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“The Good Wife” Creator Says “There Is a Chance” of Spin-Off

Julianna Margulies in “The Good Wife”; Jeff Neumann/CBS(NEW YORK) — The Good Wife may be ending next month after seven seasons, but fans could get more of the CBS political drama.

Co-creator Robert King said “there is a chance” of a spin-off during a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival Sunday night.

“CBS seems to be very motivated. They like these characters, but they also like the world and all these subsidiary characters, so there may be a chance,” he added, according to E! News.

The show’s creators — King, along with wife Michelle — also addressed rumors that actor Josh Charles would return in a flashback scene before the series ends May 8. Fans of the show will remember that Charles’ character, Will Gardner, was killed off in season five.

“I’ve heard that rumor,” Michelle King said during the panel discussion, which also included the show’s star Julianna Margulies, who plays junior litigator Alicia Florrick, along with her co-stars Matt Czuchry and Cush Jumbo.

“I heard that Peter is going to be starting another affair,” she quipped. “I heard that Alicia and Eli kissed. I heard that Alicia and Jason ran off happily together. And I heard that Michelle Obama guest starred. And I will tell you that one of those is true.”

She did say that whomever returns, the series finale will be “satisfying, uplifting and sad” for viewers.

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Tracy Morgan Performs “Special” Stand-Up Routine for Hospital Staff that Saved His Life

John Lamparski/Getty Images(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) — Tracy Morgan returned to New Brunswick, New Jersey, over the weekend to perform at the State Theatre for a very special audience.

The comedian performed his “Picking Up The Pieces” stand-up routine in front of a crowd filled with doctors, nurses and first responders from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where Tracy was treated after his near-fatal car crash in 2014.

In an interview with People magazine, the comedian explained why the performance meant so much to him.

“Last night was one of the most special nights of my life,” Morgan said. “To be standing on stage with the people that saved my life in the audience was an overwhelming experience. I will never fully be able to thank the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone else that got me back on that stage enough.”

Morgan, 47, was seriously injured in a car crash in June 2014, which killed his friend Jimmy Mack and left the 30 Rock star in a coma.

The State Theatre is located just two miles away from the hospital where he was treated.

After the show, Morgan invited all of the hospital employees in the audience backstage to his dressing room to take photos and get hugs from the comedian.

The Saturday Night Live star also donated all of the proceeds from his New Jersey performance to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

“These people are heroes and I love them all from the bottom of my heart,” Morgan said. “The only good thing that happened on that horrible night was that I was close to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital when the accident happened. God bless them all.”

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Michael Strahan Joining ABC’s “Good Morning America” Full-Time

Lara Spencer and Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America”; ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — This fall, Michael Strahan will be joining Good Morning America full-time.

The co-host of Live with Kelly & Michael is moving to ABC’s Good Morning America starting in September. He’d been appearing on the show twice a week for the past two years.

In a memo to staff, ABC News president James Goldston said, “Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast. Over the past two years on GMA, he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers.”

Goldston praised Strahan’s “genuine warmth and quick wit,” and noted, “At GMA he’ll now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.”

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“The Hunger Games” Props, Costumes & More Going on Sale

Murray Close/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Here’s your chance to own a piece of The Hunger Games.

Nearly 500 costumes, props and set pieces from the hit movie franchise will be made available in The World of The Hunger Games Auction, staged by Profiles in History, on May 20.

If you’re a fan, there are some iconic items up for grabs, including perhaps the biggest of all: the hunting longbow and Mockingjay armor worn by Jennifer Lawrence’s as Katniss Everdeen.

You can find more info at TheHungerGamesAuction.com.

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Olivia Wilde Is Expecting Second Child with Jason Sudeikis

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Olivia Wilde is pregnant. The actress is expecting her second child with her fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, she announced in an Instagram post on Monday.

Wilde shared a photo of herself sitting next to her son, Otis, with both of them baring their stomachs.

“Matching baby bumps,” she captioned the pic.

Wilde, 32, and Sudeikis, 40, were first linked in 2011 and announced their engagement in 2013. The next year, Wilde gave birth to Otis.

“Love is what has unlocked the happiest parts of my life,” Wilde told ABC News a few months after becoming a parent. “Not only falling in love with my fiancé, but then having a child and falling in love on a completely different level. I just have found my sources of inspiration in life and it all comes from witnessing love.”

