‘Brian’s Song,’ ‘Roots,’ ‘Purple Rain’ Screenwriter William Blinn Dies

William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 83.

Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, said Saturday.

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Television Viewership Down for Democrats’ Unconventional Convention

Preliminary estimates show that viewership for the first night of the Democrats’ virtual convention was down compared with the opening of Hillary Clinton’s nominating party four years ago.

An estimated 18.7 million people watched coverage between 10 and 11 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the Nielsen company said. Four years ago, opening night drew just under 26 million viewers.

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A&E Network’s Viewership Decimated After Police Show Canceled

A&E Network’s cancellation of its popular police show “Live PD” has backfired, big time.

Average prime-time viewership for the channel has declined by 49 percent year over year since the show’s cancellation, according to the Wall Street Journal. Prior to the show’s cancellation June 10, viewership for the channel in 2020 had been up 4 percent over 2019.

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Actress Spencer Grammer Slashed Outside Manhattan Restaurant

Actress Spencer Grammer says she was trying to calm an agitated man when he slashed her in the arm and stabbed her friend in the back Friday outside a New York City restaurant.

Grammer, 36, told US Weekly that she and her friend “did what anyone else would do in the same situation” and were “attempting to prevent the altercation from escalating” when they were attacked.

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Actor John Saxon Dies

Actor John Saxon, a versatile actor with a lengthy and prolific career who starred with Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” and appeared in several “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies, has died at his home in Tennessee, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 83.

The entertainment news outlet quotes Saxon’s wife, Gloria, as confirming that the actor died of pneumonia on Saturday in Murfreesboro.

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Alex Trebek Expects to Mark Two-Year Cancer Survival in 2021

Alex Trebek says he’s responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival next February.

His doctor has said he’s counting on that milestone, the “Jeopardy!” host said, “so I expect to be around ‘cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”

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Music Spotlight: Lucas Hoge

Lucas Hoge hails from Hubbell, Nebraska, a tiny town with two churches. He grew up singing in a little Methodist church his family attended. While his parents were rehearsing in the choir, the pastor gave Hoge a little electric drum pad to keep him occupied. He started playing along and the pastor cultivated his love for music at a very young age.

In high school, he was introduced to a music teacher who helped him craft his love of music.  “My music teacher was great, Mrs. Riggs. She was amazing,” he said. “She just wanted everyone to explore the love of music that they had in them.”

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Comedian DL Hughley Announces He Is COVID-19 Positive After Fainting Onstage

Comedian D.L. Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee.

The stand-up comedian, 57, lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized, news outlets reported. On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he said he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration afterward.

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Ulysses S. Grant Mini-Series Review: Who Controls the Past Controls the Future

The History Channel’s recent series about Ulysses S. Grant was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the best-selling biography by Ron Chernow. It concluded on Wednesday and was just about what one would expect from a film created by some of academia’s and entertainment’s biggest leftists.

Although the series did fairly well in rehabilitating and humanizing Grant’s better characteristics, it could not resist hammering home trite narratives about Reconstruction, going so far as to omit well-documented history about Grant and his administration to accomplish the task. He who controls how we speak about the past and what we know about the past controls the future. This show, like much of what is created in academia and entertainment, advances that project.

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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Visits The Tennessee Star Report In Studio: ‘Jesus Number One Nashville, Let’s Go For Him!’

On Friday’s Tennessee Star Report with Steve Gill and Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am-the duo welcomed in studio guest Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty to talk about his past, Duck Dynasty, the Gospel, and his…

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‘Country Music: Live at the Ryman’ Will Be Recorded for Broadcast on PBS on March 27

The celebration of the documentary will feature appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee, Kathy Mattea, Ketch Secor, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Holly Williams and Dwight Yoakam.

