ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — For the third year in a row, a contestant from New York has won the Miss America pageant.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 on Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She takes over the title from Nina Davuluri, who also hails from the Empire State.

During the talent competition, the 22-year-old Kazantsev performed the Pharrell Williams hit “Happy” while sitting on the stage and mimicking Anna Kendrick’s plastic cup routine from the movie Pitch Perfect.

Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett finished second.

ABC aired the pageant, which was hosted by The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison and Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer.

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Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) — A new season of The View with several new co-hosts, a new set and a new logo returns to ABC on Monday.

Still, when the show does enter its 19th season, viewers will see one familiar face — returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg. She said she’s looking forward to learning from her new co-hosts — Rosie O’Donnell, actress Rosie Perez and political analyst Nicolle Wallace.

“My function amongst the woman is to contribute to the conversation,” says Goldberg. “You know, I have as much experience — or maybe a little bit more because I’m older — to offer the youngins…the newbies…and they have a lot of stuff to give me as well. So it’s good. It’s fun.”

O’Donnell, who is returning to the daytime talk show after a stint from 2006 to 2007, said one reason behind her decision to return is the chance to work with one co-host in particular.

“What drew me back was the opportunity to work with Whoopi Goldberg. I have admired her since I first saw her in her first one-woman show back when we were both younger and less gray…,” O’Donnell quipped. “But this is the first time I get to do it day in and day out so that’s a pretty good gig.”

The other Rosie on the panel, Rosie Perez, will make history Monday when she takes her seat. She’ll become the first Latina to be an official co-host.

“I didn’t even realize that I would be the first Latina on The View. I read that in the Entertainment Weekly article and the NPR article and I was like, ‘Oh! That’s right!'” Perez said. “And I just believe that that’s so bada**. I love it! I love it! It’s such an honor.”

One new co-host that viewers may not recognize is Wallace. She served as communications chief for George W. Bush’s White House and re-election campaign and was a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008. Wallace says her former boss supports her decision to join the show.

“He had some very encouraging things to say,” Wallace said of former President Bush. “And listen, all politicians, all presidents know the power of this show. So it was no surprise that a former president knew exactly what this show was [and] exactly how important it was.”

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NBC(NEW YORK) — If Cecily Strong is upset that she’s been replaced on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” desk, she’s hiding it really well.

NBC announced last Thursday that former SNL writer Michael Che will fill Strong’s anchor seat, joining Colin Jost when the new season begins Sept. 27. Strong reacted to the news in an Instagram post, promising to stay involved with “Weekend Update” in guest roles.

Strong wrote, “I don’t see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che!”

She adds, “No point in being angry or sad for me for something I’m genuinely happy about!”

Chris Pratt will host the 40th-season premiere of SNL, with musical guest Ariana Grande.

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Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) – The View returns to ABC on Monday and the new panel is set.

Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace will host the show, which has changed dramatically since Barbara Walters stepped behind the scenes, and Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd left for other ventures.

The show tweeted a back shot of the new cast on Thursday, hinting at the humor that the ladies will bring to the 18th season.

The View’s back! Here’s your first official look at the new cast. #TheView,” the post read.

The View’s back! Here’s your first official look at the new cast. #TheView pic.twitter.com/ntFBokjiNJ

— The View (@theviewtv) September 11, 2014

On Friday, a picture of the ladies from the front was released.

Perez, 49, and Wallace, 42, were announced as co-hosts on Sept. 3, and O’Donnell comes back to the show after her stint from 2006 to 2007.

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The medical director of the clinic where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest, is out.

Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the gastroenterologist who performed the endoscopy on Rivers, “is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy,” the clinic said in a statement to ABC News Radio.

The clinic declined to cite a reason for the change, but a source tells ABC News Radio that Cohen was asked to step down because he allowed a specialist unaffiliated with Yorkville Endoscopy to examine Rivers, even though that doctor was not authorized to practice in the clinic.

There was an unconfirmed report earlier this week that Rivers went into cardiac arrest when her doctor, who had been observing the endoscopy, allegedly was allowed during the procedure to to do an unplanned biopsy, which caused a spasm that cut off Rivers’ air supply, leading to her cardiac arrest.

A spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy said “HIPAA [privacy] laws prevent us from disclosing any information about patients.”

The New York State Health Department opened an investigation into the New York City clinic shortly after Rivers was hospitalized, a move described at the time as routine.

Rivers, 81, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan August 28 after she experienced cardiac arrest at Yorkville Endoscopy. The iconic comedian died a week later, having never regained consciousness.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Nicole Kidman’s father, Dr. Antony Kidman, has died, ABC News Radio confirmed. He was 76.

According to the British newspaper The Independent, Dr. Kidman, who was a clinical psychologist, was visiting his daughter, Antonia Kidman, in Singapore when he accidentally fell. No other details about the fatal incident were released, including when the accident occurred.

A statement from Kidman’s rep reads, “Nicole and her family are in shock by the sudden death of her father. She appreciates the outpouring of support and kindly requests privacy during this very difficult time. Thank you.”

Dr. Kidman’s death was also confirmed by the University of Technology Sydney, where he served as director of health psychology.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr. Tony Kidman’s sudden passing. During his 43 years at the University of Technology, Sydney, Tony has contributed greatly — as a colleague, as a researcher, and as a health practitioner,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said in a statement. “Tony will be missed by all at UTS. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Although Nicole Kidman hasn’t addressed her father’s passing, her husband Keith Urban canceled a gig Thursday night to be with his wife, a rep for Urban confirmed. The American Idol judge was supposed to perform at a charity event in Thousand Oaks, Calif., but as he was headed there, learned of his father-in-law’s passing and immediately got on a private jet to fly to Nashville to be with his wife.

