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Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) aiming to be second black Best Comedy Actress Emmy champ

Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) aiming to be second black Best Comedy Actress Emmy champ
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Tracee Ellis Ross. The “Black-ish” star has lost her past two Best Comedy Actress Emmy nominations to Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), but with the six-time reigning champ out this year, it could be anybody’s game. And if Ross does pull it off, she’d make history as just the second black winner of the category and first in 37 years.

Isabel Sanford (“The Jeffersons”) was the first and thus far only woman to break that barrier, way back in 1981. She is also the most nominated black actress in the category, having contended seven times for “The Jeffersons.”

See Emmys: Will a show sweep the comedy lead categories for the first time in 10 years?

Currently tied with Nell Carter (“Gimme a Break!”) and Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) with two nominations, Ross could move into sole position of second place with her third
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Watch out, Rachel Brosnahan! One of our Emmy Experts says Tracee Ellis Ross will nab Best Comedy Actress

Watch out, Rachel Brosnahan! One of our Emmy Experts says Tracee Ellis Ross will nab Best Comedy Actress
Normally around this time of year we’d already be preparing for another Emmy win for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won Best Comedy Actress for a record six years in a row for “Veep,” and who won Best Comedy Series for the last three years in a row as a producer of the series. But production of “Veep” was delayed because of Louis-Dreyfus’s treatment for breast cancer, so it won’t be back in time for this year’s awards. That means we’re guaranteed to have a new winner for Best Comedy Actress, but who will it be? Most of our Experts say it will be 2018 Golden Globe champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel“), but one Expert thinks it’ll be the 2017 Globe champ, Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish“).

As of this writing we’ve polled nine Expert journalists for their early Emmy picks, and eight of them
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Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith Remixed Your Favorite TV Theme Songs - Including Fresh Prince!

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Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith are back at it with yet another epic joint performance on The Tonight Show, and this one just might rival that time they took us through the evolution of hip-hop dancing back in 2014. The dynamic duo teamed up to sing a glorious mashup of TV show theme songs, and y'all, it was Lit. From Golden Girls and Three's Company to Full House and The Jeffersons, their remix was like a trip down memory lane. And of course, they saved the best for last, belting out the theme song for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air while dancing through the crowd. Needless to say, the entire audience was on their feet and groovin' along to the throwback hit. Watch Fallon and Smith break it down in their "History of TV Theme Songs" skit above.
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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Perform the History of Sitcom Themes

The history of sitcoms as performed by Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon is pretty cool to listen to since you can hear the history in the music and remember all these great shows from back in the day when they used to still be so popular. The Jeffersons, Good Times, The Golden Girls, Family Ties, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, Martin, Three’s Company, and of course The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were all classics that earned their spot in TV history years ago. There might be a few I missed but you might recognize them if you

Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Perform the History of Sitcom Themes
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Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith Perform the ‘History of TV Theme Songs’ – Yes, Including ‘Fresh Prince’ (Video)

Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith Perform the ‘History of TV Theme Songs’ – Yes, Including ‘Fresh Prince’ (Video)
Will Smith can still spit the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. And with Jimmy Fallon’s help, on Thursday, he also did “Three’s Company,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Martin” as part of their “History of TV Theme Songs.” The two performed pieces of 11 classic small-screen tunes last night on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” The whole thing culminated with a trip into the excitable studio audience for the opening number to Smith’s first sitcom. Here is the full list of TV theme songs they did: “The Golden Girls” “The Jeffersons” “Diff’rent Strokes” “Good Times” “The Andy Griffith Show” “I Dream of Jeannie” “Full House” “The Greatest American Hero” “Martin” “Three’s Company” “The Fresh Prince...
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Watch Will Smith Perform 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme Song on 'Fallon'

Watch Will Smith Perform 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme Song on 'Fallon'
Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon educated Tonight Show viewers with a "History of TV Theme Songs" Thursday.

The four-minute medley found the host and actor blazing through nearly a dozen sitcom theme songs, including Martin, Full House, Diff'rent Strokes and, of course, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which was performed in its entirety by Smith, Fallon and the Roots.

Seventies sitcoms like Three's Company, The Jeffersons and Good Times were also briefly featured in the "History of TV Theme Songs," a spin-off of the popular "History of Rap" series that
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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Remix 11 of Your Favorite Theme Songs--and It's Epic

Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Remix 11 of Your Favorite Theme Songs--and It's Epic
Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon gave fans a bit of TV nostalgia on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show by singing a mash-up of classic sitcom theme songs. The late-night host and Men in Black star threw it all the way back to the 1960s by whistling The Andy Griffith Show theme song and singing the I Dream of Jeannie opener. They also remixed a few 1970s and 1980s classics, including the theme songs from Good Times, The Jeffersons, Diff'rent Strokes, The Great American Hero and Three's Company. Of course, they included a few late '80s/early '90s hits, as well, like the tunes from The Golden GirlsFull House and Martin. But the grand finale was when Smith threw it back to his own...
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Will Smith and Fallon Team for History of TV Theme Songs Medley — Watch

Will Smith and Fallon Team for History of TV Theme Songs Medley — Watch
This is a story all about how… Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon turned some classic TV theme songs upside down.

