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Emmy(R) award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady joins the cast of The CW's Black Lightning in a recurring role which will first air in early 2020.
· Brady will play Tyson "Gravedigger" Spikes, a World War II-era member of the U.S. military who became a "super soldier" after a secret experiment gifted him with enhanced strength, agility, tactical genius, and hand-to-hand combat expertise.
· After the war, Spikes defected to the country of Markovia rather than return to a segregated America. His aim to create a sovereign land for metahumans within Markovia sets him on a collision course with the ASA and Black Lightning.
· In addition to acting, Wayne is also a singer, dancer, improviser, and personality who continues to bring powerful performances on both screen and stage.
· The host of CBS's Let's Make A Deal and a regular member of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Brady has also starred on Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots, and as Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Pulitzer Prize and Tony(R)-winning play, Hamilton.


Gwen Stefani has been chosen to receive the E! People's Choice Awards Fashion Icon Award at a Nov. 10 ceremony in Santa Monica.

he three-time Grammy Award winner and four-time coach on NBC's hit musical competition series 'The Voice' has seamlessly translated her magnetic style into a series of successful lifestyle brands for all ages, including her fashion line L.A.M.B., its sister label Harajuku Lovers, her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani and the award-winning Harajuku Mini for Target," a press release said.
The singer and "The Voice" coach called the award an "incredible honor" in a statement.
"As an artist, musician and entrepreneur, fashion has always served as a creative outlet for me to express my personality and music," she said.
"I am so grateful to receive this award and continue to be inspired by those who stand apart and embrace their unique style and individuality."


This week, an episode of the long-running, Alex Trebek-hosted game show Jeopardy! featured a question about Tetris, and the incident now has me questioning every bit of trivia I’ve learned from the quiz show.
The question — or rather answer; this is Jeopardy!, after all — pondered what video game has puzzle pieces named Orange Ricky, Hero, and Smashboy.
Here’s the wording on that clue, as it appeared in a recent episode:


Jeopardy! contestant Jessica Garsed gave the correct response to that clue: “What is Tetris?” Only, that’s not correct at all. Officially, the names of Tetris tetrominoes are not Orange Ricky, Hero, and Smashboy, nor are they Blue Ricky, Teewee, Rhode Island Z, or Cleveland Z. All of those names apparently come from a viral image that circulated earlier this year, purported to be from the NES Tetris instruction manual.
In February, Twitter user “vecchitto” tweeted out the following goof:

I found the original instruction booklet for and... did anyone know that these pieces had names??

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That’s not part of the actual Tetris instruction booklet, but apparently someone at Jeopardy! took that image at face value (or their own goof embarrassingly made it to broadcast), resulting in this week’s bit of incorrect Tetris trivia.
Here’s a clip from this week’s episode:
When the official Jeopardy! Twitter account tweeted out the clue this week, the official Tetris account responded with a little shade.
We’ve reached out to the folks at Jeopardy! to see how this mixup might have happened and if the show plans to correct the error.

“All My Children” star Cameron Mathison revealed over the weekend that he was cancer-free.
Speaking to Extra while attending the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, Mathison, who also co-hosts Hallmark’s “Home & Family,” said that he had surgery three weeks ago to remove a tumor from his kidney. He originally revealed his diagnosis last month.
“I’m feeling really, really well. It’s three weeks out of surgery and I honestly didn’t even think I would be feeling up to coming here,” he said. “The recovery has been great, the surgery went really well, the prognosis is very optimistic.”
Mathison continued: “They removed the tumor on my right kidney and in doing so they removed part of the kidney itself and left the majority of it, and when they did the pathology report and they checked the margins around the tumor, all of that was free and clear of cancer and that led them to believe that all the cancer was out and gone. The cancer has not spread… so I am cancer-free.”

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Days before the new session of the Supreme Court is set to begin, an ever-growing chorus of displeasure with the alliance between Comcast and Donald Trump’s Department of Justice in Byron Allen’s $20 billion battle with the NBCUniversal owner grew even louder and potentially more presidential.
In the closing hours for amicus briefs to be filed to the high court earlier this week, Oval Office contenders Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) joined with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the influential Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal to stop a perceived pivotal change to long-standing civil rights legislation in the case that is to be heard before the justices on November 13.

