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James Gunn to fans of CW's canceled 'Doom Patrol' and 'Titans': It wasn't me

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Fans of the CW DC Comics-based shows Doom Patrol and Titans might have been surprised to find out that the shows won't be back for fifth seasons, but they might also be surprised to learn that James Gunn didn't pull the trigger.

The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise writer-director has taken flak online for making some big changes to Warner Bros. Discovery's superhero universe along with his partner Peter Safran. However, he contends the cancellations weren't their doing.

One fan of the shows snarked online on Thursday, "With @DCDoomPatrol and @DCTitans officially ending due to the new direction of @JamesGunn and Safran...All the fans can say is good luck. It's a mighty big hill you have to climb to win the majority of fans over who enjoyed the shows and movies. I’ll be kicking my feet up waiting."

Gunn set the record straight, explaining, "The decision to end the series precedes us. But I certainly wish the best for the talented group of creators, actors, and the rest of the crew that produced both shows."

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Nielsen numbers: 'Stranger Things' the most-watched streaming show in 2022; Disney+'s 'Encanto' the most-streamed movie

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With January nearly over, Nielsen is looking back to 2022 and noted Stranger Things was the most-watched show of the year in the U.S.

According to numbers quoted by Variety, Americans took in some 52 billion minutes' worth of adventures in the Upside Down in 2022, which the trade said was the most of any show since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, when audiences in lockdown binged 57.1 billion minutes of NBC's The Office.

CBS' NCIS was the second-most-watched show in the U.S. last year, with 38.1 billion minutes viewed on Netflix in 2022.

Netflix's cartoon kid show CoComelon pulled in 37.8 billion minutes viewed, strong enough for third place.

Disney+'s Encanto had the honor of being the most-watched streaming movie of last year.

And if you needed convincing that we're a country of couch potatoes, Nielsen said we watched 19.4 MILLION YEARS' worth of content last year.

That's up from the 15 million years' worth of stuff we watched in 2021.

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Fox renews 'The Simpsons', 'Family Guy' and 'Bob's Burgers' for two more seasons

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Fox has given the green light to more seasons of three of its beloved animated shows: The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers, which will see the shows running through 2025.

The decision cements Simpsons as the longest-running scripted series in TV history: The announcement locks in the show for its 35th and 36th seasons; Family Guy for its 22nd and 23rd; and Bob's for its 14th and 15th.

In a statement, Michael Thorn, president of scripted programming for Fox Entertainment, celebrated the network's "excellence in animation" and hailed "the brilliant creators and incredible voices behind these forever favorites."

He continued, "Three-plus decades of The Simpsons, more than two decades of Family Guy and over a decade of Bob’s Burgers proves the enduring power of the animation genre on our network and the infinite fan affinity for these outrageously funny comedy classics."

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The first of us: Pedro Pascal making 'SNL' debut February 4

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The Last of Us and The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal is headed to studio 8H. The actor announced via Instagram that he will be making his debut as Saturday Night Live host on February 4. 

Coldplay will be the musical guest, making their seventh appearance on the long-running sketch show. 

Among those cheering the news was West Side Story's Rachel Zegler, who enthused, "no you don’t understand. i will be there," and Katee Sackhoff, Pascal's fellow Mandalorian star. "STOP!!!!!" she said with a party, hearts and fire emoji. "This is so Frakin awesome! You’re gonna knock it outta the park," she continued. 

Pedro's The Last of Us co-star Bella Ramsey added a pair of smiling emoji of her own, while Nico Parker, who played Pascal's doomed daughter on the HBO series, commented, "Oh my god oh my god oh my god."

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'Succession' returns to HBO March 26

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In a new teaser, HBO revealed its Emmy-magnet drama Succession is coming back March 26. In the preview for the forthcoming fourth season, the Roy siblings appear to be gunning for their dad, Logan, played by Brian Cox.

"This is not getting about getting back at Dad," Sarah Snook's Shiv Roy says to her brother Roman (Kieran Culkin). "But if it hurts him, it doesn't bother me."

