Marc Hom/The CW (LOS ANGELES) -- Two weeks after Luke Perry's untimely death from a stroke at age 52, Riverdale's executive producer says the actor's death will be addressed on the show. They're just not yet quite certain how.
At an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event for the CW's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in Los Angeles on Sunday, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight, "You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving. We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honor him."
Perry played Archie's father, Fred Andrews, on Riverdale.
"Luke was, is, and will always be a big part of Riverdale," says Aguirre-Sacasa. "We’re kind of a family and when a loss like this happens, you carry it always. It changes and it hopefully becomes a little less painful as time goes by, but you’re changed."
"When I was with the crew, I said, 'It will never be the same,' and that’s true because Luke was such a part of the show," he continued. “There are still a few more episodes that have Luke in them, so we’re glad to share those.”
Adds Aguirre-Sacasa, "His spirit -- which was so generous and wise and vivacious -- we hope will infuse every episode, so in my mind, every episode for the rest of time on Riverdale will have a bit of Luke in it."
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Taraji P. Henson is staying busy and keeping it positive.
In an interview with Extra, Henson briefly spoke about her Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, who last week pleaded not guilty to charges that he filed a false police report by claiming to be the victim of a homophobic and racist attack which he allegedly arranged himself.
"You have to stay strong, stay positive, full of hope," Henson told the entertainment news site, before adding that her Empire cast is also "strong."
In addition to her FOX series, Henson is also gearing up for her latest film, The Best of Enemies, starring Sam Rockwell. It follows Henson as Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina who faces off against the local leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, over desegregation.
Henson reveals that after her upcoming project, she's planning to take a break.
"I’m taking the summer off," she said. "I'm just going to take this summer and be normal, take a vacation — a couple, a few — I have a girlfriends' trip coming up, then me and my fiancé have to do something."
As far as her upcoming nuptials with fiance Kelvin Hayden, Henson says she needs "a year" to really plan it all out.
"The dress should come first; I think I know who will make it," she said, joking that she doesn't have a dress or a date set yet.
Henson film The Best of Enemies hits theaters April 5.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- After Lori Loughlin was arrested in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues college cheating scandal, Hallmark Channel, which airs her show When Calls The Heart, severed ties with her. But while Loughlin may have been canceled, the show is not.
Sunday's episode of Heart was pre-empted, while the network figures out how to continue the Western drama without Loughlin's character, Abigail. But Hallmark Channel took to Instagram to assure fans of the popular series -- who call themselves Hearties -- that the show will go on..
"#Hearties, we assure you that Hallmark Channel has no plans to cancel When Calls the Heart," the message read. "Hope Valley has many more stories left to share and we will let you know the details soon."
Judging from reaction to the post, the fanbase was split.
"Lori was the heart of the show!" one protested. Another griped, "We all make mistakes. God gave to the world the ability for our mistakes to be forgiven. Praying that Hallmark extends God's forgiveness to Laurie [sic]."
But another said of Loughlin's alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal, "People need to look up the definition of 'mistake.' This was a blatant disregard for the law."
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Terry Crews is not giving up hope on a sequel to his 2004 hit comedy White Chicks.
In an interview with US Weekly, the America's Got Talent host said he's staying on top of his game just in case a sequel happens.
"I would love [a sequel]!” Crews said. "I'm staying in shape for White Chicks 2! I will never get out of shape — you know that, right?"
In the film, which starred Shawn and Marlon Wayans as undercover FBI agents posing as women, Crews played the ultra-buff basketball star Latrell Spencer, who fell deeply in love with Marlon's alter-ego, Tiffany.
Although nothing is set in stone, Crews says he plans to stay optimistic.
"I will be 75 and say, 'Here we go, I'm ready to go!,'" he continued. "I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie's going to happen one day."
Earlier this month, Marlon Wayans teased the possibility of White Chicks 2 happens in the near future.
