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Warren Littlefield Inks Pod Deal at Fox 21 TV Studios, 20th Century Fox TV

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Warren Littlefield Inks Pod Deal at Fox 21 TV Studios, 20th Century Fox TV
Warren Littlefield and The Littlefield company have signed an exclusive pod deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Under the deal, Littlefield and his producing team of Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield to produce new projects for cable, broadcast and streaming platforms for Fox 21 TV and 20th TV, where The Littlefield Company will be based.

“We have spent the past year working with Warren and his team, incredibly closely,” said Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke. “It took us about a minute to know we wanted a larger partnership with him, not only because he is a great producer, not only because he has the best relationships, not only because he has incredible taste, but, perhaps most importantly, because he is a phenomenal human being. Working with him is not just fulfilling and prosperous, it’s a joy. To work with Warren, is to become his friend.
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producer Warren Littlefield Signs New Pod Deal With Fox TV

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producer Warren Littlefield Signs New Pod Deal With Fox TV
Warren Littlefield is staying in business with Fox TV, amid Disney’s pending purchase of the studio.

The “Handmaid’s Tale” producer and former TV exec has signed a new, exclusive overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television — both of which will join Disney when the merger deal closes next year — with Fox 21 Tvs President Bert Salke and Tcftv President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis announcing the news jointly Friday.

Under the pact, Littlefield and his producing partners Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield will produce new projects for cable, broadcast and streaming platforms for both Fox 21 Tvs and Tcftv, through his Littlefield Company banner, now based under Fox.

Also Read: Disney Smashes Earnings Expectations Ahead of Fox Acquisition

The Littlefield Company signed a first-look deal with Fox 21 TV in 2016 and currently has multiple projects in development at the studio.

“We have spent the past year
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Betty White Sees Her Favorite Role Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Betty White’s amazing Hollywood career has spanned more than 70 years, in which she’s played more than a hundred roles. Of course, some of those roles are more memorable than others. Two of them — Sue Ann Nivens from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund of The Golden Girls — have earned her [...]

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‘Golden Girls’ Cereal Is Fetching Insanely High Prices on eBay, Thanks to Funko

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‘Golden Girls’ Cereal Is Fetching Insanely High Prices on eBay, Thanks to Funko
Nearly three decades after its original run ended, “The Golden Girls” continues to show signs of life. Look no further than eBay for the latest proof, as a limited-edition blue breakfast cereal made in honor of the sitcom is fetching prices as high as $100 per box. First launched in stores as a Target exclusive on September 30, the $7.99 breakfast treat came with collectible Funko pops that have added to the cereal’s value.

“I’m not really surprised,” Funko CEO Brian Mariotti told Deadline. “A few years back we did ‘Golden Girls’ pop figures and action figures, too. They did insanely well. So we knew doing the cereal and our upcoming Pez makes a ton of sense.”

“Well, the cereal is a fruity flavor, but the key thing here is the color of the cereal,” he added. “We have additional ‘Golden Girls’ cereal planned.
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‘Golden Girls’ Aging Well: Sitcom Brand In Demand As Breakfast Cereal

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It’s been 26 years since NBC’s The Golden Girls retired from the airwaves but the geriatric sitcom is alive and well as a licensing brand name and — as flaky as it may sound — fan demand for The Golden Girls breakfast cereal is so high that boxes are being hawked on eBay for as much as $100.

The limited-edition Golden Girls multigrain cereal was introduced Sept. 30 as an in-store exclusive at Target stores and online but the sold-out quickly. The blue-hued loops were marketed as a “tasty treat, fun to eat” but the real allure was the anime-style collectible Golden Girls vinyl figures tucked inside each of the $7.99 boxes.

The vinyl figures are made by Funko Inc., the Washington state company that specializes in pop-culture tchotchkes. Funko expanded into the cereal business this past summer with a plan to make film, TV and comics properties into breakfast brands.

On Friday, Funko CEO Brian Mariotti told Deadline that two additional flavors of The Golden Girls cereal will be launched soon with new figures based on the sitcom’s quartet of characters: bossy New Yorker Dorothy (Bea Arthur); the naive airhead Rose (Betty White); Southern sexpot Blanche (Rue McClanahan); and cranky Sicilian matriarch Sophia (Estelle Getty). Funko is also launching The Golden Girls as Pez dispensers next month.

Funko often focuses on of-the-moment brands but Mariotti said The Golden Girls has a fanbase that is diverse and passionate — hence the eBay auction prices. “I’m not really surprised. A few years back we did Golden Girls pop figures and action figures, too. They did insanely well. So we knew doing the cereal and our upcoming Pez makes a ton of sense.”

