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    joe ianniello cbs interim ceo

    • CBS' chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, has taken over as interim CEO after Les Moonves left the company Sunday amid a series of new sexual-misconduct allegations.
    • One industry analyst predicted Ianniello's tenure as interim CEO was likely to be short, however, in large part because of his rapport with Moonves.
    • Private text exchanges published by Deadline last month show Moonves and Ianniello as close "confederates" in CBS' legal battle with its controlling shareholder, National Amusements.

    The end of Les Moonves' 20-year tenure as CBS' chief executive leaves the company's chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, as president and acting CEO.

    Moonves stepped down as CEO and chairman on Sunday evening after a series of new sexual harassment and assault allegations were made against him in a New Yorker report.

    Ianniello joined CBS in 1997 and worked his way up through various financial roles to become the company's chief financial officer in 2009. He was then promoted to chief operating officer in 2013, a position he held until Moonves left.

    An industry analyst thinks Ianniello's tenure as interim CEO is likely to be short, however, in large part because of his close rapport with Moonves.

    Deadline last month reported on private exchanges between Ianniello and Moonves that were made public as a result of the company's legal battle with its controlling shareholder, National Amusements, owned by the Redstone family.

    The outlet wrote that the exchanges were made on the disappearing-text app TigerText before The New Yorker first detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against Moonves in July and depicted Moonves and Ianniello as "two confederates in a high-stakes corporate war."

    Ianniello reportedly messaged Moonves "I will have your back to the end!" following a May 13 CBS board meeting in which the board voted to institute a stock dividend that would dilute the Redstone family's voting control of the company. Ianniello's messages also contained supportive messages referring to "The Godfather" and a promise to his boss that said, "This way you are not alone," according to Deadline.

    The media analyst Rich Greenfield of BTIG predicted in a note released Sunday evening that Ianniello would be gone from the company by the end of 2018:

    "We believe acting CBS CEO, Joseph Ianniello, will likely leave the company before the end of calendar 2018 - similar to how acting Viacom CEO, Tom Dooley, lasted only 90 days after the departure of former CEO, Philippe Dauman ... Ianniello protected Moonves for years, had a similar focus on short-term cheerleading actions versus real long-term strategy, and was overpaid for years for his support of Moonves."

    Greenfield wrote that CBS would most likely seek a replacement for Ianniello from outside the company's executive ranks.

    SEE ALSO: Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, is out after 6 more women accused him of sexual harassment, assault

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    modern familySeason 10 of ABC's "Modern Family" premieres on September 26, which means the show has been on for nearly a decade. 

    A lot has happened in the years since we were first introduced to the Dunphy and Pritchett families in 2009 including a slew of Emmy and Golden Globes wins and the actors who play them have grown up and changed before our eyes.  

    Scroll through to see how the cast has changed from the series' first episodes to the latest finale, from their character development to how they spend their time during the off-season from filming the show.

    Ty Burrell made audiences laugh as Phil Dunphy.

    Ty Burrell plays dad-est dad of all the dads Phil Dunphy on the show, and his goofy and lovable humor hasn't changed a bit in nine years.



    Ty Burrell's sense of humor is now his trademark.

    If anything, his humor became a signature of both Dunphy and Burrell and has carried over into his side projects. Can you honestly say you didn't immediately recognize Burrell as the voice of Bailey in "Finding Dory"? Or for at least a split second thought his Gain commercials were a subplot of a "Modern Family" episode? We rest our case.



    Julie Bowen found her niche as Claire Dunphy.

    Before starring as the compassionate, aggressive, and sometimes overly-judgmental Claire Dunphy, Julie Bowen made the rounds on a variety of television series both dramatic and comedy, from "ER" to "Weeds" and "Ed," but hadn't landed the job that would be her claim to fame — until "Modern Family" aired. 



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    • Stephen Colbert on Monday discussed the new sexual misconduct allegations against his now-former boss, Les Moonves, who resigned as CBS' CEO on Sunday.
    • Moonves stepped down Sunday after a second New Yorker report published by Ronan Farrow saw six more women accuse the CBS executive of sexual harassment or assault. 
    • Colbert previously addressed Farrow's first New Yorker report on Moonves in July, when six other women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.


    Stephen Colbert on Monday brought his audience's attention to the new series of sexual misconduct allegations against his now-former boss, Les Moonves, who resigned as the head of CBS on Sunday. 

