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Actor Jack Blessing, of ‘Moonlighting,’ ‘George Lopez,’ dies at 66

Television star Jack Blessing has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his son Ian told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.

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Blessing died Nov. 14 at his home in Chatsworth, California, according to the entertainment news site.

The actor joined the cast of the hit ABC drama “Moonlighting” in its third season. He played a character named MacGillicuddy who worked at the Blue Moon Detective Agency run by Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) and David Addison (Bruce Willis). His character had an office rivalry with Curtis Armstrong’s Herbert.

Blessing played Mr. Donner, an unbalanced building manager, in the sitcom “The Naked Truth” from 1995 to 1998.

More recently, Blessing portrayed Jack Powers on the ABC sitcom “George Lopez,” which ran from 2002 to 2007. Powers and his brother Mel (Mark Tymchyshyn) owned Powers Aviation, the business that employed George Lopez’s titular character.

­In addition to his extensive TV resume, Blessing also voice acted for characters in “Antz” (1998), “Open Season” (2006), “Bee Movie” (2007), “Megamind” (2010) and “ParaNorman” (2012), according to the Internet Movie Database. He also appeared in movies including “Heaven’s Gate” (1980), “Galaxy of Terror” (1981), “Thirteen Days” (2000) and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006).

Talks on for a 'Mad About You' revival: reports

Nearly two decades after its series finale aired, talks are on for a possible revival of NBC’s hit show “Mad About You,” according to multiple reports.

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“Mad About You” followed the lives of newlyweds Paul Buchman, played by Paul Reiser, and Jamie Stemple Buchman, played by Helen Hunt, as they built a life together in New York City. Its seven seasons aired on NBC from 1992 to 1999 and earned a Golden Globe Award and a Peabody Award, among other accolades.

Producers with Sony Pictures Television Studios have started informal talks with Reiser and Hunt about reviving the series for a limited run, television news site TV Line reported Tuesday, citing unidentified sources. The site reported that Reiser, who co-created the show with Danny Jacobson, has spearheaded the effort to bring the show back.

Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Sony TV producers were eyeing a potential reboot of the series with Reiser and Hunt reprising their roles, although NBC was not expected to be involved in the revival.

The series reboot would be set in the present day and follow the Buchmans as they deal with life after their daughter, Mabel, is accepted to college, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Reiser hinted at the possibility of another season of “Mad About You” in October, while promoting the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” He plays a doctor in the series.

“If we can find the story to tell, and anybody’s interested, I’d be open to it,” Reiser said, according to People. “For years, I would’ve said, ‘Absolutely no. We never would do it,’ because I was very proud of how we ended it really well.”

The series ended with a flash forward episode set 22 years in the future, an episode that will likely be set aside if “Mad About You” gets an eighth season.

“Our thinking at the time was, ‘Let’s make sure we never get tempted to come back. Let’s tell them what happens,’” Reiser told People. “Now, because everybody’s talking about it, I started to think, ‘Maybe if there’s a story we could come up with. … To me, it’s interesting when I see my kids are growing and leaving the house. It’s like, ‘Oh.’ It’s like that moment when you get married. It’s like we’re in a new world that we don’t know the rules of.”

‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps released from jail, accused of kicking officer

Reality star Luann de Lesseps of “The Real Housewives of New York City” was released from Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday following her arrest by Palm Beach police.

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De Lesseps, 52, was released on her own recognizance shortly before noon. She was arrested on felony charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication. She was taken to Palm Beach County Jail at 1:25 a.m.

De Lesseps slammed a door and kicked at least one police officer, said an assistant state’s attorney.

“I’m going to kill you all,” the state’s attorney said de Lesseps told people prior to her arrest.

De Lesseps, who has no prior offenses, will be allowed to go back to New York, said Judge Ted Booras.

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Booras, acknowledging de Lesseps’ fame, said she should hire a criminal defense attorney from Palm Beach instead of ignoring the charges.

“I don’t think it would be that hard to find you,” he said.

De Lesseps was advised by Booras not to incriminate herself by responding to him when he said she might have a drinking problem.

“Don’t say anything,” he told the reality star.

De Lesseps posted an Instagram story on Saturday about a friend picking out dresses. De Lesseps narrated and said, “Getting ready for pre-Christmas Eve.” In the courtroom and in her mug shot, de Lesseps wore a navy blue dress with yellow flowers on it.

“The countess” told The New York Post’s Page Six her behavior that caused her arrest this weekend was due to “long-buried emotions.”

She said this visit was the first time she was in Palm Beach since her wedding with Tom D’Agostino Jr. at The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach last New Year’s Eve.

She apologized for the incident Sunday in a statement.

De Lesseps is a former wife of Count Alexandre de Lesseps and retained the French royal title after their 2009 divorce until her marriage to D’Agostino. She was married to D’Agostino until earlier this year.

The Cox Media Group National Contnet Desk contributed to this report.

Puppets from 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' for sale on eBay -- for $10 million

Rudolph is pulling a lot more than Santa’s sleigh these days.

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A pair of puppets from the classic 1964 stop-motion Rankin/Bass TV special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” were spotted on eBay for a mind-blowing $10 million. 