Asked about the cereal flavors, Mariotti said the product is more about look than taste: “Well, the cereal is a fruity flavor, but the key thing here is the color of the cereal. We have additional Golden Girls cereal planned. We wanted to lead off with blue but you can expect to see white and pink colors in the next two editions with new figures in each.”

Mariotti said fan demand is spread evenly among the four characters and he demurred when asked to name his personal favorite. “I think I am too old. I missed this Golden Girls craze. I was working 85-hour work weeks during the Golden Girls TV run. I grew up on dramatic masterpieces like Three’s Company, The Facts of Life and Silver Spoons.”

The senior citizen humor of The Golden Girls kept the show in the Top 10 for six of its seven seasons (1985-1992). The series won 11 Emmys and racked up an additional 57 nominations. It also spawned two spin-offs, The Golden Palace and Empty Nest.

The show has a curious staying power and some celebrity fans. Among them: Winston Duke(Black Panther)who stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast early this year and didn’t hesitate when asked if he has an surprising obsessions. “Easy. The Golden Girls.” Ryan Reynolds is apparently a fan, too. When Deadpool 2 enjoyed its record-setting opening weekend in May the star tweeted his appreciation to his 11 million followers in the form of a Deadpool spoof of the show’s opening credits, complete with the theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend.”

The show’s merchandise isn’t limited to Funko. Online merchants sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, a “Golden Girls” Monopoly edition, coffee mugs, greeting cards, hot sauce, and, perhaps oddest of all, prayer candles featuring the four cast members in beatified poses with stained-glass backdrops. There are limits to any nostalgia, however, as proven by the Golden Girls-themed cafe that opened in Manhattan in early 2017 — and closed by year’s end.
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Megan Mullally (‘Will and Grace’) on keeping Karen ‘rich and horrible’ in season 10 [Watch]

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Megan Mullally (‘Will and Grace’) on keeping Karen ‘rich and horrible’ in season 10 [Watch]
“The writers have been brilliant this year,” proclaims “Will and Grace” star Megan Mullally. “I personally think this is our best season yet.” The NBC sitcom starring Mullally, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes returned in 2017 after 11 years off the air, and it was subsequently renewed for two additional seasons. Gold Derby spoke with Mullally on-set at Universal Studios before the show’s October 4 premiere. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Eric McCormack (‘Will & Grace’) teases new love interests played by Matt Bomer and David Schwimmer [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mullally teased what’s to come this season, including Karen’s divorce from Stan after her affair with Malcolm Widmark (Alec Baldwin) is revealed. “It’s great,” says Mullally, “because it really gives me a lot of good stuff to play.” Her character is “pretty bummed at the beginning, because Stan has been her whole life. But of course she’s
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James Karen, Poltergeist and Return of the Living Dead Actor, Dies at 94

James Karen, Poltergeist and Return of the Living Dead Actor, Dies at 94
Prolific actor James Karen has passed away, He was 94-years old. Karen, who is probably best-known for his work in Poltergeist, Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, China Syndrome, and Wall Street, to name a few, has 204 acting credits on IMDb. The actor used to say that nobody knew his name, but everybody knew his face because he "did so much damn work." He may be known to many as "that guy," but Karen left a huge mark on the entertainment world in his lengthy career.

James Karen was born Jacob Karnofsky in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants. After a stint in the United States Air Force during World War II, U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood convinced Karen to get into acting, which resulted in him studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. Karen was first recognized for
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James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94

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James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94
James Karen, who is best known for his roles in Poltergeist and The Return of the Living Dead, died October 23 at his home in Los Angeles. His wife Alba confirmed the news. He was 94.

Born in Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents, Karen served in the Air Force during World War II and then went on to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. in addition to his popular roles in film, he appeared on television and the stage. He got his break when he was the understudy for Karl Malden in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He also appeared in productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cactus Flower.

From there, he appeared on As the World Turns as well as All My Children and Eight is Enough. He starred in the 1979 miniseries Blind Ambition and then made appearances
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Sean Hayes (‘Will and Grace’) on Jack’s engagement, and why he’d love for Meryl Streep to join the cast [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Sean Hayes (‘Will and Grace’) on Jack’s engagement, and why he’d love for Meryl Streep to join the cast [Exclusive Video Interview]
“The writing, in my opinion, is the best it’s ever been,” proclaims “Will and Grace” star Sean Hayes. “It makes me laugh out loud.” The NBC sitcom starring Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006. It returned in 2017 and was soon renewed for two additional seasons. Gold Derby recently spoke with Hayes on-set at Universal Studios before the show premiered on October 4. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Eric McCormack (‘Will & Grace’) teases new love interests played by Matt Bomer and David Schwimmer [Exclusive Video Interview]

