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Bob Dorough, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer, Dies at 94

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Bob Dorough, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer, Dies at 94
Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who was instrumental in the 1970s educational cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock!” died Monday in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for Dorough told TheWrap. He was 94.

During his run with “Schoolhouse Rock!” Dorough wrote and performed iconic numbers including “My Hero, Zero” and “Three Is a Magic Number.”

Dorough, born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, took to music early,joining his high school’s band and serving three years in a special services army band unit.

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Dorough was a conductor, accompany player, arranger and conductor for a number of years before recording his first effort of his own, “Devil May Care,” in 1956 for the Bethlehem label. Among the artists Dorough worked with was Miles Davis, recording “Nothing Like You” and “Blue Xmas,” both of which Dorough composed, with Davis in 1962.

“In 1971 he received a commission to ‘set the multiplication tables to music.’ This led to a small industry, being the beginning of ABC-tv’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ Saturday morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years 1973-1985,” Dorough’s biography reads.

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The bio adds, “The impact of this media exposure was unpredictably immense. The show came back for another five years in the 90’s and is now enjoying its 40th anniversary with a DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series, for which Dorough worked as the Musical Director.”

In 1995, Dorough signed with the prestigious Blue Note Records label, recording three CDs — “Right on My Way Home,” “Too Much Coffee Man” and “Who’s On First” — for the label.

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Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Continues to Dominate

Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Continues to Dominate
Roseanne” was once again the top gainer in both key delayed viewing measures for the week.

The episode of “Roseanne” airing during week 28 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on April 2, topped all of its broadcast competition with a gain of 2.4 ratings points. That brings the episode’s total haul to a 6.3. For comparison, it’s closest competition was “The Big Bang Theory,” which grew by a 1.6 to a 4.0 total.

The story was much the same in total viewers, with “Roseanne” growing by 43% to 22.1 million viewers total. “The Big Bang Theory” was again number two in the measure, reaching
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Ropes 2.1 Million Viewers

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Ropes 2.1 Million Viewers
Not a ton of regular “Westworld” viewers unfroze their motor functions in time to catch the Season 2 premiere “live.”

Westworld” Season 2 premiered Sunday to 2.1 million linear viewers, which is actually 100,000 audience members slimmer than the show’s Season 1 finale. Counting an encore as well as HBO Go and Now streams, last night’s sum grows to 3 million overall viewers.

That’s a bit better, but not mind-blowing.
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‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series Set At Netflix Based On Universal Movies As Deal With DreamWorks Animation TV Expands

‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series Set At Netflix Based On Universal Movies As Deal With DreamWorks Animation TV Expands
An animated Fast & Furious series is headed to Netflix. It is the first series in an expansion of an ongoing multi-year deal between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television for original animated kids and family programming. The expansion, following Comcast-NBCUniversal's acquisition of the animation studio, includes a first look at DreamWorks Animation animated series based on Universal film properties. First off is Fast & Furious, based on Universal’s multi-billion…
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‘The Last O.G.,’ ‘Search Party’ Renewed at TBS

‘The Last O.G.,’ ‘Search Party’ Renewed at TBS
TBS has renewed both “The Last O.G.” and “Search Party” for new seasons, the network announced Monday.

“We couldn’t be prouder of these two comedies and that they’ve been recognized by critics and audiences alike for their uniquely hilarious points of view in a very crowded field,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS. “We truly believe ‘The Last O.G.’ and ‘Search Party’ are two of the best shows on television.”

