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Eddie Jones Dies: ‘Lois & Clark’ Regular, Theater Veteran Was 84

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Eddie Jones Dies: ‘Lois & Clark’ Regular, Theater Veteran Was 84
Eddie Jones, who played Jonathan Kent on ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as part of a five-decade career that spanned TV, movies and theater, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Jones was a longtime member of Los Angeles’ Interact Theatre Company, which confirmed the news of his death.

“An actor of keen wit and sharp instinct, when Eddie was on stage, you couldn’t take your eyes off him,” the group said on its website. “When he was off-stage, his broad, bright smile would light up the room.”

Jones’ film credits included Seabiscuit in 2003 and Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal the next year. Other movies included A League of Their Own, The Grifters, Cadillac Man, The Rocketeer and Sneakers.

On TV, he appeared as a series regular on Sci Fi Channel’s The Invisible Man as well as in Dark Shadows and The Equalizer,
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'Orange is the New Black' Star Lorraine Toussaint Files for Divorce

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'Orange is the New Black' Star Lorraine Toussaint Files for Divorce
"Orange is the New Black" star Lorraine Toussaint is bailing out of her marriage ... she's filed for divorce. According to court records ... Lorraine filed her divorce petition Thursday in Los Angeles to make the split from her husband, Robert Michael Tomlinson, official, legally. According to the docs they have no minor children together ... although there have been reports they have a teenage daughter. They were married on June 25, 2017. Lorraine is asking the court to award her spousal support,
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Emile Hirsch Has Red Hair and a Heart of Gold in ‘Peel’ Trailer (Exclusive Video)

Emile Hirsch Has Red Hair and a Heart of Gold in ‘Peel’ Trailer (Exclusive Video)
Emile Hirsch’s bright red hair and freckles in his new film “Peel” has made him innocent, naive and estranged from his family, but he is still the “most decent person” you’ll meet.

In this charming, emotional and quirky coming of age story, Hirsch plays Peel, a young man who goes on a road trip to reconnect with his long-lost, brown-haired brothers after his mother’s death.

“Everyone would tease me and say my hair was red because my mom had an affair with the pool boy,” Hirsch says in the first trailer for “Peel,” which TheWrap has obtained exclusively. “She told me I sprouted from an orange peel.”

Also Read: 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe' Review: Emile Hirsch Slices Into Slow-Burn Horror

After being abandoned by his father at a young age and raised in near isolation by a loving yet emotionally unstable and over-protective mother,
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‘Katy Keene’ CW Pilot Adds Zane Holtz And Katherine Lanasa

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Exclusive: The CW’s Riverdale-verse (or would it be Archie-verse?) continues to expand with more casting news for the forthcoming Katy Keene spinoff pilot. Zane Holtz and Katherine Lanasa have joined the cast of the pilot starring Lucy Hale as the titular aspiring fashion designer.

Holtz will star as Ko Kelly, a boxer with two goals in life: to fight a welterweight championship in Madison Square Garden and to marry his longtime girlfriend, Katy Keene. Born and raised in Queens, Ko is a humble, protective, salt-of-the-earth guy who makes ends meet as a personal trainer and a bouncer.

Lanasa is set to portray Gloria Grandbilt, a legendary personal shopper at the luxury department store Lacy’s, which caters to the rich and famous. Always impeccably dressed and the queen of her domain, she demands a level of excellence from her “girls,
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James Frawley, Director of ‘The Monkees,’ ‘The Muppet Movie,’ Dies at 82

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James Frawley, Director of ‘The Monkees,’ ‘The Muppet Movie,’ Dies at 82
James Frawley, a prolific filmmaker who won an Emmy for directing the first episode of “The Monkees” and helmed “The Muppet Movie,” died Jan. 22 at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 82.

His wife, Cynthia Frawley, told Variety that her husband died following a heart attack.

Born on Sept. 29, 1936, in Houston, Frawley was the youngest son of actor William Frawley. He broke into the entertainment business as a television actor with credits on “The Seasons of Youth,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Outer Limits” and “Perry Mason.”

Frawley was chosen selected by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider to direct the first episode of “The Monkees,” starring Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in 1967 for the episode “Royal Flush” and was nominated the following year for the segment “The Devil and Peter Tork.”

