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(NEW YORK) -- Longtime Sesame Street cast members Bob McGrath -- known to generations of fans just as "Bob" -- as well as Emilio "Luis" Delgado and Roscoe "Gordon" Orman won't be back on HBO's incarnation of the show.

"...[T]they let all of the original cast members go..." said 84-year-old McGrath in a recent Q&A panel that was aired on the podcast The Muppet Cast.

The only exceptions, McGrath said, were, "Alan Muraoka -- who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us -- and Chris Knowings, who is also young." 

McGrath has been a part of the Emmy-winning educational program since 1969. Delgado was hired in 1971, and Orman -- the show's second Gordon -- started in 1974.

In a statement, Sesame Workshop noted that the trio "remain a beloved part of the Sesame family and continue to represent us at public events," adding, "To us, and for millions of people worldwide, they are a treasured part ofSesame Street."

The production house's statement staunchly insisted HBO wasn't involved in the decision, and called the cleaning house a by product of, "constantly evolving our content and curriculum, and hence, our characters, to meet the educational needs of children."

"As a result of this, our cast has changed over the years, though you can still expect to see many of them in upcoming productions." 

HBO's 2015 acquisition of Sesame Street dictates new episodes will only run on the pay network, which riled public broadcasting advocates. After a nine-month embargo, the new shows will appear on PBS stations.

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Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On August 1 -- the same day MTV launched back in 1981 -- MTV is officially changing VH1 Classic to MTV Classic. 

With that will come a flood of nostalgic programming for Gen-Xers, including Beavis & Butt-head and its spin-off, Daria, as well as MTV Unplugged, highlights from TRL, and, of course, videos from back in the day. 

MTV says in a statement, the new channel will boast "an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s."

Everything old is new again starting when MTV Classic re-airs MTV Hour One -- the influential network's first-ever hour of programming -- at 12:00 p.m. Eastern August 1. That will also be simulcast on Facebook. 

The Total Request Live retrospective The TRL Decade will follow, as will blocks of MTV Unplugged featuring Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Oasis, and more.

Other shows that will find a home on the network include the groundbreaking animated sci-fi show Aeon Flux, plus Run’s HousePimp My RideJackassCribs, and Punk’d.  

 

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix on Wednesday announced a bunch of programming news, and not just the premiere date of its Gilmore Girls update: November 25. 

Here are the highlights:

* The One Day at a Time remake, which will focus on a Cuban-American family, will premiere January 6, 2017. Norman Lear, who produced the original version, is back as executive producer.

* Chelsea Handler's talk show, Chelsea, was renewed for a second season, as was Lady Dynamite and Real Rob.

* Part two of the first season of the Ashton Kutcher-Danny Masterson comedy The Ranch arrives on October 7.

* Jennifer Garner will lend her voice to Mama Llama in a new animated series for preschoolers, Llama Llama, based on the book series by Anna Dewdney. It will premiere sometime in 2017.

* Laura Linney has been cast in the Jason Bateman drama Ozark. Bateman will play a financial planner who, along with his wife (Linney) and their family, relocates from the Chicago suburbs to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Ozark will debut in 2017.

* The anthology series Easy, which "explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture," hits the streaming service on September 22. Cast members include Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress and Emily Ratajkowski.

* During a Television Critics Association panel in Beverly Hills, the cast and creators of the hit Stranger Things discussed their show -- and the props. One of the kids on the show, 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown, said she was confused by the record player.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Julia Roberts is the latest celebrity to pay tribute to the late producer and director Garry Marshall, who died last week at the age of 81.

The actress worked with Marshall on the 1990 classic Pretty Woman. In a role that earned her an Oscar nomination, Roberts played a Hollywood prostitute, Vivian Ward, hired by wealthy businessman Edward Lewis -- Richard Gere's character -- to escort him to various social events. He ends up falling for her.

"To know Garry Marshall was to love him," Roberts tells People magazine. "And I was luckier than most to have loved him for my entire adult life and luckier still to have been loved by him because his love was unconditional, inexhaustible and magical."

Listing some of the sitcoms Marshall created when she was young, like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, Roberts comments, "I have said before that Garry Marshall raised me, and it is rather true."

Roberts, 48, says that through his shows, Marshall taught viewers "to be nice, that life could be simple and sweet and, most importantly, that friends and family were everything.

"It is my great fortune that there were only a few short years between Happy Days going off the air and Garry Marshall walking into my life and changing it in so many ways," she remembers. "His family was everything to him, and it showed in every piece of work he ever did."

