Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

The bubble has burst for many TV shows as they wrap up their run. Oh, the horror. Only one more season of "Riverdale." How can I live without Jughead?

"The Voice" will continue without Kelly Clarkson. But Blake Shelton's wife Gwen Stefani is back. Jennifer Hudson, who spent a year on the show, is having her own daily talk show. "Dancing with ...Read more


Swedish billionaire developing Aspen hotel sues Colorado newspaper over “oligarch” label

A Swedish billionaire who is developing a controversial luxury hotel in Aspen, Colorado, is suing one of the city’s newspapers for defamation, claiming The Aspen Times wrongly portrayed him as a corrupt Russian oligarch amid that country’s war on Ukraine.

Vladislav Doronin, who was born in the Soviet Union and built his fortune in Moscow’...Read more

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Broadway extends mask mandate through the end of June

NEW YORK — Masking must go on.

Broadway’s theaters will continue to require that ticketholders wear masks at least through the end of June, the Broadway League said Friday.

The extension from the Broadway League, a trade group that sets coronavirus policy on Broadway, comes as New York rides out another COVID wave, the latest driven by ...Read more

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Say goodbye to Chad: Pete Davidson is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Pete Davidson, one of the brightest “Saturday Night Live” stars of the past decade, is leaving the sketch comedy series, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.

According to a Friday report from Variety, Davidson will officially depart Studio 8H after the Season 47 finale airs this weekend. Davidson became one of the TV institution’s ...Read more

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Olivia Rodrigo gives fans one Shell of a time at sold-out San Diego debut concert

SAN DIEGO — What are the chances?

On Wednesday night, 2022 triple-Grammy Award-winner Olivia Rodrigo performed at a bayside concert venue in San Diego with her band at exactly the same time Debbie Harry and her band, Blondie, appeared at another bayside venue here a few miles away.

Both concerts were quick sellouts. Rodrigo drew 8,500 ...Read more


'Stranger Things' Season 4 sneak peek goes from calm to chaos in 8 minutes

One week ahead of the long-awaited, highly anticipated fourth season of "Stranger Things," Netflix has released the first 8 minutes of Season 4, Episode 1.

The extended preview (which actually runs 8 minutes, 47 seconds) throws us right back into the heart of Hawkins, Indiana, by way of a flashback scene set six years prior to the events of ...Read more

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Viola Davis says a director she knew for 10 years called her his maid's name

Actor Viola Davis recently revealed a racist encounter she had with a director who called her by his maid's name.

On Thursday, Variety reported that during the Kering Women in Motion conversation at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Davis recounted how a male director repeatedly misidentified her.

"I knew him for 10 years and he called me ...Read more

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Company insiders rip Tesla's stance on safety in hard-hitting Elon Musk doc

If you own a Tesla, or a loved one does, or you're thinking about buying one, or you share public roads with Tesla cars, you might want to watch the new documentary "Elon Musk's Crash Course."

Premiering Friday on FX and Hulu, the 75-minute fright show spotlights the persistent dangers of Tesla’s automated driving technologies, the company’...Read more

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Movie review: The land is beautiful, the family drama compelling in superb 'Montana Story'

A fraternal relation to Jane Campion’s overrated “The Power of the Dog,” indie effort “Montana Story” is the modern-day tale of an extended family, including an estranged brother and sister, preparing for the impending death of the family patriarch.

Cal (Owen Teague) is the first to arrive at the sprawling ranch home where he grew up....Read more

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Rams' Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford join other champs in 'Top Gun: Maverick' commercial

The Los Angeles Rams are prepping for the 2022 season after capping off their historic 2021 season with a thrilling Super Bowl LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams will try to become the first team since the 2003 and 2004 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls.

But coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford paused ...Read more

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Fyre Festival creator has put together team to 'come up with ideas' for new entertainment ventures after early prison release

NEW YORK — Billy McFarland is all fyred up.

The creator of the infamous 2017 Fyre Festival is ready to rise from the ashes after a four-year stint in federal prison — and his plans might involve another entertainment venture.

The 30-year-old disgraced promoter “has put together a team of professionals to brainstorm and come up with ideas...Read more

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Rebel Wilson shares a pre-#MeToo sexual harassment story: 'awful and disgusting'

Rebel Wilson just recounted what she called an “awful and disgusting” incident with a co-star who couldn’t keep his pants on.

It happened a few years back, the “Senior Year” star told People this week, before the #MeToo movement gained steam amid the 2017 Harvey Weinstein scandal. She says a male co-star, whom she hasn’t named, ...Read more

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How Ellen DeGeneres won, and then lost, a generation of viewers

LOS ANGELES — When Ellen DeGeneres launched her daytime talk show, it felt like a flag planted on lunar terrain.

Six years earlier, the comedian and her sitcom character had come out, in tandem, in what remains the single most well-known moment in the history of queer television. But as one learns in Steven Capsuto's indispensable book "...Read more

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What TV critic is watching this week

'Zoe Bakes'

Zoe Francois' kitchen continues to be inviting, especially when she's whipping up blueberry muffins and croquembouches. But foodies will enjoy this new batch of episodes most when the Minnesota pastry chef ventures out on adventures. They include visits to Isles Bun and Coffee, Milkjam Creamery and the home of Rose McGee, founder of...Read more

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Emmy Rossum loved meeting Angelyne. But Angelyne refuses to watch her show

Los Angeles proto-influencer Angelyne simply does not like Peacock’s depiction of her in its new miniseries.

In an interview with “Inside Edition” released Thursday, the self-promoting billboard pinup renounced “Angelyne” after catching “a little glimpse” of actor Emmy Rossum’s titular performance. The show premiered this week ...Read more

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Don't expect Alex Garland to explain what's happening in 'Men.' But here are a few hints

Like the previous films he’s directed — 2014’s “Ex Machina” and 2018’s “Annihilation” — Alex Garland’s new folk-horror film “Men” has a lot going on underneath the surface: themes of gender and toxic masculinity, ancient signs and symbols, literary references to everything from the Bible to Yeats.

But don’t expect ...Read more

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Eva Green says former co-star Johnny Depp 'will emerge with his good name'

French actress Eva Green has come out in support of Johnny Depp amid his contentious defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard.

The “Casino Royale” star, 41, used Instagram Thursday to stand behind the 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” alum amid the trial, in which he’s denying Heard’s claims of domestic violence during their ...Read more

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Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker to marry -- again -- in grand Italian castle

Newlyweds Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are about to take part in a fairy-tale follow-up wedding.

The couple’s third ceremony sounds like it will be the grandest of them all, at least when it comes to the backdrop, TMZ reported Friday.

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, 43, and the 46-year-old Blink-182 drummer — who ...Read more

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Lil Nas X to be honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala

NEW YORK — Though he went home empty-handed at this year’s Grammy Awards, Lil Nas X will be bestowed a prestigious honor next month by an elite group of music-makers.

The 23-year-old hit-maker – already a two-time Grammy winner – will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at the 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction gala, scheduled ...Read more

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Upfronts 2022: Every new scripted series picked up by a broadcast network

NEW YORK — The fall TV schedule has everything: firefighters, cops, lawyers. And that’s just CBS.

There’s an anthology series about defendants during their trial, an animated series starring Jon Hamm and a reboot of “Quantum Leap.” There’s something for Mom, something for Dad and something for the college kid stealing Mom and Dad’...Read more