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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Lance Bass was noticeably absent from the 'Brady Bunch' reunion at the Brady crib HGTV plans to remodel, but he's still going to be involved in the show ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the production tell us this week's Brady kids get-together -- which featured all of Mike and Carol's TV spawn -- was simply a photo shoot that will be used for promos when the show is officially announced. We're told Lance's team spoke to HGTV execs just last week and was assured he's not off the project -- the network plans to tap him in on the project sometime in 2019. It's still unclear if he'll be hosting, producing ... or both. In addition to the Brady gig, we're told HGTV's offered him a second project. So, it's clear things are still cool between Lance and network execs. As for the remodel itself ... our sources say the building team might've hit a minor setback after stumbling across a ton of asbestos in the house, which could delay the demolition process a bit. (TMZ)

Outlander premiere: Why the writers changed a key plot point from Diana Gabaldon's book. Anyone who has devoured Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series about the time-traveling nurse should have recognized that a key plot point was changed in Sunday's return of Outlander. Before we reveal the, ahem, modification to the story, a SPOILER ALERT! Don't read on unless you've seen the season 4 premiere of the Starz drama. In the final moments of the episode, the devilish Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) steals one of Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) most precious items -- the ring Jamie gave to her when they were married. But that's not what happens in Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in Gabaldon's Outlander series on which this season is based. In the tome, Bonnet takes Frank's gold band, not Jamie's ring. So why tweak the story? At the recent Savannah College of Art and Design Film Festival in Georgia, Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore told fans that the stolen ring needed to stand out for Brianna (Sophie Skelton) in a future episode -- thus the change to the plot. "Thinking ahead for those of you who know the books," explains Moore, who screened the first episode for fans and then participated in an Oct. 28 panel in Savannah with cast members like Balfe and Sam Heughan. Moore addressed the audience directly. "Are we all friends here? Do we all know the books? The plain gold band wouldn't be noticeable as like, 'Oh that's clearly my mother's ring,' whereas the other one clearly would. So that's kind of why we made that change." Moore's response was met with applause by the fans. "Now you've got it!" responded Balfe, who was also joined on the panel with Skelton, Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), John Bell (Ian Murray), and Executive Producer Maril Davis. The entire discussion can be seen on Outlander's Facebook page. Want to chat more about the rings? Make sure to tune in to Outlander Live! on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET. Gabaldon will be our guest! Outlander airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Starz. (Entertainment Weekly)

Khloe Kardashian Reacts to Tristan Thompson's Cheating Scandal Days Before Giving Birth on KUWTK. Baby True Thompson is on her way, but she may be coming sooner that expected. On this week's all new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe Kardashian nearly goes into labor amidst the devastating news that her boyfriend Tristan Thompson has been caught cheating. "There's video of Tristan making out with a girl last night," big sister Kim Kardashian tells the KUWTK crew. "I know, Khloe's gonna die." After receiving a barrage of news alerts, the sisters frantically rallied around Khloe as she entered the last days of her pregnancy. "No one had the courage to tell Khloe 'cause we knew she was days away from giving birth, we didn't want to stress her out, but we knew it was the right thing to do," new mom Kylie Jenner admitted. "So, I'm the one that told Khloe. I didn't want to hurt her feelings, but I felt like she should hear from one of us versus on the internet." Needing her family more than ever, Khloe tried to leave Cleveland and head back to Los Angeles. "Did you say you're trying to come back here to LA?" Kim asked an emotional Khloe, moments after the news broke. "I would love to, I need to figure that out," Khloe responded. "Well do you want me to get you a plane and figure it out?" Kim offered. "I need to ask if I can travel. I'm gonna call Dr. A and see if I can get outta here," Khloe said. Whether in Cleveland or L.A., Kim urged her sister to remain calm and focus on herself and the baby during this major moment. Kim had a bit of a dilemma of her own. The mom of three wanted to make it to her 20-year high school reunion, but with Khloe days away from giving birth, she worried she'd have to miss it. "If I want to go to the reunion on Friday night, can you just fly out a little bit later and I'll fly with you? 'Cause my reunion is at like 6:30," Kim asked momager Kris Jenner. But the anxious grandmother doesn't want to miss the birth of Khloe's first child. "I've already told doctor A that we're gonna get on a plane Friday morning," Kris tells her daughter. "And I just want to get there. 'Cause this is giving me anxiety just not being there. I just want to settle in and make sure she has everything she needs. You know, there's a lot to do." Despite wanting to jet off to Cleveland as soon as possible, Kris encouraged Kim to attend her reunion and fly out to be by Khloe's side afterwards. "It's like I really want to go to my 20-year reunion. It's like my 20-year reunion's really important to me also," Kim confessed to the camera. "They both are. I want to go to both and I feel like I can go to both." It wasn't long after that Khloe did in fact go into labor, leaving both Kris and Kim scrambling to make it to Cleveland. "So listen, Khloe's in labor," Kris revealed to KoKo's doctor. "So here's the thing, can you get to the airport by five?" After wrapping up her call with the OBGYN, the Kardashian-Jenner matriarch informed Kim and eldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian that she's "gotta go." "I just moved the plane up and I think she's in labor," Kris further shared. "I knew we should've gone last night, I knew it." Although Kris instructs her other Kardashian daughters to "come in a couple of days," the KKW Beauty boss places a call to Khloe to check in on her younger sister. During her chat with the pregnant KUWTK star, Kim resolved that she should also head to Cleveland. "You know, when there's something crazy that goes on in our family, we just always drop everything that we're doing and go be supportive to them," Kim concluded. "I obviously wanted to go to my reunion and I wanted to make both work but since my reunion is in two days it's like game over, it doesn't matter. I'm gonna go to Cleveland and be there for her." (Eonline)

