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CBS ratings juggernaut ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to end its run after 12 seasons in May 2019

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The upcoming twelfth season of The Big Bang Theory will also be the last for the hit CBS comedy series, which will begin its final season next month and officially end its run in May 2019. Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing the news.

“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons,” the statement reads. “We, along with the cast, writers, and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

The show, which stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch, first aired in September 2007 and has received a whopping 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins to date, including 7 Golden Globe nominations.

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Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steven Molaro, and Steve Holland executive produce The Big Bang Theory which returns to CBS on Monday, September 24 before moving back to its regular time period on Thursday, September 27. At the end of its final season, the show will have reached a record-breaking 279 episodes, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in television history.

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Bert and Ernie are a gay couple, according to former ‘Sesame Street’ staff writer Mark Saltzman

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It’s official: Mark Saltzman, a former Sesame Street writer who worked on the show for more than a decade, has confirmed that everyone’s favorite puppet roommates, Bert and Ernie, are a gay couple, as many viewers have been speculating for years. The revelation comes via an interview Queerty published with Saltzman over the weekend.

“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them,” Saltzman said, adding that the relationship between Bert and Ernie mirrored his real-life relationship with his longtime partner, film editor Arnold Glassman, who died in 2003.

Saltzman became a scriptwriter for Sesame Street in 1984, about 15 years after the Bernie and Ernie characters were first introduced in 1969, and continued writing for the show up until the late 1990s. In addition to his script work, Saltzman also created the Muppet character Placido Flamingo and wrote lyrics for more than 50 songs for the character.

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“It was the Bert & Ernie relationship,” Saltzman said about his relationship with Glassman, adding that more than one person referred to them both as the iconic Sesame Street duo. “I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple.”

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization which produces Sesame Street, tweeted a statement Tuesday responding to Saltzman’s remarks, stressing that Bert and Ernie “are best friends” and “do not have a sexual orientation,” despite both characters identifying as male and possessing many human characteristics.

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2018 Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ won the night’s top prizes

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The 70th Emmy Awards were well underway at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday evening where 27 awards recognizing excellence in primetime programming and individual achievement were presented by the likes of Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss, Sandra Oh, Alec Baldwin, Taraji P. Henson, Constance Wu, Ben Stiller, Sarah Paulson, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Samberg, Matt Smith, Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Jimmy Kimmel, Millie Bobby Brown, Kit Harington, Tina Fey, and many more.

Game of Thrones, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Crown were some of the most notable winners at tonight’s ceremony, which was hosted by Weekend Update co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che. HBO, which has picked up more awards than any other network at the Emmys for the past 16 years, tied with Netflix this year with both networks picking up 23 awards each.

You can check out the complete list of winners from the 2018 Emmy Awards below.

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Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans
The Crown
Winner: Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienist
Winner: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Winner: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Winner: Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Winner: Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Winner: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Winner: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Winner: Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Winner: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Matt Smith, The Crown

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Winner: Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Winner: Henry Winkler, Barry

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Winner: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Winner: Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar
John Leguizamo, Waco
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Winner: Merritt Wever, Godless
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror (“Black Museum”)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Winner: The Crown, Stephen Daldry (“Paterfamilias”)
Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor (“Beyond the Wall”)
Game of Thrones,  Jeremy Podeswa (“The Dragon and the Wolf”)
The Handmaid’s Tale, Kari Skogland (“After”)
Ozark, Jason Batman (“The Toll”)
Ozark, Daniel Sackheim (“Tonight We Improvise”)
Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Atlanta, Donald Glover (“FUBU”)
Atlanta, Hiro Murai (“Teddy Perkins”)
Barry, Bill Hader (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”)
The Big Bang Theory, Mark Cendrowski (“The Bow Tie Asymmetry”)
GLOW, Jesse Peretz (“Pilot”)
Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Pilot”)
Silicon Valley, Mike Judge (“Initial Coin Offering”)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Winner: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy (“The Man Who Would Be Vogue”)
Godless, Scott Frank
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski
The Looming Tower, Craig Zisk (“9/11”)
Paterno, Barry Levinson
Patrick Melrose, Edward Berger
Twin Peaks, David Lynch

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, Stan Lathan
Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld, Michael Bonfiglio
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life, Marcus Raboy
Super Bowl LII Halftime Show starring Justin Timberlake, Hamish Hamilton
Winner: The Oscars, Glenn Weiss

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Winner: The Americans, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (“START”)
The Crown, Peter Morgan (“Mystery Man”)
Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (“The Dragon and the Wolf”)
The Handmaid’s Tale, Bruce Miller ( “June”)
Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Nice Face”)
Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Atlanta, Donald Glover (“Alligator Man”)
Atlanta, Stefani Robinson (“Barbershop”)
Barry, Alec Berg and Bill Hader (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”)
Barry, Liz Sarnoff (“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast and Keep Going”)
Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Pilot”)
Silicon Valley, Alec Berg (“Fifty-One Percent”)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

American Vandal, Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus (“Clean Up”)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Tom Rob Smith (“House by the Lake”)
Winner: Black Mirror, William Bridges and Charlie Brooker (“USS Callister”)
Godless, Scott Frank
Patrick Melrose, David Nicholls
Twin Peaks, Mark Frost and David Lynch

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated)
Winner: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
Winner: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America
Portlandia
Winner: Saturday Night Live
Tracy Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Winner: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

TV Movie

Fahrenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale
Winner: “USS Callister” (Black Mirror)

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The spooky first teaser for ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ is here to cast a wicked spell on you

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Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a far cry from the beloved, lighthearted ’90s sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart. Instead, the new Sabrina series is a dark coming-of-age story with all sorts of creepy, witchy goodness sprinkled in, including goat-headed demons and weird-looking candle rituals.

“A witch’s 16th birthday is very special,” reads the official logline for the series, which comes courtesy of the creative team behind The CW’s Riverdale, including Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the script for Sabrina and is executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger.

The series tells the story of Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), a half-witch half-mortal teenage girl. She’s been waiting her whole life for her 16th birthday, but something wicked this way comes, forcing her to choose between the path of light and the path of night. By the looks of the teaser, it appears she’s chosen the latter.

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The overall look and neo-noir aesthetic of Riverdale are certainly present in the Sabrina teaser, leading us to believe that it could take place in the same universe as the hit CW series, which kicks off its next season next month on October 10, just weeks before Sabrina hits Netflix on October 26. Does anyone else smell a potential crossover? I sure do.

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