CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fran Drescher surprised fans of The Nanny by revealing that she and the rest of the cast of the beloved '90s sitcom would be reuniting for a table read...and it'll be available via the video app Zoom.
"NANNY FANS ALERT," she wrote on her socials, and linked to an article in Variety that shows a photo of the cast, shown boxed into the Zoom video views that are now familiar to those riding out the COVID-19 pandemic from home.
"It's happening!!!! MONDAY 4/6 the original cast of The Nanny together AGAIN in a virtual read of the pilot episode!!!" she wrote.
"Laughter is the best medicine!" Drescher told Variety in a statement. "So, in these challenging times, Peter and I thought, wouldn’t it be great if we pulled together the original cast of The Nanny for a virtual read of the pilot?"
"Peter" is the show’s co-creator and Drescher's ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson.
According to Variety, the table read will be posted on the Sony Pictures YouTube page the morning of Monday, April 6.
"It’s a once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper!" she added. "It sure has given each of us a lift and we hope it does for you as well."
iStock/simpson33(LOS ANGELES) -- In what will come as a shock to no one, new Neilsen numbers show that Americans who are sheltering from the coronavirus pandemic are streaming like never before.
In fact, the data quoted by Variety show an 85% jump in Americans streaming TV programming over the first three weeks of March compared to last year -- some 400 billion estimated minutes.
During the week of March 16 alone, viewers watched about 156.1 billion minutes of streaming content on TV, Variety said, up 22% from the week prior and more than two times as much as they watched last year in that same period.
While the Nielsen numbers are jaw-dropping -- or perhaps butt-numbing -- they're just a fraction of how much content people are really streaming. The numbers refer only to people streaming to their TVs, and don't count people watching video content on mobile devices, PCs and game consoles.
Out of all the streaming vehicles, Netflix enjoys 23% of streaming to TVs for the week of March 16, Variety notes. YouTube follows at 20%, Hulu with 10% of TV streaming, and Amazon Prime Video, 9%.
However, the Neilsen numbers also rank an "other" category at 31%. In that space, Disney seems to have boomed, no doubt helped by homebound kids and decisions to move Frozen 2 and other films to the service sooner than initially anticipated.
Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures has done some last-minute shuffling with a few of its films in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Deadline.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been pushed to March 5, 2021 from its original July 10 release date, while Sony/Marvel’s Morbius, starring Jared Leto, will hit theaters March 19, 2021, instead of July 31.
Greyhound, Tom Hanks’ World War II drama slated for a June 12 release, has been postponed until a yet-to-be-determined date, while the Kevin Hart comedy Fatherhood will now hit theaters on October 23, 2021, instead of January 15.
(NEW YORK) -- With millions of people stuck at home with COVID-19 social distancing, it's no secret we're streaming moves more than ever. The video-on-demand service FandangoNOW has charted its most popular titles from last week through the weekend, and the horror flick The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss, topped their list for the second week in a row.
Pixar's animated film Onward, Vin Diesel's Bloodshot, and Margot Robbie's Birds of Prey -- three additional movies that were bumped to streaming earlier than plan due to coronovirus theater closings -- took the second, third, and fourth slots, respectively. The blockbuster sequel Jumanji: The Next Level took the fifth slot.
Here are FandangoNOW’s top ten films, based on sales and rentals:
1. The Invisible Man 2. Onward 3. Bloodshot 4. Birds of Prey 5. Jumanji: The Next Level 6. 1917 7. I Still Believe 8. The Way Back 9. Dolittle 10. The Hunt
ABC - ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- As New York grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and area hospitals struggle to safely treat patients due to dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment, Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively extended a much-needed hand on Monday.
E! Newsreports that the couple personally reached out to the state's four hardest-hit hospitals: Elmhurst, Mount Sinai, Northern Westchester and NYU Hospital and gifted each with $100,000.
In New York City alone, dubbed the U.S. epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases have swelled to 38,087 and 914 individuals have died.
In the state of New York as a whole, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the virus claimed 1,218 lives and infected 66,000 people.
"We've lost over 1,000 New Yorkers. To me we're beyond staggering already. The only point now is do everything you can to save every life possible," announced Cuomo on Monday.
