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Dysfunctional dynasty got ending it deserved

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Last week we said our last goodbye to Succession, to its petty power plays, its unrelentingly nasty dialogue, its excellent knitwear. Buzzy and brilliant, the series was so caustically funny, so emotionally exhausting, so tonally tricky that no one could decide whether it was a Seinfeldian “comedy about nothing” or a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions.

In its extraordinary, extended final episode, Succession somehow managed to be both.

The title, With Open Eyes, is a nod to a John Berryman poem that references eyes both open and sightless. It’s not just the characters who are blinded, though, their vision clouded by a desperate need for corporate power and paternal affirmation. The title might also be a warning to viewers, a hint that maybe we’ve been watching without always seeing.

Succession is a show that expertly manipulates expectations, and perhaps its best bait-and-switch has been to get us all obsessing over the issue of which deeply damaged, hugely unqualified Roy sibling would end up seizing control of the Waystar Royco empire.

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Large production studio to be built in Iqaluit

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Large production studio to be built in Iqaluit

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IQALUIT, Nunavut - Nunavut filmmakers and videographers say construction of a large-scale TV and film production studio in Iqaluit will be "game changing" for the territory's film industry.

Iqaluit-based production company Red Marrow Media, co-founded by Stacey Aglok MacDonald and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, is leading the project. They're currently developing a yet-untitled comedy series, commissioned by CBC, APTN and Netflix.

"It'll be the biggest show that's ever come out of Nunavut," Arnaquq-Baril said, adding she could not yet share many details.

"We're excited to spend time in our communities on screen making people laugh, which is not something we get to do on the global stage very often."

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Small boats make their way through the Frobisher Bay inlet in Iqaluit on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Nunavut filmmakers and videographers say construction of a large-scale TV and film production studio in Iqaluit will be 'game changing' for the territory's film industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

CBC to add free streaming channels for local news

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CBC to add free streaming channels for local news

Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023

TORONTO - CBC announced plans Thursday to launch more free streaming channels including one dedicated to comedy and several focused on local news as it dives deeper into online options favoured by younger audiences.

While announcing its fall/winter lineup the public broadcaster said two ad-driven streamers will debut this fall with 2024 expected to see more free, ad-supported television, or FAST channels. They join CBC News Explore, which premiered last November to offer a deeper dive into current affairs and news topics.

CBC Comedy will offer a constant feed of CBC series, sketch comedy and standup specials including current episodes of “Run the Burbs,” “Son of a Critch” and “Sort Of,” as well as past seasons of defunct shows “Kim’s Convenience,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “Baroness Von Sketch Show.”

CBC News BC will stream local news from the West Coast and be the first of multiple local news streamers planned for connected TVs, the CBC News App and CBC Gem.

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CBC is set to launch more free streaming channels including one dedicated to comedy and several focused on local news. Andrew (Andrew Phung) and Camille (Rakhee Morzaria) are shown in a scene from the CBC sitcom “Run The Burbs." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ian Watson *MANDATORY CREDIT*

'I'm a Virgo,' 'Hijack' among June streaming picks

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'I'm a Virgo,' 'Hijack' among June streaming picks

David Friend, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023

Here's a roundup of standout TV series and films debuting on subscription streaming platforms in June:

“I’m a Virgo”

Writer-director Boots Riley's definitive visual style made his 2018 comedy "Sorry to Bother You" a buzzworthy big-screen success and his new TV series promises to push the boundaries of surreal social commentary even further. "I'm a Virgo" follows Cootie, a 13-foot-tall young Black man whose parents sheltered him from the outside world in their Oakland, Calif., home. Confident, curious and born under an astrological sign that craves adventure, Cootie marches into the real world with fresh eyes which almost immediately lead him into trouble. Riley brings an absurdist vantage point to modern America and all its pitfalls, led by a charming performance by Jharrel Jerome, who won an Emmy for Ava DuVernay’s "When They See Us." The giant teen is backed up by a strong supporting cast that includes Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo and Walton Goggins. (Prime Video, June 23)

“Hijack”

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"I'm a Virgo" stars Jharrel Jerome as Cootie, a 13-foot-tall young Black man in Oakland, Calif. who grew, escapes his protective parents to discover the outside world. A still from the series is shown in this handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Prime Video *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Made-in-Manitoba series examines painful history of flawed government program

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Made-in-Manitoba series examines painful history of flawed government program

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Thursday, May. 25, 2023

Little Bird is no small feat.

