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‘Pivoting’ and ‘Our Kind of People’ Canceled After One Season At Fox

Washington [US]: ‘Pivoting’ and ‘Our Kind of People’ will not be returning to the screens for their next season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has dropped these shows. ‘Our Kind of People’, an American television drama series first season premiered in September last year.

Produced by Lee Daniels and Karin Gist it was one of Fox’s first straight-to-series orders.

This series is inspired by the book ‘Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class’ by Lawrence Otis Graham.

It stars Yaya DaCosta as Angela Vaughn, a single mother who discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past as she sets out to reclaim her family name.

The show having 12 episodes in total, received mixed reviews from critics and modest ratings.

As for ‘Pivoting’, the show starring Eliza Coupe, Maggie Q drew and Ginnifer Goodwin received mostly strong reviews but its 10-episode run averaged 1.85 million viewers only.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s cancellation list has these two series on the slate joining the previously axed ‘The Big Leap’.

The network will announce new series orders and more renewals on Monday ahead of its upfront presentation. (ANI)

‘Law & Order’ Renewed For New Seasons By NBC

Washington [US]: After making a successful return to NBC over 10 years after the show was cancelled, the legal drama television series ‘Law & Order’ has been renewed for the 22nd season. Apart from that, spin-off ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ will be returning for its third season.

According to Variety, Dick Wolf’s procedural drama was originally premiered on NBC in 1990 and aired for 20 seasons until it was cancelled in 2010. In September 2021, NBC announced that it would return to Season 21, which debuted in February. The new season followed the bifurcated format that was created for its original run and continued to examine “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

‘Law & Order’ is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television. Executive producers include Wolf, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski along with showrunner Rick Eid.

Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson reprised their original roles, Jack McCoy and Kevin Bernard, respectively, and were joined by Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi..

‘Law and Order: Organized’ crime stars Christopher Meloni as Elliott Stabler, Danielle Mone Truitt plays Stabler’s partner Ayana Bell, and Tamara Taylor plays Angela Wheatley. Also, Ainsley Seiger and Nona Parker Johnson appear as Jet Slutmakers and Carmen “Nova” Riley, respectively, and are two early detectives who joined the Organized Crime Administration.

Variety reported, “Dreams do come true,” said Wolf. “The renewals of the entire Wednesday and Thursday night lineups is the ultimate verification of our partnership with NBC and Universal Television. I personally want to thank the talented writers and casts, the producers who keep the trains running on time and the crews who tirelessly turn out outstanding shows despite a degree of difficulty never before experienced due to the pandemic”.

The series debuted in April 2021 as part of a crossover episode with Season 22 of SVU featuring Meloni as a stable for the first time since 2011. The average number of viewers for Season 2 is 5.5 million, as per Variety.

‘Law & Order’ and ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ updates will occur after SVU’s recent Season 24 update. Wolf Entertainment and UTV also produce Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. In the case of NBC, in addition to CBS’s recently double-renewed ‘FBI’, ‘FBI: Most Wanted’, and ‘FBI: International.’ (ANI)

Ncuti Gatwa To Helm ‘Doctor Who’

Washington [US]: ‘Doctor Who’ is returning with ‘Sex Education’ star Ncuti Gatwa playing the lead role in the science fiction show, making him the first Black actor to do so.

The Rwandan-born Scottish actor is set to take over from Jodie Whittaker who has been playing the iconic role since 2017. As per Variety, ‘It’s a Sin’ stars Olly Alexander and Lydia West, and even Michaela Coel were rumoured to replace Whittaker.

Variety cited Gatwa’s statement to the BBC in which the actor said that he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared.”

“This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care,” “I will endeavour my upmost to do the same,” said Gatwa.

The Doctor, a humanoid Time Lord who can travel throughout space and time using the TARDIS, takes on a different form in near-death situations in a process called regeneration. This serves as a plot device to pass the baton between lead actors and was originally introduced to smooth out the transition between actors after the First Doctor, William Hartnell, left the show, reported The Verge.

The 29-year-old actor broke out in the Netflix comedy ‘Sex Education,’ where he plays Eric Effiong, best friend to Asa Butterfield’s Otis. (ANI)

‘Succession’: Jesse Armstrong Reveals, Writing On Season 4 Almost Done

London [UK]: Good news! The writing of the fourth season of the popular show ‘Succession’ is almost finished.

The update was shared by creator Jesse Armstrong at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards in London on Sunday, Variety reported. “We’re almost done with the writing for season 4, here in London, with the American writers coming over. They’re a really great group of people to talk about the nuances of character and the world and what we’re doing on the show,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong described the area where the writing is done as “pretty boring” – a boardroom akin to a “Spaces meets WeWork.”

He said that once he has got everything for the season, he will share it with the cast and get their feedback, because “it’s useful, they’re smart, and they think things about their character.”

‘Succession’ stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Hiam Abbass, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, J. Smith-Cameron, and Arian Moayed.

In Season 3 of ‘Succession’, the members of the Roy family are engaged in a vicious fight for control of Waystar Royco, after Kendall (Jeremy Strong) publicly stabbed his CEO father, Logan (Brian Cox), in the back in an attempted coup. Since then, Kendall has been trying to shore up any power he may be able to attain, but it remains to be answered if the rash Kendall is once again playing checkers to Logan’s chess. (ANI)

‘Friends’ Actor Mike Hagerty Dies At 67

Washington [US]: Mike Hagerty, who featured in ‘Friends’ as one of the character actors, is no more.

As per Variety, Mike passed away on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 67. The unfortunate news was shared by Bridget Everett, who played Mike’s on-screen daughter in ‘Somebody Somewhere’, via her Instagram on Friday.

“With great sadness, the family of Michael G. Hagerty announced his death yesterday in Los Angeles. A beloved character actor, his love of his hometown of Chicago and his family were the cornerstones of his life. Mike, a devoted husband, is survived by his wife Mary Kathryn, his sister Mary Ann Hagerty, her wife Kathleen O’Rourke, and their daughter Meg. He will be sorely missed,” Bridget’s post read.

The cause of the death is not known yet.

Mike played Mr. Treeger, the superintendent of the apartment complex that the majority of the main cast lived in. He was also a main cast member on Fox’s ‘The George Carlin Show’ and on HBO’s ‘Lucky Louie’. (ANI)

Karan Johar Announces ‘Koffee With Karan’ Will Not Return

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Filmmaker Karan Johar, on Wednesday, announced that after a run of six seasons, his popular chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ will not be returning and the run-time has ended.

Karan to Twitter to make the announcement and he said that the show will always be a part of his life. “Hello, Koffee With Karan has been a part of my life and yours for six seasons now. I’d like to think we’ve made an impact and even found our place in pop culture history. And so, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that Koffee With Karan will not be returning,” Karan wrote in a statement on Twitter.

‘Koffee With Karan’ had aired its first episode in November 2004. Over the run of six seasons, it became the second-longest running talk show after ‘Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan’ on Hindi-language television.
The show’s sixth and last season had wrapped up in March 2019.

Celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh among several others had marked their presence on the talk show. (ANI)

Did You Know ‘Friends’ Originally Planned To Pair Monica With Joey? Read On To Know More

New Delhi [India]: Did you know that Monica Geller, one of the protagonists in the popular sitcom ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ was meant to be married to Joey Tribbiani instead of Chandler Bing?

