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

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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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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TV Roundup: Netflix Releases First Trailer For New Ray Romano Stand Up Special (Watch)

In today’s TV News Roundup, Netflix teases new stand up special “Ray Romano: Right Here, Around The Corner.”

First Looks

Ray Romano returns for his first stand up comedy special in 23 years with “Ray Romano: Right Here, Around The Corner.” Doing two shows in one night in Manhattan, Romano riffs on friends, marriage, and aging. The specials debuts Feb. 5 on Netflix.

Casting

Jeff Lima is returning to NBC’s “Chicago Fire” in his recurring role as Leon Cruz starting with season seven, episode 15, airing Feb. 13. Lima was last seen in season six. He will return again during the
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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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Rel Co-Creator Kevin Barnett Dead at 32

Stand-up comedian and TV writer Kevin Barnett, who co-created the Fox sitcom Rel and wrote for Broad City and The Carmichael Show, has died at the age of 32, our sister site Variety reports.

Barnett died while on vacation in Mexico; the cause of death is currently unknown. News of his passing was first announced by New York City comedy club The Stand, where Barnett had previously performed:

Rest in peace Kevin Barnett pic.twitter.com/FM6ctlQEDo

— The Stand NYC (@TheStandNYC) January 22, 2019

A stand-up comedian on the rise, Barnett created Fox’s freshman comedy Rel along with Josh Rabinowitz and star Lil Rel Howery,
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The Best Uses of Steve Winwood Songs in Movies

Steve Winwood is the kind of musician that started at an early age and seemed to fall in love with the music since he would actually perform with his father and brother in licensed pubs when he was still too young to be in such places. As he played the piano during these times the instrument had to be turned about so that his back was the to the audience to hide the fact that he was so obviously underage. That didn’t stop him from creating a career that has spanned for decades though and by the time he was

The Best Uses of Steve Winwood Songs in Movies
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America’s Got Talent: Young DJ Rocks House. Howie Gets Golden Buzzer.

The intense competition continues in this week’s America’s Got Talent: Champions. Ten more acts from around the globe fight for a chance to be in the finals. Who will make it and more importantly, who will get the coveted Golden Buzzer? Best Acts: Angelica Hale This young singer is adorable. Her singing is very good. Though I think some of her high notes sounded a little off, she still manages to belt out Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. I also like that she put her own twist on it, incorporating some quick note changes within the song. The judges, aside from

America’s Got Talent: Young DJ Rocks House. Howie Gets Golden Buzzer.
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Blue Bloods Vet Jennifer Esposito Returns to NYPD With Svu Role

Blue Bloods Vet Jennifer Esposito Returns to NYPD With Svu Role
Jennifer Esposito loves flashing herself a badge.

Having previously fought crime on CBSBlue Bloods and then NCIS, Esposito will next return to the NYPD with a role on Law & Order: Svu, as cast member Ice-t revealed on Twitter over the weekend. Watch his video message with Esposito below:

On location NYC 7 degrees #Svu @JennifersWayJE Kinda Cold… pic.twitter.com/awgirR8CAX

— Ice T (@Finallevel) January 21, 2019

TVLine has since confirmed that Esposito will appear in the Thursday, Feb. 14 episode of the long-running NBC crime drama as Sgt. Phoebe Baker, who runs the Vice squad and teams up with Svu to
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Rel Co-Creator Kevin Barnett Dies While on Vacation in Mexico

Kevin Barnett, the co-creator and executive producer of Fox's comedy Rel, has died while on vacation in Mexico, Deadline reports. Barnett was believed to be in his early 30s, but there are no details regarding the cause of death at publish time.

Barnett posted a photo from his trip to Instagram on

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about George Eads

George Eads is an American actor. He tends to be best-known for having played Nick Strokes on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In more recent times, Eads played Jack Dalton on MacGyver, but that has come to an end as well. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about George Eads: 1. George Means “Farmer” George comes from the Greek name Georgios, which in turn, comes from a Greek word meaning “farmer.” It is interesting to note that while St. George became a popular figure in the English-speaking world because of the Crusades, the name didn’t

10 Things You Didn’t Know about George Eads
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Comedian Kevin Barnett Dies in Mexico at 32

Kevin Barnett, the comedian behind Fox comedy series “Rel,” has died while on vacation in Mexico of unknown causes. He was 32.

Barnett’s New York City-based comedy career was just taking off at the time of his death, having recently executive produced and co-created Fox TV series “Rel” alongside comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz.

Barnett and Rabinowitz had previously been head writers and appeared in TruTV’s “Friends of the People,” and as writer-producers on “The Carmichael Show.”

The up-and-coming comedian served as writer on the “House-sitting” episode of “Broad City.” He also appeared on HBO’s “Funny
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Roz Chast Memoir ‘Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series (Exclusive)

Famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is taking her sardonic wit to a television screen near you. Her best-selling graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” is being adapted into a half-hour television series by Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures and Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots, Variety has learned.

Emmy-winning writer Sheila R. Lawrence will serve as the showrunner. The pilot, which Lawrence wrote, will be directed by veteran helmer Kwapis.

Kwapis will executive produce with Alexandra Beattie, his partner at the shingle In Cahoots; Rawat; and Monica Levinson.

Chast’s critically acclaimed memoir — a finalist for the
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Meet the Couple Behind Flip or Flop Nashville

If you’re like a bunch of people that were turned on to the Flip or Flop show that showed viewers just what it’s like to flip homes that are about falling down so as to gain a profit then you’ve likely seen just how tough it can be on relationships and what it really means when it comes to the mental and physical health of the individuals doing the work. With DeRon Jenkins and Paige Turner however those relationship issues are already over and done with so there’s no real issue on that front, meaning that they can be business

Meet the Couple Behind Flip or Flop Nashville
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