Culture & Arts
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The Conners nixes two main characters: Roseanne and Trump

Arts | The ABC sitcom returns with less of everything that made it popular with viewers
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/19/18, 01:35 pm

When the show formerly known as Roseanne premiered Tuesday, it was missing more than just its matriarch and namesake. ABC fired Roseanne Barr in May for tweeting a racist insult about Valerie Jarrett, a former White House adviser to President Barack Obama. But network execs were loath to give up the show’s millions of viewers, so they came up with The Conners, a Barr-free continuation of the family’s story that opened with Roseanne’s family mourning her unexpected death.

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The Swift effect

Music | Could a pop star’s plea make a difference at the polls?
by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/12/18, 05:36 pm

With the November midterm congressional elections fast approaching, a number of entertainment icons are hefting their star status and huge social-media reach to rally their fans to storm the polls.

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The Gosnell code of silence persists

Gosnell Trial | Hotel cancels screening of pro-life movie
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/05/18, 04:13 pm

The makers of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer knew exactly what they were doing when they planned a screening of their film in Austin, Texas, for the same night and location as a high-dollar Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Showing the movie about the horrors of abortion next door to an event featuring Cecile Richards, the newly retired president of Planned Parenthood, was “actually quite perfect,” producer Ann McElhinney told me.

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