NEWS: Dick Van Patten, Joshua Morrow, Pam St. Clement, Julian McMahon, Taraji P. Henson, Tony Longo

Dick Van Patten, Eight Is Enough father, dies at 86
Dick Van Patten, the seemingly ubiquitous actor perhaps best known for his starring role as the father on the 1970s series Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 86. Budd Burton Moss, Van Patten's longtime agent, confirmed his death.

"He had been ill for a long time," Moss said.

Van Patten's many credits included WIOU, The Love Boat, Lois & Clark, Mama and The Partners.

Van Patten's son, Vince Van Patten, is married to The Young and the Restless star Eileen Davidson (Ashley).

Character actor Tony Longo dies at 53
Longo appeared in 8 episodes as Carmine on Days of our Lives, and 46 episodes as Ray on The Young and the Restless.

Soap-opera green card marriages (and how they turned out)
We’ve all seen our share of “business arrangement” daytime-drama green-card marriages that turned into something else … both good and bad. The most famous example is probably General Hospital's Robert and Holly.

Katherine Heigl on Grey's Anatomy: "I can't umagine the show without McDreamy"
Heigl also addressed rumors that she could potentially return to Grey's for season 12, shooting down any speculation that there was some semblance of truth.

"There is not, I'm sorry," Heigl said when ET asked if there was any truth to the matter.

The Young and the Restless star Joshua Morrow selling his $6M home in Pacific Palisades
Morrow's home is just as impressive as anything the fictional Newmans might own. Listed for sale at just under $6 million, the six-bedroom home in Pacific Palisades, CA, features an impeccable interior design. On the first floor, the formal dining room comfortably holds a table for 12 under a candle chandelier. A fireplace provides warmth, and a bay window adds natural light. The master suite offers a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and sitting area, while the master bath is big enough to fit most of the spurned women of Genoa City.

EastEnders' Pam St. Clement 'tells railway worker t f**k off' after Pat Butcher joke
According to witnesses, the ex-Eastender told the worker at the quiet Haddenham and Thame Parkway station, Oxfordshire, to "f**k off" after he joked: "Pat Butcher? I thought you were dead.”

Hannibal cancelled at NBC
On Monday, the Peacock net cancelled the acclaimed drama, announcing that the show’s current third season would be its last. But Fuller — Hannibal‘s showrunner and chief architect — is game to keep the series going should producer Gaumont find it a new home.

Why elaborate, explanatory opening sequences are making a comeback on television
Strangely, in an era when title credits are shrinking into nothingness, backstory-explicating openers are making a comeback. This year, the Netflix comedies The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grace and Frankie and the CW’s supernatural crime drama iZombie have all featured longish, plot-summarizing opening sequences. These programs tell very 21st-century stories—of an indomitable woman’s cheerful struggle to move past a traumatic experience, the knock-on effects of two seventysomething men’s announcement that they’re in love and want to get married, and a comic-book-inspired tale of a physician who solves murder mysteries by eating the victims’ brains—but they all begin each episode with credits that are both intensely modern and totally retro.

A Downton Abbey musical could be in the works
Downton Abbey composer John Lunn, said in a radio interview that he’s working on a live performance about Lord Grantham and the gang. “There’s talk of [creator] Julian Fellowes and I and some of the cast doing a live tour the way Dr. Who did; 70% of it will be music from the show,” he said. “There might be some Elgar, there might be some jazz of the periods. Some of the actors will likely recite. We’ll have a screen. We may have the music live to several scenes. Julian may be the host.”

Hulu to launch Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu will offer Showtime to subscribers for $8.99 per month — 18% less than the $10.99 the cabler’s OTT service will cost through device partners — in addition to $7.99-per-month Hulu subscription.

Another World and Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon joins Syfy alien drama Hunters
Hunters chronicles the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop’s (Nathan Phillips) wife, which leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists — shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world. McMahon, will play McCarthy, an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader with a predilection for house music and violence. McMahon also stars in Syfy’s upcoming miniseries Childhood’s End, which premieres in December.

Taraji P. Henson covers W, recalls almost passing on Empire role: "I was like, 'this is stupid!'"
"I was like, 'this is stupid. Hip-hop—dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.' But then I started to think, Cookie is going to piss so many people off! She hits her son with a broom; she talks back."

The controversy over the confederate flag has reached Hazzard County
Warner Bros.’ consumer licensing division — which for decades has licensed images of the The Dukes of Hazzard's iconic General Lee car for use on everything from T-shirts and model cars to lunch boxes and kids’ underwear — has opted to stop sanctioning the manufacturing of any products featuring the stars and bars.

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