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Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and others raise nearly $8 million on Fox's 'Living Room Concert for America'

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FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.

Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit “Skyscaper”; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of “bad guy”; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song “My Oh My”; and Mariah belting out her hit, “Always Be My Baby.”

Elton, who hostedthe event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day’s Billie Jo Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.

The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

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COVID-19 causes spike in "comfort TV" viewing of old favorites like 'Charlie's Angels'

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L-R – Shelley Hack, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd — Walt Disney Television via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the constantly scary headlines that are coming from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise people are using their time at home to seek comfort in old television favorites.

As previously reported, Hallmark Channel is running its popular Christmas movies now, while retro cable channel COZI TV tells ABC Audio that it’s seen a spike in viewership.

In fact, COZI viewing has grown 24% over the past three weeks compared to the same period last year, according Meredith McGinn, the network’s senior vice president.

“COZI TV’s broadcast lineup has become comfort TV during these uncertain times,” McGinn said. “As more and more viewers tune in, we look forward to welcoming them with feel-good family fun, filled with our iconic catalog of sitcoms, dramas and action series that will give families a much-needed reprieve.”

One of those feel-good shows? The ’70s classic Charlie’s Angels, which airs weekday mornings at 9 AM Eastern time, and in a three-hour block on Saturdays.  The show, which inspired several films, follows three young women who work for a private detective firm run by Charles “Charlie” Townsend.

Cheryl Ladd played Kris Munroe on the show; her character was the little sister of Farrah Fawcett-Majors’ character Jill Munroe.  In a recent chat with ABC Audio, Ladd explained the Angels’ ongoing appeal. 

She expliained, “I just think people connect with the characters…I mean, we were grown-up Girl Scouts really in the show. There wasn’t anything too racy about it. The wonderful thing about that show is the whole family could watch it.”

Ladd explains, “I’ve run into so many women who are now police sergeants and firefighters…all of these women that were inspired by those characters, which is always so rewarding to hear.” 

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Netflix's 'Locke & Key' renewed for season two; star Griffin Gluck excited for more "mischief"

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Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Good news for fans of the Netflix series Locke & Key: The show has been renewed for season two.

The series, based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, follows three siblings who move into a supernatural estate following their father’s murder.

“We are thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators,” co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Monday. “We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story.”

The two had already been working on scripts for a second season before the official renewal. With production mostly shutdown in Hollywood due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, it’s unclear when season two will begin filming.

Griffin Gluck, whose character Gabe takes a villainous turn at the end of season one, says he can’t wait for more “mischief” in season two.

“I couldn’t expect a thing because whatever I think is going to happen is going to get twisted and turned 700 ways to the point where I’m going to be confused myself and that’s what I love about the show, is you never know what’s going to happen,” Gluck tells ABC Audio.

He adds, “I’m just more looking forward to finding out what’s going on…I just hope my character gets into a lot of mischief.”

Season one of Locke & Key is streaming on Netflix now.

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#Quarantineandchill: Spike Lee releases the script for his unmade Jackie Robinson film

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Spike Lee is giving fans plenty to do during their #quarantineandchill down time. In a new Instagram post, the Oscar winner announced he’s released the script for his unmade Jackie Robinson film, which dates back to 1996, the year he wrote it.

“Afternoon From Da Corona Epicenter Of The USA-NYC,” Lee wrote, sharing a video of himself sitting on his couch. “I Dug Deep Into Da 40 Acres Vault And Pulled Out This Script From One Of My EPIC Dream (Never Got Made) Projects-JACKIE ROBINSON.”

“You Do Not Have To Be A Baseball Fan To Enjoy,” he continued. “This Script Is A Great American Story. Be Safe. Peace, Light And Love. And Dat’s Da “Brooklyn Dodger” Truth, Ruth. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF.”

In his video, Lee reveals that his script — which was his fifth draft of the screenplay — centered around one special actor: Oscar-winner Denzel Washington.

Lee said he hoped to re-team with his Malcolm X star, but Denzel says he felt “too old” to play the baseball legend, who helped to shatter MLB’s color barrier.

“Hope you enjoy it,” Spike said. “If not, that’s alright too. It’s never getting made, but I wanted to share this script with you. Be safe! Be safe! Social distancing! Peace.”

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Rita Wilson celebrates "beauty…blessings" and being a cancer and COVID-19 survivor

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Sunday, March 29 is a significant date in Rita Wilson’s life, one on which she commemorated being a “COVID-19 Survivor” and “Five Years Cancer Free.” 

The actress, who is home in Los Angeles after undergoing two weeks of quarantine in Australia with her husband, Tom Hanks, when the pair was diagnosed with the disease, looked back on her Instagram in a lengthy, grateful post. 

“This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness,” Wilson begins her post, which features a throwback photo of her and Larry David. “I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy.”

She thanked her doctors and other health care workers who got her through that, as well as her fans and some divine intervention. “You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply. And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now.”

Of her most recent March 29 observance, Wilson writes, “I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given, and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor. Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much.”

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