UberFacts, one of 150 most-followed handles on Twitter has recently rolled out some ‘fascinating facts’ about one of the most popular TV shows that still continues to attract the new generation of binge-watching youngsters around the globe. For all those who are completely unaware, the show that ran for 10 seasons- 236 episodes from September 1994 to May 2004 revolves around the lives of Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing, and Phoebe Buffay living in New York City. Over the course of 10 years and seasons, these friends share life lessons, family, love, drama, friendship, and comedy.

Uber Facts has compiled some interesting facts on the show:

Before the name ‘Friends’ propped up in the minds of the makers of the show, ‘Insomania Cafe’, ‘Six of One’, and ‘Friends like Us’ were considered.

Die-hard fans of the television show who visit the locations of the show will be disappointed to discover that the iconic ‘Friends’ opening credits were actually filmed on a Warner Brothers studio in California. In the show, however, it is portrayed that the protagonists are based in New York City.

In the iconic title track of the show, it is seen that the protagonists enjoy by splashing water on each other near the fountain. However, Uber Fact checker claims that no such fountain exists in New York City.

Initially, main characters Chandler Bing, and Phoebe Buffay were cast as supporting actors, claimed the fact-checker.

In a bizarre move, the makers of the show said that Monica Geller, the protagonist in the show was meant to be married to Joey Tribbiani instead of Chandler Bing.

Uber Fact-checker further claimed that the cast was “slightly defensive” to know that Rachel, later in the show, was supposed to marry Joey instead of Ross. The makers then dropped the plan to do so.

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman the sitcom aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. (ANI)

CW Cancels ‘Batwoman’ After 3 Seasons

Washington [US]: Batwoman’s time in the Gotham city has ended as the CW has cancelled the DC comics’ superhero drama series after a three-season run.

Showrunner Caroline Dries took to her Twitter handle and shared the news by writing, “Just got the sad news that #Batwoman will not be seeing an S4. I am bummed, but full of gratitude. What an honor to make 51 episodes. So many inspiring, brilliant people contributed to this series. Thank you, producers, cast and crew. Thank you, fans! We love you.”

The series cancellation comes a month after ‘Batwoman’ aired its third season. Warner Bros. The CW’s owners, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global are exploring a sale of the broadcaster, with local TV station giant Nexstar considered a possible buyer, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Batwoman’ premiered to solid ratings in the fall of 2019. The series initially starred Ruby Rose, who played the title character, aka Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who takes on the mantle of Batwoman when he leaves Gotham City.

Javicia Leslie took over the lead role in season two, playing Ryan Wilder, a former criminal who takes on the Batwoman persona after Kate’s disappearance. (ANI)

‘Love The Show’: Priyanka Chopra Praises Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 For Representing Indian Culture

Washington [US], April 8 (ANI): While Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Bridgerton’ season 2 is sensational for many reasons, the representation of ‘desi culture’ in the show has made it even more special for all the Indian people, and now that includes global star Priyanka Chopra too.

The former Miss World took to her Instagram Stories to send her token of love to the show for representing Indian culture through the Sharma sisters, Edwina Sharma and Kate Sharma, played by actors Charithra Chandran and Simone Ashley. “I have to say, it’s so wonderful to see desi representation on mainstream TV. It was such an anomaly when I started. Love the show and the Sharma sisters,” Priyanka wrote alongside a picture of Chandran and Ashley.

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, ‘Bridgerton’ is set in the lavish and competitive world of London high society during the Regency period of the early 1800s.

The first season of the romantic period drama focused on the steamy courtship between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Rege-Jean Page).

Keeping up with the tradition of Julia Quinn’s novels, season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’ tells the story of Daphne’s elder brother– Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) quest for love as he sets out to find a suitable wife.

When Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) arrive from India, Anthony starts to court the latter sister — and Kate soon discovers that his intentions for marriage are not pure. While Kate tries to stop this match, the two become unlikely companions.

The show had many moments which Indian fans can’t miss. From the intricate embroidery on the Victorian gowns to the orchestra cover of the title track from Karan Johar’s ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ to the Haldi ceremony, ‘Bridgerton 2’ makers have tried to perfectly blend the Indian cultural representation into the British show.

The Netflix series has already been renewed through season four, so there is plenty of period soapy obsession to come. Each season will be inspired by a different Quinn’s book in the series and will focus on each of the 8 Bridgerton children.

The show is executive produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Chris Van Dusen. Van Dusen also serves as creator and showrunner.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kate Walsh Returning As Dr Addison Montgomery

Washington [US], April 7 (ANI): Actor Kate Walsh is returning to Shonda Rhimes’ hit medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

As per Deadline, Walsh will reoccur as Dr Addison Montgomery in the May 5 episode of the hit ABC drama.

Walsh also confirmed the news on her Instagram handle, by sharing an IG reel featuring herself dressed as Dr Addison Montgomery.

“I’m back in uniform and that can only mean one thing… #GreysAnatomy Thursday, May 5th! @GreysABC #Addison,” she wrote.

Walsh’s character is a gynaecologist and neonatal surgeon. She was once married to Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). She first appeared on the show’s season 1 finale episode as McDreamy’s estranged wife.

As per Deadline, when Season 18 began, ABC said that Walsh was set to appear in multiple episodes.

‘India’s Got Talent’: Shilpa Shetty Grooves To ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ With Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): On a full promotion spree mode for his much-awaited sports drama ‘Jersey’, actor Shahid Kapoor appeared on the sets of ‘India’s Got Talent’ with his co-star Mrunal Thakur and shook a leg with actor Shilpa Shetty on his famous dance number ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’.

Taking to her Instagram handle, Shilpa Shetty, who is one of the judges on ‘India’s Got Talent’ reality TV show, shared a video in which she could be seen dancing with Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur on the ‘Kabir Singh’ actor’s famous peppy track ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ from his 2013 rom-com ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’. “Khali peeli khali peeli rokne ka nahin, #Jersey theatre mein dekhna bhulne ka nahin!” Shilpa captioned the post.

Speaking about Gowtam Tinnanuri’s directorial ‘Jersey’ which is a Hindi remake of the 2019 Telugu hit of the same name, the film’s story revolves around a talented but failed cricketer named Arjun (Shahid), who decides to make a comeback in his late thirties and play for India in order to fulfil his son’s wish.

‘Jersey’ was earlier scheduled to be released on December 31, 2021, but got postponed due to the Omicron scare. Now the film will release on April 14, 2022, in theatres.

Actor Pankaj Kapur is also a part of the film, which is produced by Dil Raju, S Naga Vamsi and Aman Gill.
Meanwhile, Shilpa Shetty recently wrapped up the Punjab schedule of her upcoming film ‘Sukhee’.

‘Hunarbaaz’: Parineeti Chopra Flaunts Her Singing Skills As She Sings ‘Kuch Khaas Hai’ With Neha Bhasin

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra recently flaunted her singing skills as she shared a social media video crooning the song ‘Kuch Khaas Hai’ from her cousin Priyanka Chopra’s film ‘Fashion’.

Parineeti took to her Instagram handle on Tuesday and posted a video of her from the sets of Colors reality show ‘Hunarbaaz’ where she can be seen singing the song along with its original singer Neha Bhasin. Sharing the promo, the actor, who is also a judge on the show wrote in the caption, “Aaaah me and singing. My meditation .. So much fun doing what I love the most! And this time with you @nehabhasin4u. We should do this more often! @colorstv.”

