Peacock has apologized for a “Saved by the Bell” episode that used Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant for a few jokes and is putting its money where its mouth is.A spokesperson for NBC’s streaming platform told TheWrap Saturday, “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”There was an outcry on social media Saturday, as fans of the actress and singer demanded an apology or for the episode to be removed from the platform. They sent “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ” trending on Twitter for hours.Also Read: Selena Gomez Fans Furious Over 'Saved by the Bell' Joke About Her Kidney TransplantIn the season’s sixth episode, the Bayside High teens have their phones taken away and the school devolves into chaos as students say out loud the kind of pop-culture commentary they would reserve for social media, among other things. During the scene in question, two teens argue in the hallway about who donated a kidney to Gomez in 2017 after she had been diagnosed with lupus years earlier. (In reality, the donor was her friend Francia Raisa.) In the clip, the two characters bicker, with one insisting it was the mother of her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, while another said it was her former best friend, Demi Lovato.Graffiti is seen in another part of the video asking, “Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys?”“We would love if you take out the episode with those things wrote on wall. When someone does a joke with a person with Lupus, it’s disrespecting all people that fighting daily for survive, with problems on immune system, kidneys, skin…” one tweet directed at Peacock says. Fans also shared photos of the star recovering in the hospital and clips from an interview Gomez did with NBC News’ own Savannah Guthrie. In the interview, done alongside Raisa, Gomez says as she fights tears, “I just really hope that we can help somebody. I really do. I don’t think what we went through was easy. I don’t think it was fun. I hope that this inspires people to feel good, to know that there is really good people in the world.”The reboot premiered on Thanksgiving.Read original story Peacock Apologizes for Selena Gomez ‘Saved by the Bell’ Jokes, Donates to Her Lupus Charity At TheWrap
(Spoilers ahead for the “Chapter 13” episode of the Disney+ “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian”)I’m gonna be totally honest here. I never really wondered what Baby Yoda’s real name was. It’s almost as though “Baby Yoda” was his real name. It was cute enough that it seemed fitting, and unless his name was gonna be Yoda Jr it didn’t seem like it would be a big deal. And it wasn’t! We learned his name this week, and that name is totally incidental. Except for the fact that the name is disgusting to both hear and say and doesn’t fit the mood at all. Grogu. Ugh.The “Star Wars” nerds seem to have liked this episode overall, given Rosario Dawson’s first appearance as Ahsoka Tano and all the other references — and implied references — to the “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” shows. But I have a hard time even thinking about all that stuff right now as I try to wrestle with Baby Yoda’s name actually, truly, for real being “Grogu.”Also Read: For a Hefty Price, You Can Also Share Baby Yoda's MacaronsThis revelation might have completely destroyed the appeal of Baby Yoda for me. This season had already been unkind to Baby Yoda. He’s barely been present in most of the episodes — Mando literally dropped him off at school for an entire episode since he’s almost never actually helpful in any way, and when he has been around, he just does stuff like eat that frog lady’s eggs.And now we have to deal with the fact that he has a decidedly uncute name that’s just so unpleasant to say. Grogu. Disgusting.It’s going to be pretty hard to look at Baby Yoda the same after this, especially if all the characters are just going to constantly refer to him as Grogu now. Every time Ahsoka or Mando called him that this week, I couldn’t help but shutter and say the name in exasperation. Grogu. Ugh.Also Read: Why Are 'The Mandalorian' Episodes So Short?Giving Baby Yoda that name is as severe a crime against “Star Wars” as anything that happened in “The Rise of Skywalker,” which has been reviled by fans and received the worst critical reception of the entire movie franchise. It’s the kind of thing that retroactively makes the whole show worse. If I were to watch “The Mandalorian” from the beginning, I think I’d enjoy Baby Yoda less just knowing that Grogu is a thing.It’s just astonishing, honestly. That name isn’t cute. It doesn’t sound good when anyone says it. It’s often felt to me like actors on “The Mandalorian” struggle to convincingly to say some of the goofier “Star Wars” terms — and now they’re being saddled with a word that no one could sell.Maybe Grogu wouldn’t be so upsetting if we’d known about it from the start. If they’d introduced that word at the beginning, before Baby Yoda became such a thing — remember, he didn’t show up until the very end of the first episode — I would feel differently. If Mando had been told he had to find an alien named Grogu at the start of his mission, it would have been funny to learn that such a gross name belonged to such a precious little fella.Also Read: 'The Mandalorian': Who Was That Guy at the End of the Season 2 Premiere?But that’s not how it went. And now we’re stuck with a name that I think will change my entire perception of Baby Yoda. Every time somebody calls him Grogu I’m gonna cringe. It’s just that bad.We’ve been through so much in 2020 with the pandemic and a remarkably intense presidential election cycle. And now we have to deal with Grogu too.Read original story Did ‘The Mandalorian’ Just Ruin Baby Yoda? At TheWrap
She dishes on the importance of her character Aisha to the Afro-Latinx community and whether or not things are over with Jamie Spano (Belmont Cameli).
