‘Big Bang Theory’ star says next season could be the last

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Could “The Big Bang Theory” be ending sooner than we think?

Television’s highest-rated comedy recently wrapped its ninth season, but one of its stars is addressing the possibility that the CBS comedy — led by Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco — may be over after season 10.

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“Look, next season, as it stands on our contract, could be the last season of ‘Big Bang Theory,’” Kunal Nayyar, who has played Raj since the series debuted in 2007, said recently at the MCM London Comic Con.

“To be completely honest … I know people are going to want to know what happens after season 10. I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he continued.

Nayyar’s not the only one in the “Big Bang” inner circle feeling this way about the show’s possible end. When asked if season 10 could be its last, “Big Bang” showrunner Steve Molaro told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think so.”

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“The reality is that maybe season 10 is the ending point,” Molaro said. “The real answer is, I don’t know and all I can do right now is go episode to episode and try to make each one the best that we can.”

‘Teen Mom 2’ star Jenelle Evans slams MTV

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After years of seeing her tumultuous past portrayed on MTV, “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans thinks she’s turned her life around. The mother of two has fessed up to her addictions and is dating her new dream man, but she feels that the network doesn’t see that.

On Tuesday she took to Twitter to vent some of her frustrations over her portrayal during the show’s latest season.

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“I’m pretty convinced @MTV constantly wants to make me look like the most horrible mother ever. Doesn’t show a damn positive thing for my story,” she began. “And this season and this upcoming ones were suppose to be really nice and smooth towards the end but of course if @MTV hires a director that judges you, hates you, and wants to make you look out to be bad… They will do it. They hold all power in the edit room.”

The North Carolina native has been raising her son Kaiser and working to get custody of her eldest son, Jace, back from her mother, Barbara Evans. Since her start on “16 and Pregnant” back in 2010, Jenelle has struggled with a series of disastrous, sometimes abusive relationships, broken engagements, arrests, and substance abuse issues.

These days she seems to have her life back on track, even with the family drama depicted on the show between her and mom, Barbara, and her ex Nathan Griffith.

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“You would think they would have shown by now how I’ve been trying to get Jace back for over a year, or how many great times we’ve had,” she tweeted of her son. 

Jenelle also threatened to leave the MTV series and start her own project, writing, “I should start my own show where you guys see no negativity but just positive vibes. #NextProject #YouTubeSeries #GoPro.”

This isn’t the first time Jenelle has slammed the show’s editing. Back in March she tweeted about an episode claiming MTV had her tape a misleading voiceover that implied she was keeping her child from his father.

Emily Blunt to play ‘Mary Poppins’ in sequel

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  • FILE – In this April 11, 2016 file photo, Emily Blunt arrives at the LA Premiere of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in Los Angeles. Blunt will star with Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE – In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda attends his Sardi’s caricature unveiling at Sardi’s restaurant in New York. Miranda will star with Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) (The Associated Press)

Move over, Julie Andrews, there’s a new Mary Poppins in town.

Walt Disney Studios announced Tuesday that “Into the Woods” star Emily Blunt would be taking over the part of the P.L. Travers-created nanny in a sequel to the 1964 classic, with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joining as a new character, Jack, the street lamplighter.

The film, entitled “Mary Poppins Returns,” will center on a now-grown Michael Banks and his three children in the aftermath of a tragedy and the help they get from Mary Poppins and Jack in Depression-era London.

Rob Marshall is set to direct off of a script from “Finding Neverland” writer David Magee.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

Smokey Robinson still touring at 76: ‘I feel great’

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  • In this May 27, 2016 photo, music legend Smokey Robinson and his wife, Frances Gladney, pose in Los Angeles to promote their new skincare lines, “My Girl” for women and “Get Ready” for men. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 27, 2016 photo, music legend Smokey Robinson and his wife, Frances Gladney, pose in Los Angeles to promote their new skincare lines, “My Girl” for women and “Get Ready” for men. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

Smokey Robinson credits the habits that were instilled in him as a child with helping him maintain a healthy, active lifestyle — including being able to tour the country at 76.

“I used to run marathons and do those things that I thought were going to be beneficial for me at this time in my life,” he said in an interview last week. “When I got to this point in my life I did not realize … how beneficial it was going to be because I feel great.”

While Robinson created his legend writing classic songs like “My Girl,” ”I Second That Emotion” and more for Motown, he was also a bit of a jock, playing basketball, baseball and more. He also has practiced yoga for 35 years and has been a vegetarian longer than that.

“I’m only going to get this one body so I want to be healthy as long as possible. I believe in taking care of myself,” he said.

Robinson said his new skincare line is an extension of that. It’s a collaboration with his wife Frances and includes two products: “My Girl” for women and “Get Ready” for men, created for people of color.

“This is our first time (working together) and we’re definitely on the same page,” Robinson said of mixing business and pleasure with his wife, who is an interior designer.

Robinson says it all boils down to taking care of your body. And these days, while he’s on tour, that includes a lot of rest.

“When I do concerts, people come to me after the show because they think that show business is just wine, women and songs — you party and that’s it,” he said.

“Someone will be like, ‘OK Smokey, where is the party?’ I just had a party for two-and-a-half hours. I was onstage, that was the party to me,” he added. “Now I’m going back to my hotel room and I’m gonna watch TV until I fall asleep and get some rest and rest my body.”

Multiple networks interested in picking up ‘Nashville,’ execs say

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Though “Nashville‘s” series finale has already aired, the show may still go on. Producers have revealed that multiple networks have expressed interest in the show, and the cast are still under contract.

ABC abruptly pulled the plug on the beloved show on May 12, stunning fans who had followed the characters through four years of drama set amidst the country music business in Music City. Lionsgate TV have been actively shopping the show to other networks to try to secure a fifth season, and TVLine reports that they even changed the ending of the Season 4 finale, which aired on May 25, to a cliffhanger at the last minute to make a projected next season more attractive to potential networks.

“Nashville” fans have started a petition at Change.org to try to save the show, and have undertaken a very active online campaign using the hashtag #BringBackNashville. The petition has gained more than 150,000 supporters over the last several weeks.

According to Variety, Lionsgate executives who spoke to reporters on an earnings call last week revealed that four or five different networks are currently interested in rescuing the show. The execs state that all of the inquiries have been “inbound inquires coming directly to us, asking about the possibility of moving the show.”

“The fans and everyone else is clamoring for many more seasons,” Lionsgate head of TV Kevin Beggs told reporters, adding, “These kinds of shows can go forever and ever — obviously that’s our hope and expectation, but we’ve got to do it one season at a time. So right now, we’re all about Season 5. So we hope to land Season 5 and keep talking about this show for years to come.”

Beggs also confirmed that Lionsgate has brought Emmy winners Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz on board as showrunners for Season 5, in a display of confidence for the show’s “long-term viability.” And there’s even more good news for “Nashville” fans; instead of potentially losing the actors from “Nashville” to other shows while negotiations continue, “We have long-term deals with the cast,” Beggs says.

‘Family Affair’ child star Johnny Whitaker survived drug and alcohol abuse, now helping others

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Johnny Whitaker played Jody, the freckle-faced, adorable orphan on the sweet sitcom “Family Affair,” which ran from 1966-1971. Unfortunately, Whitaker struggled as an adult with drugs and alcohol, but has been clean for close to two decades. The 56-year-old sometime actor has a new passion – helping prisoners and prison reform.

FOX411: Tell us about your work with prisons.
Johnny Whitaker: I’m doing a documentary on the Portuguese drug policy. Portugal has taken the drug problem out of the Ministry of Justice and put it where I believe it belongs, in the Ministry of Health. So a year ago I was working at the California State Prison Lancaster as a counselor helping inmates, we call students, return to real life and prepare them for that. We were in the prison doing that and seeing the way in which our prisons treat inmates and the way the United States prison industrial complex works which is inhumane and unfair, unprecedented throughout the world. I believe we need to talk at other successful drug deterrent programs, other than throwing people in jail for a mental health problem.

I’ve met some decent people that worked there (in the prisons), but most of them aren’t, and the biggest thing that just broke my heart is when the students said, ‘You guys are the first people in 10 years to treat me like a human being. Everybody else treats me like I’m a dog or an animal.’

Anyway in Portugal for the last six months I’ve spoken to government entities. I’ve interviewed basically the drug czar of Portugal. I’ve been in a treatment facility and met with the patients there.

FOX411: How did you get interested in this?
Whitaker: Well I myself am a person in long term recovery. I just celebrated 18 and a half years. For the last 13, I’ve been a drug and alcohol counselor and the last six been an advocate for change both in Washington D.C and Sacramento.

FOX411: You were adorable as a kid. Do you realize how cute you were?
Whitaker: Oh absolutely!

