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"One just has to get on with it": The Queen, and the world, have changed in teaser for 'The Crown' Season 3

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — The tantalizing teaser for the third season of The Crown shows Oscar-winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, approving an official photo of herself — and apparently, she’s not pleased at how much she’s changed since her previous one.

As Colman refers to herself as an “old bat,” an underling tries to make her feel better by calling her “a settled sovereign.”

“A great many changes,” she sniffs, scanning the “before and after” photos. “Nothing one can do about it — one just has to get on with it.”

Season three sees the Queen’s kingdom rapidly changing as well: from the Cold War through the Space Age, and into the challenges of the ’60s and ’70s.

As Colman replaces Claire Foy as Elizabeth, Helena Bonham Carter now plays Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby in the role.

This season also stars Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne; Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles; Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon; Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

Emma Corrin has been cast as Princess Diana, but she won’t be introduced until season four.

The Crown Season 3 launches globally on Sunday, November 17 on Netflix.

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'Big Bang' co-stars Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons back together for 'Carla'

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Michael Yarish/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — That didn’t take long! The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik is reuniting with her former onscreen love interest Jim Parsons, barely four months after their sitcom’s finale.

The two will co-executive produce the new Fox comedy Carla, in which Bialik is also attached to star, according to Variety.

Bialik will play the titular character, “a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you cannot have everything you want and still be happy,” according to the industry trade. She attempts to prove that by spending “the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a Cat Café in Louisville, Kentucky.”

Carla is slated to launch in 2020

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'The West Wing' turns 20

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iStock/izanoza(LOS ANGELES) — Twenty years ago Sunday, America witnessed the start of the Bartlet administration as The West Wing debuted on NBC September 22, 1999.

Created by Aaron Sorkin and written almost exclusively by him for the first four of the show’s seven seasons, The West Wing followed the two-term presidency of the fictional Democratic President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, and the lives and duties of the staffers who served with him in the White House.

The ensemble drama also starred John Spencer and Chief of Staff Leo McGarry; Bradley Whitford as McGarry’s deputy, Josh Lyman; Allison Janney as press secretary C.J. Cregg; Richard Schiff as Communications Director Toby Ziegler and Rob Lowe as his deputy, Sam Seaborn; Dulé Hill as presidential aide Charlie Young; Janel Moloney as Donna Moss, Josh Lyman’s assistant; and Stockard Channing as first lady Dr. Abby Bartlet.

Debuting during the final year of the Clinton administration and with the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal still in full swing, The West Wing arguably presented an idealized view of a liberal, Democratic White House, with Bartlet depicted as a highly-educated, Bible-quoting devout Catholic, loyal husband and loving father. 

Ensuing seasons showed the West Wing staff dealing with real-world political hot-button issues, from government shutdowns over budget deadlocks, to terrorism, separation of church and state, campaign finance and even an assassination attempt on Bartlet’s life.  It also demonstrated the toll public service exacted on the personal lives of its characters, with everything secondary to their service.

The final two seasons of The West Wing dealt with the impending end of the Bartlet administration and the election of a new president, with Jimmy Smits playing congressman and eventual Democratic nominee Matt Santos, and Leo McGarry stepping up as his vice-presidential running mate. 

During the seventh season, however, actor John Spencer died of a heart attack, echoing a heart attack his character had during a prior season.  Spencer’s death was written into the show.  Alan Alda played against type as Santos’ Republican opponent, Senator Arnold Vinick, who ultimately lost the race to Santos — only to have Santos offer him secretary of state in a final moment of wishful bipartisanship lacking in real-world politics.

Despite frequent criticism from conservatives, who felt the show demonized them, and even some drubbing from liberals for what some said was its unapologetic left-wing bias and sometimes over-the-top idealism, The West Wing was widely hailed by real-life politicos for its realism, and for its showcasing of public service as a noble calling. 

The West Wing was a commercial and critical hit.  It won nine Emmy Awards its first season alone, the most ever won by a show in its inaugural outing.  By the time the final episode aired May 14, 2006, The West Wing had won 26 Emmys and two Peabody Awards. 