“I picked up a 16mm camera,
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What Happened to Cassandra on General Hospital

Daytime vet Jessica Tuck was excited to return to soaps as the evil Casandra Pierce on General Hospital, and her story may not be done yet! The actress made her debut back on Sept. 20 2017, and told Soaps In Depth at the time how excited she was to be back in daytime. “Soaps are where I started,” she confided, “so it always feels like coming home. Especially in this case because executive producer Frank Valentini and I basically started together. On One Life To Live, he was a production assistant when I was first starting. Coming back and being able to work with Frank, it’s a privilege. It’s so much fun.” Cassandra was a hypochondriac from whom Anna wanted information about Valentin Cassadine, and she used Finn to act as her doctor to run tests and keep her busy while she investigated. However, Cassandra was more dangerous than they had anticipated,
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Thad Mumford, Emmy-Winning ‘M*A*S*H’ Writer and Producer, Dies at 67

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Thad Mumford, an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer on such ’70s and ’80s hits as “The Electric Company,” “M*A*S*H,” “Alf” and “A Different World,” has died at age 67.

Mumford died on Sept. 6 in Silver Spring, Maryland, his sister-in-law Donna Coleman told TheWrap.

Mumford, who shared an Emmy Award in 1973 for his writing work on the children’s show “The Electric Company,” had a remarkable career in television at a time when few African-Americans were given opportunities in the industry.

Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)

Together with his longtime writing partner Dan Wilcox, Mumford worked on some of the biggest hit sitcoms of the 1970s and ’80s, including the final three seasons of “M*A*S*H,” as well as “Alf,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “The Cosby Show.”

He also served as a writer and producer on four seasons of the Cosby spinoff “A Different World.”

He continued working well into the ’90s,
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Thad Mumford, Pioneering African-American Writer for ‘Mash,’ ‘Electric Company,’ Dies at 67

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Thad Mumford, Pioneering African-American Writer for ‘Mash,’ ‘Electric Company,’ Dies at 67
Thaddeus Q. Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from “Mash” to “The Electric Company” to “Blue’s Clues,” has died after a long illness. He was 67.

Mumford died Sept. 6 at his father’s home in Silver Spring, Md., according to his sister-in-law, Donna Coleman.

With his longtime writing partner Dan Wilcox, Mumford worked on the final three seasons of “Mash,” as well as such shows as “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Alf,” “B.J. and the Bear,” “Coach,” “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” “Home Improvement,” and “Judging Amy.”

Mumford was a quick wit who had a knack for coming up with jokes and punch lines. “He was incredibly fast with a fully formed joke,” Wilcox told Variety. “Sometimes you wondered where they came from.”

Wilcox recalled an episode of “Mash” in which David Ogden Stiers’ stuffy Major Charles Winchester character balks at trying acupuncture to treat his back pain.
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CBS Developing Female Mayor Drama From Nina Tassler and ‘Madam Secretary’ Showrunner

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CBS is developing a female mayor drama, “Ms. Mayor” from “Madam Secretary” showrunner Barbara Hall and former CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler.

The project is from Tassler and her producing partner Denise Di Novi, under their PatMa Productions banner. Hall is also an executive producer and wrote the script. The project is from CBS TV Studios. The studio recently signed a new multi-year pact with Hall.

The logline for “Ms. Mayor” is: When a young activist runs for Mayor of New York City on a whim, her surprise victory launches her onto a political stage that she’s not prepared for, but is determined to take on with her idealistic enthusiasm.

Also Read: Rina Mimoun Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Tassler had a lengthy tenure with the company, first joining in 1997 was VP of drama for CBS Productions, before shifting over to the network a year later to head up drama development.
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‘Madam Secretary’ Creator to Develop Female Mayor Drama at CBS With Nina Tassler

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“Madam Secretary” creator Barbara Hall is developing a new drama at CBS, Variety has learned.

The series, titled “Ms. Mayor,” follows a young activist runs for Mayor of New York on a whim. Her surprise victory launches her onto a political stage that she’s not prepared for, but she is determined to take on with her idealistic enthusiasm.

Hall will write and executive produce the project under her overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Variety exclusively reported Hall’s three-year deal with the studio back in March. Nina Tassler, the former head of CBS Entertainment, will executive produce under her PatMa Productions banner along with PatMa’s Denise Di Novi.

“Madam Secretary” was one of 11 series that CBS renewed back in April, with the show scoring an order for a fifth season. Hall previously created shows like “Judging Amy” and “Joan of Arcadia” and worked on shows like “Northern Exposure,
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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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Can Cameron Britton (‘Mindhunter’) make Emmy history? It’s rare to win for guest acting on your show’s only nomination

Can Cameron Britton (‘Mindhunter’) make Emmy history? It’s rare to win for guest acting on your show’s only nomination
According to hundreds of Gold Derby users currently predicting the Creative Arts Emmys, Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”) is the front-runner to win Best Drama Guest Actor for his role as real-life serial killer Ed Kemper. But on paper that might seem unlikely. “Mindhunter” got no other nominations, so can he really take down actors from Best Drama Series contenders like “This is Us” (Gerald McRaney and Ron Cephas Jones), “The Crown” (Matthew Goode) and “Westworld” (Jimmi Simpson)? To win under those circumstances is somewhat rare, but not unprecedented.

