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Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85

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Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85
Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85.

Sesame Workshop announced his death, calling him an “artistic genius” whose “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.”

“His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world,” the announcement continued, “and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.”

Spinney was with “Sesame Street” from the beginning in 1969, and continued working as Big Bird and Oscar through 2018, though he stopped performing inside the Big Bird costume in 2015 when it became too physically demanding. He first met Jim Henson in 1962 at a puppeteering festival, but the idea of working for
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Rachel Brosnahan Talks Perfecting Her Stand-Up Game as ‘Mrs. Maisel': ‘We’re Learning Together’

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Rachel Brosnahan Talks Perfecting Her Stand-Up Game as ‘Mrs. Maisel': ‘We’re Learning Together’
When it comes to nailing her stand-up comedy skills for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” its star, Rachel Brosnahan, says it’s something that she and her character, Midge, are “learning together.”

“The stand-up, in some ways it’s easier. You get a little more confident with practice,” Brosnahan told TheWrap ahead of the Amazon comedy’s Season 3 premiere on Friday. “But the audiences are getting bigger and we’re taking the show on the road. And we literally did. I performed in Miami in front of Miami locals. So just when I think I’m getting comfortable, there’s a new curveball thrown.”

It’s been intimidating for both Brosnahan and Midge to stand in front of a crowd and try to make them laugh. During the show’s first season, Midge wasn’t a comedian; she was just a funny wife and mother who found humor in everyday life.
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‘The Witcher’ Star Henry Cavill And Show Creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Make Surprise Appearance At Ccxp To Share Clips And Final Trailer

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‘The Witcher’ Star Henry Cavill And Show Creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Make Surprise Appearance At Ccxp To Share Clips And Final Trailer
After yesterday’s ovation for Marvel and Star Wars, you would think that the Ccxp crowd couldn’t get any louder. Well, they outdid themselves Sunday during the Netflix panel. A sizzle reel of the best streaming platform’s greatest hits played, ending with The Witcher, which received enormous praise from the crowd, but once the show’s star Henry Cavill stepped on the stage to surprise the audience, they were unhinged with joy.

Show creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich joined Cavill for the surprise as they talked about the adaptation of the namesake fantasy novels that has gained a rabid following. Cavill, who plays the grim Geralt of Rivia admits that he was a fan of the novels. As for Hissrich, she loved the fantasy but wanted the fighting and action to move the story forward.

“I knew I wanted to make a show about family. It’s about Geralt,
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‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Team on Costumes’ Non-Gender Conforming ‘Grounded Glamour’

While costumes are always meant to complement the storytelling, in Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q,” they are also meant to showcase the diversity within the lesbian community.

“We as women are able to dress in a myriad of ways. So I really wanted to change perceptions of what being Lgbtq is, and I did not want to fall into the tropes,” costume designer Deirdra Elizabeth Govan told Variety at the show’s premiere event in Los Angeles, Calif.

The L Word: Generation Q” is a continuation of “The L Word,” the beloved 2004-2009 drama series that followed Bette
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Critics' Choice Awards 2020: Fleabag, Watchmen, When They See Us, Unbelievable Among TV Nominees

Nominees for the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced Sunday, setting the stage for a clash of the small-screen titans next month.

Netflix is leading the pack with 31 total nominations, and its own When They See Us emerged as the most-nominated show, with five of its performers scoring individual nods in addition to its nomination for Best Limited Series.

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‘When They See Us,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Lead 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards TV Noms

‘When They See Us,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Lead 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards TV Noms
When They See Us,” “This Is Us” and “Schitt’s Creek” lead the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Award noms.

This most-nominated trio represents an interesting diversity of platform, with “When They See Us” being from streamer Netflix, “This Is Us” being a broadcast drama (NBC) and “Schitt’s Creek” coming from cable (Pop TV).

