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Season 2 premiere to be shot in London
CBS' hit drama "Elementary" is London bound.
The Sherlock Holmes series will shoot its Season 2 premiere across the pond, marking the first time the show has filmed on location outside of New York, CBS announced Thursday.
Sherlock (Miller) will go to London, in the second-season premiere, to revisit an old case and confront the demons of his past. The trip will also give Watson (Liu) a chance to examine Holmes' mysterious background and the circle of friends he had before he moved to New York. Filming begins in July.
"We couldn't be more excited to have this opportunity to see Sherlock's old stomping grounds and take a closer look at a life that, until now, we've only been able to glimpse through the lens of his recovery," said Robert Doherty, the show's creator. "By meeting old friends and revisiting prior cases, Watson will gain even more insight into Holmes. She'll have to keep up with a Sherlock who is both more comfortable in his surroundings and even bolder in testing the limits of those around him."
"Elementary" pulls in an average 13 million viewers weekly. Season 1 will wrap up with a two-hour finale, Thursday, May 16, featuring guest-star Natalie Dormer as Sherlock's one true love, Irene Adler.
"Elementary" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The two-hour, Season 1 finale airs Thursday, May 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
'Young and the Restless' star remembered as daytime's toughest leading lady
"The Young and the Restless" grande dame Jeanne Cooper has fought her final battle. Daytime's toughest leading lady died in her sleep Wednesday, May 8, having left her indelible mark on millions of fans. While it's never easy to say goodbye, Cooper certainly lived a full life, taking each day by storm, on screen and off.
The sad news of Cooper's passing came from her son Corbin Bernsen ("Psyche," "L.A. Law"), who has been keeping fans and friends updated on her health over the past weeks. "The Young and the Restless" fans immediately took to social media to mourn the loss, and they're not the only ones. Stars from all the soap operas, past and present, have taken to Twitter to share their feelings.
"She lived a life to be celebrated," Robin Strasser ("One Life to Live") tweeted. "With all due RESPECT, RIP doesn't always FIT the intrinsic NATURE of the person who passed. A Viking warrior may not desire rest or peace."
More tweets are posted below.
The soap veteran ruled Genoa City as Katherine Chancellor for 40 years, but her career began long before she joined "The Young and the Restless." Born Wilma Jeanne Cooper, the beauty landed her first starring role in the 1953 western "The Redhead from Wyoming" and became a familiar face on TV, appearing in such shows as "Mike Hammer," "Hawaii Five-O," "The Big Valley" and "Touched by an Angel."
Cooper received several Primetime and Daytime Emmy nominations over the course of her career, but the first trophy she took home was her 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award. She followed that with a Lead Actress win in 2008. She also received her star on the Walk of Fame in 1993.
Awards aside, Cooper changed the face of daytime - and we're not just referring to the time she let "The Young and the Restless" tape her real life plastic surgery as part of Katherine's storyline. The Dutchess, as her character has been called, ruled Genoa City with an iron fist, battled alcoholism, lost four husbands and a child, came back from the dead a few times and found love as a senior. Cooper also played Katherine's much less refined doppelgänger, Marge.
Of course, fans most enjoyed Katherine's epic battle with Jill Foster Abbott, which started back when Jill stole her husband Phillip Chancellor II almost 40 years ago. The pair clawed at each other and schemed over power, men and family, only to learn Katherine was Jill's mother. While that blood connection was later disproved, they managed to remain family. Thankfully, that didn't stop the bickering.
Recent story has seen Katherine battling a brain tumor and an insider tweet reveals her last scene aired May 3. With Katherine home from the hospital, she ascended the Chancellor staircase on her own, telling Jill, "I think I can manage. Goodnight."
There's been no official word on how "The Young and the Restless" will handle Cooper's passing, but fans can only assume Katherine will lose her own health battle and be properly honored within the story.
Off screen, Cooper was a deliciously bawdy character and a veritable font of old Hollywood stories. She loved to share her tales of working with the likes of Barbara Stanwyck and Tony Curtis and often gave into laughter before getting the punchline. She was also open about her own battle with alcoholism. The fireball loved to reference her wilder, alcohol-fueled days, but remained committed to her sobriety, as well as helping others find a better life through sobriety.
Cooper shared her stories in her bestselling autobiography "Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir," recently released in paperback.
Among friends and colleagues, Cooper was known for being brutally honest and tough, yet supportive and caring. She loved to impart the wisdom of her experiences. In spite of being a classy, sparkling and wise dame, she also had a taste for dropping F bombs. In short, one never knew what was going to come out of Cooper's fabulous mouth next.
