ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Selena Gomez has lined up another producing credit at Netflix.
After producing 13 Reasons Why for the streaming service, the singer has announced she will be executive producing the new Netflix documentary series Living Undocumented.
The project tackles the complex U.S. immigration system and follows eight undocumented families as they face potential deportation.
"I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented, because over the past few years, the word 'immigrant' has seemingly become a negative word,” Selena says in a statement.
“My hope is that the series can shed light on what it's like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”
On Instagram, Selena wrote, "The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends – they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me."
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The 1960s WWII comedy Hogan's Heroes is getting the reboot treatment, Deadline is reporting.
The sitcom, based in a prison camp, focused on a group of American POWs who constantly get the better of their German captors. The reboot will turn the show into an, "action adventure comedy series" co-produced by original series co-creator Al Ruddy, and actor/producer Danny McBride and his Rough House Pictures.
According to the trade, the show will have its stars portraying the descendants of the show's original heroes, "now scattered around the world, who team up for a global treasure hunt."
The original series ran from 1961-1971 on CBS, and starred Bob Crane as wily pilot Col. Robert Hogan. It also featured Werner Klemperer, who won an Emmy for playing the clueless Col. Klink, and future Family Feud host Richard Dawson.
Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- The New York Times reports that Emmy-winning stand-up superstar Chris Rock is getting literary, penning a new essay collection.
My First Black Boyfriend will chronicle Rock's "experiences with race and relationships," according to the Times, including "stories dating back to when he first began doing standup comedy in the Eighties."
Publishing house Celadon will be releasing the collection.
"A lot of celebrities write books, and they don’t always have something to say," said Deb Futter, co-publisher and the company's senior vice president. "I think Chris Rock has something to say."
Futter notes that Rock has the ability to "point out things that maybe need to be pointed out in our crazy world."
Rock's first book, Rock This!, became a New York Times bestseller after its release in 1997.
Last year, the 54-year-old returned to a forum he arguably helped perfect: the stand-up special, with Tambourine for Netflix. In October, he'll be seen on Netflix opposite Eddie Murphy in the Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is remaining upbeat, despite revealing that he needed to undergo another round of chemotherapy to treat Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Trebek told ABC News' T.J. Holmes, "I was doing so well...my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer. So we were all very optimistic. Then, I lost about 12 pounds in a week. And my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed."
Trebek talked about how cancer has taken a toll on him, bringing him "excruciating pain," fatigue and depression.
"I talk to the audience sometimes and I get teary eyed for no reason. I don't even bother to explain it anymore...I just keep going," he added.
In March, Trebek announced his diagnosis in a YouTube video. Despite the news, he remained optimistic.
He rebounded, finished his first round of chemotherapy and went on to film Season 35 of Jeopardy!.
When asked if he's started to think differently about life, the Jeopardy! host told T.J. that he's not scared of dying.
"I realize that there is an end in sight for me, just as there is for everyone else," Trebek said.
"One line that I have used with our staff...is that when I do pass on, one thing they will not say at my funeral is, 'Oh, he was taken from us too soon.' Hey guys. I'm 79 years old. I've had one hell of a good life.…the thought of passing on doesn't frighten me."
Trebek said he has no plans to stop hosting Jeopardy!
"As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game, I'm happy," he said.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Is Jennifer Lawrence ready to tie the knot?
The actress and her fiancé, Cooke Maroney, were spotted at New York City’s marriage bureau on Monday, according to the New York Post.
The couple reportedly looked super casual: Maroney was wearing a sweatshirt, and J-Law wore a gray blazer and jeans while holding a piece of paper.
“When you go get your marriage license and Jennifer Lawrence walks by to tie the knot before your eyes. Yeah, kids, City Hall is COOL. The place to go!” wrote an onlooker in a since deleted tweet, according to the newspaper.
The Silver Linings Playbook actress, 29, and the art dealer got engaged in February.
