Late-nights hosts "work from home" amid coronavirus outbreak with help from kids, wives and dogs
While self-quarantining to curb the spread of coronavirus, late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah have been releasing low-budget digital versions of their shows made from the comfort of their homes. In a March 17 video shot by wife Nancy Juvonen in a playroom at their home, Fallon reads a "Tonight Show" monologue and performs a song about celebrating St. Patrick's Day while social distancing. (His videos have featured several adorable interruptions from his kids and the family dog.) In a March 16 video, Colbert delivers a "Late Show" opening monologue from his bathtub… while wearing a suit. In a March 17 video, he reads the monologue while seated by an outdoor fire pit in his backyard, and later — in honor of St. Patrick's Day — performs a quarantine-themed version of "Danny Boy" while accompanied remotely by "Late Show" bandleader Jon Batiste. In a March 17 video shot in his home office, Kimmel gives a mini monologue predominantly riffing on being stuck at home with his kids. Noah, meanwhile, has released several short sketches on the "Daily Show" YouTube page, including a bit during which he cleans everything in his home — including the bottom of a table, the leaves of a houseplant, some running water and a slice of clementine he then pops in his mouth.
"7th Heaven" star Lorenzo Brino dies at 21
"7th Heaven" star Lorenzo Brino died following a car accident in San Bernardino County, California, on March 9. He was 21. According to TMZ, the former child actor lost control of his Toyota Camry and slammed into a utility pole around 3 a.m. He was alone at the time of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. Lorenzo was one of the Brino quadruplets cast to play twins David and Sam Camden on "7th Heaven." Ultimately, the roles went to just Lorenzo and one of his brothers.
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"Batwoman" production assistant paralyzed after on-set accident
On March 11, comedian Amanda Smith was paralyzed from the waist down when the bucket of a boom lift was lowered onto her head while she was working as a production assistant on the Vancouver set of "Batwoman." She underwent emergency spinal surgery following the accident but will need significant physical therapy before it's clear whether or not she'll be able to regain sensation in the lower half of her body. Co-worker Tyler Mazzucco — who launched a GoFundMe account to assist with her rehabilitation expenses — told The Toronto Sun that Amanda "was literally just sitting there" when the lift "came down on top of her." She reportedly had her back to the machinery and couldn't hear it over the noise of nearby traffic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Canadian labor agency WorkSafeBC is conducting an investigation into the accident.
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Clare Crawley encourages new men to apply for her season of "The Bachelorette"
Clare Crawley is encouraging her fans to apply to appear on her season of "The Bachelorette." On March 13 — the same day she was scheduled to meet the men who'd been cast to compete for her heart on the upcoming 16th season of "The Bachelorette" — ABC announced that production of the reality show has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. With production on hold, it's possible the blonde beauty's lineup of suitors will change over the course of the coming weeks (or months) — not everyone will still be available when shooting resumes, after all. "I'm not saying this personally, but I feel like since we have a break in the show right now, I don't think it's too late to submit people," she said. "So submit them, why not? What's the worst that could happen?" ABC unveiled the original lineup of suitors on March 11.
Emilia Clarke agrees with "Game of Thrones" critics about Daenerys's fate: "I really felt for her"
During an interview with The Sunday Times that hit the Internet on March 14, Emilia Clarke said she wasn't exactly thrilled with how things ended for her "Game of Thrones" alter ego, Daenerys Tagaryn, on the final season of the hit HBO series. "I really felt for her," she said. "And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn't have to deal with something? He got away with murder — literally." She went on to acknowledge criticism that the final season felt rushed and didn't feature enough dialogue: "We could have spun it out for a little longer," she said, adding that season eight "was all about the set pieces." The English actress attributed "the enormity of the fans' outrage" over the final season to "the global temperature" and "how much horrific news there is consistently." Explained the "Last Christmas" star, "People are going, 'Finally, here's something I can actually see and understand and get some control back over.' … And then when that turns, and you don't like what [we've] done…" She also shared her initial reaction to the show's conclusion: "I knew how I felt when I first read it, and I tried, at every turn, not to consider too much what other people might say, but I did always consider what the fans might think — because we did it for them, and they were the ones who made us successful, so … it's just polite, isn't it?" she said. "When the show did end, it was like coming out of a bunker," she continued. "Everything felt really strange. Then obviously for it to have the backlash it did…"
Al Roker gives "Today" show weather report live from his kitchen during self-isolation, Savannah Guthrie anchors "Today" show from home due to "mild sore throat" amid coronavirus pandemic
On March 17, Al Roker delivered the "Today" show weather report live from his kitchen via an iPad. He's been co-anchoring the show from home ever since. (He and co-anchor Craig Melvin have been staying away from the morning show's New York City studios since a producer for the third hour of the "Today" show tested positive for coronavirus on March 15.) Also on March 17, Savannah Guthrie revealed that after developing "a mild sore throat and runny nose," she decided to start co-anchoring the "Today" show from home "in an abundance of caution, and to model the super-vigilance the CDC has asked of all of us" amid the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, she's been appearing on the show live from her basement.
Hallmark Channel schedules Christmas movie marathon during self-quarantine
On March 19, the Hallmark Channel announced that in an effort to curb coronavirus self-quarantine woes, they'll air a Christmas movie marathon starting on March 20 with Candace Cameron Bure's "A Christmas Detour." The marathon, which concludes on March 22, will also include the former "Full House" star's 2014 holiday flick "Christmas Under Wraps" (pictured), plus 25 more favorites from the feel-good channel's "Countdown to Christmas" series.
"Friends" reunion special for HBO Max pushes back production
On March 18, The Hollywood Reported broke the news that HBO Max has postponed shooting the "Friends" reunion special due to the coronavirus pandemic. The unscripted retrospective, which will feature all six original main cast members, was scheduled to film on the sitcom's set later this month. It's one of many Hollywood productions that has been suspended in the wake of the unprecedented outbreak.