'He makes me laugh': Lucy to reunite with 'brainy' pal Healy-Rae for a new TV project

They may seem like the original odd couple.

But TV presenter Lucy Kennedy is collaborating on a new TV project with controversial Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae. The pair got to know each other for her TV series ‘Living with Lucy’ and kept in touch afterwards.

“I might be doing something with him. Ever since we lived together, we’ve had this strange little bond between us. I love him, he just makes me laugh,” she said.

“He’s brainy and I’m thick. He’s there talking about the state of the country and I’m there talking about the state of my handbag.”

Meanwhile, she sought to address concerns over the welfare of Tayto Park’s animals at this weekend’s inaugural FunFest. Animal charities expressed concerns the loud music could cause undue stress to the zoo made up of over 100 inhabitants.

But Kennedy, who will be MCing the musical acts playing the two-day event, said every effort is being made to ensure minimal disruption to the animals.

“I’m the biggest softie in the world and as an animal lover, it was key in my mind. But the music and the stages are going to be far away from the animals and all the speakers are going to be pointing away from the zoo.”

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Mindy Kaling Celebrates Her Birthday with B.J. Novak — and Fans Go Nuts Over How He Looks at Her!

If there was ever a time that fans were pressing for Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak to get back together, it was last night.

While celebrating her 40th birthday on Monday, Kaling was joined by some of her closest friends, including ex-boyfriend Novak, 39, for a cocktail party at San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood.

Because it was a milestone birthday, Kaling was treated to a fancy cake that hilariously featured a photo of herself, which appeared to be taken at the same exact moment from one of her past birthdays.

To mimic the shot on her cake, Kaling held her thumbs up alongside the elaborately decorated treat and smiled for the camera — but even though she sparkled and shined on her big day, it was Novak who completely stole the shot, which was shared to his Instagram.

Off to Kaling’s left side sat her ex-boyfriend, who was captured adoringly staring at the birthday girl as she posed for the camera.

Of course, fans were quick to pick up on the sweet gesture and get their hopes up that Kaling and Novak, who played onscreen lovers in The Office and dated on-and-off in real life back in the day, would one day reignite their flame.

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“Get u a man that looks at u the same way bj looks at mindy,” wrote one follower.

“I wish someone looked at me like BJ looks at Mindy,” said someone else.

“The way BJ looks at Mindy 😍😍” noted another fan, while several others chimed in with similar thoughts. Another wrote, “The way you look at her melts my heart 😭”

“Well, if that’s not a look of love!” suggested one user, as someone else shared, “I wish someone would look at me like that 😍”

“Can you guys get married already?” asked another fan.

Some fans even started referencing their characters on the Steve Carell-headlined NBC comedy.

“SOMEONE LOOK AT ME LIKE RYAN LOOKS AT KELLY,” wrote one fan.

“I knew Ryan always loved you,” said someone else, while another added, “KELLY AND RYAN FOREVER 😭😭😭😭.” Reps for Kaling and Novak did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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The Kaling-Novak couple fandom and Office diehards have long been hoping that the pair would one day reunite, especially since they seem closer than ever these days.

This past January, Kaling and Novak attended the Vanity Fair Oscars viewing party together for the second consecutive year.

A few months later, the Late Night star revealed that Novak is godfather to her 17-month-old daughter, Katherine Swati.

“The truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. He’s the godfather to my daughter,” Kaling told Good Housekeeping in May.

Their relationship is so close that Novak often comes over just to play with her baby girl. “He comes over like once a week. Sometimes he’ll come over just to hang out with her,” the actress added.

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While the duo has not been publicly or romantically linked since their days on The Office, Kaling has previously shared details about their close bond.

“I will freely admit: My relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell. He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend,” Kaling admitted to InStyle in 2015.

“I guess you could describe our relationship as a ‘romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept this as a new status,” she added.

In 2014, Novak also opened up to PEOPLE about his friendly — and at times romantic — relationship with his former costar.