Marshall, who also directed Roberts in Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day and the recent film Mother's Day, died July 19 from complications of pneumonia following a stroke.

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David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- R&B music greats The O'Jays are again objecting to the use of their music in connection with Donald Trump's bid for the presidency.

Last week, founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams expressed their displeasure with Trump for using their song "Love Train" at the Republican National Convention, with Levert declaring that The Donald "just may be the Antichrist."

Now, they're upset that Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida used  "For The Love of Money" without their consent in a pro-Trump video.

In a cease-and-desist letter sent to Mica and Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, that was released Wednesday, attorneys for Levert and Williams say, "Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda. Our clients unequivocally do not endorse you, your agenda nor your party’s views or those of Mr. Trump. On the contrary, Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have actively opposed these ideals."

In a statement, Levert says, "Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music. He presents himself as supporting 'law and order' but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all."

Williams adds, "We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground.  We’ve really had enough of this. I’m living proof that America is already great; I came from nothing and everyday I feel blessed to live in the greatest country on earth.  We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics."

It's worth pointing out that "For the Love of Money" was the theme song to Trump's reality show, The Apprentice.

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L-R: Deadly Games, Nick Cannon and Hara on “America’s Got Talent”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Wednesday night's installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday's show learn that they had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.

Judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Simon Cowell, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from Hollywood's Dolby Theater to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.

Also back for season 11 was the “Dunkin’ Save," which allowed viewers to vote live to save an act in danger of elimination. They were instructed to search "Dunkin’ Save" on Google and select one of the three acts with the lowest vote totals that they wanted to see in the finals.

High school choir Musicality, singers Jayna Brown and Laura Bretan, magician Jon Dorenbos, comic mime Tape Face, tween stand-up comedienne Lori Mae Hernandez and knife-throwing couple Deadly Games all advanced to the finals.

Ninety-year-old stripper Dorothy Williams, dance acts Outlawz and Sila Sveta, singer Daniel Joyner and magician Hara were sent home.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:

The first two acts called to the front of the stage were choir Musicality and 90-year-old stripper Dorothy Williams. Musicality advances to the next round. Mel B was happy with the results, noting the kids “light up the stage.”

Next, singers Jayna Brown and Laura Bretan were asked to step forward. Both advance to the next round. Simon’s advice to the two acts moving forward was to “stay true” to themselves.

Dance troop Outlaws and singer Daniel Joyner were the next two acts to learn their fates. Neither one advanced.

Dance team Sila Sveta, comic mime Tape Face and magician Jon Dorenbos were the next three acts summoned to the front of the stage. Dorenbos advances to the semifinals. The Philadelphia Eagles’ football player thanked the team for letting him compete on the show, and Heidi joked that the Eagles would have to wait a little longer for him.

Sila Sveta and Tape Face were instructed to remain on the stage and learned that the comic advances to the semifinals.

Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that knife-throwing couple Deadly Games, magician Hara and 13-year-old stand-up comic Lori Mae Hernandez were the acts with the three lowest vote totals and gave viewers a chance to save one of them with the "Dunkin’ Save." America picked Lori Mae to advance to the semifinals.

The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi and Simon chose Deadly Games, but Mel B and Howie picked Hara. With the vote ending in a tie, the act with the most fan votes, Deadly Games, advances to the semifinals.

The show also featured performances from last season’s winner, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, and ninth-season champ, magician Matt Franco.

America’s Got Talent continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Danny Martindale/WireImage(ITALY) -- Lindsay Lohan is sorry for being a Mean Girl.

The 30-year-old actress shared a message with her followers on Instagram on Tuesday, apologizing for a barrage of angry posts she unleashed against her fiancé Egor Tarabasov over the weekend.

“Dear friends. I'm good and well. #ATM I am taking time for myself with good friends. I am sorry that I've exposed certain private matters recently.” Lindsay captioned a shot of herself on a boat, reportedly in Sardinia, according to People

“I was acting out of fear and sadness … We all make mistakes. Sadly mine have always been so public. I have done a lot of soul searching in the past years, and I should have been more clear minded rather than distract from the good heart that I have."

"Social media comes with the territory of the business and the world we now live in. My intentions were not meant to send mixed messages," she continued. "Maybe things can be fixed... Maybe not.. I hope they can. But I am 30 years old and I do deserve a #GENTLEgiant Life is about love and light. Not anger."

