News Nuggets: Carol Burnett to receive SAG life achievement award

Comedian and actress Carol Burnett will be the next recipient of the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award. The special tribute will be seen on the SAG Awards next January. Burnett is best known for her long-running CBS variety program “The Carol Burnett Show.” Films have included “Annie,” “The Four Seasons,” “Noises Off,” and “A Wedding.” She has won six Emmy Awards in her career and received the Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor. She was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1985. Other recent recipients have included Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore. Variety

The Television Academy is throwing branch bashes for Emmy nominees throughout the next few weeks. The costume designers kicked things off this weekend. Performers will get together on August 24, followed by executives, animators, stunt nominees, choreographers, and all of the other technical categories. A complete list of events will be updated as more are added. The Wrap

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Liz Raftery reveals which familiar faces are back on “Masters of Sex” and the reasons why. With the third season now underway on Showtime, Emmy-nominated Beau Bridges returns “in a relationship that will prove quite surprising to longtime viewers. Emmy winner Allison Janney has an eventual reunion but “has also moved on from her marriage.” Former “The Good Wife” star Josh Charles has a new character on the show. TV Guide

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is leaving James Bond behind. After previously helming “Skyfall” and then the upcoming “Spectre,” Mendes says, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” The next film will be the fourth for Daniel Craig as 007, and he has not yet indicated if he will return for another turn. Cinema Blend

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Emmy Award-winning reality show “Shark Tank” is adding some guest sharks for the fall season. Actor Ashton Kutcher, who is also an entrepreneur and investor, will appear, as will Troy Carter (talent manager and Smashd Labs) and Chris Sacca (young self-made billionaire). The seventh season premieres for ABC on September 25. TV by the Numbers

Screenwriter Douglas Cook dies on Sunday in Santa Monica at age 56. His most popular films were “The Rock” starring Nicolas Cage and “Double Jeopardy” starring Ashley Judd. He also co-wrote the upcoming film “Criminal” starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. Deadline

Actor George Coe dies on Saturday at age 86. He was in the original Broadway cast of “Company,” and performed in other productions of “What Makes Sammy Run?,” “Mame,” and “On the Twentieth Century.” He was a recurring player in the first season of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. Film roles included “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Blind Date,” “Funny People,” “Micki and Maude,” and “The Stepford Wives.” Playbill

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