Showtime addressed Wilson's awkward CBS This Morning interview, in which she said this morning the decision to leave was hers, but "I'm not allowed to talk about why" she left. Hours later, Showtime released a statement saying: “We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons.” Variety reports that Wilson came to producers before Season 4 and asked if she could be let out of her contract to work on the BBC/PBS series Mrs. Wilson, based on her grandmother.
Barris' three-year deal puts him "in the same ballpark" as new Netflix mega-deal showrunners Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. According to Variety, "the basics of his new Netflix agreement had also been in place for some time." Barris was let out of his ABC Studios deal last month, five months after ABC pulled an episode of Black-ish that reportedly dealt with athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.
A photo of singer Patti LaBelle, who had a longstanding feud with The Queen of Soul, was shown in the background during a brief America's Newsroom segment paying tribute to Franklin. UPDATE: Fox News has apologized: “We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends," Fox News' Jessica Santostefano said in a statement to The Wrap. "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”
Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning will return for the limited series The Angel of Darkness, based on Caleb Carr's Dr. Lazlo Kreizler sequel novel to The Alienist.
"E! will not be moving forward with another season of The Royals, which launched in 2015 as the network’s first original scripted series,” E! said in a statement. According to Deadline, Lionsgate TV has been in talks with sister cable network Pop for a possible fifth season pickup. The Royals creator Mark Schwahn was fired last December after accusations of sexual harassment from the cast and crew of One Tree Hill, which he also created.
The Oscar nominee and Grammy winner will star on the rebooted Season 3 as Deion's mother.
“I am not in the Kim Possible movie,” the actor, who voiced Ron Stoppable on the original animated series, tells Page Six. “In all fairness, Disney asked and I just didn’t think it was for me.”
"Ten years ago today. This was such a special day for us," Ellen tweeted, accompanied by a video of their wedding on Aug. 16, 2008.