Brady Bunch Matriarch Florence Henderson Dead At Age 82

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that one of America’s most beloved TV mom’s, actress Florence Henderson has passed away at the age of 82. Henderson was best known for her role as Brady Bunch family matriarch Carol Brady on the long running ABC sitcom. The Brady Bunch aired from 1969 to 1974. Prior to her leading role on The Brady Bunch, Henderson was an established Broadway performer and was the very first female guest host of The Tonight Show.

Henderson died on November 24, just one day after being admitted to a Los Angeles area hospital. Her manager, Kayla Pressman, released a statement saying that Henderson’s death was “unexpected” and that she died as a result of “heart failure”. Her family claims that she was quite active in the days leading up to her death, however she was beginning to not feel well a few days before she was hospitalized.

The success of a show like The Brady Bunch was a true pop culture phenomenon. Despite only airing for six years, the show continues to be introduced to new generations of fans through both syndication and re-runs. Henderson went on to reprise her role as Carol Brady even after the initial series went off the air in various TV specials and holiday events.

Something about the series and the way that it explored a different variation of the typical family dynamic truly spoke to the heart and soul of the television audience. Everyone wanted a mom like Carol Brady and the amount of heart and soul put into the role by an actress like Henderson was nothing short of phenomenal. Her work in later years including guest appearances in series such as Ally McBeal, Happily Divorced, and 30 Rock, as well as, episodes of both The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.  She went on to host a cooking show called Country Kitchen and took part in the celeb reality series Surreal Life back in 2006. More recently she completed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in 2010 and was just spotted in the audience of this season showing support for competitor Maureen McCormick, who played her TV daughter Marsha Brady on The Brady Bunch.

Our sincere condolences go out to Florence Henderson’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. She will truly be remembered as one of the greats!

Brady Bunch Matriarch Florence Henderson Dead At Age 82

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that one of America’s most beloved TV mom’s, actress Florence Henderson has passed away at the age of 82. Henderson was best known for her role as Brady Bunch family matriarch Carol Brady on the long running ABC sitcom. The Brady Bunch aired from 1969 to 1974. Prior to her leading role on The Brady Bunch, Henderson was an established Broadway performer and was the very first female guest host of The Tonight Show.

Henderson died on November 24, just one day after being admitted to a Los Angeles area hospital. Her manager, Kayla Pressman, released a statement saying that Henderson’s death was “unexpected” and that she died as a result of “heart failure”. Her family claims that she was quite active in the days leading up to her death, however she was beginning to not feel well a few days before she was hospitalized.

The success of a show like The Brady Bunch was a true pop culture phenomenon. Despite only airing for six years, the show continues to be introduced to new generations of fans through both syndication and re-runs. Henderson went on to reprise her role as Carol Brady even after the initial series went off the air in various TV specials and holiday events.

Something about the series and the way that it explored a different variation of the typical family dynamic truly spoke to the heart and soul of the television audience. Everyone wanted a mom like Carol Brady and the amount of heart and soul put into the role by an actress like Henderson was nothing short of phenomenal. Her work in later years including guest appearances in series such as Ally McBeal, Happily Divorced, and 30 Rock, as well as, episodes of both The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.  She went on to host a cooking show called Country Kitchen and took part in the celeb reality series Surreal Life back in 2006. More recently she completed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in 2010 and was just spotted in the audience of this season showing support for competitor Maureen McCormick, who played her TV daughter Marsha Brady on The Brady Bunch.

Our sincere condolences go out to Florence Henderson’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. She will truly be remembered as one of the greats!

Laurie Hernandez And Val Chmerkovskiy Crowned Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Champs!