Not only because it took seven years to get from concept to release, or because filming for the six-part television series was plagued by floods, ice storms, insect infestations and pandemic delays.

Little Bird is a groundbreaking accomplishment for the story it tells.

The made-in-Manitoba miniseries — which debuts on Crave and APTN Lumi today — stars Winnipeg’s Darla Contois as Bezhig Little Bird, a young Indigenous woman searching for her birth parents after being adopted into a Jewish family in Montreal as a child during the ’60s Scoop.

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Little Bird stars Winnipeg’s Darla Contois as Bezhig Little Bird/Esther Rosenblum, alongside Lisa Edelstein as Golda Rosenblum.

‘60s Scoop, Holocaust grief coil in ‘Little Bird’

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‘60s Scoop, Holocaust grief coil in ‘Little Bird’

Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press 6 minute read Thursday, May. 25, 2023

TORONTO - Feelings of grief and a desire for healing were constant on the set of the '60s Scoop drama “Little Bird,” says showrunner and co-creator Jennifer Podemski, who drew on her own mixed heritage to explore the psychological fallout of an Indigenous woman adopted as a child by a Jewish family.

Many members of the Indigenous-led cast and crew had family stories about the government practice in which Indigenous children were taken from their birth families and adopted into predominantly white, middle-class homes, she said Thursday, making the shoot a “very traumatic” experience for some.

Podemski said a therapist was on set, as was a “medicine tent” that housed gifts from an elder to encourage healing for cast and crew rattled by upsetting themes in the dramatization for Crave and APTN lumi.

"These are extremely triggering stories to tell – not just for Indigenous people and not just for people who experienced the current reality of colonial violence in whatever form that is, which is an everyday reality for us as Indigenous people, but for non-Indigenous people who were realizing the gravity of the situation and feeling guilty,” said Podemski, who is not a ‘60s Scoop survivor but was raised by a Jewish father and an Indigenous mother from Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan.

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Crave/APTN's "Little Bird" star Darla Contois, centre, series co-creator Jennifer Podemski, left, and co-star Lisa Edelstein pose for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, May 25, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Mattea Roach finishes second in 'Jeopardy Masters'

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Mattea Roach finishes second in 'Jeopardy Masters'

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Thursday, May. 25, 2023

Canadian quiz show champ Mattea Roach made it to the finals, but couldn't clinch the "Jeopardy! Masters" title.

The Toronto-based writer and podcast host finished second on Wednesday's episode, with a combined two-game point total of 41,685, earning a prize of US$250,000.

James Holzhauer scored 43,795 points to win the tournament and its US$500,000 first prize, while fellow American Matt Amodio came in third to win US$150,000.

The "Jeopardy!" spinoff pit six recent trivia titans against each other, with a different combination of competitors playing two “high-stakes games” in each hour-long episode of the quarter- and semifinals.

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Mattea Roach advances in 'Jeopardy Masters'

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Mattea Roach advances in 'Jeopardy Masters'

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

Toronto trivia titan Mattea Roach has made it to the final round of "Jeopardy Masters."

The Canadian writer and podcaster came in second and third in the two games on Tuesday's show, landing a spot in Wednesday night's final.

The tournament pit six recent super-champions against each other, including Roach, James Holzhauer and Amy Schneider.

Schneider was eliminated ahead of the semifinals, while Holzhauer is advancing to the final as well.

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Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

Canadian Mattea Roach appears in an episode of Jeopardy! in a handout photo. **MANDATORY CREDIT**

A spectral spin on the culinary reality show

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A spectral spin on the culinary reality show

Eva Wasney 5 minute read Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

The elevator pitch: local ghost-kitchen purveyors convene in a haunted house to have their cooking judged by a hungry spectre.

Oh, and there are also paranormal experts, familiar monsters and just a hint of bike theft.

It’s a deeply weird, multidimensional concept that a Winnipeg film production company has turned into a very real television series available now on Bell FibeTV.

Ghost Kitchens is a four-part reality cooking competition/supernatural history show created by Folks Films, a studio founded by siblings Laina and Taylor Brown. Pushing the bounds of possibility was a driving force behind the pair’s first foray into entertainment TV.

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Ghost Kitchens host Angie St. Mars gets in the spirit.