Up for bid are the puppets of Rudolph and Santa Claus, according to the eBay listing.

The seller is self-proclaimed “1960s Hollywood memorabilia collector” Peter Lutrario (lutcom4imh), who bought the pieces in 2010 from a friend of Rick Goldschmidt, a Rankin/Bass expert, WPIX reported.

His reason for listing the items at the staggering price?

“I was just curious to see what the market would bear,” Lutrario told WPIX. His decision to sell them is curious, considering he once told CNN they held a special place in his heart.

“I never thought I would get the opportunity to own these dolls,” he said in a 2015 interview. “(They) represent what Christmas is to me.” 

Goldschmidt is unhappy that the priceless items are being auctioned off. He hopes they go to a museum so they can be enjoyed by fans.

“It’s just sad to see the puppets being put on eBay,” he told reporters. “People love to see them. It’s something that’s a treasured part of Americana,” he said. “I’d like to see it in a museum -- not in someone’s briefcase.”

Regardless of where they end up, Goldschmidt doesn’t believe they will fetch anywhere near $10 million.

“No one’s going to pay $10 million,” he said. “Not even a museum or the Smithsonian.”

The eBay page for the items read, “These 2 puppets are Certainly one of the Most Iconic and Famous Collectibles in the entire World, and are certainly the Most Famous Holiday and Christmas Props In the History of Television. We are dealing with something Magnificent and Iconic on a Level all its own.”

It continues, “To many, they are Christmas. We all grew up with them, and they are recognizable in an instant by every generation. Couple that with the fact that they are ONE OF A KIND.”

For anyone who has several million lying around, you’ve got until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 25 to place your bid. Shipping is $9.75, according to the listing.

And yes, Rudolph’s nose is still “oh, so bright.” It still lights up, Lutrario wrote.

Here's how both Beckys will fit into 'Roseanne' reboot

When producers decided to bring the iconic show “Roseanne” back to television, they had to figure out how to include both actresses who played the role of Becky Conner — and here’s what they’ve decided.

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Lecy Goranson, who starred as Becky from the first to sixth season of the show, will reprise her role for the upcoming ABC reboot. Sarah Chalke, who took over as Becky when Goranson went to college, will still appear in the revival, and her role will actually center around Becky. The actress will play Andrea, a middle-class, married woman who hires Becky as her surrogate.

“I love the part. It’s such a fun part to play,” Chalke said of the plot twist, which will also “lead to some drama within the Conner family.”

Because both actresses made such big contributions to the original sitcom, the “Roseanne” team just couldn’t imagine not incorporating Chalke in some way.

“I was so excited to hear that it was coming back. I think the timing is perfect,” Chalke said of the reboot. “I think it’s exactly what is needed right now. Right now, when the country is so divided, I really think it’s a show that brings people together. The writing is so unbelievable. It’s so funny.”

As far as the show overall, viewers will soon see that the home of Roseanne and husband Dan hasn’t changed much since the family went off-air.

“You will feel the emotion from seeing that set again,” show manager Bruce Helford said. “It will be an extra-special experience.”

Heather North, voice of Daphne on 'Scooby-Doo,' dies at 71

Heather North, who voiced the character Daphne Blake in various iterations of the long-running cartoon series “Scooby-Doo,” died on Nov. 30, family friend Jodie Mann told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 71 years old.

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North died at her home in Studio City, California, after a long battle with an unidentified illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She began voicing Daphne in 1970 on the second season of the Saturday morning CBS cartoon “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” -- developed by Hanna-Barbera. She also voiced the character in “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” in the early ’70s and in several other versions of the cartoon until 2003.

But her work wasn’t limited to cartoons. She appeared in several live action projects throughout her career. Arguably, her most memorable live-action role was as Kurt Russell’s love interest in Disney’s 1971 comedy “The Barefoot Executive” -- a film about a monkey with a talent for predicting successful TV shows.

The actress met her husband H. Wesley Kenney -- the Emmy-winning producer and director of “All in the Family” -- while the pair were filming episodes of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” They were married from 1971 until his death in 2015.

North is survived by her son Kevin, daughter-in-law Stephanie, stepdaughter Nina, husband Brent, stepson Wesley and granddaughter Jocelyn, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Former ‘Today’ staffer who had alleged affair with Matt Lauer shares story

The former “Today” staffer who came forward about her alleged in-office affair with NBC anchor Matt Lauer in the early 2000s shared a candid recounting of her story with Megyn Kelly — on the same show at which she worked as a production assistant with Lauer.

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According to Addie Zinone, whose story was published in Variety on Thursday, her consensual relationship with Lauer began when he was in his 40s and already married to his current wife, Annette Roque. Two years after Zinone’s time at “Today” started, Lauer messaged her on the network’s internal messaging system.

“Hey, I hope you won’t drag me to personnel for saying this, but you look fantastic,” he said in messages obtained by the publication. “I don’t know what you have done, or what is going on in your life … but it’s agreeing with you.”

As the days went by, the intensity of Lauer’s messages increased.


