Contrary to online rumors, actress Naya Rivera is not fired from the Fox dramedy “Glee.” Monday reports said she and star Lea Michele were feuding, and that Rivera was on the chopping block. Her reps said, “Any reports or rumors circulating that Naya Rivera was let go or fired from ‘Glee’ are absolutely untrue. End of story.” In the last portion of this season, the show has been set in New York, following several characters pursuing their careers and possible Broadway dreams there. The program is set to return next fall for a sixth and final season. Hollywood Reporter.
British actor Bob Hoskins passes away Tuesday from pneumonia at age 71. He was an Oscar nominee for the 1987 “Mona Lisa,” but might be best known for his role in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Other memorable work was in “Pennies from Heaven,” “Brazil,” “Hook,” “Super Mario Bros.,” “and “Nixon.” His final film was “Snow White and the Huntsman” in 2012. Variety.
One day after his 60th birthday, Crackle renews the Jerry Seinfeld online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for four more seasons (24 more episodes). The program earned a Special Class Emmy nomination last year. In addition, the website will feature “Sports Jeopardy” hosted by Dan Patrick, comedy series “Tightrope” (produced by Bryan Cranston) and thriller “Sequestered” (with Jesse Bradford and Summer Glau). Deadline.
NBC announces many of the presenters for the upcoming American Comedy Awards on May 8. Chris Rock will present the Johnny Carson Award to Bill Cosby. Others to hand out trophies will be Lake Bell, Andy Daly, Bill Hader, Johnny Knoxville, Leslie Mann, Stephen Merchant, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Stewart, and Matt Walsh. TV by the Numbers.
The cast of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” gathers to discuss their first season at the TV Academy on Tuesday. Set in 1950s St. Louis, the show focuses on the true story of sex pioneers Masters and Johnson. Stars Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen answered questions about the sex and nudity that are necessary to the story. The panel also included past Emmy champs Allison Janney and Beau Bridges. Variety.
“The Help” director Tate Taylor is taking the helm of a new comedy series for Netflix. The ucoming program “Grace and Frankie” will star Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two older women who bond after their husbands decide to marry each other. The 13-episode show will debut on the streaming service sometime in 2015. Taylor’s next feature film will be the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” this August. The Wrap.
A playful new blog item has the late Beatrice Arthur reacting to the many Tony Awards snubs from Tuesday. The double-take gif’s include her reactions to Daniel Radcliffe, Michelle Williams, Ian McKellen, Marin Mazzie, Steven Pasquale, and Zachary Quinto. Broadway Box.
Fox cancels drama series “Almost Human” after just one season. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, the rookie police drama was set in 2048 and focused on a human detective (Karl Urban) and his android partner (Michael Ealy). USA Today.