Later, they're warned, "You cannot win. Your dad will wash you away!"

HBO teases, "The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is complete."

The network continues, "A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed."

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Keke Palmer slips on 'The Tonight Show' about her "baby boy"

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After apparently faking out social media followers with speculation about having a baby girl with boyfriend Darius Jackson, Keke Palmer seemed to slip on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night that she's actually having a boy.

An excited Fallon began the chat by making sure the very pregnant Palmer was comfortable, from back support on her seat to LaCroix sparkling water to settle her stomach. He also shouted a hello to her baby in utero, exclaiming, "I can't wait to meet you!"

When speaking about what astrological sign her baby will be, Keke noted "either gonna be a Pisces or an Aries," meaning the baby will be born in March. "Pisces are known to be deep. They're emotional creatures, so I just wanna make sure I'm not too blunt for my baby boy ... You know, sometimes I can be too 'tell it like it is.'"

She added, "I need to wade in the water with a Pisces ... You know, 'Just keep it chill, child!'"

There must be something about the 30 Rock building: Keke famously announced her pregnancy when she hosted Saturday Night Live, which shares a shooting location with The Tonight Show.

Speaking of that revelation, an excited Fallon called Keke's SNL announcement "the best thing I'd ever seen" and went on to praise her performance on his alma matter, and her reuniting co-star Keenan Thompson with Kel Mitchell in a sketch.

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Kylie Jenner has a laugh at viral video poking fun at renaming her son Aire

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) When Kylie Jenner announced that she and Travis Scott rebranded their 11-month-old son, Wolf, as Aire, people on social media had a laugh, particularly when folks pointed out that it means "my penis" in Arabic. "Anyway, I doubt many people have noticed," Antoinette Lattouf wrote. "After all, Arabic is only spoken by around 415 million people."

However, Kylie did laugh along with a viral video that also goofed on the name choice.

TikTok user simo_ziqubu played both the roles of Kylie and Scott four days ago, lip-synching to the cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender about heroes who possess elemental powers.

The TikTok-er as Kylie rattles through "Water," "Earth" and "Fire" — all rejected by Travis — until she chooses "Air," making him sit up at attention.

The video got more than 12.4 million views and earned a pair of "crying laughing" emoji from the real Kylie.

Incidentally, simo_ziqubu posted a follow-up video of himself proudly sashaying around his apartment, with the caption, "How I walk around the house knowing I made Kylie Jenner laugh."

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Lady Gaga reacts to Oscar nom, confirms she's filming 'Joker' sequel

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Lady Gaga shared her reaction to being nominated for Best Original Song at the 2023 Academy Awards for "Hold My Hand," from the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack, along with an update on the status of the upcoming Joker sequel.

“Thank you so much to the Academy for nominating my song ‘Hold My Hand’ for an Oscar this year!” she wrote on her Instagram, alongside a photo of herself holding a bouquet of flowers.

“Writing this song for the film Top Gun: Maverick was a deep and powerful experience that I will never forget," she continued. "So grateful for the magic of music and cinema. Love you my co-writer @bloodpop."

“I’m on set filming now big love to little monsters!" she added, followed by a joker card emoji, referring to her role in the upcoming Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux, set to hit theaters in 2024.

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'Creed III' star and director Michael B. Jordan gets carried away in 'SNL' promo

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Michael B. Jordan apparently got carried away with his role in the Creed movies while shooting the promo for the upcoming edition of Saturday Night Live, which he'll host.

In the promo, released on Wednesday, Jordan is surveying the SNL studio when cast member Michael Longfellow approaches him from behind, startling the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actor. Jordan responds by nailing Longfellow with two hard punches to the face, causing him to scream "Jesus B. Christ!"

Jordan apologizes profusely, blaming it on "muscle memory."

Longfellow, covering his broken nose, quips, “I can’t have a broken nose. I was hired for my looks, not my talent,” to which Jordan replies, “I know how that feels.”

The two patch things up, after which Jordan gives his fist a stern warning.