    Moonves stepped down on Sunday after a second New Yorker report published by Ronan Farrow saw six more women accuse the CBS boss of sexual harassment or assault. 

    Colbert had previously addressed Farrow's first New Yorker report on Moonves in July, when six other women accused the CBS CEO of sexual misconduct. "That's not good," Colbert said at the time. "Ronan isn't exactly known for his puff pieces about glamping."

    On Monday, the "Late Show" host discussed Moonves' subsequent allegations and resignation in his monologue. 

    "Folks, if you watch the news, you may have heard the head of this network, Leslie Moonves, was forced to step down yesterday," Colbert said. "This came after a second Ronan Farrow exposé featured more women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. It’s never a good sign when you’re the subject of a Ronan Farrow double-dip. You don’t want it."

    "In total, Moonves is accused of harassing or assaulting thirteen women. And that's not even counting the thousands of innocent Americans who have walked past this actual poster for 'Bull,'" Colbert continued, cutting to a poster of the CBS legal drama "Bull," which read: "He'll get you off."

    Colbert concluded the topic by comparing Moonves' fall to that of comedian Louis C.K., who last year was accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

    "Anyway, the article is extremely disturbing, and I’m not surprised that that’s it. Les Moonves is gone. For at least nine months, until he does a set at the Comedy Cellar," Colbert joked, referencing C.K.'s criticized return to stand-up last month. 

    Watch the monologue below: 

    SEE ALSO: CBS has a new interim CEO after Les Moonves' resignation, but an industry analyst says he'll be gone by the end of 2018

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    • The revamped Miss America 2019 competition occurred in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday night.
    • Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto shared her opinion on the event's lack of a swimsuit competition. 
    • "I always loved the swimsuit portion of competition because it was my time to showcase my confidence and physical heath," Gialloreto told INSIDER in a statement. "I would have liked to see something replace swimsuit that still celebrated physical health and fitness!"
    • She added: "For me, not having swimsuit didn't ruin my Miss America, however it would have been fun to experience that phase of competition on a national stage."

     

    When Miss America 2019 took place on Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the swimsuit portion was axed from the schedule. Now, Miss New Jersey has shared her thoughts on the revamped show. 

    "I always loved the swimsuit portion of competition, because it was my time to showcase my confidence and physical health," Jaime Gialloreto told INSIDER in a statement. "I would have liked to see something replace swimsuit that still celebrated physical health and fitness!"

    Gialloreto added that not having a swimwear category "didn't ruin my Miss America, however it would have been fun to experience that phase of competition on a national stage."

    The 19-year-old went on to say that she "was so happy with how my Miss America sisters presented themselves throughout each phase of competition."

    Sunday's winner, Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin, had a different take. She said that she was glad that there was no swimsuit competition this year.  

    "I've already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved, because I think they feel more empowered that they don't have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship," Franklin said to press.

    "And I'm happy that I didn't have to do so to win this title tonight, because I'm more than just that," she added. "And all these women onstage are more than just that."

    In June 2018, it was revealed the competition (which was previously referred to as a "pageant") would scrap the swimsuit competition and replace it with a "live interactive session."

    "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge," Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on ABC's "Good Morning America.""And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition."

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    • The "Bachelor in Paradise" season five finale aired Tuesday.
    • One couple broke up in front of the audience during the show's reunion.
    • Kamil Nicalek surprised Annaliese Puccini by dumping her. 
    • The audience and fans were livid. 

    "Bachelor in Paradise" viewers were left stunned Tuesday night after watching a bombshell breakup that happened in front of an audience during the show's reunion.

    Kamil Nicalek, a 30-year-old model and real estate agent, dumped Annaliese Puccini, a 32-year-old event designer, while onstage. 

    "I think I might not be the guy for you," Nicalek told Puccini. 

    He said he felt like they lost the spark but he didn't want to string her along. She told him that he "shut off" and hasn't been trying and said she feels "empty." 

    The contestants and audience members gasped and then booed Nicalek. 

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    Fans are furious with Nicalek. 

    Nicalek and Puccini ended the ABC dating competition's fifth season as a couple after choosing to stay in the fantasy suite. Though Puccini was fully ready for the overnight date, Nicalek was slightly more hesitant, telling producers, "I don't know if I'm ready for this at this moment."  

    But Nicalek overcame whatever hesitancy he felt, and they spent the night together. They didn't leave Mexico engaged, though. Nicalek told Annaliese that he loved her but wasn't ready to propose. She agreed but firmly believed that he'd propose shortly after leaving paradise. 