Kidman’s father and her mother, Janelle, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

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ABC/JORDIN ALTHAUS(NEW YORK) — Ellen Pompeo’s days in front of the camera may be numbered. She’s suggested that she will give up acting once her TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, wraps up.

Pompeo addressed the direction of her career at BuzzFeed Brews with Facebook Live, where she was joined by fellow ABC stars Kerry Washington and Viola Davis. She commented, “I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey’s.”

Pompeo, who’s entering her 11th season as Meredith Grey on the medical drama, added, “I feel myself transitioning. I don’t find acting terribly empowering.”

Pompeo, 44, said she wants to take on new challenges. That includes working behind the camera as she’s started a production company. However, she stopped short of saying she’s retiring from acting.

Pompeo is under contract with Grey’s Anatomy through its 12th season. Season 11 begins Sept. 25 on ABC.

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ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) — Scandal fans can’t wait to see Kerry Washington portray Olivia Pope again when the ABC series returns later this month. They also can’t wait to see if Olivia rides off into the sunset with Jake or heads back to the White House to continue her affair with President Fitzgerald. Washington says her sex scenes with both men are actually what excites her about playing Liv.

“It’s freeing to play a character who is messy and fully human, who has big feelings and a big life. So the fact that my character has such a sense of passion is exciting as an actor,” Washington said Wednesday at a Buzzfeed Brews with Facebook Live event. “It’s thrilling to figure that stuff out and take those kinds of risks,” she added.

But if you think Washington is OK with her character being a mistress and having daddy issues, think again. The Emmy-nominated actress shared what advice she’d give Olivia.

“Go to therapy! If she was my girlfriend, I would be like, ‘Girl, there is this guy you should call,'” she quipped.

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returns to ABC Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Will Married…with Children follow in the footsteps of Full House and Boy Meets World and return to the small screen?

It’s possible. The production studio behind the 1987-1997 Fox sitcom, Sony Pictures Television, is considering a spin-off based on Bud Bundy, the son in the Bundy family, according to E! News. Bud Bundy was played by David Faustino in the original series.

So far, the idea is only being pitched within the TV industry, and is not a done deal.

It’s unclear whether Faustino’s co-stars would be involved, but Katey Sagal, who portrayed matriarch Peggy Bundy in the sitcom centered on a dysfunctional family living in a Chicago suburb, revealed this week that the cast talks about a reunion frequently.

“We’ve talked about it every year, but then there are so many pieces that have to be in alignment that for some reason it never happens,” she told E! News. “But we love each other. Well, we’re all working now, so it’s hard to find the time.”

Sagal is currently starring in FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Ed O’Neill, who portrayed her husband, Al Bundy, stars in ABC’s Modern Family. Christina Applegate, who played dumb daughter Kelly, recently starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, while Faustino voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s recently canceled series, The Legend of Korra.

Although Sagal is on board with a possible reunion, Applegate still needs convincing to portray Kelly again. “We all kind of have other things going on. No one wants to see me in a miniskirt anymore,” she told E! “I’m 42 years old. I never wanted to see me in them back when I was 18. I don’t know if I could go that route.”

But there may be hope in a special project, Applegate teased. “We’re going to do something with Dave maybe. I don’t know if it will be in character,” she explained. “But I don’t really know. I don’t know what that’s going to be. I don’t know if I’m allowed to speak on that at all. So I should probably stop talking about it right now!”

The cast of Married…with Children reunited this week to see Sagal receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Will Married…with Children follow in the footsteps of Full House and Boy Meets World and return to the small screen?

It’s possible. The production studio behind the 1987-1997 Fox sitcom, Sony Pictures Television, is considering a spin-off based on Bud Bundy, the son in the Bundy family, according to E! News. Bud Bundy was played by David Faustino in the original series.

So far, the idea is only being pitched within the TV industry, and is not a done deal.

It’s unclear whether Faustino’s co-stars would be involved, but Katey Sagal, who portrayed matriarch Peggy Bundy in the sitcom centered on a dysfunctional family living in a Chicago suburb, revealed this week that the cast talks about a reunion frequently.

“We’ve talked about it every year, but then there are so many pieces that have to be in alignment that for some reason it never happens,” she told E! News. “But we love each other. Well, we’re all working now, so it’s hard to find the time.”

Sagal is currently starring in FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Ed O’Neill, who portrayed her husband, Al Bundy, stars in ABC’s Modern Family. Christina Applegate, who played dumb daughter Kelly, recently starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, while Faustino voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s recently canceled series, The Legend of Korra.

Although Sagal is on board with a possible reunion, Applegate still needs convincing to portray Kelly again. “We all kind of have other things going on. No one wants to see me in a miniskirt anymore,” she told E! “I’m 42 years old. I never wanted to see me in them back when I was 18. I don’t know if I could go that route.”

But there may be hope in a special project, Applegate teased. “We’re going to do something with Dave maybe. I don’t know if it will be in character,” she explained. “But I don’t really know. I don’t know what that’s going to be. I don’t know if I’m allowed to speak on that at all. So I should probably stop talking about it right now!”

The cast of Married…with Children reunited this week to see Sagal receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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