Hayes teased what’s to come this season, including Jack’s engagement to Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez), which is “going to go great or horrible,” he says. Either would be “great storytelling.” He also revealed two dream guest stars he’d love to have on the show one day: Oscar queen Meryl Streep “because it would just be really
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Ali Larter Joins The 'Splitting Up Together' Cast As Oliver Hudson's New Girlfriend

ABC's Splitting Up Together has definitely got some magic going with the chemistry between Oliver Hudson's Martin and Jenna Fischer's Paige. The problem, of course, is that it's a show about a couple splitting up yet still drawn to each other as they start to navigate the world of dating again. Well, it seems like things just might be getting a little easier for Martin as Ali Larter has been added to the cast this season to spice things up for the character. Ali, whose previous television credits include Heroes, Legends, and Pitch, will be playing Paige, who, she describes to People, "is really fun. They brought her in as a bit of a catalyst in their relationship. The two of them have a great time together, but they realize that they are very different in the way that they approach divorce. It’s so fun to
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Debra Messing (‘Will and Grace’) teases Grace’s new romance and her run for office [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Debra Messing (‘Will and Grace’) teases Grace’s new romance and her run for office [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I think it’s more enjoyable than it’s ever been,” says “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing. “In many ways, it’s better than we’ve ever been.” The NBC sitcom starring Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006. Then it returned in 2017 after 11 years off the air for what was originally only supposed to be a 10-episode run. But the season ended up airing 16 episodes, and then the show was renewed for two more seasons. Gold Derby recently spoke with Messing on the show’s set at Universal Studios before the show premiered on October 4. Watch our exclusive video interview with Messing above.

See Eric McCormack (‘Will & Grace’) teases new love interests played by Matt Bomer and David Schwimmer [Exclusive Video Interview]

Messing teased the entire season, hinting at the new romance between Grace and “Friends” star David Schwimmer. “He plays Noah,” she explains, “who
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'The Golden Girls' Revealed — Things You Didn't Know About The Classic Series (Exclusive)

In all truthfulness, The Golden Girls probably shouldn't have worked as a TV series. Seriously, why should it have? The idea of focusing on four aging women living together and helping each other through life's challenges — with the use of lots of comedy — just doesn't scream hit. Yet that's exactly what the show was during its original 1985 to 1992 run, bringing comic magic together in the form of Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty; a magic that continues to entertain television audiences 33 years after it began. "The Golden Girls," offers Jim Colucci, author of the definitive book on the series, Golden Girls Forever, "was one of the rare shows that recruits new generations of fans who weren't even around the first time. The only other show I can equate doing that is I Love Lucy. What's ironic is that it's a show that's timeless enough that it can recruit new generations,
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Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’) teases new love interests played by Matt Bomer and David Schwimmer [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’) teases new love interests played by Matt Bomer and David Schwimmer [Exclusive Video Interview]
“This show, for me, always felt like putting on a really comfortable sweater,” explains “Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack. “I’m more comfortable on this set than I am in most of the rooms in my house.” The NBC sitcom starring McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006. Then it returned in 2017 after 11 years for what was supposed to be a 10-episode run. But that morphed into a 16-episode season, and then a second- and third-season renewal. Gold Derby recently spoke with McCormack on the show’s set at Universal Studios in anticipation of its season premiere on October 4. Watch our exclusive video interview with McCormack above.

See ‘Murphy Brown’ reviews: Is the revival ‘a genuine delight’ or too political for it’s own good?

McCormack teased the upcoming season, which includes a romance between Will and guest star Matt Bomer, “who is hysterically funny.
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Now Casting: Trans Actors Wanted to Play Bar Patrons in Netflix Series ‘Tales of the City’ + 3 More Gigs

Start your week off right with one of the great gigs available in today’s casting roundup! “Tales of the City,” a new Netflix series, is currently seeking trans actors for background roles. Plus, a “Golden Girls” drag parody needs a performer to play Rose, Season 4 of “To Tell the Truth” needs imposters, and outdoor sports enthusiasts are wanted to review products. “Tales Of The City,” Extras Wednesday September 26Th“Tales of the City,” a new Netflix series, is casting background actors. Trans talent, aged 20–35, is wanted to portray gay sports bar patrons. Scenes will film in New York City, on Sept. 26. Actors must have all-day availability. Pay is $143 for 10 hours of work, plus overtime after 10 hours. Meals and snacks will be provided on set. Apply here! “Golden Girls Live: On Stage”“Golden Girls Live: On Stage,” the long-running drag parody of “The Golden Girls,” is seeking a two-week replacement
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Fall Sitcom Review Roundup: The Good, the I Feel Bad and the Unwatchable

Fall TV has arrived, and it’s brought with it a fresh crop of network sitcoms hoping to earn a cherished spot on your DVR. But are any of them any good?

