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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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Suburbicon's Julianne Moore and George Clooney on bringing a twisted suburban tale to life

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Suburbicon's Julianne Moore and George Clooney on bringing a twisted suburban tale to lifeSuburbicon's Julianne Moore and George Clooney on bringing a twisted suburban tale to lifeMichael Kennedy10/25/2017 9:47:00 Am

Picket fences once symbolized all that was right with the American Dream. Not anymore.

Director George Clooney’s dark dramedy Suburbicon takes place in a seemingly idyllic 1950s town that turns out to be anything but when thugs invade the home of Gardner and Rose Lodge (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore), killing Rose and setting Gardner on a very dark path. Enter Rose’s twin sister, Margaret (also Moore), who moves in with the grieving family and gets caught up in a violent whirlwind.

Clooney and Moore were at CinemaCon in Las Vegas when they sat down to talk about the film.

Tell us about the journey of this movie, how it got to the big screen.

Clooney: “Mmm.
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Game of Thrones Actor, Audiobook Narrator Roy Dotrice Dead at 94

Game of Thrones Actor, Audiobook Narrator Roy Dotrice Dead at 94
Roy Dotrice, who played Game of Thrones‘ pyromancer Hallyne, has died, EW.com reports. He was 94.

Appearing in two Season 2 episodes, Dotrice portrayed one of the men charged with creating King’s Landing’s stores of wildfire. He helped inform audiences about what Mad King Aerys did with the substance, and Hallyne also was involved in Tyrion’s plan to use wildfire at the Battle of Blackwater.

Dotrice also was the voice behind all of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks. Performing that duty for the first novel, A Game of Thrones, earned him a
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Nicole Kidman: Our intimate chat about ‘Big Little Lies’ at Emmys, emotions of ‘Lion,’ and her big year in 2017 [Full interview transcript]

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Nicole Kidman: Our intimate chat about ‘Big Little Lies’ at Emmys, emotions of ‘Lion,’ and her big year in 2017 [Full interview transcript]
Nicole Kidman hopes to match her Oscar with an Emmy (or two) at this month’s awards ceremony. She is nominated as a producer and lead actress for “Big Little Lies,” the limited series with 16 nominations that was written by TV legend David E. Kelley (“Picket Fences,” “The Practice”) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers […]
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Horror Feature ‘Residue’ to be released on VOD in Us and Canada on July 18

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The creative horror film,features an impressive ensemble cast IndustryWorks Studios will be releasing the buzzed-about gritty, action/crime horror film Residue in the Us and Canada on VOD on July 18th, 2017. The indie film stars James Clayton (‘Candiland’, ‘The 100’, ‘Timeless’), Taylor Hickson (‘Deadpool’, ‘Aftermath’), Costas Mandylor (‘Saw’ Franchise, ‘The Pledge’, ‘Picket Fences’), Gemini Award …

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The Mystery of Why Top TV Producers Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti and Chuck Lorre Haven’t Won an Emmy

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The Mystery of Why Top TV Producers Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti and Chuck Lorre Haven’t Won an Emmy
Shonda Rhimes, Chuck Lorre and Greg Berlanti are easily the most powerful producers on TV. Yet none of them have ever won a Primetime Emmy.

Ten years ago, that might not have been the case. But Rhimes, Lorre and Berlanti produce populist fare for (mostly) broadcast networks, at a time when those shows are no longer on the Emmy radar.

In 2016, the broadcasters were shut out of the top Emmy categories for the first time in the award’s history. Never before had the top drama, comedy and actor and actress prizes gone exclusively to cable and streaming services.

But last year’s results were the culmination of a trend that began when “The Sopranos” star Edie Falco won the Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Drama actress. By 2001, HBO had grabbed the first outstanding series prize for a cable series (“Sex and the City”), as well as both top drama acting
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Lucifer Bets on NCIS Vet Lauren Holly for Season 3 Guest Spot

Lucifer Bets on NCIS Vet Lauren Holly for Season 3 Guest Spot
In what may be the first guest casting news* for the 2017-18 TV season, NCIS alum Lauren Holly is set to pay Fox’s Lucifer a visit.

RelatedMatt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Lucifer/Chloe Tension and More

News of Holly’s casting first trickled out via social media on Wednesday; TVLine has since heard that she is playing a character named Roxie — and based on a backstage Instagram “story” shared by a cast member, Holly’s storyline appears to involve a Las Vegas casino.

