HOL­LY­WOOD Jen­nifer Lopez

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

George Clooney took time away from pre­par­ing to di­rect the sci-fi thriller “Echo” to set up a $100,000 do­na­tion, with his wife, Amal, and The Clooney Foun­da­tion, for the Young Cen­ter for Im­mi­grant Chil­dren’s Rights. The or­ga­ni­za­tion helps pro­tect and pro­mote the best in­ter­ests of im­mi­grant chil­dren in the United States who’ve been sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies.

Mean­while, Fox se­ries star and cre­ator of “The Orville,” Seth McFar­land, has do­nated $2.5 mil­lion to Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio and its Los An­ge­les sta­tion, KPCC, after Fox News host Tucker Carl­son’s sug­ges­tion that view­ers not watch any me­dia be­sides Fox News. McFar­land said it’s like they’re say­ing, “Don’t think crit­i­cally, don’t con­sult multiple news sources and in gen­eral don’t use your brain!” Fox TV isn’t thrilled with his opin­ion or generosity.

“Satur­day Night Live” alum Kris­ten Wiig had to bow out of the pro­posed half-hour Ap­ple com­edy se­ries based on the book “You Think it, I’ll Say It” be­cause of a con­flict with the “Won­der Woman 1984” se­quel. Reese Wither­spoon’s com­pany Hello Sun­shine, which is pro­duc­ing the Ap­ple se­ries, will have to find a re­place­ment for Wiig. Hello Sun­shine is cur­rently pre­par­ing “Are You Sleep­ing,” with Os­car-win­ner Oc­tavia Spencer, and a morn­ing-show drama star­ring Reese and Jen­nifer Anis­ton.

Para­mount Pic­tures is pre­par­ing a bi­og­ra­phy film about Sammy Davis, Jr. based on his 1965 mem­oir, “Yes, I Can.” Davis was a mem­ber of Frank Si­na­tra’s Rat Pack along with Dean Martin, Peter Law­ford and Joey Bishop, who all starred in the orig­i­nal “Ocean’s 11” and sev­eral other films.

It’s a good thing Jen­nifer Lopez has her hit Las Ve­gas show and the suc­cess­ful NBC show “World of Dance” to fall back on, given that the sec­ond sea­son of her se­ries “Shades of Blue” is be­ing killed in the rat­ings by ABC’s game shows. If rat­ings don’t im­prove it will be headed for the chop­ping block.

Be­cause of the ini­tial suc­cess of “Roseanne” (be­fore Roseanne screwed it up), Fran Dresher is plan­ning a re­boot of “The Nanny” (19931999). The show has proven to be pure gold in syn­di­ca­tion with a loyal fol­low­ing.

Chris Hard­wick, host of NBC’s high-rated game show “The Wall,” is the lat­est male celebrity caught in the “Me Too” web. Al­le­ga­tions by Chloe Dyk­stra, who claims Hard­wick sexually abused her dur­ing their three-year re­la­tion­ship, has caused AMC to pull his talk show, and he’ll no longer be moder­at­ing the panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. NBC is cur­rently “as­sess­ing” his po­si­tion as host of “The Wall,” which goes back into pro­duc­tion in Septem­ber. Even though Hard­wick denies all charges, his protes­ta­tions of in­no­cence also have hit a “WALL!”

Photo credit: Trae Pat­ton/NBC

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