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‘The Kominsky Method’s’ Michael Douglas is trying to pull off a rare title defense at the Golden Globes

‘The Kominsky Method’s’ Michael Douglas is trying to pull off a rare title defense at the Golden Globes
Michael Douglas had a very good Monday. Not only did he celebrate dad/icon Kirk Douglas‘ 103rd birthday, but he received his second straight Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor for “The Kominsky Method.” As the reigning champ, he now could do what no one has done in a decade: win back-to-back awards.

The last person to defend his comedy/musical actor crown was Alec Baldwin 10 years ago for the third-going-into-fourth seasons of “30 Rock.” That was actually his third Globe, following his first win for the first season. Not counting Douglas, everyone since has been a one-time champ: Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”).

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Ted Danson is aiming to achieve an incredibly rare feat in the Best Comedy Actor Emmy category

Ted Danson is aiming to achieve an incredibly rare feat in the Best Comedy Actor Emmy category
Ted Danson is in a league of his own in the Best Comedy Actor Emmy category, having extended his own record to 13 nominations this year with a second straight bid for “The Good Place.” If he manages to take home the prize, he’d join even more rarified air as one of three men to have won the award for multiple shows.

The only two men to have to have been honored here for different shows are Richard Mulligan, who triumphed for “Soap” in 1980 and “Empty Nest” in 1989, and Michael J. Fox, who three-peated for “Family Ties” from 1986-88 and scored a record-tying fourth win for “Spin City” in 2000. All of the other 13 multiple Best Comedy Actor champs prevailed for one respective show, including Danson. He has two Emmys for “Cheers,” winning in 1990 and ’93, and was nominated for the entirety of the sitcom’s 11-season run. He returned to the
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Bill Hader gunning to be the 11th person to snag consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmys

Bill Hader gunning to be the 11th person to snag consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmys
After pulling off a minor surprise last year, Bill Hader looks poised to defend his Best Comedy Actor Emmy crown for “Barry.” He’s way out in front in our early odds, and should he prevail, he’d be the latest repeat champ in this category.

Fifteen men have won this category more than once and a whopping 10 of them did so with at least one run of back-to-back victories. All of the three-time and record four-time champs won at least two in a row. The five who defy this trend are all two-time champs: Jack Klugman, Alan Alda, Judd Hirsch, Ted Danson and Richard Mulligan.

Not counting Hader, in this century, just six people have won comedy actor once for the same role. This decade produced three sets of consecutive wins — two by Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory,” 2010-11, 2013-14) and one by Jeffrey Tambor. Only Jon Cryer and Donald Glover,
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The Best Comedy Actor Emmy category adores repeat winners, which is great news for Bill Hader

The Best Comedy Actor Emmy category adores repeat winners, which is great news for Bill Hader
Bill Hader pulled off a surprise Emmy win last year, beating favorite and defending champ Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) for Best Comedy Actor for “Barry.” But don’t be surprised in the least if he defends his title this year — not just because of his stellar performance or because he’s now the odds-on favorite — but because this category loves repeat champs.

Of the 15 men who’ve won more than one Best Comedy Actor Emmy, only five of them did so without at least one string of back-to-back wins — all of whom are two-time champs. Jack Klugman (“The Odd Couple”) won his two years apart in 1971 and ’73; Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”) had an eight-year span between his 1974 and ’82 victories; Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”) prevailed in 1981 and ’83; Ted Danson (“Cheers”) triumphed in 1990 and ’93; and Richard Mulligan won for two shows, “Soap” (1980) and “Empty Nest” (1989).

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Laverne Todd in 'Empty Nest' 'Memba Her?!

