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Ellen DeGeneres Lands New Netflix Stand Up Special

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Ellen DeGeneres will appear in a brand new stand up special for Netflix, Variety has confirmed.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”

DeGeneres got her start in stand up comedy before transitioning into acting and then hosting her syndicated daytime show. Now going into its fifteenth season, the show has earned a total of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards. She also had the honor of hosting the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmys, and the Grammy Awards. Most recently, President Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.

The new special will mark her first since 2000, when she appeared in “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning” for HBO.

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‘Twin Peaks’: Former Series Star Joan Chen Pitches Her Character’s Wild Return to David Lynch

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David Lynch’s wildly anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival is kitted out with plenty of talented faces — over 200, both old and new — but there’s still a handful of original stars who were not tapped to return for the Showtime series. One of them is Joan Chen, who played Josie Packard during the show’s original run (and, incidentally, was the very first face to appear in the series’ very first episode, way back in 1990).

Chen, however, is eager to change that, and The Hollywood Reporter shares a compelling — and kind of wild — letter from the actress that she sent to Lynch, asking for her role to be reprised. Given that Chen’s character ended her “Twin Peaks” run as a drawer knob, it’s obviously written from a unique perspective.

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- Kate Erbland

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‘SNL’ Star Leslie Jones to Host 2017 ‘BET Awards’

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Saturday Night Live” player Leslie Jones is set to host the 2017 “BET Awards.”

“I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year,” Jones said on Wednesday. “BET was the first network and place where I was on TV — I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming.”

As previously announced, Beyoncé dominates this year’s nominations with a total of seven including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for “Freedom,” Video of the Year, and Album of the Year for “Lemonade.” Bruno Mars follows with five nods including Album of the Year, »


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Vera Farmiga Joins Cast of Anthology Series ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

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Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.

Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.

Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »


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TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12

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In today’s roundup, Nickelodeon has ordered a 12th season of “SpongeBob SqaurePants,” The History Channel has commissioned a one-hour Watergate special, Investigation Discovery is airing a documentary special about Bill Cosby’s downfall, and production has begun on Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls.”

Renewals

Nickeloden has ordered Season 12 of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the number-one animated series across all TV with kids. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year. Season 11 debuts later this summer. Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob film for release in 2019 as well. “Spongebob Squarepants” is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.

Casting

Richard Kind has been cast in the guest starring role of Benny Konopka in Electric Entertainment’s series “The Librarians,” which will run for a fourth season on TNT this winter. “The »


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‘Wynonna Earp’ Has Flaming Hot Key Art for Season 2 (Exclusive)

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There are very few certainties in this world, aside from this fact: The return of “Wynonna Earp” can’t come soon enough.

To celebrate the return of the Syfy drama on June 9, Variety can exclusively reveal the show’s key art for Season 2.

If you’re not caught up on the first season of this supernatural, comedically-tinged action drama, you can rectify that situation immediately (or over the long weekend) by watching that first set of episodes on Netflix. The show made my Top 20 New Shows roster for 2016, and I’m looking forward to Season 2 like a person lost in the desert anticipates a long drink of water.

As fans who watched that enjoyable debut set of episodes know, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) avenged her father’s death in Season 1, but, not surprisingly, a new set of problems loom over the fast-talking, quip-slinging heroine.

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- Maureen Ryan

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Former Arkansas Governor Takes ‘Huckabee’ from Fox News to Religious Broadcaster

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Viewers who liked Mike Huckabee when he held forth on Fox News Channel on Saturday nights are likely to get a super-serving of him very soon on religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network.

The former Republican governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate is taking his show to Nashville, where he hopes to expand interview segments and host musicians and artists while maintaining many of the elements that kept him on Fox News for nearly seven years. “People who have seen the Fox show are going to be very comfortable, at home and familiar with it,” said Huckabee, in an interview from Jerusalem where he is taping a special for Tbn.