Lucifer resumes its sophomore run on Monday, May 1, with five more episodes. As previously reported,
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Darlene Cates, ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star, Dies At 69

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Actress Darlene Cates, most well known for her work in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, has died at 69. Darlene Cates Dead At 69 Cates other acting roles included Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel, but working on the 1993 classic alongside Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio is where she left her mark. “Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks Out on Gilbert Grape Star Darlene Cates’ Death: She ‘Was the Best Acting Mom I Ever Had’

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Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks Out on Gilbert Grape Star Darlene Cates’ Death: She ‘Was the Best Acting Mom I Ever Had’
Leonardo DiCaprio is paying tribute about the death of Darlene Cates, the best onscreen mom he ever worked with.

The Revenant star, who played Cates’ son in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, wrote on Facebook Tuesday, “Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside.”

He added, “Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”

The actress died Sunday morning in her sleep at the age of 69. Her sister,
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Darlene Cates, What's Eating Gilbert Grape Mom, Passes Away at 69

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Darlene Cates, What's Eating Gilbert Grape Mom, Passes Away at 69
Actress Darlene Cates, who is best known for playing Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's mother Bonnie Grape in the 1993 drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, passed away on Sunday at the age of 69. The actress' daughter Sherri Cates Morgan announced her mother's passing on Facebook yesterday, revealing that she died peacefully in her sleep. Here's what Sherri Cates Morgan had to say in a statement about her mother's death.

"It is with a bitter-sweet heart that we share that our precious wife, mother, and Gaga, Darlene Guthrie Cates, was called Home, somewhat unexpectedly, peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, March 26th. We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus. (Dancing was something she talked about loving to do "back in the day"! For those who have already sent your love,
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Bedridden, 500 Lbs. and a Star: Gilbert Grape Actress Darlene Cates’ Heartbreaking Weight Battle Amid Hollywood Success

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Bedridden, 500 Lbs. and a Star: Gilbert Grape Actress Darlene Cates’ Heartbreaking Weight Battle Amid Hollywood Success
Darlene Cates, who starred as Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s obese, housebound mother in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, died in her sleep on Sunday morning. She was 69.

The actress will appear posthumously in the upcoming comedy Billboard, following a lifelong struggle with weight that once saw her balloon to 550 lbs.— a struggle that actually launched her film career in the first place.

Gilbert Grape author and screenwriter Peter Hedges discovered the Texas native after seeing a tape of her on a 1985 episode of Sally Jessy Raphael titled “Too Heavy to Leave Their House.” On the show, Cates
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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Star Darlene Cates Dies

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Star Darlene Cates Dies
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape star Darlene Cates has died.

The actress died Sunday morning in her sleep. She was 69.

Cates sister, Sheri Cates Morgan, shared the news on Facebook.

“It is with a bitter-sweet heart that we share that our precious wife, mother, and Gaga, Darlene Guthrie Cates, was called Home, somewhat unexpectedly, peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, March 26th,” she wrote.

Cates famously played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s obese, housebound mother in the iconic film.

Gilbert Grape author and screenwriter Peter Hedges discovered Cates after seeing a tape of the actress on a 1985 episode of
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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Last Year’s Winner: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: While a number of actors have won this category twice, we haven’t seen a repeat victor since Ray Walston won for “Picket Fences” in 1995 and 1996. That streak will continue at least one more year, given last year’s winner is ineligible in 2017.

Fun Fact: “The West Wing” won this category four times with four different actors: Richard Schiff (2000), Bradley Whitford (2001), John Spencer (2002), and Alan Alda (2006).

With “Game of Thrones” ineligible, this field is wide open. Only three of last year’s six nominees are eligible to earn another nomination in 2017 — Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) — meaning even if all three get back in, we’re going to see some new blood this year…

…starting with John Lithgow. The beloved Emmys presence (a five-time winner and 11-time nominee
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Why ‘Arrow’ Is Tackling the Gun Control Debate: ‘Not Talking About Issues Serves a Conservative Agenda’

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Why ‘Arrow’ Is Tackling the Gun Control Debate: ‘Not Talking About Issues Serves a Conservative Agenda’
Arrow” is getting political for the first time in its five-season run, tackling the hot-button issue of gun violence. The episode, called “Spectre of the Gun” and airing Wednesday, tracks a masked shooter attacking City Hall and the ensuing debate about gun control, both among the vigilantes of Star City and the politicians. “We went into Season 5 wanting to do an episode about an issue,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told reporters earlier this week following a screening of the episode, lamenting that current broadcast dramas don’t often tackle topical issues the way shows like “La Law” and “Picket Fences” did.
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How ‘Arrow’ Producers Tackled the Gun Violence Debate

How ‘Arrow’ Producers Tackled the Gun Violence Debate
This week’s episode of “Arrow” will feel a bit different.

