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Virginia faces first time March Madness finalist Texas Tech

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TuelekZa/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The stage is set for Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship.

The final will feature an unexpected matchup between No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 3 seed Texas Tech.

The game will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis beginning at 9:20 p.m. ET.

For more on both teams’ road to the final, watch the video below:

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AMC announces third ‘Walking Dead’ series

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Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) — Ahead of the start of its publicity summit in New York City, AMC has announced it has begun work on a thrid series set in the Walking Dead universe.

The network, home to the mother ship apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead and its first spin-off Fear The Walking Dead, says the new show was co-created by TWD’s chief content officer Scott M. Gimple and series writer-producer Matt Negrette.

“Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead Universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a ‘Decade of the Dead’ on TV and over fifteen years of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic,” said Gimple. “Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD‘s long history — I’m thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we’ve seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.”

According to the network, “The third series in a franchise that includes the global hit series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series will begin production on 10 episodes this summer in Virginia and premiere on in 2020.

Though not the ratings juggernauts they once were, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead reign, respectively, as the #1 and #4 cable dramas among adults in the 18-49 demographic.

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Idris Elba still in for ‘Suicide Squad’, but no longer as Deadshot

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) — A month after announcing that Idris Elba would replace Will Smith as the sharpshooting assassin Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel, sources tell Variety producers have changed course and decided to eliminate Deadshot from the sequel and cast Elba in a different role.

The details of Elba’s new character, or a reason for the change, have not been revealed, but the move does leave the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films.

Smith is said to have left the project over scheduling, and not creative differences. Couple that with the fact his Suicide Squad performance was considered a stand-out — by even many harsh critics of the successful comic adaptation — another turn as Deadshot seems even more plausible. 

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/7/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:


Philadelphia 2 Minnesota 1
Tampa Bay 3 San Francisco 0
Boston 1 Arizona 0

NY Yankees 15 Baltimore 3
Cleveland 3 Toronto 1
Detroit 3 Kansas City 1
Seattle 12 Chi White Sox 5
Houston 9 Oakland 8
LA Angels 7 Texas 2

Washington 12 NY Mets 9
Atlanta 4 Miami 3
Pittsburgh 7 Cincinnati 5
Milwaukee 4 Chi Cubs 2
St. Louis 4 San Diego 1
LA Dodgers 12 Colorado 6

OT Toronto 117 Miami 109
San Antonio 112 Cleveland 90
Oklahoma City 132 Minnesota 126
Charlotte 104 Detroit 91
Brooklyn 108 Indiana 96
OT Dallas 129 Memphis 127
Milwaukee 115 Atlanta 107
Houston 149 Phoenix 113
NY Knicks 113 Washington 110
Orlando 116 Boston 108
Golden State 131 L.A. Clippers 104
New Orleans 133 Sacramento 129
Portland 115 Denver 108
L.A. Lakers 113 Utah 109


Kansas City 1 FC Cincinnati 1

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Kit Harington hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ but can’t leave ‘Game of Thrones’ behind

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Rosalind O’Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) — If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, it was definitely odd seeing star Kit Harington — who plays the somber, scruffy warrior king Jon Snow — clean-shaven and smiling as he hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend.  But the show wasted no time poking fun at him, and the HBO series.

It started in the opening monologue, when he insisted he was ready to move on from Game of Thrones and really didn’t want to talk about it.  Of course, that’s all audience members wanted to talk about as he took questions — including from fellow cast member Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow’s love interest. 

“Hey, do you remember in season six when we had sex?” Clarke asked.  “Did you know they filmed that?”

Also popping up was John Bradley, aka Samwell Tarly, and SNL regular Pete Davidson, in full makeup as the evil Night King, leader of the army of the dead.  “I just need to know. Do people hate me?” he asked.  “Because it really feels like they hate me.”

The final question came from actress Rose Leslie, Harington’s wife whom he met when they played lovers on Game of Thrones.  “How quickly can you grow back that beard?” she asked.

There was also a recorded sketch about the Game of Thrones “prequels, sequels and spin-offs” on HBO after Game of Thrones ends.  Highlights include Arya, a take-off on MTV’s late 1990s animated series Daria except starring the assassin Arya Stark; The Queen of King’s Landing, a sitcom starring the characters Sam Tarly and his girlfriend, Gilly; and GoT; SVU, a take off on Law & Order: SVU that featured cameos by SVU stars Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T as sex crimes investigators in Westeros.

The show’s cold open this week poked fun at recent claims from various women that Joe Biden was physically inappropriate with them in the past.  Jason Sudeikis reprised his impression as an extremely handsy former VP as he received some lessons in decorum. 

“[T]he important thing is that I’m listening, that I hear you,” he said, adding, “and that I feel you.”

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