"I don't know, but there's been some rumblings happening, and a lot of people want us to do it, so me and my brothers have been talking,” he told MTV's TRL. "So if things go right, we hope to do a White Chicks 2."
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night on ABC, the final audition episode of this season of American Idol will air, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Now ABC has announced when the competition's live shows -- which will allow America to vote -- will begin.
Sunday, April 14 will feature a live-to-tape episode. Then, the first all-live performance show will air Monday, April 15. The schedule will then continue with live shows on Sundays only, for five straight weeks.
Starting April 21, coast-to-coast simultaneous voting will begin, as the show will once again be simulcast in all time zones across the country for three weeks. The show's finale will air May 19, and the coast-to-coast voting will also be open for that show.
Next week, the Hollywood Rounds begin, from the Orpheum Theater in L.A.
USPS(NEW YORK) -- Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away, on their way to...the United States Postal Service!
The federal agency revealed this week that 16 iconic Sesame Street Muppets will be joining the ranks of new stamps being released in 2019.
In a press release, USPS said the show is, "one of the most influential and beloved children’s television shows."
"For the last 50 years, it has provided educational programming and entertainment for generations of children throughout the country and around the world," it continued.
If you'd like to count out loud, the stamp art will feature photographs of 16 Muppets from Sesame Street: Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Monster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover and Zoe.
ABC/Eric McCandless(ALABAMA) -- "Mama June" Shannon, star of the reality TV series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Mama June: From Not to Hot, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia last Wednesday after police found her with crack cocaine, along with a needle and a pipe, according to TMZ.
Shannon and her boyfriend, Geno Doak, were arrested at an Alabama gas station after the two reportedly got into a "domestic incident," according to the gossip website, which further reports that Doak was also arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, in addition to domestic violence/harassment.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, cops attempted to frisk Doak when he told them not to reach inside his pocket saying, "I don't want you to get sticked or nothing." A search reportedly turned up a needle.
Police then questioned June, who said she was the "owner of the vehicle and claimed ownership of everything inside." Cops found a needle on the driver's floorboard. Cops searched June and found a glass pipe with white residue inside the pocket of her jogging suit, and a green pill bottle containing a white controlled substance in the glove compartment, which June told them was crack cocaine, according to the police report.
TMZ also obtained audio of a "manic" June describing what happened to a tow truck driver as she tried to get her car out of impound.
Mama June: From Not to Hot had its season three premiere on Friday.
Photo credit: National Geographic Channel(LOS ANGELES) -- The National Geographic Channel says Cosmos and StarTalk will return with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, following the conclusion of its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the astrophysicist.
"StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for Cosmos," the network said in a statement obtained by Variety, adding, "There will be no further comment."
Bucknell University’s Dr. Katelyn N. Allers claimed Tyson groped her at an event in 2009, while a former assistant, Ashley Watson, alleged Tyson made repeated inappropriate sexual advances toward her, according to Patheos. He'd previously been accused of sexual misconduct by musician Tchiya Amet, who claims Tyson raped her when they were both graduate students in the 1980s.
Tyson responded to the allegations in a lengthy Facebook post last December, detailing each interaction from his perspective, and adding he welcomed the investigation by the network.
Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Captain Marvel delivered an estimated $69.3 million to easily hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row.
The the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now earned more than $266 million domestically and added added an estimated $119.7 million overseas, bringing its worldwide tally to upward of $760 million. That pushes its gross earnings past ten of the MCU's previous releases as it closes in on surpassing 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy's $773.3 million global total.
Two of this weekend's new releases, Wonder Park and Five Feet Apart, finished in second and third place, respectively, both beating expectations. Wonder Park, the 3D animated adventure featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, David Cross and newcomer Brianna Denski, earned an estimated $16 million. Five Feet Apart, the teen drama starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, took in an estimated $13.1 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 2: The Hidden World placed fourth, collecting an estimated $9.3 million for a domestic total gross of $135.6 million. Rounding out the top five is Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral, delivering and estimated $8 million.
