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NBC(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live is making a comeback with all new original material.

According to NBC, the material will be produced remotely as SNL practices social distancing, much in the same way Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers have been conducting their own late-night shows during the crisis.

Segments will include show regulars like "Weekend Update" alongside other original content from cast members. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic led to a shut-down in production, John Krasinski was to host the show for the first time.

SNL returns on Saturday, April 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are stepping up their game to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Breaking Bad stars announced on Thursday that they will be donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of their mezcal, Dos Hombres. 

"We hope that you and your family are doing well and managing as best you can during this crisis," they said in identical Instagram posts. "Recently we announced that Dos Hombres would be donating 30% of proceeds of all online sales to the United States Bartender's Guild through May 1st. During these uncertain times we need to come together and help each other - now more than ever."

"Starting today until May 5th, Dos Hombres will be donating 100% of our proceeds on all online sales to the Bartender’s Guild, the Hospitality Industry Relief Fund, and America's Food Fund," the actors announced. 

After directing his followers to the Dos Hombres website, Paul concluded, "Thank you. Stay home and stay well. Good spirits will get us through."

The news comes after Paul and Cranston committed to donating 30% of sales after being inspired by Ryan Reynolds, who did the same through his Aviation Gin company.

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L-R, Loughlin, Olivia Jade, Isabella Rose Giannulli / Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Sephora Collection(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the college bribery case against Full House star Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, is going full steam ahead.

Things heated up on Thursday when prosecutors -- reacting to the couple's March 26 request to dismiss the case against them over "government misconduct" -- released a bunch of damning material against them, including their daughters' staged rowing photos that they sent to the scam's alleged ringleader William "Rick" Singer.

E! News obtained the photos along with transcripts, emails, and other evidence linked to Loughlin and Giannulli's alleged attempt to beat the University of Southern California's admissions system.

Photos of Bella Giannulli, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, show them posing on rowing machines -- called an "action photo" -- allegedly by Singer's request to get them into the college as rowing recruits, a sport neither child played.

In an August 2016 email to the couple, Singer wrote, "Lori and Moss, I met with USC today about [redacted]. I need a PDF of her transcript and test scores very soon while I create a coxswain portfolio for her. It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too."

Overall, Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, paid Singer's sham charity $500,000 to falsify athletic portfolios for their daughters.  That amount also consisted of two separate payments of $50,000 -- directed by Singer -- to USC's former Senior Women's Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel.

Giannulli also sent emails to Singer asking if he could write off the payments as donations.  Another email has the designer bragging to his financial advisor, "Good news my [older] daughter is in [U]SC.. bad [news] is I had to work the system."

Their trial is set for October 5, 2020.  They face up to 50 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

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Andrew Toth/Getty Images for iHeartMedia(NEW YORK) -- With social distancing guidelines firmly in place for most of the country, if not the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has breathed new life into The Police's 1980 hit "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

On Thursday, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon decided to tackle the super topical song and update it with a self-quarantine remix featuring everyday household items. 

Even better, when approaching Police frontman Sting for permission to sing the song on the Thursday episode, the British rocker did one better.  He told Fallon "I'll do it with you guys."

The two, along with Fallon's house band The Roots hilariously grabbed whatever noisemakers they could find around their homes -- like jars and forks -- and performed a perfectly socially-distanced version of the 1980 classic.

Some items used in the eccentric Thursday performance: Scissors, hair pick, a Connect 4 game, throw pillow and a pair of sneakers -- among other things.

However, there were exceptions for a handful of "real" instruments, like a tuba and ukulele.

Either way, what should have been a motley crew of "instruments" actually produced a pretty epic-sounding rendition, with Sting on vocals and Fallon harmonizing.

Following the mini-concert, Fallon plugged the charity Sting personally singled out,, which "supports healthcare workers with healthy meals from local kitchens."

So far, the charity has raised over $1 million dollars.

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Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- A Simpsons short, Maggie Simpson in Playdate with Destiny, is coming to Disney Friday. The announcement was made by the record-breaking, Emmy-winning series' creator Matt Groening himself, via a hand-written note on Instagram

The short, he explained, ran ahead of the Disney/Pixar film Onward, which briefly ran in theaters before coming to the streaming service early, because of the COVID-19 situation. 

The streaming service teases that the film centers on a day at the park that began like any other, "But when Maggie faces playground peril, a heroic young baby whisks her from danger -- and steals her heart..." It adds, "Will fate (or Homer) get in her way?"

