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Pilot orders to three comedies have been ordered at ABC, and one of the series selected is a reboot of the 1980’s hit show The Wonder Years.

A show which once revolved around a white-middle class family in the 1960s is now getting a new perspective, with the help of Lee Daniels and Lee Daniels Entertainment (LDE). The reboot will focus on “how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late ’60s made sure it was “the wonder years” for them, too,” According to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This will be a GREAT reboot! Let’s go ABC!,” Daniels shared to his Instagram along with an image confirming the news of the reboot.

Saladin K. Patterson, credited for his work on The Bernie Mac Show and Frasier, will be writing the script and executive producing alongside Daniels and LDE banner president, Marc Velez.

Fred Savage, who at 13 became the “youngest actor nominated for a lead actor in a comedy series Emmy” for his role on the show in the ’80s, will also join as an executive producer in addition to directing the pilot.

Original show creator Neal Marlens is attached as a consultant, THR reported.  The outlet also noted that Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Television will be producing.

In addition to The Wonder World reboot, ABC has also given the OK to two other series,  Maggie, based on the short film by Tim Curcio, and an “untitled multicamera comedy from writer Regina Hicks and exec producers Viola Davis and Larry Wilmore.”




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Travis Scott Teams Up With Houston To Distribute 50,000 Free Meals

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Travis Scott and his Cactus Jack Foundation have come together with the city of Houston to supply hot meals to residents.

The emergency food program will supply 50,000 hot meals to Houston citizens who have been impacted by Texas’ severe snowstorm earlier this month.

Scott’s foundation, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Houston Health Foundation will join local organizations to distribute the meals. These include The Black Service Chamber, The National Association of Christian Churches, and several restaurant owners.

The free meal program will assist people with disabilities, low-income citizens, unemployed citizens, senior citizens, high-risk and/or homebound adults, and families with children under the age of 18. Residents must live in one of thirty high-priority ZIP codes, which the City of Houston has identified.

Millions of Texas citizens lost power and access to water for days after the snowstorm overwhelmed the state’s electric grid. Several deaths were also reported, with multiple people freezing to death or succumbing to monoxide poisoning when trying to heat their homes using risky alternative methods when the electricity went down.




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Columbus Short Says Britney Spears’ Parents Called Him A Racial Slur During Their Relationship

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Columbus Short was once a backup dance for Britney Spears and apparently a past fling. He recently revealed that during their romantic stint, Spears’ parents called him the N-word.

In his 2020 autobiography, “Short Stories,” he claims that Spears pursued him in 2003 during his time as a dancer and producer for her. He also claims they slept together once while on a trip to Rome.

He also describes the time her parents called him the racial slur. “I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker.” He claims he overheard her parents ask, “Why are you f–king that n—-r?” And that, “Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”

The 38-year-old “Scandal” star told Jazzie Belle on her YouTube show, “Inside Hollywood,” that he wasn’t surprised hearing the racial epithet.

“I wasn’t shocked when it happened. Look where they’re from … they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless, like that’s how they speak. I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here.’” He added, “Because they have black bodyguards doesn’t mean behind closed doors they don’t use that word.”

Adding, “After that, I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can’t imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess. Britney couldn’t go nowhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don’t blame her. She was trying to find her way.” He added, “I love Britney to this day… I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”

According to Page Six, Short didn’t identify which parent said the word, but since then, Spears’ mother Lynne denied his claims to Page Six.

“I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary. I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever.”

A source close to the singer’s dad Jamie, also vehemently denied the allegations, saying, “Jamie was not there, and not involved. In fact, during this time period, Jamie was not involved in Britney’s business at all.”

Short’s autobiography also details the false rumors about the pair sleeping together before their Italy encounter. He says her jealous former choreographers spread those rumors.

He also discussed the time Spears sent her jet to get him and her other dancers two months before she released her2003 album.

“She sent us a jet, and just like that, we were in New York having a wild party for my 21st birthday,” he recalls in the book. Spears and her crew were partying at “Keith Richards’ apartment uptown,” he says, where Spears was allegedly staying, “and we were all in there going crazy.”

He claims that the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” singer was “going even more crazy at the party. “She was on me like white on rice, and would not leave me alone the entire night. Britney had her eyes on the prize and wasn’t about to stop until she got what she wanted.”

He said at that time, he wanted to keep their relationship professional and apparently, “wasn’t attracted to her like that.” Short has just separated from his first wife and was involved with another backup dancer.

Spears pulled him to the side at the party and insisted he go with her to Rome to get ready for her next video.

“I really tried my best, but this girl put on the full-court press,” and, “We ended up being intimate that one time. I never slept with her again after that, though.” And, “This was a dangerous sexual alliance for every reason under the sun, and I think that the worst part of it was that I was making the rumors an actual reality,” he said.

When they got back to the States, Short claims “Brit was still trying to get a repeat of what happened in Rome,” Short writes, “and she started to get suspicious because I continued to curve her.”

As for the pictures taken of them by the paparazzi, he says they made “A simple hug would look like a kiss, a quick store run would look like a date.”

As the media attention grew, Short says the singer’s management team and parents were irked, and the two had a falling out after playing a game of truth or dare. According to Short, Spears admitted that if she could marry one person, it would be him, but he said it would be his girlfriend who he was dating at the time.

“I was fired not too long after that, and Britney changed her number so I couldn’t contact her.” He said that in the end, he learned the lesson, “Don’t s–t where you eat, even if you really have to go.”




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Lady Gaga’s Two French Bulldogs Have Been Returned Safely

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Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were returned safe and sound Friday evening, two days after they were stolen in a violent dog-napping that left their dog walker was shot four times.

According to the New York Post, an unidentified woman brought the French bulldogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station around 6 p.m. Friday.

Capt. Jonathan Tippett said the woman seemed to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the shooting and theft that happened Wednesday night. Police also didn’t explain how she got the dogs.

Representatives for Gaga’s and police detectives then went to the station and confirmed that the returned dogs were, in fact, Gag’s beloved Frenchies, Koji and Gustav.

The pop superstar, who is currently in Rome filming a movie, was said to be distraught after learning her dogs had been taken. She offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her pets. It’s not yet clear if the woman who turned the dogs in will receive the reward money.




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