Sending $400,000 to New York hospitals is just the latest in a series of donations made by Blake and Ryan. The two have fiercely advocated for the community to step up and assist those in need during the pandemic.
Two weeks ago, the couple donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada and, just last week, Reynolds announced that he'll be donating 30% of his Aviation Gin proceeds to bartenders that lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish is giving Girls Trip fans a much-needed update on the status of the film's long-awaited sequel.
As you may recall, Haddish's Girls Trip co-star, Queen Latifah, had previously said that "everybody’s down" for the new film and they were simply "waiting for a script.” But now, in an interview with HuffPost, Haddish says it's a little bit more complicated than that.
During a recent two-hour Zoom call Haddish had with Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith to check in amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she said they also spoke about the sequel. According to Haddish, the studio was waiting for a script, though Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the first film, had already done a treatment.
"Then it was like, ‘Oh, you guys want too much money,’" Haddish said, adding that she had only made $80,000 for the 2017 comedy, which followed four best friends as they reconnected for their "last hurrah” in New Orleans.
According to Haddish, that's when she and her co-stars decided it might be best to take matters into their own hands and get together on their own to come up with a script.
"We might decide not to even make it Girls Trip," Haddish said. "Maybe we’ll do a different story just in case no one wants to make Girls Trip 2."
There's no word yet on what the plot might be or when this "different" sequel would launch.
ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) -- We’ve all heard it a million times already, but Matthew McConaughey took to Instagram on Monday to urge all Americans to stay home.
In the new PSA, in which he co-created, called "At War with the Virus," McConaughey is heard speaking under a montage of medical professionals treating patients as ordinary people are seen working from home.
"We are at war with a virus," he begins. "And healthcare workers and first responders are on the frontline fighting it every day."
"Let’s join the fight by staying home," he encourages. "Staying home is not a retreat. It’s the most brave and aggressive weapon we have against this enemy. 'Cause when we do stay at home, we help prevent overwhelming our hospitals, while buying time for our scientists to find a vaccine."
"And that is how we beat it," he concludes in a serious tone.
As of Monday, the U.S. has reported 160,020 cases and the COVID-19 virus has spread to all 50 states.
FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.
Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit "Skyscaper"; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of "bad guy"; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song "My Oh My"; and Mariah belting out her hit, "Always Be My Baby.”
Elton, who hostedthe event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day’s Billie Jo Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.
The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.
L-R - Shelley Hack, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd -- Walt Disney Television via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the constantly scary headlines that are coming from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no surprise people are using their time at home to seek comfort in old television favorites.
As previously reported, Hallmark Channel is running its popular Christmas movies now, while retro cable channel COZI TV tells ABC Audio that it's seen a spike in viewership.
In fact, COZI viewing has grown 24% over the past three weeks compared to the same period last year, according Meredith McGinn, the network's senior vice president.
"COZI TV's broadcast lineup has become comfort TV during these uncertain times," McGinn said. "As more and more viewers tune in, we look forward to welcoming them with feel-good family fun, filled with our iconic catalog of sitcoms, dramas and action series that will give families a much-needed reprieve."
One of those feel-good shows? The '70s classic Charlie's Angels, which airs weekday mornings at 9 AM Eastern time, and in a three-hour block on Saturdays. The show, which inspired several films, follows three young women who work for a private detective firm run by Charles "Charlie" Townsend.
Cheryl Ladd played Kris Munroe on the show; her character was the little sister of Farrah Fawcett-Majors' character Jill Munroe. In a recent chat with ABC Audio, Ladd explained the Angels' ongoing appeal.
She expliained, "I just think people connect with the characters...I mean, we were grown-up Girl Scouts really in the show. There wasn't anything too racy about it. The wonderful thing about that show is the whole family could watch it."
Ladd explains, "I've run into so many women who are now police sergeants and firefighters...all of these women that were inspired by those characters, which is always so rewarding to hear."
Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Good news for fans of the Netflix series Locke & Key: The show has been renewed for season two.
The series, based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, follows three siblings who move into a supernatural estate following their father’s murder.
"We are thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators," co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Monday. "We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story."
The two had already been working on scripts for a second season before the official renewal. With production mostly shutdown in Hollywood due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, it’s unclear when season two will begin filming.