Courteney Cox may be an unwitting Thanksgiving Day representative, but she’s owning her role nonetheless.The actress gave “Friends” fans what they wanted and recreated one of Monica’s most iconic scenes: the one where Monica puts a raw turkey on her head and dances for Chandler.Cox posted a silly video of the shimmy on Instagram, joking about how the Season 5 moment has been immortalized online as a gif — that apparently keeps sliding into her DMs.Also Read: 'Friends' Is HBO Max's Most-Viewed Show Since Launch“If I get one more goddamn gif with that turkey on my head…” the actress says in the clip.Watch the video below or click here.“Friends” ran from 1994 to 2004, airing holiday episodes that have become pop culture classics. A reunion special is set at HBO Max, but the pandemic has delayed the show’s filming and premiere.View this post on Instagram A post shared by Courteney Cox (@courteneycoxofficial)Read original story Courteney Cox Re-Creates Monica’s Iconic ‘Friends’ Thanksgiving Turkey Dance At TheWrap
In the latest TV show ratings, Fox's special Thanksgiving Night edition of The Masked Singer dominated with 10.2 million total viewers and a 3.0 (!) demo rating -- marking its best numbers since its February 2019 freshman finale (the Season 3 premiere's post-Super Bowl outing excepted). Read our Masked Singer recap and exit interview. Leading […]
Why weren’t there Thankgiving characters tonight like the Turkey, the Yam, the Cranberry, the Giant Bowl of Mashed Potatoes, or the Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek lives on in a new clip from the show's Thanksgiving episode, in which Trebek shares a holiday message with viewers. Jeopardy! tweeted the video on Thursday morning ahead of the episode's broadcast, writing, "High on our list of things to be thankful for this year: Alex's Thanksgiving message from today's show." […]
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Richard Schiff divulged just how dire things got when he was in the hospital with COVID-19, and the tough conversation he had with his wife.
Host Pat Sajak got riled up on "Wheel of Fortune" Wednesday night, after a contestant questioned one of the puzzle answers.
Dorothea G. Petrie, who won Emmys for producing "Love Is Never Silent" and 'Caroline?," died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, her family announced. She was 95. Petrie began her career in New York as an actress and talent agent before putting it on hold to raise four children. She ended her […]
Joss Whedon is departing the HBO drama “The Nevers,” where he was set to write, direct and serve as showrunner.“We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of ‘The Nevers’ and look forward to its premiere in the summer of 2021,” HBO said in a statement.“The Nevers” is an epic science-fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities and relentless enemies, and are on a mission that might change the world. The series is still expected to premiere next summer.Also Read: HBO Max Wades Into the 'Is 'Die Hard' a Christmas Movie?' Debate“The Nevers” was picked up straight-to-series in 2018 and was set to be Whedon’s first TV project since “Dollhouse,” which ran on Fox from 2009-2010.“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing ‘The Nevers’ has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer,” Whedon said in a statement. “I am genuinely exhausted, and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. ‘The Nevers’ is a true labor of love, but after two-plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”Casting for “The Nevers” was completed months ago. The ambitious drama features an expansive cast that is led by Laura Donnelly and includes Olivia Williams (“Counterpart”), James Norton (“McMafia”), Tom Riley (“Dark Heart”), Ann Skelly (“Death and Nightingales”), Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line”), Pip Torrens (“The Crown”), Zackary Momoh (“Seven Seconds”), Amy Manson (“Torchwood”), Nick Frost (“Fighting With My Family”), Rochelle Neil (“Terminator: Dark Fate”), Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”), Denis O’Hare (“Big Little Lies,” “Late Night”), Sonia Sawar (“Black Mirror”), Elizabeth Berrington (“Waterloo Road”), Ella Smith (“Babylon”), Viola Prettejohn (“Counterpart”), Anna Devlin (“Hanna”) and Martyn Ford (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”).The news regarding Whedon leaving “The Nevers” was first reported by Cinemablend.Read original story Joss Whedon Exits HBO Drama ‘The Nevers’ At TheWrap
"Saturday Night Live" is giving country singer Morgan Wallen a second chance. The sketch comedy show has slated Wallen as the musical guest for Dec. 5, with host Jason Bateman, following the cancellation of a scheduled October appearance after videos surfaced of Wallen partying and kissing fans without a mask, an apparent breach of "SNL" […]
Here’s one more reason to get excited for the return of "Saved by the Bell": The 2020 reboot of the classic ‘90s sitcom will address one of Bayside High’s juiciest storylines — that time that Jessie Spano got hooked on caffeine pills.
Watch the full parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, from 9 a.m. ET to 12 p.m. ET followed by on-demand replays through Friday, Nov. 27.
Goldie Hawn was on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” Tuesday night, where she talked about meeting country music legend Dolly Parton.
After shutting out the overly confident Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert was anything but gracious in victory.
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"One Day at a Time" has been canceled at Pop. This now marks the second cancelation for the reboot of the classic 1975 Norman Lear sitcom of the same name. "One Day at a Time" was originally canceled at Netflix in early 2019 after three seasons. Pop rescued the show a few months later and […]
One particular scene in Charles Schulz’s 1973 “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” has been stirring up controversy in recent years.