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Netflix Is Turning Nickelodeon’s ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Into a Live-Action Series

Netflix Is Turning Nickelodeon’s ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Into a Live-Action Series
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is coming back, thanks to Netflix.

The streamer announced Tuesday that it will produce a reimagined live-action series based on the Nickelodeon cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” from original series’ creators Michael Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko. The two will serve as showrunners and executive producers on the project.

The new series will be created in partnership with Nickelodeon and will start production in 2019.

The original “Avatar: The Last Airbender” aired for three seasons and 61 episodes from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon. The story follows the adventures of Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

The cartoon has been adapted into a comic book and graphic novel series and the 2010 live-action feature film, “The Last Airbender,” directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners

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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners
The greatest surprise at this year's Emmys may have been two of the most powerful forces in television battling to a draw.

With a last-minute twist - "Game of Thrones" returning from a year of ineligibility to claim the Best Drama Series crown over competition including defending champion "The Handmaid's Tale” HBO knuckled its way into retaining its longstanding title as the winningest TV platform. But it shared the title with Netflix, which once again missed out on top drama or comedy honors but which picked up 23 wins - exactly as many as the longtime Emmy top dog.

It represented an odd anticlimax for a TV industry in flux, one so at odds with itself that it tended to throw off surprise wins like often-welcome sparks of inspiration. After an expected early run of comedy wins for Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" ultimately the first streaming series to have won the Best Comedy prize - the awards tended to grow more unruly.
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Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series

Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series
Mrs. Maisel apparently isn’t the only one who’s marvelous.

Amy Sherman-Palladino picked up back-to-back Emmys Monday night when she won the trophies for Writing for a Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

“My panic room’s going to be so pretty!,” she quipped, a statuette in each hand, after she danced out on stage to accept her second award in just a few minutes’ time.

The wins were just two of the Amazon series’ 14 nominations; star Rachel Brosnahan walked away with the Lead Actress in a Comedy category win a few moments later.
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Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose

Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose
Roseanne Barr has revealed the fate of her eponymous television character, Roseanne Conner. The comedian appeared on a recent episode of Brandon Straka’s YouTube show and shared the news her character will die from an opioid overdose when “Roseanne” gets rebooted as “The Conners” on ABC this fall.

“Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr confirmed about her character’s fate. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”

Barr said the decision to have Roseanne Conner die of an opioid overdose was is an insult to the fans “who loved that family in that show.” However, Barr is no longer involved in front of or behind the camera and therefore had no say in how the new show’s creators got rid of her character.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Barr said. “It’s done. It’s over.”

John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan,
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Adam Driver to Host ‘SNL’ Season 44 Opener, Kanye West to Perform

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Adam Driver to Host ‘SNL’ Season 44 Opener, Kanye West to Perform
Adam Driver will host the upcoming “Saturday Night Live” Season 44 premiere, NBC announced Monday.

The “Star Wars” and “BlacKkKlansman” actor will be joined by musical guest Kanye West. This will be Driver’s second time hosting the long-running sketch series while it will be West’s seventh appearace since 2005.

The announcement comes just as “SNL’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost prepare to host this year’s Emmy Awards. The “Weekend Update” pair, along with Kent Sublette, also recently re-upped their deals to return as co-head writers for Season 44.

“SNL” received 21 Emmy nominations this year, with the show having already won seven of those at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. One of those wins went to Tiffany Haddish, who won the award after hosting the show back in November. Dave Chappelle won the same award a year prior for hosting the first post-election episode in 2016.

The Season 44 premiere will air on NBC on Sept.
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Netflix Lands ‘Bodyguard,’ Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes Hit U.K. Drama

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Netflix Lands ‘Bodyguard,’ Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes Hit U.K. Drama
Bodyguard” is going global with Netflix. It has set ratings alight in the U.K., where it airs on the BBC and is the biggest new drama series for a decade, and will now launch internationally on the Svod platform.

The drama starring Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Keeley Hawes (“The Missing”) is made by ITV-owned shingle World Productions. Madden plays David Budd, a war veteran-turned-cop, assigned to protect a senior politician, Julia Montague, played by Hawes.

