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Roma Downey, Ted McGinley to Star in LightWorkers Media Drama ‘The Baxters’

Roma Downey, Ted McGinley to Star in LightWorkers Media Drama ‘The Baxters’
Roma Downey and sitcom vet Ted McGinley are set to star in “The Baxters,” the scripted family drama for Downey’s LightWorkers Media platform based on the book series by Karen Kingsbury.

Production on six half-hour episodes of the streaming series begins this week in Los Angeles. LightWorkers is a joint venture of MGM TV, Downey and Mark Burnett, Downey’s husband who also heads MGM TV and Digital. Downey is shepherding the project with Will Packer and his Will Packer Media banner. It’s targeted for premiere late this year.

The Baxters” revolves around the lives of the adult children
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The Twisted History of General Hospital's Betsy Frank

In the quest for the truth about his past, General Hospital’s Franco tried going to his birth parents, but they were no help. However, his adoptive mother, Betsy Frank, held the answers he sought. If you’re confused about Franco’s family lineage, don’t worry, you’re not alone! And if you’re thinking that Betsy didn't look the same as the first time she appeared on Gh, you’re right, because actress Deborah Strang took over the role! Nurse Elizabeth “Betsy” Frank was introduced in July of 2010 during the highly-publicized run of actor James Franco, who originated the role of the obsessive artist Franco on the soap. The role at the time was played by the actor’s real-life mother, Betsy Franco. The obsessed artist had stolen Lucky and Liz’s son, Aiden, from the hospital and tried to give the baby to her as a way
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‘Living Biblically’: Johnny Galecki and Patrick Walsh Aren’t Trying To Piss Off Religious People — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Living Biblically’: Johnny Galecki and Patrick Walsh Aren’t Trying To Piss Off Religious People — Turn It On Podcast
Johnny Galecki and Patrick Walsh know they’re walking into a minefield by tackling religion on a network sitcom. “There are no shows like this on TV,” said Walsh, who serves as executive producer and showrunner of CBS’ new half-hour “Living Biblically.” “There’s no precedent for it. The shows that have dealt with religion are a ‘7th Heaven’ or a ‘Touched by an Angel,’ where they’re going for a very different audience. Those shows are very pious and preachy to an audience that isn’t religious. This show isn’t that at all.”

Added Galecki: “If there is an agenda that we have and some sort of message, it’s that trying to be a better person is a good thing.”

Galecki and Walsh stopped by IndieWire to discuss how they approached creating a comedy about religion — including bringing in religious groups to watch the tapings. “They were invested,
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2018 Oscars ‘In Memoriam’: Missing honorees include Academy Award-winning actress, Oscar-nominated songwriter, and breakthrough director

2018 Oscars ‘In Memoriam’: Missing honorees include Academy Award-winning actress, Oscar-nominated songwriter, and breakthrough director
The “In Memoriam” segment of the Academy Awards is guaranteed to be two things: moving and frustrating. While we laud the academy for its efforts to be even more expansive at the 2018 Oscars with the number of people to whom it pays tribute (51), it is vexing that certain famous faces were excluded. Above, watch as Eddie Vedder sings the late Tom Petty‘s “Room at the Top” as the three minute video unspools.

Among those missing from this “In Memoriam” video, the most glaring omission is 1956 Best Supporting Actress winner Dorothy Malone (“Written on the Wind”). After more than a decade as a contract player at both Rko and Warner Bros., she changed her good girl image with her searing performance as an alcoholic in Douglas Sirk’s lush drama and took home an Oscar for her efforts. She went on to headline TV’s version of the Oscar-nominated “Peyton Place.
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Oscars In Memoriam: Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton, Roger Moore, Jerry Lewis

Oscars In Memoriam: Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton, Roger Moore, Jerry Lewis
The past year saw the death of many notable entertainment figures, particularly in the music business. For this year’s Oscars In Memoriam segment, Eddie Vedder sang Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” by Tom Petty, who died in October.

Jerry Lewis came last in the segment, traditionally the space where the biggest star is honored.

“Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme as well as “Rocky” director John G. Avildsen, “Night of the Living Dead” director George Romero were among the filmmakers who died in the past year.

Notable late movie stars who were included Roger Moore, Martin Landau, Harry Dean Stanton, Sam Shepard, Jeanne Moreau and John Heard.

