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Emmys 2018: The Sexiest Show on Life Support, or Fonzie Wept

Emmys 2018: The Sexiest Show on Life Support, or Fonzie Wept
“It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people who haven’t been caught yet,” co-host Michael Che announced at the beginning of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards. It set the tone for a toothless, flaccid, cramped and tedious night. What can you say about a show-biz gala where the highlight is Betty White picking up a lifetime achievement award? Or the guy who directed the Oscars dropping to his knees to ask his girlfriend to marry him? All you can
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Watch Michael Che Hand Out ‘Reparations Emmys’ to Overlooked Black Actors

Watch Michael Che Hand Out ‘Reparations Emmys’ to Overlooked Black Actors
Michael Che tried to right several decades-worth of Hollywood wrongs by handing out “Reparations Emmys” to overlooked black actors and actresses during the 2018 Emmy Awards.

The pre-taped bit opened with Che presenting an actual Emmy trophy to The JeffersonsMarla Gibbs. “Your role as Florence the maid is the reason I got fired form every service job I had,” Che said, prompting Gibbs to deadpan, “Well thank you – I think.”

Other recipients included Jimmie Walker of Good Times, Kadeem Hardison of A Different World, Jaleel White of Family Matters and
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Emmys: Host Michael Che Presents "Reparations" Awards to Black Actors

Emmys: Host Michael Che Presents
2018 Emmy Awards co-host Michael Che took time out of his hosting gig to present a number of "Reparations Emmys" to famous black actors from iconic television shows over the years.

Che began the taped segment — filmed at a coffee shop, where the Emmy co-host was seated with Superior Donuts star Jermaine Fowler — by presenting The Jeffersons star Marla Gibbs with an award. He also gave out Emmys, which he explained he "stole" from Bill Cosby, to A Different World's Kadeem Hardison, Martin's Tichina Arnold, Jimmie Walker from Good Times, The Wayans Bros. John Witherspoon and Jaleel White ...
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Emmy Episode Analysis: Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) overreacts to her daughter’s house guest in ‘Elder Scam’

Emmy Episode Analysis: Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) overreacts to her daughter’s house guest in ‘Elder Scam’
Tracee Ellis Ross has played Rainbow Johnson for four seasons on “Black-ish.” This year Ross received her third consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Actress and is hoping to “scam” her way to the crown for the first time.

Ross submitted the third episode of the season, “Elder Scam,” in which Rainbow worries about Zoey (Yara Shahidi) inviting her college classmate Aaron (Trevor Jackson) to stay over. Meanwhile, Andre (Anthony Anderson) worries about his mother Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) after she falls victim to a scam. Rainbow must juggle fretting about her daughter and managing her husband’s worry.

Will Ross win on her third try? Let’s examine the pros and cons.

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Six-time Comedy Actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) was not eligible this year as new episodes of her show will not air until 2019. So for the first time
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Cedric The Entertainer On Playing A Prejudice Character On New CBS Show, The Neighborhood

  • CineMovie
Audiences are about to meet Calvin played by Cedric the Entertainer on CBS’s new fall show “The Neighborhood.” Cedric the Entertainer’s character is a bit of an Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” meets George Jefferson from “The Jeffersons.” The show is shocking for a modern CBS show, and not your traditional sitcom. “The Neighborhood” explores reverse discrimination in that Calvin is prejudiced against his new white neighbors. Cedric addressed how his character will be viewed given today’s political climate, and whether he based it on anyone he knows.
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TV's Best and Worst Spinoffs: Frasier, Flash, The Originals, Joey and More

TV's Best and Worst Spinoffs: Frasier, Flash, The Originals, Joey and More
Not all spinoffs are created equal. Just ask Joey Tribbiani.

When the New Yorker made his way to Hollywood with his own Friends offshoot, little did he know that 14 years later he would land on TVLine’s list of the worst TV spinoffs. But for every Joey, there’s an Angel, a continuation that makes its mothership series so proud, it lands in the “Best” column.

Here, Team TVLine has gathered our picks for the cream of the spinoff crop… and the failures we wish we could unsee. Our selections include recent shows like The Originals — which will give birth to its own spinoff,
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Tracee Ellis Ross or Issa Rae could be second black Best Comedy Actress Emmy winner

Tracee Ellis Ross or Issa Rae could be second black Best Comedy Actress Emmy winner
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is far and away the favorite to win the Best Comedy Actress Emmy, but should there be a shocking upset, we could get only our second black winner in the category if Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) or Issa Rae (“Insecure”) triumph.

Isabel Sanford was the first and so far only black woman to break that barrier, taking home the prize in 1981 on the third of her seven nominations for “The Jeffersons.” Those seven bid also make Sanford, the second black Best Comedy Actress nominee after Diahann Carroll (“Julia”), the most nominated black actress in the category.

See Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) on a season that ran the gamut from Juneteenth to divorce

Ross, who is in second place in our odds, is on her third nomination for “Black-ish,” making her the category’s second most nominated black contender. The Golden Globe champ was previously
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Whatever Happened to the Cast of “The Jeffersons?”

