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Tyler Perry is defending his new BET drama "The Oval" from critics who say the series is a rip off of "Scandal" and other successful TV soap operas.

Perry said The Oval was inspired by the war of the sexes between the Carrington and the Colby families in ABC's TV series Dynasty (1981-1989).

"I'm such a fan of Aaron Spelling and what he did with Dynasty, Dallas and all of those things back in the '80s, so to have this moment to do this it's really, really exciting," Perry told Deadline.com.

Perry, who recently launched his grand new TV and film studio in Atlanta, says The Oval is less about politics and more about the private sex lives of the people who make the White House hum.

"The Oval is not a political show. It’s a story of an interracial couple in the White House. It’s about following them upstairs to the residence, following the Secret Service home, following the maids and the butlers home. It's a powerful, fun thing for me. I've really, really enjoyed it."

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The 50-year-old Virgo suggested he parted ways with Oprah's OWN Network because she limited his budget and stifled his creativity.

"Well, the first time I ever did a TV drama was writing for Oprah and writing for the OWN Network with a very, very tiny budget, so I had to learn quickly then."

He also touched on reports that he refuses to hire writers because he wants all the credit for himself.

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"I love being on set with my crews, sitting there getting things done. I love writing 24 episodes in two weeks. I love shooting a season in 2 1/2 weeks. I just love the challenge of it all. For me, I want to get in there and fight. So, if you tried to take me out of this thing it's like taking somebody out of the game, who's played for a long time. It's like a quarterback who doesn't want to retire. That's where I am with it. I just love it."

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Reese Witherspoon says it's impossible for women to avoid sexual harassment because it's been so "normalized".

The 43-year-old Legally Blonde star is producing and starring in the new Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, about a female morning show anchor whose longtime male co-host is fired over numerous allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

The plot line hit close to home for Reese, as she confessed to Radio Times magazine that she has experienced sexual harassment first-hand.

"I don't think there's a woman in the world who hasn't. I've been doing this for 30 years; it was very normalized when I first started," she said in reference to the infamous casting couch environment in Hollywood.

"It was almost a condition of employment to look the other way about comments, or even things that were more egregious. That's why (The Morning Show) is really interesting - it addresses the systemic abuse of power. How did it get so out of hand?"

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The Academy Award winner is pictured with her 20-year-old daughter Ava Phillippe. She also has a 16-year-old son, Deacon Phillippe, with her first husband, Ryan Phillippe, and a son named Tennessee with her current husband, Jim Toth.

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Clueless is getting a reboot. The 1995 comedy cult classic about two spoiled, filthy rich, but clueless teenagers, will focus on a grown up Dionne Davenport (played by Stacey Dash).

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Interest in the film spiked after Dash was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Florida earlier this month. The charge was eventually dropped. Dash later said the violence was a "normal" part of her married life.

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The original Clueless focused on Alicia Silverstone (center) who played the naive Cher. Dash (left) played her equally clueless rich BFF, Dionne. Brittany Murphy (right) played Tai.

According to published reports, the new show will take place in high school after Cher graduated and moved on with her life. The series will be set to the soundtrack of a Lizzo music video.

Silverstone will not reprise her role in the TV show.
 

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La La Anthony responded to social media followers who insist she can't act her way out of a paper bag.

The 40-year-old's character, Lakeisha Grant, was killed off in the recent episode of the Starz scripted TV series Power.

During an appearance on Power 105's The Breakfast Club, La La talked about getting her head blown off by co-star Naturi Naughton, who plays Tasha St. Patrick.

"If you're going to leave a show, then you want to leave a show with a bang, literally," she said. "You want people to talk about it. You don't just want to disappear, and nobody cares about it. I feel like this is a moment people will always talk about."

But La La's tone changed when discussing fans hating on her acting.

She challenged her haters to do better, saying:

"You got to be worried when people aren't talking. My thing is that… I'm doing it. So, if I couldn't do it, then why am I doing it? If you can do it better then why you not getting the [acting] jobs I'm getting?"

She also talked about her new role on Lena Waith's The Chi.

"These people aren't just giving me jobs because I'm me. They can hire anyone. They're giving me jobs because I go in there and I put the work in. And I also bring a following with me. I have almost 10 million followers on Instagram. People watch what I do. What's the point of having these great shows if nobody's watching them? You want people to watch. So, If you can do it better then you bring your 10 million followers and you do what I do."

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La La said she didn't allow her 12-year-old son, Kiyan, to watch the series but she was comfortable letting him watch her die in the last episode.
 

 

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Execs at Tyler Perry Studios and BET are nervous about the terrible online reviews of Tyler's new scripted BET drama The Oval.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin, the newly-elected Democratic president of the United States, who moves his family into the White House.

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Hunter, who is white, frequently locks horns with his handsome wife, Victoria Franklin (played by newcomer Kron Moore). Victoria, who is Black, violently objects to Hunter screwing his side pieces in the Oval Office.

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To further complicate Victoria's life, the couple's biracial teenage daughter, Gayle (Paige Hurd) is a shameless slut who takes after her daddy. At least she prefers Black eye candy.

At issue for most Black women is Kron's portrayal of Victoria as the typical angry Black b*tch (a common theme in Tyler's TV shows and movies).