Calling it a "nifty little film," Groening explained, "the response was so gratifying we wanted everyone to see it at home."

He signed the note from "Your Pals," including himself, the show's producers, "& a buncha hard-working animators, man."

The Maggie-centric short follows the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film, Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare,  which will also begin streaming on Disney later this month. The service also has all 30 seasons of the hit show, as well as The Simpsons Movie.

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Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-winner, U.N. humanitarian ambassador, and TIME contributing editor Angelina Jolie is using a new column in the magazine to bring to light a new danger of the COVID-19 pandemic: the risk isolating can cause abused children.

Jolie writes, "Isolating a victim from family and friends is a well-known tactic of control by abusers, meaning that the social distancing that is necessary to stop COVID-19 is one that will inadvertently fuel a direct rise in trauma and suffering for vulnerable children."

Citing the statistic that, "in America, an estimated 1 in 15 children is exposed to intimate partner violence each year," she explains, m,,. "90% of them as eyewitnesses to the violence."

Jolie adds, "There are already reports of a surge in domestic violence around the world, including violent killings. It comes at a time when children are deprived of the very support networks that help them cope: from their trusted friends and teachers to after-school sports activities and visits to a beloved relative's house that provide an escape from their abusive environment."

The mother, actress and activist posits, "The economic fallout of COVID-19 has been swift and brutal. Lockdowns...have resulted in job losses and economic insecurity, increasing stress, pressure and uncertainty for many families. We know that stress at home increases the risk of domestic violence, whether in a developed economy or a refugee camp."

Jolie adds, "What are we doing now to step up to protect vulnerable children from suffering harm during the shutdown that will affect them for the rest of their lives?.... It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. It will take an effort by the whole of our country to give children the protection and care they deserve."

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CBS TV(NEW YORK) -- When Pauley Perrette's new sitcom, Broke, was getting underway, the economy was on fire, and nobody needed to socially distance.  What a difference a few months makes. 

The show, in which the NCIS veteran plays a cash-strapped single mom whose formerly wealthy but now broke relatives are forced to live with her, is giving people a reason to laugh.  And that's perfect for Pauley.

"We were already excited, but when the whole world changed like this, it became sort of, you know, even more important in a different way," she tells ABC Audio. "We really want to give people a half an hour to smile and to breathe and to laugh, you know, and we're doing that."

She adds, "I'm not a doctor. I'm not a nurse. But, you know, we all can do little things here and there. And if one of my contributions could be, you know, to make you laugh -- like, 'I can do that!'"

So how's Perrette getting along in isolation? "I mean, other than the complete heartache about the sadness that's going on around, I was made for this," she laughs. "Because I hate leaving my house. Like I've always been like this. I'd never leave my house and never go anywhere. I am a recuse, a shut-in whatever you want to call it...I'm in my element."

She adds, "And I've always been a germophobe. So I've been wearing masks and gloves like a crazy person for years. And all of a sudden nobody thinks I'm crazy."  

Broke, which also stars stand-up comedian and actress Natasha Leggero and actor Jaime Camil, airs 9:30 p.m. Thursday nights on CBS.


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Photo by Erik Voake/Getty Images for Hulu(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney and his wife Amal have joined a growing number of A-list celebrities making huge donations to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline reports the Clooneys have donated upward of $1 million to a half-a-dozen charities, including $250,000 each to The Motion Picture and Television home, of which Clooney is a board member; the SAG-AFTRA FUND; and Los Angeles Mayors Fund. Additionally, the couple has provided $300,000 to three international charities: Lebanese Food Bank; Lombardo Italy Region; and the NHS.

The Motion Picture and Television Fund provides temporary financial assistance for needs created or complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including health insurance, rent, food and other essentials.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 relief fund helps cover member grants for health premiums, food, shelter and medical expense.

The Lebanese Food Bank feeds needy individuals who are unable to work, as well as the elderly, the disabled, people with chronic diseases and single mothers and orphans.

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles supports the LA Emergency COVID-19 fund to help provide childcare for the city’s first responders and health care workers, help with shelter for the homeless, the feeding the elderly and offering direct financial assistance to Angelenos that have been impacted.

The Lombardo Italy Region directly supports hospitals in the region affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Health Service COVID-19 appeal supports hospital staff and volunteers on the front line in the care of COVID-19 patients.

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ABC/Eric McCandless - ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- British actress Florence Pugh has had enough of the “hateful” comments she received in response to a birthday message she posted Monday on Instagram to boyfriend Zach Braff, who is 21 years her senior.