    Puccini was not expecting to be broken up with, let alone in front of an audience and on camera. She saw an engagement in their future at the start of the reunion. 

    She left the couch and went backstage after he ended things. Cameras followed her as she sobbed, but she came back out and said she tried to end things with him two weeks ago but he said that he wanted to keep trying. 

    "Yes, b----, yes," Tia Booth said as Puccini came back out and confronted him.

    The rest of the contestants came up and hugged Puccini after she finished speaking with Chris Harrison. 

    The two reunited backstage after the breakup, and Puccini told him that he was "so cold." He told her they needed to move on, so she got up and left him. 

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    • Bekah Martinez competed on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of "The Bachelor." 
    • She revealed to PureWow that she is 20 weeks pregnant with her boyfriend of seven months. 
    • She's due at the end of January 2019.

    Former "Bachelor" contestant Bekah Martinez just revealed that she is 20 weeks pregnant.

    In a conversation with PureWow, the 23-year-old nanny who made the final five on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of the ABC dating show, said the unplanned pregnancy was a complete surprise.

    "I was in disbelief and thought, 'Is this really happening?'" she said. 

    Martinez has been dating boyfriend Grayston Leonard for seven months but learned she was pregnant just three months into their relationship. 

    The former reality contestant said no to competing on "Bachelor in Paradise" because she'd met Leonard in February, but the couple decided to keep the pregnancy a secret for a while because they wanted time to "process" the information. 

    She said she was thrilled because she's always known she wanted to be a mom. 

    "It's the one thing that I've known with certainty for so long," she said. "I've gone back and forth on the idea of marriage and relationships, but I've always felt sure that I want to be a mom."

    As of now, the two aren't thinking about getting married but are happy with where they are at.

    "It's a horrible idea for us to consider with all of the hormones and the stress we're experiencing," she said. "The last thing we need is to consider another commitment on top of what we're already going through…Regardless, we're bound together by sharing this little life."

    Martinez is due at the end of January 2019. 

    Watch her discuss her pregnancy below.

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    • AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson compared HBO to Tiffany, the luxury jewelry retailer, and Netflix to Walmart at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday. 
    • The comparison follows remarks made by WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in July about expanding the quantity of HBO's offerings to reach a "broad" audience that could better compete with services like Netflix.  

     

    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson used a striking retail metaphor at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday to compare the streaming offerings of Netflix and the AT&T-owned HBO. 

    "I think of Netflix as kind of the Walmart of SVOD [streaming video on demand]. HBO's kind of the Tiffany," Stephenson said at Goldman's Communacopia conference.

    Stephenson's comparison of Netflix and HBO follows a series of comments from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in July about expanding the quantity of HBO's offerings to reach a "broad" audience that could better compete with rival streaming services like Netflix.  

    Stankey said in a townhall conversation with HBO CEO Richard Plepler in July that HBO's current subscriber numbers, around 40 million in the US and 142 million worldwide, were insufficient, and that the company would have to become a "much more common product," according to a recording obtained by The New York Times. 

    Stephenson on Wednesday reportedly said he "concurs" with Stankey's assessment, but his comments helped to clarify the cable outlet's content-spending strategy.

    “You'd like to fill out the schedule," Stephenson said. "We're not talking about Netflix-level of investments."

    Stephenson added that HBO needs a "more fulsome lineup and schedule" to combat the flux of subscribers who sign up for HBO to watch "Game of Thrones" and then leave when a season ends.

    Nevertheless, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield seized on Stephenson's Tiffany-Walmart metaphor to note how drastically Walmart outperformed Tiffany in revenue last year: 

    And oddly enough, Walmart is itself exploring a subscription video-streaming service that would reportedly seek to challenge Netflix and Amazon, according to a  Wall Street Journal report from July.  

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    • Anna Kendrick discussed her friend and "A Simple Favor" co-star, Blake Lively, during an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Tuesday.
    • Kendrick said that after working with both Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, on separate movies, she realized that they're "sinfully good together."
    • She said that Lively and Reynolds share a "very dark and funny" personality.


    Anna Kendrick recently offered some valuable insight into one of Hollywood's favorite couples.

    During an appearance on Tuesday's "Late Night With Seth Meyers" to promote her new movie "A Simple Favor,"Kendrick discussed her co-star Blake Lively — and why her marriage to Ryan Reynolds seems to work so well.

