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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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Dancing with the Stars Finale: 5 Things to Know About Crooning Heartthrob Jordan Fisher

Dancing with the Stars Finale: 5 Things to Know About Crooning Heartthrob Jordan Fisher
A young fan base was already “Hopelessly Devoted” to Dancing with the Stars contestant Jordan Fisher even before he became a frontrunner.

The Hamilton and Grease: Live star is partnered with pro dancer Lindsay Arnold for season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition.

Watch: Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold’s Semifinals Performance

Fisher, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama, is your new crush, whether or not you know it yet. Here are five things to know about him:

1. He’s a theater kid through and through.

Fisher began his acting career at Birmingham’s Red Mountain Theatre Company, though he was first
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black-ish Premiere Recap: Dre Strikes a Hamilton-Inspired Blow for Juneteenth

black-ish Premiere Recap: Dre Strikes a Hamilton-Inspired Blow for Juneteenth
“As much as I love the Fourth of July, shouldn’t the real independence day be the real day everybody was free?” Dre reasons in black-ish‘s Season 4 premiere. Then, with an argument that’s pretty hard to refute, the ABC comedy points out exactly how much black people have done for the United States of America — and how little acknowledgement they’ve received in return.

After stewing in the audience at Jack and Diane’s school play — a dramatic, sanitized retelling of Columbus’ arrival in America — Dre makes a scene that brings the production to a halt. “I can
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Dancing With the Stars Isn't the First Time Jordan Fisher Stole Your Heart

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Dancing With the Stars Isn't the First Time Jordan Fisher Stole Your Heart
Image Source: Getty / Paul Zimmerman There are so many reasons we love Dancing With the Stars. While we obviously can't get enough of the incredible performances, each season also gives us new celebrities to obsess over. Aside from getting to know violinist Lindsey Stirling, it's also introducing us to Jordan Fisher, or should we say reintroducing us? While the singer made waves during the season 25 premiere this week, the dancing competition certainly isn't the first time you've seen his face. Get ready to know more about the 23-year-old (yes, he's only 23!) below. RelatedDancing With the Stars: Here's Who Is Joining the Season 25 Cast He was raised by his grandparents. Jordan, along with his two siblings Cory and Trinity, was legally adopted by his maternal grandparents, Rodney and Pat, at a young age. His biological mother, who was 16 when she gave birth to Jordan, struggled with substance abuse and doesn't have a relationship with her children.
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5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Crooning Heartthrob Jordan Fisher

5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Crooning Heartthrob Jordan Fisher
People is celebrating the Sept. 18 premiere of Dancing with the Stars‘ 25th season with 25 days of exclusive interviews, fun retrospectives, and new details about what fans can expect from the milestone season.

A young fan base is already “Hopelessly Devoted” to Dancing with the Stars contestant Jordan Fisher.

The Hamilton and Grease: Live star is partnered with pro dancer Lindsay Arnold for season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition, the network announced Wednesday morning.

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Fisher, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama, is your new crush, whether or not you know it yet.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Carson Kressley on ‘How Drag Can Help Us Cope with Some of the Toughest Moments Life Can Offer’

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Carson Kressley on ‘How Drag Can Help Us Cope with Some of the Toughest Moments Life Can Offer’
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Spoiler Warning: Details about Friday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race are revealed below.

I wasn’t on set to see Valentina win her challenge last week, but I can assure you I was cheering for her from the bed of my mansion in Bel Air (oh wait, that was Joan Crawford during the ’38 Oscars!). But nonetheless, I was thrilled for her big win. I’ve become a fan of Valentina and I think I speak for all the judges when I say we look forward to what she
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Ex-tna World Champion Officially Debuts On Nxt! The Rock For President? | WrestleTalk News

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

In today’s WrestleTalk News, which ex-tna World Heavyweight Champion officially debuted on the Nxt TV tapings last night (note: the debut hasn’t aired on Nxt yet, so it’s a definite spoiler), have Tna had to move their biggest PPV of the year because of WWE? And will The Rock run for President of the United States? 2016 has officially lost its mind.

Make America Rock Again!