It isn't clear what direction Tyler is taking The Oval in, but his female fans aren't willing to go along for the ride.

Fans want to support the 50-year-old Virgo, who owns the biggest Black-owned independent film studio in America. But Black women are growing tied of supporting a Black man who constantly portrays them in a negative light.

"I love Tyler Perry but I am looking for a different type of product from him," wrote one disgusted YouTube viewer.

Another annoyed viewer wrote, "What are you saying about black people that even in the White House, it's just sex and ratchetness. [sic] Wish this was a little more thought provoking, like hitting current events. Especially in an election year. Pass."

A third viewer wrote: "Another over-the-top, ridiculous fantasy melodrama from Tyler Perry. No thanks."

A male viewer wrote: "Another bedwench show trying to force race mixing".

With reviews like these BET execs are reportedly considering revamping a couple of troublesome episodes before the series debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 23.

An insider who attended a recent screening of The Oval in Atlanta whispered to Sandrarose.com, "Girl, you could hear a pin drop in the room when the preview ended."

Question: Ladies, do you plan to watch The Oval?
 

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ABC's new scripted series "mixed-ish" got off to a good start in its television premiere on September 24, 2019. The series, about mixed race children who strive to fit in with their Black counterparts, is a spin-off of ABC's black-ish.

mixed-ish topped black-ish in the TV ratings with a 0.8 rating and 4 million viewers. black-ish, which follows mixed-ish at 9:30 p.m., dipped slightly with a 0.8 and 3.52 million viewers.

mixed-ish is the brainchild of black-ish star and executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross, the 46-year-old biracial daughter of R&B icon Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Silberstein.

Ross plays Bow, short for Rainbow, on black-ish. Newcomer Arica Himmel plays 12-year-old Bow on mixed-ish.

In the third episode of mixed-ish, titled "Let Your Hair Down," young Bow struggles with her decision to keep her natural curls or straighten her hair with a relaxer to fit in easier with the Black girls at school.

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In a recent interview with TV Guide, Ross says she wanted to do an episode on her loosely curled hair.

"I always say I could chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair," Ross told TV Guide via phone.

"There is a breadth of story, a narrative, in black women and our hair — and that specific part of that community that is mixed women and what that means as you navigate two different cultures, both in your household and out in the world. I knew that when mixed-ish got picked up and we knew what was happening, I was really strong about the fact that we needed to do [a hair episode] and do it early on in the season. It's one of those stories that is so specifically of the mixed experience."

Bow's younger brother, Johan (Ethan Childress), also has issues with his hair that isn't tightly coiled enough to have the same haircut as his favorite Black rappers, and too textured to style like the popular white kids in school.

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Byron Allen expanded his media holdings by purchasing 11 more television stations for $290 million, according to Variety.com.

The deal with Atlanta-based USA Television brings the 58-year-old's investments this year in small- and mid-sized market TV stations to $455 million, according to Variety.

Byron Allen's rags-to-riches story is inspiring. He started out as a comedian when he was 14, and made his debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when he was 18.

Unlike most comedians who retire broke or burned out on drugs, the former stand-up comic became a television producer, philanthropist, and the founder of his own production company, Entertainment Studios.

Allen rustled feathers in Hollywood when he filed a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit against cable giants Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable in 2015.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in June 2019.

The billionaire, who was born under the Taurus zodiac sign, acquired the television assets of The Weather Channel for approximately $300 million in March 2018.

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In 2019, Allen announced the launch of THE WEATHER CHANNEL ESPANOL. Also in 2019, he partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire Fox Sports Networks, which The Walt Disney Company was forced to sell as a condition of its purchasing 21st Century Fox.

Allen and his wife, TV producer Jennifer Lucas share three children.

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Beyonce shared private moments at home with her children, daughter Blue Ivy and 2-year-old twins Sir and Rumi, in a new documentary "Making the Gift" which aired on Monday, Sept. 16 on ABC.

In the documentary, Beyonce took fans behind the scenes as she recorded her album, The Lion King: The Gift, which was not well received by her fans who expected better from the superstar.

The 39-year-old burlesque singer also shared private home videos of her and husband, Jay-Z, interacting with their three children. Jay-Z reportedly has two grown sons from previous relationships.

In the video, Blue Ivy, 7, sang a sweet version of her and mommy's song "Brown Skin Girl," that sent social media into a frenzy.

Question: Did you watch the ABC special? How was it?
 

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On Monday Wendy Williams tearfully announced her popular daytime talk show was renewed through 2022. The TV personality, who has had her share of heartbreaks this year, was clearly relieved to finally get the news off her chest.

"I got through the whole show without shedding a tear," she said before making her big announcement.

"The Wendy Show has been renewed through 2022!"

But even though Wendy's show was renewed, Page Six reports the show will definitely be cancelled after the 2022 season.

Page Six claims The Wendy Show's producer Debmar-Mercury "likely" renewed the show because there was nothing else to air in its time slot.

"They don't have anyone strong enough to replace her. They were back into a corner," an inside source told Page Six. "She will surely not be coming back beyond the two-season renewal. This will be her swan song."

Wendy had her share of problems in 2019. She filed for divorce from her cheating husband, Kevin Hunter, after he fathered a baby girl with his longtime mistress, Sharina Hudson.
 

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