Remember little Tabitha from ‘Bewitched’? See her then and now

Samantha Stephens’ daughter is definitely all grown up!

The classic late-’60s sitcom “Bewitched” starred Elizabeth Montgomery as the beautiful and magically gifted Samantha, but a pint-sized co-star often stole the scene: Erin Murphy, who played little Tabitha during the show’s 1966 – 1972 run. (Fans with sharp memories will recall that Erin shared the role with her twin sister, Diane, before eventually taking over the whole role as they grew up and started to look less alike.)

If you need a quick refresher, this clip will do the trick:

After “Bewitched” came to an end, Murphy remained close with Elizabeth Montgomery, who played her on-screen mother. Montgomery passed away in 1995.

As she grew older, Murphy found success as a TV host and correspondent as well as an in-demand infomercial personality. In more recent years, she’s appeared on a number of reality shows, and she’s also a motivational speaker who works with charity organizations.

Today, Murphy is 55 and the mother of six children. Here’s what she looks like these days!

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AGT's Gabrielle Union & Julianne Hough Reflect on Which Acts Have Inspired Them This Season

The season finale of America’s Got Talent is here!

As judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough wrap up their inaugural seasons on the NBC competition series, the ladies reflect on season 14 before one contestant is crowned champion.

“What I’ve learned about being a part of this show is the fact that talent is ageless, genderless and it’s for everyone,” says Hough, 31, adding that the show is “so inclusive and allows people to be fully expressed.”

Hough, who rose to fame on Dancing with the Stars as a winner and judge, continues, “I’m very grateful.”

Union, 46, and Hough replaced longtime AGT judges Mel B and Heidi Klum this season. Host Terry Crews took over for Tyra Banks.

Calling this past season “so incredible,” Hough gives a special shout-out to the child contestants.

“There’s a lot of amazing young kids that are not just talented, but they have this mission and message behind what they are trying to say with their talent,” she says.

Meanwhile, Union describes her first-time as an AGT judge as “emotional.”

“It’s emotional for me to watch people come so close to their dreams coming true and being so close. Seeing their faces contort and anguish in pain, I don’t like it. I don’t find that entertaining,” she says.

Union, who welcomed daughter Kaavia in November 2018, is especially inspired by her Golden Buzzer choice, singer Kodi Lee, who is blind and was diagnosed with autism.

“Hopefully, it’s going to be a little easier for parents with special needs children to get the resources that they need,” the L.A.’s Finest actress says of Kodi being an example to others. “All of them can get the chance for their dreams to come true and for them to reach their fullest potential.”

As for the two-part finale, Hough explains what is “going to separate people” in the last round of the competition.

“There’s one thing if you come out and you have a great voice or you do a great trick. But if you have a purpose and reason behind what you are doing, that is ultimate success with fulfillment,” she says. “If you don’t, it’s not sustainable.”

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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'The Rookie' Investigation Finds No Inappropriate Behavior After Afton Williamson's Misconduct Accusations

“We regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her,” eOne says in a statement

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eOne has released the results of the independent investigation into the allegations of misconduct made by former star Afton Williamson on the set of the ABC drama “The Rookie.”

In a statement on Tuesday, the company said the investigation turned up no evidence that individuals connected to the show had conducted themselves in an “unlawful manner” or demonstrated “behavior inappropriate for the workplace.”

“We recognize and respect that as individuals, the lens through which we view situations, interactions and comments, can differ based on our experiences and perspectives,” the company’s statement read. “As such, we regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her, and we respect her decision to move on to other projects.”

Williamson announced her departure from the Nathan Fillion-led cop drama last month, accusing the show’s hair department of racial discrimination and making inappropriate comments. She also said a recurring guest star on the show had sexually harassed her and showrunner Alexi Hawley refused to pass on her complaints to human resources.

The third-party investigation was commissioned by eOne, the production company behind the show, shortly after Williamson’s post. According to the company, Williamson, the individuals she identified and “several other relevant production and staff members” were all interviewed.

“We continue to focus on fostering a safe and respectful work environment for all our corporate and production employees and further reinforce our policies and procedures,” the company said.

Read the full statement below.

We are today addressing the findings of the investigation initiated as a result of the claims made by actor Afton Williamson regarding our series The Rookie.  The investigation was commissioned via law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP who engaged third-party firm EXTTI, recognized for their extensive expertise in investigating allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. 

We take all allegations of inappropriate conduct very seriously, particularly when the allegations involve discrimination or sexual harassment of any nature. We appreciate the cooperation of all those who were interviewed, including Ms. Williamson, the individuals she identified by name, and several other relevant production and staff members.

The investigation encompassed nearly 400 hours of interviews and review of evidence, involving a significant amount of material, including video, that was provided to and examined by the investigator. As a result of the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner or demonstrate behavior inappropriate for the workplace.  It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, addressed matters of which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner.  

We recognize and respect that as individuals, the lens through which we view situations, interactions and comments, can differ based on our experiences and perspectives.  As such, we regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her, and we respect her decision to move on to other projects. 

We continue to focus on fostering a safe and respectful work environment for all our corporate and production employees and further reinforce our policies and procedures. To protect the privacy of all those interviewed, the investigator’s report will not be available publicly.

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Big Bang Theory: Why did Leslie Winkle leave the Big Bang Theory?

In seasons one and two of Big Bang it’s fair to say main character Leonard Hofstadter (played by Johnny Galecki) was rather unlucky in love. However, he did manage to strike a casual on/off romance with fellow scientist and violin player Leslie Winkle (Sara Gilbert). Leslie quickly became a favourite among CBS and Channel 4 viewers for their relationship, her dry wit and continual putdowns of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) but the character seemed to disappear beyond the second season. Here’s all we know about Gilbert’s exit.

Why did Leslie Winkle leave The Big Bang Theory?

All seemed to be going swimmingly for Gilbert in the early seasons of Big Bang.

Her character Leslie played a prominent part in the sitcom behind the main cast striking up a relationship with series lead Leonard.

Reports emerged CBS had even offered the actress a new contract bumping her status up to series regular as well.

However, in a dramatic turn of events after the first two series, she only appeared in the season three finale before returning for a cameo in season nine.

Gilbert’s exit was put down to producers not being able to create content for her character.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an inside source said bosses “couldn’t write for her.”

By this point in the Big Bang storyline, Leonard and Leslie had split as well.

His romance with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) became the primary plot point of the series and by the season three premiere, it was confirmed.

This left very little room for Leonard/Lesley romance to continue.

The fact Leslie would take much more of a back seat didn’t appear to create any bad blood between Gilbert and the show or its writers.

After all, she returned to the series six years later in season nine’s The Celebration Experimentation to celebrate a rare Sheldon birthday party.

Gilbert also made a return to ABC series Roseanne, the show in which her bond with Big Bang writer Chuck Lorre first began back in the ‘90s.

The move to take a step back from the drama on Big Bang also paved way for the actress to become a regular host on CBS talk show The Talk.

Gilbert went on to appear in over 1,500 episodes of The Talk opposite former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne and several other co-hosts.

She decided to step down from the talk show this year, however, as she wanted to focus on other upcoming production jobs and her family life.

Gilbert isn’t the only star whose Big Bang exit left viewers scratching their heads.

Many were left perplexed as to why Anu (Rati Gupta) departed the series in its final season.

The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix now.

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HBO Closing Record WW Deal For ‘Bad Education:’ Toronto

EXCLUSIVE: HBO is nearing the big deal of the Toronto Film Festival, acquiring for in a sum nearing $20 million world rights to Bad Education, the Cory Finley-directed fact-based dark comedy that stars Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as supervisors in the Roslyn, Long Island school district who masterminded the largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history, to the tune of $11.2 million. The WarnerMedia-owned company will air the feature globally where it has networks and streaming services. I’m told the deal is in the rareified range of the $17.5 M at Sundance for The Birth of a Nation, which was the fest record.