"A friend, teacher, mother figure, a true joy," tweeted costar Lauralee Bell (Christine). "I will miss her so."
Cooper was married to TV producer Harry Bernsen, Jr. for 23 years before divorcing. She is survived by their children Corbin, Collin and Caren Bernsen, eight grandchildren and a daytime community that holds her in their hearts.
Daytime stars share their thoughts about Jeanne Cooper's passing
Thoughts from "The Young and the Restless" costars and former co-stars:
Jess Walton: Jeanne Cooper passed away this morning. There will never be another like her. She has been a huge part of my life for the past 26 years...and she will continue to be, because she lives inside me.....and she lives inside of each one of you.......that's love.
Eric Braeden: I am deeply saddened by Jeanne's passing! She had struggled enormously to the very end! She loved her fans, & we all loved working with her! It feels like the end of an era! Everyone here is just deeply saddened! I loved working with her! We always had some laughs! She had a very loving family around her! Corbin and Collin and Caren and their loved ones were always at Jeanne’s side! She was a "broad" in the best sense of the word! Tough, generous, and full of the dickens! 1st our soundman Luis & now Jeanne! End of an era! Her passing is just hitting me in stages!
Joshua Morrow: These hallowed halls will never be the same :(
Lauralee Bell: Jeanne took me under her wing from the moment I started Y&R. A friend, teacher, mother figure, a true joy. I will miss her so! #YR40
Daniel Goddard: I am just crushed to hear that#JeanneCooper has passed away. We have lost an icon. She was the grand dame, a beautiful soul who touched the lives of millions. I am honored and so privileged to have been part of her miraculous life... and she will always be in my heart.
Kate Linder: Thank u all for ur love & support. I'm crushed to lose my mentor, friend & co-worker. Sweet dreams, Jeanne. My love to ur family!
Christel Khalil: Lost a legend today. Jeanne Cooper who was an incredible woman, mom, grandmother, and actress. She was a firecracker and always spoke her mind which I admire more than anything. With Jeanne, what you saw is what you got. You will be missed, Katherine Chancellor will be missed. I'm glad she lived a long full life. If only we all can be so lucky.
Tracey Bregman: @corbinbernsen I am beyond sad and so grateful for every minute I had with her. Love to you all. oxox
Michelle Stafford: There are some people in the world who are just magical...Jeanne Cooper was one of those people #Legend #ripjeanne #originalbadass #beauty
Michael Muhney: She lived a long life. She kicked her fair share of asses. The world just got a little less feisty today. You'll be missed, Jeanne Cooper.
Steve Burton: A legend may pass but their light never goes out. #RIPJeanne My prayers are with her family.
Marco Dapper: Jeanne Cooper, you were such an inspiration to life! Godspeed Jeanne. I'll be missing you so much. Love you so much Duchess
Heather Tom ("The Bold and the Beautiful"): Just heard abt Jeanne cooper-my heart goes out to her family-she was an amazing lady-a true class act-I learned so much from her. Her grace and commitment to the work was an inspiration to us all-I will never forget her advice, support and encouragement.
Adrienne Frantz ("The Bold and the Beautiful"): My beautiful friend Jeanne Cooper passed away this morning. I am heartbroken! I love you so much Jeanne! Now coolest strongest angel ever!!!
Emme Rylan ("General Hospital): This is truly a sad day for daytime. Rest in peace beautiful Jeanne Cooper. Sending love and prayers to her loved ones. #YRThoughts from the rest of the daytime community:
Thom Bierdz: My friend, the great Jeanne Cooper has finished her earth existence at this time… Few people accomplish what she did, and as a driven man, I respect that most about Jeanne. But I also knew her personally... She loved and touched so many people across the globe. I am just one. And eternally grateful to have shared this time, space, existence, dream, with her... Jeanne, may you see how bright you are/were."Adrianna Leon: @corbinbernsen my heart, thoughts, love & prayers r with u & ur family. I adored ur mother & will forever cherish the memories that I have of her. Not only was she full of life, absolutely hilarious, an inspiration & one hell of a feisty/bold feisty/bold presence but she took me under her wing & offered so much love, care, realism, support and amazing advice. She was a great woman and I consider myself very lucky to have shared that time with her.
Michael Damian: I am so very sorry we lost the wonderful Jeanne Cooper today. My deepest sympathies go out to Corbin and the rest of her family. God bless
Katherine Kelly Lang ("The Bold and the Beautiful"): So sorry to hear about Jeanne Cooper. She was an amazing person, mother, and actress! She is an inspiration to all! Love u Jeanne! Miss u!
