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Orlando Jones says he’s been fired from American Gods

Orlando Jones says he’s been fired from American Gods
Comedian and actor Orlando Jones has taken to Twitter to state that he won’t be appearing in the upcoming third season of Starz’s American Gods, claiming that he was fired by new showrunner Charles Eglee who alledgedly decided that Jones’ character Mr. Nancy sends “the wrong message for black America”. “There will be no more […]

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Host Simu Liu Roasts the Golden Globes at Unforgettable Gala, ‘The Farewell’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Honored

Host Simu Liu Roasts the Golden Globes at Unforgettable Gala, ‘The Farewell’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Honored
In a banner year for Asian American representation in Hollywood, Randall Park, Constance Wu and the cast of “Fresh Off the Boat” were among the honorees at the 18th Annual Unforgettable Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday evening.

Host Simu Liu, who flew in from Sydney where he is prepping to star in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” kicked off the evening celebrating Asian Americans in entertainment with a zinger-filled eight-minute monologue, which included a jab at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The voting body of the Golden
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Christmas Comes Early for Scarlett Johansson’s Sixth Time Hosting

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Christmas Comes Early for Scarlett Johansson’s Sixth Time Hosting
This week’s “Saturday Night Live” marked Scarlett Johansson’s sixth time in the hosting position. Yes, over the hump of five times and engaged to one of the head writers, Colin Jost, Johansson came to Studio 8H on top of the world, ready to play anyone and anything. Except maybe not a tree.

Also: There was another dog sketch this week.

Host: Scarlett Johansson

Beck Bennett says it best during this bit: “No, you need me! Who’s gonna play the dumb idiot?!?” Wait, no — not that part (which is really good). This part: “It doesn’t seem super topical, right? Is this like a back-up monologue from the last time you hosted or something?” The fact that it’s not super topical — in addition to the fact that they lampshade that — is what makes the monologue funnier. Well, that and the fact that Chris Redd considers Alex Moffat
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A Million Little Things: Niecy Nash Bears News About Rome and Regina's Adoption — 2020 First Look

A Million Little Things: Niecy Nash Bears News About Rome and Regina's Adoption — 2020 First Look
A Million Little Things‘ Rome and Regina might want to start stocking up on onesies and diapers, because Niecy Nash has some good news for them in the exclusive sneak peek above.

Nash will guest-star on the ABC drama when it returns in its new time slot on Thursday, Jan. 23 (10/9c). She’ll play Gloria, a social worker who’s been assigned to help Regina and Rome with their newest endeavor: adopting a child.

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2019 in Review: 14 Dumb Things TV Did

2019 in Review: 14 Dumb Things TV Did
TV made plenty of smart decisions this year — hey, our Year in Review coverage is full of them! — but honestly, there were also a few that left us scratching our head. Fourteen, to be exact.

With 2019 nearly in the books, we here at TVLine are taking a look back at the most boneheaded mistakes we witnessed while covering the TV industry this year, from misplaced coffee cups to ill-advised hirings. (Yep, we’re looking at you, Game of Thrones and SNL.) Streaming services weren’t immune to the brain fog, either, as newcomer Apple TV+ suffered a serious stumble right out of the gate.
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Scarlett Johansson Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches

Scarlett Johansson Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches
What do Baby Yoda and the future Mrs. Colin Jost have in common? They both appeared on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

The second-to-last show before the holiday break was also one of Season 45’s strongest, rivaling only Will Ferrell’s November homecoming. Having previously hosted five times, Scarlett Johansson seemed comfortable no matter what was asked of her — whether she was cast as a diseased stripper, a singing elf, or the woman at the center of every Hallmark Channel original movie.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies ‘A Marriage Story’ with Kellyanne Conway (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies ‘A Marriage Story’ with Kellyanne Conway (Watch)
Scarlett Johansson may be nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in “A Marriage Story,” but when she hosted the Dec. 14 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” she slid into a less flashy role for that sketch comedy’s parody of the new dramatic film.