When They See Us” takes the top spot for nominations this year with six: limited series, limited series/TV movie actor for Jharrel Jerome, supporting limited series/TV movie actor for both Asante Blackk and John Leguizamo, and supporting limited series/TV movie actress for both Marsha Stephanie Blake and Niecy Nash.
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Sesame Street's Caroll Spinney, Big Bird and Oscar Puppeteer, Dead at 85

Sesame Street's Caroll Spinney, Big Bird and Oscar Puppeteer, Dead at 85
Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, died on Sunday at the age of 85.

Spinney originated the roles of Big Bird and Oscar in Sesame Street‘s 1969 premiere. He stayed with the program for five decades, until he retired in October of 2018. At the time of his retirement, Spinney released a statement, which in part read, “Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important. Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird.
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Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85

Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85
Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85.

Sesame Workshop announced his death, calling him an “artistic genius” whose “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.”

“His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world,” the announcement continued, “and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.
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Quotes of the Week: The Masked Singer, Survivor, Watchmen, NCIS: La and More

Quotes of the Week: The Masked Singer, Survivor, Watchmen, NCIS: La and More
You know that adage about time flying when you’re having fun? Turns out it’s totally accurate.

Though it feels like a fresh year of television just got underway, it’s nearly time to bid 2019 adieu — and we’ve got one last collection of TV dialogue to recognize before it’s all over.

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Next Sunday, we’ll be
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Sexist’ Environment at ‘SNL’ in Q&a With Stephen Colbert

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Sexist’ Environment at ‘SNL’ in Q&a With Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus swapped stories about “Saturday Night Live,” Northwestern University, “Seinfeld” and the possibility of running for office during a Q&a held Saturday as part of Montclair Film Festival’s annual “Evening with Stephen Colbert” fundraiser.

Colbert, a Montclair resident, has long been a booster of the festival, which is going into its ninth year in May. More than 2,800 people turned up on Saturday for the benefit at Newark’s Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall.

“Since you’ve played Selina Meyer (on “Veep”), have people sincerely asked you to run for office?” Colbert asked Louis-Dreyfus,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Jennifer Lopez Leads a Strong ‘SNL,’ Riding the Wave of ‘Hustlers’ Awards Buzz

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Jennifer Lopez Leads a Strong ‘SNL,’ Riding the Wave of ‘Hustlers’ Awards Buzz
After a brief break for Thanksgiving, “Saturday Night Live” is back with another returning host, Jennifer Lopez. She hosted “SNL” back in 2001 (providing a classic Gemini’s Twin sketch where she played “Lady Speed Stick”) and then again back in 2010 (an episode with one of the three “Hollywood Dish” sketches). But this is the first episode she’s hosted where she has not also been musical guest, despite an upcoming album and Super Bowl halftime performance, on top of all the well-deserved awards buzz for “Hustlers.”

Host: Jennifer Lopez

It was hard to think of anything better than the tuxedo Jennifer Lopez wore for her opening monologue — and then she did a reveal of her wearing the iconic green Versace dress from the 2000 Grammys.

It’s also worth noting that 50-year-old Lopez — and keep in mind, her being 50 and looking the way she does was an integral component of the
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9-1-1: Lone Star Is a Fiery Family Affair for Rob Lowe — 2020 First Look

9-1-1: Lone Star Is a Fiery Family Affair for Rob Lowe — 2020 First Look
9-1-1 ‘s upcoming Texas-set spinoff is sending Rob Lowe into the flames, and he’s bringing the next generation along for the ride.

The man formerly known as Mitch Grinder returns to Fox in 9-1-1: Lone Star as Owen Strand, a Manhattan firefighter who relocates to Austin to help rebuild a fractured firehouse. (As the only survivor of his own station on Sept. 11, Owen is familiar with the rebuilding process.) Owen projects an image of “big-city style and swagger,” but according to the spinoff’s official description, “he struggles with a secret he hides from the world
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The Ultimate 2019 Holiday Specials and Movies Guide

Gather all your jingle bells and mistletoe because 'tis the season for some holiday cheer, and the festive TV takeover tradition has already begun. If you're like us, you'll take all the onscreen merriment you can get, from feel-good cartoon Christmas classics to gushy holiday love stories to those

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Jennifer Lopez Rocks her Iconic Green Grammys Dress for Saturday Night Live

Jennifer Lopez hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and brought an old friend along with her; that's right, her green Versace dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards -- or, at least, a new version of it -- came out to play during her opening monologue.