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(ABC) In the two-hour season finale of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, the three finalists advanced to the final stage of the competition. There were live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom. The night kicked off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination. The season finale was filled with performances from Vanilla Ice, who performed “Ice Ice Baby,” featuring Rick Perry and Witney Carson; a special guest performance by Andy Grammer of his global smash hit single, “Fresh Eyes,” 11-time Grammy-winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performed “Winter Wonderland” from his Christmas album, featuring pro dancers Artem Chigvintsev, Cheryl Burke and Allison Holker; and an all-male number to Bruno Mars’ “24K,” featured the men from this season, including Ryan Lochte, Calvin Johnson, James Hinchcliffe, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy, among others.

In addition, the season finale also featured a special performance choreographed by Mandy Moore. This innovative and magical dance celebrates your favorite and heartwarming holiday traditions and starred some of your favorite “Dancing with the Stars” dancers, including Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson, Artem Chignvinstev, and many more, and used technology that had to be seen to be believed! This is one performance that could not be missed! There was also a special performance from the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars: Live! We Came to Dance” tour, hitting the road this winter.

Couples from across the season celebrated their time on the show by repeating one of their favorite dances, including Laurie & Val’s trio with Maks, Amber Rose & Maks dancing to “Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor, Maureen McCormick dancing to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” with Artem, Jana & Gleb’s infamous dance to “Hands to Myself,” by Selena Gomez, and more.

In the last element of competition, the couples performed a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples fused two contrasting dance styles, and they had less 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. The votes from November 21 were combined long with the judges’ points from the “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night at The Grove, Laurie and Val were crowned Season 23 champions and presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

ABC Unveils 2016-2017 Primetime Schedule! See The New Trailers

(ABC) The network recently held it’s annual programming upfronts in New York City and revealed it’s 2016-2017 slate of primtime programming that included the addition of nine new series.

ABC’s president, Channing Dungey, says “Our new shows reflect the inclusive and empowering storytelling that defines the ABC brand. We will continue to raise the bar for our audience, investing in great storytellers and reflecting the authentic faces and voices of the world around us.”

New series “American Housewife,” “Conviction,” “Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Notorious,” “Speechless,” “Still Star-Crossed” and “Time After Time” will join the lineup for the 2016-2017 season.

You can view information and trailers for the upcoming new series below:

American Housewife

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Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring.  She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voiceover as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport. The series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Jeff Otto, Johnny Sequoyah as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as Harrison, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris. American Housewife is written by Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads”) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Aaron Kaplan, Rick Weiner and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers and directed by Ruben Fleischer, also an EP.

Conviction

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Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.

In addition to Atwell, “Conviction” stars Eddie Cahill as Wayne Wallis, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Sullivan, Merrin Dungey as Maxine, Emily Kinney as Tess Thompson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel DiTomasso as Jackson Morrison.

Co-created by writer Liz Friedman (“Elementary,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), and director Liz Friedlander (“The Following”), “Conviction” will be executive produced by Mark Gordon (“Criminal Minds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Saving Private Ryan”). “Conviction” is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.

Designated Survivor

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Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

“Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Maggie Q as Hannah Watts, Kal Penn as Seth Wheeler, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as James Ritter, and Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman.

“Designated Survivor” is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.  David Guggenheim is creator and executive producer.  In addition to Guggenheim, the series is executive produced by Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the first episode.

Downward Dog

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Based on the web series, “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Emmy nominated Allison Tolman, “Fargo”), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin.  One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.

The series stars Allison Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry Rothbart as Kevin and Mo Collins as Kim.

“Downward Dog” creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen will executive produce with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal’s Kathy Dziubek.  Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were executive producers of the pilot. The series is from Legendary Television and ABC Studios.

Imaginary Mary

Imaginary-Mary

Notorious

Notorious

Speechless

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Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, “About A Boy,” “The Riches,” “Good Will Hunting”) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs.  As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

“Speechless” stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.

Scott Silveri (“Friends”) writes and is executive producer of the show, along with “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar.  The series is from Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.

Still Star-Crossed

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“Still Star-Crossed,” a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.  The series is based on the book by Melinda Taub.

