Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey ‘really want’ an ‘Office’ reunion

Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey ‘really want’ an ‘Office’ reunion
Oct. 18 (UPI) — Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey said they are open to an Office reunion while appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “I don’t think there’s ever gonna be a reboot but we really want an Office reunion,” Fischer, who portrayed Pam on the popular sitcom said Thursday after being asked by fan if she ever gets tired of being asked about a potential reboot. “We’re pushing,” Kinsey, who portrayed Angela said with Fischer noting that the reunion could be a special. Fischer and Kinsey host podcast Office Ladies which features the duo watching an episode of The Office every week and offering behind-the-scenes stories. Fischer mentioned that the podcast has made them more open to doing a reunion. The television stars were also asked who cried the most from The Office when the show finished its nine season run from 2005 to 2013. “Ellie... More

‘Bless the Harts’: Fox renews Kristen Wiig series for Season 2

‘Bless the Harts’: Fox renews Kristen Wiig series for Season 2
Oct. 18 (UPI) — Bless the Harts will return for a second season on Fox. The network announced in a tweet Friday that it has renewed the animated series for Season 2. The post shows Kristen Wiig‘s character, Jenny, celebrating as Jesus (Kumail Nanjiani) looks on. “Who cares what time it is?! Crack open a cold one and celebrate with us because #BlesstheHarts will be back for Season 2!” the caption reads. Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz co-star on the show. The series follows Jenny Hart (Wiig), a poor single mom living in North Carolina with her daughter (Bell), mother (Rudolph) and boyfriend (Barinholtz). Bless the Harts is created and executive produced by Emily Spivey, with Wiig also serving as an executive producer. “Bless the Harts is an incredibly sharp, yet sweet, series,” Fox Entertainment president of entertainment Michael Thorn said in a press release. “It simply doesn’t... More

‘Barney’ film being developed by Mattel

‘Barney’ film being developed by Mattel
Oct. 18 (UPI) — Mattel announced Friday plans to develop a new live-action film based on children’s television character Barney. Mattel films is teaming up with Get Out and Black Pantherstar Daniel Kaluuya to co-produce the project through his 59% production company. Kaluuya is also producing with Rowan Riley and Amandla Crichlow from 59% along with David Carrico, Adam Paulsen and Bobby Hoppey of Valparaiso Pictures. Kevin McKeon is overseeing for Mattel. Barney, a purple dinosaur, is a children’s television icon who appeared in the series Barney & Friends from 1992 to 2009. “Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to Barney that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations,” Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films said in a statement. “The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.” “Barney was a ubiquitous... More

Kenosha-born MLB rookie Gavin Lux is taking it one swing at a time

Kenosha-born MLB rookie Gavin Lux is taking it one swing at a time
So many of us have that moment as a kid – while playing in the backyard, you crack the ball with your wiffle bat, it flies high and far and you can hear the crowd roar, you can hear the announcer cry out, “It’s up, it’s up, it’s outta here! Gone!” The crowd gets even louder as you trot the bases around your yard, waving your hat. For Gavin Lux, he is now living this dream as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. For most of the people in the stands and on the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday, September 2nd, it was just another ordinary baseball game – one of the 81 the Dodgers will play at home in the 2019 season (not including playoffs). But for Gavin Lux, it was a very special night. It was Lux’s Major League Baseball debut. And like many games throughout... More

‘Little Mermaid Live’: John Stamos, Graham Phillips join cast

‘Little Mermaid Live’: John Stamos, Graham Phillips join cast
Sept. 25 (UPI) — John Stamos and Graham Phillips have joined the cast of The Little Mermaid Live! ABC announced in a press release Wednesday that Stamos, 56, and Phillips, 26, will play Chef Louis and Prince Eric in the upcoming TV special. Stamos previously played Chef Louis in a Hollywood Bowl production of The Little Mermaid in 2016. Stamos made his Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and has also appeared in the musicals Nine and Cabaret. Phillips is known for playing Zach Florrick on the CBS series The Good Wife, and has also appeared on Riverdale and Atypical. He originated the role of Evan Goldman in the Broadway musical 13. Stamos and Phillips join previously announced stars Auli’i Cravalho (Ariel), Queen Latifah (Ursula) and Shaggy (Sebastian). The Little Mermaid Live! honors the 30th anniversary of Disney’s animated film of the same name. The... More