The show’s latest installment titled “Spectre of the Gun,” which airs Wednesday, tackles the highly-controversial topic of gun control. The conversation in the episode begins after a masked man shoots up the Star City mayor’s office with many of the show’s main character’s inside. Following a press screening of the episode that Variety attended, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said they had wanted to do an episode like this for awhile.

“We went into Season 5 wanting to do an episode about an issue,” he said. “I grew up on ‘St. Elsewhere’ and ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘L.A. Law,’ and I grew up in a time where it was commonplace for a one-hour drama to tackle some of the issues of the day. Somewhere along the line the industry got away from that.”

Guggenheim cited shows like “Black-ish” and “The Carmichael Show” that continue to
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As Arrow Targets Gun Control Issue, Oliver Tries to Play Hero — as Mayor

As Arrow Targets Gun Control Issue, Oliver Tries to Play Hero — as Mayor
Arrow is taking aim at one of the country’s most divisive subjects.

During this Wednesday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c), a shooter opens fire in the mayor’s office, forcing Oliver Queen – not the Green Arrow – to take a stance on gun control.

RelatedArrow Boss Explains Thea’s Absence, Obstacle Facing Laurel’s Next Return

“We went into Season 5 wanting to do an episode about an issue,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who wrote the installment, previews. “I grew up on St. Elsewhere and Picket Fences and L.A. Law. I grew up in a time where it was commonplace – like,
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Code Black Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Sleight of Hand

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You gotta have faith.

Okay, that's a motto that was more applicable to the George Michael loving Eli Stone, but Code Black Season 2 Episode 9 was trying really hard to work that message in. Really hard.

I'm not really sure why Noa needed faith to suck it up and reach out to her patient's widow, but whatever gets the job done, right? Although honestly, I'm also not sure she should have felt as much guilt as she did. Maybe I just have the romantic range of a teaspoon, but unless they'd had a fight, "Tell my wife I love her" isn't earth shattering or unexpected.

No, if Noa was going to feel guilty about anything it should have been about not going back out and completing her ride along. And even that's a stretch. Recognizing your limits is as important a skill as anything else in medicine.

So Penn Jillette's
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Fall TV’s Top 5 New Shows

Rachel Bellwoar on Fall TV’s top five new shows…

Due to how pilots are spaced out this fall, figuring out to the right time to launch a top five list gets complicated. Wait too long and you fall behind on shows that have started airing as early as August. Submit too early and newcomers like this week’s Chance on Hulu and Dirk Gently on BBC America, don’t get a, well, chance. Then there’s personal handicaps, like lack of a Netflix subscription, that force any commentary on shows like Luke Cage to be left to a later date.

So. what is this list saying? It’s saying, out of an extensive pool of new network, basic cable, and Amazon titles, these five are the best and most worthy of your commitment this season. As a title, it’s a mouthful, but if you’ve seen how large
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David E. Kelley and Billy Bob Thornton mount impressive comebacks in 'Goliath'

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David E. Kelley and Billy Bob Thornton mount impressive comebacks in 'Goliath'
In his day, Billy McBride was the best damn lawyer his colleagues had ever seen, a courtroom virtuoso and founding partner of one of the biggest law firms in the world. Now, though, he's an alcoholic who lives in a motel, works out of the bar next door, and is either a joke to those who only know him like this or a sad cautionary tale to those who remember his glory days. David E. Kelley, the writer who co-created Goliath, the new Amazon drama in which Billy (played by Billy Bob Thornton) is the central character, was once every bit the colossus of the TV legal drama. As creator and/or executive producer of shows like L.A. Law, Picket Fences, The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal, Kelley won 10 Emmys himself — including the unprecedented, unlikely to be duplicated feat of winning the comedy and drama series Emmys in the
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David E. Kelley Has Given Up on the Broadcast Networks, Partly Because His Last Show ‘Wasn’t Very Good’

David E. Kelley Has Given Up on the Broadcast Networks, Partly Because His Last Show ‘Wasn’t Very Good’
David E. Kelley is preparing another comeback – and this time, he’s leaving the traditional networks behind.

Kelley’s next series, the Billy Bob Thornton legal drama “Goliath,” debuts Oct. 14 on Amazon. Early next year, he’ll premiere HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley, and after that, DirecTV’s serial killer thriller “Mr. Mercedes.”

Read More: ‘Goliath’ Trailer: Billy Bob Thornton is a Lawyer With Nothing to Lose in David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama

But here’s what’s not on Kelley’s docket: Anything in broadcast, where he once upon a time he was king.

“I don’t see a reason to, at this point,” Kelley told IndieWire. “If broadcast TV evolves and really cares about product more than exalting ratings over product, I might. If they got rid of commercials, I might. It’s just hard to succeed with good,
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