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CBS Television Network.(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless will start rolling out new episodes August 10, the network announced on Monday. 

It joins its CBS companion soap The Bold and the Beautiful, which began airing originals on July 20, ABC’s General Hospital, which returned with original episodes on Monday, and NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, which has has been airing first-run episodes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In January, The Young and the Restless, now in its 47th season, was renewed for four more years, taking it through 2024.

 By George Costantino
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Disney Channel/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) --  Ronni Hawk, who stars in the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle -- found herself stuck behind bars after allegedly beating up her boyfriend, according to TMZ.

Hawk was arrested Friday morning in Los Angeles and taken to the Van Nuys, California jail, booked on one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.

Law enforcement sources tell the gossip website that police “got a call to a home for a domestic disturbance, and when they arrived, officers say a man on the scene had visible injuries including scratches.”

Cops add that a verbal argument took place between Hawk and her boyfriend, and at some point, “it got physical.”  Based on the victim’s apparent injuries, officers determined she should be arrested.

Bail for the 20-year-old actress, whose other credits include appearances on the TV shows Legacies and On My Block, was set at $100,000.

By George Costantino
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ABC/Craig Sjodin - John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) -- Shortly after reports broke on Monday that original Bachelorette star Clare Crawley found love on set just two weeks into filming her upcoming season, it was rumored that Tayshia Adams will take over in handing out the roses.

Tayshia would become the second Black Bachelorette in franchise history, something that Rachel Lindsay is very excited to see. 

Lindsay, who was the series' first Black Bachelorette, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the historic shakeup.

"When I stepped in as Bachelorette, I wanted to pave a way for more diversity, for more people who look like me and who didn’t look like the typical lead," she expressed. "So to see another Bachelorette of color, I’m thrilled."

Lindsay has remained outspoken about improving Bachelor Nation's lack of diversity and extensively lobbied to have more casting opportunities extended to people of color. 

"I have been fighting for inclusion, and I‘ve said before that Tayshia would be an excellent Bachelorette, so I am more than happy to pass the torch," the 35-year-old gushed. "I am so excited to see what she’s going to do, how she will represent herself and her journey to find love."

Lindsay admitted that while she is very happy for Tayshia, more needs to be done about the lack of diversity within Bachelor Nation. 

"I do still want to see some additional producers of all colors brought in," She expressed. "But change is being made and I’m happy to see it."

Lindsay also remarked that she is looking forward to the day where she isn't asked for her opinion on the show, "I’d love to get to shut up about all this and step back, and this is a big step towards that."

Overall, she plans to "watch this season as a proud fan."

The Bachelorette
returns to ABC this fall.

By Megan Stone
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ABC/Craig Sjodin -- John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) -- Just as production was ramping up for the new season of The Bachelorette that starred Clare Crawley, a major shakeup is reportedly underway.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Crawley, who is the oldest Bachelorette in series' history, managed to find love just weeks into filming and no longer needs to complete her romantic journey.  Instead of cutting her season short, however, producers are rolling out with a backup plan.

Multiple sources say Tayshia Adams will be brought on to continue handing out roses to the eligible suitors after Crawley's departure.  Adding fuel to the fire was Crawley herself, who liked -- and quickly unliked -- a tweet that stated Adams was replacing her.

ET asserts that Crawley left on great terms with the show that developed a habit of taking fans on wild rides over the past few seasons, from windmills to competitors having secret girlfriends.

On top of having two different Bachelorettes in one season, fans area already gearing up for another major difference as competitors won't be whisked across the globe in order to win the final rose. 

Instead, the Bachelorettes and their 42 suitors will remain in Palm Springs, California.

Adams appeared as a contestant during Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor.  She went on to compete on Bachelor in Paradise, but didn't find her true love in the end. 

She now stands to become the franchise's second Black Bachelorette, following Rachel Lindsay.

The Bachelorette is set to air Tuesdays this fall on ABC.

By Megan Stone
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Randy Holmes/Walt Disney Television via Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s upcoming season and amid an internal investigation into alleged misconduct and racial prejudice on set, the show’s producers on Monday addressed staff accounts of the claims uncovered in a Buzzfeed report last month, according to Variety.

As more and more allegations surface, questions are mounting as to how much of an effect they’ll have on the lucrative talk show.