“Still Star Crossed” stars Wade Briggs (“Home and Away”) as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch (“The 7.39”) as Rosaline,  Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan Wooldrigde as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence.

Heather Mitchell (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) is writer and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Michael Goldstein are executive producers. Michael Offer is executive producer and director of the pilot, from ABC Studios.

Time After Time

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Based on the novel and movie “Time After Time,” executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream” franchise, “Dawson’s Creek”) delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.  Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.

The series stars Freddie Stroma (“Harry Potter” films) as H.G. Wells,  Josh Bowman (“Revenge”) as John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper,  Genesis Rodriguez (“Big Hero 6”) as Jane and Regina Taylor (“Dig”) as Vanessa Anders.  “Time After Time” is from Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television Williamson and Marcos Siega (“Blindspot,” “The Following”) are executive producers. Siega directed the pilot.  Williamson wrote the teleplay. “Time After Time” is based on the novel written by Karl Alexander.

Full List Of Cancelled TV Shows By Network

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(PCM) It is a sad time of year for TV fans, as we learn the untimely fate of some of our favorite shows. We must face the reality that although we may love them, some shows have been ultimately given the ax. We are especially sad to see that ABC’s Nashville and The Muppets didn’t make the cut, but here’s hoping that they will find a home at another network, as rumor has it, Nashville is being shopped around.

Below you can find a complete list of the cancelled TV shows for the 2016-2017 season broken down by network:

ABC
Of Kings and Prophets (was pulled after only two episodes)
The Family (after 1 season)
Blood and Oil (after 1 season)
The Muppets (after 1 season)
Wicked City (after 1 season)
The Whispers (after 1 season)
Agent Carter (after 2 seasons)
Galavant (after 2 seasons)
Nashville (after 4 seasons)
Castle (after 8 seasons)

CBS
Angel from Hell (after 1 season)
CSI: Cyber (after 1 season)
Extant (after 2 seasons)
Under the Dome (after 3 seasons)
Mike & Molly (after 6 season)
The Good Wife (after 7 seasons)
Person of Interest (after 5 seasons)

CW
Containment (after 1 season, was initially announced to be limited.)
Beauty and the Beast (after 4 seasons)

FOX
Grandfathered (after 1 season)
The Grinder (after 1 season)
Bordertown (after 1 season)
Minority Report (after 1 season)
Second Chance (after 1 season)
Knock Knock Live (after 1 season)
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (after 1 season)
American Idol (after 15 seasons)

NBC
Heroes Reborn (after 1 season)
The Player (after 1 season)
You, Me, and the Apocalypse (after 1 season)
Truth Be Told (after 1 season)
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (after 1 season)
Mr. Robinson (after 1 season)

Some shows still remain in limbo with no announcements being made about renewal or cancellation such as “Limitless” and “Undercover Boss” on CBS, “The X-Files” on FOX and “The Last Man Standing” on ABC. So perhaps we can hold out some hope…we are looking at you FOX….please give us some more of The X-Files!

 

Rejoice Cord Cutters! The Oscars Will Be Streaming This Year!

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(PCM) The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air this Sunday on ABC and many cord cutters were under the fear that they would be forced to watch dozens of streaming video clips to catch a glimpse of the either the red carpet or the show itself. ABC has now revealed that the entire three-hour Oscar’s telecast will be live streaming via their website for those of us that have done away with traditional cable TV service. It will be available in most markets.

Here’s how to live stream:

Head to ABC’s site and stream it. Just like last year, ABC is streaming it for free (in some markets). ABC only offers livestreaming in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco. When you go to the website, you will be prompted to fill-in your TV provider credentials.

You can also download the Official Oscar’s App made by ABC and available for download in the App Store, on Google Play, and via Amazon. But again, it only works in the aforementioned cities, and again, will require that you have an account with a TV provider.

The Oscars will air Sunday, February 28, live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock!

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