FOX411: Did you want to go into acting as a kid?
Whitaker: I did not know that it was uncommon for a child to get up at 6:30 in the morning, be on the road at 7:30 and work at 8:00 and be there until 5:00. I loved it, I enjoyed it. There was never a time it felt forced.

Annissa Jones who was Buffy, my experience with knowing her and her situation – she didn’t like it. I do remember doing a Christmas show in 1969  in New York and they did not have child labor laws in New York and we did a 90 minute special that we had to do in three days. We had to work from 8 in the morning till 3 in the morning. That was actual child endangerment and very wrong and wouldn’t happen today. That’s the only one time I remember. 

FOX411: Was it hard to transition from child star?
Whitaker: When I was 14 I was the star of my own television series. I was an associate producer, I was at the top of my game and making quadruple what my father made and I made a decision to leave show business to serve a mission for the Mormon Church and when I returned they would accept me again but they didn’t. That was very difficult, not to be accepted back into the brotherhood.

As a 56-year-old man today I believe I’ve done a lot of good. I still do acting jobs here and there. I continue to act but it’s not my number one focus. I think it was Christopher Knight from ‘The Brady Bunch’ who said, Hollywood loves its puppies but once they became real adult dogs they kick them to the curb.

I went to Brigham Young University University for directing and producing and unfortunately Utah, which I thought would open their arms to me as being a brother, did not do so with my 17 years of experience and didn’t accept me so I went back to California. I type 110 words a minute, so I started working and had to survive with my wife.

I started a business in Utah for my wife and then she turns around and says, ‘I don’t love you anymore and I want to marry the man who gave you your bachelor party.’ So with that I lost my faith in God and man and the world. I didn’t ever have a thought of suicide but I did the second best thing which was to drop into sex,drugs and rock and roll. That lasted about seven, eight years and then my family said you have a choice between getting clean and sober or getting excommunicated from the family.

FOX411: Did that work for you?
Whitaker: It did thank goodness. It woke me up, gave me the wake up call that I needed and got clean and sober. And found a new passion which is helping people in recovery.

FOX411: Still a member of the Mormon Church?
Whitaker: Due to my actions and was married in the Temple I was excommunicated. It’s been a long road for me. For a good 13 years I wanted nothing to do with God or religion. I’m currently singing in the choir in my congregation and working towards getting reintegrated. I know God loves me and I’m a Christian and Jesus is my savior.

‘America’s Got Talent’ recap: Simon Cowell cheers as audience squirms

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“America’s Got Talent” (NBC)

After 10 seasons of “America’s Got Talent,” you might think you’ve seen it all.

Then Ryan Stock appears on stage.

He’s a well-dressed Canadian stunt man, who just happens to make his living in Las Vegas — sticking 15 inch meat hooks up his nose!

Judges Mel B. and Heidi Klum are horrified. Howie Mandel loves the act but can barely watch.

He attaches a bowling ball to the end of the hook and swings it back and forth.

Most of the live audience gasps and looks away.

Then Stock connects the apparatus to a large dangling piece of rope and suspends himself in the air.

“In all my years of doing this, it was probably the most disgusting thing I have ever seen,” Simon Cowell said.  

And just like that, Ryan and Amber move on to the next round.

Stock and his fiancé/assistant Amber Lynn Walker are the type of act that separates AGT from every other competition show on television.

While six of its previous champions have been singers, the show hangs its hat on being the ultimate variety hour — a kind of over-the-top Vaudeville showcase, custom made for the viral YouTube generation.

Tuesday night’s season 11 premiere checked all the boxes:  an illusionist who turned himself into a bird, a “daredevil” who dives into a swimming pool filled with whipped cream, and a Golden Retriever who dances on her hind legs wearing a dress.

AGT celebrates the absurd in its early audition rounds, but favors more polished, big production acts as the competition matures.

Among those likely to contend for the $1 million prize:

Nathan Bockstahler (Comedian, 6) 
It’s hard not to love a cute kid who tells silly jokes.  

“An important thing to know about girls is that they say one thing but always mean another,” he laughs.  “My mom, for instance always tells me to call her ‘Mom’ and I come to find out that’s not even her real name!”

Nathan writes his all own material and has requested that he be paid the grand prize in Legos! 

The Clairvoyants (Mentalists, 28 & 29)
Tommy and Ameli have one of the most challenging acts to figure out.  She is blindfolded and somehow can tell specific details of whatever object an audience member places in his hand.  