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Laverne Todd in 'Empty Nest' 'Memba Her?!
Park Overall is best-known for playing wise-cracking country nurse Laverne Todd -- opposite Richard Mulligan as Dr. Harry Weston -- on the NBC "Golden Girls" spinoff "Empty Nest" that spanned the television airways from 1988-1995.  Park Overall went on to play Lori Ann in the southern TV show "Reba." Overall also made headlines back in 2012 after she entered the Democratic primary against Bob Corker with a focus on women's issues and the environment but was
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‘Golden Girls’ Aging Well: Sitcom Brand In Demand As Breakfast Cereal

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It’s been 26 years since NBC’s The Golden Girls retired from the airwaves but the geriatric sitcom is alive and well as a licensing brand name and — as flaky as it may sound — fan demand for The Golden Girls breakfast cereal is so high that boxes are being hawked on eBay for as much as $100.

The limited-edition Golden Girls multigrain cereal was introduced Sept. 30 as an in-store exclusive at Target stores and online but the sold-out quickly. The blue-hued loops were marketed as a “tasty treat, fun to eat” but the real allure was the anime-style collectible Golden Girls vinyl figures tucked inside each of the $7.99 boxes.

The vinyl figures are made by Funko Inc., the Washington state company that specializes in pop-culture tchotchkes. Funko expanded into the cereal business this past summer with a plan to make film, TV and comics properties into breakfast brands.

On Friday, Funko CEO Brian Mariotti told Deadline that two additional flavors of The Golden Girls cereal will be launched soon with new figures based on the sitcom’s quartet of characters: bossy New Yorker Dorothy (Bea Arthur); the naive airhead Rose (Betty White); Southern sexpot Blanche (Rue McClanahan); and cranky Sicilian matriarch Sophia (Estelle Getty). Funko is also launching The Golden Girls as Pez dispensers next month.

Funko often focuses on of-the-moment brands but Mariotti said The Golden Girls has a fanbase that is diverse and passionate — hence the eBay auction prices. “I’m not really surprised. A few years back we did Golden Girls pop figures and action figures, too. They did insanely well. So we knew doing the cereal and our upcoming Pez makes a ton of sense.”

Asked about the cereal flavors, Mariotti said the product is more about look than taste: “Well, the cereal is a fruity flavor, but the key thing here is the color of the cereal. We have additional Golden Girls cereal planned. We wanted to lead off with blue but you can expect to see white and pink colors in the next two editions with new figures in each.”

Mariotti said fan demand is spread evenly among the four characters and he demurred when asked to name his personal favorite. “I think I am too old. I missed this Golden Girls craze. I was working 85-hour work weeks during the Golden Girls TV run. I grew up on dramatic masterpieces like Three’s Company, The Facts of Life and Silver Spoons.”

The senior citizen humor of The Golden Girls kept the show in the Top 10 for six of its seven seasons (1985-1992). The series won 11 Emmys and racked up an additional 57 nominations. It also spawned two spin-offs, The Golden Palace and Empty Nest.

The show has a curious staying power and some celebrity fans. Among them: Winston Duke(Black Panther)who stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast early this year and didn’t hesitate when asked if he has an surprising obsessions. “Easy. The Golden Girls.” Ryan Reynolds is apparently a fan, too. When Deadpool 2 enjoyed its record-setting opening weekend in May the star tweeted his appreciation to his 11 million followers in the form of a Deadpool spoof of the show’s opening credits, complete with the theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend.”

The show’s merchandise isn’t limited to Funko. Online merchants sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, a “Golden Girls” Monopoly edition, coffee mugs, greeting cards, hot sauce, and, perhaps oddest of all, prayer candles featuring the four cast members in beatified poses with stained-glass backdrops. There are limits to any nostalgia, however, as proven by the Golden Girls-themed cafe that opened in Manhattan in early 2017 — and closed by year’s end.
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Busan: Why ‘Rib’ Director Zhang Wei Accepted 40 Minutes of Censorship Cuts

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Independent Chinese director Zhang Wei must be one of the best-tempered auteurs in the industry. He repeatedly accepts setbacks like badges of honor, but plows on anyway.

Zhang has produced, directed and financed socially aware films “Factory Boss” and “Sound of a Dream,” with his latest film, “The Rib,” world-premiering at the Busan International Film Festival. But before getting to Korea, it underwent a massive 40- minute cut in a unique censorship process.