In the years since, The West Wing continues to earn critical praise and find new fans on streaming platforms, and is often cited as one of the greatest TV shows ever made.  Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler, feels that’s a telling reflection of the times.

“It’s increasing in its intensity, especially because of the current state of our nation,” Schiff tells ABC Radio.  “It’s a refuge for people to go and remember what the country was supposed to be.”

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'Rambo: Last Blood,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Ad Astra' hit theaters this weekend

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Sylvester Stallone in “Rambo: Last Blood”; Yana Blajeva/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Rambo: Last Blood — The fifth and final chapter of the 37-year-old Rambo franchise, once again starring Sylvester Stallone as the title character, finds a still-troubled Rambo coming out of retirement to cross the Mexican border and face one of the country’s most violent drug cartels, to save the daughter of a friend. Also starring Paz Vega.  Rated R.

* Downton Abbey — The Crawleys and their intrepid staff are back in this continuation of the popular British series that aired on PBS from 2011-2016. The film sees the Crawleys preparing for “the most important moment of their lives: a royal visit from the King and Queen of England which will “unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance,” according to the movie’s official description. The original principal cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech returns, along with new cast members Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore. Rated PG.

* Ad Astra — This space adventure stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut whose dad, played by Tommy Lee Jones, vanishes during a mission.  Decades later, Pitt follows in his father’s footsteps, and learns that not only is his father still alive, but that his survival has world-changing implications.  Also starring Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland. Rated PG-13.

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Oh. My. Gawd: 'Friends turns 25' this Sunday. Could we be any more nostalgic?

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NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On September 22, 1994, NBC aired the pilot episode of a sitcom about six twentysomethings living in New York City — which makes this Sunday the 25th anniversary of Friends. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, Friends aired on NBC from 1994-2004.

While the series had the early benefit of following Seinfeld, the anchor of NBC’s legendary “Must-See TV” line-up, it soon attracted a rabid fanbase of its own. It inspired a hairstyle — Aniston’s “The Rachel” — and spun off a hit single: The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You.” It also made its stars the highest-paid cast on TV at the time, each earning a million bucks an episode.

The series was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards; in 2002, it was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Aniston and Kudrow snagged an Emmy each during the show’s run.  The series finale on May 6, 2004 was watched by 52.5 million viewers: The fifth most-watched series finale in television history. 

These days, a whole new generation loves Friends, thanks to its streaming run on Netflix.  Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s nasal-voiced girlfriend Janice, tells ABC Radio she loves that younger viewers are tuning in.

“There’s this young generation that lives with phones in their hands, that communicates with their friends by text…and here they have…this show…and there are no phones and nobody is looking down and everybody’s talking to each other,” she notes.”And I just think how exciting that they get to see what that looked like.”
James Michael Tyler, who played Central Perk barista Gunther, adds, “I think it’s a testament just to the great writing and the great acting…It’s kind of timeless. The wardrobes’ dated, the hairstyles are dated, but the storylines aren’t.” 

In honor of the show’s 25th anniversary, Cox, Kudrow, Schwimmer and Le Blanc each posted messages on their respective Instagram accounts, along with the same cast photo and the opening: “Celebrating a Thursday night 25 years ago,” before adding their own personal message.

“Thank you to all of our loyal fans across the world. You’ve certainly been there for us! I love these guys!” wrote Cox.

Kudrow noted that she and her cast members “might be in different places but we are connected.”

Schwimmer shared, “Celebrating a Thursday night 25 years ago… THANK YOU to all the fans out there!! We couldn’t have done it without you.”

And finally, Le Blanc added, “Seems like yesterday. Thanks to all the fans for watching.”

Aniston and Perry aren’t on Instagram and so didn’t participate in the tribute.

Here’s each cast member’s favorite episode, courtesy of People:

Matt LeBlanc (Joey) — “The One with the Embryos”
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) — “The One Hundredth”
Matthew Perry (Chandler) — “The One with the Blackout”
Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) — “The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (Parts I and II)”
David Schwimmer (Ross) — “The One with the Prom Video”
Courteney Cox (Monica) — “The One with the Embryos”

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