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Kimmel, ‘Apprentice’ producer join to make ABC quiz show

Jimmy Kimmel

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel is among Donald Trump’s late-night gadflies, while producer Mark Burnett showcased the future president on “The Apprentice.” Yet they are going into business together. Kimmel and Burnett will produce a new ABC game show, “Generation Gap,” described by the network as a comedy quiz show that brings family members together to compete as …

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Mariah Carey records new song as theme for ABC’s ‘mixed-ish’

Mariah Carey

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mariah Carey has recorded a new song that will debut as the theme of ABC’s “black-ish” spinoff. ABC announced Monday that Carey has co-written and sings the theme music to “mixed-ish.” Carey says in a statement that she loves the show’s pilot, which focuses on the 1980s upbringing of Tracee Ellis Ross’ character, Rainbow. Carey says …

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Encore! New ‘Angelina Ballerina’ books in the works

NEW YORK (AP) — The beloved “Angelina Ballerina” picture books series is getting an encore. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced Monday that a reissue of the original book, “Angelina Ballerina,” comes out this month, with more reissues and new releases to follow. The series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig follows the adventures of a mouse from …

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‘Supernatural,’ ‘Arrow’ makers: CW dramas ending on a high

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The makers of “Supernatural” and “Arrow” say they’re bringing the CW shows to a close at the right time. “You don’t want to be the last person at a party, even if it’s the best party on the planet,” said Jared Padalecki, who’s paired with co-star Jensen Ackles as the evil-busting Winchester brothers on “Supernatural.” …

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‘The Rookie’ star alleges sexual harassment, discrimination

Afton Williamson

NEW YORK (AP) — Afton Williamson, co-star of the ABC crime series “The Rookie,” said she’s quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced during the show’s first season. In an Instagram post Sunday, Williamson said that throughout the filming of the show’s pilot, “I experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department.” Williamson …

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Original ‘Nancy Drew’ passes torch to TV’s newest version

Kennedy McMann, Scott Wolf

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Pamela Sue Martin, TV’s original Nancy Drew, has passed the torch to the actress playing the latest incarnation of the teenage sleuth. Martin will appear on The CW’s remake that blends mystery, suspense, a supernatural element and a bit of horror. She got her big break on “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” with Shaun Cassidy …

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Ruby Rose’s ‘Batwoman’ is TV’s 1st out LGBTQ superhero

Rachel Skarsten, Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ruby Rose suffered the slings and arrows from schoolmates about being different before the rise of social media. The 33-year-old gender-fluid actress — who came out as a lesbian at age 12 in her native Australia — hopes her title role on The CW’s new series “Batwoman” lets viewers know they’re not alone. It’s the …

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Veteran ‘Saturday Night Live’ lighting designer dies at 96

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says Emmy-winning lighting director Phil Hymes has died. He was 96. NBC said that Hymes died of complications from cancer at a New York City hospital on July 29. His early TV credits included “Your Hit Parade” and “The Steve Allen Show,” and he joined “Saturday Night Live” in 1976. Hymes received an Emmy for …

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‘Riverdale’ season premiere to honor memory of Luke Perry

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Luke Perry will be honored in the season premiere of “Riverdale,” with his former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty guest starring. Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told a TV critics meeting on Sunday that the episode is “a moving piece” and “a tribute to our friend and a well-respected actor.” Perry died in …

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Official: Video shows YouTube ‘King of Random’ fatal crash

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah sheriff’s official says the creator of the YouTube channel “King of Random” shot video that showed his fatal paragliding crash and that it indicates the craft crashed quickly after its chute collapsed. Washington County sheriff’s officials are investigating the death Monday of 38-year-old Jonathan Grant Thompson, whose videos of experiments and hands-on tips …

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