Farrah Abraham is on the brink of locking down her own show after getting the boot from "Teen Mom OG" ... and she's setting up meetings with Hollywood producers to make it happen. Abraham was spotted leaving a lunch meeting Friday in Studio City with her manager David Weintraub, and reality TV mastermind Jeff Jenkins. Jenkins was the EP behind "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "The Simple Life" and "Little Women: LA." Sources tell us the trio met to continue discussions about a show they've created ... starring Farrah. You'll remember -- Abraham was fired by MTV from 'Teen Mom' last year -- she claimed she was only canned because she'd done work as an adult film star. MTV says she was impossible. We're told the new show will center around Farrah and other single working moms, trying to balance work, family and their romantic life. Our sources say they've already received offers from two networks for the project and negotiations are ongoing. (TMZ)

Pete Davidson under fire for poking fun at veteran's eyepatch. "Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson is drawing fire for poking fun at an eye patch worn by a Republican war veteran running for congress. "This guy's kinda cool -- Dan Crenshaw," Davidson began during the show's "Weekend Update" segment. Apparently seeing where the bit was headed, show co-writer and segment host Michael Che groaned "Oh c'mon man" as Davidson continued. "You may be surprised to learn he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie," Davidson said during the skit where he gave "first impressions" of electoral candidates. "I'm sorry -- I know he lost his eye in war or whatever," he chuckled. Conservatives pounced on the funnyman Sunday morning. "Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes," tweeted Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan. He later called the joke "absolutely disgusting." National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Jack Pandol suggested Davidson was bitter over his recent engagement with pop star Ariana Grande fell through and demanded an apology Sunday. "Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country," he said in a statement. "Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend � because they're not laughing." "How long do you think this "comic" & the writer responsible for this disgrace would last in @us_navyseals training?" tweeted Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who was herself lampooned in the show's cold open. (PageSix)

'Das Boot' Director Signs on for Sony's 'Alex Rider' Series. Andreas Prochaska will direct the drama based on the best-selling young-adult novels from Anthony Horowitz. Andreas Prochaska, the director of upcoming Sky and Hulu series Das Boot, has signed on to direct and executive produce drama series Alex Rider for Sony Pictures Television and Eleventh Hour Films, based on the best-selling young-adult series of novels from Anthony Horowitz. The Austrian director (The Dark Valley) will direct and executive produce the first four episodes of the drama based on Point Blanc, the second book in the series, which is being adapted by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Guy Burt (Bletchley Circle, The Borgias). Das Boot is inspired by the Oscar-nominated submarine movie and is an eight-part series that will debut in Sky territories beginning this month. Hulu picked up the series for the U.S. Eleventh Hour optioned the screen rights to Horowitz's novels, which chart the adventures of a reluctant teen spy, last year. "Andreas has a captivating and authentic style of storytelling, and we couldn't be more excited to have him on board," said Wayne Garvie, president, international production. "We can't wait to start the search for our new Alex with Andreas leading the way!" Added Eve Gutierrez, executive producer and head of talent at Eleventh Hour: "We are delighted to be working with visionary director Andreas Prochaska. Andreas' work, whether for the big or small screen, is always underpinned by thrilling, emotional experiences making him the perfect choice for Alex Rider." And Prochaska said: "Within the first few pages of reading Guy Burt's compelling scripts for the series I was hooked. Guy has taken Anthony's brilliant, well-loved character and created a bold and unique concept, a coming-of-age story set in the clandestine world of spies sure to excite fans and newcomers alike." (Hollywood Reporter)

Kenan Thompson Says Pete Davidson Went Too Far With Wounded Veteran Joke. "I personally would never necessarily go there, but it's tough when you're fishing for jokes," he said in part. Kenan Thompson on Monday said he felt his Saturday Night Live castmate Pete Davidson went too far with a recent joke on the show about a wounded veteran running for office. Davidson received severe backlash after his quip during an appearance on this Saturday's "Weekend Update," when he spoke about the upcoming midterm elections and offered his "first impressions" of several candidates -- including Dan Crenshaw, a Republican candidate for Congress and a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate in Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie," Davidson said on the segment, laughing. "I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever. Whatever." Thompson -- the most senior member of the current SNL cast -- said on NBC's Today show on Monday morning that the one-liner was too much. "He [Davidson] definitely missed the mark," Thompson said. "I think he was more so commenting on the fact that the joke maybe didn't land as hard as he wanted to as opposed to being like I don't care about veterans." Asked if Davidson crossed the line, Thompson replied, "It definitely seems it. My father's a veteran, Vietnam, and I personally would never necessarily go there, but it's tough when you're fishing for jokes -- like that's how stand-ups feel like there's no real filters out there in the world when they're trying to go for a great joke or whatever and we try to respect that but at the same time, when you miss the mark, you're offending people so you have to really be a little more aware in my opinion." Supporters of Crenshaw have demanded Davidson apologize on air. Crenshaw said he tries not to be offended, but the joke was in bad taste. "Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes," he tweeted on Monday. (Hollywood Reporter)

NBC pulls Trump's "Racist" migrant ad. The move comes after the ad aired during Sunday Night Football and received swift backlash. NBC has pulled an infamous "migrant caravan" ad that ran during Sunday Night Football. The ad featured an undocumented immigrant who was convicted of murdering two sheriff's deputies in California in 2014. Until Sunday night, the ad ran mostly on the Internet. CNN had rejected it, labeling it "racist." "After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible," said an NBC spokesperson. (Hollywood Reporter)

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