Jordan, whose new film Creed III opens March 3, hosts SNL this weekend with musical guest Lil Baby.

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In Brief: CBS orders 'Bob Hearts Abishola' for Season 5, and more

CBS has renewed Bob Hearts Abishola for a fifth season. In its current fourth season, the Chuck Lorre-produced sitcom, starring Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku as the titular characters, is averaging 5.99 million viewers in its Monday 8:30 p.m. time slot. Factoring in Live+35 day multiplatform viewing, that number swells to more 6.9 million viewers. It also ranks as TV’s #2 comedy among African American viewers. Bob Hearts Abishola is the fourth top CBS comedy picked up for 2023-24 season, joining Young Sheldon, Ghosts and The Neighborhood...

Titans and Doom Patrol, which recently ended the first part of their season 4 runs on HBO Max, will come to an end with the upcoming second halves of their fourth seasons, according to Deadline. Titans and Doom Patrol -- the last remaining live-action series from the the now-defunct DC Universe -- moved to HBO Max after their first two seasons when DC Universe folded, then ran for two more seasons, both of which were crafted to complete their respective story arcs...

Lance Kerwin, the actor best known for his roles as James Hunter in the coming-of-age 1970s TV series James at 15 and James at 16, and Mark Petrie, the teen who becomes a vampire hunter in the Stephen King miniseries Salem’s Lot, died Tuesday in San Clemente, California at the age of 62, his daughter Savanah Kerwin announced on Facebook. A cause of death was not provided. Kerwin's other TV credits included Wonder Woman, Little House on the Prairie, Murder She Wrote, The New Lassie and the made-for-TV movie The Boy Who Drank Too Much, among others...

Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Tár, The Menu and Nope are all up for Original Screenplay trophies at the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards. Glass Onion, Top Gun: Maverick and Women Talking, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and She Said will face off against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category. In the documentary category, 2nd Chance, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, Last Flight Home, Moonage Daydream and ¡Viva Maestro! -- none of which were recognized by the film Academy -- earned nods. The winners will be revealed March 5. The full list of nominees can be found Awards.WGA.org...

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Peacock's 'Poker Face' is a nod to classic TV mysteries, says creator Rian Johnson

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Knives Out creator Rian Johnson is keeping the mystery alive, with his new show Poker Face out Thursday on Peacock. 

The series stars Natasha Lyonne as a woman with a super-tuned b.s. detector, and Johnson tells ABC Audio that though both Poker Face and Knives Out involve solving mysteries, this show is way different than the movies.

"To me it is such a different genre. It's not a whodunit, it's a how-catch-em," he explains. "We show you the killer in the first act, and then it's tracking them down."

Ultimately, what Johnson was going for was a classic TV vibe "like the type of TV I grew up watching and loving."

"And so it was kind of a bit of a throwback to ColumboRockford Files, you know, Magnum P.I., that kind of hour-long show," he says. 

Lyonne's casting played a role in helping Johnson achieve that vibe, which he compares to Peter Falk's role in Columbo. 

"I don't really watch Colombo for the mysteries. I watch it to hang out with Peter Falk every week," says Johnson. "And so the fact that you want to hang out with Natasha and see her win week to week, I mean, that's kind of what it's all about."

The show is also all about the interesting ways that Lyonne's character, Charlie Cale, uses her unique talent, which Johnson admits wasn't an easy task.  

"She can detect lies, and figuring out interesting ways of exploring that and figuring out ways of having a detective show where the detective can detect lies and the mystery isn't over in five minutes, that was an interesting challenge of the whole thing," he shares.

Poker Face also guest stars Adrien BrodyChloë SevignyJameela JamilJoseph Gordon-Levitt, and more. 

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Riley Keough, Sam Claflin take to the stage as '70s rock stars in teaser for 'Daisy Jones & the Six'

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Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, follows in The King's footsteps in the new teaser to the Amazon Studios series Daisy Jones & The Six.

