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'Black-ish' renewed for 8th and final season

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Black-ish has been renewed for an eighth and final season, creator Kenya Barris announced Friday.

He shared the "exciting and bittersweet" news on Instagram.

"In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for -- and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!" Harris said.

Barris -- who also created the spinoffs Grown-ish and Mixed-ish -- said the sitcom has changed his life and he is, "so proud of the conversations we've started along the way."

He thanked the people who watched and supported Black-ish for "allowing us to change not just the narrative of Black Families, but of Family, Culture, and the World in general" by talking "about things that people were not supposed to talk about period."

Barris also thanked everyone who helped make the show alongside him, as well as his family who allowed him to "mine so many deeply personal moments from them..."

Black-ish premiered in 2014 and has earned three Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy series. Star Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe in 2017 for her work on the show and, in doing so, became the first Black actress to win best actress in a TV comedy since Debbie Allen in 1983.

Though he never won, Anthony Anderson was Emmy nominated six times for lead actor in a comedy series for playing patriarch Andre Johnson.

The show's cast includes Yara ShahidiMarcus Scribner, Miles BrownMarsai MartinJenifer Lewis and co-producer Laurence Fishburne.


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The "'Bridgerton'-verse" is expanding: New spin-off to center on the origins of Queen Charlotte


Netflix and Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland production company jointly announced a new spin-off series from the streaming giant's hit Bridgerton

The spin-off will focus on the origins of Golda Rosheuvel's character, but while, "the series will center on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury," Netflix says. 

The company's VP of Content, Bela Bajaria, added in the statement, "Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton."

She added, "Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love."

As previously reported, a second season of Bridgerton is also already underway, but minus series breakout star Rege-Jean Page, who played the dashing Duke of Hastings.

Bridgerton is based on author Julia Quinn's series of romantic novels, and became a smash hit for Netflix upon its debut in December of 2020.

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Raging pull: De Niro's rep says he's being treated for a quadriceps injury

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Robert De Niro's rep has revealed the injury the Oscar winning actor sustained while filming Martin Scorsese's latest film.

Contrary to some previous reports, the mishap did not happen on set. 

"While at his on- location home in Oklahoma for the filming of Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, Robert De Niro injured his quadriceps muscle," the flack clarified.

The injury, "will be treated medically in New York," the rep said, adding, "This will not affect production as he was not scheduled to film again for another three weeks."

Killers of the Flower Moon centers on a real-life series of murders in 1920s Oklahoma; in the film, De Niro plays a wealthy rancher named William Hale, and fellow Oscar winner and frequent Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly plays his nephew, Ernest Burkhart.

The film is based on journalist David Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

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Watch Jodie Turner-Smith in first trailer for 'Anne Boleyn; Psych 3 in the works at Peacock; and more

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Fresh off her portrayal as Lieutenant Commander Karen Greer in Amazon's Without Remorse, Jodie Turner-Smith is gearing up for another commanding performance in the UK's Channel 5 series Anne Boleyn.

In the newly released trailer, Turner-Smith, who plays the uncompromising Tudor queen, is seen pleading not guilty to charges of treason. The three-part psychological thriller follows the final months of Boleyn's life from her perspective as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter. It will also show her determination to be seen as an equal in a patriarchal society and her ultimate demise by execution. Anne Boleyn, also starring Paapa Essiedu as Anne’s brother George Boleyn, will air later this month on UK's Channel 5. A U.S. release date has not been announced.

In other news, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that a third Psych movie has been greenlit by Peacock. Titled Psych 3: This Is Gus, the third installment starring series vets Dulé Hill and James Roday Rodriguez, is a follow-up to last summer's Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. It will center on the upcoming wedding of Gus, played by Hill, as he tracks down the estranged husband of his character's fiancee. Production on Psych 3 begins this summer.

And finally, Uzo Aduba has been added to Stephan James' National Champions sports drama, Deadline has learned. She joins Alexander Ludwig, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Tim Blake Nelson, and Timothy Olyphant, who were also announced. Aduba will play Katherine, part of the outside counsel to the NCAA. As previously reported, the film will center on James as a star quarterback who "ignites a players’ strike hours before the biggest game of the year" in hopes of getting "fair compensation, equality, and respect for the athletes." Production on National Champion begins next month.

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Yvette Nicole Brown says "I'm sorry or you're welcome" to parents for new earworm-ready theme to Disney Junior's 'Chicken Squad'

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In case you didn't know, today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day, and Disney Junior is making a huge clucking deal of it, by launching its new animated show Chicken Squad this evening.

The series is inspired by the children’s book of the same name by Doreen Cronin, and follows three young chicken siblings -- Coop, Sweetie, and Little Boo -- as they go on adventures.