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Following the duet performance, co-judges Karan Johar and Mithun Chakraborty gave her and Neha a standing ovation. On social media too, the two were showered with compliments. Neha Dhupia wrote, “Uff! Lovely both of you @parineetichopra @nehabhasin4u.” Saba Pataudi wrote, “Fabulous.”

Meanwhile, on the film front, Parineeti will be seen acting alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan and acting icons like Anupam Kher and Boman Irani.

Apart from this, she will next be seen in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film ‘Animal’, alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol.

Jason Momoa To Star In Apple’s Historical Drama ‘Chief Of War’

Washington [US], April 5 (ANI): Actor Jason Momoa will be seen starring in Apple’s historical drama ‘Chief of War’.

The series follows the story of the unification and colonisation of Hawaii from an indigenous point of view, Variety reported. The eight-episode project marks the first time Momoa, who is of Hawaiian descent, has written for television. He previously co-wrote, directed, and starred in the film ‘Road to Paloma’, which was released in 2014.

Justin Chon is in negotiations to direct the first two episodes of ‘Chief of War.’

‘Chief of War’ will be the second Apple series led by Momoa. He currently stars in ‘See’, which is about a post-apocalyptic future in which nearly all remaining humans have lost their sense of sight.

Disney+ Hotstar To Come Up With Indian Version Of Irish TV Series ‘Blood’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 28 (ANI): Streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar will soon come up with the Indian version of the award-winning Irish series ‘Blood’.

‘Mirzapur’ directors Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai have come on board to helm the project. Created by Sophie Petzal, ‘Blood’ is an intimate drama and psychological thriller about familial bonds, memories, and the past’s impact on the present.

Gaurav Banerjee, Head, Content, Disney+ Hotstar, and HSM Entertainment Network, Disney Star, said,”We are elated to announce the Indian adaptation of award-winning drama Blood, thereby, further strengthening our thriller offerings. The demand for entertainment is rapidly evolving, and viewers’ want for new-fangled content is expanding. On our journey to engage with millions of viewers, we are delighted to be able to collaborate with the most prolific creative minds at All3Media International to present stories that defy narratives to satiate our viewer’s appetite for an unparalleled entertainment experience.”

The Indian version of the show will be produced by Dreamers & Doers Co, a premium content studio owned by Reliance Entertainment, in association with All3Media International. The cast has not been revealed yet.

Charlotte Ritchie Joins Netflix’s ‘You’ Season 4

Washington [US], March 26 (ANI): Actor Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg has a new love interest. Netflix’s ‘You’ has cast ‘Ghosts’ star Charlotte Ritchie as its new female lead opposite Badgley for the upcoming season four.

As per Deadline, Ritchie will play Kate, an art gallery director who is described as fearsomely smart, independent, suspicious, and who misses nothing, making her the perfect foil for Joe. Here’s the official character description: “She is fiercely loyal to her friends, a brick wall to everyone else. The daughter of a chaotic, bohemian single mother, Kate worked hard to create the life she now leads. She’s an art gallery director whose job means managing tempestuous artists. Kate tends to be the adult in the room and has embraced the moniker of ‘icy bitch’. She’s especially protective of best friend Lady Phoebe, a sweet and trusting person whose extreme wealth and fame tend to attract opportunists. Kate prefers ‘arrangements’ to love, which is why she dates fun but self-centred partier Malcolm. When Malcolm invites Joe, an American outsider of no apparent means, into their privileged world, Kate not only immediately dislikes him, she strongly suspects something about the man is not what he seems.”

Ritchie is the second major ‘You’ cast addition for the next season, joining fellow new series regular Lukas Gage.

The show’s season four began production three days back. The series’ official Twitter handle shared a set photo showing a clapperboard that has blood dripping from the title.

The tweet read, “feeling YOU-4-ic. YOU Season 4 is now in production.”

‘You’, based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, revolves around the question, “What would you do for love?”

The show features Badgely as Joe, a man with a dark past and a deep love for books and literature. The series also captures his twisted perspective on romance and how he becomes obsessed with the women who come into his life.

Netflix announced the season 4 renewal of ‘You’ in October 2021, just days ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated third season.

The hit drama’s second and third seasons starred Badgley and Victoria Pedretti in the lead roles. In the third season, Joe (Badgley) and Love Quinn (Pedretti) were married and raising their son in a Northern California suburb filled with a unique set of neighbours.

Season 4 of the thriller series will likely pick up with Joe in Paris, France, after having escaped his last devastation. He has abandoned his son, believing that’s what’s best for him, and he’ll likely search for his season 3 romantic interest, Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle).

Netflix is yet to announce the official release date for the upcoming season of ‘You’.

Coming back to Ritchie, she previously starred in the Netflix series ‘Feel Good’ opposite Mae Martin. She is also known for starring in the BBC comedy series ‘Ghosts’, which was recently remade into a CBS series of the same name, as well as the hit drama series ‘Call the Midwife’.

Most recently, she wrapped filming on Season 7 of ‘Grantchester’ as well as the film ‘Wonka’ starring Timothee Chalamet.

Cardi B To Make Her Cameo On ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ As ‘Sharki B’

Washington [US], March 25 (ANI): Cardi B is all set to make her cameo on ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show’ along with her family.

As per Billboard, the rapper will guest-star as Sharki B on the animated preschool series, and she’ll be joined by her husband Offset (voicing Offshark) and 3-year-old daughter Kulture (Kulture Shark).

On the show’s April 15 episode, Baby Shark and his best friend William meet Sharki B and learn ‘The Seaweed Sway,’ the viral song-and-dance set she has created.

‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ — based on the Pinkfong song ‘Baby Shark’ and its record-shattering dance video — premiered on Nick Jr. in December 2020 with a Christmas special. In addition to the Nickelodeon series, a ‘Baby Shark’ movie is on the way in 2023.

Netflix’s ‘You’ Season 4 Now In Production

Washington [US], March 23 (ANI): Good news for all the ‘You’ fans! Joe Goldberg is getting ready to make a creepy comeback as the Netflix show’s season four has begun production.

The series’ official Twitter handle shared a set photo showing a clapperboard that has blood dripping from the title. The clapperboard also shows that the episode is being directed by John Scott, who has previously helmed episodes for the series. The tweet read, “feeling YOU-4-ic. YOU Season 4 is now in production.”

‘You’, based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, revolves around the question, “What would you do for love?”

The show features Penn Badgely as Joe Goldberg, a man with a dark past and a deep love for books and literature.

The series also captures his twisted perspective on romance and how he becomes obsessed with the women who come into his life.

Netflix announced the season 4 renewal of ‘You’ in October 2021, just days ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated third season, reported Variety.

The hit drama’s second and third seasons starred Badgley and Victoria Pedretti in the lead roles. In the third season, Joe (Badgley) and Love Quinn (Pedretti) were married and raising their son in a Northern California suburb filled with a unique set of neighbours.

Season 4 of the thriller series will likely pick up with Joe in Paris, France, after having escaped his last devastation. He has abandoned his son, believing that’s what’s best for him, and he’ll likely search for his season 3 romantic interest, Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle).