Lawrence previously dated her X-Men films co-star Nicholas Hoult from 2010-2014, and director Darren Aronofsky, whom she met during the filming of Mother!, from 2016-2017.
Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- The streaming arms race is white hot. Hours after it was announced Netflix would be getting exclusive rights to all 180 episodes of Seinfeld, HBO's streaming service, HBO Max, has scooped up another hit sitcom: The Big Bang Theory, as NBC has revealed the name of its own service: Peacock.
The Big Bang Theory will be coming to HBO Max in a deal reportedly worth a billion bucks -- double that of the already jaw-dropping $500 million Netflix paid for Seinfeld, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Not to be outdone, Peacock will launch in April of 2020. As previously reported, the then-untitled service paid big bucks to snatch the streaming rights for The Office and Friends away from their prior home, Netflix.
Peacock also has an aggressive plans for original reboots of older intellectual properties, including the '80s sitcom Punky Brewster, Saved By The Bell, and Battlestar Galactica. The latter would be the second such reboot, after the lauded 2004 Sci-Fi Channel re-take on the classic sci-fi show.
Castle Rock Entertainment/Sony Pictures Television(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Times reports that Netflix, which suffered a major blow by losing the streaming rights to Friends and The Office, has made up for it by locking up the rights to all 180 episodes of Seinfeld for five years beginning in 2021, when its current deal with Hulu is set to expire.
Netflix fought off bids from Hulu, Amazon, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal and Viacom to land Jerry Sienfeld's titular classic 1990s sitcom, which co-starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander.
Netflix seems a logical home for the Emmy-winning "show about nothing," seeing as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and his documentaries Jerry before 'Seinfeld' and Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian can also be found on the streaming giant -- as well as his stand up special I'm Telling You for the Last Time.
Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow released what appears to be a preview of the third chapter of the franchise with the short film, Battle at Big Rock, which premiered on FX Sunday night, and online shortly after.
Directed and co-written by Jurassic World writer/director Colin Trevorrow, the short picks up a year after the events of 2018's Fallen Kingdom, where Eli Mills, played by Rafe Spall, tricks Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire into saving as many species as possible from a volcano that destroys the island on that hosts Jurassic World. He attempts to auction off the prehistoric beasts to the highest bidders, but the film ends with the dinos being allowed to escape and roam free.
Battle at Big Rock opens with a family camping trip that turns into a fight for survival when a peaceful female nasutoceratops and her baby wander into the camp, followed by a hungry, carnivorous allosaurus, which tries to make them his dinner. When his prey manages to escape, he sets his sights on the campers.
Battle at Big Rock stars André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd and Pierson Salvador.
Jurassic World 3, also directed by Colin Trevorrow, is slated for a 2021 release.
ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- The 28th season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off Monday night with an intense first-place performance -- but it was a certain someone's fluorescent green shirt that stole the show.
While former White House press secretary Sean Spicer earned the second-lowest score of the night, the highly controversial competitor broke Twitter with his neon green ruffled shirt. Spicer himself gave DWTS fans advance warning by tweeting Monday, "Trust me, I certainly haven’t forgotten and once you see the outfit I have to wear tonight you won’t forget for quite some time -- even after lots of therapy."
Spicer also performed the strangest dance of the night, a salsa to "Spice up Your Life" with partner Lindsay Arnold. Spicer began the routine by excitedly playing the bongos -- judge Bruno Tonioli said it looked like he was being attacked by wasps.
On the flipside, the best dance of the night came from 90s heartthrob James Van Der Beek and partner Emma Slater. The two performed a smooth and mysterious tango to Imagine Dragons' "Whatever It Takes" and scored a 21/30 -- finishing in first place.
Another standout performance came from Sailor Brinkley-Cook, who wasn't even on the original DWTS roster. The model only had three days to practice her routine after her mother, actress and supermodel Christie Brinkley, tripped and broke her wrist during rehearsals. According to Brinkley, her doctor claimed it was the worst break he had ever seen.