Nick Cannon to host new daytime talk show

Nick Cannon to host new daytime talk show
Sept. 25 (UPI) — Actor and television personality Nick Cannon is getting his own talk show. Cannon, 38, will host and produce a nationally syndicated talk show for Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury beginning in 2020. “We are excited to be able to announce this collaboration with Nick, who has proven himself to be such a dominant creative and entrepreneurial force across film, primetime TV, music, comedy, stage and online platforms,” Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a statement. Cannon celebrated the news in an Instagram postWednesday. “This is Chess not Checkers baby!!! Let’s go 2020!!” he wrote. Cannon previously hosted eight seasons of the NBC reality competition America’s Got Talent, and will return to host The Masked Singer Season 2, which premieres Wednesday on NBC. He also served as a guest host on The Wendy WilliamsShow this year. “After leaving America’s Got Talent, I wanted to focus on developing... More

Julianne, Derek Hough to star in NBC holiday special

Julianne, Derek Hough to star in NBC holiday special
Sept. 25 (UPI) — Celebrity siblings Julianne Hough and Derek Hough will star in an NBC holiday special. Julianne, 31, and Derek, 34, will perform musical and dance numbers in the upcoming special Holidays with the Houghs. Holidays with the Houghs is a one-hour show that gives Julianne and Derek’s spin on holiday classics. The special will feature guest appearances from the pair’s celebrity friends, comedy sketches and surprises. “Derek and Julianne are incredibly talented siblings who continue to dazzle audiences with their remarkable performances,” NBC Entertainment EVP of specials Dough Vaughan said ina statement. Julianne and Derek will executive produce the special with Corin Nelson and Ashley Edens-Shaffer. Julianne and Derek shared their excitement about the project in Instagram posts Wednesday. “Who’s ready for the most wonderful time of the year?!? #HolidaysWithTheHoughs,” Julianne wrote. “This should be fun #HolidaysWithTheHoughs #nbc #christmas #variety #entertainment,” Derek added. Julianne and Derek both... More

Exclusive interview with Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian

Exclusive interview with Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian
This story was originally published in the September 7th edition of The Smart Reader magazine. Born and raised in Kenosha, John Antaramian initially served as our mayor from 1992 to 2008, when he decided to not seek re-election and pursue other interests. In 2016, Antaramian returned to the mayor’s office. He recently sat down with Smart Reader for this exclusive interview. You have been the mayor total for 18 years now, what is the biggest difference from being the mayor in 1992 compared to 2019? “The biggest difference is probably the economics of the situation. In 1992, the economics in the area were still very difficult. Today, we see increased growth, not just in the city of Kenosha, but around the area as well.” What made you come out of retirement in 2016 and run again? “There are a lot of things that I believed in that I’d like to... More

Jennifer Garner says she’s a ‘lame’ mom: ‘I kill the fun’

Jennifer Garner says she’s a ‘lame’ mom: ‘I kill the fun’
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Jennifer Garner says one of her daughters refers to her as the “fun-killing mom.” The 47-year-old actress discussed raising Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7, her children with ex-husband Ben Affleck, during Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. “I kill the fun. I am so lame, I say no to everything. They call me ‘the dragon,’ they have all these names for me,” Garner told host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel showed a handwritten note from one of Garner’s daughters that Garner posted on Instagram in November that read, “When I grow up, I want to be a fun-killing mom, just like you!” Garner will star in a Netflix adaptation of the Amy Krause Rosenthal book Yes Day!, which centers on one day of the year where parents say “yes” to all of their children’s wishes. Garner said she doe Yes Day with her... More

Frank Miller returning to Batman with new ‘Dark Knight Returns’ comic

Frank Miller returning to Batman with new ‘Dark Knight Returns’ comic
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Famed comic book writer Frank Miller is returning to Batman with a new story set in his Dark Knight Returns universe titled The Golden Child. Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child will be a 48-page standalone issue that releases on Dec. 11. Rafael Grampa is returning to comics for the first time in six years to provide the art. The comic will take place following the events of 2015’s Dark Knight III: Master Race which Miller co-wrote with Brian Azzarello with art by Andy Kubert. Carrie Kelley will return as Gotham City’s new protector Batwoman as she teams up with Lara Kent, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, in order to take on a new threat. The duo will also be joined by Lara’s brother Jonathan Kent, who possesses unimaginable powers and is referred to as the Golden Child. Miller’s Batman universe first started with... More