Actor Lukas Gage of ‘The White Lotus’ fame was recently announced as a new cast member for ‘You’. He has joined the show as Adam, the son of a wealthy businessman.

Netflix is yet to announce the official release date for the upcoming season of ‘You’.

‘And Just Like That’ Renewed for Season 2 At HBO Max

Washington [US], March 23 (ANI): The makers of ‘And Just Like That’ announced that the hit series will be returning for a second season.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis — who all serve as executive producers — reprised their roles from the 1998-2006 HBO series ‘Sex and the City’. The first season of ‘And Just Like That’ wrapped its final 10th episode in February. “I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters — played by these powerful, amazing actors,” said showrunner Michael Patrick King in a statement. “The fact is, we’re all thrilled. And Just like That… our Sex life is back.”

HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey added, “We have been delighted by the cultural conversation generated by these characters and their stories, set in a world we already know and love so much. We are proud of the work Michael Patrick King and our wonderful writers, producers, cast and crew have done to bring these stories to the screen. We can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for season two.”

In addition to Parker, Nixon and Davis, the season one cast featured ‘Sex and the City’ returnees Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, the late Willie Garson, Evan Handler and Chris Noth along with Sara Ramirez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker and Karen Pittman.

Shortly after ‘And Just Like That’ debuted, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of sexual assault by two women against Noth (which the actor has denied). His character, John “Mr Big” Preston, died in the series premiere, he was slated to have a brief appearance in the season finale, but the show’s producers chose to cut the scene.

The fourth member of the core ‘Sex and the City’ cast, Kim Cattrall, is not a part of ‘And Just Like That’ after a falling-out with Parker. Her character, Samantha Jones, was a presence on the show via text messages with Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw. ‘SATC’ creator Darren Star and Candace Bushnell, whose book was the basis for the original series, also aren’t involved in the sequel.

Rajkummar Rao & Dulquer Salmaan Reveal Their First Look From ‘Guns & Gulaabs’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 22 (ANI): After announcing their collaboration for the Netflix project ‘Guns & Gulaabs’, actors Rajkummar Rao and Dulquer Salmaan, on Tuesday, treated fans by sharing their looks from the upcoming crime drama.

For ‘Guns & Gulaabs’, Rajkumar went back in time and tried to recreate the 90s look with his role. In an image, he can be seen holding a bottle of Campa Cola in his hand, leaving fans nostalgic. His first look features him sporting long tresses.

Giving a glimpse of his 90s avatar, Rajkummar took to Instagram and wrote, “So thrilled to announce the first look of my first Netflix series #GunsAndGulaabs. Taiayar hojaiye (Be ready) because I’m coming to bring the in my 90s avatar! Brace yourself for an exciting adventure filled with crime, love and dhamakedaar punchlines.”

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On the other hand, Dulquer is seen giving an intense look while sitting on a jeep’s bonnet. This would be his first web series.

Sharing his look, Dulquer wrote on Instagram, “Put on your seatbelts and get ready for a ride back to the 90s with me.”

“Here’s presenting my first look from Guns & Gulaabs, my first ever web series and my first collab with the amazing duo @rajanddk. @rajkummar_rao, @gouravadarsh, @tjbhanu, @gulshandevaiah78 and our other talented co-stars will join me for this thrilling ride,” he added.

Produced under Raj & DK’s banner, D2R Films, ‘Guns & Gulaabs’ is inspired by the misfits of the world. It is touted as a “wicked tale of crime, love and innocence, that uniquely blends the romance of the 90s with a fast-paced crime-thriller.”

This pulpy series will also see actors Gulshan Devaiah and TJ Bhanu in pivotal roles.

‘College Romance’ Star Gagan Arora Ties The Knot With Girlfriend Muditaa Last Month

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 22 (ANI): Actor Gagan Arora, who rose to fame with the web series ‘College Romance’, has revealed that he tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Muditaa a month ago.

Taking to his Instagram handle, Gagan, who was also recently seen in Madhuri Dixit-starrer ‘The Fame Game’, shared pictures from his wedding day.

Along with the happy photos, he shared details about his wedding and expressed love for his new bride.

He began, “Sooo about a month ago, at the end of the wave with a lot of restrictions and a very small gathering of family and friends we started this new journey. You make me happy everyday be it in your super expensive lehenga or your comfy pajamas, you make me a better person everyday be it in your bhaari wedding makeup or your straight from bed look.”

Adding a note of humour to his romantic post, he continued, “She said if you like it,put a ring on it, maine pehnaa di. Kiss leechad ke saath fass gayi hai kuch din mein pata chalega. Tabtak ke liye Mrs. Arora ka swagat nahi krogey.”

He also shared that he had fallen in love with Muditaa 12 years ago.

He shared, “Pic 2: this was plan B ( agar gharwaley nahi maantey). P.S – Aaj se 12 saal pehle @muditaa.d ko dekhkr apney doston ko bola tha yahi tumhari bhabhi banegi #ekbaarjomainecommitment.”

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Meanwhile, on the work front, Gagan will soon be seen in the third season of ‘College Romance’.

Creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk Opens Up About The Second Season Of ‘Squid Game’

Washington [US], March 21 (ANI): ‘Squid Game’ creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk has opened up about the second season of the Netflix phenomenon series.

Speaking to Deadline on the red carpet at PGA Awards ceremony, Hwang said there is nothing to see just yet, but he is working hard on ideas for the next season of the South Korean killer survival drama. “There will be more great games, that’s all I can say,” Hwang said. “I’m just still brainstorming and collecting the ideas for Season 2. I haven’t even started with the writing yet.”

When asked whether some cast members will be coming back, Hwang said, “No, because most of them are dead. I’ll try something to bring them back to Season 2.”

Gesturing beside him on the red carpet to HoYeon Jung, who plays Kang Sae-byeok on ‘Squid Game’ Season 1, he said, “Let’s say maybe she has a twin sister, you’ll see.”

HoYeon laughed and said, “I could change my hair colour. Let’s do a little like plastic surgery.”

Asked whether he had been surprised by the show’s runaway success, Hwang said, “Yeah in a way because who can expect this kind of success. I tried hard to make a successful show, but I never expected this much success. It’s a surprise.”

The show won three SAG Awards this year, and since its September 17 release has become the most-watched Netflix content ever.

Netflix Is Now Streaming Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s ‘Servant of the People’ Series

Washington [US], March 17 (ANI): Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s series ‘Servant of the People’, which inspired him to enter into politics, is back for streaming on Netflix in the US.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the satirical series originally streamed on Netflix from 2017 to 2021.

‘Servant of the People’ follows a teacher (Zelenskyy) who unexpectedly becomes president after a rant against corruption goes viral on social media.

The show ran for three seasons and ended when Zelenskyy decided to run for President of Ukraine in 2019 under the banner of a new political party floated by him ‘Servant of the People’.

After much demand from the public due to ongoing Russia’s military operations in Ukraine and the heroism of Zelenskyy in defending his country, Netflix is currently streaming the series for its US subscribers.

Russia launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24 which was condemned by the Western nations.
Zelenskyy, recently addressed the US Congress, virtually.

The President called on the United States to do more to help Ukraine in its “darkest time”, according to a media report.