Christie Brinkley wore a thick cast on her right arm as she supported her daughter's dancing debut. Brinkley-Cook and partner Val Chmerkovskiy scored 18/30, earned rave reviews from all three judges and finished the night in fourth place.
The worst dance of the night came from NBA star Lamar Odom, who stands a full one foot and three inches above dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd. The two struggled to make their height difference work as they foxtrotted to "Feeling Good." The awkward and somewhat stiff performance earned them a meager 11/30.
Points earned during the DWTS two-hour season premiere will carry over to next Monday's show, during which audience members will cast votes for their favorite dancers. Next Monday's show will also mark the first elimination.
Dancing with the Stars returns Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here are the current standings:
James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek actor, with Emma Slater -- 21/30 Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star, with Alan Bersten -- 20/30 Lauren Alaina, country singer, with Gleb Savchenko -- 19/30 Sailor Brinkley-Cook, model/filmmaker and photographer, with Val Chmerkovskiy -- 18/30 Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, with Brandon Armstrong -- 17/30 Karamo, Queer Eye reality TV personality, with Jenna Johnson -- 17/30 Kel Mitchell, actor and stand-up comedian, with Whitney Carson -- 16/30 Ally Brooke, former Fifth Harmony singer, with Sasha Farber -- 16/30 Ray Lewis, Baltimore Raven's Super Bowl MVP, with Cheryl Burke -- 15/30 Kate Flannery, actress from The Office, with Pasha Pashkov -- 15/30 Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, with Lindsay Arnold -- 12/30 Lamar Odom, NBA Lakers star and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, with Peta Murgatroyd -- 11/20
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Paul Rudd is seeing double in the trailer for the new Netflix series Living with Yourself.
In the trailer, we see Rudd as Miles, a man unhappy with his life who undergoes a spa treatment that promises to make him a better person.
However, he soon finds out he’s been replaced by the new and improved version of himself, who’s now living in his house with his wife, played by Aisling Bea. Miles finds himself fighting to get his old life back from Miles 2.0.
The eight-episode series -- which marks Rudd’s first leading role in a TV show -- debuts globally on October 18 on Netflix.
NBC(NEW YORK) -- Shane Gillis will no longer be joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, after it was revealed he used racist slurs against Asians, including presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
An SNL spokesperson released a statement to ABC News on behalf ofLorne Michaels that reads, “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL.”
The statement continues, “We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.”
“We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”
Gillis tweeted his own statement in response to the firing, writing, “It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away.”
He continues, “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a Mad TV guy anyway.”
Gillis had been added to the cast last Thursday, along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, the show's first fully Asian-American cast member. On the same day, backlash against Gillis' previous offensive statements began. He issued an apology shortly after.
SNL returns September 28 for its 45th season with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.
Cheers cast reunites on The Goldbergs; ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Some of your favorite former cast members are reuniting on new episodes of ABC shows for an event called “Cast from the Past Week,” kicking off Monday, October 7.
The reunions will be taking place on shows including The Conners, The Goldbergs, Single Parents, Grey’s Anatomy, Fresh Off the Boat, The Rookie, American Housewife, The Good Doctor, Bless This Mess, Black-ish and A Million Little Things.
Here are some of the notable “Cast from the Past” match-ups:
John Goodman and Dan Aykroyd, who previously starred together in Blues Brothers 2000, will appear as poker buddies on The Conners for its October 8 episode.
Stars of the iconic ‘80s comedy Cheers -- Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt – will reunite on the ‘80s-set The Goldbergs on October 9.
On the October 9 episode of Single Parents, Leighton Meester will be joined by her real-life husband and former co-star Adam Brody.
Grey’s Anatomy’s October 10 episode will feature Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs as guest star. They're reuniting not only with each other, but with Grey’s producers Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser, who were writers on Charmed.
