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Sorry, Gladiators: ABC confirms the end of "Scandal"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Olivia Pope and Associates will officially be closing for business in 2018.ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that the Kerry Washington-led ABC drama, Scandal, will come to a close after its seventh season.According to the ABC executive, the decision came straight from Scandal's creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes.“I had conversations with Shonda where she has had, for awhile, a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” Dungey said. “And we sat and we talked and she said, 'Look I really feel like season seven is where I want to wrap up this…

posted 2017-05-16 14:00:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Peyton Manning to host 2017 ESPYS

(NEW YORK) -- Peyton Manning will host the 2017 ESPYs host, ESPN announced Tuesday.  "It's an honor to be asked to host the ESPYS, and it's even more meaningful that it's the 25th year for this incredible event," the two-time Super Bowl champ said in a statement. "The ESPYS have been a part of my life during my entire career. I can still remember attending my very first show back in 1998 before my rookie season in the NFL," he added. Manning received the ESPY Icon Award in 2016, following his retirement from the NFL the prior year, according to ESPN. The…

posted 2017-05-16 12:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Empire" star-turned "Alien: Covenant" lead Jussie Smollett gives odds on Cookie vs. Alien

(NEW YORK) -- Empire's Jussie Smollett and the rest of the cast of Alien: Covenant -- including Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Katherine Waterston -- staged a takeover of Good Morning America on Tuesday.  GMA's Lara Spencer asked Jussie what Empire fans naturally want to know: who would win in a fight between Jussie's TV mom, Taraji P. Henson's fierce Cookie Lyon, or the acid-blooded, razor-clawed alien? "Oh, Cookie would pimp-slap that alien in a second," Smollett said to laughs. "Without even thinking twice: Cookie all day. That alien is scary to all of us, except Cookie, no doubt about it." Alien: Covenant opens Friday. WATCH: We asked @JussieSmollett who is scarier: @TherealTaraji's Cookie in @EmpireFOX…

posted 2017-05-16 12:00:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 90th anniversary Academy Awards

(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite presiding over one of the biggest flubs in Academy Award history, the team behind this year's Oscars is returning for the show's 90th anniversary next year...including host Jimmy Kimmel. The 90th installment of the awards show will reunite Kimmel with Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, the producers of this year's show, which memorably ended with La La Land being mistakenly announced as Best Picture.  After an awkward on-stage huddle, Moonlight as revealed as the actual Best Picture winner. "After just one year, we can’t imagine anyone else hosting The Oscars. Jimmy’s skillful command of the stage is invaluable on a night when anything…

posted 2017-05-16 11:09:10 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

ABC renews "Quantico" for short season; Fox announces fall slate, teases "The Gifted"

(LOS ANGELES) -- TV networks are presenting their upcoming seasons to potential advertisers this week, and that means a spate of renewals, cancellations and teasers. On Monday Fox gave the ax to Scream Queens and announced that the reboots of 24 and Prison Break won't be returning, at least for now. Variety reports that those shows could return in some form in the future.The network did renew the young-Batman drama Gotham, announcing that it was moving the show to Thursday night.  The network also released the first trailer for The Gifted, a Marvel show from X-Men director Bryan Singer about a group of parents who discover their children have mutant powers.   The network also is…

posted 2017-05-16 10:00:45 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dancing with the Stars 24" Recap: Simone Biles Wows with Perfect Scores but Is Voted Off

(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, the remaining four dancers -- Olympic Gold medal winner Simone Biles, Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei, NFL running back Rashad Jennings, and two-time World Series champ David Ross -- competed to go to next week's finals to win the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Dancers faced two rounds for this week's semi-finals and each performed individual dances. The first dance was the Judges’ Challenge, in which a DWTS judge worked with a star and performed a dance of their choosing, while in the second round, stars did a dance they hadn’t done this season. Simone Biles came out of…

posted 2017-05-16 08:00:40 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Former "Real Housewives" star Dina Manzo "shaken up" after alleged home invasion and robbery

(NEW JERSEY) -- Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend Dave Cantin were the victims of a home invasion and robbery late Saturday night in which they were bound and suffered injuries, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's office. An attorney for the ex-reality star told ABC News in a statement, "Dina and David are obviously shaken up from the traumatic and violent home invasion and robbery. No one should ever have to go through what they did." "They are grateful to law enforcement and the other emergency responders and appreciate everyone’s concern and well-wishes," the statement concluded.…

posted 2017-05-16 05:00:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Watch the new trailer for the "Will & Grace" revival

(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC is taking a big swing to try to restore its one-time Thursday night juggernaut "Must-See TV," and the revival of Will & Grace is -- execs hope -- a big part of it.  Following a well-received viral video reunion last year, NBC decided to bring Will & Grace back for real, ordering all-new adventures for stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. A new video shows McCormack and Messing not in character, leaving the NBC's executive suites after reportedly agreeing to the show. Well, at least McCormack agreed. Messing admits she's scared to commit...that is, until they visit the show's old set.  That's…

posted 2017-05-15 18:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Game of Thrones" author says show "spinoffs" are actually prequels with no current characters

(LOS ANGELES) -- Game of Thrones author says show "spinoffs" are actually prequels with no current charactersFans of HBO's Game of Thrones were happy to hear that when the series ends, the cable channel plans to create a number of spinoffs.  Now, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has clarified the nature of those shows -- and first of all, he says, they're not "spinoffs."Writing in his blog, Martin says that all the follow-up shows will be prequels, not new shows that feature the further adventures of any current character, like the shows Joey or AfterMASH.  He also…

posted 2017-05-15 18:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Shark Tank" renewed for season nine; Cuban & Corcoran speculate on show's success

(NEW YORK) -- After an eighth season in which the business-based reality show surpassed $100 million in deals made with entrepreneurs, ABC has announced it's renewing Shark Tank for season nine.  The series, which has a group of investors willing to open their wallets for entrepreneurs with the right products, stars billionaire Mark Cuban, and fellow sharks Robert Herjavek, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Grenier, Barbara Corcoran, and Daymond John.  Like the other sharks, Barbara Corcoran told ABC Radio she was surprised by the show's success -- and longevity. She explains what she likes best about the series.  "We've had almost 400 entrepreneurs, probably 100 of them we've…

posted 2017-05-15 14:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Rick and Morty plug "Alien: Covenant," kill "The Simpsons"

(LOS ANGELES) -- With fans of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty jonesing for the animated show's new season -- which starts July 26 -- its creators have released two crossover videos to help make the wait seem shorter. For those unfamiliar, the show follows Rick, a genius inventor who's like Back to the Future's Doc Brown if he was a sociopath with substance issues. His panicky grandson Morty is usually dragged along Rick's inter-dimensional adventures in his slapped-together spaceship. The first crossover is an extended Simpsons "couch gag" -- the opening snippet which kicks off every episode. For this season's finale, which airs May 17, the two adventurers…

posted 2017-05-15 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Will Ferrell serenades USC grads with "I Will Always Love You"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Ferrell delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, the University of Southern California, on Friday, capped off with an a capella version of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." "Class of 2017, I just want you to know you will never be alone on whatever path you may choose," he told the grads. "If you ever have a moment where you feel a little down, just think of the support you have from this great Trojan family and imagine me -- literally picture my face -- singing this song gently into your ear," he said before launching into…

posted 2017-05-15 10:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio