Two new seasons of Serial under way

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‘Serial’ podcast launches new season this Spring, announces third season.

Hulu has pulled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its lineup, following reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile, The Associated Press reports. , which was created by This American Life producer and former The Baltimore Sun Sarah Koenig, shattered records when it was released last fall, becoming the most popular podcast of all time.Producers are apparently lining up season two for the autum and season three for spring, “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories.” The first podcast saw Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder investigating the true-crime case of Adnan Syed, a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend. Although the streaming-video service didn’t confirm removal of the TLC series, episodes weren’t found Thursday on the Hulu site, where they had been available as recently as Wednesday.

Hae Min Lee was strangled in 1999 but Syed has alwyas maintained his innocence and he was granted a request for review by Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals after their analysis of the evidence against him. An early episode of Serial focused on the claims of that witness, Asia McClain, a fellow Woodlawn student who said that she had seen Syed at the library at the time the murder was believed to have occurred. “Clearly the appellate judges are aware the public is watching,” the producers wrote, although they declined to speculate about if they believed the decision was influenced by the podcast. The much-loved UK author has been lauded by fans for supporting marriage equality, propagating the possibility of a same-sex wizarding power couple and deliver a stinging take down of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its opposition to homosexuality, all in the space of less than a week. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was charged for the crime and given life in prison, but since the podcast was aired his case is being revisited by an appeals court.

Rowling jubilantly blessed this fan fiction union, tweeting “Then they could get married IN IRELAND!” with a meme of a shocked Keanu Reeves accompanied by the text: “What if Dumbledore and Gandalf were gay together”. The courts have already decided the case, but the podcast brings up many points that seem to be inconsistent with the court findings. “With this order, the appeals court has certainly cracked open a door. The tweet earned 4,700 shares and was favourited over 10,000 times as her followers cheered on the author and her legions of fans shared their appreciation for the outspoken accidental adovcate. No it’s not a new series hosted by Janet Jackson, viewers of Wednesday night’s The Project were confused when host Gorgi Coghlan appeared on screen looking like a glazier and partially naked. “It’s the colour with the seams, when I first looked up at the TV you looked topless,” a viewer posted on Twitter about her optical illusion inducing outfit which gave the impression the host was suffering from a severe case of the chills. The caramel and cobalt coloured dress, which was made with lamb’s leather and wool crepe by new Melbourne label Di-Lia and retails for about $690, was perfectly suited to Coghlan’s skin tone.

A little too perfectly, as avid viewers mistook the gown’s darts for nipples and beige neckline for her actual skin. “People are questioning the air conditioning in the studio,” co-host Peter Heliar said in response to the amount of social media attention the dress garnered throughout the show. “I’m so sorry, it actually isn’t, it’s just the seams, there’s heaps of buffering there and heaps of stuff there but I apologise if I have offended you,” she said. Since Wednesday’s headline grabbing episode, Coghlan has now amassed more social media fans in the hours following Nipplegate, than her three years online.

Coghlan, who is hosting The Project for the duration of longterm host and Gold Logie winner Carrie Bickmore’s maternity leave, addressed the social media storm on air on Thursday with aplomb while introducing a story about the FIFA scandal. “The soccer world has been rocked by a massive bribery scandal with more than a dozen FIFA officials and sporting executives arrested. Not since a TV host wore a dress that appeared to accentuate her nipples has there been a scandal of this size,” she deadpanned to rapturous applause from the live studio audience. Lebanon’s own Joe Manganiello, who in 2013 starred in Yale Rep’s production of “A Streetcar Name Desire.” Also handing out awards are Jason Alexander, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Chlumsky, Bradley Cooper, Misty Copeland, Bryan Cranston, Larry David, Taye Diggs, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Marg Helgenberger, Debra Messing, Jennifer Nettles, Jim Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Thomas Sadoski, Amanda Seyfried, Taylor Schilling, Corey Stoll, Kiefer Sutherland, Sting, Ashley Tisdale, Tommy Tune and Rita Wilson. No word yet if Today host and fearless defender of fashion freedom Lisa Wilkinson will don a similar look like she promised when Natarsha Belling’s jacket became famous for its phallic neckline back in March.

Pittsburgh artist Ed Piskor’s “Hip Hop Family Tree” will become a monthly comic book series while he continues to publish larger books on the history of rap’s early days. A judge says Lindsay Lohan has completed her sentence in a reckless driving case and closed the last of a series of Los Angeles criminal cases that have dogged the actress for years, the AP reports. She shot to stardom after appearing in the Disney films “Freaky Friday” and “The Parent Trap,” but her attempts to revive her film career have stalled. Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, Morgan’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said Morgan is happy to put the litigation behind him and have closure. The “Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?” exhibit will feature stage costumes worn by Rivers — including several Bob Mackie originals — one of her vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks, several awards, family photographs and her hardcover book collection, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Earlier this year, The Recording Academy awarded my mother her very first Grammy, which was truly an honor.

On this occasion, which celebrates her 82nd birthday, it’s also an honor to have her incredible legacy included in the Grammy Museum’s ongoing tribute to the greatest comedic icons of all time,” the late comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement. “Joan Rivers’ unapologetic one-liners and brave, biting commentary on her personal life opened doors for other female comedians,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum. “With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedic performers, many of whom have been recognized by the Grammy Awards.”

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