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Larry King, Legendary TV Host, Dies at 87

Larry King, Legendary TV Host, Dies at 87
Larry King, who had a legendary six-decade career on TV and radio and pioneered the live interview, died on Saturday at age 87, according to a statement from his Ora Media company.

King, who had a 25-year run hosting CNN’s “Larry King Live,” died at at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized last month with Covid-19 and had been treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” Ora Media said in a statement.

The suspender-clad broadcaster first rose to fame on radio before CNN hired him in 1985 to host a nightly interview show that won him widespread acclaim, high ratings and two Peabody Awards. At its peak in 1998, the show averaged 1.64 million viewers.
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Gregory Sierra, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ Actor, Dies at 83

Gregory Sierra, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ Actor, Dies at 83
Gregory Sierra, best known for his roles as Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale on “Barney Miller” and Julio Fuentes on “Sanford and Son,” died on Jan. 4 in Laguna Woods, Calif., according to Orange County Health Dept. records. He was 83.

The New York-born-and-raised actor, of Puerto Rican descent, found success in his recurring role as Fred G. Sanford’s neighbor. His career remained steady through the end of the ’90s, often finding Sierra playing law enforcement roles. He appeared on “Miami Vice,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Hill Street Blues” and “MacGyver.” His TV roles included guest spots on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The X-Files.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg’ in the Works at HBO

‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg’ in the Works at HBO
A TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” prequel novellas “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” which are set 90 years before the events of the author’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, is in the works at HBO.

The project, which is in early stages of development, is based on Martin’s novellas about Ser Duncan (a.k.a. Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg), according to Variety, which first reported the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” news.

The “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series consists of three novellas, including “The Hedge Knight” (published in 1998), “The Sworn Sword” (released in 2003) and “The Mystery Knight” (published in 2010). In 2015, the stories were published as a collection, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”

According to Variety, there is no writer or cast attached to the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” project.

HBO declined to comment and
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Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Renewed for Season 2; Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony to ‘Dominate the Social Season’

Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Renewed for Season 2; Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony to ‘Dominate the Social Season’
Lady Whistledown has made it official to her readers: “Bridgerton” is back for Season 2.

To almost no one’s surprise, Netflix has renewed the hit Shondaland series created by Chris Van Dusen after teasing the news in its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday. The announcement, in the form of a cheeky little letter from Whistledown herself — the Regency-era Gossip Girl character who was unmasked in the Season 1 finale — promises the return of the Bridgerton family and the rest of the Regency London society scene.

Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, will “dominate the social season.” The first season, which premiered on Netflix on Christmas Day,
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Performer of the Week: Javicia Leslie

Performer of the Week: Javicia Leslie
The Performer | Javicia Leslie

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‘A True Legend’: Larry King Remembered as Sharp Interviewer Who Was ‘Gracious and Fun’

‘A True Legend’: Larry King Remembered as Sharp Interviewer Who Was ‘Gracious and Fun’
In the 1980s and ’90s, for celebrities, politicians, lawyers, activists and many others, an appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live” was a sign that you’d made it on the national stage.

King, who died Saturday at the age of 87, was remembered as a tough but fair interviewer who had a strong sense of humor and was unfailingly gracious to his guests. His 25-year tenure on CNN, and more recently as a the host of a show for the Ora.TV streaming platform, ensured that King interacted with most of the major newsmakers of his time.

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Larry King, Iconic TV Host, Dies at 87

Larry King, Iconic TV Host, Dies at 87
Larry King, iconic American TV host with a career that has spanned more than six decades, has died at the age 87. King’s career as host of “Larry King Live” on CNN from 1985 to 2010 was followed by shows including “Larry King Now” and “Politicking with Larry King” on Hulu and Rt America. He earned two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable Ace Awards. King also wrote a newspaper column for USA Today for nearly two decades. Up until his death, King had been hospitalized for 11 days after testing positive for Covid-19.

Larry King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Austria-Hungary. When King’s father died of a heart attack the burgeoning newscaster immediately started working after he graduated high school, hoping to support his mother and brother. At an early age he knew he wanted to get into broadcasting.
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Larry King, Talk Show Titan, Dies at 87

Larry King, Talk Show Titan, Dies at 87
Emmy-winning TV host Larry King has died. He was 87 years old.

