WHY AM I ENJOYING NICK AND ANDY SCENES???
Jerry Nelson, an American puppeteer who played Count von Count on Sesame Street and Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, has died. He was 78.
A tribute site for Jim Henson's The Muppets confirmed Nelson died Thursday, but no cause of death was given.
Nelson’s most famous puppet character was the Count, the Sesame Street citizen who teaches children how to count. As well, he gave life to Mr. Snuffleupagus and Grover’s customer Mr. Johnson.
Nelson also played Gobo Fraggle, the leader of the colourful band of creatures featured on the live-action TV series Fraggle Rock, which ran 1983 to 1987. CBC was one of the international co-producers of the hit children’s series, which was a music-filled romp that dealt with issues such as prejudice, spirituality and personal identity. Nelson also operated other puppets on Fraggle Rock.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has banned Lance Armstrong for life and stripped him of all seven Tour de France victories that helped make him an American hero.
The agency's action came one day after Armstrong decided not to fight the doping charges, saying "enough is enough" and refusing to recognize USADA's authority to sanction him.
In a release, USADA said his decision to skip arbitration prompted the immediate sanctions. He also must forfeit all results from Aug. 1, 1998, through today, which include the seven conseuctive Tour titles won from 1999 through 2005.
The agency said Armstrong received a lifetime ban because of "his numerous anti-doping rule violations, including his involvement in trafficking and administering doping products to others."
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ABC Family is banking on industry veterans for potential new series.
The cable network, home to Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth, has greenlighted two drama pilots: The Fosters (working title) from Jennifer Lopez and Socio from Gavin Polone, whose Jane by Design was recently canceled after one season.
From executive producer Lopez and co-creators Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, The Fosters is a one-hour drama revolving around a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms Stef and Lena. Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta will serve as EPs on the pilot to be produced by Nuyorican Productions and Prodco.
Nearly a week after fashion drama Jane by Design was axed, Polone will get another chance at ABC Family with a concept similar to Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game.
The Prodco-produced one-hour drama Socio centers on a charismatic 16-year-old alleged sociopath who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood and becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered. Polone will executive produce, with Adam Milch (Greek) as co-EP and writer.
“We are thrilled to be producing such an exceptional and timely project with ABC Family,” said Fields of Nuyorican. “The show will entertain and provoke meaningful discussion about the contemporary definition of ‘family.' ”
“ABC Family continues to find and develop original programming that adds new dimension and depth to the storytelling we offer,” said Kate Juergens, the net's executive vp original programming and development. “Both these shows are headed by wonderful executive producers who know the millennial space well and know how to connect with audiences.”
The news comes after ABC Family renewed three series, including Switched at Birth and rookie comedy Baby Daddy, and ordered more Bunheads. Pretty Little Liars boss Marlene King is developing a TV adaptation of her 1995 movie Now and Then.
The Fosters looks good, but idk about the other one. Plus, it's ABC Family.
Now Actress Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation) has taken the bill’s message and filmed a PSA in support of the passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
“Many people ask me how I balance it all and the truth is it wouldn’t be possible for me to do all those things without the help I get in my home every day,” Poehler says in the video. “Every day, so many working women get to do what they do because there are wonderful people in their home, helping them. These workers, who inspire and influence our children, who take care of our loved ones and our homes, have been excluded from basic labor protections for generations. Please help us right that wrong and pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year. It’s time these workers were treated with dignity and respect.”