Our top story today is which former Tna world champion who made his long awaited debut at the most recent Nxt tapings, but first – a quick bit of foreshadowing, because – let’s be honest – we’re all petrified of change. In the spirit of the brand split, we’re going to revamp the look of the WrestleTalk News next week. Start getting excited.

But
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ABC relaunches streaming app featuring full seasons of classic shows

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ABC relaunches streaming app featuring full seasons of classic shows
This morning, ABC announced that it has relaunched its streaming service with a new name and a ton of new shows. ABCd will not just have digital short series but also has full seasons of 38 "throwback" shows such as 8 Simple Rules, My So-Called Life, Felicity (which aired on The WB but is owned by ABC), Ellen, Ugly Betty, and more. ABCd also has a whole new interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV and access to full episode of current shows on demand (such as Modern Family and Quantico). One of the most interesting elements is its collection of original digital series. Per the press release, here are descriptions of each series. “All My Gay Friends are Getting Married” A celebration of gay marriage through the eyes of only mildly bitter single girl, Michelle Collins, who’s realizing that everyone is now getting married – except her. She’ll
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ABC Relaunches Streaming Service With 38 Older Series, Seven Original Digital Shorts

ABC has re-launched its streaming service with full seasons of 38 classic shows, seven original digital series featuring comedians including Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, and a redesigned user interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. All series, including Betrayal, Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, School House Rock, Sports Night and Ugly Betty, and the digital shorts will be available on ABC.com and ABC apps. "Our team has completely …
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ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy

ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy
ABC has relaunched its streaming service with not just a new name — ABCd — but a bevy of new bells and whistles.

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For one, full seasons of 38 “throwback” series — including Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, Body of Proof and Sports Night — will be available via the free, ad-supported service.

Other past programs now streaming include 8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Commander in Chief, Detroit 1-8-7, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect,
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ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows

ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows
ABC is not going down the subscription VOD route, at least for now: The Alphabet network is relaunching its video-streaming service with seven original digital short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, plus full seasons of 38 older shows — all available on the free, ad-supported service.

The network is launching the new digital shorts under the “ABCd” banner, an initiative that got under way last year as previously reported by Variety. Those, along with the “throwback” series, which include “Betrayal,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life,” “School House Rock,” “Sports Night” and “Ugly Betty,” will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in. Other broadcasters, by contrast, have introduced Netflix-style pay services, like NBCUniversal’s Seeso and CBS All Access (while The CW’s CW Seed is also a free, ad-supported service with original series and library content).

“Our team has completely
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President Obama Slow-Jam Slams Donald Trump in Tonight Show Video: 'Orange Is Not the New Black'

President Obama Slow-Jam Slams Donald Trump in Tonight Show Video: 'Orange Is Not the New Black'
Here’s a question we never thought we’d ask ourselves: Did President Obama just steal Madonna’s thunder?

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Like most of you, we tuned into The Tonight Show on Thursday in anticipation of a killer performance from the Queen of Pop. What we weren’t expecting was an ambush of smoothness from Obama during a show-opening edition of “Slow Jam the News.”

Equal parts Soul Train– and School House Rock-inspired, the duet retraced several of Obama’s recent initiatives — often
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5 Things to Know About Your New Crush, Grease: Live's Jordan Fisher

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5 Things to Know About Your New Crush, Grease: Live's Jordan Fisher
If you missed Grease: Live on Sunday night, we feel bad for you. Not only because the entire production was magical (here are the gifs as proof), but also because you didn't get to experience the wonder that is 21-year-old Jordan Fisher, who played Doody in the production. Fisher, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama, is your new crush, whether or not you know it yet. Here are five things to know about him: 1. He's a theater kid through and through.Fisher began his acting career at Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company, though was first introduced to the stage at Paine Intermediate School in nearby Trussville.
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5 Things to Know About Your New Crush, Grease: Live's Jordan Fisher

