Jussie Smollett is sticking to his guns as the drama surrounding his alleged fake crime intensifies.
The ‘Empire’ star pleaded not guilty to accusations that he lied to police about being a victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago just a few weeks ago.
The plea was entered Thursday by his lawyer Tina Glandian.
This comes on the heels of Smollett being charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
Judge Steven Watkins, the judge overseeing the case, granted Smollett’s request to travel to New York and California on the condition that he gives the court a 48 hours’ notice.
His next hearing is scheduled for April 17.
Smollett went from victim to suspect after his story that men wearing MAGA hats attacked him, poured a bleachy substance on him and tied a noose around his neck while shouting racists and homophobic slurs.
Two suspects were arrested but almost immediately it was revealed that Smollett met the Nigerian brothers on the set of ‘Empire’ and paid them to attack him.
Prosecutors believe that Smollett’s allegations have no merit and that staged the incident because he was upset with his salary and wanted to drum up publicity to boost his career.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s legal team remains clear that the actor only paid them to train him.
They’ve been working overtime hoping the judge will allow cameras in the courtroom so that the public will see the evidence and form their own opinion.
Considering the severity of the allegations and the interest in this case, it’s unclear if their ask will be honored.
For what it’s worth, Smollett has been attending all court hearings.
Many of the actors on the hit series believe Smollett’s legal troubles are bad news for the series. And they may be onto something.
FOX has yet to renew the series for its sixth season despite usually giving the renew or cancel ruling in early January.
Ratings for Wednesday night’s episode also took a hit clocking in down 12 percent from its winter finale and marking the second-lowest numbers ever.
Serayah told US Weekly that the cast and crew were shocked and a little shaken up, but they’ve remained professional because they have a “job to do” and a season to finish up.
Most of Smollett’s cast members have been mum on his legal situation though there have been rumors that there is animosity on set.
What do you about the latest developments? Is Smollett telling the truth? Or is he guilty?
‘Schitt’s Creek’ Launching in National Syndication Following Emmys Sweep
The small town of Schitt’s Creek is going nationwide!
After sweeping the Emmys on Sunday, September 20, the half-hour sitcom is coming to a TV near you.
You’ll be able to watch the fan-favorite comedy anywhere as it’s being launched into national syndication across U.S broadcast markets starting on September 28, per the press release from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, who owns the domestic broadcast rights.
Prior to Sunday’s show, the Pop TV original had zero Emmy’s, but now, it’s being referred to as a nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy. Talk about bragging rights.
During the 2020 virtual show, it won all seven of the major comedy categories and became the first to win all four comedy-acting categories in one year.
The cast includes Emmy Award winners Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy and Chris Elliott. Rounding out the cast are Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Sarah Levy, Karen Robinson, Dustin Milligan, John Hemphill, Rizwan Manji, and Tim Rozon.
Schitt’s Creek centers on an outrageously wealthy video store magnate, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy); his former soap-star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara); and their two adult children – the self-described black sheep of the family David (Daniel Levy) and career socialite Alexis (Annie Murphy). When the family suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small-town Johnny once bought as a joke. Forced to live out of a motel, with their pampered lives a memory, they struggle to find jobs and relationships and, most importantly, figure out what it means to be a family in the loveable town they’ve reluctantly come to call home.
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, commented, “What begins as a fish-out-of-water story quickly develops into a nuanced love letter to family, delivered with warmth, humanity and perfect comedic timing. With a gifted cast and whip-smart writing, it’s easy to see why ‘Schitt’s Creek’ appeals to Emmy voters, critics and viewers, and has built a loyal and passionate fan base. We are excited to bring the Emmy Award-winning series to broadcast television stations and introduce the iconic Rose family to a new audience.”
Previously, Schitt’s Creek was available for streaming on Netflix.
The sixth and final season will be available on the platform starting Wednesday, October 7.
The history-making final season of Schitt’s Creek will (finally) hit Netflix in the US and Canada on October 7. pic.twitter.com/VV3cdDCi4H
— Netflix (@netflix) September 21, 2020
‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Moves Up Premiere Date – Find Out When You Can Reunite with the Pearsons!
The wait for new episodes of This Is Us is almost over.
The show’s fifth season will premiere on Tuesday, October 27, a few weeks ahead of its previously announced November 10 premiere.
NBC made the announcement during a commercial that ran during the season finale of America’s Got Talent on Wednesday.
The show’s official social media accounts also revealed the good news writing: “We just couldn’t wait any longer, but we have a feeling you won’t mind.”
We just couldn't wait any longer, but we have a feeling you won't mind. 😏 pic.twitter.com/FHEvyeWEUh
— This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) September 24, 2020
The reunion with the Pearsons will be a two-hour event, which will hopefully answer some burning questions left behind by season 4 like who Madison’s doctor is and why Nicky was by Rebecca’s bedside instead of Miguel.
The series has about a month to turn over new episodes as TVLine notes that the series is set to start production this week following a mandatory hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like many shows including FOX’s The Resident, the season isn’t shying away from reality but will instead tackle the pandemic “head-on,” series creator Dan Fogelman revealed on Twitter.
Some vague #ThisIsUs answers (sorry)
– Not sure yet on production start.
– Not sure when new eps will air.
– Yes on Covid. We've decided to attack things head on. Very proud of @ThisIsUsWriters
– Same planned ending. Same route to get there.
Hope that's (somewhat) useful? https://t.co/gx0YJQxq5f
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) August 17, 2020
It’s unclear how the public health crisis will play into the show’s narrative or how it’ll affect the tight-knit Pearson clan. Maybe that’s why Randall and Kevin haven’t seen each other for years? Yes, we’re trying to pretend that big explosive fight in the This Is Us Season 4 finale never happened!
Turning it over to you, Cravers. Are you excited for the return of This Is Us?
Oh, Baby! ‘This Is Us’ Actress Mandy Moore Pregnant With First Child
Mandy Moore has plenty of experience being a mom on This Is Us, but now she’ll be able to put those skills to the test in real life.
The actress, who plays Rebecca Pearson on the hit NBC series, announced that she is pregnant and expecting her first child with Taylor Goldsmith.
Not only that but the 36-year-old revealed that the couple is expecting a baby boy!
“Baby Boy Goldsmith coming early 2021,” she captioned an Instagram slideshow of Goldsmith cradling her adorable bump.
The couple tied the knot in November 2018.
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