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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

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Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentleman” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere
Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.

Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.

Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the
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What Will Happen to ‘The Simpsons’ as Disney Takes Over Fox?

What Will Happen to ‘The Simpsons’ as Disney Takes Over Fox?
When “The Simpsons” ends its 30th and current season this spring, it will have racked up 663 original episodes — having a season ago passed “Gunsmoke” (635) as the longest-running scripted program in television history. But with the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox pending, one of TV’s least likely institutions could prove more valuable to its new owner in retirement than as a going concern.

Sources with knowledge of negotiations tell Variety that Fbc and studio 20th Century Fox Television are near completion of a deal to renew “The Simpsons” for a 31st and 32nd season. The terms of the agreement,
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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)

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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)
Showtime has renewed the animated comedy “Our Cartoon President” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively.

The 10-episode second season is slated to debut later this year. Stephen Colbert executive produces along with Chris Licht and showrunner R.J. Fried. Tim Luecke serves as lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin serves as consulting producer. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios.

The series offers a satirical look at a “normal day” inside the presidential administration of Donald Trump. In addition to Trump, administration officials like Betsy DeVos, Jared Kushner, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump have all been parodied on the show in addition to many others.

The first season showed the cartoon president’s attempts at “winning” the State of the Union address, comforting disaster victims, rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments, and highlighted his relationship with the media

The show was originally picked up
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HBO Asia and Catchplay Team up for ‘The World Between Us’

Pan-regional pay-tv group HBO Asia and Taiwan-based streaming video company Catchplay are to jointly distribute Taiwanese crime drama “The World Between Us.” The 10-part series will air from March.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lin Chun-Yang (“The Soul If Bread”) and written by the Lu Shih-Yuan (“Dear Ex”), “World” plunges into the aftermath of a mass shooting. The fate of the killer, the victims, the victims’ families, the media and the defense teams are all intertwined. Production is by Taiwanese broadcaster, Public Television Service (Pts).

The show features an all-star ensemble cast from Taiwan including Alyssa Chia, James Wen and Wu Kang-Jen.
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‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Jack’s Post-Vietnam Lie: ‘Not Talking to His Brother Definitely Upset Me’

‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Jack’s Post-Vietnam Lie: ‘Not Talking to His Brother Definitely Upset Me’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Songbird Road, Part One,” the 11th episode of the third season of “This Is Us.”

This Is Us” patriarch Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) may have kept a big secret from his family — that his brother Nicky (Michael Angarano) did not actually die in the Vietnam War — but it turns out Nicky kept quite a secret from him, as well.

The boat explosion in Vietnam that caused Jack to dive in the water after his brother left Nicky unscathed physically, but because it claimed the life of a local boy,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Yanet Garcia

It’s interesting to live in a world where looks can earn a person a fortune so long as they have a dazzling smile and can convince people that they’re worth their time. As much as that might sound like hateful cynicism the truth is that Yanet Garcia has banked on this for some time now and quite honestly has made it work for her. People can say whatever they’d like about the woman but the truth remains that she found a way to get paid and to put what she has to use and while it might seem unfair at

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Yanet Garcia
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This Is Us Is Shattering Our Perfect Image of Jack

Patient This Is Usfans were finally rewarded Tuesday night when the NBC drama shed some light on Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) trauma in Vietnam. More importantly, the audience learned why the seemingly unflappable Pearson patriarch lied to his family about the death of his little brother, Nicky (

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Natpe: Btf Media, Vince Gerardis Pact for Six Projects (Exclusive)

Miami — Btf Media, producer of breakout series “Hasta Que te Conocí” and “El Secreto de Selena,” is teaming with Vince Gerardis, a co-executive producer with George Martin on “Game of Thrones,” on a six-project co-production alliance.

Spearheaded at Btf Media by founder-partner Ricardo Coeto, the agreement takes in the development and co-production of the exclusive projects which the partners describe as having a “Latin-facing content.”

“This will be the beginning of a great relationship between Gerardis and Btf. We are very happy to announce this new venture for six titles, said Coeto who runs Btf Media with fellow founder Francisco Cordero.
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This Is Us Reveals Jack and Nicky's Post-Vietnam Relationship, What Really Happened on That Boat

This Is Us Reveals Jack and Nicky's Post-Vietnam Relationship, What Really Happened on That Boat
Need to catch up? Check out the previous This Is Us recap here.

What we thought might’ve happened on a horrible day in This Is Us‘ Vietnam storyline… didn’t, this week’s episode reveals. Jack’s brother Nicky didn’t go out on a boat with a box of explosives because he wanted to end his life, or because he was so high he didn’t know any better.

But the truth of what did happen on that day during the war is so, so much worse — as Kevin, Randall and Kate learn when they track their uncle down.
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Is The Show Ancient Aliens: Declassified a Fake?

Due to the nature of its content, the History Channel has earned a number of scornful nicknames. One excellent example is the Hitler Channel, which started up because of what once seemed like a ceaseless torrent of World War Two programming. Another excellent example is the Pseudohistory Channel, which started up because of its noxious mix of cynicism and credulousness, as shown by shows such as Ancient Aliens: Declassified. In short, Ancient Aliens: Declassified is supposed to be an “enhanced” version of Ancient Aliens in the sense that each episode is packed with more information. However, since said information is

Is The Show Ancient Aliens: Declassified a Fake?
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’: Anthony Scaramucci Says There is ‘No Chance’ He’d Be Invited to Work for Trump Again

Would former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci ever work for Donald Trump again? According to him, no — due to disinterest from those currently working with the president.

“If I’m really being totally objective, there’s no chance I would get invited back,” Scaramucci said in the second half of the two-part “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” season premiere.

Comedian Tom Green, who is also a houseguest in the second season of the CBS reality show, asked Scaramucci the question point-blank. A former contestant on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Green has already pointed out that he, too, was previously fired by the president.
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The Conners Finale: Sara Gilbert on David's Return, [Spoiler]'s Exit and That Big 'Emotional Punch'

The Conners Finale: Sara Gilbert on David's Return, [Spoiler]'s Exit and That Big 'Emotional Punch'
The following story contains spoilers about The Conners‘ Season 1 finale — proceed at your own peril

Turns out Tuesday’s Season 1 finale of The Conners featured two big returns. In addition to Johnny Galecki’s buzzed-about comeback as David, “We Continue to Truck” resurrected another pivotal character (albeit an inanimate one): the Lunch Box! The ill-fated eatery — now under new management — served as the backdrop for Jackie’s emotional breakdown (triggered by her split from Matthew Broderick’s two-timing alter ego Peter).

Jackie wasn’t the only Conner to end the season in crisis mode. Becky’s baby daddy Emilio was deported,
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First Look at SAG Awards’ Cuban-Inspired After-Party (Exclusive)

Celebrities at this year’s SAG Awards won’t have to go far for some tropical fun.

Sunday’s annual post-show gala, hosted by People magazine for the 23rd year, is set to feature a Cuban-themed party space adjacent to the Shrine Auditorium.

“We’re kind of going back to more of a thematic element. I have some close friends that have opened up a restaurant and hotel in Havana, and have some very close ties to great Cuban artists,” event producer Tony Schubert told Variety. “I was just inspired by their travels and all the elements that I saw that they were bringing home.
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Meet the Cast of the Show Speechless

Speechless is more or less about a family that moves to a different part of town where their son Jj, who has cerebral palsy and can’t speak for himself, will have an easier time in school as the local school does have accommodations that will see that he is allowed to earn a better education. It’s touching in a way since it allows people to watch a show and gain hope that there are ways to satisfy the needs of the kids in the family without sacrificing for one and leaving the others behind. Of course when they move into

Meet the Cast of the Show Speechless
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James Gandolfini’s Son Michael Gandolfini Cast as Tony Soprano in ‘Sopranos’ Movie

James Gandolfini’s Son Michael Gandolfini Cast as Tony Soprano in ‘Sopranos’ Movie
Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, will play the young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the television series “The Sopranos.”

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini said. “I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for ‘The Many Saints of Newark.’”

Alan Taylor is directing the movie for New Line. The cast includes Cory Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal,
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Sopranos Prequel: James Gandolfini's Son Michael to Play Young Tony

Leave it to the Sopranos prequel to keep it all in the family: Michael Gandolfini, the son of late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, will play a young version of Tony Soprano in the upcoming film, according to our sister site Deadline.

The prequel, titled The Many Saints of Newark, is set during the Newark riots of the 1960s, and centers on Tony’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti, to be played by Doll & Em‘s Alessandro Nivola. Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Billy Magnussen (Maniac) have also signed on to join the cast,
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Hey Hollywood, There Are Other Black Colleges Besides Howard

After Jordan Peele dropped the trailer for his new film Us on Christmas, some of the giddiest reactions were not a result of the movie itself, but the sight of star Winston Duke rocking a sweatshirt that said Howard on the front. Howard University, of course, is the famous historically black college

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Troy Gentry

It’s always tragic when someone passes away but when it has to do with something that another person did, be it inadvertent or not, it becomes even more so. Troy Gentry was a popular country music singer and part of the duo that made up the group Montgomery Gentry. His life was all about his music and his family most times and he was loved by a lot of different people when it came to the kind of performances he put on with his band. But during what should have been a routine tour of New Jersey in a helicopter

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Troy Gentry
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