Review Category : Entertainment

Tim Allen “blindsided” by ABC’s cancellation of “Last Man Standing”

(L-R) TIM ALLEN, JONATHAN ADAMS (ABC/Tony Rivetti)(LOS ANGELES) — While arguably not everybody’s cup of tea, it’s obvious that Tim Allen’s affable family sitcomLast Man Standing has a following: it wouldn’t have lasted six seasons if it didn’t.

The Friday night show had been getting solid ratings, but ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced at the network’s “up fronts” gathering Tuesday that the series, which she admitted was a “steady performer,” was being cancelled for “business and scheduling reasons.”

It was apparently news to Allen, who tweeted, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding”

Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding

— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017

Fans called foul, citing politics. Allen played a Trump supporter, one whose take on political correctness in part mirrored Allen’s own.

Incidentally, Allen got into hot water recently after telling Jimmy Kimmel, in an anecdote about attending President Trump’s inauguration, “You gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.” Many people criticized Allen for apparently equating criticism of conservatives to persecution by Nazis.

Last Man Standing‘s cancellation sparked a petition that had attracted more than 235 thousand signatures as of noon Wednesday. The organizers said in part, that the show “appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.”

The petition adds that although, “some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion…the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views.”

During the announcement, Dungey didn’t address Allen’s politics when asked if they motivated her decision.

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Kerry Washington says “Scandal” cast is ready for “no-holds-barred” final season

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Kerry Washington described the cast of Scandal as “sad” that the hit TV show is ending, but she managed to find a silver lining.

“Sometimes as an actor you don’t know when you’re going to be out of a job and so it’s nice actually to go into the last season knowing that it’s our last season,” Washington said today on Good Morning America.

“We’re already talking about how it’s going to be like no-holds-barred, better than ever, no holding punches, putting it all out on the table.”

ABC Entertainment announced Tuesday that Scandal will say goodbye after season 7.

The show, which features Washington as D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, began in 2012 and has kept fans on the edge of their seats ever since.

Scandal will end its sixth season Thursday night in a two-hour finale that Washington described as “crazy.” The two-hour season finale, which features Olivia Pope’s mom, is a first for the series.

“It’s beyond what I could have imagined,” she hinted.

Washington said she also can’t fully imagine where her character will be when the show ends.

“I really want to see Olivia happy, but it’s hard to know in Shondaland what that means,” Washington added with a laugh, referring to creator Shonda Rhimes’ production company.

“I feel really blessed,” she added.

“It’s so exciting for me to be going into our final season and feel like the abundance of riches,” said Washington. “I have a beautiful husband and beautiful kids and I’m really happy about my life and I love my job and I get to bring all of that to work for one more season.”

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“The Voice” recap: Gwen Stefani loses her last two artists

NBC/Trea Patton(LOS ANGELES) — On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that TSoul, from Team Blake Shelton, Vanessa Ferguson from Alicia Keys’ team and Hunter Plake and Brennley Brown – both from Team Gwen Stefani — were sent home.

Plake and Brown were eliminated on a one-hour results show. They lost an “Instant Save” vote to Team Adam Levine’s Jesse Larson.

Prior to the vote, Brown, Plake and Larson sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Brown performed Demi Lovato’s “Warrior,” Plake covered “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic and Larson tackled Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.”

There are now four artists remaining in the competition: Larson is Team Adam’s last remaining member, along with Team Alicia’s Chris Blue and Team Blake’s Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden. There are no artists left on Team Gwen.

The results show also featured performances from Big Boi, who was joined by Adam Levine for his new song, “Mic Jack,” and DNCE with their latest, “Kissing Strangers.”

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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New Shonda Rhimes series, “Roseanne” revival & “Bachelor” spin-off highlight upcoming ABC season

ABC/Jay Goldman(LOS ANGELES) — News of Katy Perry joining American Idol and confirmation that Scandal will be ending after next season weren’t the only revelations ABC had Tuesday. The network also announced a spate of new shows including another Shondaland series, spinoffs from two of its high-profile reality competition shows, live specials and a reboot of a classic family sitcom.

The Bachelor Winter Games will see past Bachelor and Bachelorette cast members move into a luxury winter resort and compete in various winter-themed sports challenges, and Dancing with the Stars Junior will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers. The Bachelor Winter Games will premiere next February with DTWS Junior arriving in the spring of 2018.

The new Shonda Rhimes drama is a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy and will focus on firefighters in a Seattle firehouse. No word on when it will air.

The network is getting into the live musical game, with a hybrid live-animated TV version of the Disney’s The Little Mermaid. No cast announcements yet, but the network promises high-profile celebrity artists. The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! will air Tuesday, October 3.

Another live project comes from late night host Jimmy Kimmel and actor Justin Theroux that will re-enact scripts from classic sitcoms of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, featuring contemporary actors and comedians. “This is a way for a new generation of viewers to discover these classics and a new generation of actors to play characters they love, live in front of a studio audience,” Kimmel said in a statement.

And speaking of classic sitcoms of the ’80s and ’90, one is coming back. Iconic comedy series Roseanne will return for an eight-episode reboot featuring the original cast – including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf.

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Chris Soules pleads not guilty to leaving scene of fatal accident

Courtesy Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office(BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa) –Former Bachelor Chris Soules has pleaded not guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which occurred last month in Iowa.

In paperwork obtained by ABC News, Soules waived his right to be arraigned in open court and instead filed his plea via his legal team Tuesday.

