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Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82

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Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82
Ron Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who garnered a Tony for his work in Broadway’s “Angels in America” and played the father of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green on “Friends,” died on Friday. He was 82.

Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed the news to Variety. No further details were immediately available.

Leibman, a native of New York, played Dr. Leonard Green on “Friends” as a no-nonsense father who gave grief to David Schwimmer’s Ross, the romantic interest of Aniston’s Rachel. He received an Emmy Award in 1979 for portraying a reformed convict who became a criminal attorney on the CBS series “Kaz.”

Leibman won a Tony Award in 1993 for playing a fictional version of Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

Leibman broke into the entertainment business in 1956 on the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and made his movie debut in the 1970 comedy “Where’s Poppa?,
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‘Aladdin’ Spinoff With Billy Magnussen’s Character in the Works for Disney Plus

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‘Aladdin’ Spinoff With Billy Magnussen’s Character in the Works for Disney Plus
Disney is developing a spinoff of its live-action “Aladdin” with Billy Magnussen reprising his Prince Anders character.

The unnamed project is in early development for the studio’s recently launched Disney Plus streaming service. Disney has hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script centered on the haughty Prince Anders, one of Princess Jasmine’s suitors.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, producers of “Aladdin,” are producing the spinoff through their Rideback company. Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive produce.

Aladdin” became the 41st title to cross the $1 billion worldwide box office mark in July. It opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day holiday and easily outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections along with underlining the validity of the studio’s strategy of rebooting its animated classics such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book.”

In this case, it remade the original 1992 animated movie with Mena Massoud as Aladdin,
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‘Doctor Who’ To Return With Biggest Episode Ever As Showrunner Chris Chibnall Shakes Up Sci-Fi Show

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‘Doctor Who’ To Return With Biggest Episode Ever As Showrunner Chris Chibnall Shakes Up Sci-Fi Show
Exclusive: Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has promised fans that season 12 is going to open with the biggest and most ambitious episode ever of the BBC sci-fi drama.

Chibnall told Deadline that Jodie Whittaker’s Tardis-travelling time lord will be thrown into action in a “movie-like” two-part curtain-raiser called Spyfall, which will premiere on BBC One and BBC America on January 1, 2020.

“Episode one is probably the biggest episode of Doctor Who we’ve done, or has been done, I would imagine. Physically, there’s a lot of stunts, there’s a lot of locations, it’s a globe-trotting action thriller,” he said. “But you don’t want to lose sight of character and intimacy and emotion. You can’t do everything at 11.”

Guest-starring Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry, the episode features Whittaker’s Doctor coming to the assistance of British intelligence agencies who are under attack from alien forces. It
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#WeWantStargate Trends In Worldwide Campaign To Bring Forth New ‘Stargate’ Series

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#WeWantStargate Trends In Worldwide Campaign To Bring Forth New ‘Stargate’ Series
A former Stargate writer-producer has mounted an online campaign to bring out a new version of the classic science fiction series, which has been off the air since 2011, when the plug was pulled on Stargate: Universe after two seasons.

Joseph Mallozzi, who worked on Stargate: Sg-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate:Universe before becoming the showrunner/writer/Ep of his own Dark Matter, has encouraged fans to take up the call for a new series via the hashtag #WeWantStargate. So far, the response is blowing up, hoping to show series owner MGM that there is a huge fanbase willing to support new episodes.

Stargate started life as a 1994 film by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, then morphed into a television series in 1997 by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner. The series evolved into the 2004 Stargate: Atlantis and 2009’s Stargate: Universe.

But fans felt the final TV series was prematurely ended with its story half-told.
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Fuller House Star Shares the Story Behind Kirk Cameron's Role in Season 5

Fuller House Star Shares the Story Behind Kirk Cameron's Role in Season 5
The first half of Fuller House‘s final season is loaded with fun guest stars, from ’90s icon Lisa Loeb to Dancing duo Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy. But no cameo will excite fans — especially fans named Kimmy Gibbler — as much as Candace Cameron Bure‘s real-life brother Kirk Cameron, who plays himself in Episode 8.