The opening episode on flagship channel BBC One won a 40.9% share and generated a huge consolidated viewing figure of 10.4 million. In the coveted 16-34 demographic, it won 1.2 million viewers. That made it the biggest drama launch on any network in recent memory in Britain.

Viewers have stuck with the series. The most recent installment, the fifth, went out Sunday and garnered an overnight rating of 8 million and a 38.2% peak share. Those
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The Talk's Julie Chen Confirms Exit in Tearful Video Message: 'I Will Always Cherish the Memories We Shared'

The Talk's Julie Chen Confirms Exit in Tearful Video Message: 'I Will Always Cherish the Memories We Shared'
Julie Chen officially parted ways with The Talk on Tuesday, little more than one week after husband Les Moonves was fired from CBS in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Chen said goodbye to the daytime series via a pre-taped message on Tuesday’s broadcast, in which she said, “I have been at The Talk since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast, crew and staff have become family to me over the years. But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I’ve decided to leave The Talk.
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Julie Chen Officially Exits ‘The Talk’

Julie Chen Officially Exits ‘The Talk’
Julie Chen is officially stepping down as co-host of CBS’ daytime show “The Talk.” Her exit comes after her husband, Leslie Moonves, was ousted as chairman-ceo of CBS Corp.

CBS waited until the final minutes of the hour-long episode to address the elephant in the room. In a prerecorded video message, Chen confirmed her exit. She got emotional saying, “I have been at the talk since the day it started nine years ago and the cast crew and staff have become family.”

Co-host Sara Gilbert expressed solidarity with Chen. “We thank you for eight years of dear friendship and all
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Good Place, Designated Survivor, Twd, Blindspot, Grey's, Big Bang, Htgawm and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Good Place, Designated Survivor, Twd, Blindspot, Grey's, Big Bang, Htgawm and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Gimme a Good Place Season 3 scoop, Stat! — Nicole

Ausiello: I can exclusively report that the one-hour premiere on Sept. 27 (a) includes jokes at the expense of the Kardashians, The Bachelor and Richard Marx, (b) introduces a fresh love interest for one of the four humans, and (c) is utterly delightful.

Question: On Power, I still don’t understand why Tariq picked up Kanan’s ashes. Does he have some master plan? —Rhonda

Ausiello: Think more with your heart,
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Here's What You Should Watch This Week: Maniac, The Sinner

Looking for the best new shows on TV this week?

Well look no further because I have combed through all the TV listings, called up network executives, asked my mom and blindly picked out of a hat all the best options for what to watch this week. Whether it's on regular old TV, Netflix or Hulu, or

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Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are All In For the ‘Mad About You’ Reboot

Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are All In For the ‘Mad About You’ Reboot
Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser are still mad about each other, because the duo met just last week to discuss the potential “Mad About You” reboot. And the former on-camera couple are all in.

During the Emmys red carpet Monday, “Mad About You” creator and star Reiser told Variety that he discussed resurrecting the popular NBC sitcom with Hunt just last Tuesday.

“For a long time we discussed never doing it, and then we said, ‘You know what, it could be actually fun.’ And we’ve kind of actually said sure,” Reiser told Marc Malkin. “And now the studio needs
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Chevy Chase Hates the Way Current ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Says, ‘Live From New York…’

Chevy Chase Hates the Way Current ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Says, ‘Live From New York…’
Chevy Chase was one of the original breakout stars of “Saturday Night Live,” and it turns out he’s not enjoying everything he’s seeing and hearing on the current iteration of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series. Chase appears on an episode of Netflix’s “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” (via CinemaBlend) and can be heard launching into a mini-rant about the one thing he hates about the present “Saturday Night Live” cast.

According to Chase, the current “SNL” cast is not doing justice to the signature catchphrase, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night.” Chase and the original cast popularized the phrase during the early run of the Lorne Michaels-backed series, and the comedian says the current cast has lost the intention behind what makes the catchphrase such a staple of the series.

“I mean it just gets so bad,” Chase said about the line delivery,
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Jim Carrey Engineered Two ‘In Living Color’ Reunions On His New Showtime Series ‘Kidding’

You can do what you wanna do, in living Carrey. The first two episodes of Showtime’s new series “Kidding” have also served as a bit of an unexpected “In Living Color” reunion for star Jim Carrey. Among the guests in those episodes: Kelly Coffield Park and T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, both of whom starred alongside Carrey in the iconic early 1990s Fox sketch comedy series.

