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‘The Price is Right’ criticized for offering woman in wheelchair a treadmill

Published: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 @ 2:25 PM

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Part of the fun and excitement of “The Price is Right” is unveiling what prizes a contestant has the chance to win.

Today, many viewers called out the game show on social media, saying producers were insensitive for offering a woman in a wheelchair the chance to win a treadmill.

The woman won both a sauna and the treadmill, and seemed thrilled. She took to Twitter after the show to let everyone know that she was happy to win the prizes.

Twitter has emotional reactions to beloved ‘Will and Grace’ character’s death

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 9:53 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 6:23 PM

The revival will premiere in fall 2017 with all four original actors reprising their popular roles.

R.I.P., Rosario Inés Consuelo Yolanda Salazar.

Karen Walker’s (Megan Mullally) beloved maid was laid to rest on Thursday’s episode of “Will & Grace.” Rosario (Shelley Morrison) hadn’t yet appeared in the revived NBC comedy’s ninth season, and when Karen went looking for her feisty sidekick, she discovered that Rosario was in the hospital, soon dying offscreen.

The end for Rosario was due to Morrison’s decision to retire from acting, but that didn’t stop fans from getting all the feels during the emotional half-hour. Mullally kicked things off earlier Thursday by posting a picture with her “fren” Morrison.

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‘Karate Kid’ sequel series: See the first behind-the-scenes photo of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka on Atlanta set

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 3:28 PM

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Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) are back!

In the exclusive behind-the-scenes photo above, The Karate Kid arch-rivals are all smiles as they reunite on the Atlanta set of Cobra Kai, YouTube Red’s forthcoming sequel series to the 1984 film. The show will see Macchio and Zabka reprising their iconic roles.

EW can also exclusively reveal that the series will also star Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood), Mary Mouser (Freakish), Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor),and Courtney Henggeler (Mom), along with guest-star Ed Asner.

>> ‘Karate Kid’ sequel series set for YouTube Red in 2018

Picking up 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, the half-hour series finds Daniel and Johnny at different places in their lives. Whereas Daniel is living his best life as a family man and proud owner of the No. 1 car dealership in the Valley, Johnny has fallen a long way since the ’80s and is now a heavy drinking, short-fused antihero living in Reseda, doing odd jobs to make ends meet. However, their rivalry is reignited when they re-enter each other’s lives, which drives Johnny to rediscover his Cobra Kai roots and reopen the infamous karate dojo.

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Henggeler will play Daniel’s wife and business partner Amanda, the glue that keeps the LaRusso household and dealership running, and a calming force in Daniel’s life. Mouser stars as Samantha, Daniel and Amanda’s firecracker daughter who is learning to navigate the minefield that is high school, straddling the “good girl” and popular teen cliques.

Maridueña takes on the role of Miguel Diaz. Raised by a single mother from Ecuador, Miguel struggles with bullies at his new school, until he’s taken under the wing of a Cobra Kai karate master.

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Buchanan is Johnny’s street-smart son Robby Keene. Robby is eager to prove he’s nothing like his dad, even though he’s on his way to making the same mistakes.

Finally, Asner will guest as Johnny’s reluctant stepfather Sid Weinberg, an old-school, hard-nosed, former studio mogul, who is tired of dealing with his stepson’s failures.

Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Hot Tub Time Machine‘s Josh Heald and Harold and Kumar film series creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, both of whom are expected to direct much of the series, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

The 10-episode series is expected to debut on YouTube Red in 2018.

Why Halloween TV is the best TV

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon, Lisa discovers a creepy/perfect version of her family in an alternate universe, and Homer cannibalizes himself in The Simpsons'
Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon, Lisa discovers a creepy/perfect version of her family in an alternate universe, and Homer cannibalizes himself in The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII" episode. (Fox)(Fox/TNS)

The best holiday TV is Halloween TV.

You might assume the best holiday TV is Christmas TV — you’ve been told this for years. But you’ve been told wrong. Christmas TV is frightening. Christmas TV is about dead parents and fiancees and Christmas in Santa Monica. There are dead parents and fiancees in Halloween TV, but they tend to be more lively, so to speak. Christmas TV is about young professionals who work too much and can’t appreciate the spirit of the holiday, not until their family is gathered around them, at which point they realize at last what’s meaningful in life. If a family is gathered around someone in Halloween TV, there is a solid chance they are deciding what tastes better — the left eye or the right shoulder.

Christmas TV gets a hushed reverence. Like the Oscar season it parallels, Christmas TV is chockablock with nostalgia and violently earnest reminders to have faith in mankind; it’s hidebound to insistent moral uplift, and genuflecting at a honey-glazed vision of the holidays that, depending on your tax bracket, is not particularly relatable. Christmas TV, by Dec. 24, becomes an unintentionally stressful yardstick, one that is expelled on Dec. 26 like spoiled turkey. Halloween TV, on the other hand, is playfully stressful, resistant to meaning, quite malleable and healthily self-scrutinizing.

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Halloween TV is about allowing the people who make TV to blow off steam, if only for a single episode. It is a clandestine resume builder, a show-and-tell courtesy of the union set-decorating and costume-design departments — its craftspeople, restricted to a few prosaic situations for the other episodes that season, get inspired, absurdist and fantastical. For years I have been unable to resist any Halloween episode, no matter how ridiculous. If it’s a mediocre TV series, such as Fox’s “New Girl,” its Halloween episode is its best (Zooey Deschanel as “Zombie Woody Allen” is spot-on self-flagellation); if it’s smart, like NBC’s still-grieved “Community,” its Halloween episode underlines everything clever about the show. Truthfully, though, I like every Halloween episode of every show. And Halloween TV is older and more pervasive than you know.

