Betty White would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday and her assistant commemorated the day by sharing one of the final photos taken of the beloved late actress.
"On this special day, I wanted to share this photo of Betty. It was taken on 12/20/21. I believe it's one of the last photos of her," Kiersten Mikelas, White's assistant, shared on her official Facebook page.
There have been numerous television and event tributes to White since her death, along with the #BettyWhiteChallenge, which encouraged her fans to donate $5 to animal shelters or animal welfare organizations in her honor.
During a week in mid-May, broadcast television networks traditionally unveil their fall plans in flashy presentations before advertisers in New York. Fox is no different, but this year the network is trying something new by announcing some programs but not its schedule. NBC, which had its first large-scale programming announcement in three years because of the COVID break, emphasized its place in the larger media conglomerate with the Peacock streaming service and cable networks. Fox says the absence of its schedule is an effort to try something new and give equal weight to its Tubi streaming service. Fixed schedules are slowly becoming obsolete as viewers decide what to watch and when.
Viewers tuning in to Thursday’s episode of “Candy,” starring Jessica Biel, may recognize a familiar face: Biel’s husband Justin Timberlake. He portrays a deputy who investigates a murder the show is centered around. Biel stars as Candy Montgomery, a young wife and mother in 1980 Texas who begins an affair with a man from her town and ends up accused of killing his wife, Betty. Pablo Schreiber plays the lover, with Melanie Lynskey starring opposite him as Betty. Lynskey's husband, Jason Ritter, also ended up getting cast in the show. The five -episode Hulu series is based on a true story.
Lionel Richie is the latest recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a starry tribute. In the penultimate episode of "This Is Us," the family gathers around Rebecca to say their last goodbyes.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been cleared of sexual misconduct following a criminal trial in Boston. A Boston Municipal Court judge found him not guilty Tuesday after a two-day trial in which the chef had waived his right to a jury trial. A woman had accused Batali of forcibly kissing and groping her while taking a selfie at a restaurant in 2017. But Batali’s lawyer argued the accuser had a financial incentive to lie. Batali faced up to 2 1/2 years in prison if convicted. The 61-year-old former Food Network fixture's career crumbled amid sexual misconduct allegations from four women in 2017.
Martha Mitchell spoke out against Richard Nixon – and his involvement in the Watergate scandal – at a time when it wasn’t considered appropriate. As a result, political insiders tried to undercut her credibility any way they could.
Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby are utterly transformed in a new “Sesame Street” show. You might even say they’re Transformers. The trio of furry monsters wear cool metal suits bursting with gizmos and soar through the air in their new CGI-animated show “Mecha Builders,” adding some science and technology lessons along with their adventures. The show is part of a content partnership between WarnerMedia Kids & Family and Sesame Workshop. It is set to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in early May. The first episode premieres Tuesday on “Sesame Street’s” YouTube channel.
Network TV’s fondness for reality fare and reboots combine in “The Real Love Boat,” a sea-going dating show that’s part of the CBS fall schedule announced Wednesday. Described as a “romance adventure competition,” the series credits as its inspiration the popular and kitschy comedy-drama “The Love Boat,” which aired from 1977-86 on ABC. “The Real Love Boat” will follow returning shows “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” on Wednesday this fall, a rare all-reality night for CBS. The network is also launching three new scripted series. There's a police drama, “East New York”; “Fire Country,” about a convict-firefighter, and a legal comedy-drama, “So Help Me Todd."