“What makes it difficult, with the kind of crisis this is…it’s not an acute problem,” Andrew Moesel, senior VP of issues and crisis management for Ketchum, the show’s producers, tells the industry trade.  “It’s more a challenge to her entire brand ethos, which is as a friendly, relatable person next door, which is really the way that viewers perceive her and her value as an entertainer.”

Following the claims, Degeneres issued an email to her staff, obtained by ABC News, in which she wrote, "As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done.”

"Clearly some didn't.  That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

Entertainment publicist Danny Deraney thinks it’ll take a lot more repair the damage.

“[Ellen] has an image problem that clearly is going to need some work to salvage any kind of momentum that she has earned over this time or any kind of positive reputation that she has,” he tells Variety, adding, “it starts by offering a better apology and taking ownership of what she’s done, and really being better.”

The new season of Ellen is set to premiere on September 9, while the DeGeneres-hosted, Game of Games on NBC, is headed back into production the week of August 24.

By George Costantino
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Natalie Seery/HBO (NEW YORK) -- On the critically-acclaimed HBO drama series, I May Destroy You, Paapa Essiedu gets to work alongside his longtime friend and collaborator Michaela Coel, who also happens to be his boss. 

Essiedu tells ABC Audio that thankfully there's no egos involved when it comes to Coel, who he says is always open to support new ideas.

"I think that Michaela is good. She's humble with it. And...not precious," he says. "So like, she's up for taking the ideas. She's like a sponge. She absorbs it. And she's very eager to say yes to someone offering something up."

However, even with their close friendship, that dates back to drama school, Essiedu admits Coel is definitely not a pushover when it comes to getting down to business.

"But... I don't think... because I was friends with her, I actually got any more allowances than anybody else," he says.

In fact, because of their friendship, Essiedu notes that he's even a bit reluctant to offer his input when it comes to his character Kwame.

"And also, I didn't want to kind of push it that way... because I think it hurts more if your friend tells you, 'No, you can't do that.' You know? Rather than like it's just like some person that you're working with. So like, we keep it kind of professional to an extent."

Still, Essiedu says it's hard not to let their real-life camaraderie reflect on set.

"We're playing friends in the show. So obviously [it's] going to mirror what we're like in real life," he says.

"[But, Coel] is just like the most incredible collaborator, the most talented... person I ever worked with," he adds.

I May Destroy You airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

By Candice Williams
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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Exciting things are in the works for Hannah Brown.  The 25-year-old opened up about her emotional journey that started in 2019 when she agreed to compete on The Bachelor.

"Today feels really symbolic for me. As I get ready to move into a new home, I realize that I am starting a new chapter and closing another," Brown penned on Saturday, who remarked that it was nice transition for her because "I’m usually rushing to the next chapter before I finish the one before!"

Although she didn't disclose what she has cooking up, the Dancing with the Stars champ hinted it was enough to make her look back at how much her life has changed since she was swept up in a whirlwind of new experiences last year.

"I took a trip down memory lane this morning, looking at footage and personal journals from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and couldn’t help but feel a little proud of how much I’ve evolved since then," She expressed, sharing a video recording she made after she watched the first few episodes of The Bachelor where she fretted over how people perceived her and her faith.

"Oh sweet baby Han didn’t know then it was just the start of all the crazy mess she’d get into," Brown cracked. "I’ve had lots of highs and a lot of lows, and although I would prefer some things to have gone differently, I wouldn’t change a single thing."

Once Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor ended, Brown found herself in the starring role of The Bachelorette but her season ended with her calling off her engagement to Jeff Wyatt. 

She then competed on DWTS, where she and partner Alan Bersten took home the Mirrorball Trophy.

"Cheers, to new beginnings y’all," she concluded her post. 

By Megan Stone
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Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- Lifetime has announced it will be debuting its first ever Christmas movie featuring an LGBTQ romance.

The movie -- called The Christmas Set Up -- will follow Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer who goes home to Milwaukee for the holidays and runs into his secret high school crush, Patrick.

The network’s annual slate of holiday films will also include A Sugar & Spice Holiday, which centers on a Chinese-American family; Christmas Ever After, starring Tony winner Ali Stroker; Christmas Unwrapped, produced by Tiffany Haddish; and Dear Christmas, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Jason Priestly.