“In the darkest time for our country, for the whole Europe, I call on you to do more. New packages of sanctions are needed, constantly, every week until the Russian military machine stops. Restrictions are needed for everyone on whom this unjust regime is based,” CNN quoted Zelenskyy as saying.

The Ukrainian President received a standing ovation from the US lawmakers both at the beginning and the conclusion of his address.

Anjali Bhimani Joins Cast Of ‘Ms. Marvel’ In A Recurring Role

Washington [US], March 15 (ANI): Actor Anjali Bhimani is all set to join the cast of Disney Plus’s ‘Ms. Marvel’ in a recurring role, the details of which have currently been kept under wraps.

According to Deadline, ‘Ms. Marvel’, penned by writer Bisha K. Ali, will tell the story of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Pakistani-American teen based in New Jersey. Ms Marvel had made her first appearance in 2014 as Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own title. Now, she will be Marvel Studios’ first onscreen Muslim hero.

The upcoming show also stars Aramis Knight, Matt Lintz, Laurel Marsden, Rish Shah, and Saagar Shaikh with Ali serving as head writer on the series.

It will be directed by filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah along with two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon.

As per Deadline, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios chief, has even said that along with being part of this series, the Ms Marvel character will also be part of future Marvel films.

Neetu Kapoor To Judge New Reality TV Show ‘Dance Deewane Juniors’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 14 (ANI): Veteran actor Neetu Kapoor will be judging a new reality TV show ‘Dance Deewane Juniors’.

Ahead of taking charge as a judge, Neetu Kapoor said, “It gives me great joy to be part of a show that will give the upcoming dance prodigies a golden opportunity to showcase their talent. I see my role in ‘Dance Deewane Juniors’ as a responsibility to nurture and support the little ones. I can’t wait to see them take on the stage.” Apart from Neetu Kapoor, dancing sensation Nora Fatehi and choreographer Marzi Pestonjee have also been roped in to judge the Colors’ show.

Meanwhile, on the film front, Neetu Kapoor is waiting for the release of ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’, which also features Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani.

Holly Willoughby Unable To Host ‘Dancing on Ice’ After Testing Positive For COVID-19

London [UK], March 14 (ANI): Renowned English presenter Holly Willoughby has tested positive for COVID-19.

The news of her diagnosis was confirmed on the Twitter handle of her show ‘Dancing on Ice’ on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight’s show after testing positive for Covid-19. Tonight’s #DancingOnIce Semi-Final will be hosted by Phillip Schofield and we look forward to Holly returning for our Live Final @hollywills @Schofe,” a tweet read.

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After learning about her illness, fans chimed into the comment section and Holly a speedy recovery.

“Very last minute in this case..sure it’ll be fine & Phil will get through it as Holly would’ve if she’d had to. Hope she’s ok, that’s the only thing that matters really,” a netizen commented.

“Oh dear! I hope she feels better soon,” another one wrote.

However, Holly has not updated fans about her COVID-19 contraction on her social media accounts yet.

Akshay Kumar To Make Special Appearance In Vidyut Jammwal’s Show ‘India’s Ultimate Warrior’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 11 (ANI): Akshay Kumar is a martial arts enthusiast. He was only 9-years-old when he started practising the art form.

And now, he will soon be seen making a special appearance in actor Vidyut Jammwal-hosted show ‘India’s Ultimate Warrior’, which is based on martial arts and combat skills. On Friday, Akshay took to Instagram and shared a teaser video of the upcoming show.

Alongside the teaser, he opened up about the role of martial arts in his life.

“I was 9 when I started practising Martial Arts and I owe everything I am today to this art form. In #IndiasUltimateWarrior, it was heartwarming to see the 16 warriors who are ready to give their blood and sweat to become India’s Ultimate warrior. Watch the show now on the @discoveryplusin app and on 16th March on @discoverychannelin,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, on the film front, Akshay is currently busy promoting his film ‘Bachchan Pandey’. In a few days, he will begin shooting for ‘Selfiee’, co-starring Emraan Hashmi.

Aimee Carrero, Shane Paul McGhie Exit ‘The Boys’ Spinoff Series

Washington [US], March 11 (ANI): Actors Aimee Carrero and Shane Paul McGhie, who were going to play leads in Prime Video’s college-set spinoff of ‘The Boys’, have now departed the series.

According to Deadline, Carrero has joined another upcoming Prime Video series, ‘The Consultant’, as a series regular opposite Christoph Waltz and Nat Wolff. This spinoff has been in development for about a year and a half.

Originally written by ‘The Boys’ executive producer Craig Rosenberg, the series had cast its young leads, including Carrero and McGhie, last spring.

After several months had passed, in September 2021, the spinoff received a series greenlight, with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters coming on board as showrunners.

Sources suggest that the departures of Carrero and McGhie were the outcome of several factors including the long delay in the show’s production, during which other acting opportunities presented themselves, as well as changes from the original version of the project the actors had signed up for.

As per Deadline, both roles as young superheroes in The Boys spinoff will be recast. It is possible that McGhie plays another character in The Boys universe in the future.

Sonu Sood: ‘I Am Overjoyed To Begin The Roadies Shoot’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Actor Sonu Sood, who was recently roped in to host the new season of MTV Roadies, has started shooting for the reality show.

Expressing excitement about his new gig, Sonu said, “I am overjoyed to begin the Roadies shoot. It is one reality show I have been following very closely over the years, and I am very excited to add my flavour to it. I am sure it will be a journey like no other.” The shooting is currently taking place in South Africa.

Sonu has stepped into Rannvijay Singha’s shoes, who was synonymous with ‘Roadies’ for the past 18 years. The new season is expected to go live in March. 

Wrestler Babita Phogat To Join Kangana Ranaut’s Show ‘Lock Upp’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): Wrestler Babita Phogat will be seen participating in Kangana Ranaut-hosted show ‘Lock Upp’.

After announcing the names of the first three contestants, including TV actor Nisha Rawal, internet sensation Poonam Pandey, and stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, the makers, on Friday, informed that Babita is also a part of the upcoming reality show. Sharing her promo from the show, Babia took to social media and wrote, “Chora ho ya chori yeh badass jail sab ke liye hoga same! Dekhiye #LockUpp streaming from 27th Feb.”

Babita had bagged the gold medal in the 55kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth games. However, in 2020, she was embroiled in controversy for posting a controversial tweet against the Tablighi Jamaat group.

This is going to be Babita’s second stint in reality shows. She had earlier featured with her husband Vivek Suhag in ‘Nach Baliye 9’. 

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ To End With Season 5

Washington [US], February 18 (ANI): Popular show ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ will be concluded after the fifth season.

Amazon, on Thursday, announced the renewal of the comedy drama’s final season, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes at a time when the show starring Rachel Brosnahan returns for its highly anticipated fourth season.

Excited about the new season, Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said, “Amy, Dan, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have blazed an unparalleled path, elevating the stories we tell about women, challenging the norms in our industry, and forever altering the entertainment landscape with their one-of-a-kind storytelling.”

Salke added, “The dozens of awards cement Maisel’s legacy in many ways, but what’s even more enduring and poignant are the characters Amy created and the joyous, brilliant, singular world she and Dan brought to life. This series has meant so much to Prime Video and the effects of its success will be felt long after its final season. I can’t wait for fans and our worldwide Prime Video audience to savor each moment as we embark on the culmination of this groundbreaking and unforgettable series.”