In “Kidding,” Carrey plays Jeff Piccirillo, who has played PBS kids TV host “Jeff Pickles” for 30 years — but is now struggling to cope with the death of his son and the end of his marriage. In the show’s first two episodes, Coffield Park played Joanne, a Realtor who’s selling the house next door to Jeff’s estranged wife and son. And after Jeff, in an impulse, shaves part of his head, Keymáh appears in Episode 2 as Amika, a hair stylist who fixes his look.
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The Five Best Nickelodeon Shows of the 90s

Before I say this about every one of these shows let’s just put it out there, Nickelodeon in the 90s was pretty crazy. Those shows that were more on the level and didn’t go all out for the sake of being nuts were pretty cute but some of them were just insane and didn’t seem to care who knew it. Still, considering that a lot of us grew up on the 90s cartoons, or were at least starting to realize there was more to life than cartoons, these were something fun to watch when we needed it and were otherwise

The Five Best Nickelodeon Shows of the 90s
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‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy

‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy
Twenty-five years ago, audiences were captivated by a most arresting and original spin on a TV staple — the police drama. Steven Bochco, who was already well-known as one of television’s chief innovators and reinventors thanks to high-quality series like “Paris,” “L.A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, co-created “NYPD Blue.” This was his second reinvention of the genre (he was also responsible for “Hill Street Blues”), but in teaming up with David Milch the envelope was pushed even farther.

Not only would “NYPD Blue” pioneer a grittier, more frenetic storytelling style with the use of regularly jerky and very verite handheld camera,
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Bert and Ernie Were Gay (At Least in the Mind of One Sesame Street Writer)

Bert and Ernie Were Gay (At Least in the Mind of One Sesame Street Writer)
It’s one of the universe’s many unanswered questions: Are Bert and Ernie, the unmarried Muppets who have shared an address on Sesame Street since 1969 (and still look amazing!), more than merely friends and roommates? To some, it may seem odd to even attempt to assign a sexual preference to a pair of children’s characters. But to countless others, who have looked to Bert and Ernie as ambiguous Lgbt icons for decades, a little confirmation would be appreciated.

And that confirmation has finally arrived (sort of) in an interview with former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman, who began
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Poll: Who Will Win America's Got Talent?

We're almost to the finish line on America's Got Talent! The ten remaining acts have one more chance to impress with final performances set to take place Tuesday at 8/7c and a winner to be crowned during the live two-hour finale on Wednesday at 8/7c.

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Sesame Street Writer Confirms Bert and Ernie Are Gay

A former Sesame Street writer has confirmed what we always knew: Bert and Ernie are a loving gay couple.

During an interview with Queerty, writer Mark Saltzman reflected upon writing the iconic Muppet duo as a gay couple and seeing his own relationship with editor Arnold Glassman in the pair.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Encourages Voting and Volunteering in New PSA (Watch)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Encourages Voting and Volunteering in New PSA (Watch)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn’t just play a politician on HBO’s comedy “Veep,” she is also using her personal platform to get involved in issues — namely voting.

“A corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron who somehow becomes president of the United States. That’s the character I play on HBO’s ‘Veep’,” says Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a new PSA for the Multiply Your Vote campaign. “But when I’m off of TV, I’m not a politician — I’m not an expert — I’m a citizen and I know the mid-term election on November 6th is beyond important. It is vital.”

The
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‘Game of Thrones’: Peter Dinklage Shares ‘Very Sad’ Reaction to His Final Day Shooting

‘Game of Thrones’: Peter Dinklage Shares ‘Very Sad’ Reaction to His Final Day Shooting
Peter Dinklage won the 2018 Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, his third trophy for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of the Thrones.” The actor will have one last chance to win for the series next year, as “Thrones” will air its final season in the first half of 2019. Dinklage has already wrapped production on the series.

“It was very sad,” Dinklage said backstage at the Emmys when asked about his final day on set. “This is not only a great TV show to be a part of, but it was an enormous family to be a part of.”

“I was far from home,” he continued. “I live in New York and we shot the show in Europe, so many times I had to stay there and couldn’t go home on the weekends and really developed deep roots in the community of
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