Morning Briefing

Dallas actors returning for JR’s funeral

Several former Dallas actors will return to the revamped show for the funeral episode of JR Ewing (Larry Hagman). Deborah Shelton, who played Mandy Winger, and Cathy Podewell, who played Cally Ewing will both make brief appearances.

Drop Dead Diva cancelled

Drama series Drop Dead Diva has been cancelled by its American network Lifetime. The series ran for four seasons between 2009 and 2012 and notably featured Kim Kardashian in a recurring guest role.

Idol would “struggle” without Seacrest

American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has said that the show would struggle without Ryan Seacrest. “Ryan Seacrest drives the entire programme,” Lythgoe said. “He’s not on an earpiece or anything. He’s not beholden to anybody. He controls the show. He’s really important. It would be very, very difficult to replace Ryan Seacrest.”

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