The Emmys introduced guest-acting categories in 1986, and since then eight people have won on their shows’ only nomination. It happened three times in Best Comedy Guest Actor: Cleavon Little, Tim Conway and Peter Scolari.

It happened three times in Best Drama Guest Actress: Viveca Landfors, Amanda Plummer and Cloris Leachman.

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Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Legendary Tony Nominee Penny Fuller

It may not be Halloween but we got the one and only Eve Harrington, Penny Fuller, with us in today's episode Penny has been an Emmy Award-winning familiar face on TV with such credits as The Bob Newhart Show, The Love Boat, One Day At A Time, Matlock, and Judging Amy but the theatre is her home with appearances in the original Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, Applause, Rex, The Dinner Party, and the most recent revival of Sunday in the Park with George.
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Exclusive Carter & June Clip: Spencer Deals With It

To paraphrase the great band Devo, when a problem comes along, you must deal with it. And that's exactly what Spencer (Timothy Omundson) does in our exclusive clip from Carter & June, heading to theaters on May 18, 2018. As you might imagine, based on that title alone, the film revolves around Carter and June, but it's clear Omundson will also play a key role. Nicholas Kalikow directed. The synopsis describes Carter & June thusly: "Inventive blackmail schemes, flamboyant gangsters, power politics, greed, evangelicals and sex collide in this action packed dark comedy heist." The clip, which you can watch below, certainly gives us a good taste of what's...

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Will the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival earn Tyne Daly a seventh Emmy?

Will the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival earn Tyne Daly a seventh Emmy?
Is a seventh Emmy in the cards for Tyne Daly? The six-time champ has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming “Murphy Brown” revival, putting her in the running to move up on the all-time performance winners list.

Daly will play Phyllis, the sister of departed bar owner Phil from the sitcom’s original run. Pat Corley, who played Phil, passed away in 2006 at 76. Phyllis has taken over the bar and, as CBS describes, “it’s evident that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

An Emmy favorite, Daly has won six trophies — four for her lead role on “Cagney & Lacey,” one each for her supporting turns on “Christy” and “Judging Amy” — tying her for third place for winningest performers alongside Art Carney, Carl Reiner and Tim Conway. A seventh win would tie her for second place with Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore and Allison Janney. Cloris Leachman
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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival Adds Tyne Daly as Bar Owner Phil’s Sister

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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival Adds Tyne Daly as Bar Owner Phil’s Sister
Tyne Daly has joined the cast of the “Murphy Brown” revival at CBS.

Daly will play Phyllis, the sister of the beloved bar owner Phil, played in the originaly series Pat Corley, who passed away in 2006. It’s evident with Phyllis that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She has taken over the bar and is a friend and confidant to Murphy and the gang.

Daly has won six Emmys throughout her storied career, including four for playing one of the co-leads in the female cop drama “Cagney & Lacey.” Coincidentally, CBS has also ordered a pilot for a reboot of “Cagney & Lacey” with Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd taking over the title roles. Daly also won an Emmy for her role on “Judging Amy” and a Tony award for her work in the play “Gypsy.”

She is repped by Innovative Artists and Anonymous Content.

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‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)

‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)
At the end of “The Sandlot,” the narrator explains how each of the kids ended up as each one fades from the screen. Some moved away, Benny the Jet made it to the big leagues, and Squints married Wendy Peffercorn. Earlier, TheWrap explored why some movies will be remembered but “The Sandlot” will never die. But 25 years later, we’ll explore where the film’s actors actually ended up.

Tom Guiry – Scotty Smalls

After making his film debut with “The Sandlot,” Tom Guiry continued to pursue acting and landed roles in “Mystic River,” “The Revenant” and “Black Hawk Down.” He most recently starred in “Wonder Wheel” and “Sollers Point.”

Mike Vitar – Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez

Mike Vitar continued his reputation as a sporty, teen heartthrob by appearing in both “Mighty Ducks” sequels “D2” and “D3.” His last acting role was in 1997 for a show called “Chicago Hope,” at which point he retired and became a firefighter. But in 2015, Vitar was charged with assault and reached a plea deal to avoid time behind bars in 2017.

Chauncey Leopardi – Squints

Leopardi spoke with TheWrap and says he’s keeping busy with a family and some businesses, as well as appearing at events for “The Sandlot” whenever he can. As an actor he’s also starred in “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls” and most recently “Coldwater” in 2013.

Patrick Renna – Ham

Originally from Boston, Patrick Renna still acts. Outside of “The Sandlot,” he had a memorable leading role in “The Big Green” while still young. More recently, he starred in episodes of “Boston Legal,” “Judging Amy” and 2016’s “Fear, Inc.”

