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Netflix special, 'Jerry Before Seinfeld,' gets a premiere date

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — Jerry Seinfeld’s return to stand-up comedy on Netflix now has a premiere date. And it turns out the show will be more than just a comedy set.

Jerry Before Seinfeld will hit Netflix on September 19. The special will follow Seinfeld to The Comic Strip for an intimate set at the club that helped launch his career. But the show also will provide a look a Seinfeld’s rise to fame, with footage of the library of legal pads Seinfeld keeps, containing every joke he’s ever written going back to 1975.

The show also will intersperse Seinfeld’s comedy set with childhood videos and other historic material.

Netflix has invested big money in a roster of comics for stand-up special including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan and Ellen DeGeneres, who, like Seinfeld, is returning to stand-up for the first time in years for the streaming network.

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Are 'Property Brothers'' Drew Scott & WWE wrestler Nikki Bella joining 'DWTS?'

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — The season-25 cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars hasn’t been announced yet, but several names have been have generating some buzz.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight that either Jonathan or Drew Scott, the twin brother stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers, will hit the dance floor next season. People magazine got even more specific on Tuesday, reporting that it’s definitely Drew.

WWE wrestler Nikki Bella also will be competing for the mirror ball trophy next season, a source tells ET.

As has been its custom, ABC isn’t commenting on casting rumors ahead of its official announcement on Good Morning America, which should take place in the last week of August or the first week in September.

Dancing with the Stars returns for its 25th season September 18 on ABC.

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After Joss Whedon's ex-wife pens scathing essay, Whedon fan site is shutting down

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Joss Whedon at Comic-Con 2016; Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Sunday, The Wrap published a withering essay by Kai Cole, the ex-wife of Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon, accusing Whedon not only of cheating on her during their 16 years of marriage, but also of using the marriage “as a shield” to protect his public image as a feminist.

Monday, the longtime Joss Whedon fan website, Whedonesque, announced it would be shutting down.

Although Cole’s essay wasn’t explicitly cited as the reason for the shutdown, the farewell post did suggest that users make a donation to an organization that deals with complex-post-traumatic distress disorder, which Cole said in her essay she was suffering from as a result of her marriage.

In her essay, Cole wrote of her ex, “I believed, everyone believed, that he was one of the good guys, committed to fighting for women’s rights, committed to our marriage, and to the women he worked with. But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.”

She added that she hoped that organizations honoring Whedon for his feminist work will “think twice in the future about honoring a man who does not practice what he preaches.”

In a statement to The Wrap, a rep for Whedon said the essay “…includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations” but that Whedon “…is not commenting, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife.”

Whedon is currently at work finishing Justice League, which arrives Noember 17.

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Jerry Lewis died of heart failure, says coroner

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Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.(LAS VEGAS) — Jerry Lewis died of heart failure, according to a Clark County Nevada Coroner’s report obtained by New York’s Daily News.

Lewis’ death is officially listed as ischemic cardiomyopathy, which occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body due to a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart.

An autopsy reportedly will not be conducted on the legendary comic, who suffered several heart attacks over the years, and also fought prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

Lewis died at his Las Vegas home, surrounded by his family on Sunday at the age of 91.

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Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer to head retrial defense

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iStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) — Bill Cosby has tapped Tom Mesereau, the attorney who helped Michael Jackson get acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005, to help him beat his retrial for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

Cosby’s reps announced on Monday that former lawyers, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa will exit the defense team in the actor’s criminal case, replaced by Mesereau, ex-federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia’s Sam Silver, according to Philly.com. Cosby also announced the new team, with fewer details, on Twitter.

McMonagle reportedly formally filed paperwork early this month to leave the revolving-door defense team, which also has included Marty Singer, former Assistant U. S. Attorney Christopher Tayback and Washington D.C-based Monique Pressley.

The announcement by Cosby and his reps came a day before a pretrial hearing is set to begin in Norristown, Pennsylvania Tuesday.

Cosby has always maintained that the encounter with the ex-Temple University employee was consensual, despite admitting in depositions more than a decade ago to giving Constand pills on the night of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia-area mansion nearly 13 years ago.

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