The Little Women star was back on the social media site Wednesday, noting that she had to turn off commenting after “70 percent of the comments [were] “hurling abuse and being horrid.”

“I will not allow that behavior on my page. I'm not about that. It makes me upset,” said Pugh. “It makes me sad that during this time when we really all need to be together, we need to be supporting one another, we need to be loving one another. The world is aching and the world is dying and a few of you decided to bully for no reason."

"I'm 24-years-old. I have been working since I was 17-years-old,” she continued. “I have been earning money since I was 17-years-old. I became an adult when I was 18-years-old and I started paying taxes when I was 18-years-old."

"I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever, ever tell someone who they can and cannot love,” she added. “It is not your place. It has nothing to do with you."

"The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you're throwing at me, and I don't want those followers... I don't want that on my page,” she said. “It's embarrassing, it's sad and I don't know when cyber bullying became trendy."

Florence and Zach, 45, were first linked romantically about a year ago, and have remained mostly tight-lipped about their relationship.

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Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- Lifetime is rising to new production challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with Married At First Sight: Couples Cam, a spinoff to hit reality series Married at First Sight

The new series will be self-shot by the couples themselves and follow their ongoing stories in real time, inviting viewers into their homes via mounted cameras, diary cams and virtual group chats.  

Married At First Sight: Couples Cam will air six episodes, beginning May 20.

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NBC(NEW YORK) -- Late Night host Seth Meyers celebrated his son Axel's second birthday by shouting out those who made his little boy's complicated birth possible -- first responders.

"Two years ago today our son Axel was born in the lobby of our apartment building," wrote the 45-year-old while including an adorable photo of Axel wearing a party hat on his head and birthday cake all over his face.  Unfortunately, little Axel looks like he's entered a food coma, as Meyers jokingly adds, "Also, we tried to get him to smile and I don’t know what to tell you."

Cute anecdotes aside, Meyers spent the majority of his birthday message focusing on New York City's finest, by writing that, "Within ten minutes [of going into labor] we were surrounded by NYPD, NYFD and EMTs all of whom made us feel safe and protected."

The talk show host expressed that he will always be grateful for what the first responders did for him and his wife Alexi Ashe that day, but quickly turned his the attention toward the plight EMTs, police and firefighters are going through during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Sending my love and appreciation to all of them today not only for that moment but for what they’re going through now," wrote the Saturday Night Live! alum.  "So lucky my boys were born in the greatest city in the world."

New York City remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak with 80,204 confirmed cases, according to the city's Health Department. Of those cases, 4,260 have died.

About 1,300 of those infected with COVID-19 were first responders, who have now recovered and are back working the front lines against the pandemic.  

Late Night with Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been 17 years since Jessica Simpson donned the pink high heels and posed in her underwear with a Swiffer Wet Jet for the cover of Rolling Stone, where she was dubbed "Housewife of the Year."

Now, the "Irresistible" singer -- who is a mother of three -- is reclaiming her old title for a COVID-19 update.

Posing with a Swiffer and its cleaning pads, as well as a bottle of Lysol, box of rubber gloves and a scrub brush on Wednesday, Jessica cheekily captioned her makeup-free photo, "Housewife of the Year looks a little different these days."

It also should be noted that there's a vacuum propped up behind her, showing off that a housewife's work is never done, especially during a pandemic where every surface must be sanitized.

On top of throwing in additional cleaning supplies, the Open Book author traded in the pink pumps and flirty undergarments for calico-colored slippers and a ripple effect onesie, along with a matching blue and white bandana. 

Things have radically changed for Jessica since her memorable 2003 magazine cover.  Back then, she was starring alongside ex-husband Nick Lachey in their reality TV show Newlyweds and her song "With You" was atop the US Mainstream Top 40 list.  

Nowadays, she's a New York Times bestselling author with her autobiography Open Book and is focused on her clothing line -- when she's not doting on her three children eight-year-old Maxwell, seven-year-old Ace and one-year-old Birdie Mae.

On top of that, she's been using her free time to comfort fans during the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging everyone last Wednesday to pray with her "for the leaders around the world including our president, governors, mayors, politicians, scientists, doctors, and all healthcare workers" and told fans to "stay strong."

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- After 21 seasons on ABC’s The View, Joy Behar has hinted that she may leave the daytime talk show after her contract ends in the summer of 2022.