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‘The Man in the High Castle’ and the History That Never Was… Yet

by Luis Pablo De La Horra   The United States, 1962. It’s been 15 years since the Nazis dropped an atomic bomb on Washington D.C., forcing the US government to surrender to the Axis powers. The United States is now divided into two vast provinces, each of which is controlled by the…

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Whiskey Myers Finds Musical Home on the Range With Kevin Costner Series, “Yellowstone”

Whiskey Meyers

Whiskey Myers has tapped an enthusiastic audience on the Kevin Costner Paramount Network drama “Yellowstone.” With an on-camera appearance and three songs featured on the hit series so far, Whiskey Myers’ music is reaching a new, fervent audience that has propelled three of the band’s albums to the Top 10 of the…

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Television, Music, and Broadway Star David Cassidy Dies at 67

David Cassidy

After struggling with dementia and cascading organ failure, David Cassidy has died, as confirmed by his publicist. He was just 67 years old. The Los Angeles Time reports: The singer and actor died in Fort Lauderdale after being hospitalized in Florida for multiple organ failure, including his liver and kidneys.…

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Three Signs Hollywood Could Be Changing for the Better

Saying Hollywood needs a change in its power structure at this point in time is like saying plants need water to grow. A series of revelations about alleged sexual abusers such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey have opened the floodgates to many other stories and allegations from people who…

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‘House Of Cards’ Season 6 Showrunners Scrambling To Create New Storyline

House of Cards

“House of Cards” showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are facing a huge dilemma now that Netflix and Media Rights Capital (MRC) have fired lead star Kevin Spacey from the show. Spacey, who plays the ambitious politician Frank Underwood, was booted from the series after several individuals have come…

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Commentary: Forget Kevin James, Better Spacey Replacements for ‘House of Cards’

There’s a petition going around online urging the creators of House of Cards to replace Kevin Spacey with Kevin James in the role of Frank Underwood. And it doesn’t seem like a joke. “Losing a great show is hard, no matter the circumstances. However with hardship comes the opportunity for…

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The CMA Awards Kick Off Tonight’s Festivities Online with ‘All Access’ LiveStream Coverage with Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron

Walmart will bring together a special group of Country Music fans at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to enjoy a special rendition of “Get Together” performed by Vocal Duo of the Year nominee Dan+Shay, in collaboration with New Artist of The Year nominee Lauren Alaina.…

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Left-Wing Media’s Double Standard in Objectifying Right-Wing Women

For a group of people who are ultra-sensitive about political correctness, left-wingers seem to be quite comfortable in attacking right-wing women. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, was the victim last week of attacks from the Left — on television and…

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‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Austin Rogers Tells Jimmy Fallon Why He Believes Alex Trebek Is a Hologram

After his 12-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!” came to an end, New York City bartender Austin Rogers collected his $411,000 winnings and stopped by “The Tonight Show” to tell host Jimmy Fallon why he thinks Alex Trebek is actually a hologram. “We got along fairly well. I still have a…

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The Walking Dead Creator Confirms Fear The Walking Dead Crossover

The Walking Dead Season 8 marks 100 episodes for the series. To celebrate the milestone, showrunner Scott Gimple promised to kick off the season with an epic premiere featuring the baddie you love to hate, Negan. At this year’s New York Comic Con, The Walking Dead cast members Andrew Lincoln,…

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Beloved Comedian Ralphie May Succumbs to Pneumonia, Passes Away at 45

Comedian Ralphie May has sadly passed away at the young age of just 45, according to reports. The comedian had reportedly been battling pneumonia for six weeks, but was still pushing through and performing all of his shows. According to TMZ, May died at a private residence in Las Vegas…

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Bill O’Reilly: Returning to Fox News Was ‘Like a Big Party’

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said that returning to the network last week for an interview on “Hannity” was “like a big party” following the “political hit job” that resulted in his ouster. O’Reilly told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham on her radio show Thursday morning that Fox News host…

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Monty Hall of Game Show ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Fame Dies at 96

LOS ANGELES—Monty Hall, the original host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the long-running game show that debuted in 1963, making kooky audience costumes and carnival-style bartering an institution on daytime television, has died, according to Associated Press. He was 96. Hall, who was also a dedicated philanthropist, died…

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Stricken with Cancer: ‘Today, I’m the One’

Award-winning “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has breast cancer, she announced through social media on Thursday. The 56-year-old American actress revealed the diagnosis to her 750,000 Twitter followers, posting a note that read: “One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.” “The good news is that I have…

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Tim Allen on ‘Last Man Standing’: ‘Nothing More Dangerous’ Than a ‘Likable Conservative Character’

Tim Allen suggested Tuesday during an appearance on “Norm Macdonald Live” that the abrupt cancellation of his hit ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” had something to do with his character’s politics. Mr. Allen, a conservative comedian who portrayed the politically conservative father of three, Mike Baxter, said “there’s nothing more…

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