"Grey's Anatomy" sets early finale, scraps remaining season 16 episodes
TVLine reported on March 27 that season 16 of "Grey's Anatomy" will now end on April 9. ABC shut down production of the medical drama in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic. The season was originally set to include 25 episodes, but only 21 episodes are complete. It's unclear what will become of the remaining four episodes.
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"All My Children" and "Santa Barbara" actor John Callahan dies at 66
"All My Children" and "Santa Barbara" star John Callahan died on March 28 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66.
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Jeanine Pirro, Fox News blame erratic at-home show on "technical difficulties"
Jeanine Pirro made headlines with her disheveled appearance and sloppy delivery on the March 28 episode of her Fox News show, "Justice with Judge Jeanine," which she broadcasted live from her home while quarantining amid the coronavirus pandemic. The following morning, Pirro took to Twitter to defend herself against allegations that she was intoxicated during the broadcast, which started 15 minutes late. She attributed her messy 'do to a communication headpiece "grabbing my hair and no staff around to notice." She also claimed that there was "no connection, no visual and no teleprompter" in the truck — which she said was "not prepared to broadcast" — from which she hosted the show. "Jeanine Pirro was broadcasting from her home for the first time when she encountered several technical difficulties which impacted the quality of her show, including the loss of a teleprompter," read a statement from the network, according to Yahoo! Entertainment. "As we have previously said, we are operating with a reduced staff working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our employees in these unprecedented times." A source close to the network added to Yahoo that Pirro does not drink.
John Krasinski and Steve Carell reflect on 15th anniversary of "The Office"
John Krasinski and Steve Carell had a mini "The Office" reunion on the first episode of the "A Quiet Place" actor-director's new web series, "Some Good News with John Krasinski," which debuted just days after the beloved sitcom celebrated its 15th anniversary. "After the pilot, I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it," John said, noting that he was 23 at the time and that none of the cast members "had done anything huge" yet. Chimed in Steve, "It's such a happy surprise that after all these years, people are still tuning in and finding it — even today. It's pretty cool." After dishing on the scenes that were so funny they caused the cast to break character, the erstwhile Michael Scott said that some of his "most fond memories — personally or professionally — are entwined and connected with that show." Replied John, "I know everybody's talking about a reunion — hopefully one day, we just get to reunite as people and just all get to say hi." Added Steve, "Just to see your face is so great." John then told his former co-star, "I miss you a ton, man."
Christopher Meloni returning to role of Elliot Stabler on new "SVU" spinoff from Dick Wolf for NBC
On March 31, Deadline broke the news that NBC ordered a new 13-episode spinoff of Dick Wolf's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" centered around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Christopher Meloni's Elliot Stabler. It'll be the first time the character has been seen on screen since 2011, when the actor left "SVU" at the end of season 12.
Fran Drescher and original cast of "The Nanny" to reunite for virtual table read
On March 31, Fran Drescher took to Instagram to announce that the original cast of "The Nanny" will reunite via Zoom for a digital table read of the sitcom's pilot episode, which first aired in 1993. "Laughter is the best medicine! So, in these challenging times, [co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson] and I thought, wouldn't it be great if we pulled together the original cast of 'The Nanny' for a virtual read of the pilot?" Fran said in a statement to Variety. "It's a once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper! It sure has given each of us a lift and we hope it does for you as well." According to Variety, Sony Pictures Entertainment will share the Zoom table read on their official YouTube page on April 6.
"America's Got Talent" re-opens online auditions, searching for more contestants amid COVID-19 shutdown
Deadline reported on April 1 that "America's Got Talent" re-opened its online audition process amid the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the NBC show to shut down in mid-March. In-person auditions kicked off on March 2 and were originally scheduled to continue through March 20.
"Wings" star David Schramm dies at 73
"Wings" star David Schramm died at his home in New York City on March 28. He was 73. His cause of death has not been revealed.