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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52
Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children’s show “Teletubbies,” died on Jan. 17. He was 52.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram.

“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X,” she wrote.

The British actor took over the role of the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001, after original actor Dave Thompson was fired in 1997. Shelton also played the Dark Knight in the children’s game show “Incredible Games.”

Teletubbies” was an educational television show for young children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens who played each day in Teletubbyland. In its heyday, the program reached one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.

In 1999, conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell spoke out against the show, and Shelton
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Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order

Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order
NBC is moving closer to finding its version of Lost.

The network has handed out a formal pilot order to Manifest, a thriller written by Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura) and described as a high-concept mystery thriller in which a plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea.

Manifest landed at NBC in August with a sizable put-pilot commitment. The Robert Zemeckis- and Jack Rapke-exec produced drama follows what happens after the plane's passengers return: No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at...
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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’

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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” posted FX’s top limited series premiere in the key 18-49 demographic since “Legion.” The latest installment of the anthology show drew 1.5 million viewers in that age range and 5.5 million overall when it debuted on Jan. 17. Both Nielsen numbers include the premiere telecast, three encores, and multiplatform viewing over three days of delayed viewing. The premiere telecast on its own contributed 3.6 million of those viewers in Nielsen’s Live+3 data, making it one of the top cable premieres since 2016. For reference, the Dan Stevens-led sci-fi series pulled in 1.8 million...
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'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development

'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.

As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any
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Did Kevin Spacey Cost Netflix $39 Million?

Did Kevin Spacey Cost Netflix $39 Million?
Did Kevin Spacey cost Netflix nearly $40 million? The streaming giant posted a banner fourth-quarter earnings report on Monday, but it included a $39 million write-down for content the company “decided not to move forward with”… and the “House of Cards” star immediately came to mind. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to TheWrap the write-down was tied to cancelled Spacey projects. The story was first reported by Bloomberg. The Golden Globe and Oscar winner was exiled from the Netflix political drama following accusations of sexual misconduct in November. The streaming media and video-on-demand service later decided to bring the...
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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)

Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)
Lari White, the country singer whose hits included “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” died on Tuesday following a battle with cancer, Rolling Stone reports. She was 52.

In addition to her singing career, White was also an actress whose credits included the 2000 Tom Hanks film “Cast Away” and 2004’s “No Regrets.”

White told fans of her cancer battle in November, saying that she had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer.

“Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in...
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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Five Life Lessons the Show “Black Lightning” Is Teaching Us

Black Lightning has started up on The CW. It is interesting in that it stands out from other superhero series on the same channel in more than one sense, with examples ranging from how most of the cast are black to how the protagonist starts out as a retired superhero who has since become a school principal. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that Black Lightning is more socially conscious than most of its counterparts, meaning that there are some interesting lessons to be learned from it. Here are five life lessons that Black Lightning

Five Life Lessons the Show “Black Lightning” Is Teaching Us
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‘The Perfectionists’: ‘Pll’ Ep Charlie Craig Joins Spinoff Pilot As Co-Showrunner

Charlie Craig who was an executive producer/co-showrunner alongside I. Marlene King on the hit Freeform series Pretty Little Liars, has been tapped to serve in the same capacity on the upcoming spinoff pilot, The Perfectionists, toplined by Pll co-stars Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprising their roles.. Craig once again will co-run alongside executive producer King, who wrote the pilot based on the popular book series The Perfectionists by Pll author Sara Shepard. P…
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TVLine Items: Once Upon a Time Casts Fiancé, Versace Ratings and More

TVLine Items: Once Upon a Time Casts Fiancé, Versace Ratings and More
A Runaways star has run away with Zelena’s heart on Once Upon a Time.

Kip Pardue — who plays Karolina’s father Frank Dean on the aforementioned Marvel series — will appear in the ABC fairy-tale drama’s 150th episode, EW.com reports.

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Pardue will play Chad, the fiancé of Zelena’s cursed alter ego Kelly, who is working as a spin instructor in San Francisco. Series star Lana Parrilla will direct the milestone hour.

Once Upon a Time
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Jersey Shore Family Vacation: What We Know So Far

It has been some time since Jersey Shore came to a conclusion. However, considering the popularity of the series in not just the United States but also in a surprising number of other countries situated throughout the world, it should come as no surprise to learn that there is still a fair amount of interest in the series as well as the stars of the series. As a result, there is now a reunion series being filmed in Miami, which will be released as Jersey Shore Family Vacation once it has been completed. What Do We Know About Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore Family Vacation: What We Know So Far
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‘The Rookie’: Liz Friedlander To Direct First Episode Of ABC Drama Series

So far so good. The first official hourlong pilot directing job this broadcast season has gone to a female helmer, Conviction co-creator Liz Friedlander, who has been tapped to direct and executive produce the first episode of ABC’s straight-to-series light crime drama The Rookie starring and executive produced by Castle alum Nathan Fillion. Friedlander has been carrying the flag for female directors the last two years when their numbers plunged to all-time lows. In 2017…
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TV News Roundup: Jimmy Kimmel Needs Therapy After Best Picture Flub in New Oscars Promo (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Jimmy Kimmel Needs Therapy After Best Picture Flub in New Oscars Promo (Watch)
In today’s roundup, a new Oscar promo shows host Jimmy Kimmel traumatized by the best picture flub at least year’s show and Starz will air a short film series on sexual harassment.