Barry’s end is nigh, but don’t expect conventional closure

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Barry’s end is nigh, but don’t expect conventional closure

Alison Gillmor 4 minute read Saturday, May. 20, 2023

Barry, the HBO series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg (on Crave, with new episodes airing on Sundays), is just two episodes away from reaching the conclusion of its fourth and final season. I don’t think we’re going to get much in the way of conventional closure, though.

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Bill Hader is the co-creator and star of “Barry,” now in its fourth and final season. (Merrick Morton/HBO/TNS)

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press 1 minute read Friday, May. 19, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C.; Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C.; Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.

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CNN’s Amanpour criticizes network’s decision to hold Trump town hall

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CNN’s Amanpour criticizes network’s decision to hold Trump town hall

David Bauder, The Associated Press 2 minute read Thursday, May. 18, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran correspondent Christiane Amanpour became the most prominent CNN journalist to publicly criticize her network for airing last week's town hall with former President Donald Trump.

Amanpour told a group of graduating students at Columbia University's graduate school of journalism on Wednesday that she would have “dropped the mic at ‘nasty person,’” a reference to when Trump lobbed that insult at moderator Kaitlan Collins.

CNN was criticized for hosting Trump at a live event in New Hampshire, where the 2024 presidential candidate repeated lies about the last election before a mostly adoring audience. CNN Chairman Chris Licht has defended the town hall as newsworthy and important, and Amanpour said she had a “robust discussion” with him about it.

Everyone knows Trump tries to seize the stage and dominate at such events, said Amanpour, the chief international correspondent who has worked at CNN for 40 years.

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FILE - Christiane Amanpour participates in the "Amanpour & Co." panel during the TCA Summer Press Tour on July 30, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The veteran correspondent became the first CNN journalist to publicly criticize her network for airing last week's town hall with former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Mattea Roach advances in 'Jeopardy Masters'

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Mattea Roach advances in 'Jeopardy Masters'

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, May. 17, 2023

LOS ANGELES - Canadian trivia phenom Mattea Roach has made it to the semifinals of "Jeopardy Masters," a spinoff of the TV game show that made them famous.

The Toronto-based writer and podcaster came in third in their game on tonight'sshow but still managed to land a spot in the next round, which begins Monday.

The tournament pit six recent super-champions against each other, including Roach, James Holzhauer and Amy Schneider.

A different combination of competitors plays two “high-stakes games” in each hour-long episode.

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Canadian Mattea Roach appears in an episode of Jeopardy! in a handout photo. **MANDATORY CREDIT**

‘The Office’ star Rainn Wilson crisscrosses the globe in search of inner bliss for TV series

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‘The Office’ star Rainn Wilson crisscrosses the globe in search of inner bliss for TV series

Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press 5 minute read Wednesday, May. 17, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Rainn Wilson wanted to find inner happiness. So he got on a plane. Many planes.

The actor, who memorably played scheming, egotistical Dwight Schrute on “The Office” has crisscrossed the world to explore how people in different countries find their glee.

The result is “Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss,” a new Peacock series that follows Wilson looking for some deep answers as he takes in a drag show in Thailand to getting in a boxing ring in Ghana. The show premieres Thursday, in time for Mental Health Awareness Month.

“I wanted it to be a personal voyage of like, ‘Hey, can this make me happier? Can I share my journey? Can I share my story?’ But, at the same time, I wanted it to be something for everyone — you could feel like you’re going on that trip, too.”

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This image released by Peacock shows Rainn Wilson in a scene from "Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss." (Peacock via AP)

Canada's Got Talent to bump S3 prize to $1 million

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Canada's Got Talent to bump S3 prize to $1 million

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, May. 17, 2023

TORONTO - “Canada’s Got Talent” is increasing its top prize to $1 million.

Citytv says its competition series will return for a third season with a bumped-up award from parent company Rogers, described as the biggest cash prize in Canadian television history.

In addition, CIBC will award $25,000 each to six Golden Buzzer acts, or entertainers deemed good enough to progress from auditions straight to the semifinal.

The news was revealed during Tuesday's Season 2 finale, which awarded a grand purse of $150,000.