His official Twitter account posted an announcement of his death on Saturday morning.

“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” it read. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”

Called “the master of the mic” by Time magazine,
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Larry King, Legendary Interviewer and Host of Larry King Live, Dead at 87

Larry King, Legendary Interviewer and Host of Larry King Live, Dead at 87
Larry King, whose remarkable career as a TV and radio talk show host spanned more than six decades and included a quarter-century on CNN’s Larry King Live, has died at the age of 87.

King passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Saturday morning, according to an official tweet from his team (read full message below). The statement did not give a cause of death.

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Gregory Sierra, Barney Miller and Sanford and Son Actor, Dead at 83

Gregory Sierra, Barney Miller and Sanford and Son Actor, Dead at 83
Gregory Sierra, best known for his roles as Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale on Barney Miller and Julio Fuentes on Sanford and Son, has died at the age of 83.

Sierra died Jan. 4 from cancer, a family spokesman confirmed with our sister site Deadline, but the news of his death did not become public until Friday. Had he lived, Sierra would have turned 84 on Jan. 25.

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Drag Race Season 13 Makes Its First Cut: Was the Right Queen Sent Packing?

Drag Race Season 13 Makes Its First Cut: Was the Right Queen Sent Packing?
Well, it took four full weeks, but the first queen has finally been eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13. (Our condolences, by the way.)

Friday’s episode brought the “winning” and “losing” teams together for the first time all season (and with a shady little twist to boot). While Elliott With 2 Ts hid just off screen, the winners asked the losers why they chose to vote Elliott out, with Kahmora Hall replying, “I just really didn’t get what her drag style was” — words she would find herself eating seconds later when Elliott emerged for yet another Drag Race face crack.
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‘Flack’: Amazon Resurfaced the Show’s First Season at Just the Right Time

‘Flack’: Amazon Resurfaced the Show’s First Season at Just the Right Time
Last spring, with film screens dimmed and a disproportionate number of folks left with extra time to fill, the TV world was ready to be an escape vehicle. Plenty of people stuck to the recent classics or embarked on catch-up projects, but for people trying to tackle the slew of new releases, there was plenty of room to fully embrace a different kind of darkness than the one happening outside their doors.

While “Flack” may not have gruesome killings or spawn Change.org petitions, the razor-like sensibilities of the celebrity-centered drama might be just the turn-into-the-skid entertainment to light a spark underneath Amazon Prime Video’s 2021 programming slate. Originally a 2019 premiere on erstwhile “Schitt’s Creek” home network Pop, the show centers on Robyn (Anna Paquin), a main employee at a crisis PR firm tasked with cleaning up the messes of star athletes, actresses, and public figures, who all have something to sponge from the headlines.
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Amazon Sets Release Date For Robert Kirkman’s ‘Invincible’ (TV News Roundup)

Amazon Sets Release Date For Robert Kirkman’s ‘Invincible’ (TV News Roundup)
In today’s TV news roundup, Amazon Prime Video sets the release date for Robert Kirkman’s “Invincible,” and the Savannah College of Art and Design announces their lineup for the 2021 aTVfest.

Dates

Amazon announced that Robert Kirkman‘s new, hour-long animated series, “Invincible,” will premiere the first three episodes on March 26, with each subsequent Friday up to and including April 30 debuting a new episode. The series revolves around seventeen-year-old Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who’s just like every other guy his age — except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). As Mark develops powers of his own,
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‘Losing Alice’ Review: Psychological Slow Burn Is Apple’s Best Drama Series Yet

‘Losing Alice’ Review: Psychological Slow Burn Is Apple’s Best Drama Series Yet
For a large majority of “Losing Alice,” the people on screen aren’t quite sure what’s happening. The unknowable nature of a partner’s true feelings, the confusion of fleeting glimpses of people who can’t physically be there, and the daily tiny frustrations of film production: all have the potential to make a shaky foundation for a drama series. Add on the idea that what the audience sees is often one fictional layer downward and there are plenty of chances for “Losing Alice” (premiering on Apple TV+ this week after airing on the Israeli TV network Hot 3 last summer) to lose its way.

It takes a steady hand and a clear eye to make sure that disorientation serves a purpose. Fortunately, writer/director Sigal Avin has both and plenty more.