Performer Glenne Headly, Rance Howard, Miriam Colon, Don Rickles, Danielle Darrieux, Hiep Thi Le, who starred in “Heaven and Earth,” and Joseph Bologna were also remembered in the Oscars In Memoriam segment. Indian entertainers Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor were
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David Ogden Stiers, Emmy Nominee From M*A*S*H, Dead at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Emmy Nominee From M*A*S*H, Dead at 75
David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as Major Charles Winchester on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 75, The Oregonian reports. According to his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, the actor died peacefully in his Newport, Ore., home after a battle with bladder cancer.

Stiers first joined M*A*S*H in its sixth season, filling the void left by Larry Linville’s Major Frank Burns, who departed the series at the end of Season 5. Stiers received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982.

Update: Alan Alda paid tribute to
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SAG-aftra Releases Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment for Members

SAG-AFTRA has released a “Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment” instructing its 160,000 members how to deal with the issue.

The union made the announcement Saturday night following a meeting of its national board. President Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White disclosed on Jan. 19 that the union was developing a such code in a message sent to members of the national board.

Saturday’s announcement asserted that the code is part of a broader program to protect its members and to confront harassment and advance equity in the workplace. The code defines sexual harassment and details what constitutes a hostile work environment, retaliation, and other types of prohibited conduct. It also sets forth employers’ legal obligations under both the union’s contracts and the law, including the need to provide reporting mechanisms through which members can report instances of sexual harassment.

Additonally, the code makes it clear that SAG-aftra members will refrain from engaging
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SAG-aftra Developing Code of Conduct to Address Sexual Harassment

SAG-AFTRA leaders are developing a code of conduct for its 160,000 members to deal with sexual harassment.

President Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White made the disclosure in a message sent to members of the union’s national board this week. They said the new code of conduct “will provide clear safety guidance to performers in the work environment and in social environments attached to work where harassment frequently occurs.”

The code of conduct will be presented to and reviewed by the national board before it becomes official. Carteris and White noted that the missive was sent out with the 24th annual SAG Awards taking place Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“As we approach the awards show weekend, we are receiving more questions about SAG-aftra’s efforts to address the issue of harassment and inequity in our industry,” they said. “We welcome the attention and are thrilled with the forceful initiatives
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

On the eve of the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris acknowledges that the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on the union’s 160,000 members.

The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will feature all female presenters. Carteris admits that those choices were quite deliberate at a time of profound change for women in the entertainment industry.

“Having Kristen Bell as the first host really speaks to our show evolving,” Carteris says. “She’s wonderful. And we had been starting to talk about doing all-female presenters since last year so it’s serendipity that it happened for this show.”

Carteris, who succeeded the late Ken Howard as president nearly two years ago, says current discussions with her fellow leaders have been particularly dynamic amid the need for profound change.

“Our recent
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

On the eve of the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris acknowledges that the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on the union’s 160,000 members.

The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will feature all female presenters. Carteris admits that those choices were quite deliberate at a time of profound change for women in the entertainment industry.

“Having Kristen Bell as the first host really speaks to our show evolving,” Carteris says. “She’s wonderful. And we had been starting to talk about doing all-female presenters since last year so it’s serendipity that it happened for this show.”

Carteris, who succeeded the late Ken Howard as president nearly two years ago, says current discussions with her fellow leaders have been particularly dynamic amid the need for profound change.

“Our recent
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Murder, She Wrote: Angela Lansbury Recalls Her 12 Emmy Nominations and Losses

Is Angela Lansbury retiring? Recently, the Murder, She Wrote star spoke with Radio Times about her legendary career and recent role in BBC's Little Women.Lansbury played amateur detective Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote for 12 seasons between 1984 and 1996. She earned 12 Emmy nominations for her role on the hit CBS series and has since gone on to star in Law & Order, Touched by an Angel, and BBC's new Little Women miniseries.Read More…
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31 Best Shows of 2017 You're Not Watching!

Some of these shows have been around for quite some time, and others made their debut in 2017.

A couple of them have ended or were canceled, or may, unfortunately, be on their way towards cancellation, but one thing they all have in common is that they all are fantastic shows that are criminally underrated.