American Housewife will stage a Drew Carey Show reunion when Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles and Kathy Kinney guest-star alongside Diedrich Bader in the show’s October 11 episode.
And as previously reported, Tracee Ellis Ross will be reuniting with her Girlfriends co-stars Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White on an episode of Black-ish on October 8.
Tom Schirmacher(BOSTON) -- Before the Downton Abbey movie even hits theaters this Friday, there’s already talk of a sequel.
In a new cover story for Town & Country magazine, writer Elizabeth Holmes reveals the film “lays the groundwork quite nicely for a sequel.” Show creator Julian Fellowes isn’t opposed, adding, “I certainly wouldn’t refuse."
Elsewhere in the article, stars Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech reminisce about Downton’s six season run and being able to reunite to film the movie two years after the series finale.
“When we came back to filming, it felt the same,” Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, says. “It was like just going back to work, seeing your mates.”
The show launched in the U.S. in 2011 and became the most-watched show in PBS history. Leech, who plays Tom Branson, credits fans’ word of mouth for the show’s success.
“If it had been on one of the major networks…they would have pushed it too hard,” Leech says. “Downton had to be discovered. It had to have that slow build.”
The film, which features all of the original cast members, plus some newcomers like Imelda Staunton, hits theaters Friday, September 20.
The October issue of Town & Country, which includes a special Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Downton, hits newsstands September 19.
(NEW YORK) -- Meghan Trainor's job is definitely not a joke: The Grammy-winning singer has been tapped to record a new version of "I'll Be There for You," the theme song from Friends.
Trainor cut the new version to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved NBC sitcom. On Sunday, September 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET -- the exact day and time that Friends debuted back in 1994 -- Trainor's version of the song will debut as the soundtrack to a music-to-light show at New York's Empire State Building.
Specifically, the building will be lit up in the red, yellow and blue colors of the Friends logo.
“I can’t believe Warner Bros. asked me to do this,” Trainor says in a statement. “I’m so honored! I’m so excited that I get to be a part of celebrating such a legendary and iconic show like Friends!”
Following the premiere, her version of the song will be available at all digital retailers at midnight.
And the Empire State Building isn't the only famous structure participating. Among the landmarks around the world that will light up at 8:30 p.m. local time are The London Eye Ferris wheel; the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is the world's tallest building; Chicago's Willis Tower; New Orleans' Superdome; Dallas' Reunion Tower and AT&T Headquarters and L.A.'s U.S. Bank Tower.
The original Friends theme was recorded by the duo The Rembrandts. It was released as a single in 1995, and reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, it was number one for five weeks and was the highest-selling single of 1995.
The 25th anniversary of Friends is being celebrated with everything from a pop-up New York City exhibit, to a custom Lego set, to a line of Pottery Barn furniture, to a special app.
Walt Disney Television/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- It’s not hard for Dax Shepard to relate to his character on the ABC sitcom Bless This Mess, who moves from the city to the country to start a simpler life with his wife.
On ABC's Good Morning America Monday, Shepard says he thinks about moving out of Los Angeles all the time. But his wife Kristen Bell, with whom he has two daughters, Lincoln and Delta, isn’t on board.
“Any time we go on vacation and I'm having fun for two days, I'm like, ‘We got to move here. We need to look for a place to buy,’” he says. “Yes, I have a terrible wanderlust. And [Kristen] is more pragmatic and would want to stay in our house indefinitely.”
Shepard describes himself as a “hillbilly” who loves riding off-road vehicles, even though L.A. doesn’t lend itself too well to that.
“I think in the future, I may be on some acreage somewhere,” he says.
Shepard also spoke about which parent his daughters think is cooler. While you might assume the girls think their mom is super-cool because she voiced Anna in Disney’s Frozen, Shepard isn’t convinced.
“Boy, you know, I think, like all little girls, they'd think it was way cooler if she was Elsa,” he jokes.
Bless This Mess, also starring Lake Bell, premieres its second season Tuesday, September 24 on ABC.