“As members of Congress, amici have a strong interest in ensuring that the laws Congress has passed are interpreted in a manner that is consistent with their text, history, and Congress’s plan in passing them,” says the brief (read it here) that was filed Monday along with a flood of similar documents from the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Women’s Law Center and over a dozen more organizations.
“The statute at issue in this case—42 U.S.C. § 1981—was passed immediately after the Civil War as part of a broader effort to ensure that the newly freed slaves enjoyed the same rights as other citizens,” the Senators and Congressional Representatives state. “This Court should not rewrite Section 1981 and disturb the vital protections that Congress passed that statute to provide.”
Amid battling Allen and his Entertainment Studios for nearly four years in the courts, Comcast got a boost from the Trump administration on August 15, when the William Barr-led Justice Department filed a brief that seeks to tighten the definitions of the Reconstruction Era statute in the Philadelphia-based corporation’s favor.
The DOJ’s brief frames the statute to require that Entertainment Studios has to prove race was not merely a motivating factor, as the 9th Circuit interpreted the statute earlier this summer. Now, if Chief Justice John Roberts and associate justices agree, Allen’s lawyers would have to prove that race was absolutely the only reason Comcast didn’t place the company’s channels on its distribution services and platforms – which is a near-impossible standard by any measure.

Dancing with the Stars couple Hannah Brown and her professional partner Alan Bersten are setting the record straight on whether there's any romance blossoming between them behind closed doors.

Hannah and Alan, who are both currently single, definitely have chemistry on the dance floor and have proven themselves to be a great team -- and maybe even top contenders -- on Dancing with the Stars' 28th season.

And that's why some Dancing with the Stars fans have been shipping the pair or gossiping about whether they're together.

Hannah's best friend was even shown asking Hannah on Monday night's episode whether she had any romantic feelings for Alan given they were rehearsing a passionate and lustful rumba.

But Hannah and Alan assured Us Weekly they are not dating or in a relationship.

"We are dance partners, and we have the best time together, and we have a friendship that is great," Hannah, 25, told reporters after the latest Dancing with the Stars episode, according to Us.

The Season 15 The Bachelorette star added, "I think I'm done with roses, so mirrorball [trophy] is what we have our eye on."

And when one fan asked Hannah and Alan whether they are "a thing" during an Instagram Q&A session on Monday, Hannah reportedly replied, "Yeah, we're a thing: Team Alabama Hannah!"


The Man. The Myth. The Buyer.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired 11 local TV stations from USA Television for $290 million.
The stations serve small to mid-sized cities (spanning markets ranked No. 79 to No. 188 in the U.S.) and have network affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.
While the deal’s valuation is a fraction of the recent Nexstar-Tribune local TV merger, the USA pickup is the latest in a series of moves by Allen. His company is a partner in the recent takeover of the formerly Fox-run regional sports networks led by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. It also acquired four stations in Indiana and Louisiana for $165 million in July, and in 2018 bought the Weather Channel.

Entertainment Studios is also active in areas like broadcast syndication and theatrical and digital film production, acquisition and distribution.
“I have known Byron Allen for decades and we are delighted that these stations will now be part of his dynamic company, and that Heartland management will continue to guide them,” USA Television CEO Robert S. Prather Jr. said.
Allen saluted Prather’s stewardship of the stations, adding that the deal is “another milestone for our company.” He added that Entertainment Studios will “continue to aggressively look for other opportunities to grow our global media company through strategic acquisitions.”
RBC Capital Markets acted as sole financial adviser to Allen Media Group. Latham & Watkins LLP, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP acted as legal advisers to Allen Media Group. Moelis & Company, LLC was the exclusive financial adviser to USA TV and Eversheds Sutherland (U.S.) LLP provided legal services.