Also, many of you aren't watching them for some reason! 

In this Peak TV era where there are too many shows and not nearly enough time to watch them, it's easy for a few of them to slip under the radar. Below is a list of shows that you may not have checked out, but you definitely should!

Are there any hidden gems or underappreciated series missing? Sound off below!

1. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World The world is in dire need of more joy and kindness. That's why it's baffling that more people aren't tuned into this ABC feel-good family dramedy.
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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: ‘People Are Feeling Empowered’

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: ‘People Are Feeling Empowered’
SAG-aftra’s leaders believe the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment scandal is having a profound impact on the union’s 160,000 members.

“People are feeling empowered to speak out and there has been a significant increase in the number of people doing so,” said Gabrielle Carteris in an interview with Variety on the eve of Wednesday’s SAG Awards nominations announcement. The number of reports of sexual harassment that come into SAG-aftra now average at least five a day — far above the level prior to the Oct. 5 bombshell revelations about disgraced executive Harvey Weinstein. Carteris and National Executive Director David White asserted that the surge in reporting reflects a cultural sea change on the entire issue.

“The calls that we are getting are coming in from across the entire spectrum,” White said. “We are aware that the simple act of naming the problem, along with having new tools to protect oneself, definitely helps to empower our members.
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Della Reese Memorial Held in Celebration of Touched by an Angel Star's Life

Della Reese Memorial Held in Celebration of Touched by an Angel Star's Life
A celebration of life was held for Della Reese. On Saturday, the late actress and singer's Touched by an Angel co-star Roma Downey took to Instagram to share a photo of the program from the memorial service. "We just gave Della a beautiful send off," Roma wrote. "She would have loved it. We celebrated her life with love and laughter and tears, great stories and fond memories with music and prayer and beautiful uplifting readings from the Bible. (Psalm 27 and John 3.16) this was a loving memorial fitting for the beloved star she was and a joyful celebration of her wonderful life well lived." The caption continued, "2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have...
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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89
Rest in peace, Rance Howard.

The actor died on Saturday, his son, director Ron Howard, announced on Twitter. Rance, who is also dad to actor Clint Howard, was 89.

"Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89," Ron wrote. "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad."

Rance's acting career spanned more than six decades. After his first movie role in 1956's Frontier Woman, Rance appeared in films like An Eye for an Eye (1966), Chinatown (1974), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Nebraska (2013).

He also acted in several of Ron's films, like Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood and Apollo 13, as well as Ron's feature film directorial debut, Grand Theft Auto. He also worked with his son in TV, on the sitcom
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Roma Downey Remembers Her Touched by an Angel Costar Della Reese: She 'Was Like a Mother to Me'

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Roma Downey Remembers Her Touched by an Angel Costar Della Reese: She 'Was Like a Mother to Me'
Della Reese was an actress, singer and ordained minister, but she was also a beloved mother figure to costar and friend Roma Downey.

Reese, who starred with Downey on the television series Touched by an Angel as the heaven-sent Tess, died Nov. 19 at age 86 surrounded by her loved ones in California.

Downey, 57, forged a “deep, lasting” bond with Reese after she lost her mother one week before she turned 11 years old, she recalls exclusively to People.

“During the run of Touched by an Angel, Della’s only daughter passed away,” says the star, who is honoring her late friend on her website.
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Della Reese, ‘Touched By An Angel’ Star, Dead At 86

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Della Reese, who is best known for playing Tess on Touched by an Angel, has passed away at age 86. Della Reese Dies At Age 86 “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her […]

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Della Reese and Roma Downey's Friendship: From Touched By an Angel Co-Stars to Real-Life Godmother

Della Reese and Roma Downey's Friendship: From Touched By an Angel Co-Stars to Real-Life Godmother
The lights have dimmed a little... Music legend and actress Della Reese passed away at the age of 86 in her home in Encino, Calif., on Sunday night. Many knew that Reese had been gravely ill due to social media sharing of her longtime friend, Roma Downey, who co-starred on the heavenly show Touched By an Angel from 1994 to 2003. On Monday, the Northern Irish actress shared an Instagram post with her followers, breaking the sad news to them that the woman she thought of as her "mother" had passed. "Heaven has a brand new angel Della today. On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed...
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