The full "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" movie slate will be released in September.

Last month, Lifetime’s Christmas movie competitor, Hallmark Channel, announced part of its original holiday movie lineup and was criticized for its lack of LGBTQ representation. Following the criticism, Hallmark announced its commitment to diversity and promised upcoming films would contain LGBTQ storylines.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Universal Pictures(LONDON) -- It's been a year since the movie hit theaters, but the claws are still out for the live-action version of CATS

Now, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Tony-winning creator of the hit Broadway musical on which the movie is based is speaking up -- and no, he didn't like it either. 

"The problem with the film was that [director] Tom Hooper decided that he didn't want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show," Webber told The Sunday Times of London in a new interview. "The whole thing was ridiculous."

The live-action film that starred Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, and Rebel Wilson was panned upon its trailer's release, and became a pricey flop for Universal before it swept the Razzie Awards and became a punchline at the Oscars

By Stephen Iervolino
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Adult Swim(LOS ANGELES) -- We all have that TV show that we just don't "get" in terms of popularity, and that led the website Reviews.org to poll Americans by state to see which popular shows they think are the most overrated. 

Long story short: eight states named Parks and Recreation as the most-overrated show, the most by state.

However, by population -- because tiny Rhode Island doesn't like Parks and Rec -- the beloved animated show Rick and Morty, which was named most overrated by 7 states, including Maine, Wyoming, and Arizona, technically earned the "most overrated" title. 

Fifty-eight percent of those polled called the absurdist show overrated, the most overall.

For the record, they're wrong. 

Other neat factoids the survey revealed: 

  • 64% of women said Game of Thrones is overrated.
  • 60% of men said Friends is overrated.
  • On average, people over the age of 54 said every show on Reviews.org's list is overrated 64% of the time.

Here's the full listing by state: 

Alabama - The Walking Dead
Alaska - The Walking Dead
Arizona - Rick and Morty
Arkansas - Rick and Morty
California - The Walking Dead
Colorado - Parks and Recreation
Connecticut - The Walking Dead
Delaware - The Big Bang Theory
District of Columbia - Game of Thrones
Florida - Game of Thrones
Georgia - Friends
Hawaii - The Walking Dead
Idaho - The Simpsons
Illinois - The Walking Dead
Indiana - Friends
Iowa - The Big Bang Theory
Kansas - Parks and Recreation
Kentucky - Game of Thrones
Louisiana - The Office
Maine - Rick and Morty
Maryland - The Big Bang Theory
Massachusetts - Rick and Morty
Michigan - The Office
Minnesota - Parks and Recreation
Mississippi - The Simpsons
Missouri - Parks and Recreation
Montana - Rick and Morty
Nebraska - The Simpsons
Nevada - Rick and Morty
New Hampshire - The Big Bang Theory
New Jersey - The Big Bang Theory
New Mexico - Parks and Recreation
New York - Game of Thrones
North Carolina - Game of Thrones
North Dakota - The Simpsons
Ohio - Parks and Recreation
Oklahoma - The Simpsons
Oregon - Parks and Recreation
Pennsylvania - The Office
Rhode Island - Parks and Recreation
South Carolina - Breaking Bad
South Dakota - Friends
Tennessee - Game of Thrones
Texas - The Walking Dead
Utah - The Simpsons
Vermont - The Big Bang Theory
Virginia - The Office
Washington - Friends
West Virginia - The Simpsons
Wisconsin - The Big Bang Theory
Wyoming - Rick and Morty

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Add "league owner" to the growing list of job titles earned by former wrestler-turned movie star, TV producer, and spirits entrepreneur Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The superstar, along with his ex-wife and production company partner Dany Garcia and the investment company Redbird Capital Partners have purchased the XFL football league. 

Originally created in 2001, the league, which was owned by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, restarted play earlier this year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused games to be cancelled, and the league filed for bankruptcy.

In a statement, Johnson said, "The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and [Redbird's] Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that's rooted deeply in two things - my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans. With pride and gratitude for all that I've built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involved for the love of football."

Johnson himself played football in college, but lack of playing time and injuries prevented him from getting to the NFL, leading him to follow in his father's footsteps in the family business of professional wrestling.