Somehow she even knew the wireless carries associated with a stranger’s cell phone.

When Ameli correctly identifies the expiration date on Howie Mandel’s eye drops, he declares them, “the most amazing thing I have ever seen!”

Laura Bretan (Opera Singer, 13)
The Chicago area eighth grader appeared to be nervous when she walked out on stage, but brought the room to its feet with her powerhouse performance of “Nessun Dorma”.  

“I have never heard anything like that in all the years I have been doing this show,” Cowell praised.

The young singer earned this season’s first “golden buzzer” and is headed straight for the live voting shows in July.

“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on NBC.

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Plea deal done in Las Vegas for ‘Pawn Stars’ star Chumlee

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A star of the reality TV show “Pawn Stars” sealed a plea deal and will avoid jail time if he completes three years’ probation following the discovery of guns, marijuana and other drugs at his Las Vegas home, officials said.

Attorneys for Austin Lee Russell, who is known on the show as “Chumlee,” confirmed Tuesday that he pleaded guilty May 25 to felony weapon and misdemeanor attempted drug possession charges.

Russell’s appearance last week before Clark County District Court Judge Jessie Walsh came days ahead of a Wednesday court date.

The judge ordered him to undergo counseling and stay out of trouble until 2019 to get the felony charge dismissed, according to the court record. That would leave the misdemeanor conviction on his record.

He faces two to five years in state prison on the weapon possession charge if he violates terms of the deal.

Russell was arrested March 9 after police serving a warrant at his home in a sex assault investigation found 12 guns, almost 5 ounces of marijuana, the anxiety medication Xanax and a small amount of methamphetamine.

No sex assault charge was filed. Defense attorney David Chesnoff said he and his client were glad police and prosecutors examined the case and agreed that it could be closed.

Prosecutor James Sweetin didn’t immediately respond to messages.

An official with A&E Network and the History Channel said last week that “Pawn Stars” was not currently in production and there had been no change in Russell’s status on the show.

Lea Michele snapped frolicking in bikini

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Lea Michele is really good at vacation.

The “Scream Queens” star jetted off to Maui, Hawaii for the long Memorial Day Weekend, and shared bikini-clad photos of herself in scenic locations.

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Michele brought all her sexiest swimsuits for the tropical getaway, including a curve-hugging brown one-piece. She also proved that all those Pilates classes are paying off in a video of her doing cartwheels in the grass.

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On Monday, the 29-year-old actress switched into a super teeny bikini to avoid tan lines. “HANG TIME,” Michele captioned a video of herself lounging in a hammock.

A video posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on May 30, 2016 at 4:01pm PDT

The trip also included some paddle boarding …and relaxing on the paddle boards.

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After breaking up with Matthew Paetz in February, Michele has sparked rumors that she’s dating “iZombie” actor, Robert Buckley, after being spotted on a dinner date. When ET asked her about the relationship reports, Michele played coy. “You know, I’m just feeling really great right now and super happy,” she said. “I feel very, very, very lucky and grateful in my life right now and that’s all that matters.”

Televangelist Jan Crouch dead at 78 after stroke

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Televangelist Jan Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, died Tuesday just days after she suffered a stroke, her family said on the network’s website

Crouch, instantly recognizable for her mountain of blonde hair, warm smile and long eyelashes, was 78.

Her family made the announcement Tuesday on the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network’s website.

“Viewers of the Trinity Broadcasting Network knew her as someone who partnered with Paul Crouch in the launch and expansion of TBN, and as someone who came into their homes for over 40 years,” Matt Crouch, her son and TBN’s president, said in a written statement. “To thousands of orphans around the world, and those orphaned in spirit, she was Momma Jan, quick with a smile, a gift, and a word of encouragement.”

A spokesman for the network didn’t immediately return a phone call.

Jan and Paul Crouch started the network in 1973 by renting air time on an independent California station. Trinity officials say its programming is now carried by over 5,000 television stations. TBN bills itself as the world’s largest Christian television network.

The network announced last week that Jan Crouch had suffered a stroke in the Orlando area, where TBN owns the Holy Land Experience theme park.

Paul Crouch died in 2013.

A year before his death, The New York Times chronicled the lavish living of Paul and Jan Crouch with ministry money. Their lifestyle, according to the newspaper, included multiples homes, corporate jets and thousand-dollar dinners.

At the time, their attorney said the expenses were used to benefit TBN, which earns money from viewer donations, airtime sales and investments.