    "Ryan's like, very dark and funny," Kendrick, who previously worked with Reynolds on the 2014 film "The Voices," revealed. "And then when I finally worked with [Lively], I was like, 'Oh, she's really dark and funny too, actually.'"

    "So you know, they're just like, just sinfully good together."

    Indeed, throughout their seven-year relationship, Lively and Reynolds have become infamous for trolling each other online and making jokes at one another's expense. Kendrick, a good friend of the couple, has occasionally jumped in on the fun herself.

    Read more: 8 lessons couples can learn from Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' relationship

    Kendrick joked with Meyers about her first impression of Lively, whom she met when she was 19 years old.

    "I expected her to be mean because she's tall and beautiful, so, obviously," Kendrick said. "And she's very nice and very warm."

    She also celebrated her recent triumph over Reynolds at the Teen Choice Awards, where she beat him out for choice Twitter personality.

    "I know it's like, very silly, but also super serious because I did beat him," she said. "When he got on Twitter, I was like, 'oh that's so great I'm gonna follow him on Twitter!' And I was like, 'he's so funny!' And then I got to the point where I was like, 'he's really funny ... on Twitter ... which is kind of my thing.'"

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    • Joe Manganiello wants to be a better influence.
    • The actor went on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" Tuesday and told a story about some comic books he stole as a kid.
    • "I would go to comic book stores and read so fast that there's no way you could afford that type of a reading habit, so I turned to thievery," he said. 
    • He said when he got older, he thought about what he'd tell his own kid if he were to do the same, so he decided to return them. 
    • "As an adult I went back to my mom's house, went in the closet, found all the comic books...and I went to return them all," he said.
    • It was the same owner at the same store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he told Manganiello that he was "absolved." 
    • Watch the video below.

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    • During an interview that aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Blake Lively commented on the viral video of her and Ryan Reynolds at a Taylor Swift concert.
    • When the singer started performing "Gorgeous," the couple became excited after hearing daughter James' voice in the introduction. 
    • Lively said their reaction was "the true, unfiltered version of our terrible stage parent pride."

     

    Blake Lively has no problem admitting that she had a proud parent moment at a Taylor Swift concert.  

    During an interview with Robin Roberts that aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Lively elaborated on the viral video of her and husband Ryan Reynolds going wild at a Swift show

    The video, which was captured in July at Massachusetts' Gillette Stadium, showed the "Simple Favor" star and "Deadpool" actor becoming giddy when they heard daughter James' voice during the introduction to "Gorgeous."

    Lively said that the couple was very "embarrassing," and added: "That is the true, unfiltered version of our terrible stage parent pride."

    She went on to say that despite daughters James and Inez having famous parents, they "have very normal lives, as much as that's possible."

    Watch the video below (Lively talks about attending Swift's concert at 3:53).

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    • "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris left ABC in August for a reported $100 million deal with Netflix.
    • A big reason for his departure was that ABC shelved a "Black-ish" episode that its execs deemed too critical of President Trump, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • Barris reportedly had "a flurry of back-and-forths with executives as high up as CEO Bob Iger" over the "political sensitivities" of the episode (which he wrote), before ABC decided to shelve it. 

     

    Kenya Barris, the creator of the ABC sitcom "Black-ish," left ABC in August for a reported $100 million deal with Netflix.

    A big reason for his leaving ABC, according to a new profile of Barris in The Hollywood Reporter, was that the network "mysteriously and indefinitely shelved" an episode of "Black-ish" that ABC executives deemed too critical of President Trump.

    Barris wrote the episode in question, titled "Please, Baby, Please," and ABC shelved it days before its planned premiere on February 27. The episode reportedly included news footage of Donald Trump, the Charlottesville attacks, and NFL national anthem protests, and also featured animation and a voiceover segment from filmmaker Spike Lee.

    The "Black-ish" creator reportedly had "a flurry of back-and-forths with executives as high up as CEO Bob Iger" over the "political sensitivities" of the episode, which ABC and Disney executives feared would alienate viewers, two sources told THR:

    "Executives at ABC, more than any other network, have been forthright about their desire for more red-state programming since Trump's win — and with Barris' latest episode, they feared they'd be alienating the very population they'd tried so hard to court. That Disney brass wouldn't want to poke Trump himself just as the company was seeking Justice Department approval of its acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox is widely believed to have been a factor as well."

    Barris said that ABC had him rework and cut some of the episode's "anti-Trump material," but the result wasn't fit to air. "What it ended up being, and I think the network would agree, was not a true representation of what we intended to do. Because if it was, we would’ve shown it," Barris told THR.  