Yvette Nicole Brown, a self-described Disney geek who can currently be seen opposite John Stamos in Big Shots on Disney+, voices the chicken trio's retired search and rescue dog mentor, a Husky named Captain Tully.

The series launches tonight at 7:30 p.m., and it will give parents their first -- but definitely not their last -- exposure to the show's earworm-ready theme, which is peppered with a chorus of declarative clucks.

"And I am sorry or you're welcome, whichever one you need from me, I'm here to give it to you," Brown laughs. "It's catchy as all get out."

Music is key to the show, she explains. "They run the gamut...They might be country, they might be R&B, they might be jazz fusion. I mean, probably not jazz fusion, but you understand. It's a lot of different genres of music, too, so it's really great." 

Signing on to the series was a no-brainer for the accomplished actress. "Beyond being a Disney person, I would have been a teacher had I not become an actor, I wanted to teach kindergarten to first grade, and that's five and six-year-olds. Disney Junior is right in that sweet spot of two to seven. So this is like the mothership calling me home," she smiles.  

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Nathan Fillion talks Sunday night's finale of 'The Rookie', and making a cop show during these times

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On Sunday, the third season of ABC's police drama The Rookie wraps up with an intense finale, promises star Nathan Fillion

Inspired by a true story, Fillion plays John Nolan, whose midlife crisis saw him become the oldest rookie on the Los Angeles Police Department. 

ABC Audio asked if the real-world scandals of police misconduct have made working on the show any more challenging, but Fillion explained that from the outset, the series sought to project a realistic view of modern policing. "Just by virtue of that, we find that we're able to become a part of the conversation, not part of disseminating the wrong idea about police," the actor explains. 

Before affecting a movie trailer announcer's voice, Fillion says the series is not, "like, 'A lone cop, a lone wolf who's on the raggedy edge of sanity. And I'm going to bend the rules to get the bad guy. It doesn't matter what it takes....'"

Fillion explains, "That's not a great message. That's not what we want to know. We want to know that the law is there and that the police are there and everybody has to follow these rules. And that's our angle."

As for the show's finale Sunday night, the Castle veteran says buckle up. "[Officer] Chen is getting into undercover work...the danger couldn't be more intense. Melissa Diaz' character Lopez...She's trying to wrap up a drug cartel war and get married at the same time."

Fillion tells fans, "But keep in mind, you guys, this is a finale so as bad and as intense as all these things are, it's going to get worse. You'll end with a 'WHAT!?' And then it's credits."  

The Rookie airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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Judge Judy reveals how she successfully negotiated her $47 million salary

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Judge Judy Sheindlin is one of the highest paid television stars after negotiating an astounding $47 million salary.  In a new interview, the Emmy winner revealed how she secured that high number.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about her reality series Judge Judy wrapping with its 25th season, the 78-year-old luminary spoke about the mindset she adopted going into her big discussion.

"The People’s Court, they’ve had several judges. The Tonight Show has had several hosts. But I Love Lucy only had one Lucille Ball," the reality star explained. "So, almost 20 years ago, I told the company that I worked for this: 'I want to be more of a partner. Don’t treat me as a paid employee. I could make this show without you.'"

Sheindlin recalls also telling the executives, "You can’t make it without me. I can take Judy Sheindlin anywhere else. And good luck with you if you can find somebody else. Otherwise, let’s share the gift that this program has brought to both of us."

"I don’t think that there’s anything unreasonable about that," she shrugged. 

As for her upcoming reality series Judy Justice, which is set to premiere on Amazon-owned IMDb TV, Sheindlin hinted that she will be well compensated by her new employer.

"The folks at Amazon understood what the parameters were. There was no issue," she quipped.

That said, it's no wonder why 78-year-old firecracker isn't ready to retire.

"I’m not tired. I don’t play golf or tennis. I have no desire to learn how to play mahjong, chess or checkers. I know what I like to do," said Sheindlin. "Why, at my stage in life, would I try to find something else when I already know what I like?"


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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro stepping away from 'Jersey Shore' to focus on "mental health issues"


Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has announced that he's taking a "step away" from the MTV reality series to focus on "mental health issues."

"After talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I've ignored for too long," shared Thursday in a statement on his Instagram Stories.

"My number one goal now is facing my struggles head on," he continued.

"This process will be difficult," Ronnie, 35, added, "but my #1 priority is to get healthy and be the best man and the best father I can for my daughter."

The announcement comes the same day his attorneys confirmed that he will no longer face felony charges in his ongoing domestic violence case.

