ABC renews "Modern Family" for 11th and final season
ABC announced on Feb. 5 that "Modern Family" will be back for an 11th and final season. The long-running sitcom is expected to end in May 2020. "In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won't want to miss," ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said during the network's Television Critics Association panel.
Kristoff St. John's final "The Young and the Restless" scene airs, leaving fans in tears
Kristoff St. John's final appearance on "The Young and the Restless" aired on Feb. 6. The late actor, who'd starred as Neil Winters on the soap opera since 1991, was pronounced dead at his Los Angeles-area home on Feb. 3. On his final episode, Neil is depicted supporting his adopted son, music exec Devon (Bryton James), after he's left scrambling to book an artist to perform at an important event. "It's your big night. I wouldn't miss it, man," Neil tells his son. "I'm proud of you, and I'm really glad I'm here to witness this next triumph in your life." Many fans of the CBS soap took to social media to express how the actor's heartfelt family-oriented final performance left them in tears.
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"The Wonder Years" stars reunite: See what they look like now
On Feb. 5, Josh Saviano took to Instagram to share a selfie with former "The Wonder Years" co-stars Fred Savage and Danica McKellar during a meet-up in Los Angeles. "The more things change, the more things stay the same, and the more I enjoy hanging out with these 2 @thefredsavage and @danicamckellar you guys are like family to me. Love ya!" the former child star, who's now a lawyer, wrote in the caption. Josh starred as Kevin's best friend Paul on the '60s-set ABC series from 1988 to 1993.
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"Shameless" and "Ray Donovan" actor Steve "Bean" Levy dies at 58
Actor-comedian Steve Levy — who was known as Steve Bean — died at 58 at his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 21 following a battle with cancer, according to the Massachusetts native's official obituary in The Providence Journal on Feb. 1. In mid-2018, Steve revealed in an essay for Mel Magazine that in late 2016, he'd been diagnosed with sino-squamous cell carcinoma (nose cancer). He later underwent a rhinectomy as part of his treatment.
"Dancing With the Stars" has not been canceled, will return in the fall
ABC stoked speculation that "Dancing With the Stars" is coming to an end when it pushed Season 28 of the competition series from the spring to the fall — an unprecedented move. (Two seasons of "DWTS" have aired each year — one in the spring and one in the fall — since the show debuted in 2005.) ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, who joined the network in late 2018, promised on Feb. 5 that the long-running series will "definitely be returning in the fall." As for the decision to push Season 28, "That decision was made before I got here," Burke deflected during the network's Television Critics Association panel, adding that ABC is "in conversations" about going back to a two-seasons-per-year schedule. "They're coming in soon to talk about their plans for the fall, and we'll discuss it then," she told TVLine. "DWTS" courted controversy during its 27th season when dark-horse competitor Bobby Bones won over contestants who'd consistently scored higher than him and partner Sharna Burgess throughout the competition, leading many fans to call for a change to the way that competitors are voted off the show.
Charlie Sheen would do a "Two and a Half Men" revival for "closure"
Charlie Sheen hasn't ruled out the possibility of reviving "Two and a Half Men," from which he was fired in 2011 — even though his on-screen alter ego, Charlie Harper, was killed off (twice). "I would do it today," he told Us Weekly, adding that based on "what I hear in the street … people would embrace that." That said, the actor hasn't "been in touch with anybody" from the hit CBS sitcom, which ended in 2015. "It'd be cool to finish the saga on a different note. It would be nice to have some closure there and just finish the story as it should have been told," he continued, suggesting that "it doesn't really matter what happened at the end" of the show because he could "just walk through the door" and say, "Alan, you're not going to believe [what happened]!" A revival "would burn the world down," he said. As for the current state of his relationship with "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre, the four-time Emmy nominee said that he wrote a letter to the super-producer congratulating him on his recent work but that he never received a response. "I sent a letter to Chuck saying, 'Hey, congrats on all the stuff you're doing. I'm doing great and here's my number.' … There's goodwill out there," said Charlie, who last sparked "Two and a Half Men" reboot rumors in May 2018 when he tweeted a photo of a script for a Season 1 episode of the sitcom after ABC canceled the "Roseanne" revival. "adios Roseanne! good riddance. hashtag NOT Winning. the runway is now clear for OUR reboot. #CharlieHarperReturns," he tweeted. Charlie told Us Weekly that the tweet was inspired by "a rumor I caught wind of that I jumped on" but that he should've researched "a little more." Concluded the actor, "Whatever, I was excited."
Immigration-themed "Party of Five" reboot gets series order at Freeform
Freeform is rebooting the late-'90s family drama "Party of Five" with an immigration-themed twist, the network announced on Feb. 4. The new show from the original series' creators will center around the five Acosta siblings as they navigate life after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. The new series stars Brandon Larracuente as Emilio, Emily Tosta as Lucia, Niko Guardado as Beto and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina.
"Lethal Weapon" made major production changes after Damon Wayans' "cry for help"
"Lethal Weapon" executive producer Matt Miller said on Feb. 6 that the show underwent major production changes to keep star Damon Wayans onboard after he said in October that he'd be done with the action-drama after wrapping Season 3 in December because he's "a 58-year-old diabetic … working 16-hour days." Said Miller, "[Damon's comments] made us all sit down, roll up our sleeves and say, 'OK, we're now really hearing you. What do you need? You're sick. What do you need?' … Because he was tired, and I think when all of us are tired, we're like, 'Yeah, yeah, we're all tired. Let's keep going!' And he was like, 'No, no, no, I'm really sick.' It was a cry for help." The producer went on to say that his team adjusted the actor's hours and storyline to better accommodate him. "It was tough for him. He's not a young guy," said Miller. "And this is a crazy show to make. I mean, the stunts that we do in the amount of time that we have, it's really, really grueling. … But since [making the changes], it has been an absolute delight making the show. And I can say that for myself. He has come to work with a smile. … He may have a different take on this, but I would say, seeing him there, he had a big smile on his face the entire time. He brought the whole crew together at the end of our wrap last week, thanked everybody." Miller also said that Damon and Season 3 co-star Seann William Scott — who joined the FOX series after actor Clayne Crawford left amid controversy — "got along great." The network has yet to announce whether or not "Lethal Weapon" will be back for a fourth season — with or without Damon.