“Complicated,” he said when asked to describe Kaling in one word. “A really complicated person and a really complicated friendship, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”


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David E. Kelley Developing ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ Series for CBS

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David E. Kelley, who gave us “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal,” is prepping another legal drama for TV.
He’s developing “The Lincoln Lawyer” for CBS, based on the  bestselling novels by Michael Connelly. Matthew McConaughey starred in the 2011 film of the same name as Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller, who runs his practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car.
No word  yet who’ll be playing the maverick criminal defense attorney in this new series.
Last year, Kelley picked up his 11th Emmy for HBO hit “Big Little Lies. ” His collaborations with CBS include “Picket Fences,” which ran for from 1992-1996, as well as the medical drama “Chicago Hope.”
Amazon’s “Bosch,” which is currently in its fifth season, is also based on Connelly’s novels. ”
“Castle” fans will remember him as one of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion)’s card-playing mystery novelist friends on the ABC series. And Clint Eastwood directed an adaptation of his novel “Blood Work” in 2002.
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Love Island’s Arabella trolled on Insta as Yewande’s fans brand her a ‘robot’

Unsurprisingly, Danny Williams' decision to dump Yewande in favour of Arabella has not gone down well with many Love Island viewers, who have furiously hit out at the model for being "fake".

Yewande's furious fans have also flocked to ASOS model Arabella's Instagram page, which they have littered with comments branding her a "robot" who "no one likes".

Meanwhile others accused her of being "manipulative" and "stirring trouble" for the sake of it.

Ahead of recoupling last night, pals and family looking after Arabella's Instagram page shared a picture of the girls lined up for recoupling last night.

They wrote: "The re-coupling countdown has begun…! How amazing do all the girls look??? ❤️ @loveisland #loveisland #recoupling."


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One comment below garnered 2,031 likes and read: "nobody likes you."

Meanwhile another comment, which attracted 4,716 likes, sniped: "As soon as he picks you we voting you out Umbrella."

A third, with 3,332 likes, said: "Voting u off at the first chance a get."


"No offence to arabella but all she says to Danny is that they have a connection and trying to convince him that they do. So basically manipulating him into wanting her," another, with 2,641 likes, said.

While another attacked Danny's comment about her intelligence, writing: "How are you intelligent."

One wrote: "I’m p***ed, YOU NEED TO GO."

A viewer pointed out: "Can I just point out how arabella is standing like a robot."

Another nastily commented: "OLD WOMAN CHASING AFTER LITTLE BOYS."

One fumed: "YOU ARABELLA YOU CAME INTO THE VILLA AND WRECKED EVERYTHING JUST WAIT WHAT WILL HAPPEN!!!!"

*Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2

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The One Show: ‘Can’t work with this’ Mel Giedroyc walks off set leaving Matt Baker stunned

The One Show got off to a seriously funny start this evening when Matt Baker and Mel Giedroyc introduced tonight’s guests.

It was a Horrible Histories evening as they had Kim Cattrall on to promote her new film based on the successful BBC series.

As the show started, the presenting pair were surrounded by guests dressed as Romans of every status. 

Mel said: “I know it’s only my second day filling in. I’m not normally a mean person, I don’t complain, but the guests, Matt. They are absolutely horrible. 

“They smell horrible. I mean, I don’t know what this is, this is horrible. They’re all horrible Matt.”

While Mel wandered around them, Matt admitted: “To be fair, there is a horrible whiff around here.”

The former Great British Bake Off star joked: “This is something I’ve never done before but I can’t do it. I can’t work with this.”

At that, Mel walked off the set with a serious pace on her, while Matt shouted after her. 

He added: “At least just let me explain. This lot is here because Horrible Histories: The Movie is out on the 28th July and tonight we’ve got a huge Hollywood star with us.”

Mel slowly wandered back on set and asked: “Did you say Hollywood star?”

When Matt confirmed he did, Mel confirmed she would be staying for the show. 

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Just after that, she turned to her co-star and said their joke “went very well”.

Matt agreed, adding how they had successfully completed some “live comedy”. 

Yesterday on The One Show, Mel Giedroyc was left red-faced over an awkward Jill Halfpenny gaffe. 

The former EastEnders star was there to discuss her new role in Dark Money, during which she plays a mother. 

Mel made the mistake when probing Jill about how roles have changed as she’s gotten older. 

The presenter asked: “I think I’ve heard you say Jill that since you’ve hit your forties, that suddenly you’re being offered a lot more, would you say that’s right or is it that they’re more interesting?”

Jill seemed to be taken aback by the comment and then proceeded to correct Mel. 

“I think it’s that they’re more interesting, I think that’s what I said, way back,” she replied.

Mel quickly said: “You did Jill, I got it wrong!”

“We’ll take about it later,” Jill joked with the host.

The One Show airs weeknights on BBC One at 7pm. 