In the 1950s, while trick-or-treating was still finding its footing in our postwar suburbs, “Lassie” delivered a Halloween episode with a sick dog and a witch. “The Andy Griffith Show” set a Halloween episode in a haunted house that Pennywise the Clown would have found inviting. There were Halloween episodes of “Law and Order” and “Lou Grant” and “M*A*S*H*”; there were six Halloween episodes of (the original) “Hawaii Five-O” and four Halloween episodes of “Dawson’s Creek.” There were Halloween episodes of “Gilligan’s Island.” Even “Star Trek.” There were Halloween episodes of “Saved by the Bell” and “Boy Meets World” about killers on the loose. If Christmas TV is about struggling to prove your worth to your kids (all they want is a mommy), Halloween TV is about four things: the haunted house on the block, the misunderstood Boo Radley everyone assumes is an ax murderer, the ghost in the attic, the kooky costume party.

>> Halloween classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ is getting a remake with new cast

Like Christmas TV, Halloween TV gets lightly refreshed at times — NBC’s “David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” (coming Saturday), with Tom Hanks providing the voice of an animated version of his nonsensical “Saturday Night Live” character, is this year’s most notable addition. But unlike Christmas TV — with its Grinches and Heat Misers, its 24-hour marathons of “Elf” and Hallmark made-for-TV schmaltz — Halloween TV is manageable: Basically, there are two classics, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (airing Oct. 29) and the latest “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons” (its 28th aired Sunday, and FXX is running 26 of those episodes between Monday and Oct. 31.). Both specials have been around so long that “The Simpsons” once did a parody of “Charlie Brown” featuring a racist “Grand Pumpkin” who gets executed by a pious Tom Turkey.

Nevertheless, there are so many Halloween TV festivals — Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween, SyFy’s 31 Days of Halloween, Disney Channel’s Monstober — that Halloween TV (augmented with a quick trip to YouTube, and a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu) plays like a veritable haunted mansion of shocking turns: For instance, it’s worth stumbling on the 1976 Halloween episode of “Little House on the Prairie,” which opened with a beheading. (I’m not kidding.) Likewise, one of the most haunting things I remember as a child was the 1972 “Fright Night” episode of “The Brady Bunch.” Watching it again, I was surprised to find its initial scenes just as unsettling today: Two of the Brady girls lie in bed, in the middle of the night, listening to creaking floorboards above their heads. With the actresses’ straight blonde Joni Mitchell hair, and the show’s no-budget reliance on darkened corners, it would fit neatly into the “Conjuring” franchise.

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Not that Halloween TV is above pining for manufactured sentiment. Who can forget (or remember) “The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t” (with Judd Hirsch as Dracula) or “Halloween is Grinch Night”? On Saturday, CBS has “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” an animated special awkwardly described as two teenagers’ journey to personal discovery. Trouble is, sentiment doesn’t stick to Halloween TV. Meaning gets nicely weird: The great Halloween episode of “Buffy” featured the cast playing their ugliest fears (Buffy as a damsel, for instance); when Louis CK took his TV kids trick-or-treating on “Louie,” the show veered from mild bullying into an eerie, real-world scene about protecting family.

I should note that I don’t consider cable TV’s glut of night-vision-wearing, reality-based ghost shows — “Ghost Hunters,” “Most Haunted USA,” et al. — Halloween TV: These shows exploit the pain, longing and history connected to a supposedly haunted location, with little curiosity for the people connected with those places. Halloween TV, at its best, is about vulnerability. There’s a wonderful Halloween episode of “Happy Days” (directed by creator Garry Marshall himself) that finds a lot of discomfort in a simple act: Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham watching horror TV alone, in the dead of night. Which, of course, is how many experience Halloween — watching Halloween TV. Halloween TV is radical this way: It reminds us we’re lonely, that things often don’t work out for the best. Charlie Brown goes trick-or-treating and gets a pillowcase full of rocks. Linus waits all night in a pumpkin patch for a Great Pumpkin who never comes. He learns a valuable lesson: Life is full of disappointment. Then you die, and then sometimes, you rise again.

'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Actor Tom Selleck stars as Thomas Sullivan Magnum on the CBS television series
Actor Tom Selleck stars as Thomas Sullivan Magnum on the CBS television series "Magnum, P.I." He is in a red Ferrari 308 and wearing a Hawaiian floral print shirt. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)(CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images)

CBS is working on a reboot of its classic show “Magnum P.I.,” according to reports.

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The first eight seasons of the original series aired on CBS in the 1980s. The show starred Tom Selleck.

The series reboot “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to,” Variety magazine reported.

The reboot has already been given a “pilot-production commitment” from the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s unclear whether Selleck will return for the reboot, but as he is currently under contract with CBS for the hit show “Blue Bloods,” it’s plausible that he could appear on the new “Magnum P.I.”

The reboot comes after a recent attempt to revive the series flopped.

Last year, ABC attempted to develop a sequel series, titled “Magnum,” which would have followed Magnum’s daughter who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s P.I. firm. However, the show did not move beyond the development stage.

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