The Jeffersons was all about an African-American couple that managed to move from Queens to Manhattan thanks to George’s dry-cleaning business and its overall success. The show was one that might have been dubbed controversial even today for its use of certain words and the subject material. The sad thing about this show is that upon its cancellation no one was even informed. Sherman Hemsley had to read about it in the newspaper and Isabel Sanford had to find out about it secondhand. It was a cheap way to go out to be honest, especially for a show that everyone

Whatever Happened to the Cast of “The Jeffersons?”
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Charlotte Rae Takes the Good and Takes the Bad As She Remembers 'The Facts of Life'

Despite a career that spanned more than 70 years, from radio acting in the 1940s to various stage, film and TV appearances over the decades, there's no denying that the late Charlotte Rae made the greatest impact on television viewers with her portrayal of Edna Garrett. It was the role she introduced on the series Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86) and, then, in its spin-off The Facts of Life (1979-88), which scored her a 1982 Emmy Award nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress. Charlotte may have died on Aug. 5, 2018, after a battle with bone cancer, but one can imagine the incredible joy she would have gotten from the outpouring of love and memories that were devoted to her, conveying just how much of an impression her portrayal has had on the audience. When asked by the Television Academy Foundation what she hoped her legacy would be, she responded, "If I took people
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Rumorville: ‘Alf,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ Jack Bauer’s Return + More Revivals and Projects in the Works

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. “The Jeffersons,” “Maude” and MoreAnother week, another slew of olds shows getting the revival treatment. This week, the big rumors are mainly coming from 96-year-old Norman Lear, who’s still flexing his filmmaking muscles and may be re-upping a few classic shows. Lear and his Act III production company have signed a two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures Television, and part of the deal includes the option to re-imagine hit shows from his library, including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and others. Now, the option to exist doesn’t mean they will, but still, if you’re hoping to someday play a modern version of Archie Bunker or Maude Findlay,
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No ‘All In The Family’ Or ‘Maude’ Reboot Plans, Says Norman Lear – TCA

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No ‘All In The Family’ Or ‘Maude’ Reboot Plans, Says Norman Lear – TCA
Norman Lear has a lot of irons in the small screen fire with his new Sony Pictures TV deal but a new version of All In The Family isn’t one of them.

“I have no intention of doing All In The Family again,” the legendary producer told Deadline today at TCA, “I promise you that. “ And the Carroll O’Conner led iconic series may not be the only Lear legacy not coming back, at least in a recognizable form. He added emphatically, “ no Maude or any of them. We did that.”

“However, there are ideas that we were working on at that same time that were bubbling in the same creative pipeline and that’s part of what I’m looking at now,” long time activist Lear asserted. “I’m looking at ideas you’ve never heard of,” the One Day At A Time executive producer said of the
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Norman Lear 96th birthday: 4 red carpet interviews with Lear, Jimmie Walker, Marla Gibbs, Adrienne Barbeau [Watch]

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Norman Lear 96th birthday: 4 red carpet interviews with Lear, Jimmie Walker, Marla Gibbs, Adrienne Barbeau [Watch]
TV legend Norman Lear celebrated his 96th birthday this week at a star-studded event sponsored by Aarp. Gold Derby was on-hand at the Sunset Tower Hotel and snagged red carpet interviews with Lear and the stars of some of his most popular television shows: Adrienne Barbeau (“Maude”), Marla Gibbs (“The Jeffersons”), and Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”). Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

The event, hosted by Wendie Malick, was part of Aarp’s inaugural TV for Grownups Honors. Egot recipient Rita Moreno, who stars in the Netflix reboot of Lear’s “One Day at a Time,” presented the legendary producer with the award. And also in attendance were John Amos, who played Walker’s father in Lear’s “Good Times,” Ed Begley Jr., Frances Fisher, Robert Forster, Michael McKean, Bob Saget and many more.

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Norman Lear Signs New Sony TV Deal, With Talks to Reboot ‘All in the Family’ and More Iconic Series

  • The Wrap
Norman Lear Signs New Sony TV Deal, With Talks to Reboot ‘All in the Family’ and More Iconic Series
The “One Day at a Time” reboot producer Norman Lear has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television, it was announced Friday.

The pact, made with Lear and his Act III Productions company, includes the option to reimagine some of Lear’s most iconic series, including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude and Mary Hartman,” and “Mary Hartman,” to name a few.

Sony already produces Lear’s reboot of “One Day at a Time” for Netflix, which is currently filming its third season. The series was developed by executive producer Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon Kellet and inspired by Lear’s 1972 series of the same name.

