Saying farewell to Patty Duke

Oscar winner Patty Duke dies at 69

Patty Duke, who won a best supporting actress Oscar as a teenager for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and played “identical” cousins in her own television sitcom The Patty Duke Show from 1963-66, died yesterday due to sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was 69. Duke’s acting career dates back to […]

Spike is getting more Ink

Ink Master renewed for season nine

Spike’s getting more ink. The eighth edition of tattoo competition series Ink Master won’t debut until August, but Spike has already struck a deal for Season 9. The 2017 iteration Ink Master will consist of 15 episodes with a live finale. “The Ink Master franchise has been a major driver in Spike’s successful shift to […]

Starz rebrands

Starz rebrands

Premium cable net Starz will undergo what it calls a “landmark transformation” on April 5. A single brand approach will align Starz and Starz Encore networks with a unified look and feel (tagline: Starz: Obsessable), with the new service representing up to 14 linear channels. “Harnessing the power and resonance of the Starz flagship brand […]

John Stamos honored as Icon

John Stamos honored as Icon

The TV Land Icon Awards will honor legendary TV creator Norman Lear and “pop culture icon” John Stamos in a ceremony taking place April 10 and airing Sunday, April 17 at 9p. The Beach Boys, with whom Stamos has frequently played in the past, will perform a medley of their hit songs as part of […]

Alicia Keys steals a coach’s seat at The Voice

Alicia Keys steals a coach's seat on The Voice

Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will serve as coaches for season 11 of NBC’s The Voice. The singers replace Pharrell Williams, who has been onboard for four seasons back to back, and Gwen Stefani, who had rotated with Christina Aguilera. Stefani is on tour with her new album, and Williams, who tweeted a note welcoming […]

CBS renews 11 series

CBS renews 11 series

CBS gave renewals to 11 series: dramas Blue Bloods, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion, comedies Mom and 2 Broke Girls and reality competitions Survivor and The Amazing Race. The shows join previously renewed Big Bang Theory and NCIS. Still awaiting word: Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, The Odd […]

Garry Shandling passes at age 66

Garry Shandling passes at age 66

Comedian and actor Garry Shandling died suddenly Thursday, March 24 in LA. He was 66. According to reports, Shandling appeared healthy and talking with people yesterday morning, but was taken to the hospital after a 911 call and passed away there later in the day. Shandling, who started as a writer before becoming a stand-up […]

Animal Planet, ASPCA go first-rate on special about second-chance canines

Animal Planet, ASPCA go first-rate on special on second-chance canines

As its 150th anniversary approaches in April, the ASPCA is partnering with Animal Planet to take viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in the special Second Chance Dogs, premiering Saturday, April 16 at 9a during PETopia, Animal Planet’s pet-programming block. The special follows six dogs on their journeys from frightened canines to […]

Ken Howard dies at 71

Ken Howard dies at 71

SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard died Wednesday at age 71. Perhaps best known for his role in sports drama The White Shadow (1978-81), Howard earned an Emmy Award for his performance in HBO’s Grey Gardens, and a Tony for Child’s Play. Howard was elected president of SAG in 2009 and 2011, eventually becoming president of the […]

NBC orders Jenna Dewan Tatum dance competition, Channing onboard

NBC orders Jenna Dewan Tatum dance competition, Channing onboard

NBC ordered six episodes of an untitled dance competition series produced by EndemolShine North America, Purple Cup Productions and Free Association, starring Jenna Dewan Tatum as a judge and mentor. The actress/dancer/wife of Channing will exec produce along with her husband, Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin and Meegan Kiernan. The Tatums are a winning TV team, […]

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