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The Osbournes meet 'The Conners': Ozzy & Sharon to guest star on ABC sitcom

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ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — The Osbournes are headed back to TV.

Ozzy and Sharon are guest-starring on the ABC sitcom The Conners. The two will play themselves in an episode titled “Beards, Thrupples and Robots,” airing next Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

Another rocker also recently appeared on another ABC show: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee guested on an episode of The Goldbergs last month.

Ozzy, meanwhile, recently released his new solo album Ordinary Man, featuring guest spots from Slash, Elton John, Tom Morello and Post Malone. And while you can catch the Prince of Darkness on your TV, it may be awhile before you can see him live: he’s postponed all of his 2020 tour dates as he continues to recover from a variety of health issues.

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Survey shows Americans are split on whether movie theaters should close over coronavirus

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iStock/RawPixel(LOS ANGELES) — As concerts and other public events the world over are being rescheduled over fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Americans apparently aren’t sure if movie theaters should shut their doors, as they have in foreign markets.

According to a survey conducted by The Hollywood Reporter, about 38% of U.S. adults support shuttering theaters amid the outbreak, but more — 44% — are opposed to the idea.

Keep in mind this poll of 2,200 adults was conducted  from March 5 to 7, before news of the outbreak began hitting a fever pitch. 

In the survey, 46% of respondents supported the idea of studios postponing their upcoming films, as Sony did with the James Bond film No Time to Die.  Since the survey was conducted, Paramount Pictures and Universal have decided to postpone its films A Quiet Place Part II and Fast & Furious 9

While people are unsure about going out, they’re apparently quite comfortable with being entertained at home. Around 21% of respondents in the THR/Morning Consult poll who say they subscribed to a streaming service cited coronavirus concerns as the reason they subscribed.

43% say they’d “be more likely” to watch movies on a streaming service, rather than risk exposure out in the world….”Netflix and chill” rather than “get sick with chills,” if you will. 

Some 70,000 theaters in China were closed as the virus spread last month from that country to other around the world. Theaters in equally movie-hungry Japan also closed, as are many in Europe and elsewhere. 

As previously reported, Hollywood is bracing for a $5 billion hit to the global box office as a result of the pandemic panic.

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Dollywood updates visitors on the COVID-19 coronavirus ahead of park’s season opening

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ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton’s Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, is set to open for its spring season on Saturday. Ahead of opening day, the park issued a statement to its visitors regarding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We are working closely with our partners at Covenant Health and are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance,” explained Craig Ross, the president of the park. 

He went on to ask that anyone who feels ill refrain from visiting the park, adding that the best course of action for all park-goers is being vigilant about hand washing, avoiding close contact with those who are sick, and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Dollywood has updated its facilities with 300 additional hand-sanitization stations throughout the park, and has committed to rigorous disinfection measures of commonly touched surfaces throughout all of its properties.

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Kelsea Ballerini, Halsey shine on "homecoming queen?" in their CMT 'Crossroads' performance

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Jason Kempin/CMTKelsea Ballerini takes the stage with pop superstar Halsey in an upcoming episode of CMT’s Crossroads, which premieres in just a couple of weeks. Until then, Kelsea and Halsey are tiding fans over with an advance clip of their performance of “homecoming queen?,” Kelsea’s current single.

“If there is any song that I wish that I wrote, it is ‘homecoming queen?’ by Kelsea Ballerini,” Halsey tells the crowd at the start of the clip. The pair go on to deliver an emotional, intimate performance, backed only by their acoustic guitars.

The pair previously released their Crossroads performance of Halsey’s hit, “Graveyard.” Their episode was taped outdoors at downtown Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre. 

Halsey and Kelsea have been collaborating quite a bit lately. The country star tapped her pop pal for a duet called “the other girl,” which will appear on her forthcoming album, kelsea, due out March 20.

The full Crossroads episode premieres on March 25 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Blake Shelton postpones the last weekends of his Friends & Heroes Tour due to the COVID-19 coronavirus

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ABC/Image Group LABlake Shelton has announced that the final five stops on his 2020 Friends & Heroes Tour will be rescheduled. The news comes as several other country stars are postponing tour dates and shows in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The first of the halted shows is Thursday night’s Omaha stop. He made the announcement to fans after already arriving in the city. 

“Omaha, I’m here in your city with my friends and heroes and am ready to play a show for you, but for all the right reasons — chiefly, everyone’s safety and well-being — we have to reschedule tonight and the rest of the tour,” the singer wrote on Twitter.

“Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. You can bet we’ll see you back here soon!” Blake added

Blake’s tour is the latest in a string of country tours affected by concerns regarding the virus. Dan + ShayKenny ChesneyZac Brown Band and more have also rescheduled their shows.

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