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Kenan Thompson Returns to All That... But Nobody Knows Who He Is! Kenan Thompson is back where it all started: All That. Kenan, who starred in the Nickelodeon series before getting his own show, Kenan and Kel, and going on to star in Saturday Night Live and soon his own NBC sitcom, is an executive producer on the kid-centered sketch show and makes his first on camera appearance in the Saturday, Aug. 3 episode. In the exclusive preview, Kenan -- and the big ear of corn! -- make their way backstage into the All That clubhouse to greet the new cast. Only problem? The new kids don't recognize the man that brought Superdude, Pierre Escargot and so many other characters to life for five seasons of the original All That. "It's pretty hilarious that you think I'm from Postmates," Kenan tells the new cast. "I'm Kenan Thompson, come on! One of the original cast members of All That, like Josh Server... and Kel Mitchell... and me! Kenan! Really?" But, yep, no recollection. Even Josh and Kel can't help Kenan out when they crash the festivities. Buttercup, a legendary sketch comedy horse is another story... The new cast of the All That revival includes Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin and Chinguun Sergelen. In addition to Kenan, Kel and Josh, original cast member Lori Beth Denberg has also made a cameo in the 2019 series. The new All That episode airs Saturday, Aug. 3 at p.m. on Nickelodeon. JoJo Siwa closes the show with a performance of her song "BOP!" and there are sketches featuring the Marie Kiddo character, as well as T@$#!eigh and Trad. (Eonline)
Gina Rodriguez's Final Farewell to Jane the Virgin Will Break Your Heart. Gina Rodriguez is saying goodbye to Jane the Virgin. The 35-year-old actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to reflect on her time on the show over the past five years. "Jane the Virgin. Wow. We started shooting the first season of Jane in July 2014," she wrote alongside the sentimental post. "A few days into shooting I turned 30 on set. Yesterday I turned 35. And today is the very last episodes, 99 and 100 airing of Jane the Virgin. Five years. Five years of love, laughter, growth, pain, surprises, deaths, new births and a s--t ton of memories." She then thanked her "warriors" for supporting her since day one. "I am able to live out my dream career because of you and I will never stop making art to bring Joy and Laughter into your home/train ride/plane ride or classroom!" she added. "Art is my savior. Art is what makes me feel like I can fly. Thank you to Jennie for making me your Jane and to the incredible cast for becoming my family." Near the end of the post, Rodriguez noted she will "always love you Jane." She also encouraged viewers to watch the night's finale and "enjoy our goodbye." Rodriguez wasn't the only one to bid adieu to the show. Justin Baldoni, who plays Jane's love Rafael on the show, also shared a sweet message. "Can't believe this is it," he wrote alongside a photo from the characters' upcoming wedding. "Tonight it ends. What a ride. Forgive me as I may be posting a lot today as I am feeling very sentimental (as usual). So much gratitude. What a journey this has been. What a family we have become. What a blessing. #theend #janethevirgin#thefinalchapter." Over the course of its five-season run, the show has been recognized by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and more. Jane the Virgin has been up for four Golden Globes -- including Rodriguez's 2015 win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) -- and two Emmys -- both in the Outstanding Narrator category. Fans watched how it all ended Wednesday night on The CW. (Eonline)
Verizon Loses 52,000 Pay TV Subscribers in Second Quarter. The telecom giant, led by CEO Hans Vestberg, reports its latest financials. Telecom giant Verizon on Thursday reported that it lost 52,000 net pay TV subscribers for its Fios video service in the second quarter, compared with a loss of 37,000 in the year-ago period and a loss of 53,000 in the first quarter. Fios competes with cable and satellite TV services. The subscriber losses were "reflecting the ongoing shift from traditional linear video to over-the-top offerings," Verizon said. The company's broadband service added 28,000 subscribers in the second quarter, compared with 43,000 in the year-ago period. After its acquisitions of AOL and Yahoo, Verizon created a new division, Oath, which was then expanded further to become Verizon Media Group and encompass all of its media and advertising businesses. For the second quarter, Verizon Media, led by Guru Gowrappan, said its revenue fell 2.9 percent from the year-ago period to $1.8 billion. "Gains in native and mobile advertising continue to be offset by declines in desktop advertising," the company said. Verizon, led by CEO Hans Vestberg, had for some time planned to launch a live TV streaming service for young wireless users who are cord cutters or cord nevers, but it then decided to instead offer other over-the-top (OTT) services via its platform. In that vein, the company with its first-quarter earnings announcement unveiled a partnership with Google's YouTube TV streaming service, serving as a reseller. The companies said Verizon would "also offer unique, high-value YouTube TV promotions to customers across platforms" including Fios TV and Verizon's wireless services. Verizon management has in the past reiterated that the company wasn't eyeing any major content mergers or acquisitions to increase scale against rival phone and digital players. (Hollywood Reporter)