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Emmerdale spoilers: Does Jessie die? Will Billy’s mum survive being shot?

Jessie Dingle (played by Sandra Marvin) found herself hospitalised at the end of tonight’s episode of Emmerdale (June 25) after being shot by Max (Jordan Reece). Max sought revenge against Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) for tipping off the police about a robbery and Jessie found herself caught in the crossfire. With Jessie last being seen put into the back of an ambulance, some Emmerdale fans fear she may die as a result, but does she?

Does Jessie Dingle die on Emmerdale?

Jessie’s future on Emmerdale looked in serious doubt after suffering a gunshot wound at the hands of Max.

Emmerdale viewers watched in horror as Jessie bled out on the floor of her home while in the arms of her husband Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock).

Billy and his half-brother Ellis Grant (Asan N’Jie) could only watch on helplessly as paramedics loaded her into an ambulance.

While her fate wasn’t determined by the end of Tuesday night’s episode, it has been revealed that she will return to the village alive and well.

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Following treatment at the hospital, Jessie will return to the village with Marlon.

ITV released first look spoiler pictures from next week’s episodes and show Jessie back on her feet.

On Wednesday, July 3, Jessie will be left troubled following a horrific discovery at the school where she teaches.

Emmerdale’s Jessie and the rest of the residents in the villa will be left stunned to discover that human bones are found on the school premises.

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Before that, however, Emmerdale residents will have to cope with the news of Jessie’s shooting.

Jessie wasn’t the intended target of Max’s shot after he took aim at Billy.

Billy was shoved out of the way by his mother, however, and the bullet struck Jessie in the stomach.

In heartbreaking scenes, Marlon tended to his wife by putting pressure on the wound.

Soon after, armed police burst into the property and found Billy pointing the gun at a helpless Max.

Before he could pull the trigger he was reprimanded by the police forces.

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As for the fate of Max, his future remains shrouded in mystery.

Billy had already exacted some form of revenge on Max for threatening his family by beating the criminal to a pulp.

However, that was before Max pulled the trigger and almost killed Billy’s mum.

It appears likely Billy won’t be able to get his hands on Max again, however, after police arrested him at the scene of the crime.

Max not only shot Jessie but also tried to carry out a handful of high-profile robberies so will more than likely find himself behind bars.

Emmerdale continues at 7pm on ITV.

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Amazon Boards ’12 Years A Slave’ Director Steve McQueen’s Forthcoming BBC West Indian Drama ‘Small Axe’

Amazon has boarded the forthcoming BBC drama from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen.

The revelation emerged as Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals at the SVOD service, was speaking at the House of Lords’ Communications Committee debate on the future of public service broadcasting in the UK. She also revealed it’s called Small Axe.

It’s not clear which territories are covered by Amazon’s pact for the six-part series but former Fremantle exec Brown revealed that Amazon was co-producing the long-in-the-works project, with the official commission coming from the BBC in August 2015. She added that it was “coming imminently.”

The show, which is being produced by The Frankenstein Chronicles producer Rainmark Films, is a look at the lives of a group of friends and their families living in West London from 1968 to 2014. The Oscar-winning writer and director has said that the series will tell the story of a West Indian community in the heart of London across three decades, beginning at the moment of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968.

It starts in 1968, when a small restaurant called The Mangrove opens in Ladbroke Grove, a place of camaraderie and friendship that becomes a social heart for the community – and, over time, a flashpoint for resistance.

Tracey Scoffield exec produces with David Tanner producing. It was commissioned by BBC content chief Charlotte Moore and former BBC drama boss Polly Hill.

McQueen said back in 2015, “These stories are passionate, personal and unique. They are testimony to the truth of real lives and urgently need to be told. This is about a legacy which has not only made my life as an artist possible, but also has shaped the Britain that we live in today.”

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Kat Slater left horrified when she discovers Phil Mitchell’s stolen money has gone missing – again

KAT Slater will be left feeling hurt in EastEnders next week when she discovers the money estranged husband Alfie Moon stole from Phil Mitchell for her is missing.

The Slaters are still at war when Stacey – Lacey Turner – receives a letter from Kush Kazemi’s solicitor detailing his plans for joint custody of their son, Arthur.

With everyone fuming and tensions at boiling point, Jean orders a meeting so everyone can talk.

But Jean –who’s having treatment for ovarian cancer – struggles to cope with the stress and quickly becomes unwell.