“It was an interesting week,” Bure, who also directed that episode, tells TVLine. “A lot of names were going around [for Kimmy’s celebrity crush], and when I threw my brother’s name into the hat, everybody thought it was a great idea. But it kind of came down to the wire.
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Ryan Reynolds Hijacks ‘Peloton Wife,’ Wrings New Buzz From Old Ad Trick

Ryan Reynolds Hijacks ‘Peloton Wife,’ Wrings New Buzz From Old Ad Trick
The “Peloton Wife” is on the verge of striking up a new relationship outside her marriage

The actress who plays the controversial Madison Avenue figure in a commercial for the luxury physical-fitness company is back in a new ad campaign – for another marketer that has little to do with promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Aviation Gin, owned by Davos Brands and actor Ryan Reynolds, on Friday released a video ad for its liquor in which Monica Ruiz reprises her role as the woman whose husband gave her a Peloton bike in a different commercial, sparking a frenzied digital conversation over whether
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 Gets January Premiere Date — Watch

Netflix is setting a course for hell in 2020. The streaming service has penciled in a Jan. 24, 2020 premiere date for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s long-awaited third part, TVLine has learned.

Per the series’ official release, the next batch of episodes “finds Sabrina reeling from the harrowing events of Part Two. Though she defeated her father Lucifer, the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch. Sabrina can’t live with herself, knowing that Nick made the ultimate sacrifice and is suffering, burning in Hell under Madam Satan’s watchful eye. So with an assist from her mortal friends,
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Here's When Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Premieres on Netflix

It's been a long hiatus for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fans, but the wait for the new season is nearly at an end! Netflix announced Saturday that Season 3 will drop Friday, Jan. 24, so get ready to start the new year with a whole new season of witchery. The creepy teaser announcing the premiere

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The TVLine-Up: What's Leaving, New and Returning the Week of Dec. 8

The TVLine-Up: What's Leaving, New and Returning the Week of Dec. 8
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 “Topic” 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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Mrs. Maisel's Alex Borstein Talks That Season 3 Moment: 'It Was One of the Worst Things I've Ever Had to Shoot'

Mrs. Maisel's Alex Borstein Talks That Season 3 Moment: 'It Was One of the Worst Things I've Ever Had to Shoot'
The following story contains spoilers from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3, Episode 5 — proceed at your own peril

The scene in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel wherein Rachel Brosnahan’s Midge teaches Alex Borstein‘s Susie how to swim is not just a highlight of the Amazon smash’s third season, it ranks as one of the funniest TV moments of the year. But as Borstein reveals, filming the sequence on location in Miami was no day at the beach.

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Lauren Graham's Extraordinary Return to NBC — 2020 First Look

Lauren Graham's Extraordinary Return to NBC — 2020 First Look
The countdown to Lauren Graham‘s anticipated TV return continues!

In exactly one month, the Gilmore Girls and Parenthood vet’s new NBC musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist will make its debut — and we have two exclusive new images of her from the premiere episode. (And we also have footage of her singing!)

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As previously reported,
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Ratings: CBS Dramas Slip as ABC's College Football Dominates Friday

ABC’s coverage of the Pac-12 football match-up between Oregon and Utah drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, dominating Friday night in the demo.

Over on CBS, Hawaii Five-0 (6.5 mil/0.6) slipped two tenths in the demo to match its season low, while Magnum P.I. (6.3 mil/0.6) and Blue Bloods (7.3 mil/0.6) each dipped one tenth — with the latter, as it does, commanding Friday’s largest audience.

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Baby Yoda: ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Isn’t Real, but Why Shouldn’t It Compete for Awards?

Baby Yoda: ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Isn’t Real, but Why Shouldn’t It Compete for Awards?
Baby Yoda won the hearts and minds of “Star Wars” fans this year. But can it also win awards season?

