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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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The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Wyatt Has Questions for Steffy

The Bold and the Beautiful fans are not surprised that Flo doesn’t trust Reese. None of us do at this point. He’s clearly someone who has an agenda that is very much his own, but she’s also known him a lot longer than anyone else who is around here. What does this mean for her? Could it mean there is certain danger ahead for her in that she knows him and he is making things difficult on her? And what about his motives? Is he really trying so hard to do things to make people miserable on purpose, or is

The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Wyatt Has Questions for Steffy
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Suits Ep Previews Louis as the Boss, Katrina's Big Arc and Donna's New Man

Suits Ep Previews Louis as the Boss, Katrina's Big Arc and Donna's New Man
Big changes — and a fresh face — are afoot when Suits resumes Season 8 this Wednesday (USA Network, 10/9c).

For starters, Louis’ new leadership role will shake things up at the firm, allowing Robert Zane to be “a little bit more fun,” showrunner Aaron Korsh previews in the following Q&A. But not everyone will adjust to the changing power dynamics so easily.

Elsewhere, newly promoted senior partner Katrina gets a significant professional and personal storyline, while Donna finds herself catching the attention of a very different kind of man.

Tvline | How has having Louis as managing partner changed things in the firm,
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YouTube TV Expanding to Cover Entire U.S., No International Launch Plans Right Now

Soon, virtually anyone in the U.S. will be able to subscribe to YouTube TV, Google’s $40 monthly over-the-top internet television service aimed at cord-cutters.

First launched in five cities in April 2016, YouTube TV has been available in the top 100 markets in the U.S., covering around 85% of households, for about a year. Starting Wednesday (Jan. 23), the service will begin rolling out in an additional 95 markets, covering over 98% of Us households. The company said YouTube TV will be coming the remaining 15 of the U.S.’s 210 designated market areas will follow “shortly thereafter.”

For now, Google has no plans to
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Natpe: Turner Latin America, Dopamine Strike Three-Series Production Alliance (Exclusive)

Miami — Turner Latin America and Mexico’s Dopamine, a Salinas Group company, have struck a production alliance to develop and produce three original series: “Tu parte del trato,” “Amarres” and “Coyatl.”

The pact adds to the Natpe announcement on Monday of “Las Bravas F.C,” the first series in Turner Latin America’s five-year strategic production partnership with Mediapro.

In another deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Turner Latin America announced Tuesday an exclusive non-scripted representation and formats production deal for Tla on ITV formats for Latin America.

The Dopamine, Mediapro and ITV partnerships give further force to the muscular
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Covington Student From Lincoln Memorial Face-Off Explains 'Smirk,' Insists He Was 'Not Disrespectful'

Covington Student From Lincoln Memorial Face-Off Explains 'Smirk,' Insists He Was 'Not Disrespectful'
Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann did not taunt Native American activist Nathan Phillips, the teenager said during a Wednesday morning interview on NBC’s Today.

Sandmann, who was not identified by name until Sunday, made headlines over the long holiday weekend as the face of the Covington Catholic High School student group that was in Washington, D.C. on Friday for a March for Life event. Based on a first, brief video that went viral on Saturday, it appeared that the Covington students — many of whom were clad in “Make America Great Again” gear — and Sandmann in particular were mocking Phillips,
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Pol-ka at 25: Adrian Suar Sets New Era Agenda

Pol-ka at 25: Adrian Suar Sets New Era Agenda
Miami — Boldly taking on the challenges of TV’s future as it turns 25, Argentina’s Pol-ka Producciones, one of Latin America’s few historic independent TV companies, is turning to the past.

Shooting from Jan. 2, but set in Buenos Aires from 1936 to 1945, “Argentina, Land of Passion and Revenge,” intertwines the contrasting fates of three emigrants who flee Europe for Argentina. Torcuato mixes in high-society; Bruno, his brother in arms in Spain¡s Civil War before an act of extraordinary treachery on Torquato’s past, suffers far worse luck; and Raquel, a Polish ingenue, even worse, ending up in a brothel.
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Pol-ka at 25: 2019’s Production Slate Highlights

Madrid — Pol-ka’s banner titles straddle telenovelas and international-length series. Here are highlights, projects, productions and shows now screening packing one of the most ambitious slates of any Latin American company:

‘Argentina, Land Of Passion And Revenge’ (Pol-ka)

The big one, at least for free-to-air. A period piece, so far more expensive to shoot, so rarer as a production, and a potential event series. A portrait of Spain’s diaspora to Argentina after its Civil War, the tawdry ethics of the new (and old) homeland, betrayal, passion, poverty and ill-gotten gains. A big play by Pol-ka to snatch Telefe’s ratings crown for El Trece.
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Natpe Briefs: ‘Judge Jerry’ Sets Ep, Sony Pictures Pacts With ‘Ugly Betty’ Creator