“The Last Og” stars Tracy Morgan as Tray, an ex-con released from a 15-year prison stint who returns to his native Brooklyn only to find it completely changed.
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‘Westworld’ recap: Every revelation and mystery from the Season 2 premiere ‘Journey into Night’

‘Westworld’ recap: Every revelation and mystery from the Season 2 premiere ‘Journey into Night’
After a long hiatus, HBO’s “Westworld” roared back to life on Sunday night with rampaging robots and time jumping shenanigans. The series left plenty of dangling threads after Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) orchestrated his own demise and a robot awakening in the Season 1 finale. The sophomore premiere “Journey Into Night” shows the aftermath of that bloody night, while also leaping ahead to unfurl new secrets. Here are the biggest reveals and head-scratching questions from the Season 2 premiere.
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Amy Robach Snares Co-Anchor Duties on ABC’s ’20/20′

Amy Robach Snares Co-Anchor Duties on ABC’s ’20/20′
Amy Robach will take over as co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20,” replacing the departing Elizabeth Vargas on the longrunning ABC News newsmagazine. She will work with David Muir.

“Amy’s already well-known to our ’20/20′ audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff Monday. “She’s proved uniquely capable of connecting with a diverse and fascinating group of people to tell their stories, including Tonya Harding, Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, former Uva dean Nicole Eramo, and Monica Lewinsky for her first network interview in over a decade.
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Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy Team Up for 'Dirrty' Carpool Karaoke

Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy Team Up for 'Dirrty' Carpool Karaoke
Christina Aguilera and James Corden met up in the carpool lane on Monday night, and the result was beautiful in every single way.

The pop icon headlined Corden’s Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special, dueting with the TV host on a medley of her hits, including “Fighter” and “Beautiful.”

During the eight-minute road trip, embedded above, Xtina also filled Corden in on some revealing Mickey Mouse Club gossip circa 1995 — had a crush on Britney Spears! — and gave him a quick vocal lesson.

But the highlight of the car ride came during Corden and Aguilera’s performance of “Dirrty,
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Macaulay Culkin Reveals Why He Won’t Watch “Home Alone”

Macaulay Culkin revealed to Ellen Degeneres that he won’t watch “Home Alone”. In his interview with Ellen, Culkin told the television host that he can’t watch the movie that made the 10 year old a household name. The movie and its sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” are holiday staples, but to Culkin it was just a job. The now 37 year old actor appeared on “Ellen” to promote his new website, Bunnyears.com, a spoof on health and wellness websites. Why Macaulay Culkin won’t watch “Home Alone” Macaulay Culkin appeared in John Hughes’ comedy “Home Alone” and its

Macaulay Culkin Reveals Why He Won’t Watch “Home Alone
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General Hospital Spoilers: Nelle Finds A Situation To Her Advantage

General Hospital fans are not thrilled with the whole Nelle thing. She’s just not likable. She’s not a character people find they relate to or want around, and we aren’t sure why she’s still there. She’s still just as crazy as before, but she seems to have run her course. She’s doing the same thing over and over, and she’s looking to ruin lives for reasons we find to be a bit childish and ridiculous. And we can’t help but wonder what is going to happen to her when she’s in a situation she cannot control. And we can’t help

General Hospital Spoilers: Nelle Finds A Situation To Her Advantage
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Viacom’s Channel 5 Aims To Lift The Curse Of ‘The New Wife’ By Handing ITV Studios New Casting Challenge

Exclusive: Britain's Channel 5 is still searching for a New Wife after the Viacom-owned broadcaster engaged a third production company to cast the controversial entertainment format. The UK commercial broadcaster has been attempting to crack the show, which is described as Wife Swap-meets-Divorce Hotel, since commissioning it in June 2016. However, a series of missteps has meant that it has struggled to find contestants willing to appear on the show, which sets out to…
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Celebrities Who Have Publicly Said They Regret Supporting Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s presidential election may be one of the most divisive in the history of the United States. Although many celebrities made it clear that they did not support Trump’s presidential run and election in 2016, some celebrities that did publicly support Trump regret their decision. Canadian native and country singer Shania Twain just backtracked on comments she made supporting Trump in an interview with The Guardian. In the interview, Twain said, “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.” The comment angered many of her fans who took their comments to Twitter.