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MIAMI - If you're a Wheel of Fortune fan who's always dreamed of winning big prizes while standing next to Pat and Vanna, the answer to your prayers can be found in the answer to this puzzle:
The 38-foot Wheelmobile tour to find contestants for "America's Game" will stop at the Miccosukee Resort on October 26-27, giving you the chance to audition for Wheel of Fortune.
From 2 to 6 p.m. on each day of the event, all ages are welcome to attend the contest search in the resort's Entertainment Dome. Audition applications will be handed out one hour before scheduled shows at 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Here's how the contestant search works:
  • Everyone who comes to a Wheelmobile event will receive a color-coded application. The color of the application tells you what time the game you are eligible for will begin.
  • Fill out your application and drop it in a nearby receptacle. Just before show time, Wheel of Fortune staff will put all the applications in a big golden drum that sits on the stage. 
  • When the show begins, the Wheelmobile host will pick applications at random from the drum and call participants up to the stage (in groups of five) to play the game.
  • On stage, staff will do a brief interview with each contestant and play a version of the Wheel of Fortune Speed-Up Round.
  • Each person who comes up to the stage will be evaluated as a potential contestant for the show. At the end of the puzzle all contestants on stage will be awarded a prize. (Wheel of Fortune hats, t-shirts and duffle bags are just some of the stuff you might win.)
  • Wheel of Fortune is looking for good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. This is your opportunity to shine. Show them what you’ve got!
  • After the Wheelmobile event in your area has been conducted, the staff will choose the people we believe will be the best candidates for the show (based on their overall performance on stage) to take part in a final round of auditions. These final auditions will take place in the South Florida area within a month after the last event date. 
  • As many people will be called up to the stage as possible. However, there will be many more folks at Wheelmobile events than can possibly audition. For this reason, the show will reserve some slots in the final auditions for those individuals who attended Wheelmobile events but did not make it up to the stage. After all Wheelmobile events have been conducted, a number of names will be drawn at random from all the applications received in the South Florida area for these slots.  
  • If you are invited to the final auditions, you will receive a letter or email within a month of the last Wheelmobile event. 
Eligibility requirements:
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. 
  • You are not eligible to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune if you work for, or are related to, anyone who works for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Pictures Television Inc., Sony Pictures Television International, Quadra Productions, Inc., CBS Television Distribution Group, game show prize suppliers, WPLG-TV (including its advertisers and affiliated radio stations), or any TV stations or networks broadcasting Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!.
  • You are not eligible to appear on Wheel of Fortune if you have appeared on another game show, dating-relationship show or reality show in the last year or three game shows, dating-relationship shows or reality shows in the last ten years.
  • You are not eligible to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune if you have appeared on any version of the show - including the daytime version (with Pat Sajak, Chuck Woolery, Bob Goen, or other hosts), Teen Week (or any special week), or "Wheel 2000."
  • All expenses incurred while interviewing and (if selected as a contestant) appearing on the show, including airfare, hotel, etc. are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • A contestant audition does not guarantee a spot on the show. The applicant understands that Wheel of Fortune is under no obligation to use him/her as a contestant.  It is entirely at the producer's discretion.

Jeff's in Bethlehem? +

That's right, A comedian whose albums have gone multiplatinum will return to Wind Creek Event Center, it was announced Monday.
Jeff Foxworthy, whose catchphrase is “You just might be a redneck,” will perform at the event center at 7 p.m. Jan. 24.

Tickets, at $49.50-$75, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, the event center box office at 77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, and at 800-745-3000.
Foxworthy first became famous with his 1993 comedy album "You Might Be a Redneck If …," which sold triple-platinum and topped the comedy albums chart. He followed that with 1995's "Games Rednecks Play," which also sold triple platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.

A 1996 album "Crank It Up: The Music Album," also went platinum, and 1998's "Totally Committed" went gold and also got a Grammy nomination. His latest album, 2012's "Them Idiots: Whirled Tour," with Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy, also topped the comedy chart.

Loaded up!

Gaming management company Loaded, which represents such huge names in streaming and gamer influencing as Ninja, TimTheTatman, Anne Munition, DrLupo, Dakotaz, and Cloakzy, is making a move into traditional entertainment with the signing of its first mainstream star.
Jordan Fisher was in Fox’s Emmy-nominated Rent: Live and was the celebrity winner of the 25th season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars with partner Lindsay Arnold. He also co-hosted Dancing With The Stars: Juniors with Frankie Muniz, and has been named a breakout star by MTV and People for his work in Fox’s Emmy-winning broadcast of Grease Live!
His other TV credits include appearances in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Liv and Maddie, Teen Beach and MTV’s Teen Wolf. 
Loaded will now manage Fisher’s opportunities in gaming, including brand partnerships, endorsements, and personal appearances, among other sectors.

“We are excited to welcome Jordan to our roster of talent and provide him with the resources he needs to thrive in the gaming community,” said Loaded founder and CEO Brandon Freytag. “As gaming becomes more mainstream, there are more opportunities for gaming enthusiasts like Jordan to build their brands outside traditional entertainment.”

Aside from his entertainment career, Fisher is an avid gamer and streaming partner on Twitch. He streams on the platform with some of the biggest names in the business, and is a heavy hitter within the gaming community alongside his friends and Loaded talent Ninja, Dr. Lupo and more.

We're about to end this week's Livewire! with Brittin Lane and her Halloween take on a Mary Poppins song.

That's all for now, but remember one thing:  I wonder what superhero Jonathan Magnum and Tiffany Coyne will play in The Flash? 
So until next time and all the on playas.


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