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Nonbinary characters like ‘Gonzo-rella’ are lighting up children’s TV and encouraging self-acceptance

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Earlier this summer, a new princess giddily square-danced onto the scene. They've got blue fur, a nose shaped like a hook and a thing for chickens. They're a Muppet -- one you've probably known for a while. Their n...

TV OT: TV characters that didn’t stand the test of time. Plus, ‘American Rust’ and what we want to see at the VMAs

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TV OT is a weekly look at what CNN's entertainment team is watching since too much television has us all working overtime. After a short week that somehow felt longer than most, it's time for this week's TV OT. TV c...

Molly Shannon’s family tragedy shaped one of her most famous characters

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One of Molly Shannon's most famous "Saturday Night Live" characters was awkward, clumsy, Catholic school student Mary Katherine Gallagher. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Shannon explained how the character ...

Why we can’t get enough of watching rich and terrible characters in TV series like ‘The White Lotus’

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There's a scene in the very first episode of HBO's critically acclaimed prestige drama, "Succession," that is about as viscerally unsettling to watch as a Jigsaw death trap in a "Saw" film. The pilot sees the media...

‘Free Guy’ star Ryan Reynolds says he connected to character’s ‘innocence’ and ‘naiveté’

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In his latest action-adventure film "Free Guy," Reynolds says he felt a kinship to Guy's "innocence" and his "naiveté." "Sometimes I feel like I'm in a room I shouldn't be in or a place I shouldn't be in and have no ...

Female Asian and Pacific Islander characters are still objectified in films, a new report finds

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From "Full Metal Jacket" in the '80s to "Mean Girls" in the '00s, Asian and Pacific Islander women have historically been exoticized and hypersexualized in Hollywood -- and the problem lingers today. Female Asian an...

‘South Park’ creators ink deal to renew the show, produce 14 movies based on the characters

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The pact also renews "South Park" as a series for Comedy Central through its 30th season in 2027. Bloomberg News reported that the deal was valued at $ 900 million over the six-year term. That’s an eye-popping numbe...

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, didn’t see diverse characters in books as she grew up. She hopes ‘The Bench’ will change that

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, said she hopes "any family" will see themselves represented in the pages of her children's book, "The Bench," in her first interview since speaking to Oprah Winfrey in March. The Duchess s...

What the cast of ‘Friends’ think their characters would be up today

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The "Friends" reunion made the cast imagine who their characters would be today. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer reunited on Stage 24 at Warner Bros. St...

Beck Bennett on how he creates ‘Saturday Night Live’ characters: ‘I want to have fun with it’

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The comedian is best known for his impressions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Vice President Mike Pence.  But with every new episode of the long-running sketch comedy show, comes new challenges.  Ben...

Marvel shows off its deep bench of characters in ‘Falcon’ and ‘WandaVision’

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Marvel Comics was built on titles with a 60-year history, like Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Hulk. But some of the characters recently getting attention and lighting up social media have names like Sharon Carte...

Raya, ‘The Equalizer’ and Wanda Maximoff are strong female characters taking the lead

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DC and Marvel Comics will celebrate Pride month with comics featuring their queer characters

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Comic book giants DC Comics and Marvel Comics are celebrating Pride month by releasing graphic novels celebrating queer characters. The companies both announced they will launch LGBTQ anthologies in June. Here's wh...

Characters from the movie ‘Frozen’ could serve as hurricane names this season

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We are three months from the start of hurricane season -- though the official start date may come earlier this year because hurricanes have occurred outside the traditional season in recent years. And, yes, those fa...

‘Schitt’s Creek’ actor Rizwan Manji defends his South Asian character’s accent

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"Schitt's Creek" emerged from 2020 as one of the year's most beloved and critically acclaimed sitcoms. But one character, a South Asian man, gave viewers pause. Fans of the show have taken issue with "Schitt's Cree...

Wentworth Miller escapes ‘Prison Break’ role, no longer wants to play straight characters

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Don't look for Wentworth Miller to revive his star-making role in "Prison Break." The actor dashed all hopes of that in a post this past weekend on his verified Instagram account, saying he was out "Of PB. Officiall...

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