The former governor’s Fox News program had political commentary, conversation – and a little music in the form of a house band of network staffers. Melissa Etheridge once came on as a guest in an appearance even Huckabee acknowledged proved a surprise to observers. “She »


- Brian Steinberg

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‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy Teases Billie Lourd’s Role In Season 7

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Ryan Murphy has dropped his latest tease for American Horror Story season 7. This time it focuses returning cast member Billie Lourd. “Winter is coming,” Murphy writes in an Instagram post. “Can’t wait for everybody to see what the incredible Billie Lourd does this season on Ahs.” This follows Murphy’s previous cryptic clues, the first, a sketched image captioned "American Horror Story Season 7" tease, with what looks like a cross between a demonic-looking Twisty the… »

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Behind The Scenes Effects In Movies That Show You What’s Truly Going On

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There are some scenes in movies where CGI looks pretty obvious and even if it’s not obvious you’re thinking to yourself, “this has to be CGI.” You based this assumption on your vision alone and deduce that it’s highly unlikely that the studios would go to the painstaking trouble of finding an actual set to look that way or a waste money on a costume to look a certain way when all you are is a click away from a computer enhanced images that can accomplish the same thing and for less money. But little do we realize that even

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‘The Strain’ Season 4 Trailer: Corey Stoll Has Lost the War Against the Strigoi in Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Series

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FX has released the trailer for the fourth and final season of its original horror series “The Strain.” The series is co-created by horror master Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”) and Chuck Hogan (“The Town,” “13 Hours”), based off of their best-selling “The Strain Trilogy.” Check out the trailer below (via Bloody Disgusting).

Read More: Cannes: Guillermo del Toro Talks Real-Life Monsters in Political-Leaning Speech

Set in New York City, the series follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Disease Control Canary Team, who are initially tasked with investigating a viral outbreak that contains ancient, evil strains of vampirism. In an attempt to save humanity, Dr. Goodweather and his team wage war against these vampires. Season four picks up nine months after an explosion at the end of season 3, which caused a global nuclear apocalypse. Dr. Goodweather and his team have lost against the strigoi, who now have complete control, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Supernatural Season 13: Mark Sheppard Not Returning as a Series Regular

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It appears at least one of Supernatural‘s many finale deaths will stick.

Mark Sheppard will not return to the CW drama as a series regular for Season 13, TVLine has confirmed.

RelatedSupernatural Meets Scooby-Doo? Jinkies, It’s Happening!

Sheppard first hinted at his departure Tuesday night via an Instagram post: “So to all my #spnfamily everywhere… my crew and my fellow storytellers… thanks for the ride. Time for something new.”

Sheppard’s frenemy character Crowley — who recurred for several years before the actor was promoted to series regular in Season 10 — sacrificed his own life during last Thursday’s finale »


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‘Shots Fired’ Creators & Sanaa Lathan On How The Ferguson Riots Led To Fox Series – The Contenders Emmys Video

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It was the Ferguson riots and the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial that inspired co-creators/executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood to heed the call of the Fox network and Imagine Entertainment in doing the 10-part series Shots Fired, which is just about as timely and urgent as weekly network TV can get. Appearing at the DGA theater packed with TV Academy voters at Deadline’s annual The Contenders Emmys last month, the married… »

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‘Queen Sugar’: Sharon Lawrence, Alimi Ballard, Margot Bingham Set To Recur In Season 2

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Emmy nominee Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue, Grey's Anatomy, Shameless), Alimi Ballard (The Catch, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire) are set for recurring roles on the second season of Own’s praised drama series Queen Sugar. In addition, Julie Dash joins Season 2 as part of an all-female directorial team handpicked by creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay. In Season 2, Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner)… »