According to the official police report from the accident and later Soules himself in released 911 tapes, the former reality star “rear-ended” a man in a tractor, who went into a ditch and later died at the hospital.

“He’s not conscious,” Soules says in the police recording. “He doesn’t appear to be [breathing].”

Soules was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident, a felony in Iowa, and was uninjured in the incident.

“Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening in a rural part of Iowa near his home,” his publicist told ABC News at the time of the accident. “He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family.”

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Bill Cosby won’t take the stand at his trial, says racism may be behind sexual assault allegations

Getty Images/Gilbert Carrasquillo(NEW YORK) — Bill Cosby suggested that racism may be partly responsible for the dozens of sexual misconduct allegations that have been lodged against him.

In a 30-minute interview with Sirius XM radio host Michael Smerconish, the embattled comedian also revealed that he will not take the stand in his own defense when he faces one of his accusers in court next month.

Jury selection in his trial is set to begin next week.

“I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer as to whether or not I’m opening a can of something that I — my lawyers are scrambling,” he said.

Cosby, 79, broke his silence about the alleged sexual assault scandal for the first time in two years, just ahead of his trial. The former Cosby Show patriarch faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an alleged encounter with accuser Andrea Constand in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty.

As a condition of the interview set by Cosby, Smerconish also broadcast statements from his daughters, Ensa and Erinn.

In her statement, Ensa said: “Racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal.”

Asked if he agreed with Ensa’s analysis, Cosby told Smerconish: “Could be. Could be….there are so many tentacles. So many different — ‘nefarious’ is a great word. I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.”

In addition to Constand, dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct and/or drugging. He has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Asked why if the allegations are false, so many women have spoken out against him, Cosby told Smerconish: “I think that the numbers came because the numbers prior to the numbers didn’t work.”

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Sorry, Gladiators: ABC confirms the end of “Scandal”

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Olivia Pope and Associates will officially be closing for business in 2018.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that the Kerry Washington-led ABC drama, Scandal, will come to a close after its seventh season.

According to the ABC executive, the decision came straight from Scandal‘s creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes.

“I had conversations with Shonda where she has had, for awhile, a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” Dungey said. “And we sat and we talked and she said, ‘Look I really feel like season seven is where I want to wrap up this story, because I, as a fa,n always prefer to end a show where you’re always creatively on top, as opposed to letting this dribble out.'”

Dungey, who said the specific number of episodes for next season are still being decided, added that gladiators should expect the series to end on a proper note.

“I do think that audiences — especially fans and gladiators who are as loyal to Scandal as they’ve been — are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda intended it to,” she said.

In a statement, Rhimes said the decision to end her hit show was not an easy one to make, but that next year they’ll be “going all out” and, “leaving nothing on the table.”

“We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff,” she said.

Scandal debuted in 2012 and broke barriers, with Washington as the first African-American female lead in a drama series in over thirty-seven years. The show soon became the number one show for women on Thursdays.

The season six finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Peyton Manning to host 2017 ESPYS

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Peyton Manning will host the 2017 ESPYs host, ESPN announced Tuesday.

“It’s an honor to be asked to host the ESPYS, and it’s even more meaningful that it’s the 25th year for this incredible event,” the two-time Super Bowl champ said in a statement.

“The ESPYS have been a part of my life during my entire career. I can still remember attending my very first show back in 1998 before my rookie season in the NFL,” he added.

Manning received the ESPY Icon Award in 2016, following his retirement from the NFL the prior year, according to ESPN. The five-time league MVP played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, winning Super Bowl XLI. Manning also led the Denver Broncos to a championship win at Super Bowl 50.

The ESPYS will air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC on July 12.

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“Empire” star-turned “Alien: Covenant” lead Jussie Smollett gives odds on Cookie vs. Alien

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Empire‘s Jussie Smollett and the rest of the cast of Alien: Covenant — including Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Katherine Waterston — staged a takeover of Good Morning America on Tuesday.

GMA‘s Lara Spencer asked Jussie what Empire fans naturally want to know: who would win in a fight between Jussie’s TV mom, Taraji P. Henson’s fierce Cookie Lyon, or the acid-blooded, razor-clawed alien?

“Oh, Cookie would pimp-slap that alien in a second,” Smollett said to laughs. “Without even thinking twice: Cookie all day. That alien is scary to all of us, except Cookie, no doubt about it.”

Alien: Covenant opens Friday.

WATCH: We asked @JussieSmollett who is scarier: @TherealTaraji‘s Cookie in @EmpireFOX or Alien in @AlienAnthology?

Hint: 🍪

— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 16, 2017

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Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 90th anniversary Academy Awards

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Despite presiding over one of the biggest flubs in Academy Award history, the team behind this year’s Oscars is returning for the show’s 90th anniversary next year…including host Jimmy Kimmel.

The 90th installment of the awards show will reunite Kimmel with Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, the producers of this year’s show, which memorably ended with La La Land being mistakenly announced as Best Picture. After an awkward on-stage huddle, Moonlight as revealed as the actual Best Picture winner.

“After just one year, we can’t imagine anyone else hosting The Oscars. Jimmy’s skillful command of the stage is invaluable on a night when anything can happen – and does,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment in a statement.

Kimmel tweeted, “Thanks to @TheAcademy for asking me to host The #Oscars again (assuming I opened the right envelope).”

Before the Best Picture gaffe on Oscar night, Kimmel had snacks and candy dropped from the ceiling onto the all-star audience, and brought tourists from a Hollywood bus tour into the theater to snap selfies with the likes of Denzel Washington.

The 90th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.

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