"Thank you to those who stand by my side,” she concluded.

Police were called to Lohan's London apartment on Saturday after neighbors allegedly heard her accusing Egor of strangling her. A day later, she took to Instagram, criticizing the 23-year-old Russian business heir for going out and partying, instead of staying  home with her.  Monday, she asked fans for privacy.

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Saeed Adyani/Netflix(LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA) -- Netflix has announced that its anticipated reboot, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, will premiere globally on the streaming service November 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.

For you bingers, A Year In The Life is composed of four 90-minute chapters spanning each of the four seasons.

A new sneak peek shows stars Lauren Graham's Lorelai and Alexis Biedel's Rory at their kitchen table, chatting in the show's trademark rapid-fire pace, with Lorelai wondering aloud if Amy Schumer would like her. 

"No," Rory says flatly, before betraying more evidence that time has passed since the show's end in 2007 and flipping out her cellphone to Google a reference her mom makes in her own defense regarding a possible friendship with the approachable Trainwreck star. 

"Water sports," she tells her mom. Every time I see her in a magazine she's on vacation doing water sports."

"Ugh. No. That would not work at all," Graham agrees. 

"Once a Gilmore, always a Gilmore," a title card then reads. 

Incidentally, moments after the teaser went live, Schumer tweeted her protestation: "I would love her!" 


No word yet from the other celebrity who Lorelai mentioned in the peek's closing moments. "Do you think John Oliver would find me hot?" Graham asks. 

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Talk about a scandal! Fans of the ABC show of the same name flipped when they heard from Good Morning America's Lara Spencer that Scandal's upcoming sixth go-'round would quote, "be the final season," and cited show creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes as the source.  

One of those shocked by the news was Shonda herself.

Rhimes happened to be watching, and quickly took to Twitter to set the record straight. “Woah, @GMA,” the TV mogul posted.

"I never said this was the final season of #scandal. Way to make me spit out my coffee."

Spencer later corrected the mistake online, thanking Rimes for the fix, and adding, "Yes, we can all breathe, because as you guys know, it is my absolute favorite show.”

Rhimes let it roll, posting back, "Thank you for the correction, @LaraSpencer -- you have my back."

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Harrison Ford as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"; Disney/Lucasfilm(LONDON) -- You don't break Han Solo's leg on his own ship and get away with it.

A company has pleaded guilty in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set accident that broke star Harrison Ford's leg two years ago. The company, Foodles Production, a Disney subsidiary, admitted in court in London to health and safety breaches that led to the injury, The New York Times reports.

The accident occurred on the set of the Millenium Falcon, the smuggler's ship Han Solo's famously captains, when Ford was hit by a heavy hydraulic door.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed in and around London, England.

The court will hand down a penalty in the incident August 22.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Michelle Obama and James Corden on "Carpool Karaoke"; CBS(NEW YORK) -- Late Late Show host James Corden's popular "Carpool Karaoke" is a huge hit, attracting A-list musical talents to appear.  Now it's going global.

Apple has made a deal to distribute an unscripted series version of the segment to 100 countries via its Apple Music platform. The Late Late Show segment is "a perfect fit" for the platform, said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, Variety reports.

"Carpool Karaoke," in which celebrities hitch a ride with the affable CBS host, has seen the likes of Adele, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and recently first lady Michelle Obama rocking along with the chat show host.  More telling for Apple and it's iTunes music retail out, it's also spiked sales for songs featured on the segment.

 

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L-R: Lena Dunham and America Fererra; Paul Morigi/WireImage(PHILADELPHIA) -- Lena Dunham and America Ferrera joined forces on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday night, accused Donald Trump of "making America hate again" in a tag-team speech focused on Trump's rhetoric about women and Latinos.

Dunham, known for her HBO series Girls, and Ferrera, who now stars on NBC's Superstore, portrayed Trump as a man who fostered divisions and demeaned women and minorities.

"Look, Donald's not making America great again, he's making America hate again," Ferrera told the crowd.

"My body is a two," Dunham said, referring to how she believed Trump would speak about her.

"And I'm a rapist," Ferrera said, referring to Trump's words about Mexican immigrants.  The actress called herself "the proud child of Honduran immigrants," and said that her childhood was difficult.

"Occasionally I needed a free meal to get through the school day," she said, praising the type of social programs backed by Democrats.

Dunham spoke on behalf of women who were harmed by Trump's rhetoric and said that the Republican nominee "takes us back to a time when women were meant to be beautiful and silent."