    Barris left ABC in August to sign a multi-year production deal with Netflix that was reportedly worth around $100 million. The deal puts him in the same salary realm as producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, two showrunners who previously signed eight-figure deals with the streaming service.

    Read THR's feature here.

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    • Jeff Fager, the executive producer of CBS News' "60 Minutes," is leaving the program amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him.
    • 19 current and former CBS employees told Ronan Farrow in a New Yorker article published in August that Fager turned a deaf ear to instances of sexual misconduct at CBS News. 
    • A September report by The New Yorker detailed an allegation by one woman who accused Fager of groping her at a company event.
    • CBS said Fager was leaving his post because he "violated company policy." The network declined to elaborate.

    Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes” is leaving the venerable newsmagazine, CBS News said Wednesday. The company said Fager “violated company policy,” but declined to elaborate.

    Fager has been under scrutiny for months, along with CBS Corp., the parent of CBS News.  The news unit has been besieged by a set of allegations about sexual harassment and the culture of the company ever since former “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose was terminated after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct were levied at him last year. A blockbuster article in the New Yorker by journalist Ronan Farrow published in August cited interviews with 19 current and former CBS employees who claimed Fager (pictured above), only the second executive producer of “60 Minutes” and a former chairman of the news division, turned a deaf ear to instances of harassment even as three financial settlements paid to employees of the newsmagazine were related to allegations of discrimination or harassment. A September report by the magazine detailed an allegation by one woman who accused Fager of groping her at a company event.

    “This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level. Joe Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come,” said CBS News President David Rhodes in a statement Wednesday, referring to Joe Ianniello, the interim CEO of CBS Corp.

    In a statement, Fager said the reason for his departure was related to a communication between him and a staffer. “The company’s decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker.  Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story,” Fager said. ” My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it.  One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did.”

    Fager steps down from the program – a cornerstone of the schedule of the CBS broadcast network that is slated to begin its 51st season – as CBS Corp. reels from the departure of its longtime CEO and chairman, Leslie Moonves. Moonves was ousted Sunday after reports in The New Yorker detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against him by multiple women over a period of 20 years. Moonves has acknowledged some of the encounters with the women, but denied many of the accusations.

    Bill Owens, Fager’s longtime deputy, will manage the program for the time being, said Rhodes. But Rhodes and Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, the CBS News executive vice president who oversees the unit’s day to day operations will “begin the search for a new executive producer of the program,” he said, calling the newsmagazine “the most significant news broadcast on television. We are fortunate to have incredibly talented journalists in place whom we know will continue to deliver our defining investigative work.”

    CBS can’t afford a bad choice. “60 Minutes” is a landmark program whose fortunes are tied to the company’s long history.  The newsmagazine drew an average of 11.5 million people last season and typically spends the bulk of the TV season among TV’s most-watched programs. The show hit a high note last season, adding Oprah Winfrey to its roster of contributors and running a joint investigation with The Washington Post about Congress undermining efforts to stop flow of opioids to the United. States that resulted in a rebuke of President Trump’s candidate to take the reins of the nation’s anti-drug effort. Over the decades “60 Minutes” has given TV viewers aggressive, first-hand looks at the Vietnam War and wrongdoing by the tobacco industry. Getting on staff there is considered a career achievement for anyone in the TV-news business.

    Fager had his supporters at the show, who pointed out the number of women on staff and on air has increased since he succeeded legendary producer Don Hewitt at the program in 2004. He is also known for steering CBS News back to a hard-news positioning after being named chairman of the unit in 2011. During that time, CBS swapped out Katie Couric at “CBS Evening News” for Scott Pelley and launched a new “CBS This Morning” that avoided the frillier trapping of rival morning programs.

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    • ABC released the first four photos from "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners." 
    • The show will not star Roseanne Barr.
    • The successful "Roseanne" revival was canceled in May after Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter.
    • In June, ABC announced the original cast will return for "The Conners" without Roseanne. 
    • John Goodman said his character, Dan Conner, will be "mopey and sad" on the spin-off because "his wife's dead." ABC has not confirmed how Barr will be written out of the show.

    ABC has finally unveiled a first look at its "Roseanne" spin-off, "The Conners," without its lead star.

    The first four photos released Wednesday from the series' October premiere all but confirm the Conner matriarch will be killed off the show.