Griffin Gluck, whose character Gabe takes a villainous turn at the end of season one, says he can’t wait for more "mischief" in season two.
"I couldn't expect a thing because whatever I think is going to happen is going to get twisted and turned 700 ways to the point where I'm going to be confused myself and that's what I love about the show, is you never know what's going to happen," Gluck tells ABC Audio.
He adds, "I'm just more looking forward to finding out what's going on…I just hope my character gets into a lot of mischief."
Season one of Locke & Key is streaming on Netflix now.
ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee is giving fans plenty to do during their #quarantineandchill down time. In a new Instagram post, the Oscar winner announced he's released the script for his unmade Jackie Robinson film, which dates back to 1996, the year he wrote it.
“Afternoon From Da Corona Epicenter Of The USA-NYC,” Lee wrote, sharing a video of himself sitting on his couch. “I Dug Deep Into Da 40 Acres Vault And Pulled Out This Script From One Of My EPIC Dream (Never Got Made) Projects-JACKIE ROBINSON."
"You Do Not Have To Be A Baseball Fan To Enjoy," he continued. "This Script Is A Great American Story. Be Safe. Peace, Light And Love. And Dat’s Da “Brooklyn Dodger” Truth, Ruth. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF.”
In his video, Lee reveals that his script -- which was his fifth draft of the screenplay -- centered around one special actor: Oscar-winner Denzel Washington.
Lee said he hoped to re-team with his Malcolm X star, but Denzel says he felt "too old" to play the baseball legend, who helped to shatter MLB’s color barrier.
“Hope you enjoy it,” Spike said. “If not, that’s alright too. It’s never getting made, but I wanted to share this script with you. Be safe! Be safe! Social distancing! Peace.”
ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday, March 29 is a significant date in Rita Wilson's life, one on which she commemorated being a "COVID-19 Survivor" and "Five Years Cancer Free."
The actress, who is home in Los Angeles after undergoing two weeks of quarantine in Australia with her husband, Tom Hanks, when the pair was diagnosed with the disease, looked back on her Instagram in a lengthy, grateful post.
"This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness," Wilson begins her post, which features a throwback photo of her and Larry David. "I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy."
She thanked her doctors and other health care workers who got her through that, as well as her fans and some divine intervention. "You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply. And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now."
Of her most recent March 29 observance, Wilson writes, "I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given, and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor. Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much."
ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Like the rest of us, John Kransinki is desperately in need of some good news, so he brought us just that in the form of a homemade "news" show on YouTube dubbed, well, Some Good News.
Featuring a colorful SGN logo -- made by his daughters, the Quiet Place director explained -- Krasinski sat at a desk like an anchorman and delivered some uplifting headlines about people being awesome to each other amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Krasinski explained he farmed out his fans to help him look for uplifting stories -- from an interview with a 15-year-old girl named Coco who'd just undergone her last chemo treatment, to a headline about someone leaving hand sanitizer and toilet paper for their mail carrier.
"Without question, we are all going through an incredibly trying time, but through all the anxiety, all the confusion, all the isolation and all the Tiger King, somehow the human spirit found a way to break through and blow us all away," the actor and director said.
Even for a low-budget news show -- Krasinski showed he was only dressed in a suit from the waist up -- there was no shortage of star power as he also reminisced with Steve Carell, via video chat, about their time starring together on The Office.
Both men cited Carell's handling of a tiny plasma TV in the infamous episode "The Dinner Party" as an all-time favorite. They also mentioned they'd all like to reunite, not as their characters from The Office but "just as people" when this crisis is over.
Krasinski ended the first edition of Some Good News by hinting more may be to come.
ABC/Heidi Gutman(LONDON) -- X-Men movie series star James McAvoy has donated over $340,000 to "Masks for NHS Heroes," a crowdfunding campaign set up to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and hospital staff in London, England, according to The Guardian.
The Scottish Split veteran also posted a video message to his Instagram account, saying in part, "Money donated today will save lives…Help us to help the government to help the NHS.” He also included a link to "Masks for NHS Heroes."
As of Sunday night, the campaign, whose goal was to raise nearly 250,000 U.S. dollars, has already shattered the $1 million mark.
