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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!”
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