    According to a synopsis from ABC, the premiere episode, titled "Keep on Trucking,'" will show "a sudden turn of events" which forces the Conners to "face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before."

    That "sudden turn of events" likely refers to the death of Roseanne Barr's character. In August, co-star John Goodman told The Sunday Times his character, Dan Conner, will be "mopey and sad because his wife's dead" on the spin-off.

    ABC's "Roseanne" revival was swiftly canceled at the end of May after Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter. In a statement, the president of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey called her tweet "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

    The spin-off with the original cast was announced in June. At the time, ABC confirmed Barr would not return for the 10-episode series. Original "Roseanne" producer Tom Wener and Roseanne Barr reached an agreement allowing Werner Entertainment to produce the spin-off. Barr will have no financial or creative involvement on "The Conners," according to ABC.

    What do the first photos from the show tell us? 

    They give us a small hint at how Rosanne may be written out of the show. But not much else.

    It looks like Roseanne's sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) shares some hard news with Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson), and Dan (Goodman). 

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    Will she break some hard news to the rest of the Conner clan? 

    The "Roseanne" revival finale ended with Roseanne prepping to head to the hospital for surgery. She expressed concern with her husband, Dan, over dying. Roseanne also grappled with an addiction to pain pills during the show's revival.

    ABC has not confirmed whether or not Barr's iconic character will be killed off. 

    Three more photos from the season premiere suggest the episode won't be completely gloomy. Darlene can be seen smiling in two photos, one of which is with her sister, Becky. The two are often at odds. 

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    One last photo shows that Dan hasn't given up drinking as he gives his grandson a slight "cheers."

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    Though not seen in the photos, Michael Fishman will also reprise his role as Roseanne's son, D.J.. In June, ABC said it would announce additional cast at a later date. 

    "The Conners" will debut Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC, which is the same time slot ratings winner "Roseanne" had. 

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    • US Open winner Naomi Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres that she has a crush on Michael B. Jordan.
    • The host texted the "Black Panther" star during an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, and he responded with a video message.
    • The actor congratulated the tennis star and praised her for "the way you carry yourself with such humility and grace."
    • He also told Osaka to be proud of her achievement and "know that all the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears that you put into this sport, that you put into your journey, people are finally being able to see."

     

    Michael B. Jordan recorded a video and sent it to US Open winner Naomi Osaka after finding out that the athlete has a crush on him.

    Osaka — who earned the title following her tennis match against Serena Williams on Saturday — appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday. After the 20-year-old revealed that she likes the "Black Panther" star, Degeneres decided to play matchmaker.

    "You can make it happen, you're very famous now," DeGeneres insisted.

    She then took a selfie with Osaka and texted Jordan in an attempt to get them to meet each other.

    Later on Twitter, DeGeneres shared a video of the "Creed" actor's response to her message.

    "Ellen hit me up and told me she was having you on the show, so I wanted to send my love and support and just say congratulations," Jordan said. "It's a big moment for you, and the way you carry yourself with such humility and grace, it's really amazing to see."

    He praised the tennis star for setting "an amazing example" for young people and encouraged her to "continue to work hard."

    "Just know that all the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears that you put into this sport, that you put into your journey, people are finally being able to see — and that's a big thing to be proud of," he added.

    Jordan concluded: "Keep being great, everybody's watching out — me too."

    Osaka defeated Williams in the finals, which took a surprising turn after the latter got into a disagreement with umpire Carlos Ramos.

    Williams received three code violations and many people rallied behind her following the game. The 36-year-old also accused Ramos of sexism.

    In subsequent interviews, Osaka said she wasn't fully aware of the controversy that was unfolding during the match.

    During an appearance on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Osaka elaborated on how she felt while accepting her trophy on stage.

    "I know that it wasn't really — the ending wasn't how people wanted it to be," she said. "I know that in my dreams I won in a very tough, competitive match. I don't know. I just felt very emotional. I felt like I had to apologize."

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    In 2017, Netflix looked back on "A Year in Bingeing" with an infographic that showcased the Netflix original series subscribers devoured throughout the year.

    According to the release, Netflix members watched more than 140 million hours of shows, movies, and documentaries per day in 2017. The most popular shows that people devoured (watched for more than two hours a day) in 2017 included "Riverdale,""The OA,""American Vandal," and "The Keepers," among others.

    But 2018 has brought new series and new seasons of fan favorites, which means plenty of new opportunities to bang out 10 episodes in a weekend.

    From true crime to feel-good makeovers, to sci-fi hits like "Stranger Things," here are 9 Netflix original series worth binge-watching.

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    "Aggretsuko"

    Don't let her appearance as a cute red panda and Sanrio anime character fool you. By day, Retsuko is a 25-year-old who works in the accounting department of a trading firm in Tokyo and is often frustrated with the demands of her job. By night, she screams her heart out to death metal karaoke.

    This animated original series is one of Netflix's hidden gems. It has already been renewed for a second season in 2019, so don't feel guilty about binge-watching every 15-minute episode.



    "Black Mirror"

    Created by screenwriter and producer Charlie Brooker and picked up by Netflix for seasons three and four after originally airing its first two seasons on UK's Channel 4, "Black Mirror" is an anthology series that explores the complicated effects of technology on modern society.

    It's number six on Netflix's list of the shows that had people cheating in 2017— cheating that is, in watching it ahead of their significant others.

    Netflix, which has renewed "Black Mirror"for a fifth season, will announce a premiere date and episode count in late 2018. The original series also received three Emmy Nominations in 2018 with "Black Mirror: USS Callister" nominated for best television movie, Jesse Plemons for the episode "USS Callister" as lead actor in a limited series or movie, and actress Letitia Wright for the episode "Black Museum" as supporting actress in a limited series or movie.



    "Girlboss"

    "Girlboss" received its share of criticism and was canceled after one season.

    The half-hour series, which is billed as a "loose" retelling of Sophia Amoruso's rise to fashion-flipping fame as the founder of clothing line Nasty Gal, but it does get some of the details right before she launched her eBay store.

    Britt Robertson (portraying Amoruso) also brings grit and determination to her performance, making the character an edgy one to watch. If you've got an entrepreneurial spirit and want a series with low commitment (read: one season only), ignore the critics and start watching this one.



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    • Christina Aguilera appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday and commented on the altercation between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B that took place during a New York Fashion Week party on Friday. 
    • The reported brawl happened while Aguilera was performing at the event, but she told Jimmy Kimmel that she wasn't upset about the disturbance. 
    • "Probably people would think I would be upset that this happened at my show, but I was just like, 'Oh my God, I'm just sad I didn't get a front row seat.'" the singer said. "That's where the real show was."

     

    Cardi B and Nicki Minaj got into an altercation during New York Fashion Week, and now Christina Aguilera is weighing in on the moment. 

    The "Liberation" singer appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday and shared her thoughts on the altercation that took place between the two rappers while at the Harper's Bazaar ICONS party on Friday night at The Plaza. The much talked-about feud came to a boil during Aguilera's performance — but the singer isn't too upset about it. 

    "I wish I would have seen this juiciness go down," Aguilera told Jimmy Kimmel.

    The 37-year-old explained that after singing and winding down at her nearby hotel room, she was informed about the brawl. Aguilera initially heard that it took place during her song "Fighter," which she thought was "genius." Then she was told that it happened during her Migos-inspired version of "Genie in a Bottle."

    "Probably people would think I would be upset that this happened at my show, but I was just like, 'Oh my God, I'm just sad I didn't get a front row seat.'" Aguilera added. "That's where the real show was."

    Watch the video below.

    Cardi B reportedly threw her shoe at Minaj, claiming the "Chun-Li" singer spoke ill of daughter Kulture. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper was later photographed leaving the event with a mark on her forehead, a torn gown, and without one shoe. 

    Since then, Minaj took to her Apple Music show Queen Radio to speak about the situation. The 35-year-old said she was "mortified" and slammed reports that she made comments about Cardi B's daughter. 

    "I would never talk about anyone's child or parenting," Minaj said. "And it's so sad for someone to pin that on me because I'm the bad guy and they know people would believe them."

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    • Ed Sheeran made a cameo on the seventh season of "Game of Thrones." 
    • He told BuzzFeed that he thinks his character should have died.
    • But he thinks his character is still alive. 

    Ed Sheeran thinks his "Game of Thrones" character is still somewhere in Westeros but shouldn't be. 

    The 27-year-old musician spoke with BuzzFeed and talked about his controversial cameo on the hit HBO show's seventh season and said he thinks his character should have met his end.

    "It was fun being in 'Game of Thrones,' but I definitely think they should've killed me off in the episode," he said. "I reckon that probably would've been the redemption for people that didn't like it." 

