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

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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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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 the veteran director 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
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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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WarnerMedia Debuts Content Innovation Lab Fueled by At&T Tech

WarnerMedia is launching an incubator meant to “combine emerging technologies with content from across its operating units to create new and innovative consumer experiences and businesses,” the company announced Tuesday.

Led by Jesse Redniss, Turner’s executive VP of data strategy and product innovation, the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab is looking to integrate its intellectual property and talent with At&T’s technological advancements in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, and mixed reality. The goal is to create more “immersive content engagement” and other viewer experiences.

The incubator is expected to first explore the development of augmented reality,
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Criminal Minds' A.J. Cook Talks Directorial Debut's 'Startling' Opening, If Bau Will Survive Final Season

Criminal Minds' A.J. Cook Talks Directorial Debut's 'Startling' Opening, If Bau Will Survive Final Season
Criminal Minds‘ 312th episode marked a first for original cast member A.J. Cook, who stepped behind the camera as director. And it sounds like the episode she helped bring to life is a doozy.

“It was such a great privilege and honor to finally get to do this,” Cook tells TVLine. “Directing for me has been a lifelong goal, but I’m a big believer in ‘things happen when they’re supposed to happen.’ I could not be happier.”

With her debut, Cook is one of no less than five series regulars to double as director during the CBS drama’s next-to-last season,
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Natpe: 5 Takes on Brazil’s Globo and Its 2019 Lineup

Miami — In hallowed tradition, Brazilian TV giant Globo unveiled its Natpe line-up on the first day of the Miami trade fair.

With scripted and non-scripted promos playing to a thundering soundtrack Jerry Bruckheimer would have been proud of, this was, as ever for Globo, a polished and powerful presentation. But it also said much about where Globo is going. Five takes from the Jan. 22 Natpe presentation.

1. Globo Moves

In explanations of strategy, from CEO Carlos Henrique Schroder onwards, and the presentation’s motto- “Let’s Move Together” – Globo, by its own admission, is evolving in industry terms. Some indicators:

*Globo
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Live+7 Ratings for Week of Dec. 31: ‘Masked Singer’ Premiere Grows by 40 Percent

Live+7 Ratings for Week of Dec. 31: ‘Masked Singer’ Premiere Grows by 40 Percent
The series premiere of “The Masked Singer” continued to pay dividends to Fox in the delayed viewing numbers.

In Live+7 for the week of Dec. 31, “The Masked Singer”–which already had the biggest Live+3 gain of any unscripted premiere ever–rose 40% from its Live+Same Day haul in adults 18-49 to a 4.2 rating. In total viewers, the show grew 38% to 12.96 million after seven days of playback. It ranked as the second highest-rated entertainment show and the fourth highest-rated show of the week overall.

The NFL continued to dominate the charts for the week, as did the Golden Globes, all of
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How the Show Below Deck has Changed Since Season 1

The charter business isn’t always the most glamorous business it’s made out to be, and Below Deck has shown this to be all too true through six seasons and man episodes that still only seem to give a small picture of what life on a luxury yacht can be like. It’s not all smiles and rainbows obviously, but then again it’s not meant to be since the people working together and existing in close proximity need to be able to stand one another in order to get through the season. Throughout each season things have changed as people have come

How the Show Below Deck has Changed Since Season 1
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TVLine Items: Kerry Washington's Son on Netflix, President Renewed and More

Netflix is bringing Kerry Washington‘s Broadway turn to the masses: The streamer is adapting the 2018 play American Son, with cast members Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee set to reprise their roles.

Director Kenny Leon will also return to helm the Netflix production, which begins filming this February in New York City.

American Son tells the story of interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Showtime has renewed the Stephen Colbert-produced animated comedy Our Cartoon President
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Viacom Digital Studios’ Paula Kaplan Expands Role to Oversee Talent for Nickelodeon

Paula Kaplan, the executive vice president of talent and development at Viacom Digital Studios, is expanding her role to new include overseeing talent for Nickelodeon.

Kaplan’s new title will be executive vice president of talent and development for Viacom Digital Studios and Evp of talent for Nickelodeon. Kaplan will report to both Brian Robbins, president of Nickelodeon, and Kelly Day, president of Viacom Digital Studios. For Nickelodeon, Kaplan will lead all talent relations across television, music programming and events, and overseeing casting for live-action and animation properties. She has been with Viacom Digital Studios since April 2018.

“Paula is a
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The Top Five Serious Moments on Brooklyn Nine Nine

It’s hard to believe that a show as funny and over the top as Brooklyn Nine-Nine could actually have a serious moment here and there. But one has to keep in mind that it’s still a cop show and as a result there’s going to be enough serious content that needs to spill over occasionally since it can’t be all laughs and giggles. Of course when you look at a cast such as this and expect them to simply be stone-faced the entire time it would seem that you’re asking for a lot since a good number of them have

The Top Five Serious Moments on Brooklyn Nine Nine
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‘The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 5 at Syfy, Adds New Co-Showrunner

Syfy has renewed “The Magicians” for a fifth season just ahead of the fourth season premiere. The show has also promoted Henry Alonso Myers to co-showrunner for the fifth season.

“‘The Magicians’ raised the bar at Syfy and has gained momentum season after season, attracting a new audience to the channel. We are proud of this series as it continues to break the boundaries of storytelling,” said Bill McGoldrick, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels of the same name, “The Magicians” centers on a group of 20-somethings from Brakebills University as
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The Magicians Renewed for Season 5

The Magicians Renewed for Season 5
There’s no need to wait until tomorrow for some The Magicians goodness: Syfy today renewed the magical drama for Season 5, ahead of show’s Season 4 return on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (at 9/8c).

Additionally, executive producer Henry Alonso Myers has been promoted to co-showrunner alongside John McNamara and Sera Gamble for Season 5.

“We couldn’t be happier or more excited to conjure another year of magic and all it entails — love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, sex, foul language, drugs, battling gods, monsters and the most dangerous enemies of all: other human beings,” McNamara and Gamble said in a statement. “We have the best writers,
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Chicago Fire's Gentle Human Mouch Blows Up at Otis in a Jarring Sneak Peek

Considered half man, half couch for his love of posting up in front of the TV when he's not on duty, Chicago Fire's Mouch (Christian Stolte) is a kind and gentle human being. But when you make fun of his age, all bets are off.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Wednesday's episode, Otis (Yuri Sardarov)

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‘Song of Parkland’ Trailer: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drama Students Try to Heal Their Community

It’s been less than a year since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 17 students and staff died in the attack, leaving both the school community and the entire country unsure of how to move forward. The new HBO documentary “Song of Parkland” shows how the school’s drama department returned to school in the wake of the tragedy to put on a production to help unite the school. In addition to chronicling the efforts of the students to finish the production, the film also follows a number of Stoneman Douglas classmates as they became prominent activists throughout the rest of 2018. In addition to working to finish the last of their rehearsals, the newly released trailer for the film shows the students marching in demonstrations.

Read More: Stephen Colbert on Gun Violence: ‘Now Is the Time for Action to Keep Our Communities Safe’

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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,
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