The production on season five of the series from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is currently underway.

NBC To Pay Tribute To Betty White With Special Airing This Month

Washington [US], January 15 (ANI): NBC will pay tribute to legendary actor-comedian Betty White in an hour-long primetime special titled ‘Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl,’ airing later this month.

Set for January 31 at 10 pm, the hour-long show will feature clips of the legendary actor’s performances and remembrances from friends and colleagues, reported The Hollywood Reporter. Participants will be announced later, as per the outlet. Brad Lachman Productions is behind ‘Celebrating Betty White’.

White’s death certificate revealed that she suffered a stroke six days before she breathed her last on December 31, at the age of 99.

White was gearing up to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17. As a part of the celebration, she participated in a documentary special titled ‘Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration’ that would play in theatres across the country.

Ranveer Singh: ‘I’m Thrilled To Be Hosting My First Television Show’

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is all set for his big TV debut as the host of a unique visual-based quiz show, ‘The Big Picture’, that is slated to launch on October 16 on Colors.

The actor revealed that while growing up, he was mesmerised by on-screen titans like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, among others, who have all successfully hosted big TV shows and entertained the viewers.

The ‘Lootera’ actor said that he is humbled by the opportunity that he is getting to do the same.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting my first television show – The Big Picture! I’m enthused about entertaining the nation with a uniquely fresh format that the ace squad at Colors are extremely excited about. Iconic mainstream Hindi film heroes like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have all connected with and captivated the nation through their television shows. I’ve idolised them since childhood and closely followed their journey,” Ranveer said.

Ranveer, who is a bonafide superstar of today’s time, feels his debut on television will help him connect with a larger audience. As an entertainer and a showman, he is thrilled with this opportunity.

Ranveer said, “I always recognised the fact that they garnered an immense amount of love from people for their charismatic turns on the television screen. I have a great opportunity here with the Big Picture to connect with the youth of India as well as the entire Indian family audience.”

He added, “I hope I can continue the grand legacy of the mainstream men of Hindi cinema on national television! I can’t wait for people to watch The Big Picture!”

‘The Big Picture’ will test contestants’ knowledge and visual memory. With the help of three lifelines, the contestants will be required to correctly answer twelve visual-based questions to walk away with the grand prize money.

Produced by Banijay Asia and ITV Studios Global Entertainment B.V, the show will also stream on Voot and Jio TV.

This is not the first time that viewers will see a Bollywood superstar hosting a TV show. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan (Kaun Banega Crorepati), Shah Rukh Khan (India Poochega – Sabse Shaana Kaun), Aamir Khan (Satyamev Jayate), Salman Khan (Bigg Boss) and more have proven to be some of the most famous celebrity hosts for TV shows.

Meanwhile, on the film front, Ranveer is currently shooting for ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’, which also stars Alia Bhatt, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan.

Ranveer will also feature in ’83’, ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’ and ‘Cirkus’.

Same-Sex Couple To Feature On ‘Dancing With The Stars’ For The First Time

The upcoming season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ will feature a same-sex partnership for the first time ever in the history of the popular show.

According to Variety, pop star JoJo Siwa will become part of the first same-sex couple on the show. She will be paired with a female professional dancer. “It’s really special that not only now do I get to share with the world that you get to love who you want to love, but also you get a dance with whom you want to dance. There’s a lot of barriers that we’re going to have to break through — who leads, how do you dress, what shoes do you wear? But I think it’s all something that I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be tricky, but it’s going to give so much to people out there — people of the LGBTQ community, people who feel just a little different. It’s going to give them a sense of happiness,” Siwa said.

For the unversed, Siwa came out as a member of the LGBTQ community in January this year.
Olympian gymnast Suni Lee will also participate in the 29th edition of ‘Dancing With the Stars’.

Mithun Chakraborty Makes Special Appearance In Promo Of ‘Chikoo Ki Mummy Durr Kei’

Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty has recently made an appearance in the latest promo of a TV show titled ‘Chikoo Ki Mummy Durr Kei’.

The ‘Disco Dancer’ star not only appeared in the trailer of the show but was also involved in the creative aspects of the project. Talking about the same, Mithun said, “The minute I heard Chikoo’s story, I was drawn to it. I was keen on being a part of the creative aspect of the promo as well. I used to sit with the creative team, discuss the shots and angles, and then even changed the script a bit at times to make it more engaging. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this promo is in a way my brainchild, so I made sure that everything has to be picture perfect!”

‘Chikoo ki Mummy Durr Kei’ is Star Plus’ upcoming show that portrays an adorable mother-daughter relationship where the duo has a common connection through dance.

Actors Vaishnavi Prajapati and Paridhi Sharma will be seen in the lead roles of the show.

Lauren Cohan Reveals What’s Next For Her Character Maggie In ‘The Walking Dead’

After a jaw-dropping premiere of season 11 of the horror series ‘The Walking Dead’ on Sunday, actor Lauren Cohan revealed what’s next for her character Maggie and her rival Negan in the upcoming season.

As per E! News, in the premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’, fans watched Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) left Maggie (Lauren) to fend for herself as a horde of Walkers descended upon their group in a subway tunnel. The move came after Negan called out Maggie’s leadership skills, and accused her of being “too preoccupied with his presence”.

For a quick recap, Negan is an antagonist who killed Maggie’s husband Glenn (Steven Yeun) in the season seven premiere. The series has shown a bunch of such activities done by Negan including killing Alpha (Samantha Morton) in season 10; in order to get into the gang’s good graces.

However, in an interview with E! News, Lauren shared that viewers will see the foes engaged in a “push and pull” relationship this season.

“For me it’s like, just when you think it’s one thing, something else comes into play, or a corner is turned or there’s a new revelation, and then it feels like they go again one step back,” she shared earlier this month.

She further detailed the current antagonists, a lethal group called ‘The Reapers’, are the “bigger fish to fry right now”.

Lauren also shared her experience of filming the intense scenes in the subway location for the forthcoming season.

“We stepped down this subway into the depths of our own hell,” the 39-year-old actor said adding that she loved the metaphor that came about from it.

The new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ air on Sundays at 9 pm ET on AMC. All the episodes of season 11 will also air one week early on AMC plus, as per E! News.

Mike Richards Steps Down As ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

Amid a cascade of scandals, Mike Richards has stepped down as the host of the American TV game show ‘Jeopardy!’, just a few days after he was tapped in to succeed the legendary host Alex Trebek as the face of the quiz show.

According to Variety, the production on the new season of the beloved quiz show has been suspended and the search for a new permanent daytime host will begin soon. Richards, who is also the executive producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ was under fire after disparaging comments made by him about women on a previous podcast, hosted by him surfaced on social media.

According to Variety, he made the comments on ‘The Randumb Show’ while also serving as executive producer of ‘The Price Is Right’. In the podcast, Richards had asked his female assistant and his female co-host whether they had ever taken nude photos. In another episode, he called his co-host a “booth ho.”
Reportedly, the 46-year-old TV producer will remain the show’s executive producer. The episodes that he shot on Thursday in his first and only day as ‘Jeopardy!’ permanent host will run on September 13.
The makers of ‘Jeopardy!’ shared that they will run the Richards-hosted episodes taped Thursday because of the “need for continuity among contestants”, given that the winner of each episode continues to compete on the following episode.

