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The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Had a Major Death -- And the Actor Is More Than OK With It. Pour one out for another The Walking Dead character. In the Sunday, Nov. 25 midseason finale, the AMC drama took another major diversion from the comic book source material and killed off a character who is still kicking major butt in print. Warning, spoilers follow! The Walking Dead parted ways with Tom Payne's Jesus. Yes, the swashbuckling hero met his maker when he fought the Whispers, the new group of villains who wear skins of zombies to travel within walker herds. And it seems Payne is more than OK with that. "I just wanted to be part of telling a good story that shocks people. That's what the show has been about for me," Payne told The Hollywood Reporter. "When they came to me with the idea, I said, 'As long as it's a really cool moment, let's do it!' I know a lot of people are going to be bummed about it, but I've been bummed for the last two years, that the character hasn't gotten as much cool stuff [on the show] as he has in the comic books. They gave me a really cool ending, and I'm happy with that," Payne added. Payne is well aware of what his comic book counterpart has done over the years. He told THR that he made producers aware he "wouldn't be unhappy" if they killed off his character. "I expressed unhappiness last season. I was very frustrated with what the character had been doing. He arrived in a very cool way, and then he floundered at the Hilltop. During the war with the Saviors, the only person he had a fight with was a man who was on his side [in Lennie James' Morgan]," Payne said, citing in the comics the many battles Jesus has fought and won, including catching a grenade and tossing it back at his enemies. "He's the most capable member of the entire group! And he wasn't used at all [on the show]. In the background, I was training every single week. I was ready and raring to go. You can't help but feel a little bit despondent when you're not released to do some cool stuff. It was mutual and they knew I would be OK with it. It's an amazing show and I was so honored to be a part of it, but at the same time, being the same character without anything fun to do is a bit frustrating," he said. (Eonline)
The Crown Season 3's Investiture of Prince Charles Looks So Accurate We're Shook. It seems The Crown season three is speeding right through the radical 1960s. In a photo, which was taken on set, The Favourite and Night Manager star Olivia Colman's Queen Elizabeth II is seen alongside Josh O'Connor's Prince Charles on his investiture. The real event, which took place at Caernarfon Castle, happened July 1, 1969. An investiture is a ceremony where rank or honors are formally conferred on a person. In Prince Charles' case, it was Prince of Wales. They really nailed the costuming, especially the Queen's headpiece and the Prince of Wales' cape. And yes, O'Connor, whose other TV credits include Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders, has already commented on his ears matching the famous royal's. "I am thrilled to be joining the firm for the next installment of The Crown. Seasons three and four will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales's life and our national story and I'm excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all. I'm very aware it's a formidably talented family to be joining, but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in," O'Connor said in a statement when his casting was announced. There's no premiere date for season three of The Crown aside from sometime in 2019, but the Netflix drama has been filming for several months. The first two seasons were set in the 1950s and early 1960s, season three will pick up later in the 1960s and go through the 1970s. As has always been the plans of producers, the new season features an entirely new cast. Colman replaces Emmy-winning Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, Marion Bailey is playing the Queen Mother in place of Victoria Hamilton, Jason Watkins is the era's prime minister Harold Wilson, Tobias Menzies of Outlander fame is taking over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith, Erin Doherty is Princess Anne, Ben Daniels is taking over the role of Antony Armstrong-Jones from Matthew Goode, Emerald Fennell is Camilla Parker Bowles, and the role of Princess Margaret is going from Vanessa Kirby to Helena Bonham Carter. (Eonline)
Meet the newest member of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'. There's a new girl in Atlanta. Tanya Sam is joining "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," with her first appearance airing Sunday. "It's Tanya Time this season," Sam told Page Six before making her "Housewives" debut. "Get ready for a wild ride!" It was rumored over the summer that Sam -- who boats two college degrees -- would be joining the franchise. She was spotted filming on various occasions with the current cast including Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes and Kandi Burruss. An insider told us that she wants to "expand the 'Housewife' image, stamp out her identity as a successful woman of color and owner/investor in successful multimillion-dollar enterprises" while "giving loyal fans a dose of Atlanta charm by way of Toronto." "RHOA" airs at 8 p.m. E.T. Sunday nights on Bravo. (PageSix)