We here at TVLine want to save you from wasting several half-hours of your life you’ll never get back, so we’ve taken an early peek at six of this fall’s new sitcom offerings (all debuting in the next month) and given each of them a quick mini review, along with a letter grade, based on their pilots. We’re happy to report that at least
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Fans Are Worried About Betty White's Health After Her Surprise Appearance At The 2018 Emmys

We didn't expect to see her tonight! Betty White made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Emmys on Monday, Sept. 17 and, after she took the stage, many people expressed their worries over the 96-year-old Hollywood icon's health on social media. "Uh oh is Betty White in poor health? This might be sad #Emmys but damn is she amazing," one person wrote with another similalry adding, "At 96 years old, her health definitely starting to fail her... but still a humble, amazing, lovely, hilarious, brilliant, adorable goddess. Betty White, I salute you. #Emmys." After comedians Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin introduced Betty and the actress got a standing ovation from the crowd, the Golden Girls star thanked the audience for their years of support. "I'm just going to quit while I'm ahead," Betty joked before pretending to walk off-stage. "It's incredible that I'm still in this business and you're still putting up with me.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 17)

2010: CBS aired the final episode of As the World Turns."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1959: On The Right to Happiness, Carolyn Allen's (Claudia Morgan) husband Lee needed (Les Damon) to make a sudden business trip to New York, which fed into her insecurity that Lee's priority was his beautiful widowed client, Sharon (Claire Niesen).

1962: Rex Ingram became the first African American featured on a daytime soap opera in a contract role when he appeared as an ordained minister named Victor Graham in The Brighter Day. Sadly, the soap aired its final episode 11 days later
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TV Hall of Fame: Top 50 best choices who should be inducted next include David Letterman, Lily Tomlin, Henry Winkler

Many worthy people are still waiting and waiting for their induction into the Television Academy’s TV Hall of Fame. Each year a small committee makes the selection of just a few people to be inducted. You can visit their busts, statues and tributes at their plaza in North Hollywood, California. Our photo gallery above offers up 50 individuals who easily deserve to be include, so please take a look at these choices, esteemed committee members, and let’s induct even more this year.

The first induction was held in 1984 and it’s been an annual tradition almost every year. That class of legends consisted of actress/executive Lucille Ball, actor/comedian Milton Berle, writer Paddy Chayefsky, writer/producer Norman Lear, journalist Edward R. Murrow, CBS founder William S. Paley, and NBC founder David Sarnoff.

The most recent class from late 2017 featured the inductions of production designer Roy Christopher, producer/writer Shonda Rhimes,
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The Goldbergs: Season 5 Debuts on DVD September 4th

With hilarious homages to ‘80s favorites likeFlashdance, Weird Science, “The Golden Girls” and QVC, The Goldbergs: Season 5 makes all your ‘80s-loving dreams come true when the hit comedy comes home to DVD September 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Season 5 continues to focus on the Goldberg family dynamic while also drawing on popular pop culture from the iconic decade. With camera in hand, young Adam continues to capture all of the craziness for everyone to enjoy. The Goldbergs: Season 5 features all 22 episodes from the season across three discs along with hilarious deleted scenes and a gag reel.

ABC’s critically acclaimed series stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Sean Giambrone (TV’s “Clarence”), Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck), Hayley Orrantia (TV’s “The X Factor”), Sam Lerner (Truth or Dare), George Segal (TV’s “Just Shoot Me!”) and Jeff Garlin (TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”),. The series is executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg (TV’s “Breaking In,
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With $239 Million, George Clooney Kicks Dwayne Johnson's Butt as Forbes' Highest Paid Actor of 2018

As if it wasn't bad enough that George Clooney has those looks, now comes word from Forbes that he's also the highest paid actor of 2018, having pulled in an estimated $239 million from June 1, 2017, to the same date a year later. When is this guy's bad luck gonna stop? At the same time, that figure may have you scratching your head wondering how he earned that kind of money, when his only film in 2017 was Suburbicon, which he directed but did not star in, and which was pretty much a box office disaster. The secret, it would seem, lies in tequila. More specifically, Casamigos Tequila, the brand he founded with Mike Meldman and Rande Gerber back in 2013. As George reflected to Good Morning America, "We never planned on starting a tequila company. You know, we made Casamigos just for us to drink. Once we did launch the company, we thought, 'Hey,
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