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A petition has been launched to get Kevin James to replace Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards’

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In the wake of Netflix’s decision to suspend production on the upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards due to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against actor Kevin Spacey, a petition, which is to be delivered to Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings, calls for Spacey to be replaced by King of Queens actor Kevin James.

“Losing a great show is hard, no matter the circumstances. However, with hardship, comes the opportunity for a great show to become one of the greatest television shows of all time,” the change.org petition reads. “I think Kevin James can elevate House of Cards to a globally adored franchise like Game of Thrones and make the entire world focus on one of the most important Netflix original series there is.”

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The petition, which was created by a user named Robbie Pyrma, has garnered more than 29,000 signatures over the past few days and needs just 6,000 more to reach its 35,000 goal. One of the top comments on the petition reads: “Kevin James is a national treasure. Kevin Spacey is a rapist. Both are named Kevin. Seems like a smart business decision to me.”

Netflix has not commented on the petition, though it has been widely speculated that Robin Wright’s character Claire Underwood could take over as the show’s lead. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments.

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‘Star Wars’ animated series ‘The Clone Wars’ to return via Disney’s upcoming streaming service

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During a San Diego Comic-Con panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which ran for five seasons on Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm animation chief Dave Filoni announced that the beloved animated series will be returning for a seventh season.

“It’s an anniversary. It’s 10 years. And you guys deserve something for being so great. A present, if you will,” Filoni told the crowd, who gave a standing ovation after the big reveal. “We got together and we thought, ‘If there is one thing we could give you, what would it be?’ So here you go.”

The Clone Wars will return with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which we know will also feature several Star Wars series, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, including a live-action series from writer and executive producer Jon Favreau.

Created by George Lucas, The Clone Wars first aired in 2008 and featured existing characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while also introducing original fan-favorites like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. The series abruptly came to a halt in 2013.

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Although Filoni did not announce an official release date for the show’s seventh season, it will likely debut sometime in 2019, which is when Disney’s streaming service is expected to launch. You can check out the newly released trailer and poster for Star Wars: The Clone Wars below.

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2018 Emmy nominations announced: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix top this year’s nominees

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The nominations for the 70th annual Emmy Awards were announced by The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley and The Blacklist alum Ryan Eggold on Thursday morning with HBO’s Game of Thrones unsurprisingly leading the way with a whopping 22 nominations.

However, while HBO has been the most nominated television network at the Emmys each and every year for the past 17 years, streaming giant Netflix stole the honor this year with 112 total nominations, beating HBO’s 108 total nominations.

Trailing close behind Thrones are NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld with 21 nominations, while Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale came in with 20 nominations. The latter two join Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category, which also includes Stranger Things, This Is Us, The Crown, and The Americans.

You can check out the complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees below.

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Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Westworld
The Americans
The Crown
Stranger Things

Outstanding Comedy
Atlanta
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Black-ish
Silicon Valley
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow
Barry
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Comedy Actress
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan  (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Issa Rae (Insecure)

Outstanding Comedy Actor
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Outstanding Drama Actress
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Outstanding Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Justin Bateman (Ozark)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)

Best Reality Program
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
The Voice
American Ninja Warrior

Outstanding Actor, Limited Series
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)

Outstanding Actress, Limited Series
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

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Colbert, Fallon, O’Brien respond to criticism from Donald Trump in hilarious cold open sketch

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After Donald Trump took a jab at them at a South Carolina rally on Monday, three of late night television’s biggest hosts teamed up for a cold open sketch like no other that kicked off both The Late Show and The Tonight Show on Tuesday evening.

Stephen Colbert,  Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien united for the unique response to the president’s criticism, in which he referred to Colbert as a “lowlife,” Fallon as a “lost soul,” and Jimmy Kimmel as “terrible,” while adding that they are “not like talented people.”

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We’re told Kimmel was invited to appear on the sketch, which features the late night hosts in a mock Skype conference call, but is on vacation this week and was unable to participate. O’Brien’s show likely would’ve aired the sketch as well, but is on hiatus for the entire week.

“I heard he said some pretty bad stuff about us,” Fallon says in the sketch. “I heard he said we’re all no-talent, lowlife lost souls.”

“That doesn’t sound like him,” Colbert replied. “That’s not right. That’s Conan.” Colbert then conferences O’Brien onto the call, who is in the middle of shaving his face and is facetiously unaware that Donald Trump, “the real estate guy who sells steaks,” is the president of the United States.

The sketch ends after Fallon and Colbert agree to go out to lunch at the Red Hen, the Lexington, Virginia restaurant which made headlines last week after they asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. “Red Hen?” Fallon suggests. “Red Hen!” Colbert responds enthusiastically.

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