and people) she’s encountered throughout her career as a TV writer and showrunner.

Her first writing job on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” sounds like it was a nightmare. The writer’s room was a “toxic mess,” the source reveals, and only one other writer was a woman. Kohan’s fellow writers called her “White Devil Jew Bitch.”

After breaking into the business at “Fresh Prince,” Kohan experienced “a dozen years of stunted ambition and Hollywood sexism,” The New Yorker writes. “She had her ‘tit grabbed’; her name was taken off a script. Once, when she was pregnant and about to have a job interview, her agent advised her to wear a big shirt and eat candy, so that the showrunner would think she was just fat. After a pitch meeting for ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ her agent told her that the show’s star, Garry Shandling, wasn’t comfortable working with women.”

Things weren’t much better when she was able to land jobs. “I was fired from everything,” Kohan recalls. And in 2003 CBS picked up her pilot “The Stones” but the studio didn’t want her as the series’ boss. They ended up making her brother, David, and his partner the showrunners.

Kohan did eventually become a successful TV writer, even before “Weeds” began. She worked on beloved series like “Friends,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Sex and the City” as well as “a few not-great sitcoms where she had good bosses.” But — finding it difficult to keep a satisfying job that would allow her to have a life — Kohan ended up writing over 15 pilots so she could “oversee her own show and control her hours.”

Happily, Kohan did manage to work in the writers’ room of her dreams — but it was one she had to fight for and make herself. When she created “Weeds,” the Showtime comedy about a drug dealing widow, studio execs like Bob Greenblatt “were uncomfortable with its twisted morality” and sent her endless notes. “I’d write back, note by note, for pages,” Kohan says. “Finally, [Greenblatt] wrote back a short e-mail that just said, ‘Fine, do what you want.’ . . . And I took it as carte blanche.”

Lifetime recently gave a straight-to-series order to Kohan’s next project, “American Princess.” From “Orange Is the New Black” actress Jamie Denbo, the show centers on Amanda, who joins a Renaissance Fair after her fiancé cheats on her and she suffers a nervous breakdown. Kohan will serve as exec producer.

Glow,” the Netflix series Kohan exec produces, was renewed for a second season earlier this month. Created by “Nurse Jackie” producers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, “Glow” follows Ruth (Alison Brie, “Community”), a struggling actress who gets the opportunity to be a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling and finds it is the role she was born to play. The fact that Ruth’s former best friend (Betty Gilpin, “Nurse Jackie”) is also part of the show adds to the drama.

Head over to The New Yorker to read the full interview with Kohan.

Jenji Kohan Recounts Sexism She Faced While Building Her Writing Career was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Lifetime Sets Holiday Movie With Tatyana Ali, Mindy Sterling

Lifetime has greenlit holiday movie Secret Santa (working title), with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alumna Tatyana Ali, Emmy nominee Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Brendan Fehr (Guardians of the Galaxy). The two-hour original movie is currently shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah for premiere this winter. The logline: Christmas is Hillary Nash’s (Ali) least favorite time of year. As the Senior Financial Analyst at the upscale Hudson Valley…
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Halt and Catch Fire EPs Talk '90s Pop Culture, Lee Pace's 'Stupid' Haircut

Halt and Catch Fire EPs Talk '90s Pop Culture, Lee Pace's 'Stupid' Haircut
In the second episode of Halt and Catch Fire‘s final season, “Signal to Noise,” Joe attempts to catch Cameron up on everything she missed while in Tokyo — and everything the show missed when it quickly made the leap to 1994.

RelatedHalt and Catch Fire Premiere: EPs Talk Final Season Time Jump, Joe/Cameron Endgame, Surprise Glow Cameo

“Did you know Bill Clinton is the president?” Joe asks, before blazing through what is essentially a half-decade’s worth of headlines. “The Cowboys won the Super Bowl. Audrey Hepburn died and so did River Phoenix. Some crazies tried to blow up the World Trade Center.
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‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Star Denies Comeback: ‘Let It Go’

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DJ Jazzy Jeff says a remix is in production! Related: Will Smith On Lesson He Learned From Willow’s Head-Shaving Meltdown “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Jazzy Jeff has reportedly revealed interest in bringing back the ultra popular ’90s sitcom. “There have been talks with people about doing something,”Jeff said in a report published by The […]
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Alfonso Ribeiro Shoots Down 'Fresh Prince' Revival Rumors

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[[tmz:video id="0_pdp8s69x"]] Nowww this is a story all about how ... Alfonso Ribeiro just crushed the hopes and dreams of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fans. Carlton was at Lax when our guy asked him about DJ Jazzy Jeff hinting at a 'Fresh Prince' reunion of some kind 21 years after the show went off the air -- and he shot it down Hard. The current "America's Funniest Home Videos" host seems like he's totally moved on from the
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Netflix's Bright: Will Smith And Joel Edgerton Discuss Playing A Racist Cop & An Orc Cop

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The upcoming movie Bright initially slipped past my nerd radar, I knew it was a Netflix film, but I didn’t know much more than that. I must say I am now quite excited for this film. To me, the film gives off an essence of the classic cop movie, Colors, starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn, only in a much different setting. How race, bigotry and the supernatural world of orcs, fairies and elves meld together with us humans is something I am very interested in seeing.

Joel Edgerton plays Nick Jakoby, a cop, who is also an orc. Will Smith’s Daryl Ward is another officer that is forced to team up with Edgerton’s Jakoby on the hunt for a powerful weapon. The thing is Will Smith’s character doesn’t take too kindly to orcs, and certainly doesn’t want one for a partner. Both Smith
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Will Smith Gets Jiggy With a Full Marching Band During Carpool Karaoke

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Will Smith Gets Jiggy With a Full Marching Band During Carpool Karaoke
Carpool Karaoke: The Series kicked off on a really high note on Tuesday night when Will Smith took a ride in the passenger seat with The Late Late Show host James Corden. During the premiere episode for the Apple Music series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor took things way back by performing his classic hit "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" with a full marching band. Aside from busting the rhymes to some of his most beloved songs, Will also chatted with James about the possibility of playing former Potus Barack Obama in a movie. "I talked to Barack about it," he admitted. "He told me he felt confident that I had 'the ears' to play the role." See the rest of the fun above, and be sure to check out the full episode on Apple Music.
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Hulu Recreates ABC’s ‘Tgif’ Comedy Lineup With ‘Full House,’ ‘Family Matters’ and More

Hulu aims to tap into retro-tv nostalgia by recreating the “Tgif” block of Warner Bros. TV-produced family-friendly sitcoms that ran on ABC in the late 1980s and ‘90s.

Hulu has licensed all episodes of the original “Full House,” which was revived by Netflix last year as “Fuller House,” as well as “Family Matters,” “Step By Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” The shows will become available on Hulu on Sept. 29.

The streaming giant plans to promote the shows as a block to promote multigenerational viewing, as well as to introduce the shows to younger audiences. The block that ABC branded “Tgif” had a successful run with a blend of G-rated family- and youth-focused comedies that have become pop culture touchstones.

The deal for more than 800 episodes of “Tgif” sitcoms — dubbed internally as “Tgih” (H for Hulu) — comes on the heels of Hulu stepping up its pursuit of rerun rights to hot recent shows such as
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