The film depicts the strained relationship between a devout Christian father and his son, who is seeking a sex change operation. Initially opposed to his son’s plans, the father seeks further guidance after he is shaken by the suicide of a friend.

“It is very much the father’s journey,” Zhang told Variety. “On one level it is a father-son story. On another, it is an exploration of the Lgbt community that the father goes to consult.
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TV Hall of Fame: Top 50 best choices who should be inducted next include David Letterman, Lily Tomlin, Henry Winkler

Many worthy people are still waiting and waiting for their induction into the Television Academy’s TV Hall of Fame. Each year a small committee makes the selection of just a few people to be inducted. You can visit their busts, statues and tributes at their plaza in North Hollywood, California. Our photo gallery above offers up 50 individuals who easily deserve to be include, so please take a look at these choices, esteemed committee members, and let’s induct even more this year.

The first induction was held in 1984 and it’s been an annual tradition almost every year. That class of legends consisted of actress/executive Lucille Ball, actor/comedian Milton Berle, writer Paddy Chayefsky, writer/producer Norman Lear, journalist Edward R. Murrow, CBS founder William S. Paley, and NBC founder David Sarnoff.

The most recent class from late 2017 featured the inductions of production designer Roy Christopher, producer/writer Shonda Rhimes,
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Emmys: Will Anthony Bourdain Win Posthumously?

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Emmys: Will Anthony Bourdain Win Posthumously?
This year, Emmy voters paid respects to Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide on June 8, with six nominations for his CNN series “Parts Unknown,” and another for its digital expansion. But whether these accolades end up in the win column as well remains to be seen. If history is any judge, the Academy delivers a mixed bag on posthumous trophies, with sentimentality playing an uneven role.

“The Emmys are quirky,” says awards consultant Jonathan Taylor of Robertson Taylor Partners. “With peak TV there [are] so many shows that anybody who says they know how voters are going to vote is lying.”

Ingrid Bergman won her Emmy for “A Woman Called Golda” in 1982, a month after she died of breast cancer. Audrey Hepburn earned hers in 1993, several months after her death, for “Gardens of the World.” Raul Julia died in 1994, but earned a trophy the next year for “The Burning Season.”

Diana Hyland,
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General Hospital Actress Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89

Veteran actress Elmarie Wendel has died at the age of 89. Although best known for playing Mrs. Dubcek on the late-‘90s NBC sitcom 3Rd Rock From The Sun, she might also be recognized by daytime fans for her role of Peg on General Hospital in 2008. Wendel appeared on Gh for a handful of episodes a an old woman named Peg that Michael (played by Dylan Cash at the time) encountered while he was hiding out at a cabin after accidentally shooting Kate. While the little boy was terrified of what Sonny would do to him if he found out he had used a gun, Peg reassured the boy and urged him to contact his family, sharing her own story of what happened when she had run away from her own home. Wendel played the Solomon family landlord, Mrs. Mamie Dubcek on 3Rd Rock From The Sun. (Photo Credit: Chris Haston
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Elmarie Wendel, ‘3rd Rock From the Sun’ Actress, Dies at 89

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Elmarie Wendel, ‘3rd Rock From the Sun’ Actress, Dies at 89
Elmarie Wendel, who played the Solomon family’s landlord Mrs. Dubcek on “3rd Rock From the Sun,” has died. She was 89.

Wendel’s daughter confirmed her death on Instagram Saturday.

“#ripelmariewendel,” the post reads. “You were a great mom and a badass dame.”

Wendel’s “3rd Rock” co-star Jim Beaver remembered her on social media as well.

“She was raucous, funny, endearing, and terribly, terribly sweet,” he wrote. “Goodnight, Mrs. Dubcek, wherever you are.”

Beaver starred as Happy Doug on the series.