Laura Wright ("General Hospital): Sad sad day. RIP Jeanne Cooper. Love and prayers to your family. Hugs to all Y&R fans xo
Nancy Lee Grahn ("General Hospital): Today Heaven welcomed one feisty, fierce, fabulous Diva. Our loss but Heavens gain. Bet she's drinking scotch and telling dirty jokes with a bunch of angels as we speak. I take great pleasure in knowing that Ms. Coopers bright light will never go out!
Frank Valentini ("General Hospital): Daytime has lost a legend. Our thoughts are with Jeanne Cooper's family. Love and sympathy from everyone at GH.
Galen Gering ("Days of Our Lives"): My deepest condolences go out to @corbinbernsen and all of your family and everyone at@YandR_CBS. Jeanne was an amazing woman.
Tamara Braun: A strong, fierce, talented woman. RIP @Jeannecooper1
Bobbie Eakes: My condolences to the family of the wonderful Jeanne Cooper. This is a sad day for me. Jeanne, you will be greatly missed.
Colleen Zenk: Just heard about Jeanne Cooper's death. Never forget having lunch with her in '11. What a fab dame. And a helluva actress. Rest now, Jeanne
Lisa Rinna: RIP dear Jeanne Cooper. She was a mentor to me and I will be forever Grateful for her kindness. She was a Broad and she taught me a lot!
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.
'Family Guy' creator joins Justin Bieber in upcoming guest-voice roles
Seth MacFarlane has long shared FOX's Sunday-night animation slate with "The Simpsons." Now the "Family Guy" creator is switching from time-slot neighbor to guest-star when he makes his debut during the hit show's season finale. Season 24 comes to an end Sunday, May 19.
The edgy animator will provide the voice for Ben, a nice man Marge (Julie Kavner) inadvertently meets on a swinger's website she thinks is a cupcake aficionado site. The two hit it off when they learn they both love a "Downton Abbey"-type TV series called "Upton Rectory." Ben's wife will be guest-voiced by comic Lisa Lampanelli.
"The Simpsons" will close out the season in two parts. In Part 1, Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Moe (Hank Azaria), Lenny (Harry Shearer) and Carl (Azaria) win $200,000 in the Springfield Lottery. But when Carl runs off with the winnings and moves to Iceland, his homeland, the guys embark on a Nordic adventure to get back the cash.
MacFarlane appears in Part 2, which also features a special cough gag created by a contest winner. Over 30,000 entries were submitted, with fans choosing between three finalists.
The brains behind "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show" isn't the only big name to grab headlines with a guest turn on "The Simpsons" this season. Pop star Justin Bieber makes his series debut on the Sunday, May 12, installment titled, "The Fabulous Faker Boy." Here's an episodic photo Entertainment Weekly teased this week:
"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook might not return next season
Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook might be leaving "Criminal Minds."
The two actresses, who play Penelope and J.J. respectively, are negotiating with CBS and production company ABC Studios, but say they are fed up with the way female stars are treated, Deadline reports. Vangsness and Cook contend they are paid less than half of what their male costars are paid and are willing to quit if they don't receive equal pay.
But everyone's not considering an exit. Stars Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna are reportedly close to new agreements and Shemar Moore is still undergoing negotiations. Matthew Gray Gubler and Jeanne Tripplehorn are still under contact and showrunner Erica Messer signed a two-year agreement last week.
In order for CBS to renew the series for a ninth season, negotiations need to wrap up by the end of the day Tuesday. This is the second time CBS and ABC Studios have been criticized for their treatment of "Criminal Minds" actresses. In 2010, the two companies cut Cook and reduced the episodes of Paget Brewster. Thanks to the outcry of angry fans, the two were brought back.
"Criminal Minds" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening used his mom and other family members as muses
The real-life woman who inspired Marge on "The Simpsons" has died.
Margaret Groening, creator Matt Groening's mother, perished late last month. She was 94. Born in 1919 to Matt and Ingeborg Wiggum, she was raised in Everett, Wash. Margaret later married her college boyfriend, cartoonist Homer Groening, and the two settled in Oregon with their children. Homer Groening died in 1996.
Groening also used his siblings -- Lisa and Maggie -- as inspirations when naming Simpsons characters. His other siblings, Patty and Mark, were omitted as main characters in favor of Bart, a name Groening liked because it's similar to the word "brat."
Margaret is survived by her brother, Arnold, four of her five children (her eldest daughter, Patty, died in January), eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her obituary ran in Monday's edition of The Oregonian.
"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.