"Let's say with one voice that we all have worth," Dunham said.

Meryl Streep and Scandal's Tony Goldwyn were among the other actors who addressed the DNC Tuesday.

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Deadly Games on “America’s Got Talent”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Got Talent kicked off its live rounds at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Tuesday night with the first 12 quarterfinalists relying on fan votes to see which of them would advance to the semifinals. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were treated to performances from singers, magicians, comedians and dancers, all introduced by host Nick Cannon.

Tuesday’s lineup included a 13-year-old stand-up comic and a 13-year-old opera singer.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Fourteen-year-old singer Jayna Brown kicked things off with a soulful version of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain” that drew a standing ovation, and led Simon to declare Jayna “killed” the song. Heidi said the teen was “the voice of a winner.”

Next, it was multimedia magic from Hara, who combined stunning visual effects with illusions that included making a woman appear, followed by a flock of doves, and also featured the magician flying on a dragon. Simon, noting this is the point in the competition that “makes or breaks you,” said Tuesday’s performance made him. Mel B noted Hara took us into his “magical, mystical wonderland.”

Musicality, a choir from Chicago’s South Side, performed Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time.” Mel B said the group “lights up the room.” Simon’s only critique was that the group could use better material. Howie declared they “inspire.”

Stand-up comedienne Lori Mae Hernandez, 13, surprised the judges with biting political humor aimed mainly at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, as well as jokes about braces. The routine was a hit with the judges, including Simon, who called Lori “edgy, cool and current.”

Knife-throwing couple Alfredo and Anna Silva – also known as Deadly Games – held the audience breathless as Alfredo threw his blades at Anna while blindfolded. Next, he threw flaming knives at Anna, who is on the "Spinning Wheel of Death."

Jon Derenbos performed close-up magic. He made each of the judges draw a picture on a piece of paper and correctly matched each of the pictures to the judge who drew it. Next, he pulled his own drawings from a sealed bottle, which matched the pictures drawn by the judges.

Comic mime Tape Face called Heidi to the stage and reenacted the pottery scene from the film Ghost, using a lump of clay. Next, Cannon assisted him with a musical routine involving a pair of sunglasses that would play different tunes when worn by each of them. Howie noted the comic makes “something out of nothing.” Simon declared Tape Face is so silly, he’ll end up in movies or on his own TV show.

Laura Bretan, a 13-year-old opera singer, amazed the audience and judges with her mature voice. She drew a standing ovation from the judges, including Heidi, who noted Bretan’s voice got better as the piece got harder.

America’s Got Talent returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney StudiosAlden Ehrenreich, who was recently confirmed to play a young Han Solo in a Star Wars spin-off movie due out in 2018, may be playing the role more than once.

The New York Daily News reports that he signed a three-picture deal, meaning sequels could be in the offing.

“There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential,” the newspaper's source says. “Given that Han’s early adventures do not need to be tied to the Empire, it leaves story lines open with the opportunity to really give fans something different. They can explore new galaxies and crazy creatures and bring in a wide array of new characters."

Solo's past has been explored in a series of novels, however much of that so-called "Expanded Universe" material is not considered "canon," giving Lucasfilm and Disney a wide creative berth to explore the smug smugler's past. 

There's been no official word from Disney, which is releasing the new Star Wars movies and is the parent company of ABC News.

 

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Clay Enos/ TM & (c) DC ComicsHe plays no-nonsense soldier Rick Flag in the upcoming Suicide Squad, and Joel Kinnaman is apparently just as straightforward when it comes to matters of the heart, he told Kelly Ripa and co-host Alan Cumming on Tuesday's Live with Kelly.

"I'm a romantic guy," Kinnaman joked of his recent marriage to model and tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström, "So I took her to this magical place called SameDayMarriage.com on San Vincente...Boulevard in Los Angeles."

"We go in there and this woman behind the counter goes, 'Get married?'" Kinnaman said, affecting a thick Russian accent before answering in the affirmative.

"OK 435 dollars. quick, quick."

Another woman came out, Kinnaman explained, and affecting an even heavier Russian accent, he played her role as minister, "'Marriage. Rest of your life? Say yes.'"

After he agreed, she turned to Cleo and said, "'Marriage. You, too: Rest of the life?'"

When Wattenström agreed, the minister lightened up. "'Oh! You can kiss it!" the actor imitated. "'Marriage!'

Suicide Squad, which also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, opens August 5.


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