"Little House on the Prairie" star Katherine MacGregor dead at 93
Katherine MacGregor, who portrayed Harriet Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie," died on Nov. 13 at 93 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Los Angeles. She mostly left acting behind after the long-running NBC series came to an end in 1983.
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Tony Danza and Josh Groban dramedy "The Good Cop" canceled by Netflix
On Nov. 13, Netflix announced its decision to cancel "The Good Cop" after just one 10-episode season. On the dramedy, which is based on an Israeli series of the same name, Tony Danza starred as a former NYPD officer living with his straight-laced cop son (Josh Groban) after serving a seven-year prison sentence. Unfortunately for its stars, "The Good Cop" earned lukewarm reviews from critics and failed to generate buzz after its debut in September.
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Alex Trebek reveals type of "Jeopardy!" contestant that bothers him
Alex Trebek dished on the "Jeopardy!" strategy that annoys him the most during an interview with Vulture that hit the Internet on Nov. 12. "What bothers me is when contestants jump all over the board even after the Daily Doubles have been dealt with," he said. "They're doing themselves a disservice. … When the show's writers construct categories they do it so that there's a flow in terms of difficulty, and if you jump to the bottom of a category you may get a clue that would be easier to understand if you'd begun at the top of the category and saw how the clues worked." Many "Jeopardy!" champions have employed this strategy to throw off their competitors.
"Flipping Out" star Jenni Pulos is "heartbroken" over Jeff Lewis drama
During a Nov. 12 appearance on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Jenni Pulos responded to former "Flipping Out" co-star Jeff Lewis' comments about their feud. "I'm a very, very forgiving guy and I never say 'never.' … But when someone reports you for abuse to your bosses, that's kind of something that's kind of hard to get over," Jeff said back in October during an appearance on "WWHL." After Andy showed Jenni a clip of his interview with the interior designer, she explained, "I never filed a claim, I really worked for him, we were really friends. … You know, heartbroken about how it's all transpired, but I wish him the best and I always have." Reports that Jeff and Jenni had gone their separate ways first surfaced in September. Jeff maintains that Jenni accused him of wrongfully terminating her from "Flipping Out" and of fostering a hostile work environment on set.
Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal they're returning to TV with their own network
During a Nov. 9 appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines — who concluded their five-year run on HGTV's "Fixer Upper" in April and welcomed their fifth child in June — revealed that they're planning to launch their own TV network with Discovery. "We are coming back to television," said Chip, explaining that the plan is to "really carve it out in a way that makes sense to us and our family." Added the father of five, "It's gonna be filmed a lot in Waco, Texas, so we don't have to travel a lot." A spokesperson for their Magnolia company confirmed to "Today" that the pair are "currently in the early stages of talking with Discovery about a lifestyle-focused media network for Magnolia." Said the spokesperson, "The details surrounding this opportunity remain a work in progress, but together, our hope is to build a different kind of platform for unique, inspiring and family-friendly content."
David Schwimmer lookalike arrested on suspicion of theft, police say
David Schwimmer made headlines back in October after an English police station took to Facebook to ask the public for help tracking down a man with a striking resemblance to the actor's "Friends" alter ego. On Nov. 12, the London Metropolitan police arrested the 36-year-old Ross Geller-lookalike — who allegedly stole a jacket, a wallet and a cellphone from a restaurant before he was caught on surveillance video buying a case of beer — on suspicion of theft, the Blackpool police announced on Twitter.
"Game of Thrones" Season 8 premiere month and teaser video revealed
On Nov. 13, HBO announced that the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will debut in April 2019. The premium network also released a teaser of old footage setting the stage for the upcoming season. "Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone," HBO captioned the teaser on Twitter.
"Today" ratings climb after Megyn Kelly departs
Variety reported on Nov. 13 that since NBC removed Megyn Kelly from the third hour of the "Today" show in late October, "viewership in the key demographic favored by advertisers in that time period is up around 10 percent, according to Nielsen." Additionally, in the past three weeks since the controversial host got the boot, the overall audience for the first two hours of the "Today" show has reportedly been larger than that of "Good Morning America."