In addition to her role on “3rd Rock,” Wendel had credits on “Seinfeld,” “Love & War,” “Murphy Brown,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Empty Nest.” She also had a voice role in 2012’s Dr. Seuss adaptation “The Lorax” as Aunt Grizelda. Her most recent recurring role was on “George Lopez” from 2003-2007 as Gina.

Wendel was born Nov. 23, 1928 on a farm in Howard County, Iowa and performed with her
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Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 89

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Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 89
Actress Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on NBC’s long-running sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died. Her daughter, actress J.C. Wendel, confirmed her mother’s death on Instagram (see below). No cause of death was given. Wendel was 89.

Wendel began her career on the stage in New York City in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She joined the national touring company of Annie, which brought her to Los Angeles, and a successful transition into film and television.

In La, she landed the role of Mrs. Dubcek, the Solomon family’s landlady, NBC’s hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. The quirky character was a loose and free-spirited woman, who was known for her many sexual partners, and often acted as a bizarre and unlikely guide for the Solomons in handling problems in their love lives. In one episode “Dick and the Other Guy”, Sally,
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3rd Rock's Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89

3rd Rock's Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89
Elmarie Wendel, best known to TV audiences for her role as 3rd Rock From the Sun landlady Mrs. Dubcek, has died at the age of 89, TMZ reports.

Wendel worked consistently as a character actress before landing 3rd Rock in 1996. Earlier credits include guest spots on Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Major Dad, Santa Barbara, Empty Nest, Weird Science and Murder, She Wrote.

After 3rd Rock ended in 2001, Wendel guest-starred on four episodes of NYPD Blue, then landed a recurring role as the flirtatious Gina on George Lopez. She later appeared in select episodes of
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Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?

Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?
Could Miguel Ferrer become a posthumous Emmy nominee for “Twin Peaks: The Return”? The veteran character actor died of throat cancer in January 2017 after he shot the Showtime revival, in which he reprised his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield. The TV academy often rewards stars who have died with nominations for their final performances, so could Ferrer compete for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Despite a long list of TV credits including “The Stand” (1994), “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2007), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2012-2017) and many more, he never earned an Emmy nomination during his lifetime.

Ferrer first appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” in a recurring role as an abrasive and sarcastic FBI forensics specialist assisting Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in his murder investigation in the title town. And he also appeared in the 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” The 18-episode limited run in 2017 found him
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A General Hospital Main Star Is Leaving Temporarily

Happy Tuesday, "General Hospital" fans. Unfortunately, we have some bad news for you guys in this article. According to a new report from soapcentral.com and other news outlets, Monica Quartermaine portrayer Leslie Charleson recently suffered a pretty bad leg injury while walking her dog. The injury is so bad that she actually has to step down from her General Hospital role temporarily! The official General Hospital Twitter page ran a tweet about this back on April 17, 2018. They wrote, "@lesliecharleson's beloved dog, Riley Rose, was a little too eager for her morning walk and tripped Leslie - injuring her leg. Unfortunately, she will need to be replaced in shows already written. Cont'd... (1/2)." You guys can view that tweet on General Hospital's Twitter page by Clicking Here. Shortly after that, General Hospital wished Leslie a quick recovery, and confirmed that she will be back as soon as she gets better.
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Producer Tony Thomas Pays Tribute to Paul Junger Witt: ‘He Was My Brother’

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Producer Tony Thomas Pays Tribute to Paul Junger Witt: ‘He Was My Brother’
“He was my brother.” Producer Tony Thomas remembered his longtime partner Paul Junger Witt as an extraordinarily talented producer who had great taste in material and an instinctive skill at pitching shows to network buyers.

Witt died Friday in Los Angeles at age 77 after a long battle with cancer.

“He was a lion — an absolute lion,” Thomas told Variety. “He was laser-brain smart and strong and believed in his convictions and would not be deterred. He had terrific taste and he knew how to tell a story extremely well. He was a great salesman. He knew how to find the right way to articulate to a given network what the show was and the elements that they would respond to.”

