AMC announces 'Kevin Can F*** Himself' will end after season 2

(NOTE LANGUAGE) AMC was quick to renew its off-beat dramedy series Kevin Can F*** Himself for a second season, but the network just raised eyebrows with an announcement that the show's second season would be its last, Variety reports. 

The series stars Schitt's Creek Emmy winner Annie Murphy as  Allison McRoberts and Eric Petersen as her titular husband. The show's conceit is that it plays out as a stereotypical sitcom focusing on a married couple in scenes where Allison is with Kevin, and then takes a dark turn when Annie's character is by herself, showing that she's plotting to kill her schlubby dope of a hubby. 

The show had an 81% positive rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. A few weeks ago, Petersen told ABC Audio that he was psyched to start work on the second season. 

"Any time you do something new -- and this show truly is something new -- I mean, that just in and of itself is an accomplishment to get something on the air that really is not like anything that's been done before," the actor said. "And then you sort of cross your fingers that people get what we're trying to do with it, that they enjoy it, that they find it funny and engaging and interesting. And people have, which is awesome."

He adds, "So we're so excited that we got season two. We're going to start filming here in January, so it'll be coming out next year. And I've already seen a few of the scripts and they're very good, so [I'm] very excited to get going." 

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Dr. Oz running for U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania

Following weeks of speculation, Dr. Mehmet Oz officially declared his candidacy for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday.

In a Washington Examiner opinion column announcing the run, Oz highlighted his medical experience as the undercurrent for his campaign launch, while also indicating a policy focus on the ongoing national pandemic response.

"During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That's why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal," Oz said.

On his website, Oz added in his announcement, "Covid-19 became an excuse for government and elite thinkers who controlled the means of communication, especially social media and our major news agencies, to suspend debate. Dissenting opinions from leading scholars, even Nobel Laureates, were cancelled and ridiculed so their ideas could not be disseminated."

He continued, "Doctors were forbidden from prescribing legal medications for the first time in our nation's history. I tried to fund clinical trials to re-purpose an already widely used drug for possible benefits against Covid-19, but they were banned. Instead, government mandated policies that caused unnecessary suffering."

In a video posted to Twitter, Oz said he is running as a Conservative Republican.

Oz joins a crowded Republican primary in what is shaping up to be one of the nation's most-watched midterm races. As a pivotal 2020 campaign battleground that tipped the scales for President Joe Biden, Pennsylvania's Senate race is now slated to help determine which party controls the Senate in 2022.

The current field of leading Democratic candidates includes Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Rep. Conor Lamb, state representative Malcolm Kenyatta and Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, who is also a physician.

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How'd you like to stay in the Grinch's cave for the holidays?

Would you'd like to stay in a real-life location of a Christmas classic, or perhaps you just want to escape from all the noise, noise, noise, noise, noise, noise of the holidays?

In either case, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the vacation rental platform Vacasa have your back: You and your friends -- provided you have any, other than a dog named Max -- can soon stay in the Grinch's cave

Located "Three thousand feet up, Up the side of Mt. Crumpit," according to How the Grinch Stole Christmas -- but in reality, carved into a stone mountain outside of Boulder, Utah -- the home has been meticulously created to mimic the crib of the Christmas curmudgeon. 

"There's a kitchen stocked with roastable beast, Who-pudding, and an emergency stash of Who-hash," Vacasa says of the 5,700-square foot lodging.

"A music room includes the Grinch's organ alongside Max's drum set leading into the study, main bedroom, guest bedroom, and more," the booking platform promises.

Bookings will be taken starting Dec. 3 for stays Dec. 13 - 23 -- all for the nightly rate of $19.57, in honor of the classic book's 1957 release date.

So if your heart is three sizes too small -- or once was -- feel free to check it out, or at least take a 3D virtual tour of the Grinch's digs.

 

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Michael J. Fox on retiring from acting, embracing optimism, and re-discovering what people love about 'Back to the Future'

Michael J. Fox covers the December-January issue of AARP the Magazine, as the now-60-year-old actor-turned activist nears the 30-year anniversary of his Parkinson's diagnosis.

