Tag: television

Why Hank Azaria Won’t Play Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ Anymore

In the three decades that he has been a voice actor on “The Simpsons,” Hank Azaria has played dozens of Springfield’s absurd denizens on that long-running animated Fox comedy, including the surly bartender Moe, the inept lawman Chief Wiggum and the adenoidal bookworm Professor Frink. But in recent years, Azaria has become irrevocably associated with […]

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Pamela Adlon Fuels Her Hectic Life With Fosse and ‘Fame’

You probably think you know Pamela Adlon. After all, “Better Things,” her FX dramedy (which returns March 5), is deeply mined from her joys and travails as a single mother and actress raising three daughters in Los Angeles — its set and scenes liberally sprinkled with stuff she loves. Calling after making bagel chips for […]

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Danai Gurira Inks Deal To Create Projects With ABC Studios

Playwright and actress Danai Gurira is making boss moves in the realm of entertainment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Black Panther star recently inked a two-year deal with ABC Studios. As part of the partnership, Gurira will produce and develop projects for the television production company. The actress has cemented herself as a powerfully […]

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Streaming TV’s Boom Is a Mixed Blessing for Some Hollywood Writers

LOS ANGELES — It seemed like a good deal. At first. Last April, Netflix offered Kay Reindl and her longtime writing partner a substantial sum — in the mid-six figures, Ms. Reindl said — to oversee 10 episodes of a new sci-fi series, “Sentient.” It sounded like a lot of money for what they figured […]

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‘Friends’ Cast to Reunite in HBO Max Special

Don’t worry if it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year: The cast of “Friends” is making a comeback to your TV screen. Fifteen years after audiences last saw Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey on network television, the gang is returning for an untitled, unscripted exclusive special for […]

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Review: As ‘Better Call Saul’ Returns, ‘Breaking Bad’ Comes Into View

“Better Call Saul” begins its fifth season, per established practice, with a black-and-white, vérité-style peek into the grim future of the shady lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Fearing that his cover as an anonymous fast-food manager has been blown, he’s descending into paranoia, camped in his dark apartment, peeking through the blinds. These season-opening scenes […]

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Democratic Candidates Set a TV Ratings Record at Las Vegas Debate

The Democratic presidential candidates smashed a ratings record on Wednesday night, drawing a combined audience of 19.7 million to the latest primary debate, Nielsen said on Thursday. Shown on NBC and MSNBC from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, the broadcast was the most watched in the history of Democratic presidential primary debates. It beat […]

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Sy Sperling, Founder of the Hair Club for Men (and Also a Client), Dies at 78

Sy Sperling, a businessman who helped bring the hair-loss industry into the mainstream with ubiquitous, self-effacing ads, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla.. He was 78. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Terri Lynn, who said it followed a lengthy illness. Mr. Sperling achieved a kind of cult fame in […]

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Kellye Nakahara, a Memorable Nurse on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 73

Kellye Nakahara, the actress best known for her recurring role as Nurse Kellye Yamato on the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” died on Sunday at her home in Pasadena, Calif. She was 73. Her son, William Wallett, said the cause was cancer. Ms. Nakahara, who was later known as Kellye Nakahara Wallett, appeared in 167 episodes […]

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P.S.G. President, Nasser al-Khelaifi, Is Charged in Soccer Scheme

LONDON — Swiss prosecutors on Thursday charged Nasser al-Khelaifi, a Qatari businessman who is one of the most prominent figures in soccer, with inciting a former secretary general at FIFA to break the law and the official, Jérôme Valcke, with accepting bribes and criminal mismanagement. The charges came more than two years after the Swiss […]

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‘Gentefied’ Asks, Can a Show About Gentrification Be Funny?

LOS ANGELES — On a crisp afternoon in Boyle Heights, just weeks before the Feb. 21 debut of the new bilingual Netflix series “Gentefied,” the main cast gathered at Santa Cecilia in Mariachi Plaza, a restaurant named for the patron saint of musicos. The Mexican actor Joaquín Cosío, best known in these parts for playing […]

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Family of Caroline Flack Shares Post Written Before Star’s Suicide

LONDON — Weeks before taking her own life, Caroline Flack, the British television personality, wrote that she had been suffering from an emotional breakdown “for a very long time,” according to an unpublished social media post made public by her family on Wednesday. Ms. Flack, 40, was arrested in December and later charged with assaulting […]

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A TV Star’s Suicide Prompts a Blame Game in Britain

ImageThe suicide of Caroline Flack, a British television personality and tabloid fixture, has renewed calls to strengthen the country’s privacy laws.Credit…Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — On Saturday night, news broke in Britain that Caroline Flack — the former host of “Love Island,” a wildly popular reality TV show — had killed herself. […]

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Caroline Flack, Who Hosted ‘Love Island,’ Dies by Suicide at 40

Caroline Flack, a well-known television personality and former host of ITV’s “Love Island” and other shows in Britain, died on Saturday in London. She was 40. The Associated Press, citing a statement from her family, confirmed her death. A lawyer for the family said she had died by suicide and was found in her home, […]

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‘The L Word’ Was a Trailblazer. Can a Reboot Keep Up With the Culture?

The scene opens on a palatial lobby of the Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Two women, Dani Núñez and Sophie Suarez, gape at the elaborately carved ceiling, 24-karat fixtures and lavish chandeliers. Recently engaged, they are touring potential wedding venues with their families. Dani’s father, a wealthy businessman, had suggested this one. At one […]

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Snoop Dogg Apologizes After Criticizing Gayle King Over Kobe Bryant Questions

Snoop Dogg apologized on Wednesday to Gayle King, the lead anchor of “CBS This Morning,” after criticizing her over a recent interview in which she brought up a 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant. Last week, Ms. King was subjected to a social media backlash in which her critics pointed to an excerpt from her […]

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Review: Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ Is a Cool Cover, but It Misses Some Notes

“High Fidelity,” beginning Friday on Hulu, is a terrifically cool show that gets awfully far on vibes alone, thanks in large part to a mesmerizing lead performance from Zoë Kravitz. She’s so good, in fact, that it’s almost impossible to believe she can’t find someone to love her exactly as-is. I’d say “warts and all,” […]

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