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Monday, July 16, 2018

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DuckTales exclusive: First look at the return of an iconic TaleSpin character. The original DuckTales anchored the Disney Afternoon, the afterschool lineup full of theme songs you're still humming decades later. The cartoon's revival already featured an appearance by fellow Disney Afternooner Darkwing Duck, and another fan favorite appears on July 28. Sky pirate Don Karnage was a baddie on TaleSpin (which, reminder, was The Jungle Book with jets and anti-corporatism). "Having a bunch of sky pirates show up, you expect planes and guns," says executive producer Matt Youngberg. "Our whole M.O. with DuckTales has been: take a convention you understand already and give it another layer." So the rebooted airborne privateer attacks the Duck family... with a choreographed musical number! Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil lends his (Broadway-trained) voice to the role. "Don Karnage is devastatingly good looking and very sure of himself," says Camil. "He loves to sing, he loves to dance, he loves to be the center of attention." This limelight-seeking behavior makes him an unexpected counterpart for Dewey (Ben Schwartz), a blue-wearing attention-seeker. "Dewey is our middle child," says co-producer Francisco Angones, "always trying to figure out how to stand out in the most dramatic way possible." The dramatic result is heavy on music, with piratical chanteys that could finally push that Gummi Bears theme music out of your head. (Entertainment Weekly)

The kid who plays the young version of "The Big Bang Theory" character Sheldon Cooper is getting a big boost to his bank account ... thanks to the huge success of the CBS spin-off. According to Iain Armitage's "Young Sheldon" contract -- obtained by TMZ -- the star of the show got $30,000 for every episode in Season 1 ... which ended up being 22 strong after a stellar ratings debut scored it a full-season order. Do the math, and that's $660k for Young Sheldon. It gets better, though -- the show's been renewed for Season 2, which premieres in September, and will likely be another 22 eps. According to his contract, he'll get a pay bump to $31,200 per ep. for the second season ... which comes out to more than a $26k raise. That's roughly $1.35 MILLION for Iain for 2 seasons of TV work. And if season 3 happens, it's the same deal for Sheldon -- more eps. for more money ... $32,448 a pop. Sure beats a paper route. (TMZ)

Happy Friday the 13th From Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's New Teaser. Something wicked this way comes, but not quite soon enough if you ask us. Netflix's semi-Riverdale spinoff Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has no premiere date as of yet, but, the cast and crew has been celebrating Friday the 13th with a short and creepy teaser and an equally short but much cuter video of the cast. We love it, but can we just say it's making the wait for this show a whole lot harder? Sabrina is an adaptation of the Archie Comics series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that calls itself a "dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and of course, witchcraft." It stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, with Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto playing her aunts and Ross Lynch playing Harvey. Both the teaser and the video (featuring Shipka, Davis, Otto, Chance Perdomo, and Gavin Leatherwood) welcome us to Sabrina's coven. The show also chose this blessed holiday to launch its Twitter account, @sabrinanetflix, and its Instagram account. Now if it could only announce its premiere date and give us an actual trailer as well, that would be great. Thank you. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will stream on Netflix, and a second season has already been ordered. (Eonline)

What's The Sinner Without Jessica Biel? Let Carrie Coon Give You the Season 2 Scoop. What will The Sinner be without new Emmy nominee Jessica Biel? Let Carrie Coon fill you in. The USA Network anthology series, which is produced by Biel and garnered the actress-producer her first Emmy nomination, returns for a second season on August 1 with a brand-new case. Coon, who viewers know from The Leftovers and Fargo, plays Vera Walker opposite Bill Pullman's Detective Harry Ambrose. "Vera Walker is a mysterious woman. She's running a community in this town, a community that has clashed a little bit with the town that it's chosen to reside in and of course things take a rather nasty turn," Coon explains in the video. Detective Ambrose is back in his rural New York hometown to get to the bottom of an unsettling crime: parents are murdered by their 11-year-old son with no apparent motive. Coon's Vera Walker has always been close to Julian (Elisha Henig), she says, and has been doing therapy work with him since he was born. Julian is arrested and placed through the system, which Coon says only sees the young boy as a murderer. "They don't see the whole person that she sees," Coon says. "So she feels quite assaulted by the outside world." Vera Walker goes out of her way to protect the young boy, but of course it all backfires. We're talking about a TV drama, after all. "Audiences are hungry for some complexity, this show is willing to complicate a simple narrative and I hope that people feel satisfied that there's a story that's delving into more detail and a little bit more of the gray area," Coon says. It's The Sinner, nothing is as it seems. he Sinner returns Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. on USA Network. (Eonline)

