Colton Underwood is the new Bachelor — and Bachelor Nation is not impressed
Colton Underwood, who vied for Becca Kufrin's heart on Season 14 of "The Bachelorette" and recently appeared on Season 5 of "Bachelor in Paradise," will hand out the roses on Season 23 of "The Bachelor." The former NFL tight end and professed virgin left Tia Booth — whom he briefly dated before his stint on "The Bachelorette" — heartbroken when he dumped her on the Sept. 3 episode of "BiP." Bachelor Nation immediately took to social media to disparage ABC's selection of the controversial 26 year old.
"The View" co-host Abby Huntsman says the McCain family didn't want Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at funeral
Meghan McCain missed the Sept. 4 premiere of Season 22 of "The View" — which marked former "Fox & Friends" co-host Abby Huntsman's debut — to be with her family following father John McCain's funeral three days earlier. The Fox News personality praised Meghan's stirring eulogy for her father and described her as being "like a sister" before revealing that the McCain family were displeased by the fact that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner chose to attend the Arizona senator's funeral — in spite of Senator Lindsey Graham's claims that no one attended that the family didn't want there. (McCain previously made it known that he did not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral.) "I spoke to Meghan about this. I think [Ivanka and Jared's] invite came from Lindsey Graham," said Abby. "I'm sure [the family] had final approval of everything. If they had it their way — as was evident in the tone of the funeral — they probably would rather not have had anyone from the Trump family present. [Jared and Ivanka] still showed up. And I've got to say, there were a number of moments that were awkward, I'm sure for them, to be sitting there." Several speakers, including Meghan, took shots at Trump (without mentioning him by name) while eulogizing McCain.
"ER" actress Vanessa Marquez shot and killed by police during wellness check at her home
Police shot and killed "ER" actress Vanessa Marquez during a welfare check at her apartment in the Los Angeles area on Aug. 30. The 49 year old was reportedly having a seizure when cops arrived following a call from her landlord. According to the Los Angeles Times, officers and a county mental health clinician spent 90 minutes trying to convince the "uncooperative" actress — who appeared to be unable to care for herself and may have been suffering from mental health issues — to accept medical attention. She then grabbed what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun — but turned out to be a BB gun resembling a pistol — and pointed it at the officers. The L.A. Times reports that two officers fired at Marquez, and she was hit at least once in the torso. She was then taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
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"Designated Survivor" revived at Netflix for a third season
Kiefer Sutherland will return as Tom Kirkman for a 10-episode third season of "Designated Survivor" on Netflix. According to The Wrap, the upcoming season will focus on the process of presidential campaigning and will debut in 2019. ABC had announced in May that it would not be moving forward with the political thriller.
CNN pulls "Parts Unknown" episodes featuring Asia Argento
In the wake of allegations that Asia Argento sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett when he was underage and then paid him hush money to keep quiet about their past, CNN has pulled the three episodes of "Parts Unknown" that featured the actress-filmmaker. Asia, who dated late "Parts Unknown" host Anthony Bourdain before he committed suicide in June, appeared on two episodes of the docuseries that were shot in Rome and Southern Italy. She also directed a Season 11 episode that was set in Hong Kong.
"The Facts of Life" star Nancy McKeon pairs with Val Chmerkovskiy for "Dancing with the Stars"
"The Facts of Life" alum Nancy McKeon will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy on the upcoming 27th season of "Dancing with the Stars," which debuts on ABC on Sept. 24. The duo made the announcement on "Good Morning America" on Sept. 5. They'll face off against Val's fiancée Jenna Johnson, who won the all-athlete 26th season of "DWTS" with partner Adam Rippon, as well as professional hoofers Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Alan Bersten and Brandon Armstrong.
Peter Dinklage shoots down "whitewashing" accusations over his casting as "Fantasy Island" actor Hervé Villechaize
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peter Dinklage fired back at accusations that his casting as "Fantasy Island" actor Hervé Villechaize constitutes whitewashing. The "Game of Thrones" star portrays the late actor, whom many fans mistakenly believe was Filipino, on the upcoming HBO biopic "My Dinner With Hervé," which debuts on Oct. 20. The Emmy winner explained to EW that despite what Villechaize's Wikipedia page may say, the late actor, who was born in France, was actually of German and English descent. After insisting that he would never take on a whitewashed role, Dinklage said that his accusers simply "don't have any information" regarding Villechaize's ethnic background and are making assumptions based on the "The Man with the Golden Gun" actor's appearance. "I don't want to step on anybody's toes or sense of justice because I feel the exact same way when there's some weird racial profile. But these people think they're doing the right thing politically and morally and it's actually getting flipped because what they're doing is judging and assuming what he is ethnically based on his looks alone. He has a very unique face and people have to be very careful about this stuff," said Dinklage, who went on to say that he met Villechaize's family, who claimed he would've been proud of his heritage if he were Filipino.
NBC orders new "Law & Order" series focusing on hate crimes
NBC announced on Sept. 4 that it's ordered a 13-episode first season of "Law & Order: Hate Crimes." According to Entertainment Weekly, the New York-set series is based on the NYPD's real Hate Crimes Task Force, which falls under the umbrella of the Special Victims Unit. The group will reportedly make their debut on an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: SVU," which returns for Season 20 on Sept. 27.