For the unversed, Sony Pictures TV on Friday confirmed that Richards had agreed to quit his job as the ‘Jeopardy!’ host.

“Too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show,” Richards said addressing the backlash in his statement.

As per Variety, Sony Pictures TV concluded their statement saying that Richards’ image was too battered for him to take the helm of one of television’s most prestigious and popular brands.

“We support Mike’s decision to step down as host. We were surprised this week to learn of Mike’s 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past. We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward,” Sony Pictures TV said.
However, the studio also voiced support for him revealing that he will remain as the executive producer of the show.
“Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the ‘Jeopardy!’ team through the most challenging time the show has ever experienced. It is our hope that as EP he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect,” Sony Pictures TV said in a statement.

Richards shot his first and now the last day of the show as a permanent host on August 19.
As per Variety, a new round of guest hosts will be approached to shoot episodes to launch the show’s 38th year in syndication next month.

The search for a permanent host to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Alex Trebek, who died last November at age 80, includes a long list of notable personalities such as Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers and former contestants Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen.

Peter Gallagher Joins The Cast Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18

Actor Peter Gallagher has joined the cast of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18 that will debut on ABC next month.

People magazine has confirmed that Peter will be seen playing the role of Dr Alan Hamilton — a medical professional with ties to the title heroine’s mom, Dr Ellis Grey (Kate Burton). Dr Ellis Grey famously died back in season three after suffering from Alzheimer’s, but later appeared to Meredith in a dream during season 15, which aired in 2019. Burton is slated to reprise her role in multiple episodes, including the season 18 kickoff.

The return of Ellis Grey to the show was announced earlier this month. The 66-year-old actor is slated to meet Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in the season 18 premiere, which will debut on ABC on September 30.
Earlier this month, Pompeo, who has starred as the titular doctor in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for the entirety of its 17-season run, took to her Instagram Story to share that the production of the show’s 18th season had begun.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is the longest-running show on ABC currently. It was renewed for an 18th season back in May. Earlier, there had been speculations that Pompeo would exit the series after she expressed her desire to leave the show, in an interview.

ANC Signature is the producer of the show to which Krista Vernoff serves as the showrunner and executive producer. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers also executive produce along with Mark Gordon. Debbie Allen serves as the producing director and executive producer.

I can never get enough of ‘KBC’: Amitabh Bachchan

Ahead of the release of the latest season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, megastar Amitabh Bachchan expressed his happiness to host the show in the presence of a live audience.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 18 : For the unversed, last year, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ had taken place without the involvement of a live audience on the sets owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Excited about the upcoming season, Big B said, “It’s the 21st year of my association with Kaun Banega Crorepati and I can never get enough of this show. It was probably for the first time, last season, that the studio audience wasn’t a part of the show and we saw a major change in the lifelines as well.”
He added, “I for one, truly missed them and their energy… it’s infectious! I am happy that the studio audience is back this season with a newfound vigour and so is the lifeline – Audience Poll. It’s an enriching experience for me, each year, to be surrounded by contestants from all walks of life and I look forward to engaging and fulfilling gameplay. These contestants inspire me in every way.”
The ‘Agneepath’ star started hosting the quiz show in the year 2000, and since then he has been a constant part of the show except for one season.
Speaking about the new season, a lot of changes have been implemented.
As per a statement, Fastest Finger First, with which the show commences, has been modified to Fastest Finger First – Triple Test. While it may seem challenging, it does hold a gamut of opportunities for the contestants.
Instead of one question, the answer to which had to be chronologically aligned, contestants will now have to answer three GK questions. A leaderboard will showcase the time taken by each contestant to answer the respective questions and the one to answer all three questions correctly in the shortest amount of time will head straight to the Hot Seat!
When it comes to lifelines, yes, the Audience Poll is making a comeback this season! With the studio audience being reinstated, the entire vibe of the show has been raised a few notches higher.
The other three lifelines include 50:50 (wherein 2 incorrect answers will get deleted from the four options); Ask The Expert (wherein the contestant can seek help from one distinguished professional) and Flip The Question (wherein the contestant will get an opportunity to change the question altogether and choose a topic for the replacement question).
Ashish Golwalkar, Head – Content, Sony Entertainment Television and Digital Business, also spoke about what one can expect from the latest season of the game show.
“For a show like KBC that has followed a certain creative pattern, it was time for us to break the mold and approach it differently. While digital auditions replaced the regular audition process, it didn’t deter the volume of entries. In fact, the ease of digital audition encouraged a lot more aspirants, based in the remotest areas possible to participate. We are happy with the spiritedness of each contestant, and we are hopeful that they fulfil their KBC journey,” Golwalkar said.
Furthermore, while we did introduce AR (Augmented reality) in the previous seasons, this year, the use of AR is far more superior and immersive. From refurbishing the entire set with the play of lights to the graphical elements and LED panels, India is the only country to host the format with inclusion of such refined technological detailing. With distinct modifications to the game this season, we look forward to rewarding gameplay and promise an enhanced viewing experience to the audience,” Golwalkar added.
The 13th Season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is scheduled to start on Sony Entertainment Television from August 23.

Bigg Boss OTT: Urvi Javed Regrets Being Friend With Zeeshan Khan

Evicted Bigg Boss OTT contestant Urfi Javed didn’t mince words as she spoke about the ‘betrayal’ that she suffered at the hands of her friend for three years, Zeeshan Khan. Urfi was the first contestant to be evicted from the inaugural season of the reality show, a spinoff to Bigg Boss, which return in a few weeks.

In an interview, she used terms like ‘aastin ka saamp’ and ‘keeda’ to describe him, and regretted ever being friendly with him. She said that she would humiliate him if they ever cross paths again.

She told in an interview in Hindi, “It’s heartbreaking for me. I’m trying to control my tears. I wasn’t expecting this; I’d given my 100% to the show. I thought that my friend of three years would support me, but he turned out to be a spineless insect. He stabbed me in the back. And then, when I was injured, he kept rubbing salt on my wounds, over and over again. That’s my only mistake, that I tried to tame a snake.”

She said that she will be bitter about this for the rest of her life, and if she ever runs into Zeeshan again, she will humiliate him publicly. Asked if she’d like to return to Bigg Boss OTT, she said that not only would she like that, she’d like to go back and take her revenge on all the contestants who wronged her — Zeeshan, Divya Agarwal, Karan Nath, Neha Bhasin.

“As a matter of fact, also Milind,” she said. “He said such nasty things about me. And I thought he was my friend. I used to chill with him; I never said anything about him. I’m disgusted. They’re useless people. They pretend to be nice in front of you, but talk rubbish behind your back. Did they’re parents not give them any values?”

Madhuri Dixit-Mirabai Chanu Turns Emotional On Dance Deewane

Madhuri Dixit and special guest Mirabai Chanu, who won a silver medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics, turned emotional during the Independence Day episode of the reality show Dance Deewane.

A new promo showed Madhuri Dixit, who appears on the show as one of the judges, getting teary-eyed while listening to the widow of a soldier who died in the Pulwama attack. Mirabai Chanu also appeared to be emotional, as the woman recalled the moment she was informed about her husband’s death.

In a light moment, Mirabai also had some pizza with the contestants, after saying in an interview that pizza was what she was craving after her Olympics success.