Finishing just outside the top five was the debut of the Spanish-language comedy No Manches Frida 2, banking an impressive $3.89 million from just 472 theaters. It beat out the weekend's other major release, the John Goodman-led Captive State, which failed to capture the attention of theatergoers, earning an estimated $3.1 million for a disappointing seventh place finish.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Captain Marvel, $69.3 million 2. Wonder Park, $16 million 3. Five Feet Apart, $13.1 million 4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $9.3 million 5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, $8 million 6. No Manches Frida 2, $3.89 million 7. Captive State, $3.2 million 8. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $2.1 million 9. Alita: Battle Angel, $1.9 million 10. Green Book, $1.3 million
FOX(CHICAGO) -- The first original episode of Empire since Jussie Smollet's arrest and indictment on charges of filing a false police report have come in...and it's not looking good.
According to the The Wrap, the episode, which aired earlier this week, brought in a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and a total of 4.4 million viewers. That's a steep dive from the show's fall finale, as well as from last year's mid-season return.
Empire's previous episode, which aired on Dec. 5, had a 1.5 rating and five million total viewers. Last year’s mid-season return had even better numbers: a 2.0 rating and a total of 6.2 million viewers.
The Wrap reports that Wednesday's episode drew the second-smallest audience ever for Empire. The lowest-rated Empire episode aired on Halloween night 2018.
Ahead of the mid-season return of Empire, the show's executive producer Brett Mahoney told Entertainment Weekly that he was confident there would be a season six renewal of the show.
"I know that the network and studio is really happy with what we’ve done creatively this season... And we do have so many of these stories to tell, so I can’t imagine we won’t be able to tell them," he said.
As previously reported, Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts related to his claim that he was the victim of a racially-motivated attack in Chicago in January. After a thorough investigation, police declared the attack to be a hoax, and said that Smollett hired two brothers to carry out the plan.
Smollett has denies the police's version of events and continues to maintain his innocence.
Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCNBCU Photo Bank(HOLLYWOOD) -- So far, in the past year, we've gotten reboots of Queer Eye, Murphy Brown and Roseanne, a Mad About You revival is coming soon, and the cast of Frasier is mulling bringing their show back. But you can stop asking for a reboot of Friends, co-creator Marta Kauffman tells Rolling Stone. It's not happening.
"There are several reasons" why the show won't return, she explains. "One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It's not that time anymore. All we'd be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone. Two, I don't know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine -- people love it."
Kaufman is referring to the fact that millennials and Generation-Z'ers -- including her teenage daughters -- are now bingeing the show thanks to its run on Netflix.
That's why she says a reboot "could only disappoint," and refers to the show's famous episode naming convention -- "The One Where..." -- by joking a reboot would be called "The One Where Everyone's Disappointed."
Of course, Kauffman understands the appeal of the sitcom that made us all pals with Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel, and made their unrealistically huge New York City apartments fans' home away from home.
"It’s a comfort-food show," Kauffman admits. "These are trying times, and certain people want the comfort food rather than the difficult, mean-spirited kind of show. It's warm, it's cozy, [the characters] love each other. What's not to love about that?"
L-R - James Gunn and Michael Rooker as Yondu/Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Following his termination from the project last July after some of his years-old offensive tweets were unearthed, writer-director James Gunn has been reinstated as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, ABC News has confirmed.
Deadline reported that Alan Horn, the president of ABC News' parent company Disney, personally reinstated the filmmaker, following Gunn's public apology, and a series of conversations.
The filmmaker, who is currently writing the sequel to Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. was the subject of a viral fan campaign whose goal was to convince Marvel Studios' parent company Disney to re-hire him. Likewise, the cast of the Guardians films, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper, rallied to Gunn's defense.
Both efforts seemed to have fallen on deaf ears at the time, which makes this reversal of fortune the real-life equivalent of a killer movie twist.
