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Hugh Downs, iconic TV host, dies at 99

Hugh Downs, a television pioneer who became one of the medium's most enduring, likable and reassuring presences in a five-decade career that included serving as Jack Paar's late-night announcer-sidekick, and hosting the NBC's "Today" and ABC's newsmagazine "20/20," died Thursday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A family member said the cause of...Read more

The 2021 SAG Awards have been pushed to March due to COVID-19

Not surprisingly, the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards is the latest awards show to push its date.

The awards show, presented by Hollywood actors to Hollywood actors, will take place March 14, 2021, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific time, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced in a statement Thursday. That pushes it back more than a month from its...Read more

As the nation struggles with racism, CBS News veteran Michelle Miller gets personal

LOS ANGELES -- CBS News national correspondent Michelle Miller can clearly recall what the publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune told her and other Black editorial interns on their first day at the newspaper 32 years ago.

"He said, 'You've got to put your blackness aside -- you can't be a journalist and a Black journalist," Miller, 52, said...Read more

'Justice League' star Ray Fisher accuses Joss Whedon of 'gross, abusive' behavior on set

"Justice League" actor Ray Fisher is speaking out about his experiences while working on the 2017 superhero film.

In a Wednesday tweet, Fisher claimed that director Joss Whedon's "on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable."

He added that Whedon was "enabled, in many ...Read more

Review: 'The Outpost' is a visceral depiction of combat but little else

Located in a valley at the base of three mountains in northeastern Afghanistan, U.S. Army Combat Outpost Keating was by all standards indefensible. Yet on Oct. 3, 2009, some 50 U.S. soldiers held off hundreds of enemy fighters in a 12-hour firefight that resulted in Bravo Troop 3-61 Cavalry becoming one of the most decorated units in the ...Read more

Why 'Mad Men' is keeping its blackface episode upon its return to streaming

Every episode of AMC's "Mad Men" will be available to stream again later this month, including an episode featuring a character in blackface.

On Wednesday, Lionsgate released a statement explaining its decision not to pull Season 3's "My Old Kentucky Home" from the "Mad Men" catalog, despite the recent removals of blackface episodes from ...Read more

Television Q&A: Is 'Council of Dads' returning this fall?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will the phenomenal show "Council of Dads" return this fall?

A: No. NBC has dropped the show after a single season. While it seemed designed to draw the "This Is Us" audience, ratings were reportedly low.

Q: I believe Barbara Stanwyck had a son, Stephen. What happened to him?

A: From what I can ...Read more

New must-see options to stream this week: the glorious 'Hamilton' and sly 'The Truth'

The summer of 2020 will be remembered for many things, most of them sigh-inducing, but here's an immediate highlight: This will be the summer that we all (assuming we felt like shelling out $6.99 a month for Disney+) got to watch "Hamilton" in our living rooms. And not just any "Hamilton" -- this movie of the Broadway musical, directed by Thomas...Read more

L.A. jazz-soul legend Roy Ayers has a new album, and new hope for the future

LOS ANGELES -- It's an opening lyric so universal, tucked in a groove so essential, that the song seems to glow as it beams from the speakers.

"My life, my life, my life, my life in the sunshine

Everybody loves the sunshine."

Written and performed by bandleader and vibraphonist Roy Ayers, who was born and raised on Vernon Avenue just south of...Read more

Emmys 2020 predictions and analysis: It's time Trevor Noah takes home a trophy

The same slate of six late-night talk shows have earned Emmy nominations the last two years. And though the COVID-19 pandemic has upended their formats and presentation, it's a pretty safe bet that voters will return all six series to the Emmys this year. Why change ... until it's time to award the trophy. Then voters would do well to consider ...Read more

Did you adore 'The Baby-Sitters Club'? The women of Netflix's version totally get it

Countless women who came of age in the '80s and '90s have memories of "The Baby-Sitters Club" books that provoke a nostalgic, pastel-hued wave of heart-eyed emojis.

Rachel Shukert, a producer and writer known for her work on "GLOW" and "Supergirl," received the first book as a birthday present. Scanning the description on the back cover, ...Read more

'Beavis and Butt-Head' will take on Gen Z in Comedy Central revival

2020, dude. 1993 called and wants its cartoons back.

Heh, heh, heh.

Comedy Central is bringing back MTV's iconically crude animated comedy "Beavis and Butt-Head" for an additional two seasons through a sprawling deal with producer Mike Judge.

Judge, who created the Gen X-defining series about a duo of unfiltered teenage couch potatoes, will ...Read more

Apple lands Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua's 'Emancipation' film about slavery

"Emancipation," Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua's forthcoming film about slavery, has landed at Apple Original Films after a massive bidding war.

Apple bought the project for $105 million, outbidding six other parties, the Los Angeles Times confirmed Wednesday. Deadline first reported the news.

The period drama, based on a script by ...Read more

Jay-Z's Made In America is cancelled for this year because of coronavirus pandemic

PHILADELPHIA -- The Made in America festival, which is has been staged on the Ben Franklin Parkway every summer since 2012, will not be happening this year. Roc Nation, Jay-Z's management company, made the announcement on Wednesday that this year's two-day Labor Day weekend festival is being called off.

The announcement came as no surprise ...Read more

These TV shows recently removed blackface episodes. Here's what you need to know

Several TV episodes and scenes featuring characters in blackface have been pulled from streaming and syndication in recent weeks as Hollywood confronts its racist past and present.

Last week, Tina Fey made headlines by asking NBC to remove episodes of "30 Rock" featuring blackface, and issuing a controversial apology "for pain they have caused....Read more

If you've never seen 'Hamilton,' here's what you need to know

When the "Hamilton" movie hits Disney+ on Friday, it will be more than just one more streaming service premiere. For many of the blockbuster stage show's devoted fans -- whether they've already seen a live performance or they've simply indulged in endless repeat listens of the bestselling cast album of all time -- it's a moment they've been ...Read more

Fox News anchor Ed Henry fired for sexual misconduct

Fox News anchor Ed Henry has been fired following an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

Fox News Media Chief Executive Suzanne Scott announced Henry's dismissal in an internal memo sent to employees Wednesday.

The memo said the company received a complaint on June 25 from the attorney of a former employee that described "willful...Read more

Movie review: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' deservedly affectionate portrait of civil rights icon

It is intensely comforting to hear Rep. John Lewis say, "we will redeem the soul of America -- we shall overcome." It's the note on which director Dawn Porter leaves us at the end of her affectionate documentary portrait of Lewis, "John Lewis: Good Trouble." Lewis is indeed the good kind of trouble, and he's a good time too, as evidenced by the ...Read more

Appreciation: Carl Reiner started out a sidekick. His genius made him 'a very familiar stranger'

Carl Reiner, who died Monday at the age of 98, was a humble powerhouse of the lively arts -- actor, screenwriter, producer, director, novelist, playwright, tweeter, double-act comedian, witness to his times.

As a writer-performer on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," and the creator and producer of "The Dick Van Dyke Show,"...Read more

In his final interview, Carl Reiner revealed what mattered most to him

LOS ANGELES -- In Carl Reiner's final interview, the comedy legend spoke fondly of his late wife and proudly of his three children.

Reiner, who was 98, died Monday of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home. The interview, done for the Reboot-produced web series "Dispatches From Quarantine," was posted just over a week ago on the Silver Screen...Read more