NBCUniversal’s “Judge Jerry” has set its production team and reached 90% clearance across the U.S. for its fall launch. The court show hosted by longtime talk show host Jerry Springer will be exec produced by Kerry Shannon, previously a producer on “Jerry Springer Show.” Leah Ponce and Joe Scott, alums of “Judge Judy” and other court shows, are on board as co-exec producers. “The combination of Jerry’s proven experience in broadcast television and his legal mind will make ‘Judge Jerry’ like no other courtroom show on TV,” Shannon said. New stations lined up for the gaveler include Tribune
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Tamron Hall Brings Her Truth and TV Training to Daytime Talk Show

Miami — Tamron Hall is proud of her TV trifecta.

For a few years, the former “Today” anchor could be found most weekdays airing on three networks at the same time.

During her 2010-2016 tenure as a co-anchor of “Today’s” 9 a.m. hour, Hall would follow that show by switching to an anchor slot on MSNBC. And she also hosted the NBC-produced series “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” for Investigation Discovery. There were many days when the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” would air on the West Coast while she was anchoring live on MSNBC and ID would run
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Meredith Vieira Back in Syndication Game With ’25 Words or Less’

Meredith Vieira Back in Syndication Game With ’25 Words or Less’
Miami — Meredith Vieira is stocking up on stationary.

The former “Today” anchor and panelist on “The View” is set to return to daytime TV in the fall as host of the syndicated game show “25 Words or Less,” from Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television. Vieira is a 15-time Emmy winner who has worked all over the dial as a host, news anchor, producer and editor. But she is unabashed in her love of watching and hosting game shows.

“I like a challenge and I love game,” Vieira told Variety as she made the rounds of TV station general managers here
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Meet the Cast of New CBS Show “Fam”

Fam is one of those series in which you’d probably love to see a happy ending but one of the writers decided to say “hey, this is too sappy, let’s throw in a monkey wrench in the form of a younger sibling that causes a bunch of mayhem to their older sibling’s well-ordered life”. That’s about what it is since Clem has her life in order, she has her fiance, gets along with his parents, and everything is going great. Then her younger sister Shannon decides to move in since she’s having problems with her life and decides to kind

Meet the Cast of New CBS Show “Fam
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Univision and Story House Alums Launch Production Banner Dubbed Immigrant

Former Story House Entertainment CEO Camila Jiménez-Villa and Silvana Aguirre, creator and showrunner of “El Chapo,” have joined forces to launch a production company dubbed the Immigrant.

Based in Los Angeles and Miami, Immigrant will develop and produce premium content in the U.S., Latin America and Spain. The shingle will focus on multicultural stories and talent in the United States, while sourcing stories with international appeal from Latin America and Spain.

New company has up to seven English-language and Spanish-language scripted projects in development, including a co-production with Italian production house Wildside to be helmed by Argentine award-winning writer-director
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Pol-ka at 25: New TV Business, New Models

In 2010, Pol-ka Producciones produced two long-format series concurrently every half year, airing in primetime on Argentine broadcast network El Trece, blocking out two hours, and running on average to over 120 episodes.

For 2019, as it turns 25, it will be producing two not four long-format series, including banner title “Argentina, Land of Passion and Revenge” – 7 series and 15 short content formats.

That is just one indication of how the ground have shifted under Pol-ka’s feet, as of the TV industry’s at large, obliging it to adopt new business models.

“Our core business just five to ten years ago was two prime
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Netflix Launches ‘Justice,’ Its First Series From the UAE

There’s “Justice” for Netflix. The streamer has bought the landmark legal drama from the United Arab Emirates and launched it around the world this week. It is the first Emirati series to run on the Svod platform.

The show, from Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Beelink Productions, originally bowed on pay-tv platform Osn in the Middle East, where it was titled “Qalb Al Adalah.” It broke new ground locally and is the biggest show out of the UAE.

“Justice” follows an ambitious young lawyer, Farah (Mansoor Al Feeli), who returns home after obtaining her law degree in the U.
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20/20 Hindsight: The Best Movies of 1998

As we start to close out on the decade, so much of what made it unique started to fall by the wayside. Disney-branded animation, truly independent indies, 1980s holdovers and an incredible run of comedies all began to falter at the close of the 90’s. At the same time, much of what would become dominant in cinema over the following decade – Christopher Nolan, J-Horror and ‘realistic’ blockbusters – all began to take shape here. The result was a wonderfully tumultuous year that acts as a cross-section of not just two decades, but two centuries of entertainment. 10. Mulan By

20/20 Hindsight: The Best Movies of 1998
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