'Girlfriends' creator hints at show reboot. "Girlfriends" creator Mara Brock Akil has a new project with OWN, "Love Is," produced with husband Salim Akil and Oprah Winfrey. But there may still be a future with her former hit. "Girlfriends" ran for eight years, but the highly rated series wound up canceled by the CW in 2008 without a finale being shot, and no closure for fans. "I would like to end the 'Girlfriends' story," Akil told us. She's even reportedly written a script for a film version. "There's an audience globally," she added. "And to tell the story right .?.?. probably needs about $40-, $50-, $60 million, but I know what the budget is. Let's write that check to make hundreds of millions of dollars -- but for me to carry that on my back-begging people to make it .?.?. No, I'm not interested." (PageSix)

Emmys: TV Academy Unveils 'Big Bang Theory' Nom It Originally Omitted (Exclusive). There was actually a seventh nom for best direction of a comedy series, THR has learned. CBS's The Big Bang Theory received a major Emmy nomination that was not previously announced when the TV Academy unveiled its nominees Thursday morning, The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively report. "Voting in the Emmy category of Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series resulted in seven nominees," the TV Academy tells THR in a statement. "One of the nominees, The Big Bang Theory's episode 'The Bow Tie Asymmetry,' directed by Mark Cendrowski, was inadvertently left off various Television Academy communications platforms during today's nomination activities." Under a new rule implemented by the TV Academy after last year's Emmys, at least one of the comedy directing category's nominees must be a multicamera show and at least one must come from a single-camera show. The category's six nominees announced earlier Thursday all came from single-camera shows. After THR inquired why no multicamera show had been nominated, the Academy replied with its statement announcing the nomination for the multicamera Big Bang Theory's season eleven finale. (Hollywood Reporter)

