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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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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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Criminal Minds Exclusive: Is Linda Barnes Trying to Split Up the Bau?

Uh oh, trouble is brewing at the FBI and it looks like J.J. (A.J. Cook) is going to get the first taste of it on Criminal Minds.

In our exclusive clip of this week's episode, J.J. is tapped for a meeting with Assistant Director Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes) to discuss a covert operation J.J. was part of

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Recap: 'Black Lightning Is Back' — Meanwhile, Thunder Starts Rumbling....

The premiere of The CW’s Black Lightning gave viewers answers to the “Who?” questions. Such as, who is this “retired” superhero? Who is his family? Who are his allies and enemies? Episode 2 then aimed to answer the only logical follow-up: “Why?”

RELATEDIs Black Lightning Supposed to Be ‘Dead’? How Is He Not Recognized? And More Burning Qs Answered

A local preacher featured on the news even asks this question, wondering if the local superhero has seemingly resurfaced to help the community… or settle vendettas. Jefferson is no doubt asking himself “why?” as he groans in pain after his fight
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Ryan Reynolds to Star in ‘Clue’ Film at Fox: Writers of ‘Deadpool’ Attached

Clue is coming back to the big screen and Ryan Reynolds has been elected to star in it. He’ll also be joined by the writers of Deadpool, so at least you know he should have someone that’s used to giving him great lines and can think in the same manner that he can so expertly deliver. Aside from that the aspect of this that might be most troubling is that Hollywood is seeing fit to remake older movies in a way that seems to make people think that they’re kind of running out of ideas. If you don’t believe me

Ryan Reynolds to Star in ‘Clue’ Film at Fox: Writers of ‘Deadpool’ Attached
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This Is Us Finally Explains Jack's Death

This Is Us Finally Explains Jack's Death
Need to catch up? Check out the previous This Is Us recap here.

I had a feeling of dread, coming into this week’s This Is Us. After all, the episode’s title is “That’ll Be the Day,” and I spent too many long car rides as a child listening to my parents’ oldies station not to know that that jauntily sung Buddy Holly lyric ends with the words, “that I die.”

Turns out, my Pearson intuition was right: At last, the episode offers up how the Pearson family home caught fire and killed Jack. Even though we’ve known it was coming,
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The Flash Recap: Doing a Stretch — Plus, [Spoiler] Returns!

The Flash Recap: Doing a Stretch — Plus, [Spoiler] Returns!
This week on The Flash, Ralph rrrrrreeeeached out to imprisoned Barry during a crisis, after a familiar nemesis resurfaced. And speaking of returns, a scene stealer from “Crisis on Earth-x” dropped by, to serve up a curious new clue.

RELATEDIs Flash Marriage ‘I Doomed’? A Closer Look at the Waitress’ Warning for Barry

This was one of those times where, based on the episodic photos alone, I had greatly tempered expectations, thinking it would be a big ol’ filler of an hour… or it’d be unexpectedly entertaining/amusing. And while Trickster Jr. was a bit of a monotonous bore,
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TV Writers, Actors Push for Pay Parity With Anonymous Survey via Google Doc

The latest front in Hollywood’s push for pay parity are anonymous Google docs making the rounds in an effort to bring transparency to the going rates for TV writers, actors and assistants.

Two Google docs dubbed “TV Actors Salary” and “TV Writers Salary” are ricocheting through the industry via social media posts. The documents urge readers to input anonymous information about their salaries for working on series and pilots for specific networks and studios. The spreadsheets ask for gender, race and ethnicity details of contributors as well as the experience level of each person, which has long been one of the biggest determinants of wages.

The spreadsheets have quickly filled up with details. A female co-producer who is a person of color working on an hourlong Warner Bros. TV production for the CW makes $15,000 an episode, for a 23-episode order. A female story editor who is not a person of color working on an hourlong [link=co
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CBS Orders Greg Berlanti Drama Pilot ‘God Friended Me’

Divine intervention has come to CBS in the form of a drama pilot order for Greg Berlanti and “Gotham” scribes Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.

“God Friended Me” revolves around an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he’s friended by God on Facebook. The proximity to the Holy Spirit makes him an agent of change in the lives of those around him.

The pilot hails from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Lilien and Wynbrandt penned the script and Marcos Siega will direct. Sarah Schechter, head of Berlanti Productions, will executive produce along with Berlanti.

The prolific Berlanti has a raft of projects in development as well as on air across multiple networks, including the CW’s superhero series “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and new entry “Black Lightning”; crime drama “Deception” at ABC; drama “You” at Lifetime, and NBC’s “Blindspot,” among others.

CBS previously ordered three pilots — two comedies and one drama
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‘God Friended Me’ Light Procedural From ‘Alcatraz’ Co-Creators, Berlanti Prods. & Marcos Siega Gets CBS Pilot Order

CBS has given a pilot order to God Friended Me, a light hourlong procedural from Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, director Marcos Siega and Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions. The project, from Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based, had a put pilot commitment. Associated Press Written by Lilien and Wynbrandt and to be directed by Siega, God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series, which explores questions of faith…
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SAG Awards Draws 2.7M In TBS-tnt Simulcast

The 24th annual SAG Awards ceremony drew 2.7 million viewers for its live simulcast Sunday night on TBS and TNT. The two-hour actors trophy show, which aired in primetime in the East but 5-7 Pm in the West, also posted a 0.8 demo rating, per Nielsen. The ceremony, which was dominated by the cast of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, aired against the Nfc Championship Game on Fox. Although it was a lopsided win for the Philadelphia Eagles over the Minnesota…
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The Hall of Heavy Metal History Celebrates Its 2018 Inductees, and Drums and Disabilities Will Shine Too

January 24, 2018 is the date set for the 2nd Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Awards Ceremony. It will be held at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, California. The Induction Ceremony will take place from 8pm to 11pm with a special concert by the Carmine & Vinny Appice Band mid-ceremony from 9:30 to 10pm. Carmine’s Induction will be conducted by Vinny; and to add to that memorable moment, the list of 2018 Inductees is quite spectacular. Bill Ward, Anvil, Elliott Rubinson, Riot, Exodus, Sammy Ash, Jordan Rudess, Billy Sheehan, Nick Menza, Lzzy Hale, Munsey Ricci and Metal Mike Chlasciak

The Hall of Heavy Metal History Celebrates Its 2018 Inductees, and Drums and Disabilities Will Shine Too
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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.

RELATEDOnce Upon a Time, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans: ABC Boss Weighs In on Fate of Scripted Friday Slate

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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