    Sheeran's cameo as a singing Lannister soldier that Arya meets in the woods was met with some backlash from fans of the series. The singer left Twitter shortly after the hate and addressed his appearance on Instagram. 

    "I came off Twitter Coz [sic] I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my 'Game of Thrones' cameo, because I am in 'Game of Thrones,' why the here would I worry what people thought about that," he wrote. "It's clearly f---in' awesome."

    In an interview with MTV News in 2017, the singer said he thought his character probably wouldn't live long, but he changed his view in his interview with BuzzFeed. 

    "I know what 'Game of Thrones' fans hoped happened to my character," he said. "I'm sure they think my character got brutally, brutally murdered, but I think my character is still out there. I think he's chilling." 

    "Game of Thrones" will return for its eighth and final season in 2019.

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    Missy Elliott finally met her "funky white sister" after a video of the fan's "Work It" performance went viral

    A woman named Mary Halsey performed Elliott's hit song at Goddard Park in Rhode Island and the rendition racked up millions of views online in early August. During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, Halsey explained why she chose that song — and how she managed to flawlessly recite the lyrics.  

    Halsey said that she first sang "Work It" at a contest in 2003 because it was popular at the time.  

    "The reaction that I got was so positive that it became my go-to song," she said. "Everybody wants to hear it."

    She went on to say that the event she performed has taken place for the past 13 years, and this was her second time singing "Work It" there.

    Halsey added that she was surprised that the video took off this time around — and got the attention of the singer.  

    "It was a shock," she said. "I never expected this. I put it out there and said, 'I want to go viral,' but I never thought it would happen."

    Halsey went on to sing "Work It" for the audience, and Elliott jumped in to join the performance. 

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    • Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth on "Game of Thrones." 
    • The actress told Evening Standard Magazine that people close to her didn't understand why she wanted to audition for the role.
    • But she says that she is happy she went for it.


    Gwendoline Christie's Brienne of Tarth is a fierce warrior on "Game of Thrones," but not everyone in her life saw the character's potential when Christie first went for the role. 

    In an interview with Evening Standard Magazine, the 39-year-old actress said her friends couldn't believe that she'd want to audition for a part where the character was described as "ugly."

    "They saw all of the fighting, the physicality, the fact that it was a character who was constantly being described as ugly," she said. "None of the people who knew me could understand why I would want to play that part."

    But Christie said she wanted it because she understood it. 

    "I know how generic it sounds but it just was, in every sense of the word, incredible that that part should come along, made for me in a way that none of my friends would've identified for a second," she said. "I had to cut my hair, change my body, strip off my make-up. This is not the person I have presented to the world at all."

    The actress also spoke about being bullied for being "unconventional" and how she has accepted herself. 

    "You either think, 'I'm unconventional and there's no place for me and therefore I should disappear,'" she said. "Or you think, 'Good, I'm happy to be on the outside, because if this is the small-minded, mean, uncompassionate viewpoint of the inside, then I don't want to be there.' I’m happy out here with all the other leftovers, who show love and support for each other. All of the inconsistencies, complexities and ugly parts — whatever that might mean — can exist and beauty can be made out of it."

    "Game of Thrones" is returning for its eighth and final season in 2019.

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    jack rebecca couple romantic cold winter this is usThe third season of "This Is Us" premieres this month and it seems like only yesterday the world was being introduced to Jack, Rebecca, and the rest of the Pearson family. Over the years, fans around the world have laughed, sobbed, and celebrated alongside the characters on "This Is Us" as though they're a part of the family. 

    But, while the TV drama will rip your heart out repeatedly, there are a lot of wholesome moments on and off the show that won't have you reaching for a box of tissues.

    Fans may think they know everything about the Pearson family and the show itself, below are a few fun facts that might surprise even the biggest fan.

    1. Mandy Moore is the youngest actor in the present-day Pearson family.

    Despite playing a grandmother in the show, Mandy Moore is actually the youngest of the adult actors playing her family. Moore is 34-years-old. The oldest in the Pearson family? Sterling K. Brown, who is 42.



    2. "This Is Us" was almost a show about sextuplets.

    Originally titled "36", Dan Fogelman told Deadline that he pitched a feature about sextuplets that didn't know they were related. Eventually, the script turned into the series we know it today, sans three siblings.



    3. "This Is Us" is a show of firsts.

    Sterling K. Brown won a Golden Globe and a SAG for "Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series," making him the first African American actor to achieve this milestone. The show itself was the first network drama series since 2006 to win a SAG for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series."  



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