Award Shows

ABC released a new promo for the Oscars, showing host Jimmy Kimmel struggling to get past the best picture flub of last year’s show, which he also hosted. In the clip, Kimmel discusses how the mix-up has influenced his life with his therapist, who turns out to be Warren Beatty, the presenter during the awards incident.

Dates

Starz will air a series of short films depicting sexual harassment in the workplace on Jan. 26 at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt and 11 p.m. Et/Pt. Titled “#ThatsHarassment,” films star a number of prominent Hollywood faces, including David Schwimmer (who also serves as executive producer), Bobby Cannavale, Cynthia Nixon, Michael Kelly and Emmy Rossum.

Greenlights

Travel Channel has greenlit “Hunting Evidence,” a new
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‘Get Christie Love’ Reboot Starring Kylie Bunbury From Courtney Kemp & Vin Diesel Gets Official ABC Pilot Order

Exactly 44 years after Get Christie Love! premiered as a TV movie on ABC, spawning the first hourlong drama with an African American actress as the lead, its reboot is getting a formal pilot order by the same network. ABC has officially greenlighted Get Christie Love, an hourlong drama pilot from Power creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp and producers Vin Diesel, Debra Martin Chase and Shana C. Waterman, which already had cast former Pitch star Kylie Bunbury as the lead. ABC…
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Dan Rather to Host Weekly Newscast on Young Turks YouTube Channel

Dan Rather is switching up from being a TV newscaster to working with the Young Turks on their YouTube Channel as he hosts a weekly newscast. The aged but still effective newscaster left his spot on the CBS Evening News back in 2005 but he hasn’t been completely idle since that time. He’ll be making his way onto YouTube to take on news stories and analyses that some might feel don’t get enough attention and go unreported or underexposed in favor of bigger and more controversial stories that are covered by major news channels. Rather has positioned himself with the

Dan Rather to Host Weekly Newscast on Young Turks YouTube Channel
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‘Get Christie Love’ Reboot Starring Kylie Bunbury Scores ABC Pilot Order

ABC has officially ordered the reboot of “Get Christie Love” to pilot, Variety has learned.

Kylie Bunbury takes over the lead role in the reboot, described as a music-driven one-hour drama that centers on Christie Love, an African American female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. She transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death. The project had been given a pilot production commitment at ABC.

Courtney A. Kemp will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the reboot. Debra Martin Chase will executive produce via Martin Chase Productions along with Vin Diesel and Shana C. Waterman via One Race Television. The project is a co-production of Lionsgate Television and Universal Television.

This is the latest TV reboot in the works from Diesel and One Race. The “Fast and Furious” star is also attached as an executive
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Kylie Bunbury's Get Christie Love Reboot Scores Pilot Order at ABC

ABC’s Get Christie Love reboot is getting closer to showing up on your TV screen.

The network has officially ordered a pilot for the one-hour drama, TVLine has learned, which is based on the 1970s cop show of the same name. As we reported last month, Pitch alum Kylie Bunbury will star in the reboot as the title character: an African-American CIA agent in charge of an elite special-ops unit. (The original Christie Love was an undercover cop.) “She transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done,” per the official network description, “especially when it
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TV Actors and Writers Are Anonymously Sharing Their Salaries Via Google Spreadsheets

Ever wonder what TV actors and writers get paid? Right now over a hundred people are anonymously speaking out and sharing how much they make via shared Google spreadsheets. The anonymous documents aim to help improve salary equality by creating transparency within the community as to who exactly is being paid what.

The two separate spreadsheets circulating online — one devoted to the salaries of TV writers, the other devoted to actors — not only list salaries, but ask for information regarding gender, whether or not the respondent is a person of color, as well as the studio and network for which they work.

While the actors sheet is no longer open for public viewing, the writers’ document is currently accessible here, and has over 100 responses, ranging from executive producers making $55,000 an episode to assistants making $500 a week.

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‘The View’ Slams Megyn Kelly for Jane Fonda Remarks (Watch)

‘The View’ Slams Megyn Kelly for Jane Fonda Remarks (Watch)
News anchor Megyn Kelly is once again in hot water over her recent comments regarding Jane Fonda, and this time those speaking out against her constant criticisms of the actress are the co-hosts of “The View.”

On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show, they played a clip from “Megyn Kelly Today,” in which Kelly said she does not regret asking Fonda about her plastic surgery. Using Fonda’s critique of the American military during the Vietnam war, Kelly went on to conclude that Fonda “has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”

“Nor do you. Nor do you,” replied “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

Co-host Joy Behar added that “to drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation is a real stretch.”

“Why are people more angry with Jane Fonda about the Vietnam War than Nixon and Lbj and people who lied about the war and sent boys as canon fodder
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‘How To Get Away With Murder’: Lolita Davidovich Set To Recur On Shondaland Drama

Lolita Davidovich (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders) is set for a recurring role on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. As is the case with all Shondaland series, details about Davidovich's role or the storyline are not being revealed, but her character will be introduced in the back half of the season. This season of the Viola Davis-led series has seen Davis' Annalise Keating putting the pieces back together after losing her beloved Wes "Waitlist" Gibbons…
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