Stacey tells Kat and Kush that Jean can’t cope with the stress of it all and informs them she’ll be hiring a solicitor of her own.

Back at his flat, Kush tells Kat – Jessie Wallace – his worries about financing the custody battle, but Kat – thinking of the £50k Alfie stole from Phil –assures him it’ll be okay.

She later offers to pay for his solicitor but when she goes to get the money from the wardrobe, she’s stunned to find it gone.

As Kat tries to get to the bottom of the missing money, she angrily confronts Mo and Stacey who both deny all knowledge of it.

Dreading telling Kush she can’t fund his fight after all, she overhears a tense conversation between Martin and Kush and begins to wonder if Martin is the thief.

Later, Kat calls a meeting about the stolen money and Stacey quickly jumps in to defend her husband, while Martin – James Bye – says it’s nothing to do with him and he doesn’t know about the money anyway.


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When Stacey hears that Kat was planning to use the money to help Kush with Arthur, she snaps and begins to lose her patience with Kat.

Later, when she finds Kat searching her bedroom for the missing money, Stacey leaves Kat floored with a shocking confession.

But what does she tell her?

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How Will the American Love Island Compare to the British Version? Season 4 Favorites Weigh in

Love Island is hopping across the pond — and we’re prepared for it to make quite a splash.

The British reality TV sensation, hosted by Caroline Flack, premiered in 2015 and was itself a reboot of Celebrity Love Island, which ran from 2005-06. Now a cultural phenomenon, it begins with a group of single “Islanders” who come together in a stunning villa in Mallorca where their every move is monitored, Big Brother-style.

Every few days, the Islanders must couple up (sharing beds!) and those who fail to find a partner risk being dumped from the island. Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals — and in addition to choosing their partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers, who have the opportunity to shape events on screen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winner. The final couple will then have the chance to walk away with both love and the £50,000 cash prize. The show airs five nights a week, so you’re following the action more or less live.

CBS secured the rights to the show last summer and the first U.S. season of Love Island, set in Fiji and hosted by comedian Arielle Vandenberg, will debut next month. Ahead of the highly-anticipated premiere, PEOPLE sat down with four fan-favorite Islanders from Love Island U.K.’s season 4 — Georgia Steel, Eyal Booker, Samira Wiley and Dr. Alex George.

How are you feeling with the U.S. premiere around the corner?
EYAL: It’s pretty surreal to be here. The U.K. show was such a journey for us and the fact that America is going to get a taste of that in their own unique way, I think, is pretty crazy.
ALEX: The beauty of Love Island, the magic of it, is the relationships and attractions that occur between everyone in a very organic way — it’s almost the trials and tribulations of real life, with friendships and relationships. It’s exciting to come to the U.S. and see this concept out here, because it’s worldwide. Everyone has interrelationships and friendships and I think this show applies to people from all kinds of backgrounds.

How will the American version compare to the British one?
SAMIRA: I think it’s going to be so different. I can see the culture is a little bit different here. It’s going to be mad! I don’t think the U.S. has anything like this right now.
GEORGIA: I think the U.S. one will be more eccentric. I feel like being here, everyone’s got a lot bigger [personalities]. I think it’s going to be more dramatic and there will be a lot more twists and it will be more in-your-face.
SAMIRA: There’s going to be a lot of drama.
EYAL: Yeah. Americans love a little bit of drama.
SAMIRA: They do! Even in the taxi, I’m like … drama.
EYAL: Coming from England, I feel like we’re slightly more reserved. But then I’ve been chatting to people who think we were outrageous on the U.K. show and they told me Americans would never do that. I was like, ‘You’re crazy,’ because I think the Americans will be getting loose.
ALEX: You’re in an intense situation, so it brings out all kinds of drama and reactions.
SAMIRA: And obviously with the accent as well, it’s going to sound different.

What advice do you have for the American Islanders?
SAMIRA: Be yourself.
ALEX: And do it for the right reasons.
GEORGIA: I would say don’t be scared of what people think, just be you. I’ll be honest, for me, what I learned is sometimes to just say what you think because a lot of people might be thinking it, but not everyone can say it. They don’t dare say it. So just say what you want to say, don’t worry about what people will think.
SAMIRA: And be daring with your choices. Because you actually never know how long you’re in there. A lot of people come and go very quickly. The people who were in there for like, three days, they all said, ‘I wish I didn’t hold back as much.’
EYAL: You’re never going to be able to do right by everyone. It’s just impossible to go after what you want within that process and also be 100 percent mindful towards everyone else. Just remember that it’s not personal, and everyone is in there to get what they want to get.