The streaming service just dropped a teaser for the 10-episode show about the fictional titular '70s band that broke up at the height of their fame. The coming attraction showcases Keough and Sam Claflin belting out "Regret Me," one of 24 original songs written exclusively for the series and recorded by the cast, which includes Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse and Timothy Olyphant.

Atlantic Records will release the cast soundtrack to the musical drama.

Based on the bestselling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six follows the band from obscurity to worldwide fame — and its abrupt flameout. "Now, decades later, the band members finally agree to reveal the truth. This is the story of how an iconic band imploded at the height of its powers," the streamer teases.

Produced by Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine company, Daisy Jones & The Six premieres March 3.

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Report says Jeremy Renner was trying to save nephew from snowplow; 'Mayor of Kingstown' co-star sounds off

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) He plays a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Jeremy Renner was apparently injured in a real-life heroic act.

According to a report from the Washoe County, Nevada, Police Department obtained by CNN, Renner was attempting to save his nephew from being crushed by the actor's sliding Snowcat vehicle when it instead pulled him under, critically injuring him on January 1.

Renner suffered "blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries" in the accident, for which he underwent emergency surgery. Renner recently revealed he's recovering from more than 30 broken bones.

After Renner towed his nephew's car out of the snow, the investigators explained, "The Pistenbully snow groomer began sliding causing Renner to exit the vehicle without setting the emergency brake."

"Once he was off the Pistenbully, he realized it was heading directly toward [his nephew]," the report details. "When Renner attempted to stop or divert [it] ... he was pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over."

The investigators found a brake indicator light on the vehicle was malfunctioning, so it's possible Renner didn't realize it hadn't been engaged.

Meanwhile, his Mayor of Kingstown "family" is pulling for him, Tobi Bamtefa, who plays Bunny, told ABC Audio Wednesday. "I'm actually just ... directing all of my energies into making sure that he recovers. I think the whole team is. And ... I guess it's brought us together more than anything."

Bamtefa marveled at how the Marvel star was still telling his social media followers to tune in to the show. He said it was inspiring to see Renner supporting everybody, even as he recovers.

Tobi adds, "I'm just praying that he comes out of this even stronger. He's a bit of a bada**, to be honest."

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20th TV Animation, Hulu drop 'Solar Opposites', 'Koala Man''s Justin Roiland following domestic violence charges

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Justin Roiland has been removed from two more of his shows, not a day after Adult Swim dropped the co-creator and voice star from Rick and Morty. Roiland voices both titular characters on the beloved show.

Roiland faces two felony domestic violence charges stemming from a January 2020 incident with his then-girlfriend; he has pleaded not guilty.

In a statement to ABC Audio Wednesday, 20th TV Animation and Hulu both noted, "We have ended our association with Justin Roiland."

The 42-year-old both produced and voiced characters in Solar Opposites on Hulu, as well as 20th Animation's series Koala Man, which also features the voices of Hugh Jackman and Succession's Sarah Snook.

As Adult Swim promised with Rick and Morty, the latter two studios insisted, "Solar Opposites and Koala Man will continue without Roiland’s involvement."

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The Razzies rescind nomination for young 'Firestarter' actress

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The Razzies have blown themselves a raspberry. The awards celebrating the year's worst in film got flamed online after adding young Firestarter remake actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong to its Worst Actress nominations on Monday.

In response, the organization has issued a mea culpa and rescinded the (dis)honor.

"Sometimes, you do things without thinking," said The Razzie Awards' John Wilson. "Then you are called out for it. Then you get it. It's why the Razzies were created in the first place."

"The recent valid criticism of the choice of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought our attention to how insensitive we've been in this instance. As a result, we have removed Armstrong's name from the Final Ballot that our members will cast next month."

Wilson added, "We also believe a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say we regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices."

Wilson also said from now on, any performer under 18 will be ineligible for nomination for the Golden Raspberry Awards.

"We have never intended to bury anyone's career. It is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, very much us included," Wilson said. "Since our motto is 'Own Your Bad,' we realize that we ourselves must also live up to it."

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