Marty York – Yeah-Yeah

In addition to seriously bulking up, Marty York appeared in episodes of “Boy Meets World” and “The Eric Andre Show.”

Brandon Quintin Adams – Kenny DeNunez

Brandon Quintin Adams, also just Brandon Adams, had small roles in other ’90s hits “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sister-Sister” and “Moesha.” He also did a voice for “Kingdom Hearts 2” and has recorded music as a rapper under the name B. Lee.

Grant Gelt – Bertram Grover Weeks

Grant Gelt had a few acting roles after “The Sandlot,” including “Boy Meets World” and “Hey Arnold!,” but he now works as a music manager.

Victor Dimattia – Timmy Timmons

Victor Dimattia went on two direct two short films and appeared in the 2018 indie “Get Married Or Die.”

Shane Obedzinski – Tommy “Repeat” Timmons

Unlike his onscreen counterpart, Shane Obedzinski didn’t directly follow in the footsteps of his onscreen brother. After leaving acting, he opened a pizza shop in Florida, but was glad to join in for the 20th anniversary festivities.

Marley Shelton – Wendy Peffercorn

Marley Shelton, who played the lifeguard all the boys are gaga over in “The Sandlot” Wendy Peffercorn, has starred in “Sin City,” “Planet Terror,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Death Proof,” “Scream 4” and more. She currently stars on the series “Rise” and will next be seen in Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage.”

Denis Leary – Bill, Scott’s Stepdad

Taking a role as a fairly straight-laced, if imposing stepdad was a departure for the firebrand comedian back in 1993, but he would eventually move into far more dramatic roles on “Rescue Me” and more. And thankfully, he’s still a fan of “The Sandlot.”

Karen Allen – Scott’s Mom

Following “The Sandlot,” Karen Allen would reprise her more famous role as Marion in “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.” She most recently starred in “Year by the Sea” in 2016.

James Earl Jones – Mr. Mertle

It’s like he never really left!

Read original story ‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos) At TheWrap
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“Madam Secretary” Creator Barbara Hall Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Hall: CBS TV Studios

Barbara Hall is staying put at CBS, the network behind “Madam Secretary.” The political drama’s creator and showrunner has signed a new overall deal with CBS Television Studios, Variety confirms. The three-year contract sees Hall continuing to serve as showrunner and exec producer of the Téa Leoni-starrer as well as developing new projects for the TV studio. In early 2016 she signed a two-year deal with the Eye.

Currently in its fourth season, “Madam Secretary” centers on Elizabeth McCord, a CIA analyst-turned-Secretary of State.

Hall co-created family drama “Judging Amy” and created cult favorite “Joan of Arcadia,” both of which ran on CBS. “Homeland,” “Chicago Hope,” and “Moonlighting” are among her other credits.

“When I first started, I was the female voice and you get a lot of jobs early on — ‘Well, I guess we should have a woman in the room on this,’” Hall has said.
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Dennis Lehane's Gone Baby Gone is Getting a TV Series Adaptation

Fox is developing a new TV series based on author Dennis Lehane's 1998 novel Gone Baby Gone. This would be the second time the story has been adapted. Back in 2007, Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan starred in the Ben Affleck directed film.

I thought the movie was great but it's not hard to imagine the story being adapted into a series. A series will give more of an opportunity to explore the characters more in depth and tell different stories involving the two characters. 

Fox has ordered a pilot episode and it will be written by Robert Levine (Black Sails, Touch, Human Target, Judging Amy. Lehane will serve as an executive producer on the project, the story of which revolves around private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro who, "armed with their wits, street knowledge and undeniable chemistry, right the wrongs that the law can't in a working-class Boston borough of Dorchester.
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Nancy Malone’s Estate Donates $500K to AFI in Support of Women Filmmakers

Malone in “The Andy Griffith Show

The estate of the late actor, director, producer, and philanthropist Nancy Malone has gifted $500,000 to the American Film Institute (AFI) with the goal of advancing female filmmakers. The donation will go towards supporting women from the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (Dww) as well as setting up the new Nancy Malone Initiatives for Women Filmmakers, a press release has announced.

The donation will establish the Nancy Malone Symposium, a coalition for the advancement of female filmmakers which will be held yearly at AFI Fest beginning in 2018.

“It was Nancy’s lifelong wish that women storytellers be heard,” explained Linda Hope of the Nancy Malone estate. “The Nancy Malone Initiatives for Women Filmmakers ensure that her wish is realized.”

Nancy Malone remains an enduring inspiration at the American Film Institute,” added Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. “This peerless gift in support
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