As previously reported, Fox underwent surgery in 2018 to have a benign tumor removed from around his spinal cord. During his recovery, he fell at home, crushing the bones in his left arm and requiring extensive surgery. 

That episode led him into "darkness" -- and then out the other side. "I started to notice things I was grateful for...I concluded that gratitude makes optimism sustainable," he tells the magazine.

Fox officially retired from acting in 2020. "When...I reached the point where I couldn't rely on my ability to speak on any given day, which meant I couldn't act comfortably at all anymore. So, last year I gave it up," he says.

The actor remains a tireless advocate for Parkinson's research, through his eponymous foundation. "We created what has become this giant network of patients, scientists and institutions. We've put more than a billion dollars into it..." he says. 

About seeing a cure in his lifetime, Fox says he's "blunt": "I'm 60 years old, and science is hard. So, no."

That still hasn't dampened his optimism, however. Fox said watching, of all things, the fan-favorite Back to the Future, also taught him to lighten up.

"...I came across it on TV last Christmas. And I thought I was really good in it, better than I thought I'd been. More important, I got the spirit of the movie. I understood...that we all need...to take credit for what we've done and the lives we've touched and to occasionally step back a bit and appreciate that much of life has been great and that there's a lot more to live."

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Taraji P. Henson preps for 'Annie Live!', Kevin Hart makes it a merry holiday for youth, and more

Taraji P. Henson is one of the stars of Annie Live! airing Thursday, and she's enjoying being cast in the role of Miss Hannigan, which was was portrayed by Carol Burnett in the 1982 Annie film.

“As a young, Black artist, studying in college all those years ago, and wanting to be, dreaming to be, I never saw myself as Miss Hannigan because back then, we weren't into this nontraditional casting that we're doing nowadays, which is so beautiful," the 10-time NAACP Image Award winner tells Extra.

Annie Live!, which also stars Harry Connick Jr., Nicole Scherzinger and 13-year-old Celina Smith in the title role, airs Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC.

In other news, Kevin Hart is making it a merry holiday season by donating $100,000 each to youth organizations in Houston, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Missouri for a total of $500,000.

“One of the best things you can do for yourself is believe in other people,” the True Story star said in a statement. “I’ve always had people in my life that believed in me, and I believe in the power of passing that onto others. The donations we made went to organizations that believe in the future of kids and their families. I’m proud we were able to work together to make a big impact.”

Finally, Issa Rae is dropping the soundtrack for the final season of Insecure on Friday, according to Variety. “Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” Rae said. The 12-track album features Saweetie, Nnena, Thundercat and more.

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Kim Kardashian West will receive The Fashion Icon award at 2021 People's Choice Awards

Well, you can't have a billion dollar fashion and cosmetics empire without the people's support, so it's fitting that Kim Kardashian West will be honored with The Fashion Icon award at the 2021 People's Choice Awards. 

The announcement singles out Kim's "keen fashion sense, unprecedented entrepreneurial success," and for, "single-handedly transforming the fashion industry through her innovative designs and trend-setting style over the past decade."

KKW has managed to turn reality show stardom into a brand that brings in big bucks through her successful Skims shapewear and lounge lines, as well as her KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrance offerings. She even launched a mobile game in 2016 that generated over $50 million. 

In April of this year, Kim made Forbes' billionaire list thanks to her endeavors.

"For nearly two decades, Kim Kardashian West's style evolution has disrupted and influenced trends on a global level and cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with within the fashion industry," according to NBCUniversal Entertainment Television and Streaming's Executive Vice President Jen Neal.

"For being a cultural inspiration, trailblazer and so much more, we can't wait to honor Kim with this year's 'People's Fashion Icon’ award."

The 2021 People's Choice Awards will take place live on Tuesday, December 7 at 9pm ET/PT at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The event will be simultaneously broadcast on both NBC and E!.

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Rachel Brosnahan wants to "change the business" in season 4 teaser for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Amazon Prime Video has released the first teaser to the fourth season of its Emmy-winning comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which debuts on February 18.

The snippet shows a determined Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel after a season-three capper that saw the stand-up comic getting the boot as the opening act of singer Shy Baldwin's tour, after joking about his sexuality. 

Unfazed, Maisel's looking for a comeback as she plots with her manager, Susie, played by fellow Emmy-winner Alex Borstein

"No more opening act gigs. I will only do gigs where I can say what I want. That's what Lenny would do," says Midge.

"That's different, he's Lenny Bruce!" Susie replies, referring to the legendary comic played by Luke Kirby in the show. 

"Then make me Lenny Bruce, make me a headliner," Midge says. "You're my manager -- manage me!"

Susie replies, "That's not how the business works," to which Midge counters, "Then let's change the business."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Insiders say producer Amy Pascal jumped the gun with talk of new Tom Holland Spider-Man trilogy

By now, Marvel fans might rightly feel their Spidey senses tingle whenever Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal makes predictions about future projects. The producer made headlines by telling Fandango, "We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel. We're thinking of this as three films, and now we're going to go onto the next three..."

While it was welcome news to fans, Sony insiders have pumped the brakes; formerly with Sony, Pascal is still affiliated with the hero via her Pascal Productions shingle.

"Sony insiders note though the studio has a strong relationship with Holland and [Marvel Studios head KevinFeige and hopes to continue their collaboration, there are no official plans for a trilogy at this phase," The Hollywood Reporter insists.

This wouldn't be the first time Pascal has jumped the gun in an interview with regards to Sony's collaboration with Disney-owned Marvel Studios. During a 2017 interview alongside Feige, Pascal incorrectly stated Venom, and another, since scrapped film project, were part of the MCU. Feige's nonplussed reaction spawned a meme.

Incidentally, the new book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reveals Pascal initially didn't take too kindly to Feige's advice for collaborating, and rebooting Spider-Man with Holland as the lead, after the poor performance of the solely-Sony-produced The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield.

Pascal recalled, "I think I started crying and threw him out of my office, or threw a sandwich at him -- I'm not sure which."

What is assured, at least, is that the studios' latest collaboration, Spider-Man: No Way Home debuts Dec. 17.

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Billy Porter, Ciara, Liza Koshy co-hosting 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022'

Billy Porter, Ciara and Liza Koshy have been announced as co-hosts for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022.

Porter will co-host from New Orleans, ushering in the Central Time Zone countdown. He previously co-hosted from Times Square last year and from New Orleans in 2019. Ciara will return to co-host from Los Angeles for the fifth year. She’ll be joined at the LA party by DJ D-Nice, and Koshy will co-host the festivities in Times Square with Seacrest. She previously served as a correspondent in 2019.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. It airs live Friday, December 31, beginning at 8/7c on ABC.

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New 'The Book of Boba Fett' trailer hints at the bounty hunter's story of survival

new trailer for Disney+'s upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series hints at an important chapter: How he cheated death after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi.

As most Star Wars fans can tell you, Fett ended up in the belly of a sandpit-dwelling creature known as a sarlacc, as the heroes escaped the clutches of Jabba the Hutt in that film. But The Mandalorian brought Boba back from the dead, and Star Wars prequel star Temuera Morrison to fill his spike-tipped boots.

Some glimpses in the new trailer shows we might get to see how he escaped. Morrison is shown submerged in a healing fluid filled bath known as a bacta tank -- the same therapy Luke Skywalker used after his run-in with a wampa in The Empire Strikes Back -- and the new clip hints the desert planet's natives, the Sand People, might have scooped him up when he was "left for dead in the sands of Tatooine."

As previously reported, The Book of Boba Fett will track Boba's rebirth from bounty hunter to crime lord, taking over Jabba's empire.

Incidentally, Star Wars creator George Lucas has admitted regret in unceremoniously "killing off" Boba, not knowing at the time the character would become a fan favorite -- despite having just four lines of dialog between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

The Book of Boba Fett debuts on Disney+ December 29. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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