One of the medics behind the project, Dr. Salaj Masand, tells the newspaper, "We are overwhelmed and speechless at the trust and faith people have put into us to deliver this. The number of very generous donations from everyone doubled our target within three days."
Masand says McAvoy's "mindblowing" donation means an order for 75,000 masks and 75,000 visors can be placed immediately, rather than having to wait for enough donations to filter through.
There are currently more than 19,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 In the U.K., and at least 1,228 people, who have tested positive for the virus, have died.
Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Harlequins(LOS ANGELES) -- As America grapples with the rising COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John teamed up with an array of artists on Sunday night to "lift your spirits" for the first ever iHeart Living Room Concert for America that aired on Fox.
The concert not only served as means to comfort those worried about the outbreak, but it also helped raise money for two critical charities: First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America. It was later revealed by comedian Ken Jeong that Fox was matching donations.
"We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your soul," said Sir Elton, who also comedically revealed that he was quarantined in his only house that doesn't have a piano.
Thankfully, no piano was required for his hosting duties: The performances fell to the artists who lent their vocal talents to entertain America from their homes. However, at the end of the concert, he did manage to get his hands on a keyboard so he could close with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
First up was Alicia Keys, who opened with an encouraging, "my hope is that we remember how resident we are and how we defy the odds" as she delicately played her piano. She then dedicated her performance of "Underdog" to the "first responders and medical professionals that are risking their lives to keep us safe."
Following Alicia, the Backstreet Boys took the living room stage with Brian Littrell greeting fans from the comfort and safety of his house. He joked that he and his band was "bringing our living room to yours" before shouting out frontline responders who are "putting themselves in harm's way" to keep the globe safe.
The gang sang "I Want It That Way" and even broke out some lighthearted dance moves to elicit some much-needed smiles. Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter even got their kids involved, from playing instruments to dancing around the backyard.
Up next was Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters who dedicated his performance of "My Hero" to all those on the front lines.
Billie Eilish and Finneas followed Grohl with an acoustic rendition of "bad guy" from their couch. Billie revealed she wanted "to be some sort of comfort in this crazy time" before urging "Let's stay strong together."
Up next was Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello who flirted a bit before introducing the song "My Oh My" with Camila on vocals and Shawn on guitar. More adorable than the lovebirds was their dog in the background who excitedly tried to steal the spotlight in the beginning.
Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who took over for Cabello and Mendes, also showed off his canine companion as he sang "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
While Lady Gaga didn't perform, she reached out to fans with an empathetic, "I know what's going on in the world is terrifying" and that "my heart goes out to people who lost loved ones." She used her time to touch upon mental health, encouraging those to communicate with friends and family to combat the feeling of isolation and anxiety. She concluded, "Be kind to yourselves."
Lizzo and Elton also discussed mental health and the negative emotions COVID-19 is stoking. As the friends live chatted on Zoom, Lizzo brought up that "it's important to remember that music brings people together" and praised everyone involved for coming together during such an uncertain time. "We cannot let this tear us apart," she said in closing. "We can't let the fear spread faster than the virus."
Following such a serious discussion, Tim McGraw took the stage next to perform a lighthearted "Something like That" while sitting on his diving board as his band played live from their respective houses. His spot ended with him thanking his daughter Maggie for holding the camera and sweetly blew her a kiss.
Demi Lovato took the majority of her slot to urge those viewing to donate and "do what you can to lift [people] up." She closed with a brief piano rendition of "Skyscraper."
Last up was Mariah Carey who put her heart into "Always Be My Baby" and made sure to prove she is the queen of the whistle register by spending the last moments of the song hitting a series of high notes. She concluded with an adorable anecdote that after she leaves the studio, she's going to put her gloves back on "even in my own home."
Other performers helping to spread positivity were H.E.R. and Sam Smith.
Thanking first responders was a unifying theme during Sunday night's concert. The show offered numerous first-hand accounts from EMTs, doctors and nurses about how they're battling against the pandemic. One nurse, named Melissa, who is working at a COVID-19 ICU at her hospital tearfully revealed that she feels like she's "working in a war zone."
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres also shouted out essential workers, namely those who work at grocery stores, making sure people are still able to eat by keeping the shelves stocked.
As the concert wrapped up, Sir Elton urged the audience to continue giving to First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America before thanking everyone for coming together to promote positivity.