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'Canada's Got Talent' judges Kardinal Offishall, from left to right, Trish Stratus, Howie Mandel, Lilly Singh and host Lindsay Ell are seen in an undated handout photo. The singing competition staple has been renewed for a third season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rogers Sports Media-Jag Gundu, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A recipe for Escarole and White Bean Soup, from Lidia Bastianich and her new PBS special

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A recipe for Escarole and White Bean Soup, from Lidia Bastianich and her new PBS special

The Associated Press 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 17, 2023

Lidia Bastianich offers this classic Escarole and White Bean Soup recipe from her new special on PBS. She says it was one of the first dishes on the menu when she and her husband opened their first restaurant, and it is still a family favorite at home. The vegetables are typically served in a loose broth under stuffed calamari, but they are great on their own or with simply grilled calamari or octopus, and delicious with sauteed or grilled shrimp. It is a recipe featured in “PBS’ Lidia Celebrates America: Flavors that Define Us.”

ESCAROLE AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

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This image released by PBS shows celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich holding her recipe for escarole and white bean soup in Washington, DC on Nov. 7, 2022. The Emmy-award winning TV host, author and restaurateur explores the immigrant experience through food in the PBS special "Lidia Celebrates America: Flavors That Define Us.” (Meredith Nierman/PBS via AP)

Buffoonery blunders without any bite

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Buffoonery blunders without any bite

Alison Gillmor 5 minute read Saturday, May. 13, 2023

During Donald Trump’s scandal-swamped American presidency, political commentators — picking up a term coined by John Oliver – often referred to particularly dopey acts of corruption as “Stupid Watergate.”

White House Plumbers (now on Crave, with new episodes airing Mondays) is here to remind us that the original Watergate scandal was plenty stupid. If only the show itself were a little smarter.

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Saturday, May. 13, 2023

During Donald Trump’s scandal-swamped American presidency, political commentators — picking up a term coined by John Oliver – often referred to particularly dopey acts of corruption as “Stupid Watergate.”

White House Plumbers (now on Crave, with new episodes airing Mondays) is here to remind us that the original Watergate scandal was plenty stupid. If only the show itself were a little smarter.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press 1 minute read Friday, May. 12, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; former Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; former Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas.

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‘Succession’ star Jeremy Strong lands a role on Broadway in 2024 in ‘An Enemy of the People’

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‘Succession’ star Jeremy Strong lands a role on Broadway in 2024 in ‘An Enemy of the People’

Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press 2 minute read Friday, May. 12, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Strong is going from a corporate boardroom on TV to a whistleblower on Broadway.

The actor who plays Kendall Roy in the HBO television series “Succession” has signed on to play a man who tries to expose water contamination in a Norwegian spa town in Henrik Ibsen's 1882 play “An Enemy of the People.”

The play — with a rewrite from Amy Herzog, whose adaptation of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” just won a Tony nomination — will premiere on Broadway in early 2024 at a theater to be revealed later, producers said. The rest of the cast will be announced later. Sam Gold, who won a Tony directing “Fun Home,” will helm the revival.

It will be Strong's second time on Broadway. He was in “A Man for All Seasons” in 2008 with Frank Langella and Patrick Page. Since then, his work on “Succession” has earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

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FILE - Jeremy Strong arrives at the HBO and HBO Max Post Emmys Reception on Sept. 12, 2022, in West Hollywood, Calif. Strong, who plays Kendall Roy in the HBO television series “Succession,” has signed on to play a man who tries to expose water contamination in a Norwegian spa town in Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play “An Enemy of the People." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

'Run the Burbs' picked up by CW network in U.S.

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'Run the Burbs' picked up by CW network in U.S.

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, May. 11, 2023

TORONTO - Canada’s next-door neighbours will get a chance to meet the Phams when “Run the Burbs" joins a new slate of Canadian shows making their U.S. debuts on the CW network.

The American television network announced Wednesday it's adding the comedy to its summer programming lineup alongside four other Canadian scripted and non-scripted TV shows.

“Run the Burbs” follows the Phams, a young Vietnamese-South Asian Canadian family who upend ideas about contemporary family values and life in the suburbs.

The half-hour seriesis led by a stay-at-home dad played by Andrew Phung who also serves as co-creator and executive producer with Scott Townsend. CBC recently announced that Nelu Handa and Jennica Harper would be taking over showrunner duties for the upcomingthird season.