The short answer, of course, is no. Baby Yoda — technically called “The Child” on the new Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian” — is not real, and not eligible for its own Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild or Emmy Award. Spokespersons for both the Globes and SAG Awards confirm that there’s no room for CGI/animated characters.

But why not? Baby Yoda is not the first puppet, animated star or computer-generated character to make a splash in pop culture — and it
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Performer of the Week: Freddie Highmore

Performer of the Week: Freddie Highmore
The Performer | Freddie Highmore

The Show | The Good Doctor

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The Episode | “Friends and Family” (Dec. 2, 2019)

The Performance | Rare are the occasions when Highmore gets to wear emotionally stunted Shaun’s heart on his sleeve. But when he finally confronted his dying father in Monday’s midseason closer, the actor got, and made the most of, a showcase for the ages.

It was in the immediate aftermath of Ethan’s half-hearted apology that Highmore first erupted,
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2019 in Review: The 18 Sexiest Scenes

We’ve got a little something that’ll warm you up quicker than a shot of rum in your eggnog: TVLine’s annual rundown of the hubba-hubba-iest scenes from the year in TV.

Just like Santa, for the past 12 months, we’ve been making a list and checking it twice. Only difference? Both naughty and nice are represented in our tally… and if we’re being honest, the balance tips more than a little bit toward the sultry side.

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Why There Won’t Be Any Baby Yoda Toys Until Spring 2020

The Child, Aka Baby Yoda, is the breakout star of the fall television season, but fans won’t be able to get their hands on licensed merchandise of the “The Mandalorian” mascot until April 2020.

The official Baby Yoda plush from Mattel is slated for an April release, while a Funko Pop! figure won’t be available until May. A larger version of the latter item won’t be out until June, according to Disney’s website. Unless you are content with the few T-shirts currently available, you won’t be getting any official Baby Yoda merchandise until the final episode of “The Mandalorian” Season 1 is already a few months old.

The lack of ways to cash in on official Baby Yoda swag is mystifying, given Disney’s unmatched experience creating merchandise for all manner of film and television projects. Was Disney caught off-guard by the Baby Yoda craze, or did
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‘Delhi Crime’ Wins Big at Asian Academy Creative Awards

‘Delhi Crime’ Wins Big at Asian Academy Creative Awards
Richie Mehta’s harrowing Netflix series “Delhi Crime” was the big winner at the 2nd annual Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore on Friday.

Representing the show, lead actress Shefali Shah was rushed off her feet as she repeatedly had to return to the stage. “Delhi Crime” earned her best actress in a leading role, best drama series and best direction, and fiction, for Mehta. Earlier, the series also won best original program by a streamer/Ott on the first night of the two-day awards.

Shah was also on stage, at Singapore’s beautifully restored historical Victoria theatre to present
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Sorry Haters, Magic for Humans Is Real, and Really Funny

We live in a world with people who believe the Earth is a frisbee, the moon landing was shot on a soundstage, and that chemtrails are turning amphibians gay. The proliferation of the internet was supposed to be a boon of factual information available at everyone's fingertips, but it's proving just

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Did Hawaii Five-0's Adam Cross Too Many Lines? 'He Has More to Lose Now'

The following contains spoilers from the Dec. 6 episode of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.

This Friday on Hawaii Five-0, Adam Noshimuri made some brash decisions that may have forever altered his future — both on the task force, if not beyond.

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After Tamiko was kidnapped by Yakuza rivals, Adam defied Masuda — and lied to Five-0, taking a “sick” day — by getting involved in the hunt for those responsible.
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​The Blacklist Recap: A Trip to the Past Creates More Questions Than Answers

The Blacklist is back, and still teasing. Or perhaps it's just trolling.

The pre-Thanksgiving episode of the show built to a pair of semi-cliffhangers suggesting that both the characters and the audience were about to learn significant truths. Frustrated with Frank/Iyla's (Brett Cullen) lack of

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Other Links From TVGuide.com The BlacklistJames SpaderLaila RobinsMegan BooneBrett Cullen
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