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TVLine Items: America's Most Wanted Returns, Nbcsn Shuts Down and More

TVLine Items: America's Most Wanted Returns, Nbcsn Shuts Down and More
America’s Most Wanted criminals better watch out, because a revamped version of the iconic true-crime program will debut this March on Fox.

Journalist Elizabeth Vargas takes over for John Walsh as host of the new iteration, which will utilize technologically advanced tools and the power of social media to catch criminals.

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‘America’s Most Wanted’ Returns to Fox, Ten Years After Original Cancellation

‘America’s Most Wanted’ Returns to Fox, Ten Years After Original Cancellation
A decade after Fox canceled “America’s Most Wanted,” the network is reviving the series — with new host Elizabeth Vargas.

The new “America’s Most Wanted” will premiere this March on Fox, the network announced on Friday. The format will be the same: “Vargas will ask for viewers’ help as she breaks down cases from the show’s new headquarters, consulting with a team of experts representing law enforcement units such as the FBI, U.S. Marshall’s Office and Secret Service,” the network said.

America’s Most Wanted” caught 1,186 criminals over 25 seasons in its original run with host John Walsh — starting in 1988 on Fox,
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JoJo Siwa Comes Out as Gay After Viral ‘Born This Way’ TikTok

JoJo Siwa Comes Out as Gay After Viral ‘Born This Way’ TikTok
JoJo Siwa, the 17-year-old singer, dancer, actor and YouTube personality, has come out as gay, after alluding to it on social media over the past couple days.

Siwa first hinted at her coming out in a TikTok video posted to her over 31 million (and growing) followers on Thursday. In the video, she dances to “Born This Way,” the 2011 smash hit by Lady Gaga widely regarded as an LGBTQ anthem. The video has more than 4.5 million likes and 25 million views, by far Siwa’s most popular video on TikTok. Out of the over 260,000 comments on the video, several prominent YouTube influencers,
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TV Ratings: Jared Padalecki’s ‘Walker’ Earns CW a Big Win Thursday Night

TV Ratings: Jared Padalecki’s ‘Walker’ Earns CW a Big Win Thursday Night
Though it wasn’t the “winner” of Thursday’s Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliate rankings, The CW’s latest series, a Jared Padalecki-fronted reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger” entitled “Walker” performed outstandingly well compared to the network’s numbers these past couple of weeks. It attracted roughly 2.4 million viewers to the small screen and earned a rating of 0.4 in the key, adults ages 18-49 demographic.

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‘Euphoria’ Creator Eyes Season 2 Filming in March, with Episodes to Begin Releasing in 2021

‘Euphoria’ Creator Eyes Season 2 Filming in March, with Episodes to Begin Releasing in 2021
This August will mark two years since the season one finale of “Euphoria,” but the long wait for Season 2 will end before 2021 is over if creator and showrunner Sam Levinson has his way. During an interview this week on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast to promote his upcoming Netflix feature film “Malcolm & Marie,” Levinson confirmed the plan is to start filming “Euphoria” Season 2 in late March. The creator added, “And the goal is to release episodes this year, so that’s hopefully [what will happen].” Of course the pandemic could change these plans, but Levinson’s goal is to start filming in March and start rollout on completed episodes on HBO before the end of December.

The March production start date means Season 2 will begin filming exactly a year later than planned. Cameras were about to begin rolling on “Euphoria” Season 2 in March 2020 when the pandemic forced the entire industry into shutdown mode.
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Fate: The Winx Saga Brings Animated Winx Club to Life on Netflix — But What's Different? And Who's Missing?

Fate: The Winx Saga Brings Animated Winx Club to Life on Netflix — But What's Different? And Who's Missing?
Supernatural boarding school? Redheaded heroine? Untrustworthy adults? Yes, Fate: The Winx Saga checks off all the requisite boxes for a Netflix teen drama — along with one fairy important twist.

For the uninitiated, Fate is a live-action adaptation of a popular Italian animated franchise about fighting fairies called Winx Club, which has existed in various forms — including hundreds of episodes, multiple spinoffs and several films — since 2004. Though the characters’ designs and scenarios have undergone multiple changes throughout the years (for better or worse), Netflix’s decidedly adult adaptation marks the most significant departure from the source material to date.

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