Johansson took on the role of therapist to Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway and Beck Bennett’s George T. Conway II in a digital short parody entitled “A Conway Marriage Story.” She kicked off the sketch asking Bennett’s George to list what he loved about his wife, which he began with, “she works so hard for her boss,
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Pete Davidson Dissolves ‘SNL’ Players in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Avengers’-Themed Monologue (Watch)

Pete Davidson Dissolves ‘SNL’ Players in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Avengers’-Themed Monologue (Watch)
Scarlett Johansson hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the sixth time on Dec. 14 and kicked things off with an “Avengers”-themed monologue.

Stepping out on stage at Studio 8H in New York City, Johansson was first joined by Aidy Bryant who did a quick change from her cold open snowman character into Elf on the Shelf. She and Johansson talked about how good Johansson had been this year, but very quickly Bryant began to dissolve.

Bryant was the first in a long line of “SNL” cast members to disappear in this way, due to what turned out to be Pete Davidson wearing Thanos’ glove.
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SNL: Scarlett Johansson Saves Cast From Thanos' Snap in Avengers Parody

SNL: Scarlett Johansson Saves Cast From Thanos' Snap in Avengers Parody
An Avenger’s job is never done… even when she’s taking time out to host Saturday Night Live.

Scarlett Johansson, aka Marvel superhero Black Widow, kicked off her sixth time hosting the NBC sketch institution with a monologue that saw her reunite with Tweezil, her old Elf on the Shelf played by Aidy Bryant. But poor Tweezil suddenly started disintegrating, along with cast members Mikey Day and Beck Bennett. Uh-oh, looks like Avengers villain Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half the population again — and Johansson wasn’t prepared: “I left my Black Widow costume in the car!
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Kate McKinnon’s Greta Thunberg Tells Trump to ‘Grow Up’ (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’: Kate McKinnon’s Greta Thunberg Tells Trump to ‘Grow Up’ (Watch)
With the December holidays upon us, “Saturday Night Live” took a brief detour from its usual parodies of political press conferences and the impeachment hearings to instead begin its Dec. 14 episode with a sketch about average families discussing the state of the world over dinner — with a special message from Greta Thunberg (as played by Kate McKinnon).

The first family consisted of “SNL” cast members Melissa Villasenor, Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang and Kyle Mooney discussing Donald Trump. They were portraying a liberal family who wondered who would vote for Trump after all that has gone down and considering Trump’s
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American Gods' Orlando Jones Blasts 'Insanely Hurtful' Statement About His Ouster, Praises Ep Neil Gaiman's 'Empathy and Care' During Tough Time

American Gods' Orlando Jones Blasts 'Insanely Hurtful' Statement About His Ouster, Praises Ep Neil Gaiman's 'Empathy and Care' During Tough Time
Orlando Jones hadn’t seen American Gods‘ statement about his firing before he talked with TVLine Saturday evening, so the first thing we did was read it to him.

The series’ response, in part, says that American Gods‘ storylines “have continually shifted and evolved to reflect the complex mythology of the source material,” and that Jones’ option was not picked up because his character, the Old God Mr. Nancy, “is not featured in the portion of the book we are focusing on in Season 3.” (Read the statement in full here.)

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Orlando Jones Interview: The ‘American Gods’ Star on Getting ‘Screwed Over’ and Speaking Out (Exclusive)

Orlando Jones Interview: The ‘American Gods’ Star on Getting ‘Screwed Over’ and Speaking Out (Exclusive)
Orlando Jones had held his tongue for months about being let go from “American Gods,” and how his departure was handled by producer Fremantle and the Starz network. But, in an interview with Variety, Jones said he finally decided to stand up for himself and set the record straight on why he won’t be seen in Season 3 — and how he feels he was disrespected by not getting the full truth for months, time that he could have spent working on other projects.