The 77-year-old comedian, who serves as the show’s resident liberal, made the revelation in the new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View" according to Variety, whose Ramin Setoodeh wrote the book.

"I have a three-year contract," Behar says in the book, adding “But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point. I don’t see myself staying for more [time]. That’s it!

However, Behar has yet to make her final decision, suggesting, "I could be wrong.  If I’m as fabulous in [2022] as I am now, I’ll think about it."

She does admit, "But the chances of that happening…You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid."

The industry trade cites "multiple sources on The View" who claim Behar has been floating a 2022 exit from the legendary talk show, but an ABC spokesperson denies the rumors.

"Joy was asked what happens at the end of her contract and as she herself made clear in the interview, if she’s ‘as fabulous in [2022] as I am now,’ she will be in her seat at the table," the spokesperson adamantly told Variety.

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Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/(LOS ANGELES) -- The Full House cast has reunited for a quarantine gag.

Star Bob Saget re-imagined the sitcom's opening credits, in which the stars are doing activities including cleaning and napping, and shared the cute video on Twitter Wednesday.

Absent from the video are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who starred as Michelle Tanner, and Lori Loughlin, who played John Stamos' character's wife, Aunt Becky.

"'Full Quarantine' - Stay Safe and Stay Home. —Unlike #FullHouse this will all go away," Saget captioned the footage. "#fullhousechallenge #wewin"

The cast of Full House, which premiered 32 years ago, is the latest to reunite during the pandemic.

Their video hit the internet just two days after the cast of "The Nanny" got together over Zoom for a table read of their show's premiere episode.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been 11 seasons since fans were introduced to and fell in love with ABC's Modern Family, but the time has sadly come to say goodbye. The Emmy Award-winning series ended with a one-hour-long season finale on Wednesday.

The final episode started out with the house in chaos. Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) are living in a trailer in their driveway because Alex (Ariel Winter), Luke (Nolan Gould), Haley (Sarah Hyland), Haley's boyfriend Dylan (Reid Ewing), and Hayley's twin babies have taken over the house. After a hectic morning, Phil and Clare decide that the house is too crowded and that someone needs to move out. 

Chaos is swapped for excitement as Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) prepare for their housewarming party where they also plan to introduce their newly adopted baby boy. As the couple is prepping, Cam received a phone call and receives an offer for his dream Missouri.

Not wanting to disappoint Mitchell and uproot their family, he keeps the news to himself until their party is in full motion and he can't contain his excitement anymore. Cam blurts out the news as Mitchell is giving a speech to their guests. Mitchell initially puts on a front that he supports the move but, when Claire catches him alone, he admits that he only said that because he was put on the spot in front of so many people.

He eventually does come around and the two decide to move as Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) watches them sing karaoke. 

Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Jay (Ed O'Neill) are having some issues of their own, although it's only due to a misunderstanding. Jay has been secretly learning Spanish so he could surprise Gloria, who thinks he is ignoring her because he has headphones on. When she finally confronts him, Jay replies in Spanish and drops the bomb that he'll be going to Columbia with her to visit family for the summer. 

After witnessing Cam and Mitchell's situation, Phil and Claire decide that they actually don't want the kids to move out. However, when they go to deliver the good news, they are shocked to find out everyone has made arrangements to leave. Alex is headed to Switzerland with her research team, Luke for college and Haley and Dylan have found a cute apartment to independently raise their twins in. 

The whole family gets together to bid Cam and Mitchell farewell, but their flight gets delayed. This happens a total of three times. In between flight reschedulings, a series of last-minute bonding occurs.

Alex and Haley trick Luke into recreating a family video they made as kids, in which he portrayed their pet dog. Claire and Mitchell go on a mission to retrieve a skating trophy they won when they were little and Gloria gives Manny (Rico Rodriguez), who is heading off to pursue a film career, a poem while he's enjoying a bubble bath. 

As Claire and Phil watch the kids load boxes out of their home, it starts to set in that they are really about to become empty nesters. Claire tearfully wonders what she and her husband will do now, to which Phil emotionally responds, "What people have always done: leave the porch light on...They'll come back."

Finally, it's time to say goodbye. 

The modern family shares one last embrace before going their separate ways. Cam, Mitchell, Lily, and baby Rex are on their flight, Hayley and Dylan are in their new apartment, and Jay and Gloria struggle to get out of their lawn chairs as they watch Joe play. 

The show ends with the porch light going out in front of all of the houses, but after a pause, the Dunphy's pops back on.

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