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Stana Katic Leaving “Castle” After This Season

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — Get ready to say goodbye to Captain Kate Beckett. Stana Katic will not return to ABC’s Castle next season, a rep for the network confirmed Monday.

This will also be the last season for Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish.

“Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past eight years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship,” read a statement from the network. “Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.”

Castle stars Nathan Fillion as a mystery novelist who teams up with NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett, played by Katic, to solve crimes. It premiered in 2009.

The show has not yet been renewed for a ninth season.

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“Dancing with the Stars”: Nyle DiMarco Tops Leader Board on Switch-Up Week

Sharna Burgess and Nyle DiMarco; ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — No one was eliminated Monday night on Dancing with the Stars, but the celebrity contestants were pushed out of their comfort zones when they were forced to switch pro partners.

The nine competitors performed dances with a different dance pro than the ones with whom they were paired for the show’s season 22. The switch was for Monday night only.

At the end of the night, America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco ended up with the highest score for his elegant Viennese waltz, while football player Antonio Brown brought up the rear with a cha-cha that judges said appeared under-rehearsed.

Monday night’s standout moment: Kim Fields and Keo Motsepe’s crowd-pleasing Viennese waltz caused division on the judging panel. Head judge Len Goodman and guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy took strong issue with the steps in the performance, saying the routine wasn’t a traditional Viennese waltz, while Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli praised the performance. “I loved it….You brought out a steamier, more dramatic, sensual side of you that we have not seen yet,” Inaba told Fields. When Motsepe offered as explanation that he made some changes to compensate for the height difference between himself and Fields, Chmerkovskiy — a former Dancing pro — remarked that he and Meryl Davis also had a difference in height. Chmerkovskiy and Davis won the Mirror Ball trophy in the show’s 18th season. Fields earned 28 out of a possible 40 points for her routine.

Monday night’s top scorer: Nyle DiMarco earned high praise from the judges and a rare 10 out of 10 from Goodman for his Viennese waltz with Sharna Burgess. Inaba was emotional as she told DiMarco — who is deaf and cannot hear the music to which he dances — that she believes he has an advantage over his competitors because he’s been telling stories with his body for his whole life. Goodman likened the routine to a “total eclipse,” saying “it don’t turn up often but when it does, it’s fantastic.” Chmerkovskiy said it was hard for him to comprehend how the routine was possible, and he called it the best dance of the night. Tonioli told DiMarco: “The magic of dance is alive within you.” DiMarco earned three 9s and a 10, for a total of 37 out of a possible 40 points — the highest score of the night. There was some confusion after the performance when two of the judges displayed “10” paddles when they had really given the routine a “9.” Dancing co-host Tom Bergeron explained that the “10” paddles were mistakenly shown. He said each judge writes his or her vote down immediately after the routine and sends it the show’s control room, recording it as the official score.

Judges’ Scores (out of a possible 40 points)

Nyle DiMarco and Sharna Burgess: 37
Jodie Sweetin and Val Chmerkovskiy: 35
Ginger Zee and Mark Ballas: 32
Paige VanZant and Sasha Farber: 31
Wanya Morris and Witney Carson: 30
Kim Fields and Keo Motsepe: 28
Doug Flutie and Peta Murgatroyd: 28
Von Miller and Lindsay Arnold: 29
Antonio Brown and Karina Smirnoff: 26

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“The Voice”: The Top 12 Perform

Shalyah Fearing on “The Voice”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The Voice‘s top 12 took the stage Monday night. Artists for Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams all performed for a chance to earn the viewers’ votes.

The lone remaining country artist in the competition, Mary Sarah of Team Blake, opened the show with Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.” Christina admitted she wasn’t familiar with the song but said Mary Sarah delivered. Adam said she put forth a “unique” version of a potentially difficult song to sing. Blake said he was “wrapped up in the lyrics,” praising the way Mary Sarah presented the message.

Team Adam’s resident rocker, Laith Al-Saadi, brought some blues to the stage with “Born Under a Bad Sign” by Albert King. Blake said he doesn’t know the blues well, but the performance must be as good as it gets. Adam says there’s no one like Al-Saadi on the show.

Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino sang “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson. Christina noted that Pharrell has built up Daniel’s confidence. Pharrell said Daniel’s mind must be racing, and that he willed himself through the performance.

Daniel’s teammate, Emily Keener, took on Jeff Buckley’s “Lilac Wine.” Adam said he was so proud that someone sang that song. Christina said it was the performance she’d been waiting for from Emily. Pharrell urged the viewers to vote for Emily, noting her age: 17.

Nick Hagelin of Team Christina covered Blake’s “Mine Would Be You.” Pharrell said Nick could chart with a song like that. Blake joked that his fans would demand Nick’s version of the song at his next concert. Christina said Nick is humble and likeable, and exudes charisma.

Adam Wakefield of Team Blake played “Soulshine” by the Allman Brothers Band. Pharrell quipped that Adam took the crowd to church. Adam Levine said the contestant “is so far beyond the real deal,” adding that it was a “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance.” Blake declared that Adam will be around for a “long, long time.”

Bryan Bautista of Team Christina crooned Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Pharrell felt confident Bryan will score a record deal. Christina said he presents himself beautifully on stage. She called him a “star.”

Team Adam’s Owen Danoff covered the Lukas Graham hit “7 Years.” Adam said the crowd rallied behind him with his determination. The Maroon 5 frontman added, “You came to life tonight.”

Alisan Porter of Team Christina belted out “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. Christina gushed, “You’re everything. You’re amazing.” She added that the energy in the room changes when Alisan enters it.

Team Blake’s Paxton Ingram sang the Selena Gomez tune “Hands to Myself.” Pharrell said Paxton lifts people when he sings. Blake told Paxton he’s going to be around for a while.

Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell entertained with “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Etta James. Blake noted that Hannah has so much fun on the stage. Pharrell said she has innate ability and a wide range.

Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam closed the night with a stirring rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Up to the Mountain.” Christina said she feels Shalyah’s heart when she sings. Adam said he’s so impressed by the woman she’s becoming.

The top 11 will be revealed on Tuesday night’s results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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“Everybody Loves Raymond” Actress Doris Roberts Dead at 90

KMazur/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Veteran actress Doris Roberts, best known for her role as the mother of Ray Romano’s character on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, died Sunday in her sleep of natural causes, her son said Monday evening. She was 90.

The tributes began pouring in on social media after the news broke Monday evening. Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, who played Roberts’ daughter-in-law, Debra Barone, tweeted a statement that read in part, “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”

Series creator Phil Rosenthal wrote, “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”

Roberts was nominated for an Emmy seven times for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom, which aired on CBS from 1996-2005. She won four times.

Roberts’ other major credits included the TV series Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere, and the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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Veteran actress Doris Roberts, best known for her role as the mother of Ray Romano‘s character on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, reportedly died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 90.

The tributes began pouring in on social media after the news broke Monday evening. Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, who played Roberts’ daughter-in-law, Debra Barone, tweeted a statement that read in part, “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”

Series creator Phil Rosenthal wrote, “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”

Roberts was nominated for an Emmy seven times for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom, which aired on CBS from 1996-2005. She won four times.

Roberts’ other major credits included the TV series Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere, and the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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Report: “Everybody Loves Raymond” Actress Doris Roberts Dead at 90

KMazur/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Veteran actress Doris Roberts, best known for her role as the mother of Ray Romano’s character on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, reportedly died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 90.

The tributes began pouring in on social media after the news broke Monday evening. Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, who played Roberts’ daughter-in-law, Debra Barone, tweeted a statement that read in part, “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”

Series creator Phil Rosenthal wrote, “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”

Roberts was nominated for an Emmy seven times for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom, which aired on CBS from 1996-2005. She won four times.

Roberts’ other major credits included the TV series Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere, and the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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Veteran actress Doris Roberts, best known for her role as the mother of Ray Romano‘s character on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, reportedly died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 90.

The tributes began pouring in on social media after the news broke Monday evening. Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, who played Roberts’ daughter-in-law, Debra Barone, tweeted a statement that read in part, “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”

Series creator Phil Rosenthal wrote, “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”

Roberts was nominated for an Emmy seven times for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom, which aired on CBS from 1996-2005. She won four times.

Roberts’ other major credits included the TV series Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere, and the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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