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May 15, 2019

TIM CONWAY REMEMBERED; BURNETT SAYS SHE’S HEARTBROKEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carol Burnett says she’s heartbroken over the death of her comedy sidekick Tim Conway. The performer whose deadpan routines endeared him to generations of TV viewers died yesterday morning in a Los Angeles care facility. A publicist says Conway had a disorder that caused an excess of fluid on the brain. He was 85. In her statement, Burnett said Conway was “one in a million” _ not just as a comedian, but as a person. Others in the comedy world who offered reaction included Conan O’Brien, who said no one made him laugh harder. Kathy Griffin says Conway was “a wildly talented comedy giant.” While best known by older audiences for his work with Burnett, more recently Conway voiced Barnacle Boy for the children’s series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

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065651-w-323:52-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, actors)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85 (14 May 2019)

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065653-r-41:28-(Tim Conway and Ernest Borgnine, in scene from “Spongebob Squarepants”)-“sea creatures unite”-Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85 (14 May 2019)

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“STAR WARS” PIECES FALL INTO PLACE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — We now have a better picture of what’s up with the new “Star Wars” movies in the works. Disney says “Game of Thrones” show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weill are working on a Star Wars movie due in theaters in December, 2022. In the past, Disney said Rian Johnson, who directed “The Last Jedi,” was also working on a Star Wars film, but it was unclear which would come out first. For those keeping track, those movies are expected to be separate from the Luke Skywalker saga that is also under development. That project is to wrap in December under the direction of J.J. Abrams.

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

BOSTON (AP) — There has been another guilty plea in the nationwide college admissions scandal. This one is from a former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California. Laura Janke had pleaded not guilty before deciding to switch her plea to acknowledge that she created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin (LAHK’-lin) and Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. Now that she has copped a plea, she could be asked to testify against Loughlin and Giannulli. They have pleaded not guilty to their alleged roles in the scandal. This latest news about the scandal comes a day after actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score to get her into college.

MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of the biggest titles in TV and the movies will be competing for next month’s MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network says “Avengers: Endgame,” “Game of Thrones” and “RGB” each have four nominations for the awards, leading all other projects. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles that will air June 17.

TV RATINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The battle of the TV behemoths continues _ and once again, “The Big Bang Theory” has beaten “Game of Thrones” in the ratings war. Nielsen reports the CBS comedy drew 12.6 million live viewers last week, just a hair ahead of HBO’s drama, which had 12.5 million viewers. It’s the second straight weekly win for “Big Bang” - as it races toward tomorrow night’s series finale.

CONSTANCE WU TO KEEP HER JOB, DESPITE ONLINE RANT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes when you bite the hand that feeds you, you might still end up being fed. Just ask Constance Wu, one of the stars of the ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat.” Her network says her job isn’t in jeopardy, despite an online rant about her show being renewed. ABC executive Karey Burke told a teleconference the network chooses to believe the last of Wu’s tweets _ that she’s happy to be returning for another season. Burke says ABC gave no thought to yanking her from the show. Wu says she’s sorry for her “insensitive” comments, including one that said the show’s renewal keeps her from being able to do another project she feels passionate about.

JIMMY KIMMEL POKES FUN AT CONSTANCE WU

NEW YORK (AP) _ Haters gon’ hate _ and comedians gon’ make comedy. And so it was that when Jimmy Kimmel showed up to brief TV insiders on the upcoming ABC lineup, he couldn’t help but poke fun at network co-worker Constance Wu of “Fresh Off the Boat.” She drew online criticism after complaining that her show’s being renewed would keep her from doing another acting gig. Kimmel tied in Wu’s situation to his observation that NBC had given its popular drama “This Is Us” a rare three-year renewal. Kimmel cracked that Wu would call that “a death sentence.”

LUKE PERRY REMEMBERED

NEW YORK (AP) — Ian Ziering (EYE’-uhn ZEER’-ing) says it’s still tough to think of doing a reboot of “Beverly Hills, 90210” without Luke Perry, who died in March. At an event promoting the upcoming batch of Fox shows, the 90210 cast spoke about losing Perry. Jason Priestly said Perry “was a huge part” of the original show _ and was also “a very large part” of his life. Ziering says when it comes to Perry’s death, he’s still processing it _ and that right now, “it’s difficult.”

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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