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The fresh take follows the life of Penelope (Justina Machado), a newly single Army veteran, and her Cuban-American family, as they navigate the ups and downs of life.
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Norman Lear Signs Sony Pictures TV Deal

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Norman Lear Signs Sony Pictures TV Deal
Norman Lear has signed a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television. The two-year agreement includes the rights to re-imagine classic series from Lear’s library, including “All In The Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”

Lear currently serves as executive producer alongside business partner Brent Miller on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” a reboot of his classic ’80s comedy with original scripts coming from the show’s writing staff and showrunners Gloria Calderon-Kellett and Mike Royce. The multi-camera comedy is currently in production on its third season. The series stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Brent and Norman. Norman is an icon in our industry and it’s a dream come true to be working with him. We’re excited to create more magic with Norman and Brent,
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Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Good Times,’ ‘Maude,’ and More May Be Remade Next

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Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Good Times,’ ‘Maude,’ and More May Be Remade Next
Talk about a great birthday present: Legendary producer Norman Lear, who turns 96 on Friday, has signed a new two-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television.

As part of the deal with Lear’s Act III Prods., Sony has the option to remake some of Lear’s legendary comedies, including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”

The deal comes as Lear’s reworked “One Day at a Time,” which he executive produces with Gloria Calderon Kellet and Mike Royce, continues to be a critically acclaimed sitcom produced by Sony for Netflix.

Brent Miller heads production and development for Act III and has been working with Lear for over a decade. Under Miller, Act III has been on a development and production spree lately. That includes a recent deal with Nickelodeon to develop the hip-hop animated series “Man of the House,” about an 11-year-old Colombian-American boy.
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Norman Lear To Reimagine ‘All In The Family’, ‘The Jeffersons’, ‘Good Times’ & ‘Maude’ Via Deal With Sony Pictures TV

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Norman Lear To Reimagine ‘All In The Family’, ‘The Jeffersons’, ‘Good Times’ & ‘Maude’ Via Deal With Sony Pictures TV
Norman Lear continues to defy convention about career longevity and age. The TV icon, who today celebrates his 96th birthday, and his Act III production company have signed a two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures TV. The pact includes the option to re-imagine titles from Lear’s extensive library including All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, among others.

“I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about joining Sony Pictures Television, who has the guts to go with a kid,” Lear quipped.

Sony Pictures TV, which owns the Norman Lear library, has been his partner for the past few years. The studio produces the reboot of Lear’s classic series One Day At A Time on Netflix. Executive produced by Lear, the comedy is currently filming its third season. And it was Sony TV that last year took in Lear’s passion project,
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Sony Eyes Other Norman Lear Reboots in New TV Deal With Iconic Producer

Sony Pictures Television has a very special birthday gift for Norman Lear.

The iconic producer behind Netflix's One Day at a Time reboot has signed a two-year first-look deal with the indie studio that includes the option to re-imagine titles from his extensive library, including iconic series All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, among others. The deal paves the way for Sony to mine Lear's library for other reboots after finding critical success with Netflix's updated take on the prolific producer's One Day at a Time.

"I couldn't ...
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Rita Moreno, Bob Saget Celebrate Norman Lear’s 96th Birthday at Aarp TV for Grownups Honors

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Rita Moreno, Bob Saget Celebrate Norman Lear’s 96th Birthday at Aarp TV for Grownups Honors
Norman Lear had two reasons to celebrate on Tuesday night — his upcoming 96th birthday on Friday, and his evening in the spotlight at Aarp’s first TV for Grownups Honors.

Lear, the famed producer behind “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and most recently, the revived “One Day at a Time,” was the honoree at the Aarp event, which celebrated his revolutionary role in the industry, particularly for older audiences. Friend and “One Day at a Time” star Rita Moreno presented Lear with the award among friends and former colleagues including Bob Saget, Frances Fisher, Ed Begley Jr, John Amos, Adrienne Barbeau and host Wendie Malick.

“When people ask me how old do I feel, I always say I think of myself as the peer of whoever I’m talking to,” the producer said in his speech. “If you’re 26, I’m 26; if you’re 86, I’m 86; if you’re
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General Hospital Actress Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89

Veteran actress Elmarie Wendel has died at the age of 89. Although best known for playing Mrs. Dubcek on the late-‘90s NBC sitcom 3Rd Rock From The Sun, she might also be recognized by daytime fans for her role of Peg on General Hospital in 2008. Wendel appeared on Gh for a handful of episodes a an old woman named Peg that Michael (played by Dylan Cash at the time) encountered while he was hiding out at a cabin after accidentally shooting Kate. While the little boy was terrified of what Sonny would do to him if he found out he had used a gun, Peg reassured the boy and urged him to contact his family, sharing her own story of what happened when she had run away from her own home. Wendel played the Solomon family landlord, Mrs. Mamie Dubcek on 3Rd Rock From The Sun. (Photo Credit: Chris Haston
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3rd Rock's Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89

3rd Rock's Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89
Elmarie Wendel, best known to TV audiences for her role as 3rd Rock From the Sun landlady Mrs. Dubcek, has died at the age of 89, TMZ reports.

Wendel worked consistently as a character actress before landing 3rd Rock in 1996. Earlier credits include guest spots on Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Major Dad, Santa Barbara, Empty Nest, Weird Science and Murder, She Wrote.

After 3rd Rock ended in 2001, Wendel guest-starred on four episodes of NYPD Blue, then landed a recurring role as the flirtatious Gina on George Lopez. She later appeared in select episodes of
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