In Honor of David Harbour's Emmy Nom, Here Is the Stranger Things Season 3 Scoop You Need. Listen, if you're a really big fan of David Harbour on or off Stranger Things, you're very much in the right place, because we're here to tell you a story that involves David Harbour and a very small puppy. The actor was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chief Hopper in season two of the Netflix drama, and he learned the news while doing a very adorable and rather un-glamorous activity. "I was trying to get my puppy to poop out on the lawn," he told us on the phone a few hours after the announcement. "I was trying to get my puppy to poop and my girlfriend was watching it, but I don't like to watch those things. I get so stressed out." While he says he feels proud and "awesome" about being nominated, there's also a level of anxiety that comes with it. "I mean it's super nice but also like the colors of the rainbow are so diverse in terms of the performances that I see on TV and there's people who never get nominated that can-do things that I can't do," he says. "So, to me it's like choosing colors of the rainbow. It's like how do you say that purple is better than yellow. So in that way it just kinda stresses me out because it feels somewhat arbitrary." As he worked on getting his puppy, a mutt named Gertie, to poop, his girlfriend Alison Sudol told him the good news. "She came out and said, 'Yeah, you got nominated, and I was like, I just breathed a sigh of relief sort of like, "Oh, that's nice." And then my puppy pooped so maybe there's a universal beauty. Maybe my puppy was more grateful for the nomination than I." Millie Bobby Brown, who is 14 and plays a kind of daughter to Chief Hopper, is nominated for best supporting actress, which Harbour says makes sense given how much they were a team in season two. "That sort of feels right to me because I feel like you can't really have one without the other, there was so much this season between the two of us that it would feel strange if it was one and not the other," he says. "I think that what we created together and that our performances are dependent on each other and that we worked each other very hard. I mean, she sort of pushed and ignited things in me that were dormant and that needed to be ignited to create this relationship and I also ignited things in her so in a way, yeah, we're sort of a team that played ball really hard together... I'm not being braggy here by saying this but it does make sense to me that if you would nominate one of us you would nominate the other, because it was so dependent on each other and what we brought out in each other." In season three, Harbour says we'll see more of his fatherly side but we'll also see more of the Hopper from season one. "I mean, Hopper, in season two kinda became more of a father and he got a little softer in a way that was great, kinda opened him up and we're gonna get back to a little bit of the squash-buckling Jim Hopper from season one where he was going around punching people, which I think we missed," he spills. "So that's very gratifying to play too but along with his new father thing that he has with Eleven, it's great." "I can tell you it's awesome," he says when we ask for dirt on season three, which is currently in production, but he also describes it as "risky." Harbour describes season three, which is currently in production, as both "awesome" and "risky." "This season they just came up with this arc and this idea that's so original and so new that and so fun," he teases. "What I can tell you is this, like you see season one you see season two and we're playing with the same alphabet of these '80s epics, but we're kinda throwing out the model again and sort of expanding these characters in ways that you wouldn't expect them to go in, so that's what I love about it, is that you have these characters in this show that is clearly working and yet the Duffers are continuously interested in exploring the limits and taking risks and we take a lot of risks this season so there's a lot of new relationships that get set-up and a lot of new devices and a lot of new cinematic influences." Harbour recommends checking out some of the big movies from 1985 if you want a clue as to what's coming up. "There's a lot of in the '80s that we have yet to explore and I think we're starting to play with a lot more of that stuff and so it's risky," he says. "You're not doing the same old thing where Gilligan is stuck on the island and you gotta figure a way out. Every season the characters get deeper and more rich and sillier and more fun and it just broadens. It's a much broader season and I would say if you are interested in really thinking about what we could explore I would look at the movies in 1985 cause we are specific to our seasons and to our influences." "God, I hope I don't get those calls from Netflix tomorrow," he said when we thanked him for so much info. "Alright, well good luck to me." (Eonline)

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Can't Get Enough of Kristin Cavallari's New Show. Forget about The Hills! Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have another must-see show on their watch list. As the proud parents continue raising baby Gunner, some fans may be wondering if the unforgettable MTV stars still watch reality TV. The short answer is absolutely yes and one involves their former co-star. "Kristin Cavallari and I just texted about Very Cavallari," Heidi shared with E! News at Daily Mail's Summer Party held inside Tom Tom in West Hollywood. "I loved it. She's so good. I just texted her about that." Spencer added, "I love Jay Cutler so much. Jay Cutler is Les Miz. He's unbelievable." When not squeezing in some TV time before bed, Heidi and Spencer can likely be found savoring time with their growing boy. According to the proud parents, baby Gunner is crawling, eating everything and just plain busy. But no matter how crazy parenthood gets, both mom and dad are open to having more kids. "I'd love a girl or a boy. I love having a son. It's so much fun," Heidi shared. "If we have another boy, we will probably have three." Spencer added, "A psychic did tell us we're going to have twins so watch out Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen." Before the family expands, Heidi is focused on planning a family play date with some of her Hills co-stars. After all, everyone in the group is moms now! "I keep in touch with Audrina and not really Whitney or anyone else," she shared. "Audrina and I keep saying [have a play date]. Kristin we have to go a little farther." Dorinda Medley, Blac Chyna, Teddi Mellencamp, Heather McDonald, Mercedes "MJ" Javid and Reza Farahan were also in attendance for the star-studded party that included Tom Tom Cocktails titled "It's Not About the Matcha" and "Vanderpump Drools." Nicely done, Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval. Brand new episode of Very Cavallari Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

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