Celebrities Who Have Publicly Said They Regret Supporting Donald Trump
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Chad’s Arrested Again

Days of Our Lives fans suspect that what ends up being the reason behind Chad’s arrest is probably the discovery he makes of his wife in bed with his new half-brother. He’s still unaware of all that’s going on despite his suspicions, but this is what is happening. And he is not happy to find that his man has his wife’s alter ego in bed and doesn’t seem to realize that what he is doing is considered rape. It doesn’t matter if Gabby tells him it’s all right to take her to bed with him. She’s not the person who

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Chad’s Arrested Again
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The History of the Charles in Charge Theme Song

If you remember the old sitcom called Charles in Charge, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, this became one of the more popular TV series during the time that it originally aired. It was good enough the last five seasons for a total of 126 episodes, more than enough to allow it to go into syndication. Once it hit syndication after its original run, it enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and as a direct result, reruns were aired on several different television channels for a number of years after the original airing of the show had already come and gone.

The History of the Charles in Charge Theme Song
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Stars Come Out for Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown

A small town in Western Maryland is quickly becoming a place where filmmakers from around the world want to be seen. The seventh annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown officially opens Friday, April 27, and concludes with an award presentation Sunday, April 28, at various locations throughout downtown Hagerstown. The festival gets its “international” flair from the more than 400 films that were submitted from 13 countries at the festival — from shorts to feature-length — selected to be screened. Mdiff-h Executive Director Tracie Hovey said, “Each year we raise the bar higher when it comes to the film festival. We have more

Stars Come Out for Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
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First-time Filmmaker has ‘Jitters’ at Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown

“Jitters” might be the name of Otoja Abit’s film directorial debut, but it’s a notion he shouldn’t be feeling with big names behind his short film. “Jitters” will be shown as part of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Md. The film festival runs Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29. The 13-minute film tells the story of a man (played by Abit) who minutes before his wedding, locks himself away in the back of a church with his best man. Recalling the women of his past, he

First-time Filmmaker has ‘Jitters’ at Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
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‘Big Brother’ Commissioner Steve Regan Set To Leave Viacom’s UK Net Channel 5

Exclusive: Steve Regan, who oversees Big Brother for British broadcaster Channel 5, is on his way out of the Viacom-owned broadcaster. I understand that the company’s top entertainment commissioner is leaving the network and has been telling top-level execs in the UK. A number of producers at the recent Mip TV market in Cannes told me that Regan is no longer at Viacom's Camden HQ. Regan is one of the most senior entertainment buyers in the UK, having overseen Endemol
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The Top Five “Push Ups” Scenes in Movies

Push ups are one of the many exercises that are hard to screw up since really all it involves is getting yourself into position and pushing up from the ground. Of course you need to be able to actually push your weight up more than once to get any kind of benefit from it. There are a lot of variations to the push up, but a lot of movies will show the most basic form that a lot of people know and use. A couple of these clips go a little further with it by showing a couple of variations

The Top Five “Push Ups” Scenes in Movies
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Five Things You Never Knew about the Staple Singers

Another member of the gospel and R&B group from the 1970’s, the Staple Singers, passed away this week. Their musical style was very reminiscent of the music of the decade, having well-known hits such as “Respect Yourself” (we still need to do that) and “I’ll Take You There.” Both those songs made it to the top 10 of the Billboard charts, with a third, “Let’s Do It Again” reaching number 1 in 1975. The group performed in various locales in the city of Chicago before making the move to popular recording in the early 1970’s. Here are 5 things you

Five Things You Never Knew about the Staple Singers
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The Top Uses of Rakim Sons Song ‘Know The Ledge’ in Movies or TV

The song Juice (Know The Ledge) showed up originally on the movie Juice and was a big reason why Rakim became known for his storytelling style and was able to get the kind of attention he wanted. This song has been featured on several different tracks and has even been cited by rapper 50 Cent as the song that made him want to become a rapper. The story told throughout the song is about a street hustler that has to deal with the kind of lifestyle he’s made for himself while trying to stay alive. It’s a very skillful song

The Top Uses of Rakim Sons Song ‘Know The Ledge’ in Movies or TV
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