"We are very happy that after further investigation both the LA County District Attorney's office and the LA City Attorney's office determined that criminal charges were not warranted against Ronnie related to the incident that occurred in April," his lawyers Scott E. Leemon and Leonard Levine said in a statement obtained by People.

Ortiz-Magro was arrested for alleged intimate partner violence on April 22.  He was released on $100,000 bail.

This isn't the Ronnie's first brush with the law. He's still on probation for another domestic violence case against ex-Jenn Harley, where he pleaded no contest to domestic battery as well as resisting arrest. He was ordered to 36 months of probation, donate $20,000 to a local battered women's shelter and serve 30 days of community service.

Harley is not related to the most current case.

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'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' cast talks helping fans "feel seen"

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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is taking the stage for season two, debuting today on Disney+.

Starring breakout "Drivers License" hitmaker Olivia Rodrigo, as well as a diverse, talented cast including Joshua Bassett, Dara Reneé and Freddie Rodriguez, the new batch of episodes promises more singing and dancing, more romance and more drama.

But above all that, the cast is proud to showcase a kind of representation on screen that they didn't have as kids.

“There's really nothing more special to me than somebody saying, like, ‘I feel seen,’” Bassett, who plays Ricky, tells ABC Audio. “That's a beautiful thing.”

Reneé, who plays Kourtney, says she never saw anyone that looked like her on TV growing up, so hearing fans' reactions to her character means a lot.

“[To] be able to have, like, young people come up to me and be like, ‘Yo, like, I love your hair, I love your vibe, I'm so glad I get to see you on TV, like I see myself through you’ -- it's such an honor,” she says.

Rodriguez, who plays Carlos in the show, adds, “It's just super awesome to get to be the representation that you didn't get to see as a kid on film or television.”

“Knowing that you might be changing someone's perspective about themselves or giving them the confidence to go out and do something, that's really special,” he says.

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Target removes Chrissy Teigen cookware amid reports of her cyber-bullying Courtney Stodden

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While Target representatives are apparently not happy about the cyber-bullying accusations against one of its brand-name stars, Chrissy Teigen, it's calling it coincidence that Teigen's line of cookware was pulled from its shelves this week.

Teigen, has been accused of bullying former reality star Courtney Stodden online when Stodden was a teenager.  Stodden, who recently came out as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, posted photographic proof of Chrissy's venom, including direct messages urging them to commit suicide at age 16.

On May 12, a "mortified and sad" Teigen posted an apology to Stodden for her messages, one of which read, "I can’t wait for you to die."

But Stodden revealed that Teigen didn't personally apologize to them -- as she promised fans she would -- and in fact, blocked Stodden on Twitter.

As for Target pulling the cookware, a rep for the retailer tells TMZ, "All of these business moves were in motion long before Courtney, rightfully, raised their issues with Chrissy's treatment of them."

Stodden actually mentioned Teigen's endorsements when criticizing the former model's apology.

"All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record," they said.

Teigen's many online detractors pounced at the Target news, with one tweeting, "Turns out that the 'pity poor me' performer who left Twitter for three weeks over bullying is actually a formidable bully herself. Mirror, mirror."

Another showed screencaps of Teigen's now-deleted posts, in which she made a number of sexual jokes centering around children and pedophilia. "Are you telling me THIS wasn't disqualifying?" the user commented.

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Olivia Munn reportedly dating John Mulaney; admitted in 2015 to being "obsessed" with him

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John Mulaney recently filed for divorce from his wife of six years, Anna Marie Tendler, and according to People, he's already begun dating Olivia Munn.

While this may seem sudden, remember: The Internet never forgets.

2015 HuffPo Live interview has come to light in which Munn admits to being "obsessed with" a then-engaged Mulaney, and even emailed him. 

The X-Men: Apocalypse actress said at the time, "We were at a wedding together and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, do you and your fiancée want to go have dinner or something and go hang out?'" 

She was apparently referring to the 2013 wedding of Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe; at the time, Munn was dating Meyers' SNL co-star Will Forte, her date for the event.

Munn added, "At first it was cool, and then I kept going up to him at the wedding, like, 'So, you having fun?' I was just so obsessed with hanging out with and talking with him."

The fangirling for the former Saturday Night Live writer and stand-up comic didn't stop there: Munn even revealed she emailed him, but "he never emailed back."

"I might've got the wrong email -- probably," the disappointed former Newsroom star said. "That's what I tell myself.

Mulaney recently completed a 60-day stint in rehab, but Munn didn't let that stop her from reaching out, either. She tweeted in December, "Sending SO MUCH love and support to John Mulaney. You got this."

