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KIDS TODAY: An after-party thrown by a guest at Saturday’s Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards was broken up by gunplay that wounded three party guest, according to a story on the Access Hollywood website. While not an official Nickelodeon event, the party – held at a drapery store rented for the night – was attended by some 200 young people before an unnamed suspect opened fire on the crowd with an automatic weapon after a group of five were denied entry to the event.
That’s what you get for mixing sugary drinks with The Wild Thornberrys.
HERE COMES THE UNDERTAKER: As the 2006-2007 TV season comes to a close, the networks are cutting away the last of this season’s dead wood to make way for the last few season stragglers and pave the road to the increasingly lucrative summer season. The word “hiatus” is being tossed around, which is the network equivalent of telling your child that kitty has moved to a happy place where they let nice old cats test out toy mice and catnip balls. Studio 60, the “quality” dramedy half of their pair of redundant Saturday Night Live satires, is withering away in hiatusland, and though the word has been tossed around in relation to The Black Donnellys, a Variety story on the latest round of cancellations yesterday seemed pretty unambiguous about the Paul Haggis-penned show being dead in the water.
Also cancelled was David E. Kelley’s The Wedding Bells, which began to wither when Fox moved it from a lead-in after American Idol to a Friday slot. Only four episodes ever aired, and Fox has promised to burn off the final three finished before the production was shut down, according to a Hollywood Reporter story.
ABC has killed Six Degrees just two weeks after it returned to the air and left the network in a fifth-place spot in its Friday time slot. The real indignity was saved for 7th Heaven, however, which has been cancelled for the second time, after the CW killed, then revived the holdover from the now-defunct WB. (I hope you’ll appreciate all this thoroughly useless information in case it comes up the next time you’re playing bar trivia.) The show’s departure is an epitaph of sorts, as it was the last production by the late Aaron Spelling still on the air.
Flung into the vacuum left by their absence are shows like The Wedding Crashers, a reality show described by Variety as “a cross between Punk'd and Beauty and the Geek, which will take the Donnellys’ Monday night post-Heroes slot. Hidden Palms, the latest from Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson, will get its much-delayed debut in May, and is not to be confused with Wild Palms or Party @ The Palms, though I could understand if you’re starting to feel confused.