His Seven Bucks production company -- named after the amount of money he had in his pocket when the Canadian Football League cut him in 1995 -- has become a major Hollywood player, with hit TV and movie projects that have earned $10 billion worldwide at the box office.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Production is ramping up on Marvel Studios' mysterious Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, an Australian news crew has found. 

Aerial footage from 7 News Sydney shows several traditional Chinese buildings under construction, surrounded by a massive green screen backdrop. Crew members were seen scurrying about on and around the structures.

"It's not Asia and it's not Hollywood; it is Western Sydney, home to the newest addition of the Marvel movie franchise," the news outlet tweeted, explaining that cast and crew have completed a two-week quarantine, and are days away from the start of shooting.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars newcomer Simu Liu as the titular character, a martial arts expert and assassin-turned-hero. Liu stars alongside Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina and Chinese actor Tony Leung in a cast of predominantly Asian performers. 

Back in March, the movie's Hawaiian-born director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who is of Japanese ancestry, self-isolated on the recommendation of a doctor in Australia. Because Cretton had just become a new father, he quarantined himself just to be safe. While the film's stunt crew kept at work, the movie's production was shuttered soon after.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently slated for a May 7, 2021 release, however, considering how the pandemic bumped the May release of Marvel Studios' Black Widow to November -- so far -- it's likely that several releases down the line will change.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fugitive is back, this time in short form. The crime drama from the 1960s, which became a movie starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in the 90s, is now a series on Quibi starring Kiefer Sutherland as a police captain trying to track down a subway bomber.

From 24 to Designated Survivor, it’s a world in which Sutherland loves to play, and he talked to ABC Audio about why he gravitates towards these kinds of roles.

"There's just something so dynamic about it," he says. "It allows you as an actor to hit very high highs and very low lows that most people, you know, in an office or whatever would not experience. And so it's a thrilling kind of part to play."

In addition to the role being in Sutherland's wheelhouse, the Emmy-Award winner explains that the series asks some some interesting questions that correlate with real life. 

"I think at the root of the story is that as on a societal level, we tend to rush to judgment before all the facts are out there. And I think if there was a time that that seems to be more prevalent now than ever before," he reveals. "There's a part of our legal system that is innocence until proven guilty and it's a kind of great fable on that in hoping that our society does not rush to judgment." 

The Fugitive premieres on Quibi August 3. 

By Danielle Long and Jason Nathanson
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Christos Kalohoridis/NetflixThe second season of The Umbrella Academy is now available for streaming on Netflix.

The show, which is adaptation of the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, follows the Hargreeves children, each of whom has a unique superpower and a unique personality, to boot. Season two has the very disparate siblings scattered through the 1960s, where they need to come together to save the world...again. 

Speaking to Rock Sound, actor Tom Hopper, who plays the super-strong Luther Hargreeves, says it was critical for him to follow the vision that Way saw for his character.

"I remember after reading the comics, it was very important for me that whatever it was that Gerard saw in these characters going into the TV show, it respected his initial vision," Hopper explains.

"It was important for me to talk to him about the ways that I was going or the way that I saw it was the same way that he saw it," the actor continues. "Fortunately it was and I think he's been really pleased with everyone's version of the characters that he came up with in the first place."

Hopper adds that he was able to learn more about Way as a person while working together on set.

"I've chatted to Gerard since a couple of times more about other things," Hopper says. "That's the weird thing. When you're immersed in the show you want to talk about other things other than the show. Which is actually really nice to get to know Gerard as who he is as person more than a guy who has created the comic books."

By Josh Johnson
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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) It seems Ellen DeGeneres has had enough.

The 62-year-old reportedly "wants out" of the syndicated talk show she's hosted since 2003 amid employee claims of mistreatment.

Sources told Us Weekly, "She is p****d that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed."

The insider added, "She knows she can be tough at times but believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her."

Both Ellen and her talk show came under fire in mid-July after former employees alleged to BuzzFeed News that their work environment was a toxic one, in which they faced racism, fear, and intimidation.

Ellen issued addressed the claims and issued an apology to her staff on July 30 in an email obtained by ABC News. 

"As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done," she wrote. "Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

By Danielle Long and Stephen Iervolino
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