At first, Zinone thought someone in the office was messing with her “because it just seemed so flirty.” But Lauer confirmed to her that it was him and set up a lunch date for them the following day.

Zinone confessed that her first alleged sexual encounter occurred after lunch, when the married anchor invited the then-24-year-old production assistant to meet him in his dressing room.

“I realize that sounds very naive and silly of me, because I walked over there to do that,” Zinone said. “But in that moment, I didn’t have anybody to share my fears and confusion with except for him, because what am I going to say to people?”

“I’m not suggesting that he — well, he kind of lured me, but I’m not suggesting that I’m not owning my part in this,” she added. “I went and met him over there.”

According to Zinone, the encounters lasted for around a month, but in spite of how fleeting the affair was, she said that it has haunted her ever since.

“These are very hard things to talk about,” she said. “ … My family is shattered by this. They are afraid for me. This all trickles down to a lot of people that are affected, so having these conversations is really important, but also there’s a lot of shame attached to what I did.”

“My goal was to get him to see me as a human being, so it does seem odd that I would continually go see him,” she continued. “But every time it was an opportunity like, ‘Will you see me as a human being? Can we finally have a conversation?’”

Zinone is confident that she was not the only woman to be taken advantage of by Lauer.

“He did it so effortlessly with me that I thought for sure that there had to be other women, but I didn’t know there would be other colleagues, because I thought if he continued that behavior and what he did with me, there would have to be other people coming forward,” she said. “Over 17 years, we would have heard about that, right? I did feel very alone and isolated and unsure of what to do with this, and I just carried it because who wants to be that person?

“I understand that people are going to paint me as a home-wrecker, as a slut and a whore, and those are things I have been called,” she said, but adding she felt that coming forward could provide guidance to women who find themselves in similar situations.

Sportscaster James Brown claims hack after porn video link tweeted from account

Longtime CBS sportscaster James Brown said his Twitter account was hacked after a link to a pornographic video was tweeted from his account late Sunday, The New York Daily News reported.

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The tweet, which contained explicit language as well as the link, remained online for 15 minutes before it was deleted, the Daily News reported.

Brown, 66, who hosts CBS' “The NFL Today,” pregame show, went to Twitter and said his account had been compromised.

"Obviously my account has been hacked!!!" Brown tweeted.

Brown has made no further comments, the Daily News reported.

Holiday classic comes to life tonight as Fox airs ‘A Christmas Story Live!’

Ralphie Parker still wants that Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. His classmate still gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pole after a “triple dog dare.” And that tacky lamp that looks like a woman’s leg makes another appearance.

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Only this time, it’s live.

At 7 p.m. ET, Fox will air “A Christmas Story Live!” It’s a musical adaptation of the 1983 film “A Christmas Story” and the 2012 Broadway musical, “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” The show will be the only live television adaptation of the holiday season, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The story plot is the same, as it is based on the short stories of Jean Shepherd. Set in Indiana during the 1940s, 9-year-old Ralphie will be played by Andy Walken. Chris Diamantopoulos and Maya Rudolph are cast as his parents, and Matthew Broderick is the narrator -- the adult version of Ralphie.

Other cast members include Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Ken Jeong and Jane Krakowski.

The film remains a cult classic. TBS and TNT have broadcast a 24-hour marathon of the film every Christmas Day since 1997, the Times reported.

"I've watched the movie every single year since I can remember," Walken, 11, told the Times.

“It's the perfect movie in some ways,” Diamantopoulos told the Times. “Because even though it was made in 1983, it captured this little pocket of what our perception of 1940 (wa)] and that story that Jean Shepherd created -- this idea of a kid whose one Christmas wish is a Red Ryder BB gun. It's a great telling of a time gone by and a great reminder of the simple pleasures.”

You can bet that Ralphie will hear the admonition “You’ll shoot your eye out!” one more time as he cocks the BB gun and fires.

‘SNL’ crew trims Christmas tree with Trump’s ‘haters and losers’

“War is over, if you want it,” John Lennon sang in “Happy Christmas.”

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump character had a new twist to an old song.

“The war on Christmas is over,” Baldwin’s character said to open “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. “It will soon be replaced by the war with North Korea.”

The crew of SNL continued its biting sarcasm of the president, as Baldwin stood with Cecily Strong, who played Melania Trump. 

“It's Christmas time. Soon white Santa will be coming from house to house, taking presents from Muslims and illegals and giving them to American children,” Baldwin said.

He then said he was going to decorate his “tree of shame,” with ornaments that depicted this year’s “haters and losers.”

White House staffers were invited to trim the tree with ornaments, and Kate McKinnon kicked things off as Kellyanne Conway, who chose former FBI Director James Comey.

“Thank you Kellyanne,” Baldwin said. “What would you like to have for Christmas.”

“I want out,” she said.

Aidy Bryant's, playing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was next. She hung two ornaments on the tree. One had the face of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. She chose them because they were “the mangled corpses” she had to step over to get her job.

Scarlett Johansson, playing Ivanka Trump, was asked by Baldwin about the whereabouts of her husband, Jared Kushner.

“He's packing a go bag before the FBI arrives,” she said.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for humor. 

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