Heading into Toronto, the film came in with the best chance of being an 8-figure festival acquisition. This one quickly came down to the producers and financiers faced with making a choice that will be more commonplace as fests go forward. Did they want a streaming deal, gamble for less money for a theatrical release with companies like 101 Studios, which seemed favored by Jackman and Janney, the latter of whom came out of the Toronto Festival two years ago when NEON bought the black fact-based comedy I, Tonya, and rode it all the way to a Best Supporting Actress win, with Margot Robbie also getting a nom for Best Actress. Or choose an alternative, which they did with HBO, which has a star studded original that it can play on the network and its other platforms in 2020 and which will be Emmy, SAG and Golden Globes contenders for next year for HBO as it moves forward from the Game of Thrones era.

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Scripted by Mike Makowsky — who attended school at Roslyn as the scandal unfolded in the early 2000s — the film also stars Ray Romano as the school board president who becomes an unwitting participant as he and board members give in to the prodding of superintendent Dr. Frank Tassone (Jackman) to fire the assistant superintendent Pam Gluckin when it is unmasked she dipped into taxpayer school funds to renovate her homes, but not report it to anyone outside the circle. The school board and student parents are obsessed with an upcoming school budget vote they hope will lead to the appropriation of $7.5 million for a “skywalk,” and the report that as Roslyn climbs to the top of nearby schools the property values of homes in the district are soaring. The plan begins to crumble because of the dogged work by a student newspaper reporter –Geraldine Viswanthan — who is initially deemed harmless and given carte blanche access to eyeball school purchase orders. She questions the obsession with a “skywalk” and boasts of school excellence when it is so clear that the school roof is practically falling in, with drop ceilings stained and mottled from water that drips into strategically placed trash baskets each time it rains. She discovers a scandal that goes far beyond the fired administrator. The smokescreen allows for a tour de force for Jackman to do a slow peel of a man who starts out the ultimate administrator, a meticulously coiffed and dressed symbol of positivity and authority, who remembers the name of every student he meets and is the one who tells the student journalist that her assessment of her assignment as a puff piece can be much more.

The slow reveal is that Jackman’s administrator has appropriated millions of dollars to finance a double life. While he leaves in plain view a desk photo of a woman in a wedding dress he says is his late wife who died of cancer, Tassone has a secret identity as a closeted gay man who is not at all monogamous and not shy about having taxpayers foot his bills, including for plastic surgery to keep his face tight. He has a lot to lose, in a fascinating depiction of entitlement and corruption of the American dream that seems to have connective tissue to the elite college admissions scandal that continues to play out.

The film made its debut Sunday September 8 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in the Special Presentations section. Some buyers felt it wasn’t flashy enough, but it was very clear that the film would emerge with the festival’s largest deal, not counting the one that Fox Searchlight made on the eve of Toronto for The Personal History Of David Copperfield, a film that will come out next year. The rest of the festival produced on average a solid deal each day, as buyers were clearly wary after the 8-figure sums paid for Sundance movies that didn’t pan out at the box office. While most of the Toronto films were in the low-seven figures, there are good movies that found distribution homes, from the Bleecker Street-bought Military Wives to the Amazon-bought Sound of Metal to the likes of Greed, Lyrebird and The Burnt Orange Heresy. Film financiers didn’t get the numbers they hoped for, but there is less pressure on these and other films to perform, and backend upside if they do excel in their box office runs.

Pic is a co-production between Automatik and Sight Unseen, produced by Fred Berger, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Oren Moverman, and Mike Makowsky, with Leonid Lebedev and Caroline Jaczko the exec producers.

CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content brokered the Bad Education deal.

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