While the Guardians cast went on to appear in the hit Avengers: Infinity War, production on Guardians 3 was halted while Disney and Marvel tried to find a replacement for Gunn, who'd been hailed for turning a bunch of obscure Marvel Comics characters -- including a talking raccoon and an alien tree man -- into box office gold.
In a tweet, Gunn wrote, "I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties that bind us all."
Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.
HBO/Helen Sloane(LOS ANGELES) -- To make sure Game of Thrones fanatics will realize exactly how much time they're expected to devote to the show's eighth and final season, HBO has helpfully released a list of each episode's debut date and its running time.
There are only six episodes, and a lot of story to cram in -- not to mention all the deaths, we assume -- so several episodes will run well over an hour. The third episode, airing April 28, is the longest, at one hour and 22 minutes long. The finale, airing May 19, runs an hour and 20 minutes.
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the wildly popular series, will host Saturday Night Live on April 6.
Here's a list of each episode and its respective length:
Season 8, episode 1 Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 14 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Estimated running time: 0:54
Season 8, episode 2 Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Estimated running time: 0:58
Season 8, episode 3 Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Estimated running time: 1:22
Season 8, episode 4 Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 5 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Estimated running time: 1:18
Season 8, episode 5 Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 12 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Estimated running time: 1:20
Season 8, episode 6 Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Estimated running time: 1:20
Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Aml Ameen can confidently say it was kismet how he landed the lead role of Dennis in Idris Elba's directorial debut, Yardie. After Ameen connected with Elba on a plane -- and eventually secured his role as the Jamaican gangster, D -- the actor tells ABC Radio he discovered a deep connection to his character.
"I mean my family is Jamaican, so I've always got an attachment," Ameen says. "And that's part of the reason why I wanted to be in the film so much."
However, becoming D wasn't easy. Ameen had to learn the Jamaican patois, as well as connect to a dark and traumatic past. Yet the actor admits it was a worthwhile experience.
"I enjoyed being D," he says. "We as westerners, like American and British, we're a bit more apologetic. But Jamaicans are in your face. They're honest, they don't break a stare. They just call it like it is. And I loved that. It taught me not to give as much of a crap about things."
Ameen also reveals that Elba let him cultivate his character during filming. But when it came time for his character to become a [DJ] selector, Elba -- himself a DJ -- was happy to be his guide.
"I followed him around for a bit, actually," Ameen reveals. "Around some of his tour dates in the UK and that music life is not a joke. Idris is a machine."
Looking back, Ameen says Yardie offers some major takeaways, including learning to face trauma and "look it in the eye."
"And that's one of the things I took away from it, he says. "Just to look at my own life and go, "OK, what am I doing right? What Am I doing wrong?... How do I grow?"
CBS All Access(LOS ANGELES) -- Star Trek: Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green has voyaged to where no other black woman has gone before: she's the first black woman to lead the iconic sci-fi series in its nearly 53-year history.
As Martin-Green relishes in her history-making role as Commander Michael Burnham, the actress tells Essence she's also thinking about its impact and what that means for the next generation.
"I certainly see more doors opening for black women and people of color…And of course, I celebrate it," she says. "But I also have a healthy yearning for more. The way to continue opening these doors is by continuing to do what we’re doing: telling these varied, interesting, compelling, ugly, beautiful, human stories."
Martin-Green continues, "We need for people who look like us to tell them, because otherwise we[’ll] continue to see ourselves through other people who are different from us. So I appreciate our writers and producers for standing by this vision to have a black woman at the helm. I’m so very humbled by it and innovated by it. I just hope that this keeps spreading. I think it will.”
Of course, making history at work also hits close to home. Martin-Green says she's also considering what this means to her son, Kenric II, whom she shares with her husband, actor Kenric Green.
“There’s misogyny and racism everywhere. My husband and I can’t help what our son comes across. But we present him with images and messaging that will at least negate what he sees,” Martin-Green explains. “That’s why I thank God for this role because it is something I can point to and say, ‘Hey, look at this. It’s Mommy, but it’s also a black woman saving the world and being a genius."