Smith joined the Tonight Show host on Thursday, and reminisced about the “lost art” of the opening title sequence and the accompanying earworms that are still remembered fondly to this day.

“Nobody does that anymore… when we were growing up, every show had a hot theme song, and I was a part of it,” Smith said, referring to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And that’s when Fallon surprised the audience by pulling out two microphones, and asking Smith to
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Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) poised for Emmy return 31 years after winning Egot

Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) poised for Emmy return 31 years after winning Egot
Can Rita Moreno make an Emmy comeback for “One Day at a Time” after a 35-year absence from the awards? As the wise-cracking grandmother of a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles, CA, Moreno has the kind of showy supporting role that brought Emmys to Estelle Getty (“The Golden Girls”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) and Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), who could actually return herself this year for that show’s revival. And given that her Netflix series is a reboot of a 1970s sitcom from Norman Lear, whose hit shows “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” made him King of the Emmys that decade, it would almost feel like a done deal, right? Well, almost.

The Egot recipient was widely expected to reap a Best Comedy Supporting Actress nomination for the show’s first season in 2017, but was snubbed.
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Norman Lear and Rita Moreno Cruise Down the Golden Globes Red Carpet on a Scooter

Norman Lear and Rita Moreno Cruise Down the Golden Globes Red Carpet on a Scooter
Norman Lear and Rita Moreno caught the eye of everyone on the Golden Globes red carpet as they cruised to the highly-anticipated awards show in a motorized scooter—but the ride didn’t go off without a hitch.

Lear—the 95-year-old producer who has worked on classic television shows including All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Maude— cruised with 86-year-old Moreno, the star of Netflix’s reboot of One Day at a Time, but as they tried to reverse into position for photographers, Lear bumped into the wall behind them. Fortunately, Moreno let out a laugh, and everything seemed
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Norman Lear and Rita Moreno Ride Down Golden Globes Red Carpet on a Scooter

Norman Lear and Rita Moreno Ride Down Golden Globes Red Carpet on a Scooter
Forget the limos or the Rolls Royce, legendary television writer Norman Lear and screen icon Rita Morena arrived in style to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night via a motorized scooter! The 95-year-old writer, famous for writing All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Maude, sped down the red carpet with a bright red two-person scooter. Looks like the TV scribe, who has lived almost an entire century, had a little bit of trouble, but fear not, he seemed to dislodge himself from the bushes and be on his merry way. Despite the hiccups, his 86-year-old passenger, who currently stars on One Day at a Time, but best known for her role in West Side Story, appeared to enjoyed the somewhat bumpy...
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Robert Guillaume, TV's 'Benson,' Dead at 89

Robert Guillaume, TV's 'Benson,' Dead at 89
Robert Guillaume, who played Benson DuBois on 'Soap' and 'Benson,' has died after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 89. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Robert Guillaume, who played the quick-witted and sarcastic Benson DuBois on Soap and the spinoff Benson, has died. His widow, Donna Brown Guillaume, told The Associated Press that he died at home in Los Angeles where he was battling prostate cancer. He was 89.

In 1977, Guillaume took on the role of DuBois, a butler to the wealthy Tate family, on ABC's soap-opera parody sitcom Soap.
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Pamela Adlon Reveals How Louis C.K. Gave Her the Confidence to Write and Direct ‘Better Things’

Pamela Adlon Reveals How Louis C.K. Gave Her the Confidence to Write and Direct ‘Better Things’
Anyone who watched “Louie” knows that Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon share an infinitely watchable rapport onscreen. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves in the Emmy-nominated FX show, their real-life friendship infused their characters with a warm naturalism that made “Louie” unlike any other show on television. It comes as no surprise then that “Better Things” shares the same naturalism; Adlon was a writer/producer on “Louie” and C.K. is an executive producer on “Better Things.” C.K. was instrumental in getting the show greenlit, pitching an Adlon show to FX president John Landgraf.