“I assumed at some point, somebody would say that I wasn’t going to be in season three,
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American Gods Explains Orlando Jones Exit, Vows to Remain 'One of the Most Diverse Series on TV' in Season 3

American Gods Explains Orlando Jones Exit, Vows to Remain 'One of the Most Diverse Series on TV' in Season 3
American Gods is defending its decision to part ways with cast member Orlando Jones.

Earlier on Saturday, Jones posted an expletive-laced video to Twitter, in which he alleged that he was fired from the series because new showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee thought his character Mr. Nancy sent “the wrong message” to “black America.” In response, a spokesperson for the Fremantle-produced Starz drama tells TVLine that Jones’ option for Season 3 was not picked up because the upcoming run of episodes will focus on a portion of the book that does not include Mr. Nancy, among several other characters that appeared
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Hallmark Channel Pulls Ads Featuring Same-Sex Wedding Due to Pressure, Prompts Calls to #BoycottHallmark

Hallmark Channel is drawing ire following its decision to pull commercials featuring a kiss between two brides — a decision it is now defending amid calls to boycott the network.

The ads in question were part of a larger campaign by wedding-planning website Zola, which featured commercials with both same-sex and heterosexual couples. Hallmark removed the commercials that included a lesbian wedding, but continued to air other ads by Zola that featured a bride and a groom. (TVLine has reached out to Hallmark Channel for comment.)

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Masked Singer: All the Season 2 Clues Needed to Prepare You for the Finale

And then there were three… people in really uncomfortable outfits, singing their costumed hearts out for Masked Singer glory.

It’s hard to believe, but Season 2 of Fox’s fever dream of a reality show is nearly done. This week, three of the incognito competitors hit the road over the course of two episodes.

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Hallmark Faces Holiday Controversy After Rejecting Ad With Same-Sex Couple

Hallmark Channel delivered a sentiment very different from the ones found in its parent company’s greeting cards when its executives questioned an ad showing two women getting married — and barred the commercial from running on its schedule.

Zola, a company that offers online wedding registries and wedding planning services, had been running commercials in recent days that feature a lesbian couple contemplating whether their wedding might have gone better if they had used Zola’s products. A spokeswoman for Zola said the company would remove all of its advertising from Hallmark “for the forseeable future” after being informed by
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Fuller House Season 5 Easter Eggs: Did You Catch All Those Iconic References?

Now that Stephanie and Jimmy have brought their baby girl home from the hospital, Fuller House is living up its name like never before. And with overcrowding comes a surplus of junk. Glorious, memorable junk.

While the Netflix comedy has never shied away from milking the nostalgia out of every conceivable reference to Full House, it’s become more aggressive than ever in its final season, taking fans down memory lane as often as humanly possible.

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The TVLine-Up: What's Leaving, New and Returning the Week of Dec. 15

This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “Dove Channel” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set your DVR, order a Season Pass, pop a fresh Memorex into the Vcr… however it is you roll.

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‘American Gods’ Actor Orlando Jones Says He Was Fired Because Mr. Nancy Is ‘Wrong Message for Black America’

‘American Gods’ Actor Orlando Jones Says He Was Fired Because Mr. Nancy Is ‘Wrong Message for Black America’
American Gods” actor Orlando Jones, who played fan favorite Mr. Nancy on the Starz series, has revealed in a Twitter video that he was fired back in September and, without directly naming him, slammed showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee for the move.

In the fiery post, Jones says that “the new Season 3 showrunner is Connecticut-born and Yale-educated, so he’s very smart, and he thinks that Mr. Nancy’s angry, get s— done is the wrong message for black America. That’s right, this white man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many black BFFs
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American Gods Star Orlando Jones Claims He Was Fired and Will Not Appear in Season 3

The already drama-riddled Starz series, American Gods, just landed smack dab in the middle of another controversy. Orlando Jones, who plays the trickster god Mr. Nancy, claims he has been fired from the series, and will not be in the upcoming Season 3.

Jones posted a video on Twitter announcing he'd

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