Witt and Thomas worked together for more than 45 years. From 1975 on, the two were partners in the prosperous Witt/Thomas Prods., which later expanded to Witt/Thomas/Harris Prods. when writer Susan Harris,
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Paul Junger Witt, ‘Golden Girls’ Producer, Dies at 77

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Paul Junger Witt, ‘Golden Girls’ Producer, Dies at 77
Paul Junger Witt, the TV producer whose credits include “The Golden Girls” and “Soap,” has died at the age of 77, according to media reports.

According to Variety, Witt passed away in Los Angeles on Friday following a long battle with cancer.

Through his company Witt/Thomas/Harris productions, run with producing partner Tony Thomas and wife Susan Harris, Witt was also behind such shows as “The Partridge Family,” “Benson,” “It’s a Living,” “Empty Nest” and “Blossom” from the 1970s through the ’90s.

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On the film side, Witt also produced the Robin Williams drama “Dead Poets Society,” Nora Ephron’s “Mixed Nuts” and 2011’s “A Better Life,” which earned an Oscar nomination for star Demián Bichir.

He is survived by Harris and five children.

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Paul Junger Witt Dies: ‘Golden Girls’ & ‘Dead Poets Society’ Producer Was 77

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Paul Junger Witt Dies: ‘Golden Girls’ & ‘Dead Poets Society’ Producer Was 77
Paul Junger Witt, who produced such hit TV shows as Golden Girls, Here Come the Brides and features Dead Poets Society, Three Kings and Insomnia, among others, died Friday morning at his home after a long battle with cancer, his publicist said. He was 77.

Witt, who began his career in the mailroom at Columbia Pictures, rose to become a producer of some TV’s most beloved and successful shows. Witt was behind such hits as The Partridge Family, Golden Girls, Here Come the Brides, Soap, its spinoff Benson, Empty Nest, Blossom and the original Beauty and the Beast.

In addition to his TV work, Witt also was a producer of features Dead Poets Society and Insomnia, both starring Robin Williams; Three Kings; and critically praised A Better Life, along with the classic 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song. The photo at left shows Witt with Williams at the Insomnia premiere in
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‘Golden Girls’ Producer Paul Junger Witt Dies at 77

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‘Golden Girls’ Producer Paul Junger Witt Dies at 77
Paul Junger Witt, producer of such TV comedies as “The Golden Girls,” “Benson,” and “Soap” and a principal of the prosperous Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 77.

Witt had faced a long battle with cancer, a family representative said.

With producing partner Tony Thomas, Witt in the 1970s and 80s ran Witt/Thomas Productions, which was also home to NBC’s “Empty Nest” and “Blossom” and the original “Beauty and the Beast” series. In 1983, Witt married writer-producer Susan Harris, creator of NBC’s “Golden Girls,” and the company expanded as Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions.

In addition to his TV work, Witt was a producer of such films as 1989’s “Dead Poet’s Society,” 1999’s “Three Kings,” 2002’s “Insomnia,” and 2011’s “A Better Life.”

Born in New York City, Witt graduated from the University of Virginia. He got his start in Hollywood in the mail room of Columbia Pictures.
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Lawyer Ken Ziffren Bridges the Worlds of Show Business and Politics

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Ken Ziffren grades himself a B-minus when it comes to using new technology, but after more than 50 years as one of Los Angeles’ top attorneys, he remains fully up-to-date on the legal implications of the ongoing digital revolution.

“The experiences that I’ve had get experienced in new bottles, if you will,” says Ziffren. “I look at it as a challenge, but the challenge is the opportunity.”

Recently, Ziffren — who will be the keynote speaker at Variety’s Power of Law breakfast on April 20 — helped spearhead an effort to bring exhibitors and the major studios together on a deal to make films available for early home viewing via premium VOD. Negotiations were derailed by pending mergers, but he’s hopeful they’ll be revived soon.

“The whole VOD movement has changed not just television but also home viewing … so we have to focus on how we develop our programming to work with that audience,
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