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Amber Stevens West and Bresha Webb explain why their 'Run The World' characters are "so refreshing"

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Amber Stevens West and Bresha Webb didn't have to dig too deep to connect to their Run The World characters. In fact, for Webb, who plays successful marketing exec Renee, becoming her hilariously confident character was easy: she simply looked in the mirror. 

"My manager hit me up and she read the breakdown... and was like, 'Bresha, this sounds like you: a Chihuahua in heels,'" Webb tells ABC Audio. "I was like, 'I have a Chihuahua. I'm always in heels and five-two. My middle name is Renee. I am the spicy diva Taurus of all of my friends and so is Renee.' So I completely identified."

The same can be said for West who plays Whitney, a successful banker who struggles with being the perfect fiancée. 

"She wants everything to always work out," West says of her character. "And I am also a Libra in real life, and I really just want everyone to always get along... So, I can understand."

Aside from making viewers laugh every episode, the actors believe that the series serves another important purpose: to show multilayered successful Black women that are happy and unapologetic about their goals.

"There's a narrative going on in our culture that Black women couldn't have it all -- or that we needed to be perfect in order to have these things," West explains. "And like Bresha said, 'These characters are flawed, but also killing it.'"

"They have the life that we all aspire to," West continues. "Every single one of these characters is living this beautiful life. And I just I just found that so refreshing."

Webb agrees, adding that she "was blown away" by their vulnerability, complexity, and friendship.

"It was in line with how I am with my friends: uplifting, being true mirrors of each other, [with] truth and love," she adds.

Run The World premieres Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on Starz.


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Report: Robert De Niro injured in Oklahoma, recuperating at home

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Robert De Niro is at home recuperating after suffering a leg injury in Oklahoma.  Prior to the incident, the actor had been filming on the set of the Martin Scorsese-helmed film Killers of the Flower Moon.

His rep tells ABC News that the 77-year-old actor "injured his quadriceps muscle which will be treated medically in New York."

The injury was not sustained on the movie set nor was it related to production, his rep explained, adding, "This will not affect production as he was not scheduled to film again for another three weeks."

Killers of the Flower Moon, based on the book of the same name written by David Grann, is slated to wrap production in 2022.

The movie, which chronicles a series of Oklahoma murders in the 1920s, also stars Leonardo DiCaprioJesse Plemons and Lily Gladstone, is set to premiere on Apple TV+.


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Carole Baskin offering $5k reward for missing tiger in Houston


Houston police are searching for a tiger after its apparent owner, Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was taken into custody Monday night.

Several bystanders filmed Cuevas grabbing the Bengal tiger on Monday after it got loose and bringing it into his house.  He later put the animal in the back of his Jeep and fled.

He was later apprehended, but the tiger was not, sparking a statewide hunt for the big cat.

Joining the effort is Carole Baskin, who is offering a sizable reward to whomever brings the tiger to safety.

Speaking with TMZ, the Tiger King star said she and Big Cat Rescue, which is based in Tampa, will award the sum "to the person responsible for the immediate, safe hand over of India the Tiger to a sanctuary that is accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries."

Baskin expressed concern for the exotic creature because "the owners of the tiger have shown a serious lack of responsibility so far."

She laid out the stipulations for receiving the $5,000 reward, saying the individual who turns the tiger in must work with police and the actions they take must be "sufficient to convict both buyer and seller involved in the transfers of the tiger."

Baskin also told the outlet that the tiger will not come to her rescue when it's returned, but will be handed over to another experienced center for life long care.

As previously reported, Houston Police Commander Ron Borza said Cuevas was arrested in July 2020 and charged with murder stemming from a 2017 fatal shooting outside a sushi restaurant in Fort Bend County, Texas. He was free on $250,000 bail.

Borza said Cuevas also has two monkeys, which are legal to possess in Houston, but their whereabouts -- like the tiger's -- are unclear. 

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Bill Maher tests positive for COVID, 'Real Time' taping cancelled

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Bill Maher has tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in this week's episode of his HBO talk show Real Time with Bill Maher to be cancelled.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for HBO told Deadline that the 65-year-old comedian, who is fully vaccinated, received the positive diagnosis after a weekly staff testing. Despite the news, the rep added that Maher is asymptomatic and "feels fine." 

The upcoming May 14 episode of the HBO series was set to have astrophysicist and StarTalk podcaster Neil deGrasse Tyson appear, as well as, World War Z author Max Brooks and Hardcore History podcast host Dan Carlin as panelists. Due to the positive test, the interviews will now be "rescheduled at a later date."

After news got out, Maher took to Twitter to share that he was upset about having to miss a show. 

"Thanks to all wishing me get well - hard to do since I feel perfectly fine, but I appreciate it!" he tweeted. "Most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode. Oh well, even Cal Ripken had to sit one out at some point."

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