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5 Things to Know About Your New Crush, Grease: Live's Jordan Fisher
If you missed Grease: Live on Sunday night, we feel bad for you. Not only because the entire production was magical (here are the gifs as proof), but also because you didn't get to experience the wonder that is 21-year-old Jordan Fisher, who played Doody in the production. Fisher, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama, is your new crush, whether or not you know it yet. Here are five things to know about him: 1. He's a theater kid through and through.Fisher began his acting career at Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company, though was first introduced to the stage at Paine Intermediate School in nearby Trussville.
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Cameron Diaz And Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Cameron Diaz And Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
In Cameron Diaz, “Saturday Night Live” has its second consecutive host making an appearance after a lengthy absence. Although Diaz has hosted the show three times before, this is her first time doing so since 2005. Will there be “Annie” sketches? Probably! Will there be a Jamie Foxx and/or Quvenzhané Wallis cameo? Possibly! Will Bruno Mars make an in-sketch appearance in addition to his musical role tonight? Likely! Will this be an exciting episode or one that puts audiences to sleep faster than Thanksgiving dinner? Who knows! As always, I’ll be liveblogging the show in real time, assigning grades to each segment. As always, I’ll remind you that comedy is subjective and the grades don’t have any more power than you allow them to have. As always, a few of you will ignore that last statement and quibble over a “B-“ versus a “B”. It’s cool.
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Sarah Jessica Parker: 'I want to start each day with you'

Has Sjp's role as Kira Supernova in Escape From Planet Earth fostered a belief in aliens? Is it the best-named character she has ever played? And is she sick of being asked about Sex and the City 3?

Hello Sarah. Is Escape From Planet Earth your first animated movie?

I think it's the first full-length theatrical release. I don't recall any more, to be honest. I've probably done short-form voice stuff before. (1)

And this is your third space-themed movie.

It is? Remind me.

Well, there was Flight of the Navigator, and then Mars Attacks!

Ah, yes, you're right. I seem to be drawn to the genre, even though I don't even remember that I am.

In some ways, would you see this as the completion of a trilogy?

Oh my God, I love that you're looking at it with such a scholarly approach. Yes! Let's pretend that that's exactly why I did it.
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Watch: Banned SNL Clip?

Watch: Banned SNL Clip?
In March of 1998, Robert Smigel's popular "TV Funhouse" cartoon segment on "Saturday Night Live" featured one particularly political short called "Conspiracy Theory Rock!". In it, corporations like Ge and Fox were depicted as a "media-opoly," and their cartoon figureheads devoured smaller news companies in a scathing "School House Rock" parody (a controversial move at the time, considering Ge owned NBC).

It only aired once, and was pulled from both syndication and the DVD collections because it "wasn't funny," according to "SNL" creator and producer Lorne Michaels.

The clip was all but forgotten until comedian Marc Maron tweeted a link to the video Tuesday, and it has since gone viral as a "banned" clip. While the segment wasn't technically outlawed, it certainly is a rarity in the "SNL" canon, and one that resonates today in the age of "Really, Fox News?".

Via Buzzfeed, Splitsider, Natural News
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Watch: Banned SNL Clip?

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Watch: Banned SNL Clip?
In March of 1998, Robert Smigel's popular "TV Funhouse" cartoon segment on "Saturday Night Live" featured one particularly political short called "Conspiracy Theory Rock!". In it, corporations like Ge and Fox were depicted as a "media-opoly," and their cartoon figureheads devoured smaller news companies in a scathing "School House Rock" parody (a controversial move at the time, considering Ge owned NBC).

It only aired once, and was pulled from both syndication and the DVD collections because it "wasn't funny," according to "SNL" creator and producer Lorne Michaels.

The clip was all but forgotten until comedian Marc Maron tweeted a link to the video Tuesday, and it has since gone viral as a "banned" clip. While the segment wasn't technically outlawed, it certainly is a rarity in the "SNL" canon, and one that resonates today in the age of "Really, Fox News?".

Via Buzzfeed, Splitsider, Natural News
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'The Daily Show' skewers bill in 'School House Rock' homage

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"The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver took to the show July 28 to "celebrate" the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act.

In an ode to "School House Rock," the animated musical shorts which first aired in the 1970s and later became an off-Broadway musical, Oliver dressed as a trampled, stabbed and mangled bill.

This video should be required viewing for anyone inside The Beltway. Or outside The Beltway. Or, for that matter, if you have a credit card, a loan or checking account. Oh heck. If you have a wallet, watch this.

And nice moves Oliver. Are you looking for a gig on the Great White Way?
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