Is being true to yourself the key to staying on the show?
EYAL: Yes. And I think it’s also important for after the show — if you go on the show as somebody else, then you’ve become a character and you’ve got to try and upkeep this personality.
ALEX: It sounds very cliché, but it’s so important just to be comfortable with who you are and in your surroundings and how you interact with people. You don’t always have to be the loudest — it’s not a competition of who’s the loudest. I was probably the quietest [on my season]. It’s about just being you and you will naturally find your way and your place and things will unfold.
GEORGIA: That’s so important. It isn’t about being the loudest. I definitely struggled with that at the beginning, but I think that’s a confidence thing as well. Also, I feel like when you relate to the audience, it’s better for you. If people can relate to you, then you build a connection with them.

What did you learn from the experience and how did it change how you approach dating?
EYAL: I learned what I really want and what I’m not looking for, and that’s not to go off of somebody’s looks. [On Love Island], that’s super hard. You go for somebody that you’re attracted to, but they actually might not be the person that you want to be with, or that you hoped that they were.
ALEX: For me, I developed a thick skin. I’ve learned just to be confident with who you are. Some people will like you, some people won’t, but just be confident.
SAMIRA: After the show, I struggled a little bit with meeting people. It was just weird. When you go through a relationship on Love Island, you’re in a bubble and you share so much with that person that you won’t ever share with someone else. Coming back to reality, dating normal people, was just a bit different. I was nervous, but you’ve just got to go for it.

If you could do it all over again, would you?
SAMIRA: Probably not, because I think it’s a one-time thing. Also, we know how to play the game now. I feel like I’d win if I did it again!
GEORGIA: Oh, I’d do it again. Because I need to find someone! I still haven’t found anyone, have I?

They should cast you for the American one!
GEORGIA: Oh, I would do it tomorrow.

Love Island will debut on CBS with a special 90-minute premiere at 8 p.m. ET on July 9. New one-hour episodes will continue every weeknight through Aug. 7. Seasons 1-5 of the British Love Island are streaming on Hulu.

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EastEnders Spoilers: Callum Highway and Ben Mitchell's secret romance will be exposed as his brother Stuart catches them kissing

IT looks like confused Callum Highway’s sexuality secret could be made public knowledge sooner than he hoped for when his sociopath brother, Stuart, spots Ben Mitchell kissing him in EastEnders next week.

Troubled Callum – whose romance with Ben has fans hooked to the BBC soap – is pressing ahead with plans to marry girlfriend Whitney Dean, when she suggests he invites his dad to their wedding.

After chatting things over with Stuart, Callum reaches out to his dad, Jonno, and the brothers finally meet up with him.

But Stuart is left smarting when he tries to spend some quality time with his little bro, only to be rebuffed.

The psycho – who’s played by Ricky Champ – is put out even further when he discovers Callum and Jonno having a cosy drink in the Vic.

Ben soon arrives and starts subtly chiding Jonno and it’s not long before the pair are at each other’s throat in the pub toilets.



Later, Callum – actor Tony Clay – and Ben meet up and have a frank discussion about dads, with Ben offering his words of advice about his own experiences with his father, Phil.

As they prepare to go their separate ways, Ben – Walford newcomer Max Bowden – leans in and plants a kiss on Callum’s cheek, unaware that Stuart has watched the entire exchange.

The next day Callum is left feeling mortified when Stuart reveals he saw him with Ben the night before.

What happens next starts a chain reaction that will change Stuart and Callum’s relationship forever.

‘Enders fans are loving the illicit romance between Callum and Ben, with some even claiming they’re obsessed with the couple.

They first hooked up earlier this month in the playground where they ripped each others clothes off and fell on the grass after tensions boiled over.

One viewer said: "I can't deal with the tension between Ben and Callum."

Another wrote: "Officially obsessed with Ben and Callum. Please send help."

One more remarked: "That last scene with Ben and Callum… It was emotional, intense and electric! And I loved the way it was filmed,especially the kiss. I was watching with baited breath! Great job to everyone involved!"
But it doesn’t look like this path to true love will run smoothly with actor Tony saying his character will be caught between lover Ben and brother Stuart in upcoming episodes.

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