The World Loses Another Golden Girl

... Actress Rue McClanahan has passed away at the age of 76. McClanahan was best known as Blanche Devereaux in the 1980's NBC comedy Golden Girls. Her passing follows that of Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur, leaving Betty White as the only surviving cast member of the award-winning series. Her other notable TV appearances include roles on All in the Family and Maude. [THR]



... The New Adventures of Old Christine was canceled by CBS last month, but hung on to the hope that it may be rescued by ABC. Well, now you can throw that hope out the window. ABC has passed on the series, effectively driving in the final nail into the coffin. Don't feel bad for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, though. She'll find a new job elsewhere or just coast off of her billion-dollar inheritance. [Deadline Hollywood]

... You know that upcoming ABC extreme game show Downfall that takes place on top of a skyscraper in Los Angeles? The one where contestants try to answer questions before a conveyor belt sends their prizes and cash over the side of the building? The one that sounds pretty darned silly? Well a show like that needs an equally silly and extreme host, and they found him. Professional tights-wearer wrestler Chris Jericho will emcee the show, which premieres June 22. [THR]

... Remember that note about Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt splitting up? Well guess what... it may have been a publicity stunt! Shocking! Oh Speidi, why must you play with our emotions? [US Magazine]

... Amy Ryan, who in some other life—just not that one :( <-- sad face—is my loving wife, is joining HBO's In Treatment as the new therapist to therapist Paul (Gabriel Byrne). Ryan should be familiar to you fans of The Office, on which she played Michael Scott's girlfriend Holly. I constantly hear amazing things about In Treatment, yet I still can't muster up the strength to give it a try. I have my own therapy to worry about. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Battlestar Galactica and 24 vet Katee Sackhoff (you know you love her) will be coming to theaters near you in Growl, and when you hear the premise of the movie you will s*** yourself. Got some Charmin ready? Okay, here goes: "A traveling underground fight club fights local wereolves." Zoinks! Kiefer Sutherland is also in talks to join the project. [io9]

... Eat it, Kirk! Patrick Stewart, known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and having a kick-ass voice, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Meanwhile, William Shatner is starring in a sitcom based on someone's Twitter account. Point: Picard. [The Globe and Mail]

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