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Rockmond Dunbar

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We’re familiar with Rockmond Dunbar in his role as Benjamin Miles (C-Note) Franklin on the hit Television mini-series Prison Break, but there is much more to this talented actor. He’s been around the block as a Hollywood actor and despite periods of unemployment, he’s done a lot in his career. Here are five things that you probably didn’t know about him. 1. He attended schools in California, Georgia and New Mexico Rockmond, born in Berkeley California on January 11, 1973 attended a series of schools. He attended Oakland Technical High School in Oakland, CA, then moved on to Morehouse College

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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night’ Guests Unveiled

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For the tenth consecutive year ,in conjunction with the NBA Finals, ABC presents Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night. This year’s lineup of guests includes Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Jamie Foxx and Billy Crystal with special appearances by Snoop Dogg and Karl Malone. Viewers can also expect to see an all new addition of "Mean Tweets: NBA Edition" as well as a three-point challenge featuring the celebrity guests. These special edition… »

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‘Party Boat’: Brett Davern, Katie Leclerc To Star In Crackle Original Movie

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Brett Davern (Awkward, Chosen) and Katie Leclerc (Switched at Birth, Confess) are set to star in Party Boat, Sony-owned Crackle’s new original movie, which began production earlier this month outside Atlanta. Davern stars as Max, a fun-loving if irresponsible party animal, dedicated to bringing the fun by whatever means necessary and Leclerc is Kiley, Max's best friend who is unaware that he's been in love with her since middle school. Written by husband and wife team… »

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Review: ABC Musical Event Is Decidedly Not Worth Your Time

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The musical special event craze that has led many broadcast networks to revisit beloved classics continues to push forward, undeterred by pretty disappointing efforts like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Hairspray.” Tonight, we have ABC’s first big attempt to get in the game with “Dirty Dancing,” an epic-length remake of the 1987 romantic dance drama. This time around, it’s a full-on musical about the magical summer that made Baby (Abigail Breslin) into a woman, after she fell in love with bad boy dance teacher Johnny (Colt Prattes).

Read More: ‘Dirty Dancing’: How the New TV Remake Compares to the 1987 Original Film

The cast includes Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal, and Billy Dee Williams, and the original film’s runtime of 100 minutes has been expanded to three hours (with commercials) by adding multiple storylines that seek to give the supporting characters »


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Young and the Restless: Cane Makes a Dangerous Move

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Young and the Restless fans know Cane is really working hard to keep himself together. He’s got so much guilt about sleeping with Juliet in Hong Kong, and he desperately wants to keep it from his wife. If Lily found out, she’d leave him for good. But he’s got to face Juliet at work each and every day and the guilt is tearing him apart every time he sees her face. He made it his mission to set her up by making it possible for her to air a clip that got a lot of people in a lot of

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- Tiffany Raiford

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‘Twin Peaks’: Where Food Is a Signifier of Virtue, and Only Heroes Deserve Pie

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first four episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks.”]

Much is made of the joy that pie and donuts and coffee bring to the characters on “Twin Peaks.” In the original series, Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) went into raptures over the “damn fine coffee” at the Great Northern Hotel’s restaurant and declared the cherry pie at the Double R Diner was so good it could “kill ya.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: A Guide to Returned Characters and How They’re Helping Cooper – Parts 1 & 2

Cooper’s obsession with the town’s cuisine could be interpreted as an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures or merely as an extension of series co-creator David Lynch’s love of food. After all, the director notoriously once used a cow as part of an Oscar campaign stunt because without milk, “Inland Empire” would never have been made, since Lynch had eaten a lot of cheese while making the film. And »


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Arrow Season Finale Sneak Peek: Will Slade Betray Oliver Again?

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No one knows better than Oliver Queen that desperate times call for desperate measures. With all of his friends and family captured and taken to the very place where Oliver’s journey started, the Green Arrow turns to the one person he never thought he would-his enemy. Arrow concludes Oliver’s five-year journey from broken vigilante to hero by bringing him full circle. Not only does this mean returning to the infamous island of Lian Yu, but also recruiting his former enemies for help. Oliver never had a greater enemy than fan favorite Slade Wilson, but will his former friend betray him

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