Family First! "Protective" Kim Kardashian Strikes a Truce With Tristan Thompson on KUWTK. Can Kim Kardashian and Tristan Thompson get along for Khloe Kardashian's sake? On Sunday's all-new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the KKW Beauty boss found herself still at odds with the NBA player following his cheating scandal. Understandably, this caused tension for the Good American founder, who was just trying to create a healthy home for her newborn True Thompson. "I'm just, you know, in a tough situation 'cause my sister and my boyfriend hate each other," Khloe told Kim and Kourtney Kardashian over the phone. Not only was North West's mom frustrated about the cheating scandal, but she was also seemingly livid after the Cleveland Cavaliers star blocked her on Instagram. "I still can't believe that Tristan blocked me," the KUWTK veteran spilled in a confessional. "I mean that's just too petty for me and I could go there in the petty department. I know Khloe wants us to be cool with Tristan when they get back, but I still hold this resentment towards him." Although Khloe reassured her sisters that she was "strong enough" to "deal with everything personally," Kim felt she couldn't forget how Tristan "broke Khloe's heart." Thus, the Revenge Body host kept her sister and boyfriend far away from each other. "Kim and Tristan have not been in the same room together since they've had that talk in Cleveland," the new mom admitted to the KUWTK cameras. "So it's just awkward for me, I'm in a very uncomfortable position and I don't know how they're both gonna act." Khloe's fears weren't unwarranted as Kim revealed during a sit down with Scott Disick that she was in "protection mode." However, per Lord Disick, this stance was putting Kim at risk of being estranged from her sister. "I think everybody wants to be protective of their family," the father of three shared. "I think sometimes when people get too caught up, when it's like a negative protection and not always being there when the positive, then everybody feels kind of attacked." Despite all of the anxiety, Kim and Tristan proved they could put their differences aside as they bonded over pickleball. "I have no idea how to even start a conversation with Tristan," the mother of three later confessed. "Pickleball was the first thing that popped into my head. It was super awkward, but he's an athlete, I just thought maybe talking about sports would be common ground." After proving her natural athleticism via old skiing videos, the Kardashian-West matriarch declared she could beat Thompson "in some kind of sport" and challenged him to a fitness competition. This interaction warmed an eavesdropping Khloe's heart as she could see that they were having a "moment." "Why am I fighting this fight if no one else is?" Kanye West's wife relayed. "I'm not gonna spend my time angry at someone else for something that they didn't do to me. I'm gonna move on if that's what Khloe chooses to do, I'm gonna be supportive of her." The familial drama wasn't the only notable thing to happen to Kim during the episode as she also had one-on-one time with Cher. Since Kim had a blast with her old friends at her 20-year high school reunion, she decided to organize a Las Vegas getaway for them... where they saw the "Believe" singer in concert. Of course, as the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again actress is Kim's idol, the E! personality dressed up to the nines. Yet, it was talk of Armenia that bonded Kim and Cher. "Everything you've done for the Armenian community has been amazing," Kim gushed to the chart topper. In fact, the two stars resolved to take a trip to Armenia together in order to make a "presence" there. "I was just happy to literally be in her presence," Saint West's mom concluded. (Eonline)
Jerry Springer Court Show 'Judge Jerry' Set for Fall 2019 Launch. The longtime talk show host will transition to presiding over a TV courtroom in the syndicated show from NBCUniversal. The Jerry Springer Show is set to end in 2019. Jerry Springer's time on television is not. The longtime talk show host will transition to presiding over a TV courtroom in Judge Jerry, a syndicated series set to launch in fall 2019. Distributor NBCUniversal has sold the show in 75 percent of the country. "For the first time in my life, I am going to be called honorable," said Springer. "My career is coming full circle, and I finally get to put my law degree to use after all these years." Prior to launching his talk show in 1991, Springer was a lawyer; he served on the city council in Cincinnati and was mayor of the city for one year in the late 1970s. Judge Jerry will have a similar setup to other court shows, with parties to small-claims cases agreeing to argue their cases on camera. Springer will render verdicts and offer a "dose of classic Springer wisdom" in each case. "Judge Jerry will merge Jerry's talent for connecting with people, his incredibly relatable and funny personality and his legal training and governing experience to bring viewers a more entertaining court show," said Tracie Wilson, executive vp creative affairs at NBCUniversal Television Distribution. "We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base." Springer's talk show, also distributed by NBCU, stopped taping new episodes earlier this year. Previously produced shows air on CW stations; The CW had an option to pick up new episodes. Judge Jerry has been sold to a number of TV station groups, including Tribune, Sinclair, Weigel, Hearst, Cox, Sun Beam, Block, Raycom, Tegna, Scripps, Meredith and Capital. (Hollywood Reporter)