Recalling the hardships in her life, she couldn’t hold back tears and had to be consoled by host Bharti Singh. Mirabai was quoted by a leading daily as saying in Hindi, “I’m very happy to have been invited to Dance Deewane. I never thought I’d ever come on this show and meet Madhuri Dixit, I am a big fan. I also love dancing. This was a nice surprise by the Dance Deewane team).”

She continued, “They ordered pizza for me, which I enjoyed very much. The only message I have for the contestants is that they should put their best foot forward. Hard work pays off. Keep working hard and make India proud.”

Mirabai concluded by saying that Gunjan is her favourite contestant and that she watches all her performances. The special episode also featured former India cricket captain Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics, Bhavani Devi, and wrestler Priya Malik.

Amitabh Bachchan Happy To Be Back On Sets Of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is happy to be back on the sets of the new season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.

On Wednesday, he took to Instagram and posted a picture of him sitting in the host’s chair. Alongside the image, he expressed his gratitude to everyone who’s been associated with the popular TV show’s journey since 2000.
“… back .. on that chair from 2000 .. that’s 21 years .. a lifetime .. !!.and gratitude to all that came along,” Big B captioned the post.

For the unversed, the ‘Agnipath’ star started hosting the quiz show in the year 2000, and since then he has been a constant part of the show except for one season. In 2006, Shah Rukh Khan replaced Big B as a host for the third season of the show. However, SRK failed to impress the audience with his hosting skills on the game show.

Speaking about the upcoming 13th season, it is scheduled to air from August 23 on Sony Entertainment Television. It is being said that owing to the COVID pandemic, a lot of changes were implemented during the shoot of the show.

Pooja Gor Remembers Anupam Shyam

The demise of veteran actor Anupam Shyam has deeply saddened Pooja Gor, who worked with the former on the hit TV show ‘Man Kee Awaaz Pratigya’.

Pooja took to Instagram and penned an emotional note in the memory of Anupam Shyam. “‘Pratigya’ and ‘Sajjan Singh Thakur’ may believe in different ideologies, but the relation of ‘Bauji’ and ‘Bitiya’ was very special. You took me under your shelter, taught me the correct pronunciation of words,” she wrote.
Pooja also thanked the late star for introducing her to Hindi literature.
“I will be forever grateful. The priceless books of Hindi literature given by you are still with me. Your affection, protection, and your incomparable talent will be sorely missed. Om Shanti,” she said in her note.
Alongside her note, Pooja posted a string of throwback images and videos of Anupam Shyam, who died due to multiple organ failure at the age of 63.

Actor Sanjay Mishra, too, mourned the demise of Anupam Shyam.
‘Another Chapter torn away from the book of life #AnupamShyam,” he wrote on Instagram.

Anupam Shyam had been suffering from kidney ailment for the last few years and was hospitalized about a week ago. On August 9, he breathed his last.

He was best known for playing antagonists, and it was the TV show ‘Man Kee Awaaz Pratigya’ that made him a household name.

Karan Johar Take Fans On A Tour Of Bigg Boss OTT House

Ahead of the premiere of Bigg Boss OTT on Sunday, host Karan Johar took fans on a tour of the new house, in the style of his film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The 12-week spinoff of the popular reality show, otherwise hosted by Salman Khan, will stream on Voot.

Taking to Instagram, Karan Johar captioned his video, “Ab wait hone wala hai over, mera pehla kadam iss OTT duniya mein is now another step closer! You and me will have lots of fun! Keh diya na bas keh diya. Starting 8 August, 8pm only on Voot!”

The video showed Karan giving viewers a tour of the new Bigg Boss house, while singing a rewritten version of the Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham title track. “Aaya hu main Karan, you and I’ll have lots of fun. Iss ghar ka niyam, kabhi khushi kabhi gham,” he lip-synced.

Fans got their first glimpse at the bohemian-themed house a few days ago. Art director Omung Kumar, who has been designing Bigg Boss houses for several years, said in an interview that the house resembles Karan’s personality, but that wasn’t always intended.

He told a leading daily, “The house should give viewers a feel that even they want to go and live there. We had not planned the theme keeping Karan Johar’s personality in mind but when he came on board, the theme just matched with his personality.”

Kumkum Bhagya actor Zeeshan Khan, actor Karan Nath, and singer Neha Bhasin have been confirmed as contestants. According to Indian Express, other contestants include Ace of Space 1 winner Divya Agarwal, television stars Ridhima Pandit and Rakesh Bapat, Puncch Beat 2 actor Urfi Javed and MTV star Pratik Sehajpal.

‘The Empire’ Official Trailer Out Now

Hotstar has debuted the first trailer for The Empire, a Mughal-era series starring Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi and Drashti Dhami.

Hotstar on Saturday debuted the first trailer for its upcoming period epic series, The Empire, based on the book Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford. The eight-episode series traces the saga of emperor Babur, ‘from the valley of Ferghana to Samarkand and beyond’.

Kunal Kapoor makes his streaming debut with the show, produced by Nikkhil Advani of Emmay Entertainment, who also serves as showrunner. Shot across India and Uzbekistan, The Empire is billed as ‘the biggest show ever created in India’.

The series is directed by Mitakshara Kumar, who has worked as an associate director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epics Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. The ‘story adaptation’ has been credited to Bhavani Iyer.

Nikkhil Advani said in a statement, “The Empire is a dream project that I have nurtured for years. The narrative we are exploring is something none of the makers have ever attempted in the history of Indian entertainment and given this story a fictional and creative bent. It’s overwhelming to see the trailer receive resounding praises and we hope that it makes for an unforgettable viewing experience.”

Also starring Shabana Azmi, Drashti Dhami, Dino Morea, Aditya Seal, Sahher Bambba and Rahul Dev, The Empire is slated for an August 27 release on Disney+ Hotstar.

Zeeshan Khan & Karan Nath To Be A Part Of Bigg Boss OTT

Zeeshan Khan and Karan Nath will take part in Bigg Boss OTT. The season will be hosted by Karan Johar and will air from August 8.

As the Bigg Boss OTT is scheduled to begin this weekend, the team has been dropping teasers about the contestants whom fans will see inside the house. The OTT season will be hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and will air from August 8. A total of 12 contestants will be seen in the digital version, fighting for the trophy for 12 weeks.

Bigg Boss OTT makers have shared teasers of the two more contestants of the show–Kumkum Bhagya actor Zeeshan Khan and Bollywood actor Karan Nath.

Zeeshan was recently in the news after he decided to fly wearing a bathrobe. He had shared a video on his YouTube channel. However, an Air India staff member didn’t allow him to fly in the robe.

Another teaser featured Bollywood actor Karan Nath. He starred in films such as Paagalpan, Sssshhh… and Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa. Recently, singer Neha Bhasin was confirmed as the first contestant.

Several others including Ace of Space 1 winner Divya Agarwal, television stars Ridhima Pandit and Rakesh Bapat, Puncch Beat 2 actor Urfi Javed and MTV star Pratik Sehajpal have been confirmed as the contestants.

The audience will have 24×7 live access on Voot to watch what’s happening inside the house. This will be shown on Voot for six weeks, before the show goes on air, on television. In this version, the viewers will have the power to decide the punishments for the Bigg Boss OTT house inmates.

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