Former collaborator Tig Notaro recently disavowed C.K.’s involvement in her Amazon series, “One Mississippi,” even though he is credited as an executive producer. As unseemly rumors continue to surround the comedian and filmmaker, his fruitful collaboration with Adlon of a woman filmmaker who has benefitted greatly from C.K.’s support — and that’s all according to Adlon.
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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked

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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked
The early success of CBS’ new “The Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” is a reminder that often the most successful spin-offs look or feel completely different from their mother ship. “The Simpsons” was nothing like “The Tracey Ullman Show.” “Mork and Mindy” was set in a different time frame than “Happy Days.” And “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” featured characters with a completely different mindset from “All in the Family’s” Archie Bunker.

Try as TV executives and creators might, it’s nearly impossible to replicate success in the same world or with many of the same characters. (Looking at you, “Joey” and “AfterMASH.”) Some of the best TV spinoffs succeed specifically because they approach a familiar template from a completely different angle. Spin-offs come in many forms: Some are continuations of series that have ended. Others follow popular characters on their own journeys. And some are simply planted into a hit show,
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Tracee Ellis Ross Talks ‘Black-ish,’ Winning a Golden Globe, Emmy Nomination

Tracee Ellis Ross Talks ‘Black-ish,’ Winning a Golden Globe, Emmy Nomination
When “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series in January, she became the first black woman since Debbie Allen of “Fame” in 1982 to win in that category. Next month, Ross has a second shot at history. If she takes the Emmy for comedy actress, she’ll be the first black woman to do so since “The Jeffersons” actress Isabel Sanford in 1981.

What did it mean to win the Golden Globe?

The magnitude of the larger historical context took it out of my personal feelings and into the larger spectrum of what we as an industry and what we as a culture are saying. Diversity and inclusion are still a question because they have not been answered. We are not, as an industry and as a culture, doing a good enough job of telling balanced stories of who we are as a people. So
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'Lemon' Review: Brett Gelman's Alt-Loser 'Comedy' Lives Up to Its Name

'Lemon' Review: Brett Gelman's Alt-Loser 'Comedy' Lives Up to Its Name
Do you find Brett Gelman hilarious? It's not a rhetorical question: You either consider the comedian's act, located at the intersection of Adult Swim and aggressively annoying, as the epitome of edgy, avant–ha-ha humor or you probably don't consider it at all. When deployed correctly in small doses – see the staggeringly great Amazon Britcom Fleabag – Gelman's subway-frotteur vibe can add the perfect toxic aftertaste. And even if the weaponized uncomfortability of something like his Dinner in America short isn't your bag, you have to admire the sheer commitment of
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Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment

Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment
Peter Tolan and Norman Lear are developing a new comedy series with NBC, Variety has learned.

The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.

Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.

Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning
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What Were Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage Like as Freshmen? See the Photos as Beverly Hills High School Alumni Dish on Their A-List Classmates

What Were Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage Like as Freshmen? See the Photos as Beverly Hills High School Alumni Dish on Their A-List Classmates
From Angelina Jolie to Nicolas Cage, Beverly Hills High School has educated a who’s who of A-list celebrities for generations.

The high school, which turns 90 this year, is even a bit famous in its own right. The memorable pool sequence from It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed in the gym, and it was also the inspiration for the high school in Beverly Hills, 90210.

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with a handful of notable past graduates, like Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and actress Joely Fiser, who dished on what their famous classmates were like before they became stars.
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‘Black-ish’ Wants An Emmy, And Creator Kenya Barris Isn’t Ashamed to Demand One

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‘Black-ish’ Wants An Emmy, And Creator Kenya Barris Isn’t Ashamed to Demand One
The awards season game is one that typically involves a lot of subtlety and false humility. But in its second year as an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nominee, the team behind “Black-ish” is stepping up their game.

“We want an Emmy,” executive producer Kenya Barris told a room of reporters during a recent press event. “I always take the backseat, because I think that’s the higher road to take, but I’m going to say it this time. I want it for my crew, for myself and because I grew up watching network television.”

Read More:‘Black-ish,’ ‘Insecure,’ and Others Aren’t Just ‘Black Shows,’ As Nielsen Study Proves

Black-ish,” the deeply personal series about an affluent black family living in Los Angeles, is one of two broadcast comedies nominated for an Emmy this year (the other being longstanding veteran “Modern Family,” which is not considered a favorite to
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Tracee Ellis Ross Reveals Her Secret to Keeping Calm on Emmy Nomination Morning (Hint: It Involves Birds!)

Tracee Ellis Ross was not calm Thursday morning as she waited for the 2017 Emmy Awards nominations to be announced.

“I’d been up since, like, 4:40 a.m. because I’m on European time. I hopped in the shower at 8, but that did not change my attention,” the black-ish star tells People of the nerves and anticipation she felt in the minutes leading up to the reveal.

“I decided to put on a moisture mask and go down to my meditation room and meditate. So I was listening to the birds when 8:30 struck, and when I opened my eyes
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