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Actors Rakhee Morzaria as Camille and Andrew Phung as Andrew are shown in this undated handout image. Canada’s next-door neighbours will be getting a chance to meet the Phams with the U.S. debut of "Run the Burbs." The American television network The CW has added the comedy series to its Summer 2023 programming lineup, which originally aired on CBC Television last January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ian Watson
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Jacklyn Zeman, longtime ‘General Hospital’ cast member who played nurse Bobbie Spencer, dies at 70

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Jacklyn Zeman, longtime ‘General Hospital’ cast member who played nurse Bobbie Spencer, dies at 70

Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press 4 minute read Friday, May. 12, 2023

Jacklyn Zeman, who became one of the most recognizable actors on daytime television during 45 years of playing nurse Bobbie Spencer on ABC’s “General Hospital,” has died. She was 70.

Zeman died of cancer, her family confirmed Wednesday. News of her death was first announced by the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

“I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman,” he wrote on Twitter. “Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and a true professional that brought so much positive energy with her work.”

ABC Entertainment and “General Hospital” also released a statement saying Zeman "leaves behind a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine and will always be remembered for her kind heart and radiant spirit. We are devastated by the news of her passing, and send our deepest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and loved ones.”

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FILE - Jacklyn Zeman, who portrays nurse Bobbie Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital," attends to a patient in an ambulance during a taping of 'GH's' first prime-time special in Los Angeles, on Nov. 20, 1996. Zeman, who played the character for 45 years on the ABC soap opera, has died at 70. Zeman died after a short battle with cancer, her family confirmed Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner, File)

7.6M watched some part of coronation: Numeris

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7.6M watched some part of coronation: Numeris

Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 10, 2023

Millions of Canadians tuned in to the coronation of King Charles III, with the majority watching parts of the ceremony in real time, according to Numeris data.

Numeris reported that 7.6 million viewers tuned into at least one minute of the coronation broadcast, with 71 per cent having viewed a portion of it live Saturday morning.

The figures include anyone who watched the event on any of the Canadian stations and networks.

By comparison, 12 million Canadians tuned into the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in May 2018, according to numbers from Numeris.

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People drink tea and eat pastries during an early-morning viewing party of the coronation of King Charles III at Government House in Halifax on Saturday, May 6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

What to know as UK hosts Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine

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What to know as UK hosts Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine

Jill Lawless, The Associated Press 6 minute read Tuesday, May. 9, 2023

LONDON (AP) — Last week, Britain crowned a king. This week, it will help bestow Europe’s pop crown.

The Eurovision Song Contest is returning to the U.K. for the first time in 25 years, but the heart of the glitzy music competition will be in Ukraine.

Britain is hosting the event on behalf of the war-battered country, and organizers have vowed to make it a celebration of Ukrainian spirit and culture.

The contest will see musical acts from 37 countries perform original songs in the English city of Liverpool, with semi-finals Tuesday and Thursday and a grand final on Saturday watched by an estimated 160 million people.

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Remo Forrer of Switzerland performs during a dress rehearsel for the first semifinal at the Eurovision Song Contest at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England, Monday, May 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Apple TV app – Top Movies

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Apple TV app – Top Movies

The Associated Press 1 minute read Tuesday, May. 9, 2023

Top Movie Purchases and Rentals (US):

1. Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves

2. Avatar: The Way of Water

3. Renfield

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Tuesday, May. 9, 2023

Top Movie Purchases and Rentals (US):

1. Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves

2. Avatar: The Way of Water

3. Renfield

Biden calls for ‘fair deal’ for striking Hollywood writers

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Biden calls for ‘fair deal’ for striking Hollywood writers

The Associated Press 2 minute read Tuesday, May. 9, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called for a “fair deal” for Hollywood's striking writers on Monday as he hosted a White House screening of the the upcoming streaming series “American Born Chinese” to mark Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Biden made his first public comments on the strike, which hits the one-week mark Tuesday, in remarks ahead of the pilot's screening. He was joined by an overflow crowd of hundreds of community leaders, elected officials and cast members and producers from the show in the East Room and the State Dining Room.

“Nights like these are a reminder of stories and the importance of treating storytellers with the dignity, respect and the value they deserve,” Biden said. “I sincerely hope the writers strike in Hollywood gets resolved and the writers are given a fair deal they deserve as soon as possible.”

He added: “This is an iconic, meaningful American industry. And we need the writers and all the workers and everyone involved to tell the stories of our nation and the stories of all of us."

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President Joe Biden speaks before a screening of the series "American Born Chinese" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Monday, May 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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