At first, Lopez donned an over-sized tuxedo while

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7 New Netflix Shows in December, and the Best Reasons to Watch

To use an old expression for a modern inconvenience, finding the best new shows on Netflix is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. With so many options to choose from — and so many more added each month — the act of sorting through the growing pile of offerings can be overwhelming. And no one’s looking to be overwhelmed when they want to watch TV. They just want to relax.

So what can you do? Well, IndieWire is here to help. Whether it’s surfacing upcoming original series you didn’t know about or reminding you about a newly added show that you forgot to add to your list last time, here’s an easy way to sort through each month’s hay delivery. The best new shows of the month will be listed at the very top, ranked in order of importance, while past months’ lists will be archived underneath.
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Mrs. Maisel Creator, Star Break Down That Surprise Episode 5 Ending

The following story contains spoilers from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3, Episode 5 — proceed at your own peril

Midge and Lenny came very close to going all the way in Miami, but Marvelous Mrs. Maisel once again chose not to go there: The platonic pals’ swoon-worthy night on the town in Season 3, Episode 5 ended with him planting a chaste peck on the up-and-comer’s cheek.

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Jennifer Lopez Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches

Jennifer Lopez Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches
Jennifer Lopez had the unfortunate task of following Will Ferrell’s well-received return to Saturday Night Live. To her credit, she more than held her own — even when the material wasn’t quite up to par.

The third-to-last episode of 2019 kicked off with one of the strongest cold opens in recent memory. That was followed by a joyous opening monologue about the great year that the Hustlers star has had, which culminated in an appearance by the Radio City Rockettes (and a surprising encore by that famous Versace dress.) What came after was a series of sketches that revolved around the host’s appearance.
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2019 in Review: The Scenes We Desperately Wish We Could Unsee

2019 in Review: The Scenes We Desperately Wish We Could Unsee
Thought the tongue-freezing scene in A Christmas Story was the most harrowing visual you’d encounter this holiday season? Boy, do we have a bunch of photos to show you!

Because we at TVLine are givers, we’ve collected extremely disgusting moments from 20 of your favorite shows. Our gross-out criteria was high: The scenes we selected had to a) air in 2019, and b) make us want to die a little inside every time we looked at them.

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Dublin Murders' Sarah Greene on the 'Shocking' Cassie/Rob Fallout: 'They're Spiraling Out of Control'

Dublin Murders' Sarah Greene on the 'Shocking' Cassie/Rob Fallout: 'They're Spiraling Out of Control'
So yes, in a minute we’ll get to the fact that Dublin Murders‘ Cassie is about to go on one of the most dangerous undercover missions of her career. But when TVLine got series star Sarah Greene on the phone from London ahead of this Sunday’s episode (8/7c), there was a very pressing matter related to the previous installment that needed to be dealt with first. (Luckily for us, Greene was a good sport.)

Tvline | I know Cassie has a huge undercover operation about to begin, but we need to talk about Cassie and Rob first. Because come on.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Offers Prayers for Trump (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Offers Prayers for Trump (Watch)
Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon resumed her role as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the Dec. 7 episode to offer a few prayers for Donald Trump.

During the “Weekend Update” segment, co-anchor and “SNL” co-head writer Colin Jost first commented on Pelosi being asked if she hated President Trump during her most recent weekly press conference. Jost noted that she fell back on her religion, saying that Catholics don’t hate anyone. Jost, though, said that if this was really being handled the way Catholics deal with things, Trump would just be “quietly transferred to a different presidency.
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