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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

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As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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Sadly, his career is ruined regardless of his innocence or guilt.

I don’t know what happened but the show sucks anyway So who really cares.

This is all very wrong..
He may seem guilty but Jussie Smollett proclaims he’s innocent…. it is still being investigated!
He is not guilty until proven as so..

We need to step back and wait, wait for a valid verdict.

We fought, with blood and tears, to grant accused people a fair and just trial.

So, until a confession or a trial, I will wait.

Yeah, “thank you” @su I cannot believe this thread is playing out this long… and in pieces to this extent

“I” have long…. posted… with all due respect that it is the LGBTQ – AND – the African American that are the last two races… that must be up to par on equality. simple as that… a threshold reached

a clear playing field
A justice inclusive

it just reads and sounds so plausible

If you play outside the safety net as it were, so be it

vigil

Hi Patrick..
Jussie can be as guilty as heck but nonetheless, he has a story to tell his attorneys have a case to present.

Jussie is accused/charged with disorderly conduct but not yet convicted he gets his day in court and until then by law he is innocent until proven guilty…

Looking forward to his trail, it should be interesting. He will be accountable, for sure.

Its A Shame His Career is Ruined. For What.. Its Really Sad

Its all scripted BS. Like all fake news. And the sheeple just eat it up!

This smells like a dead fish. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? And what does this have to do with the show? He’s an actor on a show taped weeks or months in advance. SMH.

Ironically, his alledged ‘hate attack’ was a hate attack, and ABC is cutting him…
…but they leave Whhopie and Joy to hate attack on The View every day?

Don’t be brainwashed like Jussie friends.

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‘Tracker’ Starring Justin Hartley Premieres After Most-Watched Super Bowl With 18.4 Million Viewers

Justin Hartley’s (ex-Adam, Y&R, ex-Kevin, This Is Us) new CBS drama, Tracker debuted immediately after Super Bowl LVIII this past Sunday delivering a huge audience averaging 18.4 million viewers.

That comes on the heels of the most-watched Super Bowl telecast of all-time where the overtime game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a lead-in average viewership of 123.4 million people.

Tracker retained 15% of the audience from Super Bowl LVII but that still gave the series the largest post-Super Bowl numbers for a series since 2021. That series in 2021 was The Equalizer.

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Of note: The Tracker audience numbers refers only to CBS viewership and will soon see an increase when data becomes available from streamers Paramount+, CBS.com, and the CBS app.  In addition, Tracker’s performance outshined last year’s post-Super Bowl effect in the ratings. In 2023, Season 2 of  Next Level Chef  retained 13.6% of the audience of the big game, and 15.7 million viewers after 115.1 million watched the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Interestingly, given the length of Sunday night’s Super Bowl and it going into overtime, it pushed Tracker’s scheduled premiere back even later until 11:14 pm EST. That marked the latest Super Bowl game lead-out in its history.

In case you missed the premiere of Tracker, and its first episode entitled “Klamath Falls”, the series stars Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

So, what do you think of how ‘Tracker’ performed in its first episode averaging 18.4 million viewers? Will Justin Hartley’s new series be able to retain a large part of this audience moving forward week-to-week? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Don Murray Passes Away at 94, Michele Lee Pays Tribute “I Will Always Love Him”

He played Sid Fairgate on CBS primetime’s beloved soap opera, Knots Landing (1979-1981) and was an Oscar nominee for his performance in Bus Stop, and now comes word that actor Don Murray has died at the age of 94.

Murray’s son, Christopher broke the news to the New York Times. However, he did not give any further details into his father’s death.

Michele Lee who played Karen Fairgate on Knots Landing posted a touching tribute to her former leading man, expressing: “Don Murray, One of the nicest people I have EVER met. When Don was working on the set, everything stopped. People stood by the camera to watch him. Don was often applauded when the director yelled “Cut.” Everybody, I mean EVERYBODY called him Mr. Murray. That’s how much respect we all had for him. I will always love him. #knotslanding #knots #goodnightsid #donmurray #restinpeace”

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On ‘Knots’, Murray’s Sid was killed-off in a car crash in its third season. A mechanic working for the mob took out the brakes in Sid’s car. While Sid and an FBI agent were driving, the car went out of control and fell from a cliff. After having to undergo live-saving surgery, Sid didn’t survive passing away in the early stages of the operation. (You can watch the heartbreaking ending to Sid’s life and Michele Lee’s bravura performance below).

In addition to Knots Landing, Murray had an illustrious film career having been Oscar-nominated for his debut role as Beauregard “Beau” Decker, the lovestruck cowboy in Bus Stop. He also appeared in Fred Zinnemann’s A Hatful of Rain 1957, where he played a morphine-addicted war veteran, and starred as a closeted gay senator in Otto Preminger’s Advise & Consent in 1962. Later in his career in 1986, he played Kathleen Turner’s father in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the death of Don Murray via the comment section below. Under the video of Sid’s death on Knots, you can also check out the Michael Fairman Channel interview with Michele Lee, Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark where they discuss working with Don Murray during the conversation.

 

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Daytime Emmy Category Changes Announced: Outstanding Younger Performer Eliminated; Daytime Program Hosts Revised

The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will look a bit different with the elimination of some categories and a redefinition of others as announced on Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The changes include the elimination of what has become the controversial Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama series category, where the age range was so vast that it had younger children competing with older teens or young adults.

That means that General Hospital’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn) will become, for all intent and purposes, the final winner of this category as she took the honors for her work at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards handed out in December of 2023.

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This category had under gone a myriad of changes and age eligibility rules over recent years. Younger performers were first honored at the Emmys in 1985. With the removal of this category, younger performers are now eligible to submit for Supporting Actor or Actress or Lead Actor or Actress category. The flipside of the change is that there is one less category for Daytime Drama performers to be named in.

Other changes as announced by NATAS include merging ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special’ into ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.’

Additionally, the Daytime Program Host category has been split into two categories – Daytime Personality–Daily, and Daytime Personality–Non-Daily. The complete list of changes is below.

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In a statement, Adam Sharp, President of NATAS expressed: “Programming is always changing, and NATAS continues to adapt its competition rules to reflect these shifts in the television landscape. We’re looking forward to gathering again at the 51st Daytime Emmys to celebrate all the nominees and the entertaining and enlightening programs they create.”

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For a further breakdown of the category changes, see below:

Daytime Program Host Eligibility

Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Correspondents from Entertainment News and Legal/Courtroom Programs (e.g. the judges and bailiffs) are now eligible within the Daytime Personality – Daily or Daytime Personality – Non-Daily category depending on airing/streaming schedule. They also remain eligible in their respective Program categories but cannot win two Emmy statuettes for the same function, e.g. if a Program wins Outstanding Program and the Hosts win Outstanding Daytime Personality, the statuette defaults to the Host entry. Hosts from the same Program will be included in a single entry with all Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors and Correspondents on the same submission and the reel must contain footage that highlights all entrants.

Daytime Personality – Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, and Correspondents on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams daily AND/OR has more than 52 episodes per calendar year. Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

Daytime Personality – Non-Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, Correspondents, and Narrators on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams weekly or all at once AND/OR has fewer than 52 episodes per calendar year (regardless of how many were filmed or produced). Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, Daytime Special, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

NATAS also announced that the entry deadline for submissions for the competition will be February 22nd, with a late entry by March 7th. Judging will be from March 21-April 11, 2024 with the official nominations to be revealed the week of April 15th.

No word yet on the date of the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, but one would presume it will be back to sometime in June as it has been in previous years. Last years Daytime Emmys got pushed